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post #1921 of 7563

Awesome. Thanks for your thoughts TH900 owners. As soon as I am able, I'll be getting these...

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

 

especially the LCD3, like from an annoying upper mid spike say),

 

Hmm? Mine don't have this.

 

Do you have a picture of your graph handy?  I'm just curious, is all.

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@Arcamera: The TH900's sound pretty good with my Burson HA160D, but I wouldn't call it their best.  It sounds better with faster amps like the Lehmann BCL imo.  I have a WA22 as well, but haven't really tried using it with the TH900's extensively yet. 

 

I'll have an Eddie Current Balancing Act to try the TH900's with in a month or two.  Purin said the combo was good, so I'm feeling optimistic about it.

 

Oh yeah, TH900's + EAR HP4 (from an audition I did) is pretty sick too.


Edited by driver 8 - 9/30/12 at 7:48pm
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@Arcamera: The TH900's sound pretty good with my Burson HA160D, but I wouldn't call it their best.  It sounds better with faster amps like the Lehmann BCL imo.  I have a WA22 as well, but haven't really tried using it with the TH900's extensively yet. 

 

I'll have an Eddie Current Balancing Act to try the TH900's with in a month or two.  Purin said the combo was good, so I'm feeling optimistic about it.

 

Oh yeah, TH900's + EAR HP4 (from an audition I did) is pretty sick too.

curious to hear your impressions of the WA22 and the TH900.. I was considering upgrading (eventually) to a WA5LE or a Eddie Current amp (can't remember which one atm).. The biggest reason I haven't jumped on the WA5LE yet is space - those things are huge/heavy; but WA22 was a amp I was/maybe still am considering as well.


Edited by Ahzari - 10/1/12 at 3:26am
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I still get impressed every time I put the TH900s on - the excitement does fade a bit as I listen to music for a while. They have this great instant gratification that fades into a stable impressiveness over the time spent in each session. But if you take a break for an hour or two and come back you'll be impressed all over again - dont know if that makes sense but thats how I feel with the TH900s (still very happy with the purchase).

Feel exactly the same here :) 

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I've heard people say that TH900 sounds better with tube amps than solid-state amps. I thought this was counter-intuitive, considering most tube amps (even transformer-coupled, not OTL ones) have higher output impedance than that of solid states, which could cause distortions with low impedance cans like the TH900. That's why I went with a solid-state amp.

 

That being said, did you guys really have a generally better time with tube amps than solid-states when it came to TH900? I found many positive reviews about the Apex Peak/Volcano combo, do you think this particular amp would be a great match with the TH900? Spec-wise, it was one of very few tube amps that had an output impedance of 1 or less.

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Th900 is very fine with Rudistor RP010B (solid state), actually by far the best phones with this amp.

But, with tubed Pinnacle, they are AAAA+ superb. (Pxvane 6NS7 tube helps with tight bass and sweet extended highs and organic midrange/vocals with lots of humanity character.)

For me, with all my phones, tubes rule in the end. Just my 2 cents.

So, although I never heard another Apex amp, maybe the success with the Pinnacle says it's worth a try.


Edited by rgs9200m - 10/1/12 at 8:00am
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I should probably clarify that the main reason why I have yet to really try my TH900's out with the WA22 is that the volume level of the amp with a balanced source is pretty high, as in I can only use two notches of the stepped attenuator.  I could, however, lower the volume of my DAC, but meh.  I don't feel too motivated to fire up the tubes for the TH900's because they sound great with solid state anyways.  Really, they'll sound great when fed just about anything, only getting more great as you upgrade your chain.

 

I might just wait until my Balancing Act arrives before I try them with tubes again. 

 

My WA22 really hasn't been getting much love lately :/

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I should probably clarify that the main reason why I have yet to really try my TH900's out with the WA22 is that the volume level of the amp with a balanced source is pretty high, as in I can only use two notches of the stepped attenuator.  I could, however, lower the volume of my DAC, but meh.  I don't feel too motivated to fire up the tubes for the TH900's because they sound great with solid state anyways.  Really, they'll sound great when fed just about anything, only getting more great as you upgrade your chain.

Wow, your source level and/or DAC gain must be very, very high. Don't use my TH900 much with my WA22 (fed by a balanced source too) but when I do it's never THAT constrained. Of course it's more sensitive and much less power-hungry than the LCD-3, but unlike them the TH900 isn't hooked up to the balanced out and while the outputted volume is higher, it's not nearly as extreme... still in the mute -> 10/11AM range, plenty usable. And these days I'm using it with a DAC with fixed level out, still noticeably higher than the max. gain/volume on my M-DAC I had previously hooked up to it...

 

(On a side-note my soon-to-depart WA2 works very nicely with the TH900, esp. with a bit of mellower tubeset.)

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Hi all i have been reading through this thread with great interest, TH900 seemed to come almost out of nowhere and is highly regarded by most head-fiers. Has anyome tried the TH900 with Leben cs300xs? I'm considering purchasing either the TH900 or the LCD3 however have yet to listen to either with the Leben.
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I find the Denon D7000 to be really awful headphone, really spiky treble and uncomfortable.

 

But I´m still interested in these. What do you guys think, would I be disappointed buying these? Or is it a huge upgrade from Denon D7000, totally different headphone? No spiky treble and comfortable?

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I find the Denon D7000 to be really awful headphone, really spiky treble and uncomfortable.

 

But I´m still interested in these. What do you guys think, would I be disappointed buying these? Or is it a huge upgrade from Denon D7000, totally different headphone? No spiky treble and comfortable?

 

Really?? I think this is the first time I've ever heard anyone say that. To me, they're like a soft, light pillow. The most comfortable phones I've ever had. I like the sound a lot too. Sonically, they offer much that is very positive, occasional brightness aside. I love 'em. Not perfect, but sooo musical. From what I hear, I wouldn't expect the Fostex to be a totally different kind of headphone. It is largely the same company after all.

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Really?? I think this is the first time I've ever heard anyone say that. To me, they're like a soft, light pillow. The most comfortable phones I've ever had. I like the sound a lot too. Sonically, they offer much that is very positive, occasional brightness aside. I love 'em. Not perfect, but sooo musical. From what I hear, I wouldn't expect the Fostex to be a totally different kind of headphone. It is largely the same company after all.

I think MetalElvis meant the treble was uncomfortable not the headphones themselves... I ran my D7000s through tubes so the treble never really bothered me. The TH900s are very much like a excellent home theater system - everythings at its place, treble is smooth, mids are great, and the bass is excellent. So step up from the D7000s - yes definitely... gigantic step up? no not really, but once you pass the $500+ threshold $ and sound are no longer proportional - you get smaller increments of enjoyment for lots more $..

post #1934 of 7563
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Originally Posted by MetalElvis View Post

I find the Denon D7000 to be really awful headphone, really spiky treble and uncomfortable.

 

But I´m still interested in these. What do you guys think, would I be disappointed buying these? Or is it a huge upgrade from Denon D7000, totally different headphone? No spiky treble and comfortable?


IMHO, if you've truly given the D7000s a good objective listen & you don't like the D7000 signature then I'm inclined to think that you may not necessarily like the TH900's too. To me, the signatures are somewhat similar with my preference leaning towards the TH900's. However, my wife does find the TH900s somewhat somewhat sibilant for her (off the Benchmark DAC1 Pre, or HP-A8).

 

Personally for me, the TH900s are the best closed (although non-isolating) headphones for my sonic preferences.

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By the way, does the TH900 have a known average life-span? Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are bio-degradable components in the drivers? Is this/has this been a concern in its functioning longevity?

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