Originally Posted by audioKyle
Well the a900x was probably my favorite sounding headphone besides the slight mid-bass emphasis. I want something that is musical and not harsh so as to lead to no ear fatigue. Also something with a good/accurate timbre of instruments. I'm also looking at the ma900 but it does seem very flimsy and cheap.
MA900 is flimsy and cheap feeling haha
AD900x has a mid bass emphasis, but its not as thumpy as the A900x for sure.
I'm hoping to get the AD1000x or AD2000x whenever I find a good deal ;)
Right now I have the DT 880 Pro + Aune T1, and I really do like the combination. The DT 880 Pro is less analytical/warmer with the tube dac, and the voshkod tube flattens the slight v-shape of the 880.
I switched because I like the accuracy of the instruments on the DT880 Pro. The low end has much more detail as well. When I first had the DT880 Pro, I thought it sounded way too analytical on my Musiland 02 US. But I imagine the E17 would have a warm presentation like the rest of their line..
If you liked the A900x, you cannot go wrong with the AD900x. I just didn't like how they couldn't keep the pace with faster/layered music, and the low end detail. I'm a nitpicker, so take my critique lightly lol.
Originally Posted by hulk
how much of an upgrade would it be to go from the ad700 to he-300 or ad900x? im on a $200 budget and going to power them with a e10. im going to be listening to music majority of the time and watch videos. genre i mostly listen to is soft rock or pop rock whatever its called.
They both are good. If you liked the signature and design of the AD700, you will appreciate the AD900x. The AD900x will sound better with more music than the AD700 definitely! The airy sound of the AD700 is present on the AD900x, only with less emphasis. They have a low end presence, unlike the AD700
The HE-300 is a whole different beast really. AFAIK they wouldn't sound as good for your genres, unless you find the treble energy of the AD900x to be fatiguing. Compared to the AD700, the AD900x's treble isn't harsh.
I think if you liked the energy of the AD700, you would do good with the AD900x. Is it worth the upgrade? Well, its an upgrade for sure. We all value things differently. $/Performance won't get any better the higher you go, as our market is a niche at best.
If you compare to beats studio... WORTH IT
Let the AD900x burn in for 100 hours without listening to them. When you A/B with your AD700, its almost an overwhelming feeling to hear the low end actually there lol.