I've only seen the AD900x for sale in the U.S. for $299 mark. Are any reputable dealers selling them cheaper?
Audio Technica updates their open headphones "AD" Series: AD2000x, AD1000x, AD900x, AD700x and AD500x - Page 15
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I bought my pair of AD900X from Amazon Japan for $215. Tenso.com ships internationally for you for about $34.
Sorry guys. Never owned the AD900. I can guess the AD900X has much better bass presence and has even better control in the highs, overall a more balanced, a more refined sound over them. That is clearly the case against my AD700.
If you don't own either. I have no doubt in my mind the new version is a step up in SQ..The reports of almost no bass on the AD900 had me stay away but I had a good feeling about this one based on my experience with my A900X..I know AT reads reviews from owners and they know whats happening..You can't re release the same sound in a different housing and try n dupe your consumers. I have more faith in AT than that.
Based on my own experience with their earphones for example. With every single new generation of the CKM and CKS earphones they improve over the last generation. I think if they stayed the same using same drivers and same sound I don't think I would be a fan.
Rest assured I would not hesitate to try a AD900X..And get it using Tenso forwarding service and you will save $100 or so.
I am interested in build quality of ad900x.
they seemed to have switched the connector to plastic from metal one. whhhhhy.
Is the chassis still magnesium like ad900? I can't tell from the pictures.
Not worth the buy if it's made of plastic imo. Just get ad900.
also, how's the cable quality. I always wished ad900 had rubber like ad700 cable.
This was ultimately why I choose not to get these, the build quality looked cheap. Closed cans are also a much better option as I don't get a ton of alone time .
The plastic connector looks like crap compared to the metal one on the a900x, and it was kind of disappointing when they said they would only be manufacturing the higher end models in Japan, the rest in China. How is the cable quality on the ad900x? I loved the nylon casing on the cable with the a900x, its a nice touch.
Not saying the build quality is poor on the new ad900x, it just seemed like it was going to be, which is ultimately why I went in a different direction.
The cord and connector is better on the A900X. But SQ is where the AD900X makes up for it. I don't think they are weak anywhere in build quality. They are solid, sure they could have done better but I suppose that is where the higher end models come into play..The sound is where it counts for me. Not to mention they look stunning up front in person. Plastic cord it is but once you hear that stage that clear sound I truly doubt anyone is gonna be looking at the cord thinking it needs to be better. Lol.
Drivers created exclusively for open back designs deliver rich, spacious sound. Is what it says. You better believe it.
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I love Audio Technica in general, so I am sure that these are a great pair of cans. The spec sheet looks very similar to the A900X, I think really what it comes down to is open vs closed headphones.
I'm definitely not a fan of what they did with the build quality on the plug and cables but the ear pads certainly look nicer then the A900X. Glad you enjoy these cans Dsnuts, I may eventually give them a whirl when they come North America side!
See this is where I have to question if you truly like the sound of your Q701. For me I would not even think about changing out my AD900X with a Q701. But your wondering of the AD900X will be a better sound for the cash.. The only question I have is just how much of an upgrade the AD1000X and the AD2000X are to these AD900X.
If you enjoy your cans I would just stick with them..If your wondering if the AD900X is better. If you haven't read this very informative read you should read the AD900.. I am certain the AD900X is actually a nice upgrade to the sound.
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From the looks of it, ad900 has better build quality than ad900x. AD1000x and AD2000x says magnesium frame in their descriptions, which leads me to believe ad900x and below are plastic (1000x and 2000x look metallic in the pics as well). These two also have metal jacks instead of plastic ones. I think ATH is pushing AD1000x and above as premium headphones for the x series. They skimped out on AD900x. As for the sound quality, I have hard time believing that they could have added in more bass without warping the original sound signature. I can't really say for sure without ABing them, but I assume it'd be a subjective preference for the sound. In MY opinion, AD900 is better buy than AD900x. I like that AD900x now has angled drivers, but that's it. Newer doesn't always mean better, that especially goes for the sound quality.