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post #2206 of 7952

Got my TH900's today.  frown.gif  Had the rotation issue AND a scratch on the cup.  I think MuppetFace asked earlier how widespread these issues were... now you know they happen in Australia too.

 

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post #2207 of 7952
All of them rotate unevenly. The scratch, though, that's inexcusable. Get them exchanged, ASAP.
post #2208 of 7952
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

 

Which LCD3's are you referring to? The veiled, the RMA'd, or the RMA'd becoming veiled over time?

 

 

Original or "stock" version not other variations.  I didn't know other variations existed.  

post #2209 of 7952
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post

Whereas the TH900 is definitely Fostex's flagship, I would not say that the SIg Pro or DJ Pro is the Ultrasone Flagship, they have two models that out price them, why would they sell their flagship at a lower price?  Not saying that i would want the Ed10 but those probably would be what they call their flagshipblink.gif even with it's low reviews.....i haven't heard them but not rushing to find a pair to put on my head(nor am i actually looking for the Sig Pros).  The Fostex on the other hand is pretty amazing, i really enjoyed hearing them thru my Zana Deux, just lovely.

 

Very true.  Technically speaking the Sig Pro is not Ultarsones flagship product.  To consider them  mid - fi however does puzzle me.  IMO they are anything but mid - fi (in reference to gelocks post)

post #2210 of 7952
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

All of them rotate unevenly. The scratch, though, that's inexcusable. Get them exchanged, ASAP.


On it.  I hope that the distributor in Australia deals with this quickly... I was soooo close to having them....

post #2211 of 7952
A2A are good. Amazing you got them from there.
post #2212 of 7952
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

All of them rotate unevenly. The scratch, though, that's inexcusable. Get them exchanged, ASAP.

 

Mine also had uneven rotation and a scratch. I sent it to Fostex in Japan and they repaired both issues perfectly for free. You should do that too.

post #2213 of 7952
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

Mine also had uneven rotation and a scratch. I sent it to Fostex in Japan and they repaired both issues perfectly for free. You should do that too.

My rotation mismatch is very minor and doesn't bother me.
post #2214 of 7952

This is what I wrote in the Austin, TX Mini-meet thread about my comparison of these two great headphones. 

 

Cambridge 851C > Liquid Lightening + 009, Liquid Fire + TH900

 

TH900 Vs 009:

This is what I was most interested in. I liked the TH900 more than any other headphone there, save the 009. I thought they were far more musical, engaging, lively, fun, clear and more organic sounding than everything else (HD800, HE-500, HE-6). There is no question as to what I preferred. However, it is just not the 009. It's just not. The 009 is superior in most every way. There is no denying that, it's a phenomenal headphone. The soundstage is just beautiful with everything in it's right place, and not overly large, like the HD800 can be. The imaging is natural and precise. The bass has so much texture and control it's unbelievable. The mids are clean and pull you in. I remarked many times how it's just such an enveloping sound, pulls you in to the music. It was clean up top and not as bright as the HD800 or HiFiMAN. I was expecting more from the high end as I've read how some think they're bright... and they aren't. I am pretty sensitive to that. 

 

However good the 009 is, the TH900 is most of those things. It isn't there, but it can be close. On some stuff, the soundstage is so congested and muddy sounding next to the 009. On some stuff, the bass gets in the way and it's really annoying. For anything Classical, acoustic, ambient, most of the experimental electronic music I listen to, the 009 would be my go-to choice by a long shot. BUT, for electronic dance music, like trance or chillstep, it just doesn't have the lively slam I crave. There is no doubt the 009 is great, but I won't be selling my dynamic rig to finance it, and I appreciate and love my TH900 even more after hearing what I does against the greatest. Don't get me wrong, the 009 DID ruin my TH900 to a certain extent, but also validated it to a certain extent. Even the mids had a certain engaing lively fluidity to them that just rocked with electronic. And the rest of the genres were far from a failure by comparison. 90% of the Stax greatness. For electronic dance, I would reach for the TH900 almost every time. I would feel something missing if I only had the 009 as my main rig. That was what I needed to answer Saturday. I am in no crazy rush to get my 009 rig, but it will definitely be something I work toward as soon as is feasibly attainable.  

post #2215 of 7952

http://www.lawtonaudio.com/page68.html

 

Looks like Lawton Audio now offers mod upgrades for the TH900 too. Considering Denon's AH-D7000 was actually made by Fostex and both headphones not only have similar design but also similar sound signature, I guess LA found out a way to deliver the same upgrade to Fostex's flagship headphone. I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to let them toy around with my TH900 and see how good the results are. Perhaps I'll share my impressions in due time.

post #2216 of 7952
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

http://www.lawtonaudio.com/page68.html

 

Looks like Lawton Audio now offers mod upgrades for the TH900 too. Considering Denon's AH-D7000 was actually made by Fostex and both headphones not only have similar design but also similar sound signature, I guess LA found out a way to deliver the same upgrade to Fostex's flagship headphone. I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to let them toy around with my TH900 and see how good the results are. Perhaps I'll share my impressions in due time.

As experienced as Lawton Audio is, I would never let a small company mess around with the internals of a flagship headphone. Fostex is a company that specializes in audio, has likely spent a great deal of money in research and development of the TH900, and employs some of the worlds top audio engineers (that goes for BeyerD and Sennheiser as well). I suppose I can understand the people that give Lawton their D2000s, but not the TH900s.. 

 

It's like buying a Farari and giving it to a third party to add a body kit, change the suspension, and add a supercharger - it just doesn't make sense.

 

For me any modifications lowers the value of the product; that goes for headphones/cars/electronics... I would never buy a headphone thats been taken apart and put back together by anyone except the manufacturer. I know there are a lot of people that would disagree with me on this, but I feel like if you need to mod something to get it to work the way you want it to - you should likely buy something else that works the right way from the start.

 

Thats the reason I purchased the TH900 over many other flagship headphones even though it was more expensive, IMO it just did everything right from the start - by no means perfect but as close as it gets for a dynamic headphone in my budget.


Edited by Ahzari - 11/5/12 at 7:19pm
post #2217 of 7952

Those LA cushy pads sure look tempting though.

post #2218 of 7952

Hmmm...admittedly this is tempting too 'cos I wonder if the pads alone improve isolation...if so I could actually take my TH-900s and use it outside! Mind you though I'd probably prefer to buy a 2nd TH-900 for them to muck around with.

post #2219 of 7952
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post

Got my TH900's today.  frown.gif  Had the rotation issue AND a scratch on the cup.  I think MuppetFace asked earlier how widespread these issues were... now you know they happen in Australia too.

 

frown.gif  frown.gif

 

 

Are they going to send you a new one ?

post #2220 of 7952
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

http://www.lawtonaudio.com/page68.html

Looks like Lawton Audio now offers mod upgrades for the TH900 too. Considering Denon's AH-D7000 was actually made by Fostex and both headphones not only have similar design but also similar sound signature, I guess LA found out a way to deliver the same upgrade to Fostex's flagship headphone. I don't know about you guys, but I'm going to let them toy around with my TH900 and see how good the results are. Perhaps I'll share my impressions in due time.

eek.gif AAAAAAAHHHH!!! Leave my Urushi cups alone! The pads are intriguing, but otherwise, no. He** no.
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