Well, my ad900x's are happily on their way to tenso now :)
Man, I've been listening to the AD900X for a couple of days now. I actually thought they sounded great on open box but heard some graininess in some tunes. It's 20 hours later and I actually don't heard the graininess on the same tunes. It has refined nicely already. I don't really hear any flaws so if it still gets better than this, I'll be smitten.
The sound of this open headphone is stunning. The airiness is the best I've heard. The music surrounds your head, it's fantastic. I have the HE500/400 sitting here and the Fidelio X1 too and I think these have the best stage of all of them.
I think the best feature about this headphone, besides the stage is that all the ranges are even. The bass is nice and tight and never spoils any other frequency. Thankfully the bass is present since everything else I own would be considered to be bass enhanced compared to these. I love the bass because it's so well controlled.
Vocals sound so good too. It is forward but not even close to being too forward. Positioned correctly in my book. I feel like I am listening to a live recording. Amazing.
Treble. This part I was scared of since almost all AT earphones get too sibilant for me. For instance, the new CKS1000 and CKN50 both I've heard still get somewhat strident but is much better than the older models and I can handle it. More so on the CKS1000. Well, these AD900X's don't even come close to sibilance but still keep that AT treble flowing beautifully.
I've heard a lot of gear since I've been on Head-Fi and a piece of gear like this comes my way every once in awhile that just blows me away thankfully to some close friends I've met on here to recommend them to me. This headphone is a pure bargain for the sound you get.
Should !!! ...they deserve a separate thread from the AD2000X thread. Count me in as No 1 Fan.
I won't add anymore to what has already been said about them AD900X but I will just say this:
Off all the recommendations of audio gears you have given and I ultimately ended up buying, this has got to be the one I am MOST grateful for !!!
Granted not everybody will be getting one as it is not exactly in the cheapo price bracket but for what I've paid and what I'm getting in return, I truely thanks you for mentioning it during our little chat.
.... the problem is that there is now NO GOING BACK !
Danny and Ghost, your posts had nothing to do with pushing me over the edge lol! Dsnuts + the both of you = d a n g e r !!!
1) Vocals on the AD is more forward. HE500's sound more lush. HE500's holds a thicker note all around. Bass is fuller on the HE500 but AD's has more precise impact. Treble region is somewhat similar sounding. Can't tell you which one I prefer over the other. AD's aren't as genre specific for me. If it matters, I have to turn the volume knob double on the HE500's to match the AD's.
I like how you describe the HE500's. Unfortunately, I won't be getting them any time soon (due to price), so the plan is for the ad900x's to tie me over for quite some time. I like how you mention that the AD's aren't as genre specific - that is cool. And I've received enough feedback to be pretty sure that bass will be sufficient for me. So looking forward to these beasts!