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TH900 is more "fun" IMO, and overall the better headphone. The Grado's don't fit me well and sound rather lean, only catering to a small variety of music. The only complaint I have with the TH900 is the recessed midrange. 

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Originally Posted by Edric Li View Post

 

How would you compare th900 to ps1000? Which sounds more fun in your opinion?

 



To my ears, the TH-900 is suited for a wider range of music but the Grados are more fun with Rock.
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Will be joining the club soon!  Purchased a new pair of TH900 from Razordog Audio and they are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  I've always regretted selling the D2000.

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So I got mine. Spent up to 2 hours at hi-fi shop. And had a chance to compare TH900 with Denon 7100 and also try HD800, Hifiman 560, LCD2. 

So TH900 are absolutely amazing and comparing to 7100 its like an earth and a sky. TH900: the scene is wider, more natural-plain sound with good basss with is nether goes bloomy. No harsh or annoying and clear. 

So since I have Westone UMPro50 and Bose QC15 for portabaly. I will probably Let my Denons go.. 

Now about Lcd2 and HD800. HD800 are more transparent and neutral. And probably will let my 650 go and get HD800 to have only this and TH900 as a complete solution. 

How did the Hifiman 560 compare to TH900?
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How did the Hifiman 560 compare to TH900?

Its different. Closed back and open one. 560 are open smooth and detailed. TH900 sparkly intimate.. well, I wish I have 560 for more long test. 

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Originally Posted by Edric Li View Post

 

How would you compare th900 to ps1000? Which sounds more fun in your opinion?

 



To my ears, the TH-900 is suited for a wider range of music but the Grados are more fun with Rock.

With rock, I miss the rich deep bass of the th900. The Grados just don't go low convincingly imo.
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With rock, I miss the rich deep bass of the th900. The Grados just don't go low convincingly imo.

 



Just a matter of different tatse.

With rock, I do no care so much for the deep bass. So, the giant mid-upper bass hump on th Grado PS1000 provides the huge kick I need. The TH-900 (and the Denon D7000) is my second favorite HP for rock but it is versatile enough for other kinds of music as well.
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how do the th900's and ps1000's mids compare?
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how do the th900's and ps1000's mids compare?

Not much difference between them.
I don't necessarily find the mids on the TH900 laid back as some have reported.
Both headphones are excellent with the mids.
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i hear the th900's mids as recessed. felt the same way about the ps1000 when i compared it to the hd800 and k812 . haven't compared the th900 directly to the ps1000 tho. read a review of the th900 somewhere saying that they shared a lot in common sound wise.
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Some consideratins on TH900 vs Denon 7100. The bass in 7100 is boomy which intersects with the rest mid range spectra. The bass in TH900 is enough and precise. I have an MJ Acoustics 50 II Pro in my main system which is precise and accurate. So when Im listenening TH900 sometimes im checking whether the main system is switched off... So in TH900 i have almost 100% filing of presence. 

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I find the bass of the th900 very fast. It looks very raised on graphs, but I hear less than what I see. I think because it decays pretty fast, you feel that there is less than actually measured.

The Denon that I have, the d600 has more overhang on low notes and so seems 'thicker'.

The ps1000 is rolled away much further up so you don't really get much sub-bass.
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Originally Posted by iancraig10 View Post

I find the bass of the th900 very fast. It looks very raised on graphs, but I hear less than what I see. I think because it decays pretty fast, you feel that there is less than actually measured.

The Denon that I have, the d600 has more overhang on low notes and so seems 'thicker'.

The ps1000 is rolled away much further up so you don't really get much sub-bass.

 

Yep, you are largely correct ;)

 

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Originally Posted by brokenthumb View Post
 

Will be joining the club soon!  Purchased a new pair of TH900 from Razordog Audio and they are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  I've always regretted selling the D2000.

 

If you liked the old Denon sound (D2000/5000/7000) you're in for a treat! Congrats.

post #9345 of 9345
Absolutely. The Fostex is like a Denon 2000 on steroids. It has a gorgeous sound that is really satisfying musically.

What put me off before I got mine were the reports from people saying things like hifi 'purists' might not like it because of the bass. I had a feeling it might be really fat. I was wrong. It's not fat but hits hard and fast. The bass is lovely and my own preference as far as headphones go since I don't like a sound that is too etched with a thin bass.

Also, reports of recessed mids. Again, it's not as recessed as I was led to believe. Perhaps recessed is a bit strong and it needs another descriptor like slightly less in the mids? I don't find that a problem either. In fact, I'm not really aware of it.

If anything, I find that the treble can feel quite strong but it has a pleasant quality. It does show poor rips with ease though. The Fostex is very revealing of the source.

I use the Denon d2000 sitting at home with portable devices and a D600 with a short lead for the garden.

For sheer luxury listening, the Fostex th900 is a hard one to better for real musical enjoyment.

Btw, the 3d plots above only go down to 200 hZ. The big difference (apart from that treble peak on the ps1000) is way below into the sub bass. The th900 keeps going at very low frequencies where the PS1000 really doesn't.

For me, that's the main reason why I didn't get one. Rock doesn't have that solid floor of the th900. Although the th900 has a bass hump, you're not over aware of it with the depth of the sub bass.

In fact, even the HD650 doesn't go that low as loud as the th900. I have had a filter on my Senn hd650 to raise the sub bass and since it went home (I had it on loan) I've found the Senn lacking in real deep bass. I'd say that a th900 as it is has better bass than the Senn as it is. With filter, the Senn steps up.

I was a little wobbly about the price of the th900, but once I heard it, I felt that I had really got one that suited me enormously.
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