Originally Posted by metal571
Hi guys I think the A900X is what I'm looking for but after reading graphs for a while I figured I'd see if what I'm looking for matches what the A900X is capable of.
I listen to music at work almost the full 8 hours a day so I need something comfortable, preferably neutral or close to neutral but non-fatiguing at the same time, closed, and with a decent soundstage. Right now I have the K271 and DT770 Pro 80, and I'm thinking about replacing the 271 with an A900X because the former sounds just too nasal and has that usual slow mids that you get with some crappier closed-back designs. My DT770 is my bass monster can and I wanted a more neutral headphone to compliment it with as a secondary option at work. Do you think the A900X would be my ticket to better soundstage and non-fatiguing sound as an upgrade from the 271s for under $200, or should I also look at some other cans? Should I go with something like an NVX XPT100 instead for comfort reasons and a more neutral tonality? Thanks.
I've said this before in this thread, but to my ears, the A900X is not a comfortable headphone. It makes my ears sweat, get hot, and eventually sore after wearing it for 1-2 hours. The ear cups are enormous and somewhat heavy. The opening is circular in shape (human ears are oval) and not big enough to fit my ears, so my ear tips get sore from the contact it makes with the ear cup. The A900X is really a supra-aural headphone with giant ear cups. The only way to fix the comfort issue is to replace the original pleather ear pads with velour ear pads, but doing so will dilute the sound quality.
That being said, A900X has great sound quality for the price they're selling at right now ($120-$150 used, ~$170 new). I can't find many faults with the sound. For a closed back headphone, they have very good soundstage. The details are also very good. Nice, non-fatiguing highs, lush mids, and punchy lows and sub bass. They're good with just about any genre and they're not difficult to drive either.
A900X is perhaps the top 3 best closed back headphone under $200 in my opinion. However, I don't listen to them that much anymore due to the comfort problem. Some might not have a problem with comfort. You should try them out and see for yourself. If you don't have any comfort issues and you don't mind some sound leakage at work, then A900X might be perfect for your needs.
By the way, you might want to take a look at Sennheiser Momentum over ear. They're currently on sale right now for $145. They also have small opening on the ear pads though, so many find that their ears get sore and hot, just like A900X. At least the Momentum comes with real leather ear pads and are oval-shaped.
Edited by Click - 12/13/14 at 1:58pm