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post #7441 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

Thanks for the great info, I don't think I will modify headphone anymore

I might try diff pads but that's as far as I will go, bit scary now.

 

The foam dampers mod is completely safe and reversible. When you take off the ear pads, you will see the foam rings are around the driver, and the driver is protected by a metal grill. It is not possible to screw it up. The foam rings are just fit in and are removable. The great thing about the TH900 is that each and every small part can be ordered via the importers (there is an exploded view of the headphones with all parts code on it). And by the way, IMO the TH900 is very well designed in all details, they absolutely knew what they were doing.

 

The ear pads mod is irreversible, but the replacement pads are relatively cheap. I ordered a replacement pair together with the white plastic attachment plates, on order to easily change pads based on my mood, and whether I am listening to music or movies.

post #7442 of 7941
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Originally Posted by zolkis View Post
 

 

The foam dampers mod is completely safe and reversible. When you take off the ear pads, you will see the foam rings are around the driver, and the driver is protected by a metal grill. It is not possible to screw it up. The foam rings are just fit in and are removable. The great thing about the TH900 is that each and every small part can be ordered via the importers (there is an exploded view of the headphones with all parts code on it). And by the way, IMO the TH900 is very well designed in all details, they absolutely knew what they were doing.

 

The ear pads mod is irreversible, but the replacement pads are relatively cheap. I ordered a replacement pair together with the white plastic attachment plates, on order to easily change pads based on my mood, and whether I am listening to music or movies.


Can you supply the link for ordering the parts?

post #7443 of 7941
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Originally Posted by germay0653 View Post

Can you supply the link for ordering the parts?

 

It wasn't a link. I emailed the importer with my inquiry, they've sent me a pdf file with the exploded view and parts codes, I sent the parts list I needed, got a price quote, made an order. You should be able to do the same with your importer. I don't have permission to attach a file, but you need to get in touch with your importer/dealer anyway.

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I just picked up a pair of these, but regret not doing it when they were cheaper.

 

I'm not usually a full-size headphone guy.  I have a very expensive home theater system that I usually listen to at home, and otherwise listen to my Shure SE846 IEMs while out and about.  Lately though, I've been searching for something full-size to listen to when I didn't want to bother with the home theater.

 

I briefly owned the Oppo PM-1 and Audeze LCD-3.  Both sounded very good but I thought the bass was lacking at the very lowest frequencies.  I find the TH-900 to be a lot better in this regard, though I do think they could still use a few dB more at the very lowest frequencies (like 30ish Hz and below.)  Not long ago I would've considered myself insane for saying this, but it really does seem like my Shure IEMs have more bass than both the Audeze LCD-3 and Fostex TH-900.  When they seal well it's absolutely thunderous.  I've been disappointed that I can't recreate that well in a full-size headphone, but I guess it's an advantage of being in a small sealed space so close to the eardrum.  The TH-900 do come closer though than any other flagship headphone that I've tried.

 

There's a bit more treble than I'm used to, but I don't find it harsh in any way.  I was concerned about the mids being recessed since it seems to be a common complaint here, but they sound fine to me.  My only real complaint is with the fit.  The pads don't seal against my head very well, particularly if I choose to wear my glasses instead of my contacts.  They don't sound like a closed headphone at all, but they may have something to do with the fact that I can't get the pads to seal well.

 

Overall I like them better than the Oppo PM-1 and Audeze LCD-3, though I still prefer my Shure SE846 IEMs over all three.

post #7445 of 7941
you'd be hard pressed to find another full-sized can with bass that goes deeper than the th900
post #7446 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Flash676 View Post
 

I just picked up a pair of these, but regret not doing it when they were cheaper.

 

I'm not usually a full-size headphone guy.  I have a very expensive home theater system that I usually listen to at home, and otherwise listen to my Shure SE846 IEMs while out and about.  Lately though, I've been searching for something full-size to listen to when I didn't want to bother with the home theater.

 

I briefly owned the Oppo PM-1 and Audeze LCD-3.  Both sounded very good but I thought the bass was lacking at the very lowest frequencies.  I find the TH-900 to be a lot better in this regard, though I do think they could still use a few dB more at the very lowest frequencies (like 30ish Hz and below.)  Not long ago I would've considered myself insane for saying this, but it really does seem like my Shure IEMs have more bass than both the Audeze LCD-3 and Fostex TH-900.  When they seal well it's absolutely thunderous.  I've been disappointed that I can't recreate that well in a full-size headphone, but I guess it's an advantage of being in a small sealed space so close to the eardrum.  The TH-900 do come closer though than any other flagship headphone that I've tried.

 

There's a bit more treble than I'm used to, but I don't find it harsh in any way.  I was concerned about the mids being recessed since it seems to be a common complaint here, but they sound fine to me.  My only real complaint is with the fit.  The pads don't seal against my head very well, particularly if I choose to wear my glasses instead of my contacts.  They don't sound like a closed headphone at all, but they may have something to do with the fact that I can't get the pads to seal well.

 

Overall I like them better than the Oppo PM-1 and Audeze LCD-3, though I still prefer my Shure SE846 IEMs over all three.

tried this with the Meridian Prime and treble was sharp for me but then my Graham Slee had great bass and treble :p

post #7447 of 7941

i've read that the bass on the se846 is very good. i actually don't find the th900 to have the thumping bass that some report...my D7000 has that. but i do find that the th900 has deeper sub-bass than the D7000...maybe it's not jacked up enough to be as audible as the se846 for those same frequencies, but the deep bass certainly is there.

post #7448 of 7941
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
 

i've read that the bass on the se846 is very good. i actually don't find the th900 to have the thumping bass that some report...my D7000 has that. but i do find that the th900 has deeper sub-bass than the D7000...maybe it's not jacked up enough to be as audible as the se846 for those same frequencies, but the deep bass certainly is there.

I didn't mean to come across sounding negative, I'm overall very happy and realize this is probably the closest I'll come to what I was looking for in a full size headphone.

 

The deep bass is there, but these definitely aren't the sharp treble, recessed mid bass-monsters that some have made them out to be.

post #7449 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Flash676 View Post
 

I didn't mean to come across sounding negative, I'm overall very happy and realize this is probably the closest I'll come to what I was looking for in a full size headphone.

 

The deep bass is there, but these definitely aren't the sharp treble, recessed mid bass-monsters that some have made them out to be.

i didn't take your post as negative at all...just honest. nothing to worry about. i've heard great things about the se846 and indeed, its sub-bass might be deeper than the th900's. i find the th900 much more refined and "reference" than i thought they'd be...

post #7450 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Flash676 View Post

 

The deep bass is there, but these definitely aren't the sharp treble, recessed mid bass-monsters that some have made them out to be.

 

I strongly suspect that this is source dependent with the TH900s, as they seem to be pretty revealing. If you feed them from a 'tin and boom' source (as an old friend used to describe some hifi) I'm quite sure that you'll hear it.

 

I don't experience it on my system either.

post #7451 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Flash676 View Post
 

The deep bass is there, but these definitely aren't the sharp treble, recessed mid bass-monsters that some have made them out to be.

 

 

 

 

*mine are fed lossless via pure-music through a HP-A8


Edited by the-kraken - 7/10/14 at 1:32pm
post #7452 of 7941

Sorry if this has been asked before.   Has there been a comparison between the TH-900 and the LA-900?

post #7453 of 7941
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Sorry if this has been asked before.   Has there been a comparison between the TH-900 and the LA-900?

Read this wrong but I would love to know if anyone has sprung for a LA900.
Edited by Oregonian - 7/13/14 at 9:36am
post #7454 of 7941
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Sorry if this has been asked before.   Has there been a comparison between the TH-900 and the LA-900?

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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

Read this wrong but I would love to know if anyone has sprung for a LA900.
Please use the search within thread function
post #7455 of 7941
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post


Read this wrong but I would love to know if anyone has sprung for a LA900.

I did.   It is - along with the Sony R10 the best headphone I have ever heard- to my tastes.   

 

I got the full level three mod. and listen in balanced mode with a Master 9 amplifier and a Ultrafi's latest DAC.

 

As a reference- I have owned all the reference Staxes, HE90, HE60, Qualia, R10, LCD-3, HE-6, ATH-W3000ANV,    and maybe a few others I do not remember.

 

I have however always liked the R10 style sound and the LA900 are the MOST similar in presentation and style to the R10 by far of any I ever heard.   It doesn't sound exactly the same, but it is a close cousin with much of the family resemblance.

 

By the way- using Fidelia FHX crossfeed algorithims from my Mac, the LA900 has a gargantuan soundstage.  The most speaker-like I ever heard.


Edited by rsbrsvp - 7/14/14 at 6:34am
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