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post #496 of 776

Not sure what you guys are paying for the AD2K now, but it seems to have held its 'premium' price point even with our strengthened dollar - cheapest online is around the 600 AUD mark while the HD600, previously  up around that price (!) locally is now 300 AUD online (650 is around 400 from same reseller - these were $800 cans not so long ago ..). Accounting for recent market volatility, the AUD is roughly at parity with USD, but our economies of scale mean that we usually pay more than US consumers.

post #497 of 776
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I've said it before, I'll say it again, and I'm going to repeat it until the end of time:

 

Anyone not using a Dynalo or M3 hasn't really heard the AD2K. evil_smiley.gif

 

Asr,

 

How about the GS-1 and / or the B22? 


Edited by preproman - 6/27/12 at 11:45am
post #498 of 776
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Asr,

 

Hpw about the GS-1 and / or the B22? 

Not heard ad2k on the b22 but I can confirm I prefer the Lite to the GS-1 on gain settings alone.

post #499 of 776

Sorry to BournePerfect and keanex for that snarky post (#492) earlier, that wasn't really intended as serious, even though I know it totally looked serious. I had a really shallow reason for writing like that and didn't intend to actually come across as annoyed or conceited. I don't expect everyone to read my profile and don't really mind the questions either, well except unless they're sent via PM. Questions sent via PM actually do annoy me now. tongue.gif

I'm just going to say outright one of the reasons I don't respond to PMs here, since it'll help clear up part of my motivation: If anyone is serious enough to ask me about something, there's a chance that there's at least 1 other person who also has the same question. So instead of responding to just 1 person, I prefer writing a post in a thread somewhere where lots of other people can read it and get info too, either now or later.

There are other reasons I don't respond to PMs but I won't get into those.

 

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
Asr, How about the GS-1 and / or the B22? 

 

The GS-1 is a Dynalo, so the same thing applies to it. Also I did say I was referring to inexpensive amps earlier and the B22 isn't exactly inexpensive. The B22 is just about as good as a Dynalo though, but more versatile as it can drive higher headphone loads. That's the only reason I'd recommend the B22 over a Dynalo - for driving multiple headphones of different loads. For just the AD2K and similar headphones, a Dynalo is sufficient.

 

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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post
Not heard ad2k on the b22 but I can confirm I prefer the Lite to the GS-1 on gain settings alone.

 

Um, the GL's gain is 6x and the GS-1's gain settings are 3x low and 8x high. Not sure how you prefer the GL's gain for the AD2K when the GS-1 has a lower gain on low position.

post #500 of 776

So I've spent some time with the AD2k and still not sure. I do consider them a very good headphone but not just the same technical level as the HD800. The clamping force may be a tiny bit less but still a good amount of force. It is lighter than the HD800 but with a worse cable.

 

In terms of how it sounds it is quite good but having heard the HD800 I'll have to give it to the nod. However the issue if I was to sell the AD2k would be that there is no viable replacement for it to go along side with the HD800. I don't see anything I'm interested in really and I don't see the point of selling if there is nothing I will buy to replace it. I'm not going to buy a Grado, the T1 is out, LCD 2/3 also out, HE series are too heavy and then from there can't think of many headphone on the same level of the HD800 so I guess I'll try to like it more but I think my preferences go to the HD800.

post #501 of 776

No worries ASR!

 

 

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

So I've spent some time with the AD2k and still not sure. I do consider them a very good headphone but not just the same technical level as the HD800. The clamping force may be a tiny bit less but still a good amount of force. It is lighter than the HD800 but with a worse cable.

 

 

You're comparing a $1,400 headphone to one that can be found under $700 new, it's not really fair. Also I've heard the HD800 are very sterile, while the AD2000 are very musical.

post #502 of 776

ASR: It's all good, and I hope my remark didn't come across too harsh. The AD2K is still my favorite headphone, and I just ordered a ZDSE so was hoping for possible opinions about it. Any I fully understand wanting to answer questions in threads rather than via PM, for everyone's possible benefit.

 

Rawster: I'm not sure anyone ever raved about the technicalities of the AD2K. It's loved because it's a VERY musical headphone unlike any (I've) heard-once you get the chain up to snuff anyway. And I've still got $$ burning a hole in my PP account for whenever you want to sell. evil_smiley.gif

 

-Daniel

post #503 of 776

These have been my main stable phones for most part of the past year now but i can't seem to find any more time for leisure listening at home. It's been an amazing phone for the past year tho. Thanks for the memories! :)

post #504 of 776
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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

You're comparing a $1,400 headphone to one that can be found under $700 new, it's not really fair. Also I've heard the HD800 are very sterile, while the AD2000 are very musical.

 

It may not be fair but price doesn't matter to me when i keep headphones. They have to be able to live along side each other but there's not a better option really out there unless I want to go Stax which I definitely do not at this point unless of course theres something like a much better HD600 which I haven't found. 

 

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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

ASR: It's all good, and I hope my remark didn't come across too harsh. The AD2K is still my favorite headphone, and I just ordered a ZDSE so was hoping for possible opinions about it. Any I fully understand wanting to answer questions in threads rather than via PM, for everyone's possible benefit.

 

Rawster: I'm not sure anyone ever raved about the technicalities of the AD2K. It's loved because it's a VERY musical headphone unlike any (I've) heard-once you get the chain up to snuff anyway. And I've still got $$ burning a hole in my PP account for whenever you want to sell. evil_smiley.gif

 

-Daniel

 

lol I'm always hesitant about selling headphones esp since I have wanted this headphone for a while now since I was a fan of AT earphones and the AD2k was the only one I was interested in as well as the AD1000PRM. I do think my chain is good enough or as good as it will get since I don't really want to spend more on it at this time. I think this may be the problem when you have better headphones and go to something that is a step down in technical ability. 

post #505 of 776

Hmm.  Seems like my source's volume output is quite high and I can't lower it.

post #506 of 776

I've had that issue when I had sensitive earphones or headphones and luckily now I have an amp where I can change the gain and my dac also acts as a preamp if needed and doesn't lose anything if I turn the volume down. If I did not have that then the only real option would be to lower it from max on the computer and if your dac isn't connected to a computer then you might be out of luck.

post #507 of 776
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

I've had that issue when I had sensitive earphones or headphones and luckily now I have an amp where I can change the gain and my dac also acts as a preamp if needed and doesn't lose anything if I turn the volume down. If I did not have that then the only real option would be to lower it from max on the computer and if your dac isn't connected to a computer then you might be out of luck.

 

Yeah using a CDP transport to an old school DAC so my options are quite limited.

post #508 of 776

I used to own the HD800, T1, LCD-2r1, HE5-LE among others but have sold all of them and stayed with the AD2K which Im happy with.

Im wondering if someone have compared the AD2Ks on a GLite with original cable vs. on a GS-X recabled, my question, which understandably is hard to answer for anyone else, but is there any discernable difference which makes it worth going to the more expensive amp and recable to balanced?

Tks

post #509 of 776

I don't know why it's taken me this long, but I'm listening to one of Spocks Beard's albums on my AD2000s for the first time tonight. Sounds gooooood. L3000.gif

post #510 of 776

So I'm starting to warm up to the AD2k. It's still no HD800 in terms of technical levels but few dynamics are. I never found the AD2k bad in any way where it does nothing wrong but nothing great. It's still the case but also getting to listen to the AD2k for what it is instead of comparing it to the HD800.

 

The interesting thing about the AD2k is that leakage is very low. One would think open headphones leak out much more sound but they really don't. I could barely hear the music when the headphone was in front of me with music on or it could have something to do with my listening volume but I remember some open headphones not as good in that.

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