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post #16 of 82
I've wanted to hear these babies for some time now. Hopefully soon.

Nice review. Thanks!
post #17 of 82
Thread Starter 
You might be able to do that sooner than you think, jpelg. After the Bay Area meet next Saturday, I'm going to be sending mine to Merc, you guys can do a mini-meet with them if you want.
post #18 of 82
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Originally Posted by Asr
- Full, lush, to-die-for mids - if they don't enrapture you, you're not human!

I am glad to know that I'm not human. Never thought that you human beings were much good.

Seriously though, this AT mids must be a love it or hate it thing. When I tried out the AD2000 at a meet, the weird and colored mids was what made me dislike them. Not only that, the strange AT mids actually bothered me more with solid state amps, which you seem to like with the AD2000.

Of course meets are not really the best place to evaluate headphones, but based on my brief experience with the AD2000, I think I prefer any one of the "terrible trio" over the AD2000.
post #19 of 82
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Would it be fair to say that the AD2000 is in a different league to the big three (HD650, K701, DT880)?
I probably wouldn't go that far. A different league from those comparison phones, IMO, would be the R10, L3000, and K1000. To me, the AD2000's are just a notch above and what they do especially well is not drawing too much attention to themselves in any way, thus making it easier to simply get lost in the music.

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Is there any aspect of the AD2000 that one of the big three actually does better?
Oh, I suppose so, but I don't really dissect the sound of headphones like I used to do. It takes away of lot of the enjoyment of listening for me (at this point anyway). This is why I'm so happy when extensive reviews like this one are posted, because I just don't have that kind of energy these days! The K701's have a wider and more diffuse soundstage, for example.

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Is this another case where there are other cans that can do better in certain respects, but the AD2000 is better and different in so many ways that they are better overall?
Yes, precisely. That's my take on it anyway, but I'm sure others would make the same argument for the K701, HD650, or DT880. To me, those are all excellent headphones, but the AD2000's are the ones I reach for more often because of their abillity to pull me in emotionally.

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One more Is this the best open-air headphone that is currently in production?
Of those that I've tried, yes, but I haven't tried them all. What I have tried, however, are most (if not all) of the 'usual suspects' that are discussed on Head-Fi. Don't know about the Bose offerings though!
post #20 of 82
Where is the good place to buy AD2000 ? Amazon is $650.
post #21 of 82
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Originally Posted by rshdhead
Where is the good place to buy AD2000 ? Amazon is $650.
pricejapan.com
post #22 of 82
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Originally Posted by rshdhead
Where is the good place to buy AD2000 ? Amazon is $650.
Try www.pricejapan.com

You can search for Head-Fi threads about this company, but as far as I know, they've always offered the best price and have never ripped anyone off. As far as service goes, I couldn't say, but everything I've ordered from them has arrived quickly and in perfect condition.
post #23 of 82
Nice review, thoughtfully done.

I like the AD2000, so comfortable and non-fatigueing with effortless deep bass. The mids are a bit elevated to my ears, but they respond pretty well to some gentle EQ'ing.

I have compared the AD2000 extensively to my K701, K501, HD650, HD600 and I owned the DT880 before that. What I have found and something that the reviewer might consider is that the strongest rival to the AD2000 is not the K701 or HD650, but rather it is the HD600. The AD2000 and the HD600 are the only two left in my harem from the above list, and I have to say that so far to my ears the HD600 wins by a nose. Still listening and comparing ...
post #24 of 82
It is better in price than amzn. Since I have never ordered anything from overseas, how is EMS service ? It is about $50 less than DHL.
post #25 of 82
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Originally Posted by billinkansas
Nice review, thoughtfully done.

I like the AD2000, so comfortable and non-fatigueing with effortless deep bass. The mids are a bit elevated to my ears, but they respond pretty well to some gentle EQ'ing.

I have compared the AD2000 extensively to my K701, K501, HD650, HD600 and I owned the DT880 before that. What I have found and something that the reviewer might consider is that the strongest rival to the AD2000 is not the K701 or HD650, but rather it is the HD600. The AD2000 and the HD600 are the only two left in my harem from the above list, and I have to say that so far to my ears the HD600 wins by a nose. Still listening and comparing ...
HD600 wins by a nose?! Please explain! That might save me a lot of money!

Just found some price quotes (shipped to US):
Audiocubes: $606.9 (EMS)
PriceJapan: $462 (EMS)
Bought at retail store in Hong Kong: $500
post #26 of 82
Great review.
It's nice to see someone put what I have been hearing down is such a understandable way. It took one cd of comparing the 2000s to the pair of HD650s I had for me to put the 650s away in their box. I came back to them a few times, but finally decided there was no reason to keep them.
The only thing I disagree with is the comment about fit, and large heads. I have a good sized head, XL for most motorcycle helmets, and I find the AD2k to be much more comfortable than the Senn HD650.
Thumbs up for the review.
post #27 of 82
Why did I read this? Meh. That's what I get for paying only half the AD2K's price tag...
post #28 of 82
I've wanted these for months and soon they will be mine...oh yes, they will be mine.
post #29 of 82

Thanks

Thank you for your very detailed review. I enjoyed reading it. I will have to look in to these phones. BB
post #30 of 82
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Originally Posted by Gloomfire
I've wanted these for months and soon they will be mine...oh yes, they will be mine.
Feel free to indulge in your fantasies. I'll indulge into my own as well.

*soon the Orpheus will be mine! All mine!*

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