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post #451 of 1084

Finally, a happy first-time owner of AT headphones here! Just started listening to my new W3000ANV's. So far, I'm very pleased. These cans reach out from deep within the midrange, grab you by the lapels, and pull you in. And you are engaged....

 

Lots of good mellow rock so far-- Al Stewart, later Nik Kershaw and Aimee Mann, Neil Finn, etc.-- so sweet. A lot about the vocal presence indeed.

 

Oh, and the fit is just fine right off the bat for me. Very comfortable-- like they're hardly even there. I never thought I had that big of a head. Hmm...


Edited by Arcamera - 4/11/13 at 4:28pm
post #452 of 1084

Just purchased a pair. Received them today and am very pleasantly surprised.

 

Comfort is much better than I expected, couldn't quite get used to the fit of the A900X when I gave them a go so am quite happy about this.

 

The sound signature seems to be quite seductive as well. Loving my female vocals so far.

post #453 of 1084

Where are you all still buying these from?!? blink.gif
 

post #454 of 1084

I got mine from www.accessoryjack.com. though AFAIK I ordered the last one last Monday (it still shows in stock but when I asked how many the day before I ordered, they said they only had 1 left)

post #455 of 1084
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I got mine from www.accessoryjack.com. though AFAIK I ordered the last one last Monday (it still shows in stock but when I asked how many the day before I ordered, they said they only had 1 left)

 

Which country was it posted to and did you have custom issues?

post #456 of 1084
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Where are you all still buying these from?!? blink.gif

 

Still available here in Singapore at www.stereo.com.sg
post #457 of 1084
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Still available here in Singapore at www.stereo.com.sg

 

That's about 1000 EUR which is not much cheaper than what I can buy it from here in EUR; that's not even considering customs etc. I guess I'll just hold out for a 2nd hand EU pair.

 

Thanks

post #458 of 1084
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Which country was it posted to and did you have custom issues?

USA.  No customs issues at all, but part of it's probably because stated value was $100 by accessoryjack.  Not what I prefer, but it was very well packaged and based on the good reviews for the website I feel there's an appreciable chance the website'd take care of me in the event of any misfortune.

post #459 of 1084

I'm enjoying these headphones very much. I don't know what to make of 'burn-in,' but I can also vouch that these improve with more hours (probably up to a certain point)-- the top-end has smoothed-out and it has an overall better balance and increased sense of refinement.

 

But as others have commented: their sound is somewhat, or even downright weird, and yet at the same time, so right. How to make sense of that? I suspect it's because, bucking the trend it seems, they focus on the midrange-- the heart of music, sonically-- and also, importantly, instrumental texture (as best I understand that concept). The sounds or tones of instruments have a rich, yet delicate, saturation. They sound more natural or lifelike-- and yet at the same time wonky! It is I think this focus on the texture of the sound combined with the midrange emphasis that makes these cans special, sonically speaking (their looks and build are also extraordinary/unusual).

 

I also find that they're an interesting study in the interplay between transparency and neutrality. In comparison with my (former) reference headphones, the Grado HP1000/HP2 for example, the AT's are clearly not neutral, and yet more transparent. Similarly with my other fave headphone, the Denon D7000. I used to think transparency and neutrality went in tandem, but not necessarily so, I'm learning. The Beyer T1 is the closest I have to the combination. (I know there are others more advanced-- Stax, for example). Other people here can speak better on the technicalities of these things. I'm just trying to offer one discerning listener's non-specialized perspective.

 

I don't know what to make of the AT's soundstage/imaging though. They always sound to me like I am listening to headphones-- and yet somehow in their unorthodox way they can get away with it, with aplomb. You simply enjoy listening to music through headphones with these things. What a wonder. What a delight smile.gif

post #460 of 1084

BTW, it's also become much more dynamic in the hours put in since I first started listening. And again, it's a paradox perhaps, but it's striking in its being simultaneously coloured and transparent. A killer combination of smooth yet present, transparent and dynamic, albeit with a very distinctive midrange colouration.

 

Or maybe this is just the product of my wonky ears. Grain of salt, YMMV, etc.

post #461 of 1084

just recieved my w3000, less than 10 hours on them. they definatly have some colouration in the mids kinda makes it feel more textured especially on vocals. compared to my t1 i feel they have more bass, the t1 images better with better sense of position and space between instruments. don't know if they get better with burn in anyone have both feel the same?

post #462 of 1084
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try to buy a while back, too much work, bought a TH900, super happy

TH900 is a fantastic headphone, but I think the W3000ANV is prettier :)

post #463 of 1084
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TH900 is a fantastic headphone, but I think the W3000ANV is prettier :)

Not me...had both and I'd take the finish on the TH-900s any day. 

post #464 of 1084

Both are really nice looking for sure.  I happen to like the W3000anv better..  The TH-900 is a tad bit to bass heavy IMO.

post #465 of 1084

How much of an "upgrade" do you guys think the W3000ANV represents over the W1000X?

 

Sound signature difference aside, if it's like the AH-D5000 -> AH-D7000 I'm not interested. If it's more like the AH-D2000 -> AH-D5000 or greater in terms of improvement, I'd find it easier to justify. I know this is hard to qualify since the sound signatures are quite different between the W1000X and W3000ANV.

 

I'm currently debating between looking for a pair of these or looking for a pair of W11JPNs. I'm worried about losing the bass since I find the W1000X to be positively enrapturing in this regard, but I could justify it if there's a sufficient improvement in overall capabilities. The addicting bass is what currently has me reaching for the W1000X more often than the JH13s, but I fear the reduction in quantity in the W3000ANV might obsolete them against the JH13s unless the mids are really that good.

 

I don't really want to spend the money on the TH-900s so I might consider the TH-600 as well.


Edited by 3X0 - 4/28/13 at 12:30pm
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