Originally Posted by PeachesNCream
This is great news MalVeauX, I find your reviews thorough, thoughtful, and articulately composed. Maybe you'll answer this in the oncoming review, and forgive me if my question drives the thread off topic, but I wonder how this will compare to a Denon D5000. Would you consider the A900x supplemental, comparative, or not worth acquiring for someone like me who has a Denon?
I have both the D5K and A900X, they're similar, yet different. But you have to consider the Denon costs nearly twice what the A900X costs. You can get the A900X for $250ish on Amazon/ebay. The Denon D5K used goes for close to $400~450 ish. The D5K is much more comfortable, it feels like wearing something luxurious. The sub-bass extension is better, deeper, more controlled and presented in a better fashion. The D5K has a touch more sparkle in the treble. Both have excellent mids and I like them both for female vocals nearly equally, maybe a touch of an edge to the A900X for female vocals specifically though. The A900X has more mid-bass hump in comparison to iself with sub-bass, the D5K does not, it's pretty linear, with just a little more emphasis in general on it's bass frequencies making it warmer in general. The A900X can sound a tad boomy because of that (having more apparent mid-bass than sub-bass), but it still lands good tones and has an impact that is good; the Denon takes the impact and depth through. Sound stage actually goes to the Denon by a fair bit in terms of separation and sound scapes, the A900X is great at separation and is articulate, but it sounds a little closer than the Denon to your source. If I had to choose between one or the other, I would take the Denon D5K each time. But I won't say it's leagues better, very little in mid-fi and hi-fi really is that much better. But it was better enough, especially in comfort and sub-bass, to win me over easily. The A900X however is still an incredible value in a closed headphone specifically as it's not a "V" response headphone so much, but more like something linear with a touch more of bass that doesn't hurt the mids--very akin to Denon's approach, with audiophile bass lovers in mind, and not just a bassy headphone with spiked treble. They're comparative, not supplemental. I wouldn't get both if you wanted to have one headphone. And I would separate them simply by budget. If you can afford the D5K, get it. If you cannot, the A900X is a great way to go for close to half the cost.