Originally Posted by AnakChan
I have certain months where I prefer my SR-009 to my TH-900 but in other months the TH-900 over the Stax. And recently with the ADs over the TH-900s but the some days the the Stax over the ADs. i.e. there is no consistency, nor no pattern.
Some aspects though I tend be more consistent. The Rox signature never agreed with me and I did try hard to like it. Similarly with the Audezes, I've always been fascinated with their popularity however each time I try (and I've tried the LCD2R2, LCD3, LCD-XC, and briefly LCD-X) it simply didn't appeal to me.
But I do cycle between the SR-009<->AD<->TH-900s regularly.
Looks like we have the same taste... And neither Audeze cut it for me either. Good that you ended up only with 3 :).
Me too, I need the TH900 and a good Stax. While wobbling around the 009, I discovered the versatility of the 007-Mk1, which I can now make sound like the TH900 (yes, with a lot of deep bass) or the 009 (open, transparent, within some debated limits of course). It is so extremely sensitive to headband and earpad adjustments (even slight mods). For instance, after the headbands are properly adjusted (and they make a big difference to start with), by rotating the earpad springs around the clock, the sound is affected between warm, melodic & a bit closed sound to completely open, neutral and more dry, and in between the two ends. I love it - and for what it's worth, I usually end up settling the spring at the positions mapping to 4-6pm on the clock. This is easy since after a lot of testing, I stopped using the grills, and keep the phones in the box when not used, to prevent dust damage. Fortunately the air is very clean here.
Therefore I ended up adjusting the 007 to my mood and to the music and I don't miss the 009 that much any more (since the 007 is kind of more fluid), and I'll have the TH900 for work, fun and movies (leaks less and it's a lot more portable than the 007 :).
Speaking about possible TH900 mods, I am thinking what about filling the cup very lightly with natural non-carded wool blobs, hopefully helping the occasional bass overhang, deepening the bass and cleaning up/bringing forward the midrange in the same time. In addition, reduce leaking as well. That used to make wonders with full sized speakers I have built or modded, and I guess it would also work with these big wooden cups, but until I check it out, it's just theory. The accent here is on the just the right amount of filling/lining, and using non-carded natural wool (there goes my secret :). Then, perhaps internal lacquering would also have a small damping effect on potential structural tensions. Some loudspeaker manufacturers veneer the cabinets both inside and outside for this reason. It would make sense to apply internal coating for the TH900 cups too, because the cup is so heavily coated from outside - but that's a non-reversible mod and may affect the external coating, since that is already finished and dry... For now, I'll just wait with these because warranty reasons, just enjoying it as it is.