Speaker level vocals through headphones too much to ask for ?

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Nathan (Darkmatter35), May 13, 2018.

  1. Nathan (Darkmatter35)

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    I love vocals, like many other people, but I love them most through my KEF Q100's. Granted I'm running them through my SMSLAD18 which I only have because this setup is my first step into powered monitors. So I am expecting for them to sound even better once I upgrade to a actual speaker amp down the line. I love my KEF's because they were everything I wanted out of a speaker for the price.

    Whenever I try to describe the sound signature of these speakers I just end up at the statement of "they sound natural, how I like my music to sound", right now at least. I'm not too good at pin pointing my sound signature preferences because I like I lot of music and I just haven't heard too many different products yet.

    Regardless of all that, my one question is this. As I state in the title, are speaker level vocals too much to ask for through headphones?
     
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    Please elaborate on what you mean by speaker level.
     
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    So you mean headphones that emphasis the vocals without a veil or harsh digital glare to them or do you mean vocals from headphones that sound like you are hearing it from speakers?
     
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    The second one
     
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    I find that the HD-650 comes close to what I remember from some of the classic B&Ws like DM7 mk2, and original 802s. With that I'm referring to a slightly dark tonality, not the imaging.

    Magneplanars have long been my favorite speakers for vocals, especially female. Part of that is the depth and holographic imaging from a dipole, open baffle, planar design. I'm not sure if it's even possible to recreate this sound with headphones unless some type of dsp trickery is applied.
     
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    Second HD650 for that, or HD600. To me they have tons of midrange (vocal) clarity and resolution at the cost of a smaller soundstage than the more expensive flagships. No headphone is going to beat even average speakers if any attention is paid to placement and room treatment though.
     
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    I agree. I owned Maggies for many years (would still but no longer have the room.) Friends who came over felt like the vocalist and band were present in the room.
     

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