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post #5851 of 14257
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

 

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

 

Hahahaha! Yeah, with the TH900 it is easy to get carried away with the pot. 

 

However, I'm with playitloud's wife on this one. The TH900s are a revelation especially to people whose only reference are ibuds and sub 100 sets. Heck, it's a revelation when AB-ed with other totl or near totl headphones for that matter. 

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My friends think my "headphone hobby" is a joke....
That was until they heard the TH900's. They have a great effect on the uninitiated. very_evil_smiley.gif
Edited by Audio Jester - 12/5/13 at 8:42pm
post #5853 of 14257
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post

My friends think my "headphone hobby" is a joke....
That was until they heard the TH900's. They have a great affect on the uninitiated. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

Audio Jester's TH900 - 1

Audio Jester's Frieds - 0

 

Brought mine to work and gave some of my officemates a listen. I did not get to listen to it all day that day. And now they often ask me for when I'm going to bring them in again. 

 

The answer there is not anytime soon. Maybe a different pair this time, but not the TH900. Too pretty to keep bringing in. Don't want any scratches on those cups. :p

post #5854 of 14257
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post

My friends think my "headphone hobby" is a joke....
That was until they heard the TH900's. They have a great effect on the uninitiated. very_evil_smiley.gif

I too have friends who are similar but after TH900, no more.....:bigsmile_face:

post #5855 of 14257
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post
 

 

Hahahaha! Yeah, with the TH900 it is easy to get carried away with the pot. 

 

However, I'm with playitloud's wife on this one. The TH900s are a revelation especially to people whose only reference are ibuds and sub 100 sets. Heck, it's a revelation when AB-ed with other totl or near totl headphones for that matter. 

+1. Just to give you an idea....I was playing Bad Company last night... Listneed to song Moving On first with the LCD 2.2, then the LCD 3, then the LCD-XC and finally the 900. Man, within 1 second after putting the 900 on, I turned the volume pot DOWN ...what a HP !

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

+1. Just to give you an idea....I was playing Bad Company last night... Listneed to song Moving On first with the LCD 2.2, then the LCD 3, then the LCD-XC and finally the 900. Man, within 1 second after putting the 900 on, I turned the volume pot DOWN ...what a HP !

 

Oh man, thank goodness you didn't blow a driver...or worse your eardrum. 

 

I've developed this OCD level process of checking all my volume levels before swapping headphones. Especially with the TH900 involved. They take so little to drive to ear-bleeding levels compared to orthos. Which is expected of course. :) 

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Lol you almost make me want to buy it again..

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Is it me or is it a "love affair" between the TH 900 and the Mjolnir ? Man, this HP rocks with the Mojo...deep bass, mids a tad recessed though, and smooth treble (a tad elevated). 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

+1. Just to give you an idea....I was playing Bad Company last night... Listneed to song Moving On first with the LCD 2.2, then the LCD 3, then the LCD-XC and finally the 900. Man, within 1 second after putting the 900 on, I turned the volume pot DOWN ...what a HP !

Not sure what the volume setting would be when using the TH-900's with the GS-Xmk2 then. I have the LCD-XC which I use with my GS-Xmk2, and at medium gain a comfortable listening level is 9 o'clock on the GS-X's volume knob, and 10 o'clock is too uncomfortable.
With the high gain setting it's 8 o'clock, and low gain is 10 o'clock.
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Any one who knows me, knows that I've owned and tried numberous headphones... LCD-3, LCD-2.2, LCD-2, HD-800 on several occasions, T1,  HE-6, HE-500, HE-400, etc. etc. etc.

 

Out of all of those, the only headphone that I can not sell is the TH-900.  It is the last remaining headphone in my collection and each and every time I attempt to sell it, I can not.  It probably has something to do with the fact that I always put them on and give them one last listen... intending to package them up right after... but then I listen to them, am lost in the music, absorbed in the amazing bass, and then they go back on their stand and stay there.

 

The TH-900s are amazing; and to define the word amazing in regards to these headphones, I'll say:  Out of all the headphones I've owned, the TH-900s are the closet to achieving all of the things that those numerous headphones do so well in one single package.  If you want a single headphone that manages to do the most it can exceptionally well - the TH-900 is that headphone.  It falls short in comparison to a particular headphone, but it sacrifices little in return. 

 

It is as close to an all-in-one package as you will find and it is a helluva alot of fun to listen to.


Edited by tokendog - 12/7/13 at 8:20am
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Originally Posted by tokendog View Post
 

it is a helluva alot of fun to listen to.

 

I'm a new TH-900 owner as of yesterday and this is exactly what I feel about them. They can rock really hard, but are also subtle with music that requires a lighter touch.

 

I compared them with the the Sennheiser HD-800 and Beyer T1, and while all sounded good, the Fostex's had that touch of musical magic that the others lacked.

 

Based on what I'd read, I expected to hate the HD-800s, but didn't; they were easy to admire but, for me, impossible to love. I didn't find them bright; lean would be a more appropriate description, but they were too relaxed and I felt that they didn't convey enough emotion or feeling with the music I was listening to. Technically they were possibly the best of the three, but I listen to music to enjoy it, not to analyse it.

 

I expected to buy the T1s, but went home with the TH-900s. I liked the T1s a lot compared with my Sennheiser HD-650s (and I substantially preferred the T1s to the HD-800s), but the TH-900s were more musical and enjoyable.

 

Having got the TH-900s home, they also sound fabulous with my Naim DAC-V1. Both are musical and dynamic, and sound wonderful together. 

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Originally Posted by Paul Meakin View Post

I'm a new TH-900 owner as of yesterday and this is exactly what I feel about them. They can rock really hard, but are also subtle with music that requires a lighter touch.

I compared them with the the Sennheiser HD-800 and Beyer T1, and while all sounded good, the Fostex's had that touch of musical magic that the others lacked.

Based on what I'd read, I expected to hate the HD-800s, but didn't; they were easy to admire but, for me, impossible to love. I didn't find them bright; lean would be a more appropriate description, but they were too relaxed and I felt that they didn't convey enough emotion or feeling with the music I was listening to. Technically they were possibly the best of the three, but I listen to music to enjoy it, not to analyse it.

I expected to buy the T1s, but went home with the TH-900s. I liked the T1s a lot compared with my Sennheiser HD-650s (and I substantially preferred the T1s to the HD-800s), but the TH-900s were more musical and enjoyable.

Having got the TH-900s home, they also sound fabulous with my Naim DAC-V1. Both are musical and dynamic, and sound wonderful together. 

Out of curiosity, what DAC & amp did you use for the comparison?
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post


Out of curiosity, what DAC & amp did you use for the comparison?

 

The amp was the Schiit Lyr, the DAC a Fireface UCX.

 

I hadn't heard either before, but they seemed to do a pretty good job; I started with the HD-650s as that's what I'm familiar with. The combination was different from the Naim; not quite as good, but in isolation the Lyr and UCX were no slouches, i.e. they sounded musical and lacking any digital hardness, and using the HD-650 they sounded close enough to the V1 and HD-650 pairing to be able to make a reasonable comparison.

 

It's not how I would have preferred to do the demonstration. I did have the DAC-V1 with me but it was a replacement (my previous one had failed earlier this week), so it wouldn't have been fair to use the new one for the demonstration; the V1 is somewhat thin and strident sounding when brand new. To my amazement, it still sounds good with the TH-900s even after only a few hours of use... after 100 hours or so it should be stunning, based on what I found with my previous unit.

 

Given how the Naim/Fostex combination is sounding already, I'm happy with the performance. I'd be really surprised if I got a substantially different result with the HD-800s or T1s, but I expect differences of opinion; all three headphones were very good; but they have different flavours and will certainly generate different opinions.

 

I'm sure I could have lived with, and enjoyed, the Beyers if I hadn't heard the TH-900s. And I suspect the HD-800s would be superb with slower paced music, in my case some styles of Jazz.

 

As an all-in-one choice, I felt the Fostex's were the best option; they seem to share the effortless rhythm and drive that Naim electronics do so well.

 

Edited for typos and clarity


Edited by Paul Meakin - 12/7/13 at 1:20pm
post #5864 of 14257
Those are great observations. I have been loving my 900's for weeks now. The new car feeling has yet to wear off, they are just great at getting me lost in the music and forgetting about equipment. Bass slam and even more importantly, bass detail is pretty staggering for a can. The rest of the spectrum is fantastic as well.
post #5865 of 14257
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post

they are just great at getting me lost in the music and forgetting about equipment.

 

I completely agree; that's what hi-fi/audiophilila/or whatever should be about.

 

However, it is far too easy to get lost in listening to the sound rather than the music.

 

I've been there, and done that, as has every friend that's really serious about their music. It's not a good place to be...

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