Originally Posted by Skylab
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
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.
For W3000ANV 'medium' volume means 'comfortably loud'. More loud than that, which is real loud, and one is on the way of getting the permanent hearing damage in later years or even sooner. The headphones' diaphragm also gets worn out faster when consistently working at the real loud levels.
I cranked up the volume and suffered for the sake of the head-fi tribe and for the sake of the curiosity. Contrary to what some people claim that W3000ANV sounds congested at the loud levels I do not hear any more loudness related congestion or distortions compared to T1 or TH900 [this one from memory]. In fact the opposite is true. As one increases the volume level the distortions one hears are practically all high frequencies distortions. On top of it one really hears the bad high frequencies tuning of the drivers of particular headphones. W3000ANV come out the best. Shrill as they are, the overcranked high frequencies of W300ANV are no match for those of T1 or TH900. On real loud levels the top ends of the frequency spectrums of T1 and Th900 are absolute aural murder. All three headphones have fast drivers so the bass end is handled very well, T1 comes out the best and TH900 the worst, its bass is over the top and on very loud levels it is crowding out the mids, like usually at even the normal listening levels when reproducing music with the prominent bass sounds.
W3000ANV get the bragging rights in this loudness competition, but no headphones will work to its optimal level of performance when the volume is real loud.
After about 10 minutes of real loudness I'll have to use the ear plugs for the rest of the day and there will be no more music for today. When you hear whistling in your ears you have to give your inner ear a rest. Listening at the real loud levels is not recommended.
Edited by zorin - 9/22/13 at 3:02pm