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post #9541 of 14257
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Great, I can't wait to read your impressions! The TH900's are awesome for gaming as well, which I know is your forte. Very immesive.


Am I seeing correctly?  Selling the 900's again? 

post #9542 of 14257
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yeah the slight midrange dip is noticeable. it's been said before but a little eq does the trick. the th900 responds well to it apparently tho i haven't tried it.

 

I did and indeed EQ helps, I'm just not a fan of it.

Two things I found helpful for bringing the midrange more forward (or back where it should be) are the Lawton mods (not the pads only as that made it worse) and a good amp match.

Sadly the HP-A8 wasn't a good match for the TH-900 IMO. Some people do absolutely love the HP-A8 with the TH900 though, but many times I read others assume it'll be a good match since it's promoted that way by Fostex. If you have the chance try before you buy.

The best match for me so far has been with the Marantz HD-DAC1. Pretty nice amp section, the dac isn't bad either but it doesn’t compare to the NA11-S1 dac (I connected the NA11-S1 to the aux input of the HD-DAC1 for a comparison). The phones out of the NA-11S1 wasn't too bad either but it didn't match the amp section of the HD-Dac1. It's pretty logical to me Marantz matches well, I've always known their gear to have just a touch of warmth in the mids.

I wonder what the NA11-S1 and GS-X combo will sound like, my amp should be shipping in a few weeks.

post #9543 of 14257
Just saying hello. I will have a pair of these, this week. My first pair of headphones, so I'm definitely excited... And scared what to tell wifey!! Anyway, I have an AK240 or X3, but I'm looking to add a desktop amp, for my new desk at home. I was considering a tube amp, simply because I never had one and always wanted one.

Was looking at schiit possibly but from what I've read they may not be a good match. iFi is also on my list (not tube)... Tube isn't mandatory but something I thought would be different and interesting.

I would prefer the sound to be clear, with plenty of bass, wide sounds take, good depth... You know everything!! Not worried if it colors the sound. Everything I own thumps...
post #9544 of 14257
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Originally Posted by warrior1975 View Post

Just saying hello. I will have a pair of these, this week. My first pair of headphones, so I'm definitely excited... And scared what to tell wifey!! Anyway, I have an AK240 or X3, but I'm looking to add a desktop amp, for my new desk at home. I was considering a tube amp, simply because I never had one and always wanted one.

Was looking at schiit possibly but from what I've read they may not be a good match. iFi is also on my list (not tube)... Tube isn't mandatory but something I thought would be different and interesting.

I would prefer the sound to be clear, with plenty of bass, wide sounds take, good depth... You know everything!! Not worried if it colors the sound. Everything I own thumps...

 

Well, if your first pair of headphones is a TH-900 then don't cut back on the tube amp. Get yourself a mid-priced but top SQ Zana Deux and be done with it.

No need to be scared of the wife when you buy your first TH-900 ... when you buy your third one is where it gets nasty. :biggrin: 

post #9545 of 14257
Lmfao... This place is just wrong... Evil!!
post #9546 of 14257
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

I did and indeed EQ helps, I'm just not a fan of it.
Two things I found helpful for bringing the midrange more forward (or back where it should be) are the Lawton mods (not the pads only as that made it worse) and a good amp match.
Sadly the HP-A8 wasn't a good match for the TH-900 IMO. Some people do absolutely love the HP-A8 with the TH900 though, but many times I read others assume it'll be a good match since it's promoted that way by Fostex. If you have the chance try before you buy.
The best match for me so far has been with the Marantz HD-DAC1. Pretty nice amp section, the dac isn't bad either but it doesn’t compare to the NA11-S1 dac (I connected the NA11-S1 to the aux input of the HD-DAC1 for a comparison). The phones out of the NA-11S1 wasn't too bad either but it didn't match the amp section of the HD-Dac1. It's pretty logical to me Marantz matches well, I've always known their gear to have just a touch of warmth in the mids.
I wonder what the NA11-S1 and GS-X combo will sound like, my amp should be shipping in a few weeks.

eq seems like an easy way to plump up the mids and it's cheaper than lawton mods
post #9547 of 14257
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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post

Well, if your first pair of headphones is a TH-900 then don't cut back on the tube amp. Get yourself a mid-priced but top SQ Zana Deux and be done with it.
No need to be scared of the wife when you buy your first TH-900 ... when you buy your third one is where it gets nasty. biggrin.gif  

Nice looking, beautiful actually. No way in hell I can pull that off... Not now. Too soon!! I need something much smaller... But I will drool over pics of that. Would love to hear it.
post #9548 of 14257
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Nice looking, beautiful actually. No way in hell I can pull that off... Not now. Too soon!! I need something much smaller... But I will drool over pics of that. Would love to hear it.

 

 

I'm pretty happy with my $750 Marantz HD-DAC1 in combination with the TH-900 so I feel confident in recommending it.

It gives you a decent dac and nice SS amp that complemnts the TH-900 well along with the option of connecting a tube amp to it later on so you can enjoy both.

I was serious about the Zana by the way. Of all the amps I had (profile) this is the only one I really miss and I plan on getting one again this year.

I used it with phones similar to the TH-900 and I can't forget how special the sound was, something some more expensive amps I used to have were never able to give me. 

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I don't doubt you were. I've heard the name mentioned at several boards, just never fully paid attention as I didn't want to get too much into this... Portable has been too expensive, I didn't need to open this door. But alas...here I go. I'll check out the marantz too. I may have to wait on anything big for now. I won't be able to hide it. Portable stuff, not a big deal... That's why I was looking at smaller stuff like iFi... It's going on my work desk at home...
post #9550 of 14257
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Originally Posted by warrior1975 View Post

I don't doubt you were. I've heard the name mentioned at several boards, just never fully paid attention as I didn't want to get too much into this... Portable has been too expensive, I didn't need to open this door. But alas...here I go. I'll check out the marantz too. I may have to wait on anything big for now. I won't be able to hide it. Portable stuff, not a big deal... That's why I was looking at smaller stuff like iFi... It's going on my work desk at home...

 

Well, you're in the US so you probably have the chance to try before you buy. Shouldn't be that hard to locate a Marantz dealer and have a listen. Or listen to some other options mentioned in this thread and go to a meet or something.

post #9551 of 14257
@warrior1975 - i know this is the high end forum and all but the zana deux is a pricey amp imo and will take up a lot of desk space. the th900 is a very efficient can that is easy to drive. you might want to check out what woo and little dot have to offer if you're keen on getting a tube amp. also check out the amp forum threads here.
Edited by up late - 3/16/15 at 4:31pm
post #9552 of 14257
I was looking at little dots the other night, but most were overkill for IEMS. Is there a model you recommend? I'll check Woo out too.. Thanks

I'll see if I can locate a Marantz dealer as well. I'm using my AK240 as a source, that's fine for all of these right? Id just use line out? Or digital out bypassing the DAC of the 240?
post #9553 of 14257
thought you were interested in a desk top tube amp for the th900? anyways, no recommendations for a specific model. just thought that woo and little dot were worth checking out coz they might have something that's more wallet friendly.
post #9554 of 14257
I am. I'm not sure what's best way to go, tube or ss. I was looking at little dot prior to coming up with this crazy idea to get headphones. I only own IEMS, so the desktop tube amps were overkill basically up until last night when I made this choice.

Would love something wallet friendly too, but size is the key. Down the road I will definitely get a nice desktop tube amp,if I like using headphones and enjoy this new experience.
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I'm really happy with my Woo Audio WA7 + WA7tp with Mullard tubes.  The Mullards help fill out the mids but to be honest, I don't think the mids are "that" recessed.  The TH900 is a great headphone.  Oh and yeah, the wife starts looking at you weird when you've got 10 pairs of headphones scattered across your study and of course each one has it's own stand :).  Welcome to the dark side

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