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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

Can the pads be replaced by leather ones from a model higher up in AT's range? If so, which are the ones to go for?

The stock ones are rather sweaty and uncomfortable, and don't seal all that well.

I'm using alpha pads from Mr Speakers. Recesses the mids a bit, but the comfort is soo much better.

 

post #242 of 455
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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

Can the pads be replaced by leather ones from a model higher up in AT's range? If so, which are the ones to go for?

The stock ones are rather sweaty and uncomfortable, and don't seal all that well.

I posted this on a a separate thread and will put it here also:

 

For the A900x you may want to try the ATH-A1000 pads as described in this thread which looks like the best option to me which I may try:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650785/audio-technica-ath-a900x-appreciation-thread/30

 

Somebody liked these A900ti earpads in a review on Audiocubes2 on his a900x :

http://www.audiocubes2.com/product_info.php/cPath/27/products_id/537

his review:

Nice ear pads. I ordered these for my Audio Technica A900x (The stock pads they come with have thick pleather with a circular opening, while these replacement pads use a thinner, softer pleather and have an oval opening. I wanted to see the difference they'd make on my ears.) Overall, I'd say these pads were well worth the money. The Pleather material on them isn't incredibly soft, but its not hard or stiff like the stock A900x pads. Feels like it'll last quite a while. The foam in these replacement pads are thicker than the foam in the stock pads my A900x came with. After a few hours of use, I do feel like these A900ti replacement pads make my ears a little bit hotter than the A900X stock pads tho. In the end, however, I like these pads better than the stock A900X ones.

 

a variety of pads here:

http://www.audiocubes2.com/index.php/cPath/27

post #243 of 455

For those of you with a big head like mine, just put the wing support on a bent pillow for a few hours and wow, the hard clamp is gone. whew, I thought I was going to have to return them. If they get a little too loose, which mine did NOT, you can bend them back carefully or use the shoestring mod. Used the pillow on the M-50's too. comfort is just right now. I think getting them adjusted just right is like getting my eye glasses "just right".

post #244 of 455

i have a piggy bank that a little bigger than my head .. i set the cans on it for a few days.. it sure helps but the clamping force returns after a while... don't know what else to do

post #245 of 455

great review!

post #246 of 455

can anyone make an objective comparison of these vs hd650's? I have my a900x's on the way and currently also own a pair of 650's, these will be driven by an aune t1.

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can anyone make an objective comparison of these vs hd650's? I have my a900x's on the way and currently also own a pair of 650's, these will be driven by an aune t1.

No, not objective.

 

But I owned both concurrently and my impression is that the A900X is an excellent performer but not quite in the same league. It has excellent clarity and more apparent treble. Its stereo width and separation is also more apparent. It appears to sound more balanced (i.e. less dark and thick) with relative neutrality.

 

What prevents the A900X from being superb against the HD 650 is a slightly perceptible mid-range nasality, likely a consequence of being a sealed design. This plasticky timbre in the midrange prevents it from reaching the same level of effortless enjoyment as the HD 650.

 

I wouldn't be able to live with the midrange coloration over the HD 650, if I were to only keep one of them. Nonetheless the A900X is a tremendous value at its price.


Edited by 3X0 - 5/1/13 at 11:53am
post #248 of 455
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Originally Posted by 3X0 View Post

No, not objective.

 

But I owned both concurrently and my impression is that the A900X is an excellent performer but not quite in the same league. It has excellent clarity and more apparent treble. Its stereo width and separation is also more apparent. It appears to sound more balanced (i.e. less dark and thick) with relative neutrality.

 

What prevents the A900X from being superb against the HD 650 is a slightly perceptible mid-range nasality, likely a consequence of being a sealed design. This plasticky timbre in the midrange prevents it from reaching the same level of effortless enjoyment as the HD 650.

 

I wouldn't be able to live with the midrange coloration over the HD 650, if I were to only keep one of them. Nonetheless the A900X is a tremendous value at its price.

 

Thanks a lot that was a great comparison. I have really started liking my 650's over the couple years that I've owned them so I guess I'll see for myself how they stack up.

post #249 of 455
A900X > my old 580 and probably the 650 for lans. Obviously due to the closed nature vs loud angry men.
post #250 of 455

On the contrary I found the a900x to be one of the more natural sounding headphones I've tried. Yes better than the 650s.

post #251 of 455

What does ART mean? Are these 'Art Garfunkel' headphones?

 

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post #252 of 455

How's the comfort for those people with smaller heads?  My girlfriend isn't a fan of IEMs like I am.

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NIB at $128 shipped to my door from Buydig, my A900X purchase was a no brainer. I was indeed a bit worried about the wing system, but very happy to report the fit is perfect and best of all, no pressure to the top of my head. For my head this is an awesome design (exactly opposite of my Q701 which I love but they hurt like hell after a short time)

 

Upon first listen out of box, they sounded very closed in and intimate. It didn't sound like all of the music was there or that the notes were dying off quickly. After about 6 hours they were starting to sound pretty darn good. Break-in has been a real phenomena for all of my phones. I've heard changes in every single one of my pairs. Although after about 10 hours, not so much change. I am running pink noise through them now and will for the next 48 hours but I'll have to say for the money spent, they are an excellent bargain. I also like the fact they are "Made in Japan". Really nice quality for the money there too. Other phones I use are HE-500, HE-400, Grado PS500, Denon D5K, Q701, modded TR50P.


Edited by Grado77 - 5/4/13 at 9:12pm
post #254 of 455

Has anyone heard both the A900X and the SoundMAGIC HP100 to compare the two?  Both would be amped appropriately.
 

post #255 of 455
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Originally Posted by Sekka View Post

Has anyone heard both the A900X and the SoundMAGIC HP100 to compare the two?  Both would be amped appropriately.

 
I haven't heard the HP100, but from what I've read the upper bass is their weak point whereas it's a strength of the A900X.
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