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post #1711 of 1850

closed back with great Imaging: beyer t5p

post #1712 of 1850
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Originally Posted by JamieMcC View Post
 

 

The Beyerdynamic T1 is a really stunning phone and deserving of flag ship status, its also a very comfortable to wear for extended listening it falls in that $700-$800 price bracket.

*sigh* the T1 is open the XC is closed not even relevant

 

I want in the end one open phone for home, which might be the T1 and one CLosed for on the go, which might be the XC, which sells for about $1300 used, I've seen a few pop up here on head fi

 

still it is true that the D7k and DX1000 are marginally cheaper, but if the D7k is as bassy as the D2k I have now, it won't be an end all do all Closed headphone. The TH 900 is like wise too bassy to be an end all headphone for me, hence my desire to try the LCD XC

 

and I could care less about weight

post #1713 of 1850
Wearing an lcd_xc in public would probably be one of the funniest things I've ever seen! What about a th600
post #1714 of 1850

not strictly within thread topic, but I once saw a guy in a suit with a hd800 (yes really) on his head in the London underground - THAT was funny.

post #1715 of 1850

I have also seen someone take a LCD-2 (yeah, LCD-2...) on public transit.

 

It's doable provided you don't mind people staring at you like you just came out of a space shuttle.

 

Still, I think the LCD-XC is more a home phone than it is an on-the-go headphone. It's not the weight or the size of the headphone... but that the cable is prohibitively long.

 

In public, something low profile and good looking like an Audio Technica EarSuit headphone (ESW9, ESW11, etc...) is a much better solution IMO.

 

If you're willing to mod those headphones (they are easier to mod than the W1000X), then you can expect some very good results.

post #1716 of 1850
I think the fostex models are the best looking isolating headphones. Plus they have an exciting signature that pushes the music in a matter that allows you to not have to concentrate on the music in order to enjoy it.
post #1717 of 1850

I use and think I will always need 3 option to cover all my possible requirements. These 3 give me all the variations I want to experience in sheer beautiful style, sound signatures and practicality. I've looked at combining the costs and spending it on a 1 fits all option but don't think its out there: -

 

Open home - HE400

Closed home - W1000X 

Closed outside - Momentum Over's

 

Job done......... until the next one that is:rolleyes:

post #1718 of 1850
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

I have also seen someone take a LCD-2 (yeah, LCD-2...) on public transit.

 

It's doable provided you don't mind people staring at you like you just came out of a space shuttle.

 

Still, I think the LCD-XC is more a home phone than it is an on-the-go headphone. It's not the weight or the size of the headphone... but that the cable is prohibitively long.

 

In public, something low profile and good looking like an Audio Technica EarSuit headphone (ESW9, ESW11, etc...) is a much better solution IMO.

 

If you're willing to mod those headphones (they are easier to mod than the W1000X), then you can expect some very good results.

Honestly, I don't need to worry about the cable OHOHOHOHO I'm getting my W1000x modded to have the Azude mini XLRS, I'm getting a 4.5ft cable done by Brian at BTG, so BAM DENIED, and keep in mind I walk around in public with my D2k Which has wood cups and law tons, and I used to wear the W1000x in public along with my XB 700

 

although honestly I do NOT walk and listen to music at the same time EVER... that's dangerous

 

rather since I'm a PC student, I'mostly use my POrtable set up when I'm on the go, at school, at work. Since I spend about 16 hours a day away from home my portable set up is equally important as my home gear is

 

but :D my w1000x is officaly getting a balanced cable HURRAY :D

post #1719 of 1850

Great. Now you just need a good balanced amp. Although I don't think balanced amping would do much to such a sensitive headphone.

 

Acoustic dampening and tuning would do far more to the sound IMO.

 

Meanwhile, I've just figured out how Audio Technica used to tune their old wood headphones without drilling holes in the wood cups like with the W1000X. It baffled me for a while because obviously the W5000 and W3000ANV don't have the same holes. Heck, the L3000 doesn't have any holes in the leather stitching either, but it has quite a lot of bass.

 

That means I now own the only W1000 in the entire world that has any amount of bass at all...

 

...and it's good. Oh man, it's really good.

 

I wonder why Audio Technica didn't tune the W1000X like they tuned the W1000... but just with more bass... It would have made the W1000X a serious contender under $1000.

post #1720 of 1850
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

Great. Now you just need a good balanced amp. Although I don't think balanced amping would do much to such a sensitive headphone.

 

Acoustic dampening and tuning would do far more to the sound IMO.

 

Meanwhile, I've just figured out how Audio Technica used to tune their old wood headphones without drilling holes in the wood cups like with the W1000X. It baffled me for a while because obviously the W5000 and W3000ANV don't have the same holes. Heck, the L3000 doesn't have any holes in the leather stitching either, but it has quite a lot of bass.

 

That means I now own the only W1000 in the entire world that has any amount of bass at all...

 

...and it's good. Oh man, it's really good.

 

I wonder why Audio Technica didn't tune the W1000X like they tuned the W1000... but just with more bass... It would have made the W1000X a serious contender under $1000.

you need to share that with us q.q

 

still what do you mean GOOD balanced amp -.-, I happen to fell my PB2 [Quad LME 4990 opamps and dummy buffers] is a heck of a good balanced amp. And while the w1000x doesn't need the power, my D2k sounds MUCH better out of the balanced out than the SE, for a balanced amp that has both SE and Balanced connectors, I've found they are optimized more or less to have the best sound quality out of the balance output [afterall they are balanced amps]

 

And Bill P... just start selling Modded W1000's bro! I'd be a happy customer xD

 

still I think I may wind up with the LCD XC honestly... when I have no idea but IF I can make it to the Charolette meet coming up I can finally get to hear one! If I like it enough I Might sell my 2 wood closed backs on the spot q.q [let's hope not all things considered]

 

but I'd love to hear the L3000 as well 

post #1721 of 1850

Haha, will share details about the W1000 one of these days... after I have convinced someone else to purchase one.

 

I am still baffled... because after extracting that bass out of the W1000, I can see that Audio Technica made a very deliberate effort in order to "stop" that bass in its track. Sure, it gave the headphone more clarity, but they could have used a different dampening material, and the bass will be controlled but yet clarity won't suffer.

 

Anyway, long story short... I'm afraid I can't sell modded W1000's. Because I'm certain Audio Technica fans won't go for any other Audio Technica woodies after they hear a bassy W1000. It's just that good! This is like the ultimate midrange-head headphone.

 

We want Audio Technica to give us a W2000X or something along that line!

 

When was the last time they refreshed their wood lineup? It feels like it's been ages.

 

Anyway... LCD-XC... I think you'll like the clarity and details. Not sure if you'll like the weight... as it is heavier than it looks. And not sure you'll like the price. I haven't seen one on sale for less than $1700 used price. It is a relatively new headphone after all, and a very good one at that.

 

I dread the fact that I couldn't talk about it in details after auditioning it at CAS last year. I felt it was THE closed-back headphone to beat. That is... until I heard the W1000. The LCD-XC gave me this "wow, this is a very nice headphone!" feeling. I would have considered getting one for $1000 or so. The W1000? I heard it, and I felt "I must absolutely own this thing at any price point!" It was put right next to the W3000ANV and W1000X. Neither of the other 2 headphones stood a chance... except for bassy tracks. My offer to purchase that pair of W1000 was declined right on the spot (without any hesitation, I might add, even considering I asked the owner to name a price), as the owner obviously also loved the W1000 more than his 2 other headphones.


Edited by Bill-P - 4/3/14 at 6:14pm
post #1722 of 1850
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

Haha, will share details about the W1000 one of these days... after I have convinced someone else to purchase one.

 

Please do, Bill... :-)

 

BTW, what do you mean by "holes in the wood"?  AFAICT, none of the have holes in the wood.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post
 

I dread the fact that I couldn't talk about it in details after auditioning it at CAS last year. I felt it was THE closed-back headphone to beat. That is... until I heard the W1000. The LCD-XC gave me this "wow, this is a very nice headphone!" feeling. I would have considered getting one for $1000 or so. The W1000? I heard it, and I felt "I must absolutely own this thing at any price point!" It was put right next to the W3000ANV and W1000X. Neither of the other 2 headphones stood a chance... except for bassy tracks. My offer to purchase that pair of W1000 was declined right on the spot (without any hesitation, I might add, even considering I asked the owner to name a price), as the owner obviously also loved the W1000 more than his 2 other headphones.

 

 

Fascinating.  I own the 3 of them.  I find the W1000 very nice, but I don't think it is the best of them.  It depends on the music, source and amp.  

 

I think the W1000X is the best all around one, easy to amp and source.

 

But the W3000 + Svetlana + SACD playing Bossa Nova is really hard to beat.  :L3000: 

post #1723 of 1850

If you pay close attention, you'll see that the W1000X have small openings in the wood cup assembly near where the screw holes are. Those are bass ports, and they are the reason the W1000X has the bass that it does.

 

The W1000 also has something similar, but they aren't big enough for anything substantial to go through. And in fact, I suspect they were used merely to tune low mid and create that sweet midrange.

 

When I heard the W1000, I liked the absence of sibilance compared to the W3000ANV and W1000X. The W3000ANV had better clarity and a thicker, more syrupy midrange but it was sibilant, so I couldn't quite enjoy my vocals at higher volumes. Plus everything was a bit bunched up with the W3000ANV. The W1000X had a cavernous sound. The W1000, on the other hand, sounded like it projected sound instead of pushing them from somewhere.

 

Maybe I just got lucky and heard it out of a good source. I did notice that it does change depending on the source, and it likes tube amps the most. W1000 + Schiit Vali has such a massive soundstage that my DT770 pales in comparison. It's an interesting effect that I haven't heard with any other Audio Technica headphone.

post #1724 of 1850

Just a short update. I've placed my order for the W1000X a few moments ago. Would have ordered it earlier - but I almost went for the W5000 instead. On price japan it's the same price as what you would pay a W1000X for in the UK.

 

After a few more days thinking and researching, I stuck with the W1000X in the end - just wasn't brave enough to take the jump. Will keep the money saved and changing my PC case and well as putting it towards my next headphone purchase (whatever that may be).

 

Now the waiting... the worst part.:)

post #1725 of 1850

Just joined the club myself when my w1000x's arrived in the mail.  Was able to fit some old HM5 pads on for the time being, and they do sound just slightly too boomy for me, but overall the sound signature is awesome.

 

Are the L3000 pads as deep/soft as the HM5 pads?

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