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post #3736 of 7949
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

I've really enjoyed the TH-900 with Supercell, Kana Nishino, Bump of Chicken, and many anime/game OSTs. I think one of the strengths of the TH-900 is that it does well with every genre. There hasn't been a standout genre where I thought "This is exactly what the TH-900 was made for", but it does no wrongs.

 

Heard a couple pairings so far, my personal preference stays with the Fostex HP-A8C. I'm sure others have heard more than I have and will be able to give you their thoughts.

Nice, so it is an all-rounder headphone. Seems a few reviews have bias about the Fostex TH900, especially when paired with specific amps and DACs. I'm still looking around for an amp, DAC, or combo unit to pair with the TH900.

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I've heard the H8 is a decent all-in-one combo, but if I were to get a combo unit... it would most definitely be the Burson Conductor. It has been reported to do well with almost any headphone you throw at it. Obviously not as good as dedicated units, but great for a single solution. I would also check out the WA7, it is said to do well with the Fostex series.

post #3738 of 7949
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

I've heard the H8 is a decent all-in-one combo, but if I were to get a combo unit... it would most definitely be the Burson Conductor. It has been reported to do well with almost any headphone you throw at it. Obviously not as good as dedicated units, but great for a single solution. I would also check out the WA7, it is said to do well with the Fostex series.

I was thinking of the Burson Conductor or Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies to pair with the TH900. Has anyone ever used the Resoessence Invicta with the TH900 to hear how it sounds?

post #3739 of 7949
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post

I was thinking of the Burson Conductor or Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies to pair with the TH900. Has anyone ever used the Resoessence Invicta with the TH900 to hear how it sounds?

Haven't heard it but I bet that Invicta balanced out into the TH900 would kick serious ass.

 

I thought about that bing my rig for awhile.

post #3740 of 7949
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Originally Posted by MorbidToaster View Post

Haven't heard it but I bet that Invicta balanced out into the TH900 would kick serious ass.

 

I thought about that bing my rig for awhile.

I don't think many people have even tested and reviewed the TH900 with the Invicta. I do want to know if the Invicta is good with the TH900 since it looks like a decent all-in-one unit.

post #3741 of 7949
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post

I don't think many people have even tested and reviewed the TH900 with the Invicta. I do want to know if the Invicta is good with the TH900 since it looks like a decent all-in-one unit.

If you are looking for an all-in-one unit, I have the Grace M903 all-in-one and I love it. Small footprint, TONS of power, great bass extension, and smooth highs. It even comes with a remote control! I have a set of Th-900s coming here on Thursday and I'll let you know how they match up. smile.gif


Edited by bareyb - 3/23/13 at 3:02pm
post #3742 of 7949
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

If you are looking for an all-in-one unit, I have the Grace M903 all-in-one and I love it. Small footprint, TONS of power, great bass extension, and smooth highs. It even comes with a remote control! I have a set of Th-900s coming here on Thursday and I'll let you know how they match up. smile.gif

I look forward to your post about the Grace M903 with the Fostex TH900. I know people wonder if all-in-one units work well with high-end headphones compared to separate units.

post #3743 of 7949
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post

I look forward to your post about the Grace M903 with the Fostex TH900. I know people wonder if all-in-one units work well with high-end headphones compared to separate units.

One advantage to an AIO is synergy. The DAC, AMP, and Preamp were all developed together so they play nice with each other. The downside is, if you ever want to upgrade your DAC, you'd have to buy a separate one (but you'd still have the Amp and Preamp and remote control). I don't see that happening for a long time though...

 

I had originally thought I might just use the M903 as a preamp out to my larger amp, but I've never felt the need once I heard it's built-in Amp. In some ways it sounds better than my big bucks ADA rig.  It's very clean and very powerful. It drives my low efficiency HE500s like a Boss. Grace stuff is a little pricey but you get a lot of features with it that you won't get on other AIOs that are priced similarly. I shopped around quite a bit, and in the end the Grace was the best value. 

 

Side note: Michael Grace is a really good guy too. He's the designer/owner and he's very hands on. If you have any questions, he'll actually email back and forth with you to answer them. smile.gif


Edited by bareyb - 3/23/13 at 4:28pm
post #3744 of 7949
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Originally Posted by ddoyle777 View Post

I'm about 2 weeks in with the TH-900 and I thought I'd post an update of 3 particular things I'm experiencing since the TH-900s arrived.

 

1. After I awake in the morning my first thought is often, "Hey, I get to go listen to music in my headphones."  I usually get a cup of coffee and do my email and other reading in the quiet.  But since the TH-900s arrived, I jump into iTunes and find some good morning music to start the day.  This has never happened to me- I'm usually a grump until the coffee kicks in.  But now I'm getting an extra hour of music.

 

2. I'm surprised how good they sound out of my iPhone5 or Surface Pro.  Plenty of power, volume and dynamics.  Even Bach organ is great straight out of the iPhone.  I have a Schiit Lyr amp and I'm not real pleased with it because of it's hum (I get this with other low impedance phones as well), or with my Woo WA6 - it's just kinda flat.  I have a RSA SR-71A and it's ok, but frankly I prefer the straight iPhone 5.  I have an Asgard2 on order, but it won't be here for a couple of weeks.

 

3. I've had this next experience twice in the past 3 days it's scary.  I was sitting on the couch in the living room listening to Debussy Orchestra Works (Stephane Deneve, Royal Scottish National Orch on Chandos) when I thought "when did I turn the living room speakers on.  I was experiencing spectacular imaging and dynamics.  But of course you've guessed - the speakers weren't on.  The TH-900s were doing such a great job, and the sound was so airy that I forgot I was listening to headphones.  That speaks volumes (pun intended!) for both their quality of reproduction and their comfort.

 

I've also had the sensation that some of the noises on the recordings were real - a footstep, a noise outside, that I actually turned to see who had come into the room. 

 

I'm very pleased with these headphones.  I feel like they were personally designed for me.

 

I'll report back after I've had some time with the Asgard2

 

Enjoyed reading this.  Thanks for posting it.  You might want to try the V200 by Lake People.   It's a great match for the TH-900s and really helps with the clarity and speed.   I've had several instances where I am lost in these headphones and have to take a moment to realize the sounds I am hearing are coming from the headphone and not from the room I'm in.  It's an amazing experience and one I rarely have with other headphones.

post #3745 of 7949
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

One advantage to an AIO is synergy. The DAC, AMP, and Preamp were all developed together so they play nice with each other. The downside is, if you ever want to upgrade your DAC, you'd have to buy a separate one (but you'd still have the Amp and Preamp and remote control). I don't see that happening for a long time though...

 

I had originally thought I might just use the M903 as a preamp out to my larger amp, but I've never felt the need once I heard it's built-in Amp. In some ways it sounds better than my big bucks ADA rig.  It's very clean and very powerful. It drives my low efficiency HE500s like a Boss. Grace stuff is a little pricey but you get a lot of features with it that you won't get on other AIOs that are priced similarly. I shopped around quite a bit, and in the end the Grace was the best value. 

 

Michael Grace is a really good guy too. He's the designer/owner and he's very hands on. If you have any questions, he'll actually email back and forth with you to answer them. smile.gif

I knew separate units have the options of upgrading vs. AIO which has what you want together. The M903 is $1,895 at B&H while the Burson Conductor is $1,850. This will be quite an endeavor for me, but I want to get things suited for my tastes.

 

I really like owners who are able to communicate with their customers instead of being mysterious figureheads who let someone else answer customers' questions on their products.

post #3746 of 7949
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post

I knew separate units have the options of upgrading vs. AIO which has what you want together. The M903 is $1,895 at B&H while the Burson Conductor is $1,850. This will be quite an endeavor for me, but I want to get things suited for my tastes.

 

I really like owners who are able to communicate with their customers instead of being mysterious figureheads who let someone else answer customers' questions on their products.

I almost bought the Conductor myself! It was high on my list along with the Benchmark DAC1 and CEntrance DACmini. The available remote control and talking with the owner is what finally pushed me over to the Grace.

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Here's a frequency comparison between the Signature DJ and the TH-900. It's looking very good for the Fostex... Now I wish I'd paid for faster shipping! L3000.gif

 

 

 

post #3748 of 7949
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

Here's a frequency comparison between the Signature DJ and the TH-900. It's looking very good for the Fostex... Now I wish I'd paid for faster shipping! L3000.gif

 

 

 

 

 

Those graphs are deceptive...for the TH-900.  Wait til you hear that magical recipe that makes the TH-900 a freak of nature.  Extremely fast decay and insanely low distortion.... you will look at that graph and go, "How the...."  The Sig DJ graph is pretty accurate, however.

post #3749 of 7949
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Originally Posted by tokendog View Post

 

 

Those graphs are deceptive...for the TH-900.  Wait til you hear that magical recipe that makes the TH-900 a freak of nature.  Extremely fast decay and insanely low distortion.... you will look at that graph and go, "How the...."  The Sig DJ graph is pretty accurate, however.

They show that the TH-900 has more bass output than the Signature DJ. That was my main concern. I'm quite sure the quality is going to be there from everything I've read about them, I was just concerned about the Bass output. If they can equal what the DJ's put out I'll be thrilled. If they surpass it so much the better. 


Edited by bareyb - 3/23/13 at 7:24pm
post #3750 of 7949
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

They show that the TH-900 has more bass output than the Signature DJ. That was my main concern. I'm quite sure the quality is going to be there from everything I've read about them, I was just concerned about the Bass output. If they can equal what the DJ's put out I'll be thrilled. If they surpass it so much the better. 


Yeah, but what makes it magical is the lack of distortion on that bass.  That is something few headphones master.  It's the TH-900s magic trick. 

 

I await your impressions. :)

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