I'm very happy with my AD1000x, if you want something a touch more laid back than the ad2000x then that would be probably be the best option, this comparison says there isn't a huge difference and the signature is similar. Saying that I'm really curious about the ad2000x given how much I like the ad1000x.
Post #1406 from this thread from lalala6
AD1000X vs AD2000X
Bass: Both AD1000X and AD2000X had similar bass quantity. Both has more sub bass presence, and both punches harder than AD900X. Couldn’t tell any difference really.
Treble: Likewise, both had very similar treble. Present, but not sharp or fatiguing like the AD900X. Can’t comment further as I’m not very sensitive to the highs.
Mids: AD2000X has slightly more forward mids than AD1000X. Female vocals are a touch sweeter on the AD2000X. Maybe it’s the upper mids. AD2000X are more detailed on the mids too, I could hear nuances in the vocals more than I could on the AD1000X. Both has fantastic mids though, better than AD900X.
Soundstage: Both are similar in size. Whereas AD900X has the largest soundstage, AD1000X & AD2000X have a more closed-in and intimate soundstage. Still pretty large though, definitely larger than the average closed can. Imaging or instrument placement is very precise and pinpoint on both, unlike the AD900X.
The biggest difference I could tell between the AD1000X and AD2000X is that AD2000X is more engaging and in-your-face, while AD1000X is very slightly more laid-back. The AD1000X is still very forward sounding on its own though. Overall the AD2000X has more clarity, more detail, and more refinement than AD1000X but both has almost the exact same sound signature. In other words, AD2000X is just a more refined AD1000X.
Is it worth the price jump from AD1000X to AD2000X? After having spent almost 2 months with my AD2000X, IMO I think not. If I haven’t purchased the AD2000X and were given a choice between the two, I would have been completely fine with the AD1000X.
Edited by marts30 - 11/15/13 at 2:47am