I think I’ve gotten tot he point where I have to ask the question, what might be the audio aesthetic difference between a set of Dynamic vs Planar Magnetic headphones. Many years ago, I did have a set of Stax electrostatics (SR-Gamma) back in the 1980s and wasn’t smart enough or knowledgeable enough to understand what I had and how to listen to them. Now, in the digital age, we have choices that approximate the electrostatic characteristic but without so much extra cost. For those that are not familiar with Planar Magnetic headphones, I’ve included a link to a really detailed review of the SIVGA P-II Planar Magnetic headphones that I’m currently enjoying to add a little fuel to the discussion. I’d certainly like to hear what others think about the differences between the two approaches to audio reproduction.
I’ve worked as a session drummer for many years and listened to many dynamic headphones, a lot of which I thought were horrible in both comfort and audio quality. I will say that my personal favorites are still the AKG K240 cans from many years ago. A snare drum with a Shure SM57 on it comes through just like it should with just the right amount of punch and impact. Dynamic headphones, especially open-back units, come pretty close to the accuracy and openness of a set of Planar Magnetics and hold a pretty steady impedance match across the frequency range but its the top end where you really notice the precision of the planars.
I’m going to stop here and offer the topic up for comments. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Just be respectful and unbiased. Thank you.