Thought I’ll post some impressions on the TH 900.
My set up is Ipod -> CLAS -> RS 71A -> TH 900.
My baseline ‘direct’ comparison was to my second pair of headphones, the Ed 8’s.
Overall my impressions for the TH900 are thus:
- Definitely better sound stage and imaging than the Ed 8’s
Compared to the Ed 8, one can immediately notice a far bigger sound stage. The instruments have depth and the ‘field’ broadens dramatically. Not in a bad way though.
However, the Ed 8's have a way with certain genre's of music - say Jazz where it just sounds better and I think this is something to do with S logic or how it presents the higher frequencies.
- Much better bass - I know some reviews here say the Ed 8’s have good bass but I have always struggled in this regard. May be its my set up, but the few options I tried, did not produce what I needed
The TH 900 really brings the whole spectrum alive. Towards the higher end of the curve, the Ed 8’s match this resolution, but on the lower end, the bass is just so much better. Did not sound too boomy to me, I thought it sounded pretty tight and controlled
- Less comfortable to wear than the Ed 8s
The Ed 8’s are clearly the easier headphones to put on. May be it’s the size of my head but it just snaps on and feels like a perfect fit. Not that the TH 900 is uncomfortable, it sits well. However, it doesn’t feel snug.
- Very poor isolation
This is really my only big gripe. It really is just couple of steps away from being an open headphone when it comes to how it sounds sitting next to the guy wearing the red phones
Based on the few posts here is the contentious bit –
- I recently had the opportunity to visit a Sennheiser showroom where they had a listening room set up with all sorts of their headphones.
Long story short, I just did not find the HD 800 exciting at all. In fact, I thought the HD 700 sounded much better. This was hooked to a Sennheiser amp, a dac and to a Rega cd player.
Most of the conclusions above are based on my experience owning few headphones. Besides the above mentioned, at some point in the past I had the Grado RS1i’s, Beyerdynamic DT770 LE, Ultrasone sig pro’s and few IEM’s.
Edited by rmeister81 - 5/22/13 at 2:20am