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post #46 of 110
Oh gosh darn. After my cans get delivered at my house, you tell me. Got confirmation that the cans work so far from my parents. Got another month before I can be stateside though...long wait is going to be long.
post #47 of 110
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Oh gosh darn. After my cans get delivered at my house, you tell me. Got confirmation that the cans work so far from my parents. Got another month before I can be stateside though...long wait is going to be long.
what is your current source?
post #48 of 110
Source is going to be one of two X-Fi XtremeMusics. I'm considering getting an Essence STX though.
post #49 of 110
i have an x-fi xtrememusic. i can get decent sound out of it -at medium volumes-by playing with the settings. good enough to make you happy for sure. start saving up for a real amp or an amped sound card- like the stx or forte
post #50 of 110
I have just received my DX3 (while I was taking a nap and after hearing the delivery man just drop it in front the door) and started listening to it.

Just for a couple few first impressions I am using Compass as a Amp/DAC, computer with Foobar as source, and am going to be comparing this with my modded RX700.

First things first, going over the build quality. Wow these cloth pads are very comfy. These things don't require burn in at all to feel very comfortable. The adjust thing on both side of the headphone is nice and the headstrap thing sorta works. Cute, but I'd prefer they implemented it differently. Anyway, with that aside, these things are very comfy.

Unlike the build of RX700 and the RX900 where you would slowly peel off the pads, the DX3 features pads with clip ons (or I think hole ins is more accurate) with them. You can safely pull them off and on easily without any real means of damage. Inside there is a large cover felt somewhat similar to the ones found in RX700 and RX900. For now I'm going to burn in these cans as stock and am going to post pictures of it once I can acquire a camera somewhere. A mod thread for these cans may be in order.

With that aside, lets start off with a few impressions. Compared to RX700, these cans scream of detail. Knowing that my RX700 is well burned in with cover felt holes taken out of it, this was quite incredible. It is not small, but very and easily noticeable upgrade of detail from RX700. On the frequency side, mids and the highs are indeed bright. I don't know how to describe it well, but the best I could come up with is 'nasally' sounding. As for the bass, there is not much there but I expect to change during burn in period.

I would really love to mod the can just as I have done with RX900 and 700. Until then, stock usage.
post #51 of 110
Looks like I'll be giving away my RX700 to my cousin then. You guys make me anxious to get back to the US and hear that DX3...
post #52 of 110

Quick comparison: DX1 vs DX3

In general, I consider the DX1 to be the closed, big brother of my modded KSC75. Bright, slightly strident highs and generous mids. But I've found that the DX1 really needs to be EQed to get adequate bass out of them, even when compared to unEQed KSC75.

In contrast, the DX3 have a much more capable bottom end, regardless of EQ or amp. The low end seems deeper and more textured but not overwhelming. There's a nice thump to it without tubbiness. The bass of the DX3 is the most obvious improvement over the DX1.

However, the DX3's mids make me aware that I'm listening to a closed headphone. There's a "cup-iness" that isn't as obvious with the DX1. Certain female singers sound better out of the DX1. Likewise with acoustic piano where the player has an aggressive attack. There may also be a slight roll-off in the high end of the DX3, but nothing I'd complain about. (It may just be my aging ears, frankly)

Comparing the EQed DX1 and unEQed DX3, I'd say the DX3 has a more neutral sound and will likely be my preferred phones for extended listening. (Oh, and the velour padding on the DX3 has it all over the DX1's pleather pads.) Frankly, I'd be happy with either one of these phones and would have likely stopped with the DX1 if ourfpshero hadn't pointed out that great DX3 deal on eBay.

Disclosure:
The DX3 has 100+ hours of burn-in. The DX1 has well over 200 hours of use. I run both phones out of a mini^3 (low impedance) portable amp connected to a 4th gen. iPod or a 1st gen. iPod touch via a generic LOD.

Amazing fact:
The built-in equalizer on the iPod seems to work fine, even though the phones are connected through a portable amp via LOD. (I was told that the LOD would circumvent all the iPod's electronics, except for the D/A converter.) I've been using the iPod's Bass Booster setting with the DX1 with good results.
post #53 of 110
Well, finally got time to sit down with my HA-DX3 after getting back from China. I would have gotten more time to listen if it weren't for the fact that I got delayed for three hours at Newark International, waiting in my plane outside my gate for some crappy weather to move out. After several months of listening to the HD595, I was pretty surprised at how close the DX3 sounded. Not sure why but it just seems like the bass amount, mids and highs were about equal out of my X-Fi XtremeMusic (for now, anyway). The DX3 definitely sounds closed though but surprisingly enough, it has just a bit more detail than the HD595. Interesting...very interesting. Soundstage isn't nearly as big though but open can vs closed obviously.

In terms of comfort, I think the DX3 is closest to my cousin's Audio Technica AD700 I pilfered for a week and a half. Unlike the AD700 though, the pads aren't itchy while the clamping force remains very light. It doesn't make my head hurt like the RX700 and RX900 do and it also doesn't have a pressure point under my ear like my HD595. My ears don't get hot and that's very good for a closed headphone. It's a keeper so far.
post #54 of 110
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Well, finally got time to sit down with my HA-DX3 after getting back from China. I would have gotten more time to listen if it weren't for the fact that I got delayed for three hours at Newark International, waiting in my plane outside my gate for some crappy weather to move out. After several months of listening to the HD595, I was pretty surprised at how close the DX3 sounded. Not sure why but it just seems like the bass amount, mids and highs were about equal out of my X-Fi XtremeMusic (for now, anyway). The DX3 definitely sounds closed though but surprisingly enough, it has just a bit more detail than the HD595. Interesting...very interesting. Soundstage isn't nearly as big though but open can vs closed obviously.

In terms of comfort, I think the DX3 is closest to my cousin's Audio Technica AD700 I pilfered for a week and a half. Unlike the AD700 though, the pads aren't itchy while the clamping force remains very light. It doesn't make my head hurt like the RX700 and RX900 do and it also doesn't have a pressure point under my ear like my HD595. My ears don't get hot and that's very good for a closed headphone. It's a keeper so far.
As far as I can tell from hearing peoples reviews on the DX3 they really benefit from a desktop amp. ~ How did the RX700s hurt your head BTW, there probably right up there with the comfort of the D2000 for me personally.
post #55 of 110
The RX700s clamped really hard for me for some reason. I always got a headache from listening to them for too long.
post #56 of 110
Odd, I found the RX-700s very comfortable (albeit hot) as well.
post #57 of 110
I find the 700s comfortable at the middle setting, along with Graphicism's foam padding mod, I love em'. The DX3's are as comfy as my TB HPA2 headset, similar design though but the DX3's are much better quality. Just too bad that I was dissapointed with the DX3's sound...well bass impact tbh. I want a particular sound and expected these to have more presence and punch...using the same settings and the RX700, the DX3's are pretty weak in that aspect. Though mid/hi clarity and detail are increase, it's not worth the $60+ price difference imo. I run both off my forte with a flat EQ until the 62/31 tabs, and those are increased a bit..the most on the DX3's. While comfy, I just do not agree with the sound they make....it's good and maybe I expected too much from them coming off of my RX700's. Went back to the 700's, considering selling the DX3's at this point.

post #58 of 110
^ want
post #59 of 110
I have spent a bit more time with my HA-DX3 and realized I could adjust the earcups just two days ago. After moving it in one notch, I found bass. There aren't gobs of it like there are in the RX900 but it was more a deep, clean bass that didn't end up flooding the mids and treble. Ronald Jenkees definitely sounds a step above my HD595 in the bass department.

However, the drawback from the better fit with my head is the heat. My ears got sweaty again and I have to turn on the AC and the ceiling fan. The DX3 is also about as heavy as the RX900 and my neck starts hurting if I use it for too long. Guess I'll just grow a stronger neck because these things actually sound genuinely good for $109 IMO. Going to get rid of (sell/give away) my RX900 soon because I have no more need for them.
post #60 of 110
Just thought I'd bump this with a price drop alert: both Buy.com and Butterfly photo now offer the HA-DX3 for $69.99 with free shipping in CONUS. Heck of a deal if you ask me.
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