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Aye, it's alright, just write about your impression..
Many thanks smily_headphones1.gif

Sorry for the very late impressions, but here they are.

 

TL;DR: T1 vs AD2000X? Different presentations; T1’s more versatile, AD2000X’s not so much, AD2000X’s are excellent with vocals; YMMV so take my quick impressions with a grain of salt.

 

First off, my biases/factors that may or may not affect my results:

  • I tend to lean towards brighter headphones

  • I love vocals and headphones that convey them without being too distant, congested, or shouty

  • I hate sibilance (and for some odd reason, I’m just about fine with the T1’s despite some reviews)

  • I love my music loud

  • I did these impressions around midnight; I’m tired

  • I’m new to all of these songs

 

Secondly, I’m using both of these through a Magni for the sake of a more controlled listening. The T1’s are much harder to drive. I’m usually at 12 o’clock with the T1’s (maxed out on PC and ifi Nano iDSD). I’m usually around 8-8:30 with the AD2000X. No EQ’s or DSP’s were applied. Same audio files were used obviously. Music application is AIMP. Files used were 320 kbps and FLACs.

 

“Alone” by Hitomi

T1

  • Spacious presentation

  • I wrote about the guitar plucks for the AD2000X first, sounds very realistic here as well but probably a bit more

  • Better separation and depth between singer and instruments

  • Guitar on the right channel a bit cleaner and discernable

 

AD2000X

  • First off, the guitar plucks sound really great with these headphones especially within the first minute on the left channel, you can almost feel each pluck

  • Intimate presentation

  • Vocals much more emotional, more forward

 

I think I prefer the AD2000X on this track. The intimate presentation along with the excellent vocal performance from the AD2000X really makes this track special.

 

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“Vestige” by T.M. Revolution

T1

  • Much better instrument separation

  • Vocals sound more natural though more distant, not necessarily recessed

  • More depth and better layering between instruments and vocals

  • Clearer overall

 

AD2000X

  • More intimate sounding/closed sounding if I want to be critical

  • Singer sounds congested in comparison, a bit grainy sounding

  • More of a “2-D” presentation of instruments, more of an “overwhelming” experience, gives you kind of a claustrophobic kind of feeling

 

I prefer the T1’s here. The AD2000X sounds a little too congested during busier parts of the song.

 

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“Glassy Sky” by Dona Burke

T1

  • More sibilant especially when the singer says “Glassy Sky”

  • Better instrument separation/layering

  • Much better at conveying space with each instrument, goes along with my comment above

  • More realistic timbre of instruments especially with the piano

  • Bass is a bit more tight and punchy

  • Overall clearer and cleaner when more instruments are being played

 

AD2000X

  • First off, with this song and these headphones, I got goosebumps during the first chorus, very emotional presentation, had me tearing up a little

  • Intimate vocal presentation really helps with this song

  • Bass is a touch more looser

 

Very hard for me to say. I loved the vocal presentation on the AD2000X, but the T1’s are technically superior in this song. I’ll give the nod to the AD2000X for excellent vocal presentation and the nod to T1’s for its ability to keep up with busier passages.

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“Watashi no Uso” composed by Yokoyama Masaru from "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso/Your Lie in April"

T1

  • Repeating impressions: much more instrument separation and better layering of instruments

  • More depth

  • More realistic presentation

  • Clearer sound overall, treble is clearer

 

AD2000X

  • Again, intimate presentation

  • “Sweeter” sounding going hand-in-hand with its intimate presentation

  • More of an “overwhelming” experience which can be fun and in a way “breathtaking”

  • Sounds more full, probably because of the intimate presentation, some may call it congested

 

I like the T1 for its excellent separation, but the intimate presentation of the AD2000X really works well for the track and is much more musical here. Hard to choose between either one.

 

These were very quick impressions so take these with a grain of salt. I’m just reading them over and I realize that it’s pretty hard to have a solid idea of how the two headphones sound like with my impressions haha.

 

I like the T1’s for its more spacious and natural sound. I think it has a more natural timbre for instruments. Vocals are quite a bit relaxed compared to the AD2000X. Bass performance on these are impressive being tight and punchy. These can get sibilant and “hot” with certain recordings, and can get unbearable with badly recorded songs. Although, I do appreciate the treble when the recording is great.

Best song the T1’s presented out of the 4, I think, is “Vestige”.

The song which I think the T1’s presented not so favorably of the bunch is “Watashi no Uso” and even so, is damn good.

 

I like the AD2000X’s for its vocal presentation. I didn’t quite like them with the song “Vestige” though because I thought it sounded congested more so than “emotional” and “intimate”. Hit and miss for some songs to be honest. The treble on these I think are slightly rolled off in the higher octaves. In result, these are less fatiguing in that way. Even so, vocals are quite forward which if any harshness can come from, it will be from vocals and the midrange. It could be jarring and sound like it’s blaring into your ears. The bass is fairly punchy when not considering the T1’s, otherwise it’s fairly light. If you’ve ever read about the “Audio Technica House Sound” then it’s definitely within that stereotype.

The best song represented with these is definitely “Glassy Sky” with its excellent vocal performance.

The song least favorable on these is “Vestige” as more instruments start coming together.


Edited by Feilong4 - 2/17/17 at 12:06am
post #2102 of 2104
First off, I have to say thank you so much for willing to spent a portion of your time to do this comparison, what you've written there further prove my assumptions of how the two headphone sounds, especially on the matter of AD2000X/AD1000X being the headphone to aim for me looking forward, especially with the variety of songs I listen to, I figures Ad1000x will be capable of making them sounds a bit more special, it's weakness of being limited in genre doesn't bother me as much with how I have my MA900 and K702 for other occasions.
But really it'd be perfect if I can replace the K702 by finding some good deals for a T1 so I'd own both like you do. wink.gif
Anyway, again thanks for your impression, it helps me sort out my headphone lists priorities. biggrin.gif
post #2103 of 2104
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Originally Posted by Sp12er3 View Post

First off, I have to say thank you so much for willing to spent a portion of your time to do this comparison, what you've written there further prove my assumptions of how the two headphone sounds, especially on the matter of AD2000X/AD1000X being the headphone to aim for me looking forward, especially with the variety of songs I listen to, I figures Ad1000x will be capable of making them sounds a bit more special, it's weakness of being limited in genre doesn't bother me as much with how I have my MA900 and K702 for other occasions.
But really it'd be perfect if I can replace the K702 by finding some good deals for a T1 so I'd own both like you do. wink.gif
Anyway, again thanks for your impression, it helps me sort out my headphone lists priorities. biggrin.gif

Sure, no problem! I found some new songs as well!
post #2104 of 2104
I wholly recommend the entirety of Tokyo Ghoul's OST, one thing the adaptation done right is to have fantastic soundtrack to accompany along the way.
That, and Shigatsu's solo pieces.
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