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Everyone wants a bit of the new generation hypecake so they will all bring new toys. Astro, Turtle Beach, Tritto, Creative, EVERRRRYYOOOONE. 

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LET THEM EAT HYPECAKE!1!!!!
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Conq,
I have not heard the A900x, but the A700 was alright. Have you seen the A900X in person? I'm not saying you can't wear them portable, but they ARE really big and obvious. I also haven't heard that they are anything special... You might be better of looking at the Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL), Samson, Takstar, or closed AKG models if closed is what you're looking for.
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I'm debating on switching up some of my gear...

 

I was thinking the Asgard 2 and ODAC for my MDs. I hear the ODAC sounds more open than my MSII... and that the AG2 will pair better with my MDs than the iCAN. I'd like some of your opinions, guys.

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Most Asgard 2 reviews/impressions I've read have just been lukewarm.

What are you expecting from an asgard that your m stage and iCan can't deliver. Is the m stage not powerful enough for mad dogs?

I prefer the ODAC a tad to the music steamer as it does sound a little more open and with better depth.
Edited by chicolom - 10/17/13 at 5:18pm
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What are you expecting from an asgard that your m stage and iCan can't deliver.

 

More power for my MDs...

 

When I was inquiring about the HE500 (a while back during my AKG rattle issues) I was told that my current gear would fair well... but being a planar magnetic it would scale better with more power. I also remember Mad mentioning that the MDs truly shined with his Compass 2.

 

It's an itch that's been getting worse as time passes, so I'm about to scratch it...


Edited by Change is Good - 10/17/13 at 5:25pm
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DP..
Edited by conquerator2 - 10/17/13 at 6:05pm
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

Conq,
I have not heard the A900x, but the A700 was alright. Have you seen the A900X in person? I'm not saying you can't wear them portable, but they ARE really big and obvious. I also haven't heard that they are anything special... You might be better of looking at the Creative Aurvana Live! (CAL), Samson, Takstar, or closed AKG models if closed is what you're looking for.

Yeah, size doesn't really trouble me as long as they hold on my head. + they are efficient and don't really need amping...
Thing is, they seem to be really good... I am definitely not writing them off as I read only praise on them.
Well not much info around here but - they have an awesome treble, extended and rather airy for a closed HP, mids are very luscious and full, bass is tight and maybe a bit too strong according to some but I'd have to verify that. Soundstage is very wide and somewhat holographic, again said to be very impressive for music and likes for a closed set of HP, instrument separation is top notch... They definitely seem to hold their own against the competition it seems, they seem to have a charming signature too...
Also very different from the one you mentioned supposedly.

I mean, that's what I read but... So far so good!
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You know, thinking back... People generally found the A900 (though different in sound signature) to be on the same level as the legendary open AD700, and the A700 as a step behind. Again, if I had to trust a company to have good soundstage on closed cans, I'd look to Audio technica, Denon, and AKG. Another pair to consider (was just reminded by reading other's posts) are the Mad Dogs.

The a900s, if you haven't gotten them yet, are big. Like, giant "the fly" eyeballs covering the side of your head big. You may not care, but you will definitely get noticed and potentially harassed in public. Just sayin. They're designed for home use. But if you want, I can't stop you.

Overall though, I prefer open headphones for comfort and techical quality. On the go I typically use Etymotic IEMs and/or V-MODA M-100 closed headphones
Edited by Evshrug - 10/17/13 at 7:27pm
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post

You know, thinking back... People generally found the A900 (though different in sound signature) to be on the same level as the legendary open AD700, and the A700 as a step behind. Again, if I had to trust a company to have good soundstage on closed cans, I'd look to Audio technica, Denon, and AKG. Another pair to consider (was just reminded by reading other's posts) are the Mad Dogs.

The a900s, if you haven't gotten them yet, are big. Like, giant "the fly" eyeballs covering the side of your head big. You may not care, but you will definitely get noticed and potentially harassed in public. Just sayin. They're designed for home use. But if you want, I can't stop you.

Overall though, I prefer open headphones for comfort and techical quality. On the go I typically use Etymotic IEMs and/or V-MODA M-100 closed headphones

Yeah though Mad Dogs require some serious amping to sound best. I have the HiFiMAN for home use so these would be the traveling companions. Which also rules out open cans.
I used the Pro 900 before for portabilities and these were huge too so... Yeah people can bitch all they want as long as they won't be disturbed by it wink.gif
Thanks though!
For now the ATH-A900X is still my pick, but there is still time to change that.
Funily enough a tiny Clip+ can drive them just fine, while AKGs or Mad Dogs... Eh, not so much xD
I wanted to try me some big technicas anyway smily_headphones1.gif
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I know you're a console gamer but I don't know whether my question applies only to PC gamers.

 

I don't understand why you use Dolby Surround + Mixamp + Headphones.

 

It was my understanding that Dolby Surround takes care of the processing for virtual surround sound, which makes the Mixamp seem like a redundant step and makes me wonder why not just connect the headphones directly to the audio jack of your device, leaving out the Mixamp....?

 

Like wouldn't the Mixamp try to redo the processing that Dolby Surround has already done and screw things up?


Edited by mckenziepiping - 10/18/13 at 6:44am
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post
 

 

More power for my MDs...

 

When I was inquiring about the HE500 (a while back during my AKG rattle issues) I was told that my current gear would fair well... but being a planar magnetic it would scale better with more power. I also remember Mad mentioning that the MDs truly shined with his Compass 2.

 

It's an itch that's been getting worse as time passes, so I'm about to scratch it...

 

You could check out this thread. Someone in the Deals thread mentioned they were using the Emotiva mini-X A-100 with the Mad Dogs. The amp is on sale right now for $169 at Emotiva's website.

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Originally Posted by mckenziepiping View Post
 

I know you're a console gamer but I don't know whether my question applies only to PC gamers.

 

I don't understand why you use Dolby Surround + Mixamp + Headphones.

 

It was my understanding that Dolby Surround takes care of the processing for virtual surround sound, which makes the Mixamp seem like a redundant step and makes me wonder why not just connect the headphones directly to the audio jack of your device, leaving out the Mixamp....?

 

Like wouldn't the Mixamp try to redo the processing that Dolby Surround has already done and screw things up?

Who's using DS + Mixamp? I don't think that's the case.  Are you thinking of outputting Dolby Digital Live into a Mixamp? Because that's different.

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Originally Posted by mckenziepiping View Post

I know you're a console gamer but I don't know whether my question applies only to PC gamers.

I don't understand why you use Dolby Surround + Mixamp + Headphones.

It was my understanding that Dolby Surround takes care of the processing for virtual surround sound, which makes the Mixamp seem like a redundant step and makes me wonder why not just connect the headphones directly to the audio jack of your device, leaving out the Mixamp....?

Like wouldn't the Mixamp try to redo the processing that Dolby Surround has already done and screw things up?

Because muxamp is the device that does the processing.
Also, consoles don't have an audio jack output... So you need something regardless.
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Originally Posted by mckenziepiping View Post

I know you're a console gamer but I don't know whether my question applies only to PC gamers.

I don't understand why you use Dolby Surround + Mixamp + Headphones.

It was my understanding that Dolby Surround takes care of the processing for virtual surround sound, which makes the Mixamp seem like a redundant step and makes me wonder why not just connect the headphones directly to the audio jack of your device, leaving out the Mixamp....?

Like wouldn't the Mixamp try to redo the processing that Dolby Surround has already done and screw things up?
Let me 'splain and lay it out plain:
Consoles output 5.1 surround (Dolby Digital Live, DDL). The mixamp uses Dolby Headphone to recode that 5.1 signal into virtual surround for headphones. Then, hardware wise, the Mixamp has a headphone out jack, and it also allows console users to balance the volumes of Chat and Game audio on the fly, no matter what game (here's looking at you, Halo 4...).

Would NOT recommend Mixamp for PC use.
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