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post #1846 of 1856

Does anyone have extensive time with the 1000's? I modded a headphone with the 2000's and they sounded amazing. On my next pair of headphones I wanted to try a different driver. From the reviews the 1000's seem very dry and analytical. Any ideas ?

post #1847 of 1856

I've only read good things about them.  You might as well go ahead with your tinkering.  :cool:

post #1848 of 1856
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I've only read good things about them.  You might as well go ahead with your tinkering.  :cool:

 

I plan to drop them into a beyer 990 with custom baffle, different mesh and recabled. 

post #1849 of 1856
Does anybody know how the ATH-AD500X will compare to the Grado SR80? The AD500X is just $18 more expensive than the Grado over here in Singapore
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Does anybody know how the ATH-AD500X will compare to the Grado SR80? The AD500X is just $18 more expensive than the Grado over here in Singapore

The grado will have more bass, a little brighter with a smaller soundstage. The AD500x will have leaner/tighter bass but may go a little lower than the Grado. The AD500x will sound more open.
post #1851 of 1856
AD500X it is then
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Does anybody know how the ATH-AD500X will compare to the Grado SR80? The AD500X is just $18 more expensive than the Grado over here in Singapore

 

 

I've had both.  The ATH-AD500x was somewhat "anemic" sounding.  I paid $79 for the new pair with free shipping.  Then again, having the AD500x wasn't my ultimate goal.  With the drivers removed and laid out on the bench, one could see the quality jump from the AD500x to the A900x driver and then to the AD2000 driver.   I used my ATH-AD500x for just the skeleton.  The drivers I opted to install into them were the AD2000 drivers.  The sound?  Very, very intriguing.  Very detailed, good mids, etc.  It's not a headphone that will work with all genres, but for jazz and listening to female vocalists, it does a great job.  Percussion is spot on, excellent instrument separation.  Truly a refined sound over what even the AD900x offers.  Then again, we've seen it all too often where we'll pay 100% more in an upgrade for a 5% sound improvement.

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I've had both.  The ATH-AD500x was somewhat "anemic" sounding.  I paid $79 for the new pair with free shipping.  Then again, having the AD500x wasn't my ultimate goal.  With the drivers removed and laid out on the bench, one could see the quality jump from the AD500x to the A900x driver and then to the AD2000 driver.   I used my ATH-AD500x for just the skeleton.  The drivers I opted to install into them were the AD2000 drivers.  The sound?  Very, very intriguing.  Very detailed, good mids, etc.  It's not a headphone that will work with all genres, but for jazz and listening to female vocalists, it does a great job.  Percussion is spot on, excellent instrument separation.  Truly a refined sound over what even the AD900x offers.  Then again, we've seen it all too often where we'll pay 100% more in an upgrade for a 5% sound improvement.

 

How do the ad2000's sound in a "stock" ad headphone? I've only heard them in my modified frankenstein and I love the sound. Ultra fast and textured bass. 

post #1854 of 1856
So would u say the SR80 is better? I am only looking at budget open backs for home listening as i spend most of my money on closed backs like the PSB M4U1 and Nad Viso HP50
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This was done poorly in photoshop but hopefully it gives you an idea of what I was thinking.  I was thinking about making a beyerdynamic-esque headband from scratch for the audio technica line. I want to do this for myself but I didn't know if I did if anyone else would be interested in having it done to theirs if it turns out well.  

 

post #1856 of 1856
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So would u say the SR80 is better? I am only looking at budget open backs for home listening as i spend most of my money on closed backs like the PSB M4U1 and Nad Viso HP50

 

Yes, I would say the SR-80 would be better.  I couldn't imagine the AD500x performing too well with the standard drivers.  There might be another and good option - if you were to find a pair of the ATH-AD700 headphones (used).  As I recall, they were quite good sounding.  I don't know what changes were applied to the ATH-AD700x as far as revisions go.  I like Grado, but hate "on-ear" headphones at times.  I've selected to use the Grado G-cush pads because they're oversized and prevent the headphones from resting solid on your ears.  As far as comfort goes, I like what Audio Technica has done with their AD series as you can wear the headphones for several hours of comfortable listening.

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