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post #211 of 467
Ah cool. Yeah, I think you'd fall in love with the MA900. It's not perfect, but for its price range, there's sooooo much right going on with it.

I have some spare Koss foam pads... now I'm scared that unless I buy Sennheiser specific foam pads, I'll alter the sound negatively. Better keep these pads clean, lol.
post #212 of 467

try out those koss pads on your px if you want a leaner and tighter sound :)

post #213 of 467
I like them as is, lol. If I want leaner and tighter, I can always jump back to the KSC35. wink.gif I love the fullness and mellowness of the PX100-II.
post #214 of 467
It is still a cool thing to be able to see what it does to the sound sort of like tube rolling. It will still be more sennlike vs the ksc35s though... A mutated senn so to speak hehehe.
post #215 of 467
The first headphone I literally felt like I swapped my amp for a warm tube amp was the MA900. I mean it sounds well balanced, and like it's supposed to be neutral in tonality, but some external force infused warmth into the sound.... biggrin.gif

Not to say it's the warmest I've heard. I literally mean that it's the most linear headphone I've heard that had just that hint of warmth... I have never owned a pure tube amp, and the MA900 just had this analog sound that is how I envisioned tube amps to be like. Of course, I owned the hybrid tube Lyr, but that was a different experience from what I expected.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/19/13 at 5:20am
post #216 of 467
damn that ma900, I can't wait for it to be here... Katun loves that too if I'm not mistaken. Did I read a review of yours of the ma900s somewhere Katun? biggrin.gif
post #217 of 467

Anyone who thinks the Px100-ii could use a bit more sparkle should check them out with the HRT Microstreamer. Awesome combo, very natural yet dynamic and exciting little combo. Can't wait til they make an Android that will work with my mS...

post #218 of 467
Thread Starter 

I bought the 3-pack of Koss earpads once. They are a bit thinner, and larger in diameter than the stock pads. Since my stock pads were not damage or worn, I decided to mess around with the Koss pads instead. I believe I did a quarter/nickle mod to one, a penny/dime mod to the other, and I can't quite remember what I did to the 3rd. Overall though, I still couldn't break away from the sound of the stock pads, but I could assume there would be some listeners that would enjoy the benefit of modding the Koss pads. And for only about a dollar a pop, I'd say that's plenty worth to experiment with new sound.

 

I've compared too many headphones to the PX100-II and usually favored the PX100-II each time (as the review says). But the first time where I started questioning how good the PX100-II really was was when I first listened to the MA900. They were the first headphone that I actually preferred to the PX100-II since first purchase. Since that was basically the only headphone I preferred, I wanted to hear it against my long previous favoirte, the HE-500. Fast forward a bit and I acquired my 2nd pair of HE-500, and 2nd pair of MA900, side-by-side. Pretty sure I posted the results in another thread, but I actually liked the MA900 more. I had a notepad up and documented each song compared, what I did and didn't like between headphones conveying the song, and the overall score. MA900 was preferred on most of the music.

 

I've got the Annie now, and I haven't heard a headphone quite like this one in a long, long time. :smile: 

post #219 of 467
Glad to hear the Annie has a fan in you. smily_headphones1.gif

I tell everyone... it's just a beast.
post #220 of 467
again... damn that ma900 hehehe I have been looking for a higher end can that has the fun factor/soul of the px100 also but gave up a while back because after buying so many cans, I never found that sound I wanted,... that musicality that once gave me goosebumps during those times when their flaws didn't call attention to themselves. The hd600s were probably the only ones and maybe the 5xx cans that gave me part of their soul and added detail along with it but there was still something not quite there emotionally. If the MA900 is the headphone that can give me all this, I would really be happy and content for quite some time.
Edited by donunus - 9/19/13 at 12:00pm
post #221 of 467
LCD2, HD650, K702 Anniversary, K712 Pro, MA900 are all like the PX100-II for the most part. The LCD2 is like the epitome of the PX100-II's sound characteristics, but of course, the comfort isn't exactly top tier.
post #222 of 467
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post

again... damn that ma900 hehehe I have been looking for a higher end can that has the fun factor/soul of the px100 also but gave up a while back because after buying so many cans, I never found that sound I wanted,... that musicality that once gave me goosebumps during those times when their flaws didn't call attention to themselves. The hd600s were probably the only ones and maybe the 5xx cans that gave me part of their soul and added detail along with it but there was still something not quite there emotionally. If the MA900 is the headphone that can give me all this, I would really be happy and content for quite some time.

The MA900 and PX-100 ii are both nice and very musical, I will recommend either in a heartbeat. But I find their soul and musicality lacking compared to my recabled AKG K240 MKII, to my ears both the MA900 and PX-100 ii sounds boring in comparison.

post #223 of 467
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm quite amazed at how good they sound for the $48 I spent. They won't overthrow the Sony MA900 as far as my fave warm/smooth headphone at any value (I love them more than even the LCD2, HD650, K702 Annie, ESP950, and a few others, mostly because they represent an incredible value to performance ratio, as well as being absurdly light weight and unimaginably comfortable). But man, for this price, the PX100-II is a no brainer. The Koss KSC35/Sportapro sound grainy and thinner (albeit more airy), and those were my fave headphone south of $100. This is the portable headphone to own if you're on a budget. I'm sure I would prefer the sound on the Creative Aurvana Live over the PX100-II, but those are closed and pleather padded which is already two strikes, not to mention not exactly portable sized.

 

Just threw the ksc75's (on headband), ksc35/sportapro's (on parts express headband) and px100II's on for a three-way challenge. For me it's the ksc35/sportapro's all the way. The ksc75's used to be my favorite budget phones, but now I just love the bass on the ksc35/sportapro's. The big problem I have with the px100II's is the mid-bass hump - too boomy for me and bleeds into the mids, which results is a bit of an overall veil and lack of transparency I find. Too bad, because I otherwise really like the overall signature, and I love the look and the build of them.

post #224 of 467
There is a big treble spike on the K240... of course the smoother headphones will sound mellow in comparison. For me that's comparing apples to oranges.

wayne, yeah, there is something special about the KSC35 (regardless of headband variation). They do have a drier, airier presentation compared to the PX100-II, which I can totally see being more preferrable. For me though, I love the PX100-II richness and body. Yeah, I do agree, the bass CAN be just slightly more controlled, but if I want more control, I'll reach for the Koss. Since the PX100 gives me a slightly different presentation, I'll keep them as is. I have the best of both worlds at their price point. wink.gif

I MAY eventually try out the Koss foam pads on the PX100-II just to see how they sound with a slightly drier presentation. Might control the bass a little.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 9/19/13 at 9:19pm
post #225 of 467
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

There is a big treble spike on the K240... of course the smoother headphones will sound mellow in comparison. For me that's comparing apples to oranges.

wayne, yeah, there is something special about the KSC35 (regardless of headband variation). They do have a drier, airier presentation compared to the PX100-II, which I can totally see being more preferrable. For me though, I love the PX100-II richness and body. Yeah, I do agree, the bass CAN be just slightly more controlled, but if I want more control, I'll reach for the Koss. Since the PX100 gives me a slightly different presentation, I'll keep them as is. I have the best of both worlds at their price point. wink.gif

I MAY eventually try out the Koss foam pads on the PX100-II just to see how they sound with a slightly drier presentation. Might control the bass a little.

 

True, but it's not the treble spike that makes it sound more musical, I find the treble spike distracting, so I EQ it out and use my smoothest tubes on it. The PX-100 ii sounds aggressive compared to the K240 and MA900. So I wouldn't necessarily say apples and oranges. I also found the DT 990 Pro boring compared to the K240. It's something about the midrange and presentation.


Edited by kman1211 - 9/19/13 at 9:33pm
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