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The amp section actually looks pocketable now. MF you're a STAX oficionado in your opinion is this gear worth the risk of investment and whats that big slot in the front for?


Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/15/12 at 3:38pm
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The slot is where the headphones connect, looks like an older Firewire 400 port. I was hoping the portable amp (the SRM-002) wouldn't be proprietary, again.
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

The slot is where the headphones connect, looks like an older Firewire 400 port. I was hoping the portable amp (the SRM-002) wouldn't be proprietary, again.


Interesting, I wonder why they went with that type of connection.

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In other news head-fi is starting to make more sense to me now

 

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Interesting, I wonder why they went with that type of connection.

 

It needs 5 pins, the normal stax plugs are too big, and there's not really any standard for that kind of thing so anything they use would look weird.

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re: AT AD2000, now that you mentioned it (it going scarce) this is going to be hard on me lol. I don't know how close the sound is it (AD2000) to the A1000x (I'm thinking not close at all) but really the aggressive look of the open back and my love for the 3D wing system (which, IME w/ the A1000X fits me perfectly) are what attracts me to the AD2000. That and just the scarcity of them amongst most Head-Fiers. Still, looking forward to the new model. And with this, hopefully the revamp of the whole AD series (so that I can afford at least some of the new line LOL)

 

While I've never directly compared the too, the AD and A series sound pretty darn different. I loved the AD2000 but it just wasn't enough of an all-rounder for me; for some music what made female vocals sound brilliant, also made other instruments sound brash or blare-y.

 

I'd be tremendously, tremendously interested in an AD2000X though. Have there been any other X versions of the AD series? As far as I was aware the designation was only given to A series so far.

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While I've never directly compared the too, the AD and A series sound pretty darn different. I loved the AD2000 but it just wasn't enough of an all-rounder for me; for some music what made female vocals sound brilliant, also made other instruments sound brash or blare-y.

I'd be tremendously, tremendously interested in an AD2000X though. Have there been any other X versions of the AD series? As far as I was aware the designation was only given to A series so far.

Being consistently interested in AT's full size, I can safely say that so far the X-designation has been for the closed ATs, including the W-series. I think this is the first time for the AD-series, judging by MF's post.
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I know I know I m annoying but IE80 or SE535? 

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I know I know I m annoying but IE80 or SE535? 

IE80 for me. I can't explain it but the SE535 sounded very weird to me. Very "thick" for lack of a better word.

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IE80 for me. I can't explain it but the SE535 sounded very weird to me. Very "thick" for lack of a better word.

I see I think I will order it from Amazon Germany..... any other options?

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/631998/audio-technica-updates-their-open-headphones-ad-series-ad2000x-ad1000x-ad900x-ad700x-and-ad500x

And so it's confirmed. And I'm elated. smily_headphones1.gif
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Oooh, me likey.

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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

 

The amp section actually looks pocketable now. MF you're a STAX oficionado in your opinion is this gear worth the risk of investment and whats that big slot in the front for?

 

The SR-003 and SR-001 are pretty much the same IEM. The former has a regular Stax pro termination, so it can only be used with regular Stax amps. The SR-001 was made for a proprietary amp that took batteries, so you could in theory use it on the go. Only problem is, due to the open design, it leaked like crazy and offered zero isolation.

 

The SR-002 and SR-003mk2 are pretty much the same way as the successors to the SR-001 and SR-003 respectively, the main difference being the termination.

 

That portable amp and SR-002 would have the same issues as the SR-001, but this can be overcome somewhat by using a pair of earmuffs or some other protector to go over them (just don't smash them too tightly or it's going to block the airflow). Why on earth would one go through the trouble? Because the SR-001 / SR-003 (and now the SR-002 / SR-003mk2 I'm sure) are some of the best sounding IEMs on the planet. Seriously. They sound like mini SR-007s. It's ridiculous.

 

So, in theory, you could have a portable rig that could compete with a fullsized electrostatic desktop rig costing thousands more.

 

You know, not to hype these or anything... (now you know why I'm so f'kin' excited!).


Edited by MuppetFace - 10/16/12 at 5:59am
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I'd completely forgotten the TakeT H2+ and that you had it. I dunno. These just make me think, "Why not get speakers?"

 

That's a perfectly valid point. The same thing could be said of the K1000 too however. Both it and the Floats are basically "earspeakers" in the truest sense of the word, hanging beside the face rather than directly contacting the side of the face. It's going to provide zero isolation, so it automatically forfeits the usual headphone advantage of limiting noise (both for you and those around you).

 

The only practical reason why someone would want to get these, to my mind, is space. These are more self-contained than a set of floor speakers, or even some desktop monitors. In terms of sheer performance, I do find speakers outclass headphones on a variety of fronts (we'd be talking about $1000-3000 speakers here given the cost of these headphones). However on the flip side I personally find headphones to do a few things better than speakers. So for performance reasons, it's just a priorities thing I suppose.

 

I think the bigger question is, why would someone get these headphones (K1000, H2+, and Float QA) as opposed to other headphones? Their designs offer advantages (and disadvantages) compared to more "standard" styled headphones. In that sense it's like a compromise: they offer benefits of speakers (a better sense of spatial immersion, more realistic imaging) but retaining enough of the benefits of a personal device worn on the body. In places like Japan and some parts of Europe where space is a premium, I imagine that's a big factor in choosing something like this.

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I see I think I will order it from Amazon Germany..... any other options?

I honestly believe the GR07 and FitEar F111 are the best universals I've ever heard. I haven't heard the 4.Ai and the UE900 but reviews are very positive so you might want to consider those too.

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There are only 2 reviews of Sony MA900s on Amazon which cost $199 now. 

 

First belongs to Katun with his relentless praise of PX100-II.

 

I liked the second one:

 

"I shared my thoughts on the MA900 over at a certain Audiophile forum and ended up getting slammed with biased users posting negative comments towards me. This headphone will never go over with the Experts because its actually well designed and has practical usage. If you know audiophiles, then you should know they really flock away from headphones that actually exude practicality."


Edited by mutabor - 10/16/12 at 10:13am
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