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post #331 of 343

bumping this thread - really need to ask about the tightness of the bass on these headphones. is it any good? I hate muddy bloated bass but I need to have a pair of closed headphones, and the AT sound signature is by far my favourite of any brand out there.

thanks!

post #332 of 343

Very, very tight and very fast, never muddy.  Part of of the low bass may go missing if you don't get a good seal.  I had to bend the headband on mine for this, and my head is somewhat large.  Poor isolation, unless you just want a headphone that won't leak very much.


Edited by Mad Max - 9/2/12 at 4:27pm
post #333 of 343
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Very, very tight and very fast, never muddy.  Part of of the low bass may go missing if you don't get a good seal.  I had to bend the headband on mine for this, and my head is somewhat large.  Poor isolation, unless you just want a headphone that won't leak very much.

that sounds really good, thank you! I just need them to not leak too much.

do you have anything to compare it to? I personally find the Sennheiser HD600/650 to sound muddy in the bass, but a lot of people say it is very tight... so I might have too high expectations here! and I don't think my pairs were under-amped.

however, I do have a problem with the Wing system for the headband, it never really worked on the A900X for me, it kept sliding down. I really don't know if this is a dealbreaker to me.

another thing I am wondering about is the leather/pleather pads, never really liked that. the a900x pads did not quite work for me.

can I use velour or some other type of pads on these? or do I need the better seal that they give? I don't care much for bass quantity as I tend to like headphones with not so much bass.

post #334 of 343

Yes, I too, have the problem of the headphone sliding down.  The headphone needs stronger springs for its wings.  I improvised with a pair of hair bands and tightened the screws of the wing assembly, but then they just take a lot longer to eventually fall down.  =\

A900X seems to be using ordinary pleather pads, A1kX/A2kX/A900Ti use Clarino pads which are rather different from pleather.  Worth a shot, I think.

 

Bass speed and tightness beats any of the headphones in my profile, past and present, even the IEMs that I used to own like TripleFi10 and Turbine Pro Copper.  Note that I did not match HD600 to a synergetic amp when I tried it, so I don't want to make a comparison there.  DT880Pro is supposed to be more or less on par with HD600 but with a brighter sound and tighter bass.  A2kX smokes DT880Pro.

 

This headphone is not about loads of bass, but you will get sharp roll-off without a good seal.  In its stock form, you may not get a seal at all.  =\

Some guys were stuffing the earpads, but that's not a good idea as the headphone has a sort of circular chamber going on between the baffles and earpads in order to increase how much air the drivers control between the driver face and your ears.  Stuff up this area and you will start to muffle and muddy the sound.  Some guys tried other earpads and said that the results are not good, I don't remember in what thread(s).

post #335 of 343
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Yes, I too, have the problem of the headphone sliding down.  The headphone needs stronger springs for its wings.  I improvised with a pair of hair bands and tightened the screws of the wing assembly, but then they just take a lot longer to eventually fall down.  =\

A900X seems to be using ordinary pleather pads, A1kX/A2kX/A900Ti use Clarino pads which are rather different from pleather.  Worth a shot, I think.

 

Bass speed and tightness beats any of the headphones in my profile, past and present, even the IEMs that I used to own like TripleFi10 and Turbine Pro Copper.  Note that I did not match HD600 to a synergetic amp when I tried it, so I don't want to make a comparison there.  DT880Pro is supposed to be more or less on par with HD600 but with a brighter sound and tighter bass.  A2kX smokes DT880Pro.

 

This headphone is not about loads of bass, but you will get sharp roll-off without a good seal.  In its stock form, you may not get a seal at all.  =\

Some guys were stuffing the earpads, but that's not a good idea as the headphone has a sort of circular chamber going on between the baffles and earpads in order to increase how much air the drivers control between the driver face and your ears.  Stuff up this area and you will start to muffle and muddy the sound.  Some guys tried other earpads and said that the results are not good, I don't remember in what thread(s).

:( that is too bad, I am afraid it might be a deal breaker. comfort is probably the most common reason as to why I've not been happy with the headphones I've gotten rid of.

DT880 600Ohm has a really nice and tight bass, if this is any better I'd love to hear these. hmm...

I will definitely have to think about it, it's quite a bit of money. I am not really looking to have it as my main phone, as I'm only looking for something that doesn't leak and isolates at least a little bit.

thanks a lot for the great responses! much appreciated.

post #336 of 343

Reviving this thread yet again.

 

I read somewhere online that these have the same drivers as the ES10's (both 53mm). Has anyone else heard of this?

post #337 of 343

I wouldn't be surprised.

post #338 of 343
I've been thinking about trying the A2000X. As a big fan of the AD2000, AD2000X, and W5000 what should I expect?
post #339 of 343

I've only had the A2KX, W3K and W5K so I don't know about the AD's (although they're next on my list).

 

But compared to the W5000, the A2000X is underwhelming for me. The magic of the W5000 mids are gone, and replaced with something more sterile. In return, the treble is clearer and detailed (slight metallic hue?) and the bass has more body and extension.

 

The problem is that while they went with the more neutral, "monitor" sound with the A2000X, it doesn't really outperform the competition, considering its $400-$500 price tag. I found headphones like the K701 and SRH1840 to be superior with soundstage and imaging. Most importantly it lacks the AT magic that makes the vocals so lovely on its wooden counterparts.


Edited by viralcow - 10/15/13 at 5:07pm
post #340 of 343

Hi, interrupting here a bit but can any1 here help me regarding this I posted asking about the Ath'ad2000x as well much help appreciated thx http://www.head-fi.org/t/685972/need-help-choosing-between-he-400-ath-ad1000x-and-ath-ad2000

post #341 of 343
Grave dig time.

Bought another A2000X again in Japan. Back to the eq magic machine. Real responsive phone.
post #342 of 343

Not enough pics in this thread.  The A2000X is one of the most amazing headphones to look at. 

post #343 of 343
Amazing to look at, amazingly annoying to look after.

Having the A2000X in hand again, means starting the head band bending ritual again. In the stock form it is pretty bad indeed.
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