havent seen too much about these guys, but they really took me by surprise.
So, I went into my local best buy to go test drive some AKG 550's. and I REALLY wanted to like them. generally they sounded pretty good. i dont think i had any of the seal issues that were being touted. the bass was present, and it sounded nice. definitely had more bass than i was expecting considering the reviews. the clamping pressure was incredibly light, which just bothered me in general. felt very unsecure, and generally the headband supported most of the weight so they werent terribly comfortable. but definitely more comfortable than my shure 840's. So i was reasonably unconvinced........then i glance to my right.
i give the 900x a shot. didnt expect much, but what the hell, im here. WOW. i think i found my new cans. they fit my head like a glove. the clamping pressure was perfect, and i really appreciated the wing design. i dont really like a band pressing against my scalp. i didnt feel them slipping down like i had read about. i didnt find the pads uncomfortable in the least, and in my time there, left my ears far less sweaty than the 550's. then the sound......BASS. substantial bass! i dont consider myself a basshead, but i can appreciate it for sure. i didnt find the 550's lacking per se, but there was an authority and quantity in the 900's. the mids seemed to be pushed back a little more than i would've preferred, but only slightly. the highs were crystal, and overall the sound seemed fuller than the 550's. while the 550's seemed to have a wider soundstage, the 900's were very close in distance, but had a more in your face presentation, if that makes any sense. and i seem to prefer that. it makes listening more fun, so to speak. I was hearing details i had never heard in my 840's, but to be fair, the 550's were as well. if there was one thing that i wasnt wowed with, it was how they handled my more aggressive music. i think it was the mids being pushed back so slightly, but things like coheed and cambria didnt succeed in the same way pink floyd, or acoustic guitars did. wasnt bad by any stretch, but not near as magical as the other stuff.
i was only there for a little over an hour, but boy oh boy did these guys win me over.
and to add insult to injury, it was cheaper than the 550's! WIN!
here's some stuff i listened to while there, to give you an idea of what i tested
pain of salvation
coheed and cambria
i wish i had more variety, but my phone wasnt loaded as well as i wouldve liked.
anyone else have experience with these cans? i dont see much about them. i cant even find the graph's for the x version. whats the deal?
Edited by pickleweed - 10/4/12 at 10:58am