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post #601 of 1100
I have both the W3000 anv and the TH900 and IMHO the TH900 is on a league above
post #602 of 1100
hmm - that's a big call. care to elaborate?
post #603 of 1100
Wider soundstage, less colored, more sprarkle..more airy and spacious..I tend to listen at high volume levels and the W3000anv sometimes sounds congested so I have to lower the volume a lot to make it less congested..I also detect an upper bass bump with the W3000anv that really bothers me... But to be fair I have to say that there are some songs where the W3000 really shines but unfortunately for me there are not many of those on my music collection
post #604 of 1100
okay. how about the mids? the th900's are a bit recessed right? i need to get me some of them mids.
post #605 of 1100
It's the midrange where the TH900 was lacking, for me personally. It's mids were slightly recessed, dry, and thin, which may have to do with the bass and treble both being somewhat accentuated biggrin.gif

But I freely admit I tend to listen at somewhat lower levels. It may well be the case that the W3000ANV is the better low-medium volume headphone.
post #606 of 1100
What I want to know is how come me and Muppet are the only ones to report that the W3k colouration results in a 'thinness' to the sound. It was immediately apparent to me and surprised only two members have mentioned it that I know of.
post #607 of 1100
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post

What I want to know is how come me and Muppet are the only ones to report that the W3k colouration results in a 'thinness' to the sound. It was immediately apparent to me and surprised only two members have mentioned it that I know of.

Thinness in mids or treble or overall?

post #608 of 1100
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Originally Posted by Bolardito View Post

I have both the W3000 anv and the TH900 and IMHO the TH900 is on a league above

I have both and completely disagree with the above statement.
post #609 of 1100
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Originally Posted by namaiki View Post

Thinness in mids or treble or overall?

I would say overall thinness. By comparison the TH900, to my ears, sounds rich & smooth, with punchier bass, but that is it as far as advantages. The W3000 wins in every other department; soundstage width, air, separation and clarity.

To many the decision comes down to the quality of the mids (I'm one of them), and I feel the choice is one between fuller but recessed mids (TH900), or thinner but wider and clearer mids (W3000). Tradeoffs.
post #610 of 1100
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post

What I want to know is how come me and Muppet are the only ones to report that the W3k colouration results in a 'thinness' to the sound. It was immediately apparent to me and surprised only two members have mentioned it that I know of.

you're girls!? wink.gif
post #611 of 1100
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

It's the midrange where the TH900 was lacking, for me personally. It's mids were slightly recessed, dry, and thin, which may have to do with the bass and treble both being somewhat accentuated biggrin.gif

But I freely admit I tend to listen at somewhat lower levels. It may well be the case that the W3000ANV is the better low-medium volume headphone.

I listen at fairly low volumes as well, and the W3000ANV are suitable for that.  Decent isolation helps greatly.

post #612 of 1100
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post

What I want to know is how come me and Muppet are the only ones to report that the W3k colouration results in a 'thinness' to the sound. It was immediately apparent to me and surprised only two members have mentioned it that I know of.

Probably b/c most ppl don't find it problematic or thin doesn't equate to bad sound. The sound is full-bodied and intimate in presentation in other areas to keep it from sounding anemic. Mid-bass sounds thick, mids very present and sultry, and a slight treble tilt that can sound forward at times. The thinness to the notes gives the headphone's sound a light touch to me.

post #613 of 1100

There's thinness when the headphones are plugged straight into my DAC rather than my Zana. I wouldn't describe it as thin through a proper amp. My HD800 has the same characteristics with the same situations. However, I won't lie. The W3000ANV is a bit bright in the mids. Thin is not the word I'd use though.

post #614 of 1100
just put a down payment on these. would be kicking myself if i let them slip.
post #615 of 1100

where would you even find these headphones now? The only places I can see them sold is in the for sale section on head-fi, and they go for around ~1.2k

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