Lastly, the treble. This is one of the hardest things to get right about headphones, as it’s really easy to make things sound too bright or subdued. You can’t have a fully natural sound without a good treble response.
The treble response of the Crosszone CZ-1 is almost as bad as the midrange. Peaks and dips all over the place, harsh and subdued at the same time, unnatural and weird sounding. There’s nothing smooth, detailed, or extended to it, as the entire treble response is just simply bad. Nothing more to say.
The Diana Phi is once again: too aggressive and harsh, and its treble performance comes up as too forward and tiring most of the time. It lacks definition and coherence, and its frequency response seems all over the place. The treble of the Diana Phi is highly detailed, but because of its poor control and definition it can only score 4 points.
The treble response of the HD8xx is pretty peaky with great technicalities. The detail retrieval and the amount of speed are both fantastic. However, I have to rate it significantly lower than the competitors mainly due to its somewhat chaotic tone and lack of smoothness.
Both of these headphones offer an incredible level of detail retrieval in the treble area. The only reason they didn’t rate higher is purely because of the fact that the next headphones offer a more tonally accurate or more interesting approach to the tone, while also having a phenomenal detail retrieval.
Two different approaches to the treble, both spectacular. The D8000 Pro has a highly neutral, reference-sounding treble that is full of detail and resolution. An exceptional crispy kind of delivery that is actually one of the most detailed in the game.
The Elite on the other hand is not AS impressive when it comes to the technical performance, but the tone of the entire treble response is just lovely. It has that ability to make things sound prettier than they actually should. Highly musical, dense, incredibly smooth, and incredibly natural.
Once again, the Susvara gets 10 points, but what can you do. The treble response of these headphones is just simply mind-blowing. Exceptional texture, God-tier detail retrieval, the most natural timbre there is, and all that while still being beautifully smooth and rich. This treble can be both aggressive and mellow, depending on what it’s actually supposed to sound like. It doesn’t get better than this.
Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: Contenders
Page 3: Presentation
Page 4: Build Quality & Comfort
Page 5: Tone
Page 6: Detail
Page 7: Soundstage
Page 8: Bass
Page 9: Midrange
Page 10: Treble
Page 11: Musicality
Page 12: Value
Page 13: Results
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