AD2000X At Home .
(this is jut for illustration i am not into photography if you want pretty pictures look at ZenErik ones )
Out of the Box Impressions VS AD2000 :
They are cleaner / more transparent than AD2000 , mids are colder and a bit less emphasied but still nicely bodied and textured they don't overshadow the highs like with AD2000 it's still what stand out the most but not as much , bass seams very similar to AD2000 so if you find AD2000 laking in bass department , AD2000X didn't fixed anything there (well for me no need too) , highs , they remain innofensive but not as dark as AD2000 . Soudstage seams a bit more wider , and instrument separation a bit cleaner to , they have even more this impression of AIR and space . Detail are more easy to pick up with this more transparent sound . AS AD2000 its a very dynamique headphone , one of the best with fast paced music , if you are not to much into bass thing .
AD2000 have a bit more midbass energy , here their is no such emphasis . It's like they took AD1000PRM uppers mids / highs , and AD2000 midbass and mixed it to make this new mids and highs : Transparent , and clear but also bodied and textured and still enough warm .
Overall this seams a more mature AD2000 less mid centric (but it still a mid centric can) , less colored , less warm , flatter frequency response , more neutral . But they manage to somewhat keep some of the magical mids from AD2000) . It's also a brighter can than AD2000 due to the highs being not shadowed this time (as said before) .
Due to being less colored they are much more suited now for classical (also the little improvement on soudstage (a bit wider) and instrument separation contribute to that) .Or a least i have this impression^^ despite i was never bothered by AD2000 Coloration .
Let's Take harpsichord , on AD2000 they allready shined , just i found their highs a bit to much smoothed out in comparison to reality , now as highs are not shadowed , they are more present (but as said before never agressive) .
Electric Guitares : Even airier and cleaner but peraphs a bit less bodied , still very well textured .
Also they clamp less than AD2000 but remain relatively secure on my head , drivers don't touch as much AD2000 hears but not by much . Well at least they are not less confy than AD2000 for me so ...
Honnestly i can't choose beetween the two the AD2000 mids still remain more hypnotique warmer , but cleaner and more transparent AD2000X is also very appreciable as mids still have retain some of this magic .
I guess : if you want a warmer sound , very mid centric with darker highs and a bit more forward presentation , very colored and euphonic sound go AD2000 , if you want something a bit more neutral colder brighter , go AD2000X .
If i didn't have allready a buyer for AD2000 , i would put AD2000X on sell . And keep wich one would not be sold .
Going to peraphs sell AD2000 today so i am affraid canno't elabore a bit more than That :( . And don't have the courage to swap the pads sorry
Didn't sold my AD2000 buyer was more impressed by the O2 that i brought for comparison will have more time to compare it ...
And thanks to PriceJapan , third time and never disapointed so far .
EDIT : Don't be fooled the difference are not as Huge as my review can lead to think it , i just tryed to highlight them , but they are here at least for me with my equipement and songs used .
AD2000X remains a bit similar to AD2000 , but it's not the same headphone . I think that even swapping the pads will not do the trick .
Again for me mids are a bit less upfront , a bit less bodied , a bit less colored (more neutral) and highs seams a bit more prononced and brighter overall .
Any one who will have tryed have tryed AD2000 will think that " hey this AD2000X remains me a lot the AD2000 , yet there is some change but still very enjoyable "
Edited by HaVoC-28 - 2/18/13 at 3:14pm