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post #7336 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Whazzzup View Post


Maybe I'm a little older and have testosterone issues but the cans through the a8 is plenty sexy for me, I too spend hours listening and marvelling, I'm not sure how many times I put down the cans and just say wow, that sounded great.

 

I'm plenty old for my taste as well.  ;)

I know what you mean, I as well put them down on my nice black woo audio stand and stare at those beautiful cups, still amazed by what I just heard.

The Meridian Explorer I have is a nice little amp/dac but the TH-900 deserves better.

I'm sure the A8 will give me all the quality ampwise I need. I'll go ahead and order it as soon as I get replies from SCV London and our own local importer.

And the only output of the A8 will serve my speaker amp. So no tube amp coming then. Yay, I saved money! :)

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Oh, it's got more than enough power for the TH-900, no question. There's ample airiness and treble sparkle without being too lit-up or plastic (cough....ESS Sabre... cough), and as I already stated, there's this smooth character that kinda reminds me of a lot of the old-skool DACs.

 

Amping was just a tad too laid-back for my tastes. You know how it is when the other party insists on too much foreplay and too little actual sex? Kinda like that.

 

Make sure you get the latest firmware once the unit arrives. I think there've been at least a couple since I last auditioned it.

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Originally Posted by kurochin View Post
 

Oh, it's got more than enough power for the TH-900, no question. There's ample airiness and treble sparkle without being too lit-up or plastic (cough....ESS Sabre... cough), and as I already stated, there's this smooth character that kinda reminds me of a lot of the old-skool DACs.

 

Amping was just a tad too laid-back for my tastes. You know how it is when the other party insists on too much foreplay and too little actual sex? Kinda like that.

 

Make sure you get the latest firmware once the unit arrives. I think there've been at least a couple since I last auditioned it.

 

Oh noes, the drag of foreplay and firmware upgrades ... what's next, burn-in?  :D

 

Good to hear it doesn't light-up the treble, that's one thing in the TH-900 that doesn't need more attention.

Could be the little Meridian having trouble controlling the TH-900 at higher volumes.

When you ask for power (high volume) from the A8, does it deliver it well controlled?

post #7339 of 7941
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Originally Posted by kurochin View Post
 

Oh, it's got more than enough power for the TH-900, no question. There's ample airiness and treble sparkle without being too lit-up or plastic (cough....ESS Sabre... cough), and as I already stated, there's this smooth character that kinda reminds me of a lot of the old-skool DACs.

 

Amping was just a tad too laid-back for my tastes. You know how it is when the other party insists on too much foreplay and too little actual sex? Kinda like that.

 

Make sure you get the latest firmware once the unit arrives. I think there've been at least a couple since I last auditioned it.

 

Oh noes, the drag of foreplay and firmware upgrades ... what's next, burn-in?  :D

 

Good to hear it doesn't light-up the treble, that's one thing in the TH-900 that doesn't need more attention.

Could be the little Meridian having trouble controlling the TH-900 at higher volumes.

When you ask for power (high volume) from the A8, does it deliver it well controlled?

between amp gain and db controll your ability to control volume is infinite and can be extremely incremental. Im into fullness, not loudness, and there is an A8 thread where i and others stated there preference of all the controls from sampling, db, etc...this is something you play with and tweak.

post #7340 of 7941
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post
 

When you ask for power (high volume) from the A8, does it deliver it well controlled?

 

As far as the TH-900 is concerned, the HP-A8 won't miss a beat regardless of volume level. SQ at both very low and very high volumes is pretty decent. How well it pairs with other flagship headphones, I can't say since I didn't have any others with me at the time.

 

Edit:

As Whazzzup stated, the volume control is practically infinite (the db gains are obviously smaller the higher you go, since it's digital). I never tested the extreme limits, but play around with some of the other DAC settings and I'm sure you'll find a personal sweet-spot.


Edited by kurochin - 6/26/14 at 7:15am
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Fullness does have my preference as well but it usually needs some volume to achieve that for me. I would prefer less volume with enough fullness though.

 

I do wonder how all those volume settings work together though and which I would neeed to use.

Isn't it usually best to keep gain at it's lowest setting?

 

Oh, and in which of the A8 threads do I find the settings discussion? This one?

post #7342 of 7941
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Fullness does have my preference as well but it usually needs some volume to achieve that for me. I would prefer less volume with enough fullness though.

I do wonder how all those volume settings work together though and which I would neeed to use.
Isn't it usually best to keep gain at it's lowest setting?

Oh, and in which of the A8 threads do I find the settings discussion? This one?

This is why you need to buy one and play. Some prefer the soundstage back, say listening to classical full orchestra with gain at 0, you will have to crank the db up to hear it at the loudness you want. I like fullness so I play it with the gain up at 17, the factory setting is at 10 right in the middle. I thus do not need to crank the volume as high as the soundstage is forward, the bass rips etc....

The thread is fostex hpa8 there is also a thread called what powers th900, granted the more you read the more of a distraction, but with all things, you find pearls with the chaff. Just be warned lots post opinions from other opinions.
Good luck.
Edited by Whazzzup - 6/26/14 at 8:09am
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Read the whole thread.
I usually set everything as off as possible, especially upsampling.
I will give the gain a try though.
I hope there are not too many options soundwise as I prefer pure in pure out.
And I'm the type that sets the options once and leave them like that for all eternity.
post #7344 of 7941

Getting my TH-900 tomorrow. Impressions to come! :beerchug:

post #7345 of 7941
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Originally Posted by TWerk View Post
 

Getting my TH-900 tomorrow. Impressions to come! :beerchug:


 Keep us posted !

post #7346 of 7941
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Originally Posted by TWerk View Post
 

Getting my TH-900 tomorrow. Impressions to come! :beerchug:


It is at his house awaiting his return from work methinks.  UPS delivered it at 11:03am................

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TWerk is going to have a nice weekend.
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Got the TH-900 today!

 

Anyways, I have noticed a few things from my couple hours of listening:

 

1) The clarity. There is no hint of bloat/muddiness of any kind on these. The sound is sharp and precise. I believe "refined" is the right term here. I heard a similar type of increase in clarity from my SIG DJ, but not to this level.

 

They actually sound (to my ears) to hit and decay quite fast, so there is no muddiness. They are very "clean and clear" sounding. "To the point" seems like a good way to describe it.

 

2) The soundstage.  It is quite impressive. Separation is very good as well, everything sounds distinct and instruments are separated really well.

 

3) The detail. This goes along with the clarity. I hear all the little details in tracks, that my other headphones seemed to have graced over. Little background vocals and instruments are brought out to life. They don't seem to miss or grace over anything.

 

4) Bass. Indeed, it's a high quality bass that these give. The bass has texture and I can hear the deep rumble but it doesn't intrude on anything. 

 

5) The design. These are beautiful headphones, that I'd be very proud to show off to someone. They look the fantastic with the beautiful red ear-cups. 

 

These are all improvements over any headphone I have ever heard. They are the clearest, cleanest, most detailed sound I have heard. It's that "fun audiophile" sound to my ears.

 

 

 

*With all these improvements, one would think I'd be absolutely in love. But that's the thing. While I can appreciate the extra clarity over my D2000, it doesn't really sound much more "fun" than those do. My hope was to find something that would be even more "fun" to listen to. For me, the fun is in the bass, and I'm afraid the headphone might be almost too "good" and refined for my taste if that makes any sense at all. I mean to say, that while my D2000 is less clear and detailed, it still has an explosively fun sub-bass. It's just has less overall fidelity, less detail and less clarity.

 

I'm not sure I need that extra detail and clarity while enjoying my EDM tracks. I don't listen to analyze my music, I listen for enjoyment. There is no doubt these bring that enjoyment and I can see why you all love it. It's just that personally I'm not sure I need the extra refinement for 4X the cost of my D2000.

 

If money wasn't a factor, these win. They are comfortable, detailed, and fun to listen to. Maybe when I get older and out of my college debt I'll go back to these, but for now, I'm just not sure I'm going to hold on to them. It's just a price and value thing to me. I think most would agree, the most value over all when it comes to headphones come from that first 300 you spend. Once you get 500+, the improvements are less drastic... law of diminishing returns.

 

So that's where I stand. I'm not questioning that these are fantastic sounding headphones, they are, without a doubt.

 

Anyways, I'll stop rambling, it's a fantastic headphone, but I'm just not sure I can justify the purchase, especially when I still enjoy the other headphones in my collection which also give me a high degree of "fun".


Edited by TWerk - 6/28/14 at 1:22pm
post #7349 of 7941
TWerk- a few others with agree , also in my world Denon wins in terms of fun factor
Th900 is just "too good"for some albums
Glad you got to try it though
post #7350 of 7941
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Originally Posted by snapple10 View Post

TWerk- a few others with agree , also in my world Denon wins in terms of fun factor
Th900 is just "too good"for some albums
Glad you got to try it though

 

Thanks snapple!

 

It is an improvement over my D2000, but not drastically so. Not really a big improvement on the "fun factor" of the Denon. They share a similar overall sound, with the TH-900 being a good deal more refined and detailed. Again, "cleaner and clearer" come to mind when comparing it to the D2000. That's really what I've noticed in my first few hours listening.

 

Had I never heard/own a D2000, I would be in love with these. Fostex makes killer headphones.


Edited by TWerk - 6/27/14 at 9:59pm
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