Another awesome review over at Headfonia:
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.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
I'll agree with you there. For some reason, that headphone left a VERY good impression on me. It was hard to let go.
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.