AKG sells a coiled cable through their parts dept.
AKG sells a coiled cable through their parts dept.
Sorry, didn't pay full attention.
Option2: I have two stock 10ft cables and had a female friend braid one of them to have a shorter one for my desk. You can just buy an extra cable and do the same if it works for you. I can post a pic later if you like.
Do I need a mixamp with the AKG Annie? the guy from the store said that I most likely would not need it due to my soundcard. I asked him about if I put it on with my kindle or other device and he said since its not a high ohm headphone I should be ok. Not sure how the miniamps work with headphones but I saw there was one for $125 or the astroamp about the same price.
If your not playing on a CONSOLE, don't get a mixamp - get a soundcard. You already have a soundcard though.
The AKGs aren't particularly high ohm, but they're low sensitivity and aren't the easiest to drive.
Sony sent me a review unit of the Pulse many months ago (late last year) before it was launched and to be quite honest,it's a mixed bag. Bad in wireless mode, but actually quite decent in wired mode and for $120... something like the CAL may be a better choice instead.
The Pulse is rather similar to the CAL on all fronts including the soundstage and positional cues, except its bass doesn't extend quite as deep. I'll get to its gimmicky BassImpact in a bit, but with BI disabled the bass on the Pulse is a lot more shy that I'd expect from a closed can. It's not very bassy, in fact I needed to up the bass boost on my DSS through wired mode (another point I will get to later) to get it to sound warm enough.
The reason for this is because of the offset Sony has done so that BassImpact doesn't distorts the Pulse when it is enabled. You can control how much BI you want on the headset itself, but here in lies the problem — the vibration motors gets so loud that you can actually HEAR it when it hits the low frequencies. Anything more than the 4th-5th notch on the BI control and it'll be so irritating that I see no reason for it.
The idea of BI is that the motors will give a haptic feedback everytime a mid-bass frequency is hit, so just go imagine it rumbling like "grrrrr grrr groooo" when an explosion happens on screen. The vibrators are louder than the explosion itself. It's not the sort of subtle thumps you'll get from the X1 or any other bassy headphones.
Then there's the battery, do a search on Google and see how many dead batteries has the Pulse faced over the last few months. It's ridiculous.
My review unit got its battery dead within a month, it's non-user replaceable and the worse thing is? Sony couldn't even replace them because they had no stocks for it when I returned it to them. They had to send me a new unit instead.
Then there's the issue with the Pulse in wireless mode, even at max volume everything sounded way too rolled off. Not enough volume basically, I don't know if Sony purposely limited the volume on the Pulse so that it can conserve as much battery as possible (of which lasts a miserable 4 1/2 hours in the first place) or what, but it's very undesireable to use in wireless mode.
For the good news, the Pulse is at least a versatile headset. Because it can work in both wireless and wired mode, connecting the Pulse to an amp + DAC opens it up to a whole new level of sound quality that I wonder if I was still listening onto the same headset. With an amp, gone is the need to conserve battery (which I assume for the low volumes), blast the Pulse loud if you want and there's almost no distortion regardless of what you throw at it. Clean, smooth sound and with the bass boost on the DSS, it made the Pulse sounded like the CAL. Fun and warm, you can even set the BI to the 4th notch to get the subtle thumps and without actually hearing the motors rumbling.
It's crazy how different the Pulse works both in wired and wireless mode to be honest. Even running the Pulse wired from its USB receiver without going through an amp or a DAC made it sound better than it was in wireless.
The VSS on the Pulse is fairly "meh". There's no distinction in the rear cues, only a wide soundstage that envelopes the entire headset. Nothing spectacular. Dolby Headphones still does a better job IMO.
Are you trying to get me to spend even more money on headphones here? Seriously, it's you on one end with the MDR-MA900, and DefQon on the other end with the SR-Omega (which my wallet dearly hopes I never, ever encounter)...
I still have no Q701 or K702 65th experience to draw from, but even pushing that aside, you make the MA900 sound like the perfect can to take with me to places I wouldn't dare risk my SR-Lambda + SRM-T1 combo (which is basically "anywhere outside of my house", but I may make special exceptions here and there).
The MA900 has more mid bass than the Q701, but has less sub bass than the Q701. The MA900s mid-bass is probably somewhere around the Anniversaries
The MA900 has more pure mid quantity than Anniversary (and definitely the X1), but they're a less refined mids. The Q701 is more refined and has better extension, but at the same time the mids are thinner and drier - so the MA900 is less fatiguing to listen to. The MA900 has more body than the Q701 The MA900 sound slightly "n" shaped to me, as the bass and treble roll off some while the mids are pretty strong. It usually sounds a bit too mid-range-y to me after listening to the Anniversaires with their fuller balance. The MA900 sounds thinner and less grounded next to them.
Overall the X1 and Anniversary are still on another level as the MA900 just doesn't have the extension, the body, or the refinement that they have. It doesn't sound like a $300+ headphone, but it's not meant to. I wouldn't reach for it over the X1 or Anniversary, but I would reach for it over the Q701 for a lot of things. And I would pick it over the DT990, and probably the HD5x8 (I'd have to hear the soundstage again to be sure).
If I kept the MA900, it would function more like my KSC35s as a quick go-to headphone for normal listening. I would still bust out the X1 or AKGs for serious music/gaming/movie listening. So it's hard for me justify keeping them just for that type of use...
I compared it to the Anniversaries and the bass is actually pretty similar, until you get to the sub bass.
Last time I was comparing the MA900 to the X1, I always had to use the iCans bass boost to get it closer to the X1.
I'm not gonna lie though, I'm not the best man at judging bass.