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post #3946 of 7936
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

 

Interesting, I've listened to JVC DX1000 once in Japan but it was paired with a mediocre amp, maybe that's why I wasn't so impressed with its soundstage. I agree that the TH900 excels in other quality features. Speaking of DX1000, its soundstage is even larger than DX2000?


I believe from what I read here on the DX2k thread, from a source referencing the JVC DX series designer said that they were exactly the same drivers + same sound except for the cosmetic changes.

post #3947 of 7936
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Originally Posted by Gandah View Post


When buying a dac/amp combo think about how your going to be using it in the future, like are you going to buy more HPs and will it power them effectively eg: LCD3s HD800s or even T1s. Also will you ended up with a balanced amp at any point down the road. Thinking about this now may save some time and mula in the long run

 

Just throwing it out there for what its worthdarthsmile.gif

As for now I'll just stick with the TH900's, so that's where my focus lies. I've read the topic in the amps section about the TOTL amp for Denon/fostex cans but there's no info on the Mytek, it's seems to be a pretty good match with the TH900's, and if I go that route I'll save some money now so I can buy a nice amp in the future. But if the amp section of the mytek sucks I'd rather stay away from it. No way to listen to it before I buy unfortunately.

post #3948 of 7936

That's cool fortunately the TH900s sound good on just about everything including mobile devices, and just gets better from there

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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

Comparing directly against the Burson Soloist, the ZDSE delivers the sound that is perfectly described on the Eddie Current official website: the sound of engagement, the kind of non-fatiguing sound that you don't want to stop listening, breaking the sound barrier between the listener and the music.

 

The Soloist is actually a very good headphone amp IMO with exceptional clarity and musicality, but I always got tired of listening music through it and the TH900 after 1-2 hours of listening. With the ZDSE, there is really no such fatigue, and I can listen to music for hours non-stop.

 

The soundstage of the ZDSE is *very* wide and deep for a single-ended headphone amp. The soundstage of TH900 is very wide, perhaps the widest among commercially available closed-back headphones, but not as wide as, say, HD800. The ZDSE, however, throws a massive soundstage that can complement TH900's such shortcoming (?). I think this is one of the factors that contribute to the non-fatiguing nature of the ZDSE over the Soloist. Of course, HD800 paired with the ZDSE will yield an even greater soundstage, but with the HD800 the music sounds somewhat ambient, distant, and less engaging than the TH900.

 

I've auditioned over 20 different headphone amps with my TH900, and no amp sounded better than the ZDSE. The only area the Soloist does slightly better than the ZDSE is clarity; the ZDSE is very clear sounding for a tube amp but the Soloist is really crystal clear. However, the clarity of the Soloist can also lead to sibilance at treble, which causes listening fatigue.

 

I absolutely agree 100% (one hundred percent) that the ZDSE throws a very wide soundstage. I notice this when I compare it with Dacport & latest Itouch. When I switch from ZDSE to Itouch HP out, the magic is gone and vocal sound mono. For the 1st min, I thought the Itouch HP out connection is screwed up, I then realize that my Dacport is also screwed up when I counter check only to realize that the ZDSE has been throwing out a huge soundstage. The sound just expands a lot more and is kind of addicting.

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Congratulation for ZDSE , Songmic! I heard my th900 from Zana using my past dac, ref5, and the pairing is good. The bass is a bit boomy though but I am certain that because of the tube. I don't like to trouble the owner to roll in different tube. The other tube amp that I like for th900 is dna stratus which I heard a few times.
post #3951 of 7936

Thanks for the photo Songmic! That makes it even easier to focus my obsession. This is exactly the set-up I'm looking to invest in.....even down to the headphone stand. I enjoyed your impressions as well. Welcome back!

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For anyone who sent their headphones in to Fostex for repair for the hinges, approximately how long was the RMA process? Any difficulties encountered?

 

Mine are a bit loose (the right one more so than the left), and I am a bit worried.. Not sure if I really want to open them up and try tighten the hinges myself. edit: I really don't.


Edited by namaiki - 4/4/13 at 6:09am
post #3953 of 7936

My TH900 were sent from Norway to Japan for repair of a loose can/screw. It took approximately 3 weeks. I was so lucky that I got a demo pair of TH900 as loaners. I actually ended up keeping the demo pair. I felt that the demo-pair sounded better. That may be due to more burn in. 

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Were the demo/loaner TH900 cans from your local shop or from Fostex?

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Originally Posted by namaiki View Post

Were the demo/loaner TH900 cans from your local shop or from Fostex?

I see that you're in Australia so you should send to Major music. I sent mine for the hinges as well but my cup actually came off the headband so it's more serious. They didn't fix anything but simply offered me a new replacement pair which was great however due to stock issue I need to wait for 2 months to get it back. Please don't misunderstood my case the tech-support is a great guy it's just unfortunate that fostex aus and jap were all out of stock at that time.

In your case it's may be easier but I can't guarantee anything.

 

To be honest I think if it's just a bit loose, you'd better off do it yourself.

 

And no loaner for the wait-time btw but they did offered refund


Edited by xzobinx - 4/4/13 at 8:07am
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@Eide: for me, burn in was a big difference
post #3957 of 7936
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Originally Posted by xzobinx View Post

but they did offered refund

Haha, I don't think I could manage that. The TH-900 are just too amazing for me to get rid of them - and no other safe choices in the realm of closed headphones as far as I know.


Edited by namaiki - 4/4/13 at 8:22am
post #3958 of 7936
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Originally Posted by namaiki View Post

Haha, I don't think I could manage that. The TH-900 are just too amazing for me to get rid of them - and no other safe choices in the realm of closed headphones as far as I know.

then its time to whip out that mini screw driver.. Its not as hard really, just twist anti clockwise on the pad and it come off, unscrew 4 screws and driver come off then tighten the headband screw. I have done this couple of times.

 

but of course, we deserve full service support from Fostex if not comfortable.

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Picture time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So happy right now!

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Originally Posted by Helstar View Post

Picture time!

So happy right now!

I am scared by the amount of treble I see in these pictures.

I wish you luck sir.
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