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post #766 of 772
Mad Lust,

Thanks for taking the time to write about you experience with the MA 900. I thought your observations on were generally quite interesting. I agree it is a great overall headphone at a reasonable price. I would note the following based on my experience:

- No issue with the padding on the headband; don't notice padding whatsoever.

- No issue with thickness or density of ear pads. Ears slightly touch padding over drivers, but not irritating at all.

- Long cord is convenient and good for FM radio reception (as an antenna). However it is easy to trip over so I frequently bind the cord into a coil to remove the excess.

- Design seems flimsy but the built in flexibility may deal with daily abuse better than rigid "tank-like" headphones. I see a creative and excellent design overall, not a compromise.

- But those rubber bits you mention relating to the extension are a weak point as I recently have seen them wear in a few store display models. I keep mine at smallest setting so not an issue for me.

- Lower bass is the weak point from a sonics perspective. Bass roll-off does not bother me with popular music, jazz, or classical, but it does not work so well with some popular music which has been produced with excessive bass.

- But I think you are overly critical of the upper frequency performance. It is less "detailed" than the reproduction of some other headphones but is quite pleasant and realistic due to other design factors.

- This headphone really shines with large scale orchestra music. Most headphones just fall apart into some cacophony once things start to get complex. Regardless of price.

- The above three points may be a result of the impedance circuitry of the MA900, which I intend on removing. There are some posts here from a prior iteration of the MA900 noting that the circuitry removal extended bass, extended upper frequencies and cleaned up the sound. But then again, I quite like how they sound out of the box.
Edited by Skooter - 9/2/13 at 11:09pm
post #767 of 772
Don't get me wrong. I don't have an issue with the MA900's upper range. I like smooth treble nowadays, and I don't find the MA900 to sound overly smooth or anything. I mentioned that mostly for other people. It IS a smooth, non fatiguing treble.
post #768 of 772

Bought the ma900's based on this thread, and been in love with them since! But I've only had my ma900's for 2 months and one of pad has fallen off... and unfortunately been enjoyed by my cat :(


So I'm reviving the thread in the hope that since last year someone has either:

a) been able to find replacement earpads, or

b) found other brand earpads that fit the ma900's ??


I've emailled the sony suppliers to see if they can order in the earpads, but don't have high hopes given the model is discontinued, and I also see the suppliers never got back to others in this thread a few pages back.


Thanks guys!

post #769 of 772

I'm not sure about replacement MA900 pads but I do remember reading that some Beyerdynamic pads work with them.  At least I think it was Beyerdynamic.  Do post back if you find something as I'm sure others would like to know this info as well.

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post #771 of 772

Hi peeps, sonnies 900 coming from japan in 4-5weeks, need alternative earpads too! :P

post #772 of 772

anyone know if the ps500e is worth it over the ma900? detail retrieval wise?

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