dr dre beats uk In fact, it was pretty much THE determining factor on whether or not I would keep the X1s - I'm absolutely a soundstage whore, and I could care less about the rest of the X1s sound signature if it did it all with a small and claustrophobic soundstage. Luckily the X1s soundstage and imaging were a pleasant surprise. Both were better than I was expecting and they sealed the deal for me.For me, this is a VERY important aspect of sound.
Overall I would rate the X1s competitive ability somewhat
similarly to the Anniversaries. When listening for positional cues and
details with both of them, I hear a small soundstage/imaging advantage
for the X1 but a signature advantage for the Anniversary. I feel the two
differences almost counterbalance each other, but the ultimate deciding
factor may come down to the bass. I won't quibble over the fine details
though, as I usually reserve my competitive gaming for the Q701s. They
still hold a small competitive advantage over both the Anniversary and
X1 due to their faster, lighter, clearer signature coupled with their
open soundstage. With my pair, I can also control their level of bass
with a flick of a switch (literally). For immersive gaming, while the
Q701's open airy soundstage does gives them their own brand of
immersion, they are lacking in weight and body next to the Anniversaries
and X1s which ultimately puts them at a disadvantage. Bass boosting
them helps, but the mids will still lack some weight and body and they
will still be on the dry side. In my opinion, the X1s hold an edge over
both AKGs in terms of fun factor and immersion.I should mention for
people who already own the Anniversaries...do keep in mind that they're
already one of the best overall gaming headphone options out there.
While they now have some healthy competition in the X1, it's not like
it's "on another level." It's just a little different flavor of sound.
If the X1's sonic traits and signature described in this review sound
appealing to you, then by all means check them out - but if you're going
to stic beats pro
k with the Anniversary/Q701, they are also one of the best in this range.