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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi guys,

Looking to upgrade my AD700s. Love them but now want something better. I listen mainly to metal (melodic, techno, etc), but also rock and alternate. I'm happy with the bass levels and detail the AD700 put out, so I don't really want some bass heavy cans. The next logical step would be the AD900s however, is there something better in the ~$500 AUD price range. I know the ms-pros and lcd-2 are rated for rock/metal and at some stage in the future I will check those cans out, but at this stage they're out of my price range.

My current set up is Audio-gd NFB-2 and C-2.1.

Any help would be much appreciated.

post #2 of 8

Well the AD900s do seem like a good step up for you. Otherwise, grado 325i/RS2i (although both can get shrill), beyer DT880 are the usualy suspects for fast, non-bass heavy cans. Another couple of suggestions are the new Shure SRH940 which has been getting a lot of positive first impressions (compared favourable to the Beyers, see: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/533716/shure-srh-940/435), and the Hifiman HE-4, which being an orthodynamic is a lot more difficult to drive, but is a step up in terms of sound quality compared to the rest.

post #3 of 8

I don't think there is anything out there with less bass than the AD series, If your happy with that I don't see any reason to look at anything but the next one up.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I'm new to the audio world so maybe I should elaborate. I'm looking for tight, clean bass (not sure if those are the right terms?) not big boomy bass that takes over everything you hear. So if the headphones have more that's ok, but I still want to be able to enjoy the vocals and instruments.

I hope that makes sense?
post #5 of 8
+1 for the AD900. They do everything the AD700 does right, only they do it better. They also have a touch more bass impact.
post #6 of 8

the AD700s have even less than the 900s? *shiver* Maybe I'm a basshead, but the bass on the 900 kills it for me, everything else was great, but the lack of bass really turns me away.

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Originally Posted by MohawkUS View Post

the AD700s have even less than the 900s? *shiver* Maybe I'm a basshead, but the bass on the 900 kills it for me, everything else was great, but the lack of bass really turns me away.



AD900: Medium bass roll off.

 

AD700:  Severe Bass roll off.

 

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post #8 of 8

Try to get some Grado HF-2's from the FS section, they're fantastic with metal.

If you want to spend the money for it, Denon D7000's; they will be pretty bass heavy, though from what I have, these are my to go to cans for metal.

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