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post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
This is the second appreciation thread Ive started, the first one being for the Audio Technica AD900 which I still love.

Now lets talk about these Sa3ks... Let me first say that these are awesome! I can't believe why these aren't more popular than they are. I was more interested in trying these than the sa5000 because I don't usually like cans with pleather/leather earpads since I don't like the colorations they make to the sound. The SA3000 was more interesting to me since I hear they use the same drivers as the sa5000 but have cloth pads instead of the leather and are much cheaper maybe because of the plastic parts instead of metal. The comfort on these cans is better than any other cans Ive ever tried.

The sound of these cans are so grainless and smooth while being punchy and dynamic! If I were to compare them with other cans I would say they are close to the dt880 in bass weight but without the harsh highs then add some better and more present mids ala hd600 then lift the veil. Grainlessness is akin to stats. The sound only has one flaw IMO and its the slightly tunnely sound that gets worse when head/ear placement is not perfect. For the price though, this flaw is not so significant to me compared to that of the other cans Ive heard on my profile.

So who else has these around here and really love them... Lets Give it up for the SA3000
post #2 of 38
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
I hear they use the same drivers as the sa5000
is that a fact?

do they isolate a bit, or not at all?

I guess a trade against a Pro750 is not gonna be of any interest to you?
post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 
hahahaha I know you wouldn't trade your favorite cans for my sa3ks

Anyway, the drivers being the same as the sa5k is just what Ive read here and there on headfi but I don't really know for sure.

and no isolation
post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
This is the second appreciation thread Ive started, the first one being for the Audio Technica AD900 which I still love.

Now lets talk about these Sa3ks... Let me first say that these are awesome! I can't believe why these aren't more popular than they are. I was more interested in trying these than the sa5000 because I don't usually like cans with pleather/leather earpads since I don't like the colorations they make to the sound. The SA3000 was more interesting to me since I hear they use the same drivers as the sa5000 but have cloth pads instead of the leather and are much cheaper maybe because of the plastic parts instead of metal. The comfort on these cans is better than any other cans Ive ever tried.

The sound of these cans are so grainless and smooth while being punchy and dynamic! If I were to compare them with other cans I would say they are close to the dt880 in bass weight but without the harsh highs then add some better and more present mids ala hd600 then lift the veil. Grainlessness is akin to stats. The sound only has one flaw IMO and its the slightly tunnely sound that gets worse when head/ear placement is not perfect. For the price though, this flaw is not so significant to me compared to that of the other cans Ive heard on my profile.

So who else has these around here and really love them... Lets Give it up for the SA3000
Great that you finally got them, and you like them. I used to really like them, however in time I got kind of tired of their "light" signature. They surely have wide soundstage, but IMO miss some depth.
post #5 of 38
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the Sony MDR-SA3000 Stereo Headphones. With the 50 millimeter diameter, dome type driver unit and Sony's newly-developed nanocomposite diaphragm, your music will sound loud, clear, and rich. The MDR-SA3000's high definition driver units reproduce crystal-clear recorded sounds at a wide frequency range (8-100,000 Hz).
impressive specs sir Don !!!
post #6 of 38
I have never heard about this that SA5000 would use same drivers as SA3000.
post #7 of 38
Thread Starter 
Maybe someone can chime in to confirm whether they have the same drivers or not... It doesn't really matter much to me though. I wasn't sure of it which is why I stated that it was just what i heard
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
Maybe someone can chime in to confirm whether they have the same drivers or not... It doesn't really matter much to me though. I wasn't sure of it which is why I stated that it was just what i heard
AFAIK those two have different drivers.
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
Oh ok Love your former Cans!
post #10 of 38
And I'm really enjoying yours
post #11 of 38
SONY MDR-SA1000 - SERVICE MANUAL - English - Diplodocs

indeed, the sa1k/3k share the same drivers but the sa5k uses another part#
post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 
Now I wish I hadn't posted this appreciation thread... The sa3ks luster has worn off. Now I'm left with some cans that just sound echoey to me

The only long term friends of mine are the senn hd580/600 and the ad900s hehehe
post #13 of 38
new toy syndrome, terrible thing

I used to have it all the time when rolling op-amps...but now I know what I want, "I think".

anyway, you still have this option:
post #14 of 38
BTW, if you're lucky enough to find some....you could try to mod it w/ cd3k drivers, like this guy had s2audio to do it on his sa1k: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f10/fs...rivers-288105/

I know for a fact that the further you give space to these drivers, the more amazing they get
post #15 of 38
Pity, always liked the looks and price of these headphones. I wonder if I could the the 5k and take it apart far enough to paint it...
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