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post #3811 of 7949
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It is nice. Impressed me quite a lot and I can't wait to get it back from Purrin.

I'm looking forward to it.  I bought it mostly due to your positive impressions (thanks!).

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i'm on track for 3 months.  i actually just doubled the # of units being built for the next batch otherwise i was going to sell out again.  it took longer the first time around because of designing the amp and some issues that had to be re-designed

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post #3813 of 7949

That's great news.  

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i'm on track for 3 months.  i actually just doubled the # of units being built for the next batch otherwise i was going to sell out again.  it took longer the first time around because of designing the amp and some issues that had to be re-designed

That is a very nice problem to have! Congrats. smile.gif

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Has anyone used Matrix's X-SPDIF?  If Burson cannot get Tenor to fix the USB issues on the Conductor I will be in the market for a USB to S/PDIF converter.

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Just a note here, I set up my good old Headroom Max (the 1999 version) on my desk and I'm really impressed with the TH900 thru this amp.

It's still an amazing little amp that I think was ahead of its time. But the TH900 has a really great synergy, with a nice tight bass.

(Note, I had the amp upgraded with Headroom's newer "control module" around 2004. I just has the non-stepped volume control.

(Thanks Tyll! Nice work.)

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

Just a note here, I set up my good old Headroom Max (the 1999 version) on my desk and I'm really impressed with the TH900 thru this amp.

It's still an amazing little amp that I think was ahead of its time. But the TH900 has a really great synergy, with a nice tight bass.

(Note, I had the amp upgraded with Headroom's newer "control module" around 2004. I just has the non-stepped volume control.

(Thanks Tyll! Nice work.)

What are the sonic characteristics of that Amp? 

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I'm new to this forum and considering buying these phones so forgive me if this has been discussed before.

 

How are the TH 900's for portable application?

 

I will be using them balanced with Cypher labs-db and either ALO MKIIIB or Ray Samuels recently goosed SR71B.

 

Thx

post #3819 of 7949
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What are the sonic characteristics of that Amp? 

Neutral in terms of freq. response, very controlled detailed bass, sweet highs, palpable images, non fatiguing, a bit of bloom (although not like my tube amps, and I'm still a fan of tubesound). I love percussion and strings on the max, as they are nice and quick with no overhang(percussion) or stridency(strings), nothing forced, and it feels powerful and never strained even with high impedance phones like Audezes (although I prefer Audezes thru tube amps, they still sound very musical with the Headroom).

I would call it a straight wire with gain amp.

But I find the TH900s are nice with solid state (making the bass tight and detailed), and they just sound very atmospheric but not foggy, and all the images sound natural.

I think the Max is a classic amp.

 

Sorry, I probably should have edited this stream of consciousness better, but I hope it helps.

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I'm new to this forum and considering buying these phones so forgive me if this has been discussed before.

 

How are the TH 900's for portable application?

 

I will be using them balanced with Cypher labs-db and either ALO MKIIIB or Ray Samuels recently goosed SR71B.

 

Thx

Do you mean portable as in on-the-go, or transportable as in taking it to hotels and using them?

 

Rather poor for either. The TH-900 leaks sound, has an unwieldy and long cable, and is a bit heavy for portable use.

 

As for transportable, the box you would use to transport the TH-900 in is very large, not easily stowed away in luggage.

 

Not to mention the exquisite finish on these things and the heartache you'd feel if you ever scratched the cups. I'd shed tears.

post #3821 of 7949
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Do you mean portable as in on-the-go, or transportable as in taking it to hotels and using them?

 

Rather poor for either. The TH-900 leaks sound, has an unwieldy and long cable, and is a bit heavy for portable use.

 

As for transportable, the box you would use to transport the TH-900 in is very large, not easily stowed away in luggage.

 

Not to mention the exquisite finish on these things and the heartache you'd feel if you ever scratched the cups. I'd shed tears.

I meant portable "on the go". I would have it recabled balanced with Black Dragon 5' cable from Moon Audio so the length wouldn't be an issue. I presently use the Ultrasone Sig PRO's on the go and isolation isn't an issue. Anybody know how much more the Fostex's might leak?

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

Neutral in terms of freq. response, very controlled detailed bass, sweet highs, palpable images, non fatiguing, a bit of bloom (although not like my tube amps, and I'm still a fan of tubesound). I love percussion and strings on the max, as they are nice and quick with no overhang(percussion) or stridency(strings), nothing forced, and it feels powerful and never strained even with high impedance phones like Audezes (although I prefer Audezes thru tube amps, they still sound very musical with the Headroom).

I would call it a straight wire with gain amp.

But I find the TH900s are nice with solid state (making the bass tight and detailed), and they just sound very atmospheric but not foggy, and all the images sound natural.

I think the Max is a classic amp.

 

Sorry, I probably should have edited this stream of consciousness better, but I hope it helps.


WIth a $2k dollar can, I wouldn't dare to take this "on-the-go". IMO they are somewhat similar to the Denon D7000, meaning they will scuff and scratch rather easily, and the durability isn't the best you are going to find that is for sure. If you want a high end portable headphones you got it with the Sig Pros, IMO. The premium lacquer finish with the more delicate cups and headband makes it a no go, for any application of portable or transportable. If you don't mind beating these up, then go for it, but they aren't made to be portable.

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I wouldn't go so far to say the TH900 is not transportable. You should be able to pack it in a thicker walled case with foam around the headphones, stick that in your luggage and go. If you plan on using it on the plane, get one of those backpacks where you can carry your laptop and don't jam anything else in it. It should be able to fit under the seat in front of you and give you access to the cans when you're cleared for electronic device usage.

 

The TH900 shouldn't require a case larger than 8"x8". I'd probably mold a custom foam piece for the interior that would protect it during transport.

 

Something like this might work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headphone-Storage-Case-For-Beyerdynamic-DT770-DT880-DT990-Headphones-/261191134520?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item3cd0346d38

 

Or the case that comes with the Shure 940s/1840s is of sufficient size and durability to withstand being tossed around in a backpack.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Shure-HPACC1-Carry-Case-For-SRH940-Headphones-/170775292255?pt=UK_Vinyl_CD_DJ_Bags_Cases&hash=item27c300295f


Edited by twizzleraddict - 3/27/13 at 9:24am
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Originally Posted by twizzleraddict View Post

I wouldn't go so far to say the TH900 is not transportable. You should be able to pack it in a thicker walled case with foam around the headphones, stick that in your luggage and go. If you plan on using it on the plane, get one of those backpacks where you can carry your laptop and don't jam anything else in it. It should be able to fit under the seat in front of you and give you access to the cans when you're cleared for electronic device usage.

 

The TH900 shouldn't require a case larger than 8"x8". I'd probably mold a custom foam piece for the interior that would protect it during transport.

 

Something like this might work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headphone-Storage-Case-For-Beyerdynamic-DT770-DT880-DT990-Headphones-/261191134520?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item3cd0346d38


How do you figure? Even if the owner recabled them, they still leak a ton of sound, don't isolate all that well, and are delicate with wood cups. For most people who travel: durability, comfort, and usability is key. The TH-900 fails in all of those, but comfort. But, if someone is willing to chance ruining the value of a pair of 2 thousand dollar headphones, I guess it's safe to say, they are crazy.

post #3825 of 7949
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Originally Posted by twizzleraddict View Post

I wouldn't go so far to say the TH900 is not transportable. You should be able to pack it in a thicker walled case with foam around the headphones, stick that in your luggage and go. If you plan on using it on the plane, get one of those backpacks where you can carry your laptop and don't jam anything else in it. It should be able to fit under the seat in front of you and give you access to the cans when you're cleared for electronic device usage.

 

The TH900 shouldn't require a case larger than 8"x8". I'd probably mold a custom foam piece for the interior that would protect it during transport.

 

Something like this might work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headphone-Storage-Case-For-Beyerdynamic-DT770-DT880-DT990-Headphones-/261191134520?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item3cd0346d38

 

Nope, I wouldn't try that either. And below's link was the first time my TH-900's broke. 2nd time was at a festival where a few fans tried. Thankfully on both times Fostex was nice enough to fix under warranty. I won't be taking the TH-900s out anymore :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/595683/fostex-th900-impressions-discussion-thread/1245#post_8520853

 

With regards to a case, Pelican 1400 :-

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/595683/fostex-th900-impressions-discussion-thread/1695#post_8656701

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