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post #5866 of 7949
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Originally Posted by Paul Meakin View Post

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...

That's why the 900 is probably my all time favorite. Cans on, press play, toe tapping for hours.
post #5867 of 7949
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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post


That's why the 900 is probably my all time favorite. Cans on, press play, toe tapping for hours.

 

Exactly.

 

As you've already got the TH-900s, get a demo of them with the DAC-V1.

 

Very musical + Very musical = Oh. My. Goodness.

 

If you haven't tried the combination, sorry for your wallet...   :D 

 

Edit; especially as I understand Naim equipment is rather expensive in the US.


Edited by Paul Meakin - 12/7/13 at 1:47pm
post #5868 of 7949
My m8>tu-05 is pretty rocking, but you have me intrigued...
post #5869 of 7949
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My m8>tu-05 is pretty rocking, but you have me intrigued...

 

I saw a post of yours a few days ago about the tu-05, but as it seems to be unobtainable on this side of the Atlantic I lost interest.

 

ianmedium did a review of it here on head-fi and he both likes it, and knows Naim kit, so it's probably a really good amp. Mind you, he also rates the CLAS; I own that, and thought it was so-so, but the V1 kicks its backside. The CLAS isn't bad, and it's much better than my iPod but the V1 is better...

 

If the M8 is the Centrance unit, that also seems to be really good according to HiFi+ (among the better HiFi reviewers IMO), so with the two you're probably pretty well set. If I didn't already own the V1,the M8 would be on my shortlist.

 

Better news for your wallet :wink_face: 

post #5870 of 7949
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Originally Posted by Paul Meakin View Post

I saw a post of yours a few days ago about the tu-05, but as it seems to be unobtainable on this side of the Atlantic I lost interest.

ianmedium did a review of it here on head-fi and he both likes it, and knows Naim kit, so it's probably a really good amp. Mind you, he also rates the CLAS; I own that, and thought it was so-so, but the V1 kicks its backside. The CLAS isn't bad, and it's much better than my iPod but the V1 is better...

If the M8 is the Centrance unit, that also seems to be really good according to HiFi+ (among the better HiFi reviewers IMO), so with the two you're probably pretty well set. If I didn't already own the V1,the M8 would be on my shortlist.

Better news for your wallet wink_face.gif  

I have owned a CLAS in the past. Based solely upon memory, the m8 is superior but take that with a grain of salt.

The tu-05 is thoroughly worth the wait/trouble. Just ask Gavin. smily_headphones1.gif
post #5871 of 7949
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Originally Posted by Paul Meakin View Post

I saw a post of yours a few days ago about the tu-05, but as it seems to be unobtainable on this side of the Atlantic I lost interest.

ianmedium did a review of it here on head-fi and he both likes it, and knows Naim kit, so it's probably a really good amp. Mind you, he also rates the CLAS; I own that, and thought it was so-so, but the V1 kicks its backside. The CLAS isn't bad, and it's much better than my iPod but the V1 is better...

If the M8 is the Centrance unit, that also seems to be really good according to HiFi+ (among the better HiFi reviewers IMO), so with the two you're probably pretty well set. If I didn't already own the V1,the M8 would be on my shortlist.

Better news for your wallet wink_face.gif  

Then again I wouldn't expect a portable unit (CLAS) to sound as good as a desktop unit like the V-1...
post #5872 of 7949
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Then again I wouldn't expect a portable unit (CLAS) to sound as good as a desktop unit like the V-1...

realllyyy??? ....isn't the CLAS like $500? How much is the V-1?

post #5873 of 7949
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Originally Posted by tokendog View Post

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.

think i can relate to this. did a quick compare with the w3000anv. w3000anv sounds sweeter but th900 is the better all rounder coz it's not as colored and has more bass weight and extension IMO.
post #5874 of 7949
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

realllyyy??? ....isn't the CLAS like $500? How much is the V-1?

 

Price doesn't necessarily correlate to performance.

post #5875 of 7949
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Originally Posted by money4me247 View Post
 

realllyyy??? ....isn't the CLAS like $500? How much is the V-1?

 

3-4x the price, depending on where you live.

post #5876 of 7949
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Originally Posted by Girls Generation View Post
 

 

Price doesn't necessarily correlate to performance.

 

Very true, and there's definitely good cheap gear, and expensive but poor gear...

post #5877 of 7949
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post


Then again I wouldn't expect a portable unit (CLAS) to sound as good as a desktop unit like the V-1...

 

Neither would I, assuming that it's comparing well executed products (which they both are).

 

I guess I was just slightly disappointed with the CLAS, as I felt it didn't live up to the hype it got when first released. That's not in anyway unique around here, though, FOTM syndrome can be quite common ;)

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Hi all, I've owned the TH900 for over one year now - this phones never cease to induce maximum pleasure from the music. Must say a good h/p amp makes a difference as they scale up very well.

There may be moe accurate h/p out there. I like accurate h/p however as someone already mentioned music is very much about emotion - especially if u think back to childhood/youth. why did you like certain styles or songs at that time. I think at times music can get high jacked by the analytical "pipes & slipper brigade" who like their head phones - seek to remain emotionally neutral - They would do well to ignore their measurements once a week and let their hair down and jump around the place (metaphorically. Speaking )
post #5879 of 7949
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Originally Posted by mrtim6 View Post

Hi all, I've owned the TH900 for over one year now - this phones never cease to induce maximum pleasure from the music. Must say a good h/p amp makes a difference as they scale up very well.

There may be moe accurate h/p out there. I like accurate h/p however as someone already mentioned music is very much about emotion - especially if u think back to childhood/youth. why did you like certain styles or songs at that time. I think at times music can get high jacked by the analytical "pipes & slipper brigade" who like their head phones - seek to remain emotionally neutral - They would do well to ignore their measurements once a week and let their hair down and jump around the place (metaphorically. Speaking )

This post, should be stickied on the front page of HF. Truer words have never been spoken. I fully second this opinion. Wow.
post #5880 of 7949

I just got my TH-900. My other closed headphones are the ATH-W3000ANV. Here's how they compare:

 

TH-900 Advantages:

(-) More comfortable. They surround the ears, while the W3000ANV press on the ears.

(-) Bigger soundstage

(-) More impactful bass, but it can intrude too much

 

W3000ANV Advantages:

(-) More detailed sound

(-) Better midrange. The midrange is noticeably recessed on the TH-900.

(-) Better vocals - on the TH-900, vocals sound somewhat distant.

(-) Somewhat better isolation. The TH-900 isolate less than I expected.

 

The bottom line is that I prefer the sound of the W3000ANV, but I can't really use them for sessions longer than 1-2 hours due to comfort issues (particularly when wearing my glasses).

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