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That's quite concerning. Are the comfort issues that bad?They're $400 for you but for me they are costing me $500 used! at this price I want ultimate comfort and even the talk of modding is ridiculous. Comfort is a big issue for me as I haven't tried a headphone I can leave up for up to an hour without it irritating me. Gaming with it would be cool as well.

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

I had these last year and loved them but sold them due to comfort issues. Sold them here in the forums. I wonder how many Head-Fiers my old pair has been through. Maybe quite a few biggrin.gif

 

Has anyone tried W5000 pads on them? Are there any pads for them that don't go flat? I didn't like having to do the pad mod on a $400 headphone.

 

If I loved the W5000, I wonder if i'd like the W1000X..probably not. I still haven't tried the AD900. It seems that the ATH-AD2000's wing system worked well for me..except for the pads.

 

BTW anyone else love them for gaming? They're an old favorite for gaming. I miss them for that reason alone. I'd buy them again if I could find pads that didn't go flat and were not $100...

 

SA3000 sounded similar in gaming for some reason. Guess it's just the mids..

 

 

post #407 of 776

That is a good question cuz I have no idea yet. I'm still doing research on the under 1k and then will go from there. I don't expect to buy another dac for at least a few months unless I see a real good deal in the FS forums.

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Originally Posted by RayleighSilvers View Post

That's quite concerning. Are the comfort issues that bad?They're $400 for you but for me they are costing me $500 used! at this price I want ultimate comfort and even the talk of modding is ridiculous. Comfort is a big issue for me as I haven't tried a headphone I can leave up for up to an hour without it irritating me. Gaming with it would be cool as well.

 

 

 


I think the comfort is better than the AD700 for me because there's a little more clamping force and it's not as loose.

The pads on mine went flat after just 15 minutes and my ears would always press against the metal driver covering. People would say i'm wearing them wrong, but every method didn't work.

 

For awhile there was something called the "Phat pad mod" which involves placing plastic tubing inside the pads. I hate the idea of having to do this for a $400 headphone. The tubing is at Home Depot stores.

 

I paid $425 for mine from someone in California (bigrock something or other) back last year and they were like mint condition. I sold them for $375 I think and it took FOREVER to sell. I think that person got rid of them after a month too.

 

I think they're worth $500 for sure. For some the pads won't be a problem I think.

 

Now I wonder how much "worse" the AD900 are. I bet they're less warm, have more treble and a larger soundstage. Acoustic music sounds amazing on the ATH-AD2000.

 

 

post #409 of 776

Just think about those who do the Anaxilus mod with the HD800 ;) I'll probably do it in a few weeks as I'm getting used to the HD800 but as long as the mods are reversible people will experiment.

 

but then again I have no idea what the phat pad mod is..

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post





I think the comfort is better than the AD700 for me because there's a little more clamping force and it's not as loose.
The pads on mine went flat after just 15 minutes and my ears would always press against the metal driver covering. People would say i'm wearing them wrong, but every method didn't work.

For awhile there was something called the "Phat pad mod" which involves placing plastic tubing inside the pads. I hate the idea of having to do this for a $400 headphone. The tubing is at Home Depot stores.

I paid $425 for mine from someone in California (bigrock something or other) back last year and they were like mint condition. I sold them for $375 I think and it took FOREVER to sell. I think that person got rid of them after a month too.

I think they're worth $500 for sure. For some the pads won't be a problem I think.

Now I wonder how much "worse" the AD900 are. I bet they're less warm, have more treble and a larger soundstage. Acoustic music sounds amazing on the ATH-AD2000.


Lol, the ad2000 is a tradition for headfi members to pass on.
Just think, I can trace the pair coming to me back to 5 owners haha. Price seems to exponentially increase as they are harder to come by now, and the demand is higher as well.
post #411 of 776

Yeah about $640-$650 to get them imported; and even then it's a crapshoot if it will get shipped in a reasonable time frame.

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

Yeah about $640-$650 to get them imported; and even then it's a crapshoot if it will get shipped in a reasonable time frame.

 

The pricing is ridiculous

post #413 of 776
Ridiculous you say? I wouldn't mind cheaper, but I think they're worth the asking price.
post #414 of 776
Blame Audio Technica keeping their good stuff in Japan...
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Originally Posted by ZenErik View Post

Ridiculous you say? I wouldn't mind cheaper, but I think they're worth the asking price.

 

It's the inflation that I find silly, especially in the UK. The Conversion rate of pound to dollar is £1=$1.6, but the way the prices are here it may as well be the other way round. The Hifiman HE-500 for example would costs £800 from Hifiheadphones which equals $1290. In America its $700 = £435. 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

I would have contacted him earlier if I was interested but I already bought one a few days ago and just gotta pick it up in the mail tomorrow :)

 

What I would really like to try is the AD2000 and the AD1000PRM side by side. I do hope I like the AD2000 as I tried the entry level into the AD series in the AD700 and found it my most disappointing purchase in head-fi so far.

 

It will be easy to find the differences between AD2000 and PRM sound wise, I think in AD-Series line up they are a bit at the opposite side.

 

AD2000 with their special coloration in lower mid/upper bass (more recessed upper mid and treble) and PRM with coloration in upper mid/lower treble (more recessed lower mid and bass). AD2000 has better depth while PRM give wider presentation. But if we talk about technically like detail, separation or layering etc, I think it's a bit hard to find the true winner, we need very quite room to find it.

post #417 of 776

Well there is some information on the two but would rather compare them for myself. However after my recent spending spree rather not import the AD1000PRM here for 500-600 or whatever they go for. I'm going to be leaving work a bit early to go to my post office and pick up the AD2k and another headphone. I'll be listening to them over the weekend a bit so hopefully I enjoy them but from all accounts I should but nothing is better than actual listening experience.

post #418 of 776
The information is just how close the drivers to your ears. AD2000 have softer pads and tighter clamp, while the AD1000PRM have firmer pads and lighter clamp. Hearing a stock AD2000, along with a pad + clamp modded recabled AD2000 and my AD1000PRM. I can say the modded one sounds the same as my PRM while the stock AD2k is bassier and true to reviews.

What is the conclusion? Modding them will give you the same as importing a pair of PRM and mods are reversible!
post #419 of 776

So I looked into trying to import ad1kprm's through Tenso and came up empty handed.  The whole process is a serious time and google translate investment!  I did see many listings that were "sold out" with prices listed in which cases the price ended up being the same or close to ad2k.

 

Side note the ad2k btw in my experience seem like they clamp a bit when they are not worn in but over time they will even out much like the hd650/600 series.  Also long story short but I don't recommend stretching the ad2k headband too extreme as the metal bands can snap at the ends - I'd say use some books or just plain wearing them for extended periods would be a better approach!

 

Also rawster I hope you end up liking them!


Edited by Mr.Sneis - 4/20/12 at 10:53am
post #420 of 776

I hope I enjoy them as well as I've been wanting one for a while!

 

I got them today and the clamp is pretty strong. It may be because the headband and headband pads are new. I'm not sure but it is stronger than what I expected but not painfully so. I also picked up the D7k today. It's a shame I have to head out now but later tonight I'll given these cans a listen :)

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