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post #2296 of 7785
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My TH900 impressions:

 

Bass: Great, powerful, tight, emphasized

Lower Mids: Great, but little reduced

Upper Mids: Great presence, very clear

Treble: Great, very detailed and airy, but maybe a bit overhyped, maybe some spikes here and there, but great anyway. The D7000 treble spike of hell is not there woohoo! But still I wish the treble were more smooth.

Soundstage: Great, better than LCD-2, LCD-3 and maybe even T1

 

Comfort: Not so good for headphones this expensive. After an hour of wearing them my head started hurting from the hotspot on top of my head created by the poor headband. This problem was even worse on D7000. Clamping could be even more stronger, these will fall of your head easily.

 

Soundwise these might be the best headphones I´ve heard so far. It´s a bit of a V sound, but if you like that kind of sound, these are the ones. LCD-2s/3s sound muffled and sloppy after these.

 

Next step SR-009???

 

in simple words... the TH900 is Great!

post #2297 of 7785
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in simple words... the TH900 is Great!

Indeed. :)

 

Comfort just bothers me mostly for headphones as expensive as these.

post #2298 of 7785

The SR009 are nearly 3 times more expensive but not 3 times better in comfort.

I have the 009 now for a year and they are more comfortable than the 7000, HD800, or LCD2 or LCD3.  My TH900 arrives tomorrow.  Yay!

 

 

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Indeed. :)

 

Comfort just bothers me mostly for headphones as expensive as these.

post #2299 of 7785
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Next step SR-009???

 

Nice impressions! I wouldn't however consider the 009 a step up. It definitely is in many areas, but it's a totally different headphone. I would never want just the 009 by itself. I would be missing alot without the TH900. It's great!

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Nice impressions! I wouldn't however consider the 009 a step up. It definitely is in many areas, but it's a totally different headphone. I would never want just the 009 by itself. I would be missing alot without the TH900. It's great!

What do u find missing in the 009 as compared to th900? Is it just the bass or something more? I am very close to pulling the trigger on the 009. Just doing some sanity check.

post #2301 of 7785

They are just such different headphones. The 009 is a transparency monster, with layers of texture, and precisely perfect imaging and a soundstage that demands your attention. The TH900 has a dynamic punch to the sound all the way across. It's not such a technically accurate sound. It can be, sometimes, more musical, a tad more euphonic. And the bass on the TH900 will be something you crave if you listen to bass-friendly genres. 

 

You should not hesitate to pull the trigger on the 009. I am. soon. Very soon. Just don't think of the 009 as better, or a replacement for the TH900. The reason I can't pull the trigger right this second on the 009 is because I've realized after hearing the 009, there is no way I'd give up the TH900 to do it. They are brilliant compliments to each other and each have their place. 

 

The 009 COULD be an entire replacement if you only listened to stuff where a solid bass punch isn't as important. But for ME, and what I listen to, there's no way I'd give up the TH900. 

post #2302 of 7785

I got my TH-900 today.  It's definitely a beautiful headphone and to me, it's far more comfortable in comparison to the LCD-2.  It practically disappears on my head.  I have thick hair so I can't really feel the headband at all...  

 

I'd say the LCD-3 is closer in comfort but the TH-900 is more comfortable.  The LCD-3, for me, fixes the comfort issues of the LCD-2s but still has that typical Audeze clamping force.  The improved pads just make it easier to put up with.  The TH-900s on the other hand don't even have to compete.  They are simply more comfortable.  There is hardly any clamping force, the headband disappears for me, and the leather is extremely soft on the skin.

 

As for the sound... I'm not commenting til I've tried it out for a few days.  I'm debating connecting it to my Lyr and seeing how the two pair up.

 

I wish I could use the Mjolnir with these.  I can only imagine how the Gungnir/Mjolnir would sound together with the TH-900.

post #2303 of 7785

Congrats! can't wait for you impressions and comparisons against the others in your stable. 

post #2304 of 7785

Again to chime in on 009 vs TH900. The easy pick for me is the 009. It's better in almost every way, and it's not subtle in those departments. That being said, the TH900 compliments it very well. If I could pick any can to own right now it'd be the TH900 to go with my 009. 

 

They're both outstanding headphones, but if you can only have 1...the 009 is the way to go. 

 

I'll state again on comfort that for me, they're probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn.

post #2305 of 7785

Thanks folks for the 009 and th900 comparison.

post #2306 of 7785

I agree with what everyone has said above. Although I've heard the SR-009 only a few times, I could tell it was way superior in terms of clarity, soundstage, and overall technicality. Whereas the TH900 is a more dynamic, euphonic, fun-sounding headphone. The other end of the spectrum (where the SR-009 is in the middle) would be the HD800.

post #2307 of 7785
It's depressing to think that I will never own what is arguably the best headphone ever made.
post #2308 of 7785
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Originally Posted by SoundFreaq View Post

 

Nice impressions! I wouldn't however consider the 009 a step up. It definitely is in many areas, but it's a totally different headphone. I would never want just the 009 by itself. I would be missing alot without the TH900. It's great!

 

For me it's the exact opposite. I adore the TH900 (one of my all time favorites, dynamic or otherwise), but I couldn't live with it as my only headphone even though it responds very well to EQ. The SR-009 by comparison could be my single headphone if paired with the right amp (such as the Liquid Lightning). It simply "gets out of the way" of music more for me than almost anything else out there.

 

You indirectly bring up a very important point however when you say that the SR-009 demands your attention with its transparency. For some people, I really think it's possible for something to be "too transparent," ie. something that is so clear it becomes paradoxically distracting. Like deafening silence. This realization a while back prompted me to reconsider what I understood as "transparency" to begin with, and now I tend to view it as relative to one's tastes and tolerances (versus neutrality which is not relative).

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Don't get me wrong, I do not intend to live with the TH900 as my only can, nor would I want to. It goes both ways. After hearing the 009, I know that I can't live without what it has to offer, but I am in no crazy rush. I will get there, it is my goal. 

 

Having heard the 009 with the LL, I have to say it's quite grand, but it still lacks a few euphonic qualities and rumbly bass the TH900 offers. For me, the LL doesn't make up for it. I do think you hit the nail on the head and was able to verbalize a trait I couldn't quite so matter-of-factly say: I agree wholeheartedly that the 009 "gets out of the way of the music" more than anything I have heard. And isn't that the ultimate goal? Sometimes, I just want some color... but that's just my preferences. Thanks for the reply. 

post #2310 of 7785

I'll be experimenting with EQ here pretty soon I think (a good quality hardware one) and you're always welcome to hear it if I find something. 

 

I agree on liking some color every now and then. That's why EQs with good pass throughs are fun. :D

 

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Don't get me wrong, I do not intend to live with the TH900 as my only can, nor would I want to. It goes both ways. After hearing the 009, I know that I can't live without what it has to offer, but I am in no crazy rush. I will get there, it is my goal. 

 

Having heard the 009 with the LL, I have to say it's quite grand, but it still lacks a few euphonic qualities and rumbly bass the TH900 offers. For me, the LL doesn't make up for it. I do think you hit the nail on the head and was able to verbalize a trait I couldn't quite so matter-of-factly say: I agree wholeheartedly that the 009 "gets out of the way of the music" more than anything I have heard. And isn't that the ultimate goal? Sometimes, I just want some color... but that's just my preferences. Thanks for the reply. 

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