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post #376 of 451
Reading through the thread, these's a bit of talk about pads and bass response. I have both types of HiFiman pads - the velour and the pleather. FWIW, I have a very big head (XL helmet). The velour pads maintain most of the original characteristics, including the open, clear presentation. Slightly more lean sounding, slightly, but far more comfortable to wear over a longer period.

HiFiman pleather pads: Not enough bass? Want your ATs to turn into bass cannons? You've found your pad. They seal completely around the ear. If yours don't, remove the inner ring under the pad. The bass is somewhat loose and less defined (putting it mildly), but there's a whole lot of it. Unfortunately, the entire presentation is ruled by this event, clouding the mids and noticeably rolling off the highs. Interestingly, the open AD900x which I also own, exhibited an almost identical effect with the pleather pads.
post #377 of 451
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Originally Posted by Shaffer View Post

Reading through the thread, these's a bit of talk about pads and bass response. I have both types of HiFiman pads - the velour and the pleather. FWIW, I have a very big head (XL helmet). The velour pads maintain most of the original characteristics, including the open, clear presentation. Slightly more lean sounding, slightly, but far more comfortable to wear over a longer period.

HiFiman pleather pads: Not enough bass? Want your ATs to turn into bass cannons? You've found your pad. They seal completely around the ear. If yours don't, remove the inner ring under the pad. The bass is somewhat loose and less defined (putting it mildly), but there's a whole lot of it. Unfortunately, the entire presentation is ruled by this event, clouding the mids and noticeably rolling off the highs. Interestingly, the open AD900x which I also own, exhibited an almost identical effect with the pleather pads.

 

I own the A900X (Hifiman Velours) and sometimes thought about adding the AD900X to my collection.

How do the A900X & AD900X headphones compare to each other?

post #378 of 451
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I own the A900X (Hifiman Velours) and sometimes thought about adding the AD900X to my collection.
How do the A900X & AD900X headphones compare to each other?

The ADs are a bit more extended and detailed on top, but not overly bright. The mids are more open sounding on the ADs, but a touch lightweight compared to the As. Same with the bass. The As have more slam and weight, and a bit more extension. The AD's bass - albeit not as strong as the As - is very well defined with no overhang, perhaps a touch more so than the As. All this being said, the AD's advantages essentially disappear in a somewhat noisy environment. I'm listening to them now in a dead-quiet space and the sound is spectacular with the newly remastered Johnny Cash LP reissues. Not so much with my wife and kids around. That's when the As and K550s come out, or I just turn up the main system smily_headphones1.gif.

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Edited by Shaffer - 3/19/14 at 9:36pm
post #379 of 451
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I own the A900X (Hifiman Velours) and sometimes thought about adding the AD900X to my collection.

How do the A900X & AD900X headphones compare to each other?


The AD900x is a nice headphone. I think you will appreciate the AD900x.  They are not as warm as the A900x, but they are very similar sounding.  I sold both, but it seems that the A/AD series are my favorite headphones :( 

 

My K550s are arriving today!  Anyone have experience with both the A900x and the K550? 

post #380 of 451
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The AD900x is a nice headphone. I think you will appreciate the AD900x.  They are not as warm as the A900x, but they are very similar sounding.  I sold both, but it seems that the A/AD series are my favorite headphones frown.gif  

My K550s are arriving today!  Anyone have experience with both the A900x and the K550? 

Heh, I own both, having said so in the post right above yours. I hope you like the 550s. Mine were virtually unlistenable out of the box: overly bright (and I mean BRIGHT), a lack of upper bass to give the sound any sense of foundation, congested mids. Imagine the reverse of a RIAA EQ, but not as severe. I broke them in for ~100 hours and nothing really changed. At least not enough. Then I stated modding the cans. The results were good, in a sense that I could listen to the 550s for more than 5 minutes, but overall they were nowhere near the ATs. As time passed and I used the 550s, I noticed a dulling of the sound and began to remove some of the more drastic mods. Over time, I removed 90% of the mods, as the cans finally stated to sound balanced. Still somewhat bright - more so than the ADs, but without the smoothness - but much better than before. Now I can wear them for an hour or two. Truth be told, I think the K550 is one of the more overrated products on this forum. They look great, though. wink.gif

Edit: Hope you have a big head. I wear a XL helmet and still had to mod mine for a good seal. YMMV
Edited by Shaffer - 3/20/14 at 6:22am
post #381 of 451
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post
 

The AD900x is a nice headphone. I think you will appreciate the AD900x.  They are not as warm as the A900x, but they are very similar sounding.  I sold both, but it seems that the A/AD series are my favorite headphones :( 

My K550s are arriving today!  Anyone have experience with both the A900x and the K550? 

 

I own both the A900X and K550, in prefer the warmer (heavier?) sound of the A900Xs

The K550s offer good detail,

In comparison to the A900X , the K550 sound is not as in your face as the A900Xs, which I guess is a benefit for the K550 if you wear headphones for long periods of time, like when you game for over 24 hours straight :rolleyes:

I'm planning on selling off my K550s sometime in the future, but I do get a little attached to them :o

post #382 of 451
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

I own both the A900X and K550, in prefer the warmer (heavier?) sound of the A900Xs

The K550s offer good detail,

In comparison to the A900X , the K550 sound is not as in your face as the A900Xs, which I guess is a benefit for the K550 if you wear headphones for long periods of time, like when you game for over 24 hours straight :rolleyes:

I'm planning on selling off my K550s sometime in the future, but I do get a little attached to them :o


Not even going to try them out!  Super disappointed in the "Factory Reconditioned" version of the AKG 550 :frown:

Scratched up, and the earpads.. Holy ****!  So worn out

Sent to me in a half taped baggy, with tape residue, finger prints, and hair on the headphone/in the bag. 
EDIT: Going to return them (*maybe*), and not looking back.  A900x I'm coming back for you!!  :biggrin: 

 

You decide on the AD900x yet? 


Edited by Yazen - 3/20/14 at 2:13pm
post #383 of 451
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Originally Posted by Shaffer View Post


Heh, I own both, having said so in the post right above yours. I hope you like the 550s. Mine were virtually unlistenable out of the box: overly bright (and I mean BRIGHT), a lack of upper bass to give the sound any sense of foundation, congested mids. Imagine the reverse of a RIAA EQ, but not as severe. I broke them in for ~100 hours and nothing really changed. At least not enough. Then I stated modding the cans. The results were good, in a sense that I could listen to the 550s for more than 5 minutes, but overall they were nowhere near the ATs. As time passed and I used the 550s, I noticed a dulling of the sound and began to remove some of the more drastic mods. Over time, I removed 90% of the mods, as the cans finally stated to sound balanced. Still somewhat bright - more so than the ADs, but without the smoothness - but much better than before. Now I can wear them for an hour or two. Truth be told, I think the K550 is one of the more overrated products on this forum. They look great, though. wink.gif

Edit: Hope you have a big head. I wear a XL helmet and still had to mod mine for a good seal. YMMV


Haha!  No, I do not have a XL sized head XD

 

I am on the fence of returning/exchanging the K550.  You think I should buy another A900x?  The way I got the K550 today makes me wish I never sold my A900x haha

post #384 of 451

Could somebody who owns the a900X let me know how it sounds with chiptunes and dubstep? Also, the piece that the headset comes resting on in the box, can it be used as a headset stand? Thanks!

post #385 of 451
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post


Haha!  No, I do not have a XL sized head XD

I am on the fence of returning/exchanging the K550.  You think I should buy another A900x?  The way I got the K550 today makes me wish I never sold my A900x haha

If you really liked them, absolutely. As a point of interest, the A900x (along with the AD) carry quite a bit of cred in the audiophile community.
post #386 of 451
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post
 


Not even going to try them out!  Super disappointed in the "Factory Reconditioned" version of the AKG 550 :frown:

Scratched up, and the earpads.. Holy ****!  So worn out

Sent to me in a half taped baggy, with tape residue, finger prints, and hair on the headphone/in the bag. 
EDIT: Going to return them (*maybe*), and not looking back.  A900x I'm coming back for you!!  :biggrin: 

 

You decide on the AD900x yet? 

 

 

I keep my eye out for a AD900X that is selling used for a really good price.

Also have my eye on a AKG K612 Pro

post #387 of 451
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Originally Posted by Shaffer View Post


If you really liked them, absolutely. As a point of interest, the A900x (along with the AD) carry quite a bit of cred in the audiophile community.

I was not going to even test out the K550 because of the way Harman sent them, but I could not resist!  My initial impressions:  Cold, bass bloated, muffled, and intimate?????  Did I receive a lemon, or are they that over hyped?  From memory, the A900x is superior in every way sound wise..

 

My only real issues with the A900x/AD900x is the way they color rock/metal/etc.

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

 

I keep my eye out for a AD900X that is selling used for a really good price.

Also have my eye on a AKG K612 Pro

Good luck! 

post #388 of 451

Hey i'm looking for some replacement pads for my A900X, I read a few pages of the fourm and saw that the HiFiman velour pads are popular but i was wondering if its possible to get pads similar to what comes on the Steel Series Wireless H headphones. They look very soft and comfy for long gaming and seem to seal the headphones pretty well from external noise. The "Fostex T50RP's Version 3" also use similar quality earpads. Does anyone have any suggestions on where i can get pads like that which fit on the A900X? 

post #389 of 451

hifiman pads were major fail @ lan party

 

They do not isolate as well as stock, the difference IMO is large.

post #390 of 451
Hope I'm posting this in the right place, I've used search function but no dice. I've been looking into ordering these but the only thing holding me back is seeing "discontinued by manufacturer" on some sites like amazon n what not. Question being if theres any info on whether or not there will be a successor/updated version. Similar to the m50x being the m50 but with a detachable cable or something to that nature. It doesn't say discontinued on AT's site though, anyone have any input? Thanks in advance.
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