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post #1831 of 1849

^ Nice notes - thanks for the detailed comparison:normal_smile :

 

The AT headphones I've tried do have a bright sound to them. When I used to ran the W1000X through the hrt microstreamer, I felt it was very bright. Through the meier stack, it sounded a lot more refined. My ears probably got used to the signature, and now I find them pretty smooth and mellow. Still brighter than the T1 though. So I understand where you're coming from.

 

Also I listen to headphones, particularly the the AT woodies at lowish volume (at around 8-9:30 on the volume wheel). They get loud quick, and when too loud I find the sounds sometimes can be slightly messy. YMMV of course.

 

On certain genres when they hit their sweet spot and are truly wonderful. I've still found enjoyment listening to all kinds of music with the W1000X.

post #1832 of 1849
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Congrats!  

I'd considered the HE400 before choosing the W1000X. Would be great to hear your new impressions/comparisons on the AT's sound as you just switched from the HE400s.:)

I didnt really listen to my HE400 much in over a year,I just thought they were too heavy and clunky,tried switching to the velours but they were so itchy! The Bass was great and mids were ok but the highs could be annoying especially female vocals,considered the jerg mod but didnt bother after I picked up my second hand Grado 325 goldies which I love.The W1000x have a lot of sparkle and could be cruel to your ears if you play them loud but like you I will probably play mine low to mid volume levels relaxing stress free with a nice bottle of red!On saying that I had them playing Led Zeppelin- Texas International pop festival 1969(brilliant bootleg) and they could handle every bellowing note from Robert Plant and screeching guitar from Pages Les Paul with great aplomb,maybe they need that bottle of red just to tame them a bit!I think I will be enjoying them for a while,need to get a nice new stand for these beauties too sit on!:beerchug: 

post #1833 of 1849

Couple of words about metal music + W1000X.
(Summary on impressions on metal for ~40 cans is here http://www.head-fi.org/t/715478/headphones-for-metal-music-ultimate-solution)

 

Audio-technica ATH-W1000X
And once again, cans with obvious and explicit talents outside heavy metal genres. But perhaps it’s even more interesting to try them metal, than straight metal-able headphones.
For me, the keyword on W1000X is "air." You can feel the air in sound, in headbands touch to your head and in overall aftertaste of music performed by W1000X.
Objectively talking the only thing, which is painfully lacking in relation to metal - bass, here the "air" plays a bad joke. Mids are the best, that the cans have, it's hard not to fall in love with this coloration. Highs are delicate, along with wide (for closed headphones) soundstage, pose a significant part of the overall airy image.

Predictably enough ears showed themselves well on non-extreme metal subgenres, closer to rock / classic – the better:
Heavy Metal: Softness and naturalness are welcome here, headphones are weaving amazing cohesive musical canvas.
Symphonic: Unlike the D600 -  very soft, airy and judicious performance. Sincerely and good. Antipode of D600 for the one who prefers judicious performance to sheer entertainment.
Thrash: Imperfect, but it is noteworthy performance. Feels like soft balls are rolled in the stomach. Looks like inappropriate for the Trash, but extremely interesting anyway.
Alternative: A surprise once again! Comrade W1000X demonstrates amazing ability to play alternative metal. Hooray! Diablo Swing Orchestra and Serj Tankian hail W1000X.

As a result, here we have cans, that are able to make a very fresh notes in non-extreme metal subgenres performance.

post #1834 of 1849

In response to the W5000 pad conversation a couple of pages back, do you find that the new pads influence the sound at all, particularly positively? Are the W3000 pads better?

Of course the ideal replacement seems to be the L3000 pads, but those are no longer available, not even from audiocubes who refunded me as their online store was still "selling" them. 

Regarding the loose fit, is it still ok? I don't want the pads sliding around obviously.

I haven't yet posted anything about these headphones, but suffice to say that I always enjoyed the AT presentation of being close to the music and these headphones are what I've always wanted.


Edited by punish - 6/17/14 at 6:44pm
post #1835 of 1849
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Have not tried the W3000 or L3000 pads. Comparing the stock w1000x to w5000 pads, sound quality differences were minimal if at all - you quickly forget what it sounded like before.

 

However, for me, the positives of the w5000 pads were:

 

Comfort - softer and thicker than stock pads

Fit - For me a more secure fit around the ears and head

Isolation - provides a noticeably better seal*

 

*the better seal make the ears slightly warmer/sweaty - I don't find it much of an issue, but in a hot climate it may be something to consider (though it is also a trait of closed cans in general perhaps)

 

I may have overstated the looseness of w5000 pads - it is slightly larger in diameter than the stock, but once fitted it will not move around in wearing. You need to actively grab the phones and the pads to turn them. If anything, it makes fitting them on the headphones easier.

 

Finally, minor aesthetic point but the larger w5000 pads break the form of the headphones for me. 

 

 

edit: typo


Edited by SunTanScanMan - 6/18/14 at 10:24am
post #1836 of 1849

thank you very much for that post. It was very informative. I have ordered a pair of these w5000 pads now.

Will let you know how it goes. 

post #1837 of 1849

Interesting write-up about the W1000X on page 79.

 

http://www.tonepublications.com/MAGPDF/TA_63.pdf

post #1838 of 1849

got my w5000 pads. very comfortable, and definitely easier to put on. cheers!

post #1839 of 1849

Hey there, glad they're to your liking! :)

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got my w5000 pads. very comfortable, and definitely easier to put on. cheers!

post #1840 of 1849
Hi...i just bought these in a bid for ONLY £180... But... Only after 2 weeks the right ear has started to go quieter than the left... And..somethings wrong here...

is there any way of fixing this...
post #1841 of 1849
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Hi...i just bought these in a bid for ONLY £180... But... Only after 2 weeks the right ear has started to go quieter than the left... And..somethings wrong here...

is there any way of fixing this...

 

Seems like your going to be paying an Audio Technica repair place some money.

post #1842 of 1849
I see.

since in listening to FLAC music, the phones need to Adjust...

now THANK God, the headphones sound EVEN more open, lively, relaxing...amazing!!!

the other earcup has also the same volume as the other..!!! Wow!!! Talk about BURNING IN!!!
post #1843 of 1849

I JUST BOUGHT A PAIR OF THESE ON EBAY AND i AM STOKED.

 

Anybody know how to remove little knicks/scratches from the wood finish? Is there any kind of oil I can apply to lessen the appearance of them?

post #1844 of 1849
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I JUST BOUGHT A PAIR OF THESE ON EBAY AND i AM STOKED.

 

Anybody know how to remove little knicks/scratches from the wood finish? Is there any kind of oil I can apply to lessen the appearance of them?

Personally I've left minor scuffs alone. It would probably be difficult to get an even gloss (though I'm not an expert in woodwork) ... Gives your headphones some character too :) 

post #1845 of 1849
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Originally Posted by SunTanScanMan View Post
 

Personally I've left minor scuffs alone. It would probably be difficult to get an even gloss (though I'm not an expert in woodwork) ... Gives your headphones some character too :) 

Not when the previous owner put them on there.

 

Anyway I am using these plugged directly into my motherboard audio output (Realtek ALC898) and they sound ok I guess. The bass is pretty boomy and overshadows a lot of the finer/delicate/detailed quiet highs I really like (if that makes sense)

 

 I just need a good amp to drive it, then I can give a good review.

 

EDIT:

 

I have heard this pair of phones is rather finicky with its amp pairing. What are some good ones out there? will probably get a SS amp/ other one so I can listen to electronic with them


Edited by lukem5 - 7/17/14 at 2:04am
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