I was up in Seoul doing some site seeing before i head back stateside and found a shop in the iPark mall at Yongsan Station. The Headphone shop (yes thats its name) is just a small vender or kiosk if you will but the wall they do have has several major brands all just hanging there for your sampling delight. I made a beeline for the AD900X and was pretty amazed.
Disclaimer: The following is a quick review of some the the headphones i was able to listen to. Please keep in mind that 1) it was a busy mall. 2) the source was my HTC Evo 4g ( the OG one) 3) my ears are not as trained or proficient as the reputable reviewers here in head-fi. 4) These were Demo headphones thus i have no idea on how much burn-in or abuse they might have had prior to me listening to them. 5) I had been listening to music with my philips SHE3590 most of the day before listening to the following headphones.
AD900X: Well balanced, good treble energy hint of sibilance on some tracks bass seemed a bit lacking but was present. again i had been listening to my 3590s prior to these. Very very comfortable to wear.
ES-700: Very similar to the AD900X only with a tad less treble energy and sound stage and a little more bass. Very stylish, would wear them in public every chance i got.
AD1000X: good stage as with the AD900X but the AD1000X sound sig seemed very V to me, mids were way further back on the AD1000X then the AD900X and even my 3590s.
AD2000X: again good stage but didnt seem to extended as far either direction as the AD900X mid bass was present but seem to roll off very quickly after and treble was rolled off as well. not sure if it was faulty but if it wasnt i would be very disappointed with their performance especially at the asking price of 880,000W ( ~$800).
A900X: Similar sound sig to the AD900X but seem considerably more congested.
Now to try and convince my wife to let me buy those AD900X's....
Edited by Nightmistx22 - 2/3/13 at 4:25am