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Let me ask, What happens when you turn on the bass boost and crossfeed on the Arrow? What happens when you max both of them at the same time?basshead.gifvery_evil_smiley.gifeek.gifbiggrin.gif If it blows your ears out, I am not to blame.

 



With both maxed out, you get a blended, huge sound with ear pounding bass! It's too much for sure. These really show off the effect of crossfeed too, more so than any ear/headphone I've ever plugged into the Arrow. Crossfeed always seemed hardly noticeable at all, but with the 900s you really can hear the difference. It gives me new admiration for how well implemented the feature is on the Arrow. I think both at max almost did blow my ears out! Ha ha. 

 

So when are you picking up a pair of 900s? They're amazing, even fresh out of the box.

I may get them soon or I may wait a bit. I already have great phones, including an ortho I want to mod. I think I might put some money into the phones I have by modding them and getting an equalizer and amp instead of buying a new phone. I will probably buy the 900s at some point, just not now. The orthos I have, the ubiquitous Fostex T50RP, can really put out some great bass, with the amazing ortho mids. That is why I am not strongly hankering for the 900s right now. Don't get me wrong, I have wanted a pair of Pro 900s for almost a year now, but I can wait for good things. 


I hear ya about other plans for the time being. That's cool about the orthos... I just recently had a pair of the Thunderpants (is that what you're going to mod/build on your own?), but they just didn't do it 'all' like I wanted. I think they just didn't quite fit right either. 

 

It's funny when you know you'll cave eventually for a pair of phones you've been craving for a while. From what I'm hearing with these in the early stages, and what I heard with the TP, and Sony Z1000, the Pro 900s will be a great choice still. It's totally a grooving headphone. I have a big grin while I'm listening so far, trying to get some work done! 

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I'm sorry I asked this before, but I don't think I got too clear of an answer..

 

How much sound do the PRO900's leak/isolate? I previously owned the PRO550's and they leaked far too much for me (surprisingly for a closed can), and isolated basically nothing. I live in an apartment with a few friends, and when I was listening to my PRO550's at moderate-to-high volumes, they were able to hear it from the other room.

 

I'm actually right now considering the HFI-580's. I enjoy bass, but am also looking for a great soundstage (gamer necessity) with clear, but not painful mids/highs. I thought if I save up for a longer amount of time, I might be able to afford the PRO900's rather than feeling regret that I opted for another model for half the cost. I don't plan on using an amp at the moment, and most say these are easily driven, I will however most likely buy a sound card/amp combo when I begin building a desktop system later this year.

 

My main concern still is though, if they leak sound?

 

Also I feel compelled to ask how they compare to the HFI-580's when driven un-amped, un-eq'd.

post #198 of 5909
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I've never heard the HFI 580, though I'd love to someday, so I can't comment on the comparison, but I can help you with the isolation question.  The Pro 900s do a good job of blocking noise from both directions.  When you put them on, you immediately notice how much quieter outside noises appear to be.  You can listen quite loud before others would get annoyed, although if you are sitting right next to someone they can tell what you are listening to.  I've used them on a plane and I can't hear the loud engine whatsoever (once music is playing), so hopefully that helps.

 

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I'm sorry I asked this before, but I don't think I got too clear of an answer..

 

How much sound do the PRO900's leak/isolate? I previously owned the PRO550's and they leaked far too much for me (surprisingly for a closed can), and isolated basically nothing. I live in an apartment with a few friends, and when I was listening to my PRO550's at moderate-to-high volumes, they were able to hear it from the other room.

 

I'm actually right now considering the HFI-580's. I enjoy bass, but am also looking for a great soundstage (gamer necessity) with clear, but not painful mids/highs. I thought if I save up for a longer amount of time, I might be able to afford the PRO900's rather than feeling regret that I opted for another model for half the cost. I don't plan on using an amp at the moment, and most say these are easily driven, I will however most likely buy a sound card/amp combo when I begin building a desktop system later this year.

 

My main concern still is though, if they leak sound?

 

Also I feel compelled to ask how they compare to the HFI-580's when driven un-amped, un-eq'd.


IMHO I think they leak quite a bit, not that much less than my open headphones. At least that's my experience. My girlfriend can hear my music from a room away at normal listening volumes. That is in a quiet house though.

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I'd agree they leak somewhat, but man, almost as much as an open headphone? If open ones only leak this much (and still isolate as well) maybe it's time to try out the LCD-2!!  evil_smiley.gif  (.....nahhhh, not yet, don't have suitable amplification for those just now... so it will have to be a later project!)

post #201 of 5909
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I'd agree they leak somewhat, but man, almost as much as an open headphone? If open ones only leak this much (and still isolate as well) maybe it's time to try out the LCD-2!!  evil_smiley.gif  (.....nahhhh, not yet, don't have suitable amplification for those just now... so it will have to be a later project!)


Not quite as much as my old AD900, but still, I'd have expected from a closed headphone there would be MUCH more noise isolation. Not that I need it in my house anyway :)

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I'm sorry I asked this before, but I don't think I got too clear of an answer..

 

How much sound do the PRO900's leak/isolate? I previously owned the PRO550's and they leaked far too much for me (surprisingly for a closed can), and isolated basically nothing. I live in an apartment with a few friends, and when I was listening to my PRO550's at moderate-to-high volumes, they were able to hear it from the other room.

 

I'm actually right now considering the HFI-580's. I enjoy bass, but am also looking for a great soundstage (gamer necessity) with clear, but not painful mids/highs. I thought if I save up for a longer amount of time, I might be able to afford the PRO900's rather than feeling regret that I opted for another model for half the cost. I don't plan on using an amp at the moment, and most say these are easily driven, I will however most likely buy a sound card/amp combo when I begin building a desktop system later this year.

 

My main concern still is though, if they leak sound?

 

Also I feel compelled to ask how they compare to the HFI-580's when driven un-amped, un-eq'd.


IMHO I think they leak quite a bit, not that much less than my open headphones. At least that's my experience. My girlfriend can hear my music from a room away at normal listening volumes. That is in a quiet house though.



 



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I'd agree they leak somewhat, but man, almost as much as an open headphone? If open ones only leak this much (and still isolate as well) maybe it's time to try out the LCD-2!!  evil_smiley.gif  (.....nahhhh, not yet, don't have suitable amplification for those just now... so it will have to be a later project!)


Not quite as much as my old AD900, but still, I'd have expected from a closed headphone there would be MUCH more noise isolation. Not that I need it in my house anyway :)



 

Well these impressions made the decision for me x] I really can't have headphones that leak sound.

 

Unless there is some sort of mod I can do to the PRO900's in regards to the sound isolation/leaks (without affecting quality), I'll be going with the HFI-580's.

I am somewhat relieved to do that actually, less cost & should be better amp-less, which are both also major factors for a student like me.

 

I'm just concerned about soundstage, as I haven't heard any real impressions on the soundstage they provide. Being a gamer, this is quite important C:

post #203 of 5909
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I'm sorry I asked this before, but I don't think I got too clear of an answer..

 

How much sound do the PRO900's leak/isolate? I previously owned the PRO550's and they leaked far too much for me (surprisingly for a closed can), and isolated basically nothing. I live in an apartment with a few friends, and when I was listening to my PRO550's at moderate-to-high volumes, they were able to hear it from the other room.

 

I'm actually right now considering the HFI-580's. I enjoy bass, but am also looking for a great soundstage (gamer necessity) with clear, but not painful mids/highs. I thought if I save up for a longer amount of time, I might be able to afford the PRO900's rather than feeling regret that I opted for another model for half the cost. I don't plan on using an amp at the moment, and most say these are easily driven, I will however most likely buy a sound card/amp combo when I begin building a desktop system later this year.

 

My main concern still is though, if they leak sound?

 

Also I feel compelled to ask how they compare to the HFI-580's when driven un-amped, un-eq'd.


IMHO I think they leak quite a bit, not that much less than my open headphones. At least that's my experience. My girlfriend can hear my music from a room away at normal listening volumes. That is in a quiet house though.



 



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I'd agree they leak somewhat, but man, almost as much as an open headphone? If open ones only leak this much (and still isolate as well) maybe it's time to try out the LCD-2!!  evil_smiley.gif  (.....nahhhh, not yet, don't have suitable amplification for those just now... so it will have to be a later project!)


Not quite as much as my old AD900, but still, I'd have expected from a closed headphone there would be MUCH more noise isolation. Not that I need it in my house anyway :)



 

Well these impressions made the decision for me x] I really can't have headphones that leak sound.

 

Unless there is some sort of mod I can do to the PRO900's in regards to the sound isolation/leaks (without affecting quality), I'll be going with the HFI-580's.

I am somewhat relieved to do that actually, less cost & should be better amp-less, which are both also major factors for a student like me.

 

I'm just concerned about soundstage, as I haven't heard any real impressions on the soundstage they provide. Being a gamer, this is quite important C:


The soundstage is decent. I have used them for CS:S. Not as good as my old AD-900 but still decent.

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I'm sorry I asked this before, but I don't think I got too clear of an answer..

 

How much sound do the PRO900's leak/isolate? I previously owned the PRO550's and they leaked far too much for me (surprisingly for a closed can), and isolated basically nothing. I live in an apartment with a few friends, and when I was listening to my PRO550's at moderate-to-high volumes, they were able to hear it from the other room.

 

I'm actually right now considering the HFI-580's. I enjoy bass, but am also looking for a great soundstage (gamer necessity) with clear, but not painful mids/highs. I thought if I save up for a longer amount of time, I might be able to afford the PRO900's rather than feeling regret that I opted for another model for half the cost. I don't plan on using an amp at the moment, and most say these are easily driven, I will however most likely buy a sound card/amp combo when I begin building a desktop system later this year.

 

My main concern still is though, if they leak sound?

 

Also I feel compelled to ask how they compare to the HFI-580's when driven un-amped, un-eq'd.


IMHO I think they leak quite a bit, not that much less than my open headphones. At least that's my experience. My girlfriend can hear my music from a room away at normal listening volumes. That is in a quiet house though.



 



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I'd agree they leak somewhat, but man, almost as much as an open headphone? If open ones only leak this much (and still isolate as well) maybe it's time to try out the LCD-2!!  evil_smiley.gif  (.....nahhhh, not yet, don't have suitable amplification for those just now... so it will have to be a later project!)


Not quite as much as my old AD900, but still, I'd have expected from a closed headphone there would be MUCH more noise isolation. Not that I need it in my house anyway :)



 

Well these impressions made the decision for me x] I really can't have headphones that leak sound.

 

Unless there is some sort of mod I can do to the PRO900's in regards to the sound isolation/leaks (without affecting quality), I'll be going with the HFI-580's.

I am somewhat relieved to do that actually, less cost & should be better amp-less, which are both also major factors for a student like me.

 

I'm just concerned about soundstage, as I haven't heard any real impressions on the soundstage they provide. Being a gamer, this is quite important C:


The soundstage is decent. I have used them for CS:S. Not as good as my old AD-900 but still decent.


Just to clarify, you are referring to the HFI-580's soundstage and not the PRO900's?

 

cause I certainly don't expect the 580 to be as good as the AD900, not even the AD700. (considering they're both open-air)

 

But as long as you think they are decent when you've experienced one of the best rated gaming headphones(AD900), I think I'll be happy x]

post #206 of 5909


 

Just to clarify, you are referring to the HFI-580's soundstage and not the PRO900's?

 

cause I certainly don't expect the 580 to be as good as the AD900, not even the AD700. (considering they're both open-air)

 

But as long as you think they are decent when you've experienced one of the best rated gaming headphones(AD900), I think I'll be happy x]


No sorry I have not heard the 580, I am referring tot he PRO 900 that I own.

post #207 of 5909

As far as a mod which helps isolation, I would think that only a leather or faux-leather ear pad would help with that. Then there's no reason why they shouldn't isolate as well as other headphones in Ultrasone's range which have the pleather pads. I've been trying to search and find if there's anything available for the 900s specifically, but I haven't had much luck yet. I'll post a link if I can find something successfully, because I could deal with a touch more isolation at work to drown out all the distracting 'hallway conversations' which seem to take place at my daily grind. 

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As far as a mod which helps isolation, I would think that only a leather or faux-leather ear pad would help with that. Then there's no reason why they shouldn't isolate as well as other headphones in Ultrasone's range which have the pleather pads. I've been trying to search and find if there's anything available for the 900s specifically, but I haven't had much luck yet. I'll post a link if I can find something successfully, because I could deal with a touch more isolation at work to drown out all the distracting 'hallway conversations' which seem to take place at my daily grind. 


 

Sure, let me know what you find (if anything). I'm probably going to grab myself the HFI-580's, and upgrade to the PRO900's in the future if the isolation/leak problem is moddable.



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Just to clarify, you are referring to the HFI-580's soundstage and not the PRO900's?

 

cause I certainly don't expect the 580 to be as good as the AD900, not even the AD700. (considering they're both open-air)

 

But as long as you think they are decent when you've experienced one of the best rated gaming headphones(AD900), I think I'll be happy x]


No sorry I have not heard the 580, I am referring tot he PRO 900 that I own.


Oh okay, thats what I assumed.

post #209 of 5909
Thread Starter 

Now that you bring up trying the Pro 900 with leather pads, I am extremely interested in trying that.  I wonder if J$ would do a custom set of pads if I emailed them... very_evil_smiley.gif

post #210 of 5909

I have read that the Pro550/650 pleather pads fit the Pro900, but nobody has ever confirmed it for certain and I can't seem to find anywhere to buy them.

 

I find the velvet/velour to be slightly irritating and prefer pleather.

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