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post #646 of 656

I have been listening to the AD-900\Caliente combo and I think it's impressive. If you have the AD-900 and see that amp for a reasonable price I'd grab it...

post #647 of 656

Good lord I'm listening to the AD-900 with the Caliente amp playing Chet Atkins version of Imagine by the Beatles and I think it may have been one of those perfect music moments. This pairing (with a good recording) may be the best SQ I have experienced through headphones...

post #648 of 656

Does anyone have a well worn in Ad900 and a worn in Ad900x? I'd like to hear comparisons, but only if the Ad900 has a LOT of head time, softening the pads.

post #649 of 656

Remastered version The Best of Kansas...very nice, very nice indeed. These are seeing the most head-time out of everything I have as of late.

post #650 of 656

I've had my ATH-AD900X's for awhile now and have been on the fence about amplification because of the quite starkly differing opinions on whether they need it or not, but now I think I wanna give it a whirl, especially with all the rave reviews CAM has posted.  Since that Caliente is no longer being produced, what else would you guys recommend?  I've always wanted to give the O2 a whirl, but am tempted to try something with added bass, despite my purist nature.  What do you guys suggest, amps in general, colored or not.  Thanks.

 

Also, do they make replacement earpads?  Mind are quite worn and I have the rare chromosome that makes my earlobes, or lack thereof, go straight into my head without much flappage, which makes the hard cartilage part of my ear stick out further than most people's, and it's actually quite bothersome now, well, at least for my left ear, my right ear doesn't seem to be bothered at all.

post #651 of 656

Keep an eye out on the for sale forum for a Purity Audio amp, I just stumbled on mine. The beauty of it is the option to run it in straight KICAS mode or switch to Caliente mode for the bass boost. I believe the amp comes in just a KICAS build so be sure (if you see one) it's a KICAS\Caliente. The 900's work great for female vocals (and male) and some acoustic music but they are limited. I would never listen to metal for instance with them and sometimes I put a disc in and you just know almost instantly that this isn't going to happen and have to move on or switch headphones. They are detail monsters though IMHO and I still love listening to them. BTW does the 900X have more low end than the 900? I have read they do and as for an amp I don't think I'd listen without one.

 

Amazon has replacement pads. I also did the foam mode that is suggested on this site. Padding out the rear of the pads to create more space for the ears...worked great for me.

post #652 of 656
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I've had my ATH-AD900X's for awhile now and have been on the fence about amplification because of the quite starkly differing opinions on whether they need it or not, but now I think I wanna give it a whirl, especially with all the rave reviews CAM has posted.  Since that Caliente is no longer being produced, what else would you guys recommend?  I've always wanted to give the O2 a whirl, but am tempted to try something with added bass, despite my purist nature.  What do you guys suggest, amps in general, colored or not.  Thanks.

 

Also, do they make replacement earpads?  Mind are quite worn and I have the rare chromosome that makes my earlobes, or lack thereof, go straight into my head without much flappage, which makes the hard cartilage part of my ear stick out further than most people's, and it's actually quite bothersome now, well, at least for my left ear, my right ear doesn't seem to be bothered at all.


Might have just found you one ~

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/738447/great-deals-k701-kicas-caliente-amp-keces-dac-250-for-all-3-local-pickup

 

Maybe they will sell just the amp!

post #653 of 656
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I've had my ATH-AD900X's for awhile now and have been on the fence about amplification because of the quite starkly differing opinions on whether they need it or not, but now I think I wanna give it a whirl, especially with all the rave reviews CAM has posted.  Since that Caliente is no longer being produced, what else would you guys recommend?  I've always wanted to give the O2 a whirl, but am tempted to try something with added bass, despite my purist nature.  What do you guys suggest, amps in general, colored or not.  Thanks.

 

Also, do they make replacement earpads?  Mind are quite worn and I have the rare chromosome that makes my earlobes, or lack thereof, go straight into my head without much flappage, which makes the hard cartilage part of my ear stick out further than most people's, and it's actually quite bothersome now, well, at least for my left ear, my right ear doesn't seem to be bothered at all.


Forget it... sorry it is sold.

post #654 of 656
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Originally Posted by Meremoth View Post
 

I've had my ATH-AD900X's for awhile now and have been on the fence about amplification because of the quite starkly differing opinions on whether they need it or not, but now I think I wanna give it a whirl, especially with all the rave reviews CAM has posted.  Since that Caliente is no longer being produced, what else would you guys recommend?  I've always wanted to give the O2 a whirl, but am tempted to try something with added bass, despite my purist nature.  What do you guys suggest, amps in general, colored or not.  Thanks.

 

Also, do they make replacement earpads?  Mind are quite worn and I have the rare chromosome that makes my earlobes, or lack thereof, go straight into my head without much flappage, which makes the hard cartilage part of my ear stick out further than most people's, and it's actually quite bothersome now, well, at least for my left ear, my right ear doesn't seem to be bothered at all.

Hello again, I contacted Audio Technica directly about replacement pads and they are available for $7.16 plus postage. Here is the contact info ~

 

DAVE WEBB
Parts and Repair Coordinator
P 330.686.2600 ext. 5002
F 330.686.6277
Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, Ohio 44224

post #655 of 656

FYI Just ordered a new pair of earpads for my ATH-AD900's directly from Audio Technica, everything should be this simple. The price was fantastic too... my Beyer pads were over $30.00! 

post #656 of 656

Thanks for the info CAMCAM, and I've also read the X has more bass, but I haven't tried a direct comparison.

 

From the way you talk though about yours, I have a feeling the X has a little more bass.

 

Perfect amount of bass for http://youtu.be/mYKLvYGqaC0

 

Watch in 720p for best sound quality.  

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