I’ve heard a lot of headphones called detail monsters. The Hifiman Sundara, Sendy Aiva’s, Focal Elex. Those headphones arent detail monsters, the Koss 95X is a detail monster.
When i first ordered it, it was on sale for 400$ with a Zeos coupon for 100$ off. Even then i thought “what are you doing?” I had the Sendy Aiva’s and the Focal Elex. 600$ and 700$ dollar headphones, critically acclaimed. How can it get better than that? Their gonna leave the Koss 95X in the dust. I was so so wrong.
I held off trying them. when i first got them i was not impressed. They were so light. build seemed lame in all plastic. I tried the Grace SDAC Balanced on them through the unbalanced 3.5 port, it distorted badly. So i plugged them directly into the computer and to my relief they worked fine. Ok probably something to do with the Grace DAC. I tried listening to them and i was underwhelmed. I also had played 80’s Simple Minds New Gold Dream and they sounded thin and treble too high.
I finally got my Schiit Modi DAC today from repair. I Always wondered if external 100$ DAC’s where really needed. well today i no longer doubt it. I plugged it into my Koss energizer and started listening to the other tracks on my Simple Minds playlist. WOW. I noticed details that i had not with the Aivas and the Elex. The sound was more immersive. They call these “Earspeakers” I thought it was pretentious. It is not.
I dont know if it’s the size of the drivers or the electrostatic technology but it did remind me of listening to speakers. The sound was bigger and inside it i heard detail and quality to the sound that wasn’t there before. Its a joy to hear the full nuance in the sounds in the music and the decay of those sounds that i had not got in the other headphones. Even the Aiva’s and Elex.
I’m so impressed with these headphones but they do have a lot of treble and not a lot of Bass. I feel like there’s somethings the Aiva’s and Elex handle better, though i cannot explain what. But i feel like i inadvertently bought the best headphones i’ve heard so far. I was thinking of the next headphones to aim for. After Zeos review of the ZMF Aeolus i wanted to go for those. Ah-uh! I’m going for the Stax L700.
Buts thats way in the future. For now i’m gonna thoroughly enjoy my Koss 95x.