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post #61 of 1441
Originally Posted by MomijiTMO View Post

Hehe so I won't be the only one with 2 pairs of W3ks?
A new AD2000 sounds interesting.

Great minds think alike I guess. :-)

post #62 of 1441
Originally Posted by Arcamera View Post

In case I won't be able to pick these up: Does anyone know what AT has in the works for their next flagship?


The thing is regarding the Audio Technica line of headphones, each model sounds dramatically different. In other words, whatever number the next model is labeled, it ain't gonna sound anything like a W3k. A word to the wise, do what you gotta do to get hold of a pair of these babies while there are still a few left in stock.


This listener believes that as time passes, the W3000ANV will rightfully be regarded as a classic.

Edited by Dr. Roberts - 10/16/12 at 6:18am
post #63 of 1441

Regarding the W series, I'd agree that there is definitely variation from one model to the next, but I wouldn't say they're completely devoid of similarities. They almost all share a certain timbrel coloration in the midrange which has come to be identified explicitly with Audio-Technica and gives them their reputation for being one of the best headphone series for vocals. Also with the exception of the W11JPN and W1000X, I'd say they all have a somewhat similar tonal balance (tight down below, bright up top).


For instance the W5000 and W3000ANV sound more alike than dissimilar in my opinion, with the former being the airier and brighter take and the latter being a more solid and balanced take on the same type of sound. The "Limited" models (W10LTD, W11R) tend to have a more neutral overall balance, with relatively less of that distinctive timbrel coloration in the mids.


This has been my experience, at least. Currently I'm only lacking the W2002, so it gives me a chance to A/B them.

post #64 of 1441

Yep, the vocals have a special "continuousness" that makes them sound un-artificial, but still very rounded and fleshed out.

Planars and stats also have that continuousness, but don't sound quite as rounded as a real voice as a dynamic.

But the dynamics, like the HD800 and HD650 have a touch of abrasion too that the W3000anv's are able to avoid.

And these vocals just sound a little bit more "there" than the LCD3s, more like there is nothing but air between me and the singer.


And also the bass is tight and real, just not as low or profound as the Audeze, but it does the job well, and sounds very well integrated with the rest of the spectrum.

The highs are similarly well integrated and don't stand out like like a detectable tweeter at all.

So I would call that a good definition of refinement.

post #65 of 1441
Update on Amazon pricing. The price just jumped from 1099 to 1299 from firemall. Still cheaper than other retailers but looks like they're getting close to running out of stock
post #66 of 1441

Totally agree. Both W5000 and W3000 has a sweetness and uniqueness to the vocals that makes it especially smooth and ear catching. The vocals manage to separate itself from the background music and sing in front of you with excellent imaging and air while the background music engulfs you.

post #67 of 1441
My pair should be arriving tomorrow what do you guys recommend for burn in?
post #68 of 1441
Originally Posted by scott5526 View Post

My pair should be arriving tomorrow what do you guys recommend for burn in?

I'm kinda curious, are you planning on "burning in" your headphones before using them? Why don't you just enjoy them when you get them, and if they get better, all the better. My ears aren't awesome, but I sure cannot detect any difference between new and after a few hundred hours of use, YMMV

post #69 of 1441
My grados made me a believer of burn in lol. IM just looking for the point where the headphones are at their pinnacle so I can make an educated decision when deciding whether or not to keep them
post #70 of 1441

Amazon sold out of theirs at $1099.  Missed the sale.

post #71 of 1441

Just curious what's driving your W3KANVs? I am searching for an amp for it.

post #72 of 1441

AT's love them some EC.

post #73 of 1441
Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

AT's love them some EC.



post #74 of 1441

This thread is painful, lol: These sound like headphones I would really appreciate, yet I won't have the funds until next month. Alas. That's why I hope there will be something as similar and good from AT down the pike...

post #75 of 1441
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