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post #7201 of 14233
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


my memory of the W3000anv is not great, but I would agree that the TH900 is a little dry in the mids. I assume that if the mids were more lush it might impact on the soundstage. Overall, I find the signature of the TH900 really engaging in my setup.

using X-Sabre and Meier Classic here, my TH900's mids were not dry at all, the female vocal got a hint of warmth, its not even recessed to begin with, i am also getting the Treble and Bass like any other SS amp paired with the TH900, my advantage with this setup that i got satisfactory mids with it.

i also had WA7 + EH tubes with it, where the mids on it were dreamy so its hard to get used to less than this , yet the Meier Classic + X-Sabre didn't fail on the job, its even forgiving on the badly recorded files which is a huge advantage for a J-pop user such as me. 

in the end its the setup that will affect the TH900's mids, going full tube will tame the highs which i hate, yet will increase  the mids, going full SS will make it fun with recessed dry mids, so IMO i think i reached the perfect setup for the TH900, i am not complaining on any aspect of it at all, and i am a Treble head who like to enjoy the female vocal's voice all the way. 

 

note: the mids on this setup isn't the same as the WA7 EH tubes, i mean its not falling behind. 

post #7202 of 14233
using the th900 with a tube amp at the moment and it sounds drier than the w3000anv and grado rs1 imo
post #7203 of 14233
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Originally Posted by up late View Post

the th900's mids sound recessed compared to the w3000anv but you could say that the w3000anv's mids are forward and it's bass and treble roll off earlier. think it's fair to say that the th900 has a u shaped frequency response and the w3000anv has an n shaped frequency response. wouldn't describe the th900 as lush tho. i hear it as more dry.

I used to feel that way too about my W3000ANV, that is has an n shaped frequency response. I recently took the entire headband assembly apart and carefully bent the rods further to increase the clamping force. Now in their resting position the pads touch each other compared to the 1.5" gap I had previously. This has resulted in added bass punch and now I would describe 'my" W3000ANV as almost perfectly balanced, or flat. It is a new headphone smily_headphones1.gif
post #7204 of 14233
So I ended up selling my TH900s for the following reasons-

Highs too bright for my liking, mids not quite smooth enough, impedance too low.

The bass and soundstage for closed cans was about the only things I really appreciated with them.
post #7205 of 14233
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

So I ended up selling my TH900s for the following reasons-

Highs too bright for my liking, mids not quite smooth enough, impedance too low.

The bass and soundstage for closed cans was about the only things I really appreciated with them.
I agree with your point on the impedance. I wish that it was equivalent to other cans (like the HD800) so that It was easier to find an amp that could drive as many headphones as possible very well. Unfortunately with such a low impedance some of the better amps struggle with issues like noise floor and the number of steps in a volume pot. I find it odd that fostex made a lacquered headphone which is deliberately aimed at being able to be driven by portable gear.
post #7206 of 14233
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


I agree with your point on the impedance. I wish that it was equivalent to other cans (like the HD800) so that It was easier to find an amp that could drive as many headphones as possible very well. Unfortunately with such a low impedance some of the better amps struggle with issues like noise floor and the number of steps in a volume pot. I find it odd that fostex made a lacquered headphone which is deliberately aimed at being able to be driven by portable gear.


And put a 10' cable on it...............lol. 

post #7207 of 14233
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post

I used to feel that way too about my W3000ANV, that is has an n shaped frequency response. I recently took the entire headband assembly apart and carefully bent the rods further to increase the clamping force. Now in their resting position the pads touch each other compared to the 1.5" gap I had previously. This has resulted in added bass punch and now I would describe 'my" W3000ANV as almost perfectly balanced, or flat. It is a new headphone smily_headphones1.gif

my w3000anv clamps more than i'd like. still think it's bass lite but lurv the delicate way it does treble.
post #7208 of 14233
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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

So I ended up selling my TH900s for the following reasons-

Highs too bright for my liking, mids not quite smooth enough, impedance too low.

The bass and soundstage for closed cans was about the only things I really appreciated with them.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


I agree with your point on the impedance. I wish that it was equivalent to other cans (like the HD800) so that It was easier to find an amp that could drive as many headphones as possible very well. Unfortunately with such a low impedance some of the better amps struggle with issues like noise floor and the number of steps in a volume pot. I find it odd that fostex made a lacquered headphone which is deliberately aimed at being able to be driven by portable gear.

 

I decided to do a video in my YouTube channel about why I sold it:

 

post #7209 of 14233
I guess I am different.

I bought th900 because,
- nice sparkling treble
- awesome bass
- best closed headphone with the soundstage
- low imp so I can pretty much use any amps

Few reasons I won't buy lcdxc or sold lcd2
- dark signature, to my ears it translate to muddy sound signature
- congested soundstage
- heavy
- clamping issue
- weak trebles

Only thing that I really don't like about th900 is the recessed mids.
post #7210 of 14233
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I decided to do a video in my YouTube channel about why I sold it:



Very well put together and outstanding video quality! Sorry for being OT, but can I ask which video camera and bit rate used?
post #7211 of 14233

@phototristan Im sorry to hear that the TH-900 didn't quite cut it for you.  We will all admit that every headphone has its strengths and weaknesses and the TH-900 is no exception to that rule.

 

For me personally the finer qualities of the TH-900 easily outshine the few negatives.

 

One thing that I find very intriguing about them is the almost "grass roots" approach to headphone construction.

 

I say this from recent experience while dealing with Fostex Japan to correct a flexing hanger assembly that was driving me nuts (lol my o.c.d).

 

A few weeks ago I got in touch with the Canadian distributor for Fostex explaining my situation with the flexing assembly (gimbal).  Not long after I was contacted by Fostex Japan (Isomoto to be exact) who asked that I send my TH-900 across the world from Toronto to Japan to have the issue corrected.

 

Needless to say I was hesitant about such a journey,  he assured me that they (Fostex) needed to do the repair and that all would be handled with the utmost care.

 

After 2 weeks of email correspondence with Isomoto providing me with updates I came to the conclusion that even though Fostex may seem like a giant of a company (a'la Sennheiser) they are in fact a smaller company that takes great pride in the TH-900 and it shows.

 

Truly a boutique headphone that one doesn't see everyday.  I'm not suggesting that their lower line products aren't mass produced,  the TH-900 is on a whole other level to them and they themselves take great pride in their creation.

 

Even with the box that it comes in you can tell its a small production setup that produced that box.  (I will be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for small production, handmade exotica)

 

My point here is that its refreshing to see a handmade product produced in small numbers with great attention to detail and by a dedicated group behind that product.

 

My TH-900's made the trip to Tokyo,  were repaired, and shipped back in perfect condition (2 days by DHL ... unbelievable).

 

I realize my post is not focused on the sound of the TH-900, there are enough of those.  My post is simply written to let people know just what a very special headphone the TH-900 is.

 

LoL I could go on all night.

 

Enjoy your TH-900's everyone ....cherish them.

 

(lol do I sound like a fanboi yet?)

post #7212 of 14233
@mortalcoil, glad your problem is solved!! Happy for you and fostex after service is as impressive as Audeze.
post #7213 of 14233
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post

Very well put together and outstanding video quality! Sorry for being OT, but can I ask which video camera and bit rate used?
Thanks! It's all about the lighting. The camera was just A cheap $100 Sony point-and-shoot. I think I exported this video out of the editor at 10 Mbps.
post #7214 of 14233
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

@mortalcoil, glad your problem is solved!! Happy for you and fostex after service is as impressive as Audeze.


Thanks Canadian411 :beerchug:

 

Have to say that Fostex service is indeed very good.

post #7215 of 14233
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


I agree with your point on the impedance. I wish that it was equivalent to other cans (like the HD800) so that It was easier to find an amp that could drive as many headphones as possible very well. Unfortunately with such a low impedance some of the better amps struggle with issues like noise floor and the number of steps in a volume pot. I find it odd that fostex made a lacquered headphone which is deliberately aimed at being able to be driven by portable gear.

This was one of the main reasons why I ended up with the GS-X mk2.....

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