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post #5836 of 14236
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

took delivery of the th900 today. was bummed that the box was a bit beaten up but no signs of damage to the cans that I could see. they're beautiful cans - no surprises there.

maybe i wasn't in the right head space but can't say i was all that impressed with the sound. didn't have the clarity i was expecting from what I've seen here and the highs sounded a bit raw. and it felt like something was missing which i put down to the mids.

anyways, left them running for an hour and came back for another try. maybe i'd gotten out of my funk coz they sounded rich and organic - not hyper-detailed in a forced "hi fi" kinda way. and then there's the bass. finally a can that comes close to doing deep speaker -like bass - oh man. and they're so comfortable. feels like i could wear them for hours. so yeah - things are looking up. smily_headphones1.gif

Don't worry I haven't gotten a pair of new headphones I didn't want to send back. Mine took a good 2 weeks to sound 100%. My pair started with zero mids. You'll love them shortly; don't sweat it.
post #5837 of 14236
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

don't have one yet. plugging it into the nait 5si headphone out.

 

 

For me, amping makes a big difference with this phone. Straight out of the m8, it's just okay. When driven by my tu-05, it's heavenly. (when sourced by the m8, none-the-less).

post #5838 of 14236

Apparently the Vali pairs very well with the TH900 despite specs on paper and the impedance mismatch. Is anyone able to comment?

post #5839 of 14236
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

It is funny... headphones and more so C/IEMs actually go deeper than speakers (unless you are talking subs here). But, I can understand what you are referring to. Take some time to get used to the signature. Definitely one of those headphones that either wow you, or if you are used to something else, will need some time to adjust. 

I also recommend you get an amp and dac soon. 

Edit: Also, your current integrated amp probably has a relatively high output impedance including the headphone out circuit. 

didn't know that but my floorstanders have moar bass than my other phones and they go deeper. the th900 is the first phone i've heard with that kind of bass.
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Originally Posted by m2man View Post

Don't worry I haven't gotten a pair of new headphones I didn't want to send back. Mine took a good 2 weeks to sound 100%. My pair started with zero mids. You'll love them shortly; don't sweat it.

thanks man. smily_headphones1.gif
post #5840 of 14236
^ Yup, same for me as well. TheTH900 remains the only headphone that's given me that woofer-life kick from the stomach. It's a bit of a double-edged sword for me, since it clouds my judgement of other headphones.

Recently auditioned another summit-fi closed headphone, and it just felt utterly anemic after a while. Whatever great qualities it exhibited, I still had a voice in my head saying "not enough balls" on a constant basis. Even EQ'ing didn't help much.

All this bass in my life is turning me into a chav..... Help!!
post #5841 of 14236
which closed can was that? wink.gif yeah the th900's bass is awesome. still finding the highs sharp tho. got a feeling bass will be MIA when i switch back to the w3000anv.
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After a long day at work I come home and put on my D2000's and crack out some serious funk.  Something is missing though, so I reach for the TH900's 

 

...and the world just melts away.

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Had been ignoring my wife the whole evening as I was 'into the music' with the Fostex TH-900. Curious as she is, she liked to know what was going on over there between me and my headphone... I gave her the headphone, and turned on the music: Lou Reed 'How do you think it feels', with some volume of course...She literally jumped out of her chair, you should have seen the look on her face...She could not make the connection between the elegant looks of the Fostex TH-900 and the utterly dynamic, spacious sound with well defined and thunderous bass. This was a sound you expect from being there at a concert she said when it was all over...not from this headphone, it is fantastic...

 

I agreed of course. I think the Fostex TH-900 is indeed a fantastic headphone. To me, it has no overblown bass, it is there allright but very well defined and controlled, to me it does not have a recessed midrange. It is less in your face than some other headphones but still sounds very dynamic, and spacious.

 

I think all headphones in this price category probably have something in which they excel. The Sennheiser HD-800, for instance, is famous for its soundstage and rightly so. There is no headphone I know that is better able to give you that: 'you are there' feeling. Their ability to give you the impression you are in the actual concert hall is epic.  The Fostex on the other hand, is to me all about connecting to the music itself. You are part of the music, its real, its alive, its dynamic and totally addicting. I do not really care WHERE exactly the musicians are on stage (Sennheiser HD-800), I want to know WHY they are on stage. And that is what the Fostex TH-900 delivers in spades. It is expressive, and able to deliver the musical message better than any other headphone I have tried....irrespective of musical genre. If that is why they call the Fostex TH-900 a 'fun' headphone, than I think there is no better compliment possible to praise this headphone.

 

One last thing, besides bass, these headphones excel in the projecting the brass section. Really, trumpet, saxophone, horn, trombone, they all sound so exciting, clear,  very dynamic and with the right tone. It is, to me at least, the real thing. 


Edited by playitloud - 12/5/13 at 4:36am
post #5844 of 14236
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

which closed can was that? wink.gif yeah the th900's bass is awesome. still finding the highs sharp tho. got a feeling bass will be MIA when i switch back to the w3000anv.

 

It was the new LCD-XC. Great headphone. Midrange in particular was quite impressive. Just didn't offer my kind of presentation, and the bass never really got me nodding my head. To me, Audeze kind of lost the plot after the LCD-2.2. They started concentrating on FR graphs with newer models, sacrificing the character that made the LCD-2 so special. Fans of newer Audeze 'phones will disagree with me obviously. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

 

The TH900's highs will smooth out a bit as the drivers get more play-time, but they still can be a bit sharp for certain music. I find this to be the case with some overcompressed electronica and hip/trip-hop most of the time. Part of the reason is - despite being great musicians, many producers of this type of music (especially unsigned/indie acts) tend to create and evaluate their work wearing very slow, bass-heavy, treble attenuated headphones (DJ-type cans). The music may sound just how the creator wants it on his/her headphones, but the moment you hear it on more reference grade headphones or speakers, the highs tend to get too hot. Having said that, I find the TH-900 no worse than any other summit-fi headphone in this regard, and better than most. It helps to have a part of your chain (source, amp, DAC) that smooths out the highs and adds a bit of warmth or wetness to the presentation.

 

Don't think I'll be looking at new headphones for a while, or at least till the end of next year, though I might take a plunge into the CIEM world (Fitear in particular) in the meantime if finances allow.

post #5845 of 14236
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Originally Posted by kurochin View Post
 

 

It was the new LCD-XC. Great headphone. Midrange in particular was quite impressive. Just didn't offer my kind of presentation, and the bass never really got me nodding my head. To me, Audeze kind of lost the plot after the LCD-2.2. They started concentrating on FR graphs with newer models, sacrificing the character that made the LCD-2 so special. Fans of newer Audeze 'phones will disagree with me obviously. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

 

The TH900's highs will smooth out a bit as the drivers get more play-time, but they still can be a bit sharp for certain music. I find this to be the case with some overcompressed electronica and hip/trip-hop most of the time. Part of the reason is - despite being great musicians, many producers of this type of music (especially unsigned/indie acts) tend to create and evaluate their work wearing very slow, bass-heavy, treble attenuated headphones (DJ-type cans). The music may sound just how the creator wants it on his/her headphones, but the moment you hear it on more reference grade headphones or speakers, the highs tend to get too hot. Having said that, I find the TH-900 no worse than any other summit-fi headphone in this regard, and better than most. It helps to have a part of your chain (source, amp, DAC) that smooths out the highs and adds a bit of warmth or wetness to the presentation.

 

Don't think I'll be looking at new headphones for a while, or at least till the end of next year, though I might take a plunge into the CIEM world (Fitear in particular) in the meantime if finances allow.

 

That might be because your source is not refined enough and the headphone will show that to you.

Good source don't actually "smooth out" the highs, they are just more refined so you don't get that piercing distortion associated with lesser equipment (to some extent).

 

I learned it the hard way with the HE-6 (not that my source was bad, but the way I used it was not adequate). 

post #5846 of 14236
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

Good source don't actually "smooth out" the highs, they are just more refined so you don't get that piercing distortion associated with lesser equipment (to some extent).

 

 

I'd wager there's some really badly produced overcompressed music out there that not even a LH DaVinci could save. It's just the nature of the recording. Why someone would want to listen to such music is another story though.

 

 

 

post #5847 of 14236

its also the type of treble that some people might be more or less sensitive to.

 

to me, the TH-900 is very smooth, and warmer than the T1 to me.

 

to others, the T1 is unbearibly bright. and the hd 800 as well. the th-900 is warmer than both.

 

the TH-900 i wouldn't consider hot or bright, the denon d7000 with the angle pads on the other hand, i ended up selling because the treble was sibilant and fatiguing. much more than the TH-900.

 

overall, the TH-900 does have slightly more treble than neutral but its still quite tame and i never really find it to get peaky or bothersome. it pairs very nicely with the GSX MK2 too :D

post #5848 of 14236
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

its also the type of treble that some people might be more or less sensitive to.

 

to me, the TH-900 is very smooth, and warmer than the T1 to me.

 

to others, the T1 is unbearibly bright. and the hd 800 as well. the th-900 is warmer than both.

 

the TH-900 i wouldn't consider hot or bright, the denon d7000 with the angle pads on the other hand, i ended up selling because the treble was sibilant and fatiguing. much more than the TH-900.

 

overall, the TH-900 does have slightly more treble than neutral but its still quite tame and i never really find it to get peaky or bothersome. it pairs very nicely with the GSX MK2 too :D

 

Totally agree

post #5849 of 14236

I just put it on my head for the first time today and couldn't be happier with the purchase.  As for the treble, I'm very sensitive to peaks and the TH900 has the best treble I've heard without reaching any sort of fatigue.  The bass is epic.  Pairing it with the Yulong D100 MK2.  Sounds good straight out of my iPhone with plenty of volume as well.  

post #5850 of 14236
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Originally Posted by playitloud View Post
 

Had been ignoring my wife the whole evening as I was 'into the music' with the Fostex TH-900. Curious as she is, she liked to know what was going on over there between me and my headphone... I gave her the headphone, and turned on the music: Lou Reed 'How do you think it feels', with some volume of course...She literally jumped out of her chair, you should have seen the look on her face...She could not make the connection between the elegant looks of the Fostex TH-900 and the utterly dynamic, spacious sound with well defined and thunderous bass. This was a sound you expect from being there at a concert she said when it was all over...not from this headphone, it is fantastic...

 

 

it was probably b/c the volume was too loud lol. girls have delicate ears :P

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