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post #6916 of 14491
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Originally Posted by hemtmaker View Post

Thanks for the inputs. I see that you also have a LCD XC. I am trying to decide BTW th900 and XC, as a good all rounder, which one is your preference? Does the weight of XC bother you?


I have done a short A/B with XC & i found them quite good. XC has very balanced sound & is more organic sounding but TH 900 sound stage was better. XC has better mids , I liked TH 900 bass better. I have WA22 which very good mids hence it balances out TH 900 V shaped signature. My recommendation is if you listen to mostly rock music go for XC , If you listen to a good amount of EDM then TH 900 rules.

 

The TH 900 is more comfortable but XC is not uncomfortable, but I used them for a short while so please take this with a grain of salt.

 

The TH 900 gives more WOW effect than XC IMHO.


Edited by punit - 5/10/14 at 5:07am
post #6917 of 14491
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Originally Posted by hemtmaker View Post

Thanks for the inputs. I see that you also have a LCD XC. I am trying to decide BTW th900 and XC, as a good all rounder, which one is your preference? Does the weight of XC bother you?

This is a very tough one. I chose to keep both for the following reasons (per HP):

 

1. The Fostex TH900 is the fun phone that elicits raw emotion (as in head banging). It is more 3-D to me.

2. The XC is the more natural of the two with a midrange that's oh so yummy. I can get great low end extension, the mids are awesome and the upper end is very very smooth. The weight does not bother me at all. I have had Audeze HPs on my head for 3 hours at a time with no discomfort (though the 900 is much lighter).

 

I have tried time and time again to choose between the two and if you put the proverbial gun to my head, I would retain the 900 only because I also own the LCD-3:biggrin: 

 

Edit: Since I listen to only one genre (rock), I may not be the best person to advise you on an all-rounder

post #6918 of 14491

Good day guys.  It's my 100th post, and it is a special one.

I picked up the TH900 two weeks ago.  I have to say that I am absolutely loving them.  I got to hear them at the Charlotte meet over Easter weekend and was blown away

 

Sometimes when I'm listening, my face explodes in a huge smile when I hear something awesome.  I have been getting a ton of those moments with the TH900s.

 

I had mine re-terminated by Moon Audio.  I had them cut it at five and half feet and put a 4 pin mini xlr termination.  (I have jumpers to use them with my different portable amps.)  The remaining end with the awesome Fostex connector is also reterminated so I can use that 1/4" section.  (If I ever get any equipment that needs a quarter inch...)

 

My listening habits are exclusively portable.  I use an iBasso DX50 to RSA Intruder-balanced, or ipod touch to RSA intruder.  So having a long cable is a bit of a drag.  Literally.  I learned from my 702s that I keep stepping on them, or snag them on furniture.  I also found that the Grado RS1i length is perfect (for me).  That is why 5.5 feet.

 

I am extremely happy with these cans.  They are everything I could have wanted.  I listened to as many closed cans at the Charlotte meet as I could.  Alpha dogs, Vmoda M100, Beyerdynamic 770, Sennheiser Momentums, and a few more I forgot.  I really wanted to love the Alpha dogs the most.  (because of the cost.)  But the Fostex were the clear winners.  I pulled the trigger the next week.  I liked the closed Beyerdynamics fairly well.  And may get some of those for work at some point.  And if I ever need closed travel cans, the Momentum will get the nod.  But for right now, I use a Pelican 1300 hard case and shuffle them back and forth between home and office in my backpack.

 

One wish is that they would have come with a hard travel case included instead of the stand.  (Haven't even opened the box for the stand yet.)  But the pelican 1300 is perfect for them!

 

Sorry I haven't posted any real sound impressions, but I am one of the believers in burn-in, and I know that I don't have any real hours on these.  So just providing my "New Toy Love" impression.

 

Happy Saturday, and Long Live the Music....

post #6919 of 14491
Thanks for the heads up. The cable mod that I am after is the silver dragon v3. According to their site, its a 6N silver cable. $275 for the cable and $50 for the mod.
post #6920 of 14491
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

Stock cable is already 7N purity, recabling is just a cosmetic change unless if you go pure silver or silver with gold. Then you are looking at $800ish.

If moon audio cable is occ copper it doesn't change anything imo, just waste of money.


If you're considering the Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 then that is OCC Silver and is a very nice cable. I don't have it on my cans but have used it for interconnects and it's very smooth and detailed.

 

Alternatively, take a look at Double Helix Cables.  Just like Moon Audio they have OCC Copper and OCC Silver plus a hybrid that use both Litz OCC Copper and OCC Silver together.

post #6921 of 14491
TH900 gets more use than my hd800 smily_headphones1.gif
It's fun headphone wink.gif
post #6922 of 14491

After a few hours of non-stop listening, I am loving these headphones.  They are so refined yet so freaking fun.  I am really digging the soundstage too.  One of the, if not the best presentations I have ever heard, in an open or closed can.

 

Amazing.  That is all.

post #6923 of 14491
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

TH900 gets more use than my hd800 smily_headphones1.gif
It's fun headphone wink.gif


That may also be bcos your Burson has better synergy with TH 900 than HD 800 ;)

post #6924 of 14491
May I ask whether the TH900 is similar to the momentum in terms of noise isolation? I own the momentun and trying to decide whether I will like the th900. (Don't know any place in Sydney that I can try them)
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Originally Posted by Howlin Fester View Post

Good day guys.  It's my 100th post, and it is a special one.
I picked up the TH900 two weeks ago.  I have to say that I am absolutely loving them.  I got to hear them at the Charlotte meet over Easter weekend and was blown away

Sometimes when I'm listening, my face explodes in a huge smile when I hear something awesome.  I have been getting a ton of those moments with the TH900s.

I had mine re-terminated by Moon Audio.  I had them cut it at five and half feet and put a 4 pin mini xlr termination.  (I have jumpers to use them with my different portable amps.)  The remaining end with the awesome Fostex connector is also reterminated so I can use that 1/4" section.  (If I ever get any equipment that needs a quarter inch...)

My listening habits are exclusively portable.  I use an iBasso DX50 to RSA Intruder-balanced, or ipod touch to RSA intruder.  So having a long cable is a bit of a drag.  Literally.  I learned from my 702s that I keep stepping on them, or snag them on furniture.  I also found that the Grado RS1i length is perfect (for me).  That is why 5.5 feet.

I am extremely happy with these cans.  They are everything I could have wanted.  I listened to as many closed cans at the Charlotte meet as I could.  Alpha dogs, Vmoda M100, Beyerdynamic 770, Sennheiser Momentums, and a few more I forgot.  I really wanted to love the Alpha dogs the most.  (because of the cost.)  But the Fostex were the clear winners.  I pulled the trigger the next week.  I liked the closed Beyerdynamics fairly well.  And may get some of those for work at some point.  And if I ever need closed travel cans, the Momentum will get the nod.  But for right now, I use a Pelican 1300 hard case and shuffle them back and forth between home and office in my backpack.

One wish is that they would have come with a hard travel case included instead of the stand.  (Haven't even opened the box for the stand yet.)  But the pelican 1300 is perfect for them!

Sorry I haven't posted any real sound impressions, but I am one of the believers in burn-in, and I know that I don't have any real hours on these.  So just providing my "New Toy Love" impression.

Happy Saturday, and Long Live the Music....
post #6925 of 14491
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Originally Posted by hemtmaker View Post

May I ask whether the TH900 is similar to the momentum in terms of noise isolation? I own the momentun and trying to decide whether I will like the th900. (Don't know any place in Sydney that I can try them)

 


Momentum has much better isolation.

post #6926 of 14491
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Originally Posted by punit View Post

 


Momentum has much better isolation.


Isn't momemtum on-ear headphone ? I am not sure.

post #6927 of 14491
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post
 


Isn't momemtum on-ear headphone ? I am not sure.


Yes, Plus it's main purpose is to be used on the go outdoors hence it is designed to isolate.

post #6928 of 14491
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Originally Posted by punit View Post

 


That may also be bcos your Burson has better synergy with TH 900 than HD 800 ;)


Yape, I really like Burson with TH900, I have to look for a new amp and a dac for HD800. :)

 

Maybe Lynx Hilo and Zana SE/Bakoon HPA21

post #6929 of 14491
I definitely recommend the TH900 over the XC. With a small mod the midrange of the TH900 can be "fixed", now it gets close to my 007 Mk1... Bass extension is similar, but the Fostex has more bass, at the limit of being bothering, but it is fun. It works from any player. Weights more the Stax, less than the Audeze. Price now is good. The best choice if you want only one headphone.
post #6930 of 14491
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Originally Posted by zolkis View Post

I definitely recommend the TH900 over the XC. With a small mod the midrange of the TH900 can be "fixed", now it gets close to my 007 Mk1... Bass extension is similar, but the Fostex has more bass, at the limit of being bothering, but it is fun. It works from any player. Weights more the Stax, less than the Audeze. Price now is good. The best choice if you want only one headphone.

What kind of mod you need to do to improve the mid? I am interested.
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