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post #196 of 315
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Originally Posted by thatsmyburger View Post

Hey cool I'll give those a try the only thing for me is that I kind of don't want to spend more money on amp/dac if I can get cans with low impedance and perform...roughly as well. I've heard lots of great things about the q701 and dt880, but what drives me more towards the ad900x is the low impedance I would consider getting amp/dac further down the line. But if you say that superluxes are considered bright, doesn't that put me into grado territory? I've heard the sr60i and wasn't impressed do you think coming from superlux's I would like anything from their line?

Well I'm not sure about Grado's, it's not a brand I know well. I do believe the DT 880(maybe the DT 990 as well) to be the best choice for you, especially if you like brighter headphones, they also come in various impedance ratings. Lower impedance doesn't necessarily mean easier to drive, AKGs are a good example of this. I wish I could tell you about the AD900X but it's not a headphone I have tried, so anything I say about it right now will be guesswork.

post #197 of 315
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Originally Posted by thatsmyburger View Post

Hey cool I'll give those a try the only thing for me is that I kind of don't want to spend more money on amp/dac if I can get cans with low impedance and perform...roughly as well. I've heard lots of great things about the q701 and dt880, but what drives me more towards the ad900x is the low impedance I would consider getting amp/dac further down the line. But if you say that superluxes are considered bright, doesn't that put me into grado territory? I've heard the sr60i and wasn't impressed do you think coming from superlux's I would like anything from their line?

 

Well, I've got the AD1000X and a DT880 at the moment. I can tell you that in terms of bright sound, while the AD series is bright the DT880 kicks it up another notch - too much for my ears, though I'm looking into how the vinyl earpads will change the sound.

 

The low impedance thing is definitely a big plus and why I started with Audio Technica's and Sonys, but you can get some decent powerful amps for not much now anyway :3

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Edited by Yazen - 7/28/13 at 11:02pm
post #199 of 315

My AD900x finally came!! beyersmile.png

 

Ive been listening to them for about 5 hours now, so far I am loving them!

 

Straight from the box I noticed that the bass was not very impactful, however the bass is deep and I don't find them bass lacking.

 

 

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I get the sense, particularly in faster passages, that the sound is only artificially spacious - it’s slightly smeared across a wide space with a lack of articulation in instrument placement and definition.

 

^I think I know what you mean and I agree, some of the faster tracks sound a little bit muddy and blended together. I can't agree more with what you said about listening to the Passion Pits song with the AD900x after hearing it myself.

 

The highs really do shine as others have said, female vocals are also amazing.

 

Listening to Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence and Scarborough Fair with the AD900x is amazing, I feel totally immersed, the instruments in the background sound magical along with the harmonizing voices.

 

They are also light and comfy,  I'm super happy I got these!


Edited by Dcety - 7/22/13 at 8:50pm
post #200 of 315
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Something I noticed while browsing through Kakaku...

 

The AD900X and AD1000X have both recently seen massive sudden price jumps.

 

The AD900X has jumped to 15,000 Yen

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428776/pricehistory/

 

The AD1000X has jumped to 35,000 Yen

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428775/pricehistory/

 

The price jumps do not seem to reflect natural changes in supply and demand because they are sudden hikes that have a 'floor' price with no organic movement.

 

For reference the AD2000X has not jumped in price:

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428774/pricehistory/

 

I am guessing that Audio Technica is setting new minimum prices for their dealers - possibly because they were far too low, or maybe because they are now aware of international customers purchasing these headphones with mail forwarding services?

 

These new prices make the MA900 an easier recommendation...

post #201 of 315
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Edited by waynes world - 7/24/13 at 11:33pm
post #202 of 315
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

Something I noticed while browsing through Kakaku...

 

The AD900X and AD1000X have both recently seen massive sudden price jumps.

 

The AD900X has jumped to 15,000 Yen

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428776/pricehistory/

 

The AD1000X has jumped to 35,000 Yen

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428775/pricehistory/

 

The price jumps do not seem to reflect natural changes in supply and demand because they are sudden hikes that have a 'floor' price with no organic movement.

 

For reference the AD2000X has not jumped in price:

http://kakaku.com/item/K0000428774/pricehistory/

 

I am guessing that Audio Technica is setting new minimum prices for their dealers - possibly because they were far too low, or maybe because they are now aware of international customers purchasing these headphones with mail forwarding services?

 

These new prices make the MA900 an easier recommendation...

Yeah, I was thinking about the AD1000X until I saw the price on camelcamelcamel.com

I have my deal alerts on, and my fingers crossed!

post #203 of 315

If I were to buy both, it would cost me around $500.

At this price range, any recommendations?


Would like the mids of the ad1000x, and at the same time would like the genre capacity of the ma900... 

The ad900x ended up as a fotm, and I'm tired of flavors!  They cost too much money biggrin.gif

post #204 of 315
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I think if you wanted two compliments, consider the MA900 and the Beyerdynamic DT880 :3 One is laid back, the other is aggressive - even more of a contrast from the MA900 vs AD1000X... both very comfortable and well priced :)

post #205 of 315
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

I think if you wanted two compliments, consider the MA900 and the Beyerdynamic DT880 :3 One is laid back, the other is aggressive - even more of a contrast from the MA900 vs AD1000X... both very comfortable and well priced :)

I had the DT990, which I did enjoy after finding a complimenting source.  Treble was always a mixed bag for me, and imo the mids never seemed to be engaging.

I love their tonality with 70s/80s Rock, they seemed to fit perfectly here.

 

I can buy the MA900 for less than I had previously, which is certainly a positive.  But I don't know..  I wish Sony would make a MA900 with better build materials, Beyerdynamic pads, and the AT mids.

post #206 of 315
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post

If I were to buy both, it would cost me around $500.

At this price range, any recommendations?


Would like the mids of the ad1000x, and at the same time would like the genre capacity of the ma900... 

The ad900x ended up as a fotm, and I'm tired of flavors!  They cost too much money biggrin.gif

 

The Ad900x a FOTM? I didn't think that many people ended up with them. I'm still on the lookout for them. 

post #207 of 315
I couldn't settle with the ad900x. I think the ad1000x might suit me better.

Still, wish I knew if I would like the hd600 more or not..

sigh
post #208 of 315
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Originally Posted by Yazen View Post

I couldn't settle with the ad900x. I think the ad1000x might suit me better.

Still, wish I knew if I would like the hd600 more or not..

sigh

 

The MA900 is much closer to the HD600 than the AD1000X is...

post #209 of 315
Ma900 sounded better to me than the HD600...
I was in that boat of wanting to own a HD600 till I herd them at last NY headphone meet.
They are distinguished but outdated and not as impressive sounding as most other popular open cans.
Also think the Ma900 was better than the akg q701 in mids but not in soundstage.
Still think the Beyer T90 was my best sounding open can to date BUT..
I only trust Audio Technica at this point for perfect mids..
post #210 of 315
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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post

Ma900 sounded better to me than the HD600...
I was in that boat of wanting to own a HD600 till I herd them at last NY headphone meet.
They are distinguished but outdated and not as impressive sounding as most other popular open cans.
Also think the Ma900 was better than the akg q701 in mids but not in soundstage.
Still think the Beyer T90 was my best sounding open can to date BUT..
I only trust Audio Technica at this point for perfect mids..

That is good to know.  At this point the Q701 and HD600 are off the list!  The T90 seems a bit too much, as I just purchased a measly Aune T1.

MA900, DT880, AD1000x, and HE-400 

 

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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

 

The MA900 is much closer to the HD600 than the AD1000X is...

I don't know..  If I had to choose between the MA900, AD1000x, DT880, and HE-400, which headphones have emotional mids and good instrument tonality?  The AD900x had an unnatural tone at times, the DT880 does not have the mids I am looking for, and the MA900 would sometimes lack energy.  None of them sounded bad, but I really want a perfect match, so my next headphone will last me at least a year.  biggrin.gif

 

In the end the MA900 would lack the amount of energy I wanted, and the AD900x would have too much energy to the point of fatigue.  If the HE-400 isn't all hype, could it be a technically superior MA900?  I don't want my sadder orchestra music to sound brightful and cheery like it occasionally would be with the AD900x.


Edited by Yazen - 7/29/13 at 9:46am
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