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Audio Technica ATH-A900X vs MrSpeakers Mad Dogs

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I'm going to be getting some money soon. So I'm thinking I oughta buy expensive headphones, then be horrified at how much money I spent. I listen to mostly rock (although a good bit of the prog I listen to almost sounds classical), with some ABBA and Rick Astley thrown in there. My favorite bands would have to be King Crimson, Rush, and Pink Floyd. I own (or owned) Grado sr225i's, which I love, ATH M50s, that had recessed mids that bugged me, SE215s, that I also enjoy, and Creative Aurvana Live!, which I seem to always use when I'm on the go.

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I can't make comparisons because I haven't owned the a900x. But I can say that the MD would fit the bill for your musical preferences. Honestly, the MD competes with hp's like the he500 and lcd2 and is one of the best bargains in the game. Highly recommended. 

 

If you have specific questions, feel free to pm me. 

 

Matt

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Thanks, Matt. Oh, and bump.

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I'm going to be getting some money soon. So I'm thinking I oughta buy expensive headphones, then be horrified at how much money I spent. I listen to mostly rock (although a good bit of the prog I listen to almost sounds classical), with some ABBA and Rick Astley thrown in there. My favorite bands would have to be King Crimson, Rush, and Pink Floyd. I own (or owned) Grado sr225i's, which I love, ATH M50s, that had recessed mids that bugged me, SE215s, that I also enjoy, and Creative Aurvana Live!, which I seem to always use when I'm on the go.

 Funny I listen to a lot of progressive rock which I grew up listening to also along with other varieties of music. I listen to Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Camel, Emerson Lake and Palmer along with many others. I just got the ATH-A900X headphone from Buydig on their refurbished deal and they arrived looking brand new for $125 after using a coupon. To be honest I was not sure I would like a closed can when I ordered them. Now when I use them I do not miss the open cans. They have great bass, great mids and a nice nonsibilant treble. They are very detailed and reveal textures on bass plus separate well. They also have a good soundstage for an enclosed can and great spatial characteristics with the right recordings. Music from the HD tracks Website sound great on them. That being said all the Mad Dog reviews place them in a higher level than these though I have never heard them.

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I'm going to be getting some money soon. So I'm thinking I oughta buy expensive headphones, then be horrified at how much money I spent. I listen to mostly rock (although a good bit of the prog I listen to almost sounds classical), with some ABBA and Rick Astley thrown in there. My favorite bands would have to be King Crimson, Rush, and Pink Floyd. I own (or owned) Grado sr225i's, which I love, ATH M50s, that had recessed mids that bugged me, SE215s, that I also enjoy, and Creative Aurvana Live!, which I seem to always use when I'm on the go.

 

Heya,

 

If you want clarity, and neutrality, and comfort, get the Mad Dog.

 

If you want it to be warmer, a little more mid-bass hump, less expensive, less comfortable, then go A900X.

 

Very best,

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@ Headphile32

I'm just a kiddie, so I suppose I'm growing up with progressive as you did. Thanks for your input. If I were to find A900X's at the price you bought them at, I'd jump at the opprotunity. However, at the moment it is about 220 on amazon. 80 dollars doesn't seem to be too large of a gap.

@MalVeauX

You're the first one to post that kind of compared them. Thanks for that. I believe I'll go with the Mad Dogs when I scrounge up the cash.

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I'd just like to say I agree with MalVeauX.

 

A900X has a more closed-in sound than Mad Dogs. For a closed can, Mad Dogs does have a more spacious sound that's more clearly separated than A900X.

 

I heard both recently (2 weeks ago), and that was what I got from the audition. Mad Dogs also scales up better when you have better amp/source.

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