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post #31 of 82
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
HD600 wins by a nose?! Please explain! That might save me a lot of money!
Dude, you can't react so much to what we all think. It seems to me that if you cannot do an audition yourself, the next best thing is to read as many opinions as you can and over time you will get a sense of which headphones will most likely fit your tastes. You can sort of go by the general consensus if it seems to fit with your overall listening preferences.

EDIT: Now I see (by reading your signature) that you have several excellent headphones, IEM's, etc. Sorry, it just seemed from your post that you were looking for one person to "give" you the correct answer, and what I was trying to point out (which you obvously know) that you can only determine this yourself.
post #32 of 82
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
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
To my ears, the Sennheiser HD600 is a little more "true to life", and the AD2000 sometimes has a rather distant but seductive dreamy quality to it. I like them both. Considering I paid $150 for used HD600's and $450 for used AD2000's, the 600's are a tremendous value.

*** Note to those considering purchasing from PriceJapan, and perhaps others from overseas- THERE IS NO WARRANTY AND THERE ARE NO RETURNS! Check before you buy. Musicians Friend also carries them in the USA with a great return policy, but the price is $100 or more above the PriceJapan cost.
post #33 of 82
go to kakaku.com you can find the ture money of the ad2000 cost. 50000 in jp
about 400$ maybe.
post #34 of 82
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
Dude, you can't react so much to what we all think. It seems to me that if you cannot do an audition yourself, the next best thing is to read as many opinions as you can and over time you will get a sense of which headphones will most likely fit your tastes. You can sort of go by the general consensus if it seems to fit with your overall listening preferences.

EDIT: Now I see (by reading your signature) that you have several excellent headphones, IEM's, etc. Sorry, it just seemed from your post that you were looking for one person to "give" you the correct answer, and what I was trying to point out (which you obvously know) that you can only determine this yourself.
Don't worry about it. I feel the need to ask more direct questions because there is a serious lack of AD2000 impressions/reviews on this forum compared to the flood of 650/600, DT880/770/990, K701/601 reviews... I have a pretty good idea of which sound signatures suit my listening habits/style the most. The AD2000 just sounds like another one of those near-perfect headphones (at least for me). Based on the reviews and impressions I've read, I think the AD2000 suit me more than the HD600s. I have never tried AT phones, which is a bit sad really considering I've lived in an Asian country/city for a long time!
post #35 of 82
I wonder how the AD2000 would benefit from having silver cables to maximize detail and clarity?
post #36 of 82
Thanks for the excellent review.

For quite some time, my AD2000 has been languishing while I give more airtime to the K701, and I've been trying to figure out why. Both are great headphones, in my opinion. The AD2000 is great for really involving you in the music, the bass is more present, with a better sense of balance. The K701, however, is somewhat easier to listen to over the long term - an elegant headphone, and leading the AD2000 ever so slightly in detail.

It's hard to keep from foot-tapping with the AD2000; it's hard to stop listening with the K701. Comfort is one major difference; even with the velour earpads lined with extra foam, it's not as welcoming to my ears. Another, as mentioned above, is may be detail, though extensivve A/B sampling seemed to indicate both had pretty equal detail in the upper range.

Even now, they seem a bit stiff on my ears compared to velour kings like the K701, DT880, or 650. But I'm listening very happily.
post #37 of 82
2 Suggestions to get the best out of your AD2000:

First: Put on a pair W5000 leather pads, they're alot more comfortable and they balance the sound a little(very subtle!)

Second: Get the HA5000! It will bring an increase in soundstage and even more airyness that no other amp matches. Also bass gets even deeper.
post #38 of 82
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Originally Posted by bizkid
2 Suggestions to get the best out of your AD2000:

First: Put on a pair W5000 leather pads, they're alot more comfortable and they balance the sound a little(very subtle!)
I'll have to try that.

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Second: Get the HA5000! It will bring an increase in soundstage and even more airyness that no other amp matches. Also bass gets even deeper.
I'll take you word on that one! Not a cheap way to bring about these improvements, but if you have the AD2000 and W5000 already, the HA5000 would be about all you need to round out your AT collection. I've got too many amps already...
post #39 of 82
After hearing the AD2000 today I'd rate them above the HD650 and HD600.
post #40 of 82
@J-Pak:

Sorry to thread-crap, but what happened to the norh amp you planned on using with the K1000s? Have you finally seen the light and decided to get a FirstWatt F1?
post #41 of 82
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Originally Posted by humanflyz
@J-Pak:

Sorry to thread-crap, but what happened to the norh amp you planned on using with the K1000s? Have you finally seen the light and decided to get a FirstWatt F1?
After speaking to Yikes at the meet I just got back from I think I'm going to avoid Chinese hifi like I originally planned. He agrees the FirstWatt or equivalent Pass offerings are the best he's heard with the K1000.

So I'm in no hurry to get an amp since I'm home so little, so I thought I might as well wait for another good deal on an Aleph 3 or if I all of a sudden turn into a madman a refurbed FirstWatt F1.

edit: if you want more info you can PM me, I feel bad derailing this thread
post #42 of 82
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Originally Posted by J-Pak
edit: if you want more info you can PM me, I feel bad derailing this thread
Good idea. No offense guys. It's just a really good thread.
post #43 of 82
Nice review!
post #44 of 82
Interesting review!

Another headphone I need to audition I guess.
post #45 of 82
Thread Starter 
I should probably add that with the AD2K, I've finally heard the Arcam's lack of bass extension (well not I wouldn't be able to tell with my subwoofer, but I've never paid attention to bass extension with that, heh). Can't believe it myself. The NKK-01 made it blindingly obvious, the Arcam has less extension than the CEC. I wouldn't say the Arcam is bass-deficient, it still goes low enough for all intents and purposes, it just doesn't go "low" low.

This is bad news for my wallet. The last thing I want to do now is upgrade my source.
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