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post #751 of 1088
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1) link here for basics: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/ultimate-headphone-guide-articles-what-headphone-amplifier-and-why-do-i-need-one

 

2) try a different amp/dac combo before drawing conclusions.

 

 

* note on burn in, I have an W3000anv that I've been using regularly for the past year and a half, and I also have another one stashed away that I've used less than 2 mins.

You too ?! What does this audio gadget do to some of us... it is some kind of witchcraft trick or enchantment. I have not seen, on these head-fi fora, admissions of buying, for instance, a second Sennheiser HD800 but there are many who bought a second W3000ANV and there is a guy who bought three of them...and I am thinking of doing the same. The sound signature of these headphones is utterly addictive; we might not see another headphones with this kind of magical tuning for decades to come. 

P.S. - Here is a song turned by W3000ANV to an audio honey cake, with a beautiful tonality of the mid frequencies and with a very nice growl on the bass end. [And playing it from a CD the quality of sound is even much better] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB9aAxrX8NA


Edited by zorin - 1/2/14 at 3:35pm
post #752 of 1088
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Originally Posted by zorin View Post
 

You too ?! What does this audio gadget do to some of us... it is some kind of witchcraft trick or enchantment. I have not seen, on these head-fi fora, admissions of buying, for instance, a second Sennheiser HD800 but there are many who bought a second W3000ANV and there is a guy who bought three of them...and I am thinking of doing the same. The sound signature of these headphones is utterly addictive; we might not see a headphone with this kind of magical tuning for decades to come. 

P.S. - Here is a song turned by W3000ANV to an audio honey cake, with a beautiful tonality of the mid frequencies and with a very nice growl on the bass end. [And playing it from a CD the quality of sound is even much better] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB9aAxrX8NA

 

well, i bought the first w3k based on the feedbacks of the original head fi w3k thread, and then when I fell in love with it, based on the comments of that thread, I realize it is something special, so I bought a back up. glad to see Im not alone, happy listening :)

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I just got my TH-900. My other closed headphones are the ATH-W3000ANV. Here's how they compare:

TH-900 Advantages:
(-) More comfortable. They surround the ears, while the W3000ANV press on the ears.
(-) Bigger soundstage
(-) More impactful bass, but it can intrude too much

W3000ANV Advantages:
(-) More detailed sound
(-) Better midrange. The midrange is noticeably recessed on the TH-900.
(-) Better vocals - on the TH-900, vocals sound somewhat distant.
(-) Somewhat better isolation. The TH-900 isolate less than I expected.

The bottom line is that I prefer the sound of the W3000ANV, but I can't really use them for sessions longer than 1-2 hours due to comfort issues (particularly when wearing my glasses).

just wanted to say the th900's midrange depression has become more noticeable. guess it's about trade-offs with cans. if the mids were as forward as the w3000anv''s then it might sound smaller.
post #754 of 1088
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Jon-LF: no sibilance to my ears, at least most of the time. I find the AT's are a bit bright, but not fatiguing. With the WA6 (and tube upgrades, like the Sophia), it is positively sweet.
That's definitely interesting to me. There is a WA6 going here for about 500 USD but the Sophia tube is going to cost me extra. Wondering if I should just save up for the ADL Svetlana, which seems to be the perfect match. I love the vocals on the 3ks, but I'm really sure it can do even better with a different amp pairing.
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That's definitely interesting to me. There is a WA6 going here for about 500 USD but the Sophia tube is going to cost me extra. Wondering if I should just save up for the ADL Svetlana, which seems to be the perfect match. I love the vocals on the 3ks, but I'm really sure it can do even better with a different amp pairing.

 

I had a WA6SE and a WA6. The WA6SE was better than the WA6 in terms bass impact, being warmer sounding, and slightly more detailed. However, something like the Zana Deux is leagues ahead. I cannot hear any reduction in detail unlike the Woo Audios and it's just a much better amp. Great for HD800s as well. I don't know a better amplifier for the ATs at a $500 price range, but if given a choice, I'd avoid the WA6 and maybe look for a warm sounding solid state.

post #756 of 1088
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Originally Posted by Jon-LF View Post


That's definitely interesting to me. There is a WA6 going here for about 500 USD but the Sophia tube is going to cost me extra. Wondering if I should just save up for the ADL Svetlana, which seems to be the perfect match. I love the vocals on the 3ks, but I'm really sure it can do even better with a different amp pairing.

 

Not too much info on the Svetlana as it's a Korean manufacturer that doesn't have much US presence.  Supposedly they did tune the Svetlana using the W3000ANV so it is possibly a very good match.  

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I had a WA6SE and a WA6. The WA6SE was better than the WA6 in terms bass impact, being warmer sounding, and slightly more detailed. However, something like the Zana Deux is leagues ahead. I cannot hear any reduction in detail unlike the Woo Audios and it's just a much better amp. Great for HD800s as well. I don't know a better amplifier for the ATs at a $500 price range, but if given a choice, I'd avoid the WA6 and maybe look for a warm sounding solid state.


Is the Eddie Current Zana Deux $500? I just saw on their page the Zana Deux SE for $2,200. I'm sure it's a great amp, but I still think the Woo WA6 is quite a fine value for $650. I'm sure you can get better sound, but I'm glad I'm content with the W3000anv/WA6 combo.

post #758 of 1088
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Is the Eddie Current Zana Deux $500? I just saw on their page the Zana Deux SE for $2,200. I'm sure it's a great amp, but I still think the Woo WA6 is quite a fine value for $650. I'm sure you can get better sound, but I'm glad I'm content with the W3000anv/WA6 combo.
I don't think that was what he meant smily_headphones1.gif I've found a used WA6 for $500, with Sophia tubes as an upgrade, this will add up over time though. My Naim Dac V1/ 3000anv combo isn't bad, I just know it could be better. I might just save up for the best, and the Svetlana seems to be the easiest and lowest maintenance (as well as a great option).
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For my personal preference, I think Naim V1 is an amazing one box solution product, it should be a bit hard to found a better amp than the internal in V1 for under USD 1000. Some good amps come to my mind to pair beautifully with W3000ANV, but all of them cost around 2000 bucks.

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For my personal preference, I think Naim V1 is an amazing one box solution product, it should be a bit hard to found a better amp than the internal in V1 for under USD 1000. Some good amps come to my mind to pair beautifully with W3000ANV, but all of them cost around 2000 bucks.
Yeah, I think so too. It's amazing for the price indeed. At the moment, I already exclusively listen to the 3000anvs for any vocal heavy track, or whenever I'm looking for the sweet syrupy midrange "fix". It's leaving me hungry for more - it's already so good - I'd like to make it better. The quest for perfect sound is costly to say the least haha. Oh well.
post #761 of 1088
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Yeah, I think so too. It's amazing for the price indeed. At the moment, I already exclusively listen to the 3000anvs for any vocal heavy track, or whenever I'm looking for the sweet syrupy midrange "fix". It's leaving me hungry for more - it's already so good - I'd like to make it better. The quest for perfect sound is costly to say the least haha. Oh well.

 

It's a bit obscure, but my Elekit TU-882 paired nicely with my ATH-W3000ANV before I upgraded.  It's a kit tube amp that uses a pair of 5670/2C51/WE396 tubes, and the kit cost me about $400 from the distributor in Vancouver.  Very quiet amp, with just a slight tube warmth.  

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I guess it was inevitable that I picked up another pair of these.  # 0092 checked in.

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I guess it was inevitable that I picked up another pair of these.  # 0092 checked in.

Welcome to the elite club of the elite club of those who have the best closed headphones. Since there are many who bought for themselves a second W3000ANV my estimate is that there are only between about 1800 to 1850 lucky individuals on this planet who have these headphones. 

0092 is a low number, it might be the lowest one on head-fi [does anybody have W3000ANV with a lower number ?]. 0092 was in the first batch of W3000ANVs that was assigned to be available to the Japanese audiophile community. 

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hope they bought the second pair for themselves - not to flip. listening to mine right now. is there a dreamier sounding can on the planet?
post #765 of 1088
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It's a bit obscure, but my Elekit TU-882 paired nicely with my ATH-W3000ANV before I upgraded.  It's a kit tube amp that uses a pair of 5670/2C51/WE396 tubes, and the kit cost me about $400 from the distributor in Vancouver.  Very quiet amp, with just a slight tube warmth.  
Thanks for this! I've done some research on the Elekit. Love that it's something you build yourself, as it'll help me get a better feel of what is in these awesome amps we keep talking about. It's supposed to be a great amp for low impedance headphones and this is really encouraging.
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I guess it was inevitable that I picked up another pair of these.  # 0092 checked in.

Hehe. Nice! The 3000s took a while to warm up to, but it's quite the addictive SQ. It's really the best at what it does.
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hope they bought the second pair for themselves - not to flip. listening to mine right now. is there a dreamier sounding can on the planet?

Possibly not! It's sooooooo addictive. The sound signature is something I've grown to fall in love with through and through.
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