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post #166 of 1829

Ya I love my A900X but these AD900X. Think open version. Better resolution. Monster stage.

post #167 of 1829
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Ordering the AD2000X very soon. $715 w/ EMS shipping, a few shmups (type of game), assorted kit kats, and other random crap included. Seems like a fair deal to me.

 

I'm probably going to wish I hadn't asked, but where did you buy them?

post #168 of 1829
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Ordering the AD2000X very soon. $715 w/ EMS shipping, a few shmups (type of game), assorted kit kats, and other random crap included. Seems like a fair deal to me.

 

Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000  vs. Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000X

 

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post #169 of 1829
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Here is something. My AD900X I have been burning in has the best balanced sound with astounding detail on every part of the spectrum.. Smoothness. airiness. Massive open stage and is one of the sexiest cans I have ever bought. And yes I am happy to report. These have bass. Apparently the X stands for bass.. These have a complete sound. Matched with my Fire Phoenix. This is the best can I have bought this year.. Actually truth be told these are my best sounding cans. For guys that was on the fence to get the new and improved version of the AD900. I can give my overwhelming thumbs up on the sound. You guys are gonna love how these sound. One bit of warning. These need burn in as the sound was compressed on open box. They open up tremendously.

 

I bought mine using Tenso and got it for $240 around $275 shipped..The sound is spectacular. Simply stunning sound for the cost.. These and my FXZ earphones are by far the best phones I have purchased this year..

700 In comparison.,These are a solid level above my A900X in SQ. The resolution for the price is unmatched in anything I have heard. The chrome accents in the inside of the grills are just sexy. They are so much better looking up front. No picture can do them justice.

 

Nice impressions.  I picked up the A900X as my first AT 'phone a few weeks ago myself and having previously owned a T1, LCD-2, and HE-6, I think I actually prefer the general sound to all the others.  Really outstanding for the money.  Now to come out and say the AD900x is a step above really has me interested.  I tend to prefer open headphones but was also concerned the old AD900 wouldn't have enough bass, good to hear the AD900X isn't lacking too much.  And I'm assuming it doesn't have the slight midbass hump of the A900X.

 

All this has me even more excited to hear some more impressions of the AD2000X.  I think it could really have the potential to compete with the top tier flagship headphones at a more reasonable price, especially if it scales well.

 

Also curious to see how it would pair with this new TEAC amp and DAC I inadvertantly found on a japanese site while researching the AD2000X,

 

http://audio.teac.com/product/ha-501/

 
I always seem to read that AT gear pairs well with other Japanese electronics so I think this would be interesting to hear myself.  Tempted to pull the trigger on all three (HA-501, UD-501, and AD2000X) when I get my tax refund.
post #170 of 1829

Truth be told I am so impressed with these AD900X. It does have me curious about the AD2000X. 3X the cost if it is 3X the sound. I can't even imagine that.

post #171 of 1829

I used to own the AD900 and sold them because I found they did not have enough bass and the mids a thin quality to them. DS how do you find these areas on the AD900X.

 

From the pictures I will say these do not look like the AD900, they look more like the AD1000/2000.

post #172 of 1829
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Ya I love my A900X but these AD900X. Think open version. Better resolution. Monster stage.

What were you listening to before the AD900x?

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000  vs. Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000X

 

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post #173 of 1829
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Truth be told I am so impressed with these AD900X. It does have me curious about the AD2000X. 3X the cost if it is 3X the sound. I can't even imagine that.

 

 

Within the last three months there was a huge demand for the AD2000, by rock and metal guys, because of the open back, huge soundstage.....can't imagine the AD2000X, if I ever wanted an open back full size they would be my choice for sure, after having the AD2000 drivers modded into my W1000X!

post #174 of 1829
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I used to own the AD900 and sold them because I found they did not have enough bass and the mids a thin quality to them. DS how do you find these areas on the AD900X.

 

From the pictures I will say these do not look like the AD900, they look more like the AD1000/2000.

After more burn in I don't find the sound thin at all and it is not overly thick either. The impeccable imagery with an airy sound is what is awesome sauce on these. Just too awesome for Jazz and rock. The bass end has solid presence for a neutral type presentation. Now they did sound thin when I first got them but so did my A900X. So yes I would say burn in is a 100% requirement to get these to sound right..I am on 50 hours or so of burn in and I am finding the mids did improve the most with burn in. Not only did it open up but now I am hearing  a slight touch of warmth to the mids where before the sound was on the cooler side.. I will tell you one thing dweaver. These are a definite upgrade to the MDR-1R in sound. I enjoy those cans much but the sound on my AD900X is on another level. Much more accurate in sound and that stage is nothing short of awesome. Also I am finding that AT has retooled their house sound. What I mean by this. I recently got the new CKS1000 as well and on both these phones AT has done a masterful job of having those extended highs we all know AT does but the control is masterful. These don't tread anywhere near harshness or sharpness. That was another concern of mine as the AD700 tends to shoot for the stars in the highs department..

 

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What were you listening to before the AD900x?

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Many but my favorite before these was my MDR-1R, A900X,  HD595. The AD900X is superior to these in every facet. The Sennheisers are a nice open can but loose out to the AD900X in resolution as these don't have that Sennheiser veil.

post #175 of 1829

I thought the difference between AD900 and AD2000 is not only in price but more of sound signature? I assume it would be the same with the AD-X models?

 

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Within the last three months there was a huge demand for the AD2000, by rock and metal guys, because of the open back, huge soundstage.....can't imagine the AD2000X, if I ever wanted an open back full size they would be my choice for sure, after having the AD2000 drivers modded into my W1000X!

 

 

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Truth be told I am so impressed with these AD900X. It does have me curious about the AD2000X. 3X the cost if it is 3X the sound. I can't even imagine that.

post #176 of 1829

More burn in and these things are freaking me out just how good they sound. It just amazes me to no end how these can sound like they do for the cost..I have it matched with my Fire Phoenix. dac/amp with a CS4398 chip and a dual op amp LT1028s. Musical imagery is so on point. The sound is fully 3D. No other way to describe it. It is so nice on so many levels..You know your listening to something special when you hear the same tracks you know like the back of your hand in a new light..

 

Just in the last month I think I chose some serious winners these AD900X being neck n neck with my FXZ200. These were a complete surprise..Easily jumps up to top can for me. If you guys think just because these are the cheapmans  version of their big brothers these aren't gonna cut the mustard..Not the case..The SQ is off the chain. I am having a hard time trying to find a fault in the sound..It has steadily increased in performance from open and what I am hearing now.. I am so curious to know just how much extra the AD2000X gets you. That phone is all of a sudden something I have to consider. lol. This hobby.


Edited by Dsnuts - 12/22/12 at 5:36pm
post #177 of 1829
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Originally Posted by ertai View Post

I thought the difference between AD900 and AD2000 is not only in price but more of sound signature? I assume it would be the same with the AD-X models?

 

 

 

I think it is probably both.  When going back and forth between pictures of the AD900X and AD1000X/AD2000X, it almost appears as if the AD900X has angled drivers and the 1000/2000 do not.  I know my A900X does.

 

Dsnuts,

 

Can you confirm if the AD900X has angled drivers?

post #178 of 1829

They are angled with that sexy all black honeycomb grills with a circular chrome piece that highlight the drivers in the inside. Uses a soft cloth material for the pads instead of itchy velours. The sound, the stage, the looks. the comfort, It has all of it.

 

I suppose the one complaint I have is. These are not so awesomely loud when burning in. What I mean is. They are clearly open so when left overnight I have to use 2 blankets covered over them and a jacket just to muffle the sound that emits from them when burning them in. They are freakishly loud when burning in. I use an aggressive burn in technique using drum n bass played at around 70%-80% max volume. Does wonders to loosen them drivers.


Edited by Dsnuts - 12/22/12 at 7:48pm
post #179 of 1829

Dsnuts: making people want to spend money, one thread at a time biggrin.gif

 

 

But seriously, I was contemplating these so I'm glad you've said what you did. The only reason I didn't get the AD900 is because of what I heard about the bass.

post #180 of 1829

That's what I had suspected.  Though I'm surprised they didn't do the same with the higher models.  Unless the pads are angled instead.  I imagine the angle contributes to the excellent soundstage properties as with the A900X.  It could be the AD900X is designed to be more of an all-round airy headphone, whereas the 1000X/2000X are meant to be more direct and intimate.

 

Speculation for now though until we get more impressions of the upper models.  Looking forward to more smily_headphones1.gif

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