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Originally Posted by RustA View Post

Maybe they need to grow on you... But from my experience with D7000, it was also very underwhelming, do not understand all the appreciation at all = absolutely unreal bass (like subwoofer, no real bass guitar) and treble (harsch, thin/lacked texture) along with recessed mids. confused_face.gif

Alot of these problems have been solved. The mids are still slightly recessed but these are one of the most detailed dynamic cans I have ever heard. Bass can definitely be overwhelming at times - I enjoy this on some tracks, on others it can get to be a bit too much.

Still some very harsh treble peaks. I have developed a fear of the letter S.

Overall, very nice sound signature. It can truly give that "wow" factor on some tracks and move you, I have not experienced nearly as many of those moments with my other headphones. I'd say in my top 3 at the moment.
Edited by En_R - 1/12/13 at 12:23pm
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Alot of these problems have been solved. The mids are still slightly recessed but these are one of the most detailed dynamic cans I have ever heard. Bass can definitely be overwhelming at times - I enjoy this on some tracks, on others it can get to be a bit too much.

Still some very harsh treble peaks. I have developed a fear of the letter S.

Overall, very nice sound signature. It can truly give that "wow" factor on some tracks and move you, I have not experienced nearly as many of those moments with my other headphones. I'd say in my top 3 at the moment.

Oh of course you have these too. Lol
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

You can tell after just a couple of hours? *looks at TH900 burning in*

-Daniel

Don't believe in burn-in...Tyll's measurements kinda confirmed as much too. I let things burn in on my head. smile.gif

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One complaint I have about the TH900s sound is that the bass does not sound realistic. It is rather boomy with a long decay time. This is an especially audible flaw when listening to the double bass instrument in jazz music. If you have heard a double bass in real life you would know its supposed to sound tighter with quicker transients.

Listen to this 45 second excerpt of the bass solo in the song Misty by Tsuyoshi Yamamoto:
http://www.mediafire.com/?4jcfjgi1fbw4x8n

Bass sounds better with my Paradox headphones (modded T50RPs). From my memory of the Audeze LCD2 (owned it a few months ago) and Hifiman HE-6 (demoed it a few weeks ago) it performed better in this area too in comparison to the TH900.
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Edited by devouringone3 - 1/13/13 at 11:38am
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It's boomy, but actually has a short decay time. It would be even boomier if the decay was long.
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It's boomy, but actually has a short decay time. It would be even boomier if the decay was long.

 

Is it less or more boomy than D7000?

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I've never heard the Denons personally, but other impressions in this thread say less iirc.

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My TH900s are up for sale: http://www.head-fi.org/t/645969/fostex-th900.

 

I'll post some brief impressions later. I will say that my Zana is an incredible match for these, and my reason for sale is ENTIRELY subjective in nature. Great headphone for sure-just doesn't astound me like the HD800 in my rig.

 

-Daniel

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Suit yourself, though I believe that's a hasty decision.
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

My TH900s are up for sale: http://www.head-fi.org/t/645969/fostex-th900.

I'll post some brief impressions later. I will say that my Zana is an incredible match for these, and my reason for sale is ENTIRELY subjective in nature. Great headphone for sure-just doesn't astound me like the HD800 in my rig.

-Daniel

I had the same idea as you. These did not suit me at first, in fact since I have treble sensitive ears I didn't even want to put them on- as the sound they produced hurt. '

I gave them abit more head time over a week and a half, and now they are on my to keep list. I would give them a casual listen every now and then over the course of a week or two and see what you think then wink.gif
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Most reports claim no changes with burn in, and mine have burned in for 80ish hours now with no changes. I'll suit myself with my hasty decisions, thank you very much. I know what I hear-and I know what I like? Sorry you take issue with that. :/

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Most reports claim no changes with burn in, and mine have burned in for 80ish hours now with no changes. I'll suit myself with my hasty decisions, thank you very much. I know what I hear-and I know what I like? Sorry you take issue with that. :/

 

-Daniel


In the end, it is what you like the most important thing in this hobby. Personally, the TH900 replaced the HD800 as my fave dynamic can and I am using them almost constantly. The difference between Daniel and myself is that I loved the sound right out of the box.

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We all have different ears and to each their own.  The TH-900 replaced the HD-800 for me, along with the LCD-3.  It just fits the sound signature I prefer more, though I've held on to the LCD-2.2s and can't seem to motivate myself to part with them.

 

There have been a few headphones I've tried that within a few listening sessions, I knew they were not a match.  The nice thing is that we have so many wonderful options available to us.

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First off, the TH900 is a great headphone. The very first thought I had when I first put them on was-wow what an impressive soundstage! Nice and big, airy for a closed can. I agree that they don't sound like closed headphones really. I do disagree that they can compete with the HD800s soundstage-not only the size obviously, but with the pinpoint, laser-accurate imaging. I also feel that they are not quite as detailed as the HD800, but they are no slouch either. I wish the bass was toned down slightly, although my ZDSE does such a great job of bringing the vocals out on these that it's not such an issue anymore.

 

I really have primarily 2 reasons for selling these, and 2 alone:

 

1.) Soundstage/Imaging. I've grown accustomed, or rather addicted, to the hyper-imaging, holographic soundstage of my Eximus/ZDSE/HD800 rig. To the degree that almost anything else sounds 'wrong' to my ears. I know some people harp on the HD800 for being unnatural in that regard, but I feel I've truly dialed in my rig to a point that I've found my 'nirvana', now the 009 becons. :/ It took me a lot of amps, and sources to get this right-Iwas never really a fan of the HD800 until my ZDSE arrived and knocked it out of the park. The TH900 has probably the 2nd best soundtage I've heard, but the gap between it and the Senn is fairly large in my rig.

 

2.) Neutrality. No, the HD800 isn't absolutely perfect in this regard, but it gets pretty close in my system. I've grown accustomed to this neutrality, and now find myself addicted to the beauty of music that is close to dead neutral, if not quite. I've been a fan of colored headphones in the past (AD2000, Pro 2900, D2000), but I think I've grown out of that. The TH900 just doesn't have the flat frequency response that I've grown accustomed to-not that I expected it to. I do feel that it is the first 'fun' headphone I have heard that is relatively neutral and natural sounding to my ears, and if one is looking for a high end, relatively neutral but 'fun', detailed can, with an impressive soundstage-then look not further. The TH900 is definitely the best I've heard in those regards, and will probably hold that crownfor some time, I'd venture.

 

A word on the ZDSE/TH900 combo: WOW! I fully recommend this pairing with full confidence! The Zana is truly synergistic with the Fostex (as well as the HD800). The mids really bloom here, and pretty much make up for the (imo) sometimes overbearing bass of the TH900. Comparing the Zana (NOS tung sol/round plate/black glass)to the DP1 headout is night and day. I feel the DP1 is probably more neutral, but the EC really helps bring up the mids quite a bit-which is a must for the Fostex imo. Kinda weird though since my AD2K sounded nealy identical from both amps-maybe because of the already-forward mids of the AT. I will try my Brimar again tonight, and see how that fairs with the Fostex. So far I've preferred my Tung sol with every headphone I've tried-although it's not quite as nutral or dynamic as the Brimar. I'll post a few thought later on that...

 

I hope this is somewhat informative for those on the fence-and I think anyone can see that this is a purely subjective (mostly) opinion of mine. wink_face.gif

 

-Daniel

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