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post #5161 of 7815
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LOL.
Keep us posted on that mod! When is it due back?

 

Picking up the amp this weekend. It's actually going through something I completely don't understand but the modder has my TH-900 and knows that it's tuning the amp specifically for it. My concern is his definition of "appropriately tuned" may be different from mine. But I'll find out this weekend.

 

P.S. anyone who's familiar with the design of the Zana Deux, please feel free to PM me. I have an almost non-existent knowledge of the technicalities of an amp and need some advice.

post #5162 of 7815
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

Yeah ET, u better like that TH900, or u probably be fired from headfi ;-)

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

ET, congrats on your TH-900. I have a feeling even if you find the midrange a little thin, with all the "congrats", "let it burn", "what source/amp are you using", you'll end up liking the headphone :-P. Peer pressure :-).

They are an enjoyable pair of headphones!!

Haha. I'm currently experience a strange phenomenon. Where something that initially sounds uncomfortable evolves into something amazing. Meaning to say.. My enjoyment is steadily increasing. smily_headphones1.gif


Further impressions: .... My ears still ache after an hour... slightly. Man are my ears finicky (they extend outwards too much). Haven't found a phone devoid of this problem.

Are there any pads that give better comfort while keeping the same sound?
Edited by EveTan - 8/19/13 at 9:53pm
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I came to this thread after hearing someone want a comparison of the th-600 to the alpha dog. Then I read the th-600 as being a little sharp  so I looked here. 

 

I am on the verge of selling all of my equiment in hopes that the th-900 will man handle all of the gripes I have had with the following hp's:

 

 

Please tell me if I am misled by thinking that the th-900 wont suffer from these issues:

owned all but the red

hd650 not enough bass extension and a tad too thick but realistic and sweet

modded t50 not enough bass quantity, though I love its smoothness

philips x1 not full sounding in the other ranges besides bass, Though it was close to ideal it is easy to cook and not enough details, comfort spanks the hd650 to me though

he-400 not enough bass,sibilant, sounded metallic. I liked its details, speed, soundstage and instrument separation

sennheiser momentum not enough details and instrument separation but (everything else is PERFECT <--well almost could have tighter bass)

German maestro 8.35d  need more bass on some songs, and sounds great for the price but not worth mentioning here

he-500 will not have enough bass and will be too chill

lcd-2 will be close, but the bass of the th900 will spank it as well as the details

lcd-3 a little too pricey and just out of my range. headphone.com has them at 400 dollars more than the th-900

th600 too edgy and might be sibilant and dry sounding in comparison to the th-900 and lcd-2. 

alpha dog will probably leave me wanting punch, details and bass

+ the bass, comfort, and looks probably spank the Grado hi ends and the LCD's

 

Dont care too much for huge sound stages(wider than the hd650 is ideal) etc. just detail, midrange not wanting,i nstrument separation, clarity,speed, dynamics, and BASS.  

So Ill buy the TH 900 and downgrade if I dont like it. But I doubt I will. plus I wont need a crazy amp right away.


Edited by grizzlybeast - 8/21/13 at 6:58pm
post #5164 of 7815
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

I came to this thread after hearing someone want a comparison of the th-600 to the alpha dog. Then I read the th-600 as being a little sharp  so I looked here. 

I am on the verge of selling all of my equiment in hopes that the th-900 will man handle all of the gripes I have had with the following hp's:


Please tell me if I am misled by thinking that the th-900 wont suffer from these issues:
owned all but the red
hd650 not enough bass extension and a tad too thick but realistic and sweet
modded t50 not enough bass quantity, though I love its smoothness
philips x1 not full sounding in the other ranges besides bass, Though it was close to ideal it is easy to cook and not enough details, comfort spanks the hd650 to me though
he-400 not enough bass,sibilant, sounded metallic. I liked its details, speed, soundstage and instrument separation
sennheiser momentum not enough details and instrument separation but (everything else is PERFECT <--well almost could have tighter bass)
German maestro 8.35d  need more bass on some songs, and sounds great for the price but not worth mentioning here
he-500 will not have enough bass and will be too chill
lcd-2 will be close, but the bass of the th900 will spank it as well as the details
lcd-3 a little too pricey and just out of my range. headphone.com has them at 400 dollars more than the th-900
th600 too edgy and might be sibilant and dry sounding in comparison to the th-900 and lcd-2. 
alpha dog will probably leave me wanting punch, details and bass
+ the bass, comfort, and looks probably spank the Grado hi ends and the LCD's

Dont care too much for huge sound stages(wider than the hd650 is ideal) etc. just detail, midrange not wanting,i nstrument separation, clarity,speed, dynamics, and BASS.  
So Ill buy the TH 900 and downgrade if I dont like it. But I doubt I will. plus I wont need a crazy amp right away.

You should be aware that the mids are somewhat recessed with the TH900. As much as I love them they are not "the perfect headphone". The bass can be overwhelming on some tracks, but that is often the fault of the mix not the HPs. If you can test the LCD3/2 i would suggest that.
post #5165 of 7815
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Originally Posted by EveTan View Post


Haha. I'm currently experience a strange phenomenon. Where something that initially sounds uncomfortable evolves into something amazing. Meaning to say.. My enjoyment is steadily increasing. smily_headphones1.gif


Further impressions: .... My ears still ache after an hour... slightly. Man are my ears finicky (they extend outwards too much). Haven't found a phone devoid of this problem.

Are there any pads that give better comfort while keeping the same sound?

If pad DEPTH is the issue, may want to try Alpha pads from Mr Speakers. Way more depth than stock Fostex.
post #5166 of 7815
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


You should be aware that the mids are somewhat recessed with the TH900. As much as I love them they are not "the perfect headphone". The bass can be overwhelming on some tracks, but that is often the fault of the mix not the HPs. If you can test the LCD3/2 i would suggest that.

someone said the bass is too much for hip hop.confused.gif how is that? plus bass is a lot easier to flatten than raise with eq

 

are the mids "beyerdynamic" recessed? slightly may mean equable. I am aware of the perfect headphone myth as there probably is none.

 

You are probably right. I should test the lcd-2 I love me some mids!!! but I love bass a little bit more and I want to hear the details. Though lcd-2 is the more all around can I never hear it praised for its details, imaging yes. As long as its details best the he-400 I will be satisified. Reviews often express the basshead misconception of the lcd-2 as well.

 

I am a bass head. But I find it is in how the song is mixed and produced equally as much as the can itself. 


Edited by grizzlybeast - 8/21/13 at 7:59pm
post #5167 of 7815

liking my TH-900 out of mytek 192 right now biggrin.gif

post #5168 of 7815
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

someone said the bass is too much for hip hop.confused.gif  how is that? plus bass is a lot easier to flatten than raise with eq

are the mids "beyerdynamic" recessed?

You are probably right. I should test the lcd-2 I love me some mids!!! but I love bass a little bit more and I want to hear the details. Though lcd-2 is the more all around can I never hear it praised for its details, imaging yes. As long as its details best the he-400 I will be satisified. Reviews often express the basshead misconception of the lcd-2 as well.

I am a bass head. But I find it is in how the song is mixed and produced equally as much as the can itself. 

Sorry, don't own beyers but I decided to use gear that is more foward in mid presentation and I have found that to pull the TH900 back in line. Off the top of my head I was recently listening to A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious B.I. G., Jurrasic 5 and Public Enemy and was loving it. Strangely the tracks I have had the most problem with have been poorly remastered stuff from the 70's. Hope that helps?
post #5169 of 7815
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

liking my TH-900 out of mytek 192 right now biggrin.gif

Whatcha listening too?

post #5170 of 7815
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


Sorry, don't own beyers but I decided to use gear that is more foward in mid presentation and I have found that to pull the TH900 back in line. Off the top of my head I was recently listening to A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious B.I. G., Jurrasic 5 and Public Enemy and was loving it. Strangely the tracks I have had the most problem with have been poorly remastered stuff from the 70's. Hope that helps?

yep that helps. I figured that much. the warning of recessed mids is a good one but doesn't deter. I figure some tubes and e'g would do the trick. For bass, details, and imaging I dont think I can get better. 

post #5171 of 7815

Hmm. Are there any phones on the TH900 level that have non-recessed or even forward mids that doesn't also compromise the other aspects too much?

 

Trying to see my options to see if I'm a viable candidate to switch to something else :)

post #5172 of 7815
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If pad DEPTH is the issue, may want to try Alpha pads from Mr Speakers. Way more depth than stock Fostex.

How does one take off the pads? I hear it's just a twist and pop off?

 

And also been recommended to keep stock pads for best fidelity.

post #5173 of 7815
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Originally Posted by EveTan View Post

Hmm. Are there any phones on the TH900 level that have non-recessed or even forward mids that doesn't also compromise the other aspects too much?

 

Trying to see my options to see if I'm a viable candidate to switch to something else :)+

+1 I was looking into the grado ps1000 but its bass roll off is quite steep

post #5174 of 7815
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How does one take off the pads? I hear it's just a twist and pop off?

Basically, yes, but when they're new the plastic notch is deep and as such it's quite hard to take off. The pads will slide and the plastic locking ring won't unclick. Or at least that is what I experienced.


Edited by namaiki - 8/21/13 at 9:23pm
post #5175 of 7815
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Originally Posted by namaiki View Post

Basically, yes, but when they're new the plastic notch is deep and as such it's quite hard to take off. The pads will slide and the plastic locking ring won't unclick. Or at least that is what I experienced.

I tried to take the pads off just the other day to clean them but even by following a youtube guide I still couldn't get'em off, so I vacuumed cleared them with a non-static festool vac, did a ok job but would of been better if I had of got them off

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