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Audio Technica AD-Series: AD300, AD700, AD900, AD1000PRM, AD2000

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Another awesome review over at Headfonia:

 

http://www.headfonia.com/audio-technica-ad-series-ad300-ad700-ad900-ad1000prm-ad2000/

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Great! The AD2000 wasn't one of my favorite headphones but I've always wondered about the AD1000PRM. Looks like I should take a look at it one day.

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Miss the AD2000. If it had the comfort of K601 or HD-650 I'd still own them! Hopefully Audio Technica has finally gotten the pads right on all their new headphones that use the "Wing" design. I think they did with the W1000X from what I hear.

 

 

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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

Miss the AD2000. If it had the comfort of K601 or HD-650 I'd still own them! Hopefully Audio Technica has finally gotten the pads right on all their new headphones that use the "Wing" design. I think they did with the W1000X from what I hear.


Why not try the W1000X then? I bet it would be the perfect headphone for you, as I hear it easily competes with the D7000.

 

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Why not try the W1000X then? I bet it would be the perfect headphone for you, as I hear it easily competes with the D7000.

 


Someday I will. Basically right now I'm totally spoiled on open headphones. It will be very, very hard for me to convince myself to get a $500+ closed headphone. Oh, and I'm cheap. My limit on headphones is $450..maybe $500. If I go up to $600 it better me near perfect in every way, but that will be rare.

 

Basically my perfect headphone is the K702 with less treble and a tad more bass and a more upfront sound. K601 is close but isn't at the same level as the K702.

 

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that review just make me want to hear AD2000 so badly. Very curious about it :D

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that review just make me want to hear AD2000 so badly.


Ur confusing me. The review's making me want to hear the AD1000PRM

 

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The AD900 is the best bang-for-buck headphone since the KSC-75, and thats paying the crazy prices we are forced to pay here in Oz. If you only hear one pair of ~$300 fullsize cans this year, make that the AD900. Only the serious bassheads would be disappointed, IMO. 

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The AD900 is the best bang-for-buck headphone since the KSC-75, and thats paying the crazy prices we are forced to pay here in Oz. If you only hear one pair of ~$300 fullsize cans this year, make that the AD900. Only the serious bassheads would be disappointed, IMO. 


I would put Sennheiser HD598 in that category, but I remember you saying Oz prices are through the roof.

 

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Particularly for Sennheiser - we have a single distributor for a country of 25 million people, and they know that they can count on brand power in the few 'electronics superstore' style retailers that remain in Oz. Savvier shoppers go online, but we cant buy most electronics off Amazon (some exceptions, but definitely not Sennheiser), for example. 

 

Audio-Technica definitely place a premium on a lot of their product, and you are unlikely to find AD900 (or CK10/CK100...) going for a song anywhere, sadly. The good news is that the build quality, in my experience, lives up to that premium. My ES7 lived a very hard life, and they were still going strong when I last saw them perched on a smiling Thai girl ;)

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I like AD2000 almost as much as I like AD1000PRM, just like the reviewer has said, AD2000 is much more balanced while AD1000PRM is so special. But then I got my AD1000PRM in a sale by ATH-SEA which AD2000 wasn't involved ==

 

...reminds me of that AD1000PRM was the first ever headphone that literally WOW me when I was stil using Logitech G35 gaming headphone. That was my first impression on audiophile headphones which actually showed me the 'possibility' of good sound.

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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

The AD900 is the best bang-for-buck headphone since the KSC-75, and thats paying the crazy prices we are forced to pay here in Oz. If you only hear one pair of ~$300 fullsize cans this year, make that the AD900. Only the serious bassheads would be disappointed, IMO. 

 

I'll agree with you there. For some reason, that headphone left a VERY good impression on me. It was hard to let go.

post #13 of 46
While I heard the two pairs of AD2000 vs my own AD1000PRM, where one is stock the other is recabled with cardas and have pad modded. My AD1000PRM have also been recabled by Audio Technica to the 4 core cable they meant to have.

Stock AD2000 vs AD1000PRM
Just like the review, the AD2000 is more weighty but the AD1000PRM have crisper treble and faster bass response. The comfort on the AD2000 is quite a bit worse than the PRM, the driver grilles touches my ears and pressed hard, where the AD1000PRM have far more space for my ears.

Modded AD2000 vs AD1000PRM
Now this is where it is very interesting, the modded pair have pretty much the same fit as my AD1000PRM, and the sound... VERY similar if not the same. The treble opens up and the bass responses gains the speed of the PRM.

As I heard them in a meet, I cannot comment much on the details and definition, but from my extended listen I do not find the AD2000 are more detailed, I found the stock one more forgiving than the PRM, but the modded one is a different matter, they sound too similar to make a comment. I suggest AD2000 users try out modding the pad, increasing the distance from your ear to the driver can change the sound quite a bit.

Many sources from Asia claims that they both uses the same driver, some says they are exactly the same, some says they uses different final coating. I cannot say they are the same, but they are very similar.
post #14 of 46

Great post. It's nice to see Audio Technica get some much needed love, especially the higher end models. You rarely hear any praise outside of the Ad700 around here for some reason. The Ad900 are quite possibly the best bang for your buck mid-fi headphones. They can be found for $225 sometimes new and I find that impossible to beat. I'm really anxious to try the Ad2000, and eventually I'll pick up the 1000PRM since I love the AD series so much.

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I'm really loving my AD2000s! So much so they've become my do-it-all pair of cans. Can't remember the last time that's happened for me. :)

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