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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

 

The TH900 especially helps with the sub-bass too!

 

On another note, it would appear the portable RWA rig contest thing I threw about a year ago as a joke actually became true!

How incredibly awesome.

 

 

 

Well very good idea... I will modify my case so that I can get the ring playing while the case is close... so I can walk holding the switcase and listening to music !

 

I Just need to make a small hole for the " Headphone cable out " :-)

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Some further quick impressions this morning.

 

The TH900s invite you, nay, they IMPLORE you to turn them up. Why? Because the more you turn them up, the more details in the music you dig out of the tracks. It has this uncanny ability to coax the analytical side out of me, whisper sweet things in my ears to beg me to crank up the volume, and then envelope me in glorious details, all at the risk of my hearing. DAMN IT! mad.gif You're a temptress, a tease and then a whore who will rob me of my hearing if I continue to do this.

 

My guess is that the signal I currently have (which is a VERY SUBOPTIMAL PC -> 1/8" headphone jack cable to RCA L/R out -> MF X-CAN V3 -> TH900) is inferior and masking out the details enough from the macrodynamic signals so that I need to turn it up to get the microdynamics audible. Or the amp itself is not resolving enough and putting its own "color" to the sound which is doing the same thing. 

 

But this is where gear matching is critical. Now that I have found the wicked side of this temptress called TH900, we'll need to wait until I get some "tools" in my arsenal to tame her and coax the performance out of her.

 

She continues to tease me until I get my PWDII back... rolleyes.gif

 

[Update]

Compared to the HD700 on some expansive and enveloping tracks (electronic music, mostly Two Steps From Hell stuff as I was in a particularly "dramatic" mood this morning). The TH900s are a lot fuller, richer (midrange bloom?) and hits harder on the bass and subbass across all the tracks I've listened and compared the Senn HD700s to. The only area where the HD700s play ball and keep up with as well as shine in is microdynamics (it doesn't force you to turn it up to hear them) and soundstage. Also, there is air around the instruments being used in conjunction with the electronic music in these tracks.

 

Each headphone with their strengths and some minor shortcomings. Both excel at different genres, the HD700s for intimate music and vocals, the TH900s for pretty much everything else.


Edited by twizzleraddict - 3/29/13 at 12:02pm
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I was busy at work the past few days with overtime. Seems that the TH-900 headphones are pretty great despite a few flaws. Then again, there isn't a perfect headphone out there yet.

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Nice rig, bmichels. You may also check out that Analog Squared Paper tube amp, which is more transportable with its shoulder strap.
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xxx

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Originally Posted by ultrabike View Post

Speaking for myself, it would definitively be more interesting to read about your impressions than about how your cans got to your place... Unless...

 

 

Too skinny. Where is booty ?

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What are you a pirate? Jeez.

 

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Too skinny. Where is booty ?

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A booty pirate?

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Originally Posted by zorin View Post

 

Too skinny. Where is booty ?

Bodacious what?

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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

I'll be more than happy to give you some impressions after I've heard them for a while. But really, what do you think I'm going to say? That they suck? I mean, let's get real. Of course I'm going to like them and of course they are going to (most likely) be better across the board from any of the other cheaper/less capable headphones I own.

 

Anyway, I get it, no socializing in the Impressions Thread. We can now take this thread back on track where there will be almost nothing to read. I was just trying to have a little fun with my "new friends". I'll be gone soon enough and mark my words...You guys will miss me when I'm gone! biggrin.gif

Just calm down, the life is not an 'either this or that' proposition and nobody is pushing you off the playground. A bit of socializing is a part of any Head-fi comments thread but 'Purrin' was rightly pointing out what is the main objective of Head-fi and its comments sections. We should keep them concordant to their primary purpose. We are glad you are with us as everyone who escapes the clutches of manufacturers and sellers of substandard audio equipment, in other words sonic garbage, is one more saved soul for the audiophile heaven. 

As for your impressions of TH900 not being relevant enough, you might note the failed expectations or pleasant surprises these headphones present you with and sound source[s] and amplification match or mismatch. It all is useful as comparison data on these headphones. 

Have a pleasant Easter holidays, ...and something very nice to hear, a balm on one's soul and honey to one's ears for the holidays - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbaz_T6BN3g&playnext=1&list=PLB05B2513E4747D9D&feature=results_main 


Edited by zorin - 3/29/13 at 9:00pm
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

Who said that the TH900 can not be used in a transportable system ?  wink_face.gif

 

With my RWA Bellina PRO DAC/AMP, which is Battery operated, I have built a "transportable audio system". I had my TH900 rewired Balanced to take full advantage of the balanced output of the amp. Plus I got a tube upgrade to the MiniWatt Dario E188CC.

 

 I could notice a real improvement in background silence when operated on Battery, plus since the battery operation is really convenient to carry the system from room to room, or even outside,... I have made a case to carry the Bellina + AC Charger + headphone + my RWAK100 used as source (with optical cable).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two thumbs up. How is single ended output of this amp ? Is the primary audio quality on the single output or on the balanced one ? [Sometimes one is better than the other]

If ALO audio could manage to make a version of the PanAm with the tubes laid flat horizontally, and also manage to lower the output impedance, that would be even better for the serious transportable setup of TH900.


Edited by zorin - 3/29/13 at 10:00pm
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I will offer my TH-900 brief impression from last year's LA meet. I didn't have too much time with them and these are meet impressions so do take them with a grain of salt. I believe I heard them through a HeadRoom Utra DAC/Amp stack. I thought they were quite good, though perhaps a little bass heavy. I would consider them a nice collector's item that sounds good. However, I personally prefer other headphones at that price range (and perhaps bellow.)
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Originally Posted by zorin View Post

 

Two thumbs up. How is single ended output of this amp ? Is the primary audio quality on the single output or on the balanced one ? [Sometimes one is better than the other]

If ALO audio could manage to make a version of the PanAm with the tubes laid flat horizontally, and also manage to lower the output impedance, that would be even better for the serious transportable setup of TH900.

 

I believe that I prefer the Balanced sound, but... the difference is so subtel that this may be the "effet placebo"

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Originally Posted by tokendog View Post

Any one have any tips for caring for the eggshell ear pads?  I will e-mail Fostex to see if I can get a response but thought someone might have an answer on here.  I wouldn't think your traditional "leather" treatment would work on such a material?

 

But perhaps I'm wrong.

If it's any help, I use baby wipes. Good enough for a baby's bottom, good enough for these, I reckon. I'd stay away from any wipes with alcohol in them

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