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post #151 of 656
Which in this case would mean me replacing or disabling the x-fi with an external dac, or m-audio/emu/Asus Sonar card. Not many threads around with ad900 owners searching for comparable musical sources to use on their pc ^^
Makes me wish sandisk and cowon had adapters for their pmp's to turn them into external soundcards. (Clip/fuze - D2/O2/S9 >.>)
Still interesting reading to do on what is out there to try out.
post #152 of 656
Last night's listening session convinced me that AD900s definitely do not lack bass!
While listening to a very bass-heavy band called Zilla, I actually got the kind of tangible, skull-shaking bass that I associate with closed phones.

The more I listen, the better I like them!
post #153 of 656
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Last night's listening session convinced me that AD900s definitely do not lack bass!
While listening to a very bass-heavy band called Zilla, I actually got the kind of tangible, skull-shaking bass that I associate with closed phones.

The more I listen, the better I like them!
How does the bass compare to the AD700? Is it about the same or is there slightly more/less.
post #154 of 656
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only a mk2. I don't know what it is in the presentation but my quick listen with the ld2 and ad900 together was synergy from heaven. I dont know if the ld2 is a great amp or not on its own but it sure did make my ad900s sing. I compared it with a c2c, a beta 22, and some other amps and it only came second to the b22 overall for my ad900s. This was a quick listen during a meet but theres no mistaking the synergy. It had that extra wetness to the sound that I wanted for my ad900s.
Would you say the slightly recessed mids were because of your source then?
post #155 of 656
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I would say the bass on the ad700 and ad900 are about the same but without doing an a/b test, youd think the ad900 has more because they have the mids to tag along with the bass to give it some slam. If compared side by side the ad700 is boomier. There are some missing frequencies in the mids in the ad700 that give it more emphasis on the bass and sound like it has less control.
post #156 of 656
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Would you say the slightly recessed mids were because of your source then?
Partly yes but I'll confirm with another amp when I receive my ld mk2
post #157 of 656
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Ok Ive analyzed this today to bits...

Because the ad900 is such a musical pair of cans for me, Ive never analyzed them as much as I have done today. What I have found when analyzing them is that they do have recessed mids which make for a slightly U shaped presentation. It is not annoyingly recessed like the a900 which has a suckout in the lower mids that makes male vocals sound nasal though. They are more like the ad700 in which they are still slightly recessed overall in the mids but to a lesser degree. This makes the focus of the presentation on the drums and percussion moreso than other cans except for the ad2000 which is a hyper version of the ad900 sound with more mids. Sounds like I'm describing the ad2000s to be a better balanced can than the ad900s? well, not really. The ad2000s could be more balanced than the ad900s but have some annoying flaws(hyped up upper bass and recessed upper highs that make male voices boxy sounding and cymbal crashes sound dry) that keep me from wanting to go back to them.
I agree more with this version
I think they lack a bit lower mids which combined to the proeminent treble make them sound bright. Bass is ok for my tastes (i only wish it was less airy maybe).
Anyway, still no frequency graph available?
post #158 of 656
can it be properly driven by heron?
post #159 of 656
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can it be properly driven by heron?
AD900s have very low impedance and very high sensitivity. This means that they can be properly driven by just about anything.
post #160 of 656
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I agree more with this version
I think they lack a bit lower mids which combined to the proeminent treble make them sound bright. Bass is ok for my tastes (i only wish it was less airy maybe).
Anyway, still no frequency graph available?
Actually the bright treble is at a frequency zone that I dont mind too much. It gives the sound some extra snap The lower mids are easily warmed up by tuberolling since they are not sucked out by any large degree. Theyre not senns though hehehe those are too warm.
post #161 of 656
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Actually the bright treble is at a frequency zone that I dont mind too much. It gives the sound some extra snap The lower mids are easily warmed up by tuberolling since they are not sucked out by any large degree. Theyre not senns though hehehe those are too warm.
I guess amping tames their brightness eh
post #162 of 656
I want the kind of sound that my AD900s give me in a closed phone with good isolation. To that end, I have ordered a pair of M40s (I though about M50s, but the 40s extend more than an octave lower, to 5Hz vs 15Hz. They are also about $40 cheaper, which is better for what is essentially an experiment.) I ruled out A700s and A900s because they are said to offer far less isolation than the studio monitors.

Keeping my fingers crossed that I end up liking these!
post #163 of 656
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I want the kind of sound that my AD900s give me in a closed phone with good isolation.
You might also really like the A900Ti. I absolutely love mine. I also love my AD900, but I think the Titanium is just that bit better.
post #164 of 656
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You might also really like the A900Ti. I absolutely love mine. I also love my AD900, but I think the Titanium is just that bit better.
I wanted something like the M40s specifically for times when I need good isolation (such as when the lawn crew is mowing right outside my window.) When I don't need isolation, I feel no need for anything but AD900s.
My understanding is that A900s (Ti or otherwise) do not isolate much better than open cans. Is that correct?
post #165 of 656
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My understanding is that A900s (Ti or otherwise) do not isolate much better than open cans. Is that correct?
The isolation on the closed Axxx series AT's is rather crap. But trying to get the AD900 sound out of a closed headphone is going to be a very difficult task. The AD900 sounds like an open can, closed cans generally do not.
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