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post #646 of 1415
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Originally Posted by Leonardo Drummond View Post
 

I know this might be a bit of a stretch (and maybe even forbidden? Sorry if it is!), but I currently have a W3000ANV on loan and I'm completely in love with it. I'm looking for one, particularly in a trade (+ cash) for my HP2s, if anyone's interested!

 

Ha, I made the same trade! I loved my HP1000/HP2 for a long time, but I was ready for a change-- traded them for an almost new W3000. Some might think that's crazy, but-- different flavours. I've been happy.

 

Based on my experience, if you put your Grados up for trade in the trade section here, I guarantee you will get a lot of responses. But mostly from people who don't have the AT's to trade, lol.

post #647 of 1415

Oh, really?? That's a coincidence! I'm only trading the HP2s because I got an HP1 though, otherwise I wouldn't make the trade. However, that's not to say that I prefer the Grados... I think they're just very different, and can't be compared. But I've never heard anything as seductive as the Audio-Technicas.

 

I actually have put up a classified for the HP1000s, but I'm not getting many responses :(

post #648 of 1415
yep -seductive pretty much sums it up.
post #649 of 1415
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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.

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
post #650 of 1415

At the moment i do not have Th900 yet (but soon hopefully). I've been comparing many many times between my trio, HD800, T1 and ATH300anv, each have had given me the quite stunning-moment with their own individual strengths. But the moment when i don't really care about that much neutrality or realistic kinda things, when i just want to LISTEN & ENJOY music and let it flows into my head...i will pick my ATH3000anv for sure. This is one of the headphone that able to make me deeply & emotionally feel like the VOCAL (especially on female voice) is so much sweeter than the others.......even then i can imagine that the singer is prettier too..:D (...that good !!). I heard many about TH900, the texture, sound stage and also the bass, but still it doesn't make me believe that it will surpass the ATH3000anv's mids to what my taste is like about it.

post #651 of 1415
they're really nice cans. only problem i have with them is the clamp. wasn't expecting that.
post #652 of 1415
Hey I noticed must have a small head or something because it sounds better if I push the cups more against my head.
I had my unit for a few months now and have to say the longer you leave on your head the more you don't want to take them off.
The only other can that I have herd that shares this seductive "pull" is the esw11.
Great cans I have to say Audio Technica really knows how to make a can "musical"..
post #653 of 1415
Yes. I think so. I find the bigger the head size the better fit/seal it would be (more vertical position for the cup when on the head) especially for this kind of headband. The problem with ath's headband..the joint between headband and the cup is fixed. The pads sit alright on my head (my head is medium to big size)...but i do feel the area above my ears is less-pressing than the bottom one. But after months..i get use to it already and now i think the fitting is very comfort.
post #654 of 1415
didn't think i had a big melon. the clamp might be the deal breaker for me coz it's a relief to take it off - bummer.
post #655 of 1415
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Originally Posted by muzic4life View Post

Yes. I think so. I find the bigger the head size the better fit/seal it would be (more vertical position for the cup when on the head) especially for this kind of headband. The problem with ath's headband..the joint between headband and the cup is fixed. The pads sit alright on my head (my head is medium to big size)...but i do feel the area above my ears is less-pressing than the bottom one. But after months..i get use to it already and now i think the fitting is very comfort.

 

When I got myself the W3000ANV, I came from the W1000X. Actually I do believe that was the intended fit for the W3K. It is to have the cups slightly angled, so it makes sense that the bottom part is pressing more. I have a big head and never thought the fit was concerning to me.

post #656 of 1415
is the w3000anv's cups smaller than other w series phones?
post #657 of 1415

Coming from W1000X I can safely say that W3000ANV cups are noticeable bigger. W1000X also put a bit more pressure on sides, so they felt slightly more stable on head (I got fairly small head). Can't compare to W5000 tho.

post #658 of 1415
ok - thanks.
post #659 of 1415
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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post

Hey I noticed must have a small head or something because it sounds better if I push the cups more against my head.
 

Bend the headbands so they fit your head better, or pull them closer together with some elastic bands if you don't want to do the former.
You should have a good enough seal so the sound doesn't differ dramatically when you push the cups to your head, or the bass and vocals really suffer IME.

The latter makes you want to turn up the volume to get that "loud" sound in some cases, and keep in mind that the actual SPL will be a lot higher in that situation than if you had a proper seal with a moderate SPL, even though the perceived loudness might be similar.

 

Your ears will thank you for it. :)

 

For reference, of course the headphones will sound slightly different if you manually press them to your head, because the pads will be more compressed and the drivers are closer to your ears. But it should not be a "night and day" difference, in that case it's definitely not forming a good seal.

post #660 of 1415

I posted this in the W1000X thread, but it pertains here too-- I've listened to the Grandiosos and liked them quite a bit. I've since acquired the Japans though, and of course like them a lot too. Yet, I still have a desire to get the Grandioso. I found it very impressive for its price point; it was just a lot of engaging fun to listen to (and they're of course visually wonderful). Anyone else have this seemingly irrational impulse? Lol. Maybe it's just the collector in me coming out, I don't know. Anyone here have both, and still enjoy both? Or would it be just disappointing to go back to the lower model?

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