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post #286 of 455

 If you are comparing these to the m50s, just look at the reviews on amazon. At least 10 reviewers said they were much better than the m50s and several others called them better than the dt880! I got mine at $140, which is a killer deal. At their current price of $236, they are still a good deal, but I might wait for the price to fall.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-A900X-Audiophile-Closed-Back-Headphones/dp/B006V386UG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375419029&sr=1-1&keywords=a900x

 

You can also read my review here: http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-technica-ath-a900x-art-monitor-headphones-japan-import


Edited by chili dude96 - 8/1/13 at 10:25pm
post #287 of 455
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Originally Posted by chili dude96 View Post

 If you are comparing these to the m50s, just look at the reviews on amazon. At least 10 reviewers said they were much better than the m50s and several others called them better than the dt880! I got mine at $140, which is a killer deal. At their current price of $236, they are still a good deal, but I might wait for the price to fall.

 

as the guy before said, buydigs have good prices when they're in stock.

i bought a refurb there for $104

post #288 of 455

I just listened to the a700x and found them to be just okay. Not even in the same league as the sennheiser hd280pro so if the a900x is the same then I'm out. What can you guys say about the difference between the two? Is the 900x more neutral, more dynamic? any specifics on the difference? Thanks in advance for whoever can answer this.

post #289 of 455
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post

I just listened to the a700x and found them to be just okay. Not even in the same league as the sennheiser hd280pro so if the a900x is the same then I'm out. What can you guys say about the difference between the two? Is the 900x more neutral, more dynamic? any specifics on the difference? Thanks in advance for whoever can answer this.

Shh, the A900x for $99, end of discussion.

 

Or the DT 770 Pro for $95 CAD

http://store.drivingstrategicsales.com/compass/servlet/Beyerdynamic_DT770PRO250_(459046)_closed_studio_headphones_250_ohms_1/4%22_mini_jack_adapter_26068.htm

 

Huge leadtime, you were warned!

post #290 of 455

I sent my A900X's back to AudioCubes, who sent them to Audio Technica for repair. They've said they're not faulty, they're working as design, and to the credit of AudioCubes they've given me a full refund - less shipping of course. I think Audio Technica really need to work on that 3D wing system, the old one was great, the new one's just not good at all.

 

On the hunt for another set of headphones now. Not DT-770 (tried 'em, don't like 'em), so suggestions most welcome. MrSpeakers Mad Dogs have been suggested, but they're cheap headphones modded, so not super keen.

post #291 of 455

Hmm, I'm hoping to actually get a review sample from Audio Technica... I'm hopefully going to be able to compare the k550 w1000x and these all together on the same... day week... something to that extent. Should b inetresting! 

 

Also any one ever try changing the pads? I've got a pair of un used stock w1000x pleather pads, that well softened the sound stage of the w1000x... I'd hate to have to buy ANOTHER pair of L3000 pads for another 53mm AT can xD

 

Although stock pads might be perfect as is! 

 

Paid $93 for a used Ath a900x on eBay

 

Any recommendation for pad upgrades? Some ppl are complaing about to much bass, which I can understand completely. As imo the dt 990 has to much bass for rock and classical.

 

So that being said, has any one Tried A1000 pads on thier Ath a900x? I'm wondering if the Pleather Ath w1000x Stock pads I have will help

 

non the less, once I listen to em I'll know if I need pads or not! 


Edited by Mshenay - 8/15/13 at 5:31pm
post #292 of 455

Amazing value, at least on the DAC/Amp driver in the store I could barely tell the difference between the 900X and their 3X more expensive Audio-Technica cousins. I've been enduring the MBP output for now, with about 10 hours burn, these are sounding better and better. I still can't believe I got these new under $200.

post #293 of 455

I've spent a few hours in stores listening to headphones costing around double what the A900X cost. There's no doubt that the A900X sound is fantastic value, and even with the awful awful 3D wing system I'm considering buying another pair (I returned the first pair) and modifying it somehow.

 

Can anyone with the A900X tell me if they think the 3D wing could be removed entirely and replaced with a simple leather band?

post #294 of 455
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Can anyone with the A900X tell me if they think the 3D wing could be removed entirely and replaced with a simple leather band?

You are probably better off doing the rubber band mod. It works the same as a leather band would without the amount of work/damage to the headphones.

post #295 of 455

I tried it, and I felt it looked really stupid. I wouldn't buy them again if the rubber band mod was the only option, but if there was another option then I might consider it.

 

Has anyone compared the sound of the 700 with the 900? I'd almost be tempted to get the cheaper one to play with. They're only about $30 cheaper though so probably not really worthwhile going cheap there.

post #296 of 455

Black hair ties blend in... I assume you got them in the first place because you like music, not because they are attractive...
 

post #297 of 455

They are pretty unweildy and a bit fugly. They sound good from a portable source, better than many of the headphones that cost twice as much that really require a dedicated amp. The only thing that comes close is the Sony MDR-R1, and that doesn't have the same clarity. Having something more compact does appeal... I'll ponder.

 

I sent mine from New Zealand to Japan to be repaired not returned, but they said there was nothing wrong with them and gave me a refund instead of sending them back. So I already spent $70 on shipping.

post #298 of 455
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I tried it, and I felt it looked really stupid. I wouldn't buy them again if the rubber band mod was the only option, but if there was another option then I might consider it.

 

Has anyone compared the sound of the 700 with the 900? I'd almost be tempted to get the cheaper one to play with. They're only about $30 cheaper though so probably not really worthwhile going cheap there.

1 - A700's are trash, just trash..  AD700's are a mixed bag.

2 - Anything is possible really, though there isn't any tutorials out regarding such a mod.  Too much of a hassle, but if you're the DIY kind of person, by all means biggrin.gif

post #299 of 455

Ah I'll flag it I think. Great drivers, terrible support system.

post #300 of 455

I have a very large head, and I love the wings. It is the most comfortable rig I can ever remember wearing. But I can see that it would be a problem for smaller heads, though it could very well work if there was a way to scale down the size of everything above the phones. I wouldn't be super happy with rubber bands, either.

 

In audio equipment (as well as many other markets, such as wine) if you were to plot quality (on a horizontal axis) and price (on a vertical axis) you all know what the trend would look like: It begins with a modestly shallow slope, where you can get a good degree of increase in quality for every extra dollar spent. Then it begins to curve upwards, you have to spend significantly more to get the same incremental increase in quality, more so than at the bottom end of the curve. But the curve keeps sloping upwards further and further until it becomes ridiculously steep, in the ultra-high end regime where you have to spend 10X more to get a very very slight improvement that most people could barely hear. Mathematically, the curve becomes "asymptotic" since there is always a hard limit to quality given the technological capability of the times, which you cannot exceed regardless of how much you spend on available equipment.

 

Anyways, this curve plots differently for every company, each product line has its own curve (also the quality definition varies subjectively). However, the best bargains will always be found in the portion of the curve just around where its curvature begins to increase dramatically. Audio technica happens to have a curve with a strong kink right at the A900X...you get much better return on quality for spending a little extra relative to the models below it, but spending 2X and 3X or more on the models just above it yields only a very slightly increase in quality.

 

For the quality of these headphones, I wouldn't try to save $30, you're not on the portion of the curve where it would make sense to do so.

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