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I just got AD900x and so far I am a fan. I realized there is not a ton of info about them on head-fi. Before I purchased them, I was looking for a fan appreciation thread for these headphones and could not find one. So here we go.

 

I will post more about my impressions of the AD900x in the near future. In the mean time, share your opinions and what you like (or don't like) about this great headphone.

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Bamp.

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I've had the AD900x's for a quite some time and I have really been enjoying them myself.  I don't have much to compare them to as the only other headphones I have are the Sony XB500's, Grado SR80i's and only had a brief audition of the Beyerdynamic DT880's (250 Ohm).  With that said, I prefer the AD900x's to those sets overall.  (Although I feel that both the Grado's and the Beyer's excel in certain areas when compared with the Audio Technica's)

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Originally Posted by papabear31289 View Post

I've had the AD900x's for a quite some time and I have really been enjoying them myself.  I don't have much to compare them to as the only other headphones I have are the Sony XB500's, Grado SR80i's and only had a brief audition of the Beyerdynamic DT880's (250 Ohm).  With that said, I prefer the AD900x's to those sets overall.  (Although I feel that both the Grado's and the Beyer's excel in certain areas when compared with the Audio Technica's)

 

Yeah, I agree.  I really appreciate the the amount of detail the AD900x provide.  I did a comparison with a couple other headphone (Ultrasone Pro900 and Superlux HD668b) and I could really hear so much more detail. 

 

I actually did a comparison while watching a the movie Brave. While listening to the same scene over and over, I was very obvious that the AD900x beat out both those headphones in almost every way.

 

I was very impressed with the bass in comparison to the PRO900 as it had a similar impact and you could feel the bass, but it made the PRO900 seemed bloated (which is known in the community as having clean bass) 

 

Of course the mids and highs are great, but I was not expecting to hear the amount of detail in the movies environment.  It made the background environment come to life and brought the details out that were absent / faint from the other headphones.  It did this without distracting from the dialog. 

 

I also just like something that about the Audio Techinca sound signature.  It is so clean and airy and i guess refreshing in a way.  the AD900x seems to do many thing right.  The bass is impressive in my opinion, and in some cases I could "feel" the punch of bass more so than the Pro 900.  Very clean and punchy bass.

 

I am still getting to know the headphone, and I am mainly using it for movies and games and it has been great so far.  I was impressed as well with the short time I used them to listen to music as well.  I have not had a lot of time to use them, but I have let them burn in since I have been busy lately.  But I was impressed in the sound even straight out of the box (compared to the Pro900 straight out of the box)

 

Great headphone so far and I like them better than the AKG Q701 from what I can remember about them.

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Originally Posted by Povell42 View Post

 

Yeah, I agree.  I really appreciate the the amount of detail the AD900x provide.  I did a comparison with a couple other headphone (Ultrasone Pro900 and Superlux HD668b) and I could really hear so much more detail. 

 

I actually did a comparison while watching a the movie Brave. While listening to the same scene over and over, I was very obvious that the AD900x beat out both those headphones in almost every way.

 

I was very impressed with the bass in comparison to the PRO900 as it had a similar impact and you could feel the bass, but it made the PRO900 seemed bloated (which is known in the community as having clean bass) 

 

Of course the mids and highs are great, but I was not expecting to hear the amount of detail in the movies environment.  It made the background environment come to life and brought the details out that were absent / faint from the other headphones.  It did this without distracting from the dialog. 

 

I also just like something that about the Audio Techinca sound signature.  It is so clean and airy and i guess refreshing in a way.  the AD900x seems to do many thing right.  The bass is impressive in my opinion, and in some cases I could "feel" the punch of bass more so than the Pro 900.  Very clean and punchy bass.

 

I am still getting to know the headphone, and I am mainly using it for movies and games and it has been great so far.  I was impressed as well with the short time I used them to listen to music as well.  I have not had a lot of time to use them, but I have let them burn in since I have been busy lately.  But I was impressed in the sound even straight out of the box (compared to the Pro900 straight out of the box)

 

Great headphone so far and I like them better than the AKG Q701 from what I can remember about them.

 

Although I haven't heard the Pro 900, I do agree that the bass on the AD900x is very acceptable.  At times I wish there was a little more bass impact though.  Its interesting that you said you like them more so than the AKG Q701 as that is another headphone that I was curious about.  It seems that you no longer own them, but I was wondering if you could elaborate more on how they compare with the AD900x (taken with a grain of salt as you would compare based on memory).  I am still learning about my preferences, but I think my ideal headphone would have a better imaging capability than the AD900x's and also a more intimate soundstage.  (The AD900x has the ability to let you feel like you are in a large auditorium, but I think my preferences have changed, and I would prefer to be "in the room" with the artist/band.  I would NOT however, want it to sound like they are in my head)

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Although I haven't heard the Pro 900, I do agree that the bass on the AD900x is very acceptable.  At times I wish there was a little more bass impact though.  Its interesting that you said you like them more so than the AKG Q701 as that is another headphone that I was curious about.  It seems that you no longer own them, but I was wondering if you could elaborate more on how they compare with the AD900x (taken with a grain of salt as you would compare based on memory).  I am still learning about my preferences, but I think my ideal headphone would have a better imaging capability than the AD900x's and also a more intimate soundstage.  (The AD900x has the ability to let you feel like you are in a large auditorium, but I think my preferences have changed, and I would prefer to be "in the room" with the artist/band.  I would NOT however, want it to sound like they are in my head)

 

So, from my memory, the Q701 had less of a bass impact and slightly more balanced. It was so neutral to me that it was kinda dull and boring. They are Great monitoring headphones, but I wanted something that had a little more fun.  The Ad900x has that factor with its sparkly sound signature. 

 

I would agree that the sound stage and imaging of the AD900x is not as good as the AD700.  I am a little disappointed with that aspect of the AD900x.  I have found while playing an FPS game, the AD900x is not the best at discerning a direction of a sound.  It is too echoy and makes it hard to tell where the sound came from.  IT has a BIG sound stage - just not the most accurate for imaging.


Edited by Povell42 - 4/19/13 at 6:40pm
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So, from my memory, the Q701 had less of a bass impact and slightly more balanced. It was so neutral to me that it was kinda dull and boring. They are Great monitoring headphones, but I wanted something that had a little more fun.  The Ad900x has that factor with its sparkly sound signature. 

 

I would agree that the sound stage and imaging of the AD900x is not as good as the AD700.  I am a little disappointed with that aspect of the AD900x.  I have found while playing an FPS game, the AD900x is not the best at discerning a direction of a sound.  It is too echoy and makes it hard to tell where the sound came from.  IT has a BIG sound stage - just not the most accurate for imaging.

Thanks a lot for the info! And I do agree with your "echoy" statement, pretty much my impression as well.  However, with all that said, I am still loving them! Anybody else have impressions to share?

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On my audiogd amp, in single ended mode,

the Q701 has a more refined/denser sound quality vs the ad900x.

the ad900x sounded slightly more perforated/tin can-ny. 

Pardon my description :P

 

In terms of soundstage, the Q701 sits further back from the orchestra,

the ad900x puts me into the orchestra. i much prefer listening to classicals on the Q701.

For vocals, the ad900x is more intimate..up closer to the singer.

 

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The pro900, is a much tweaked can..when suitably amped, has well controlled thumping bass.

Anyway its a closed can, and i try not to pit these two together in my own terms of reference. thats me :P

 

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I really don't understand why the Audio Technica A and AD series aren't suggested more often. I found them better than all the German cans that are continually recommended. Even better than the overrated HD650s. I think people are just scared to incur the wrath of those with high post counts. They are some of the better headphones out there, especially considering the low price.

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I've had my ad900x a few days now and wow, I love the huge sound stage, the endless sparkly treble, the beautiful mids and dat bass, oh my what an improvement over the old ad900! Its as good or better quality, with just a little more quantity. Super fun can so far, and one of my favorites!
 

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Anyone compare the AD900X to the A900X?

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Originally Posted by Povell42 View Post

 I realized there is not a ton of info about them on head-fi.

 

Ahh, yes there is:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/631998/audio-technica-updates-their-open-headphones-ad-series-ad2000x-ad1000x-ad900x-ad700x-and-ad500x

 

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I am really interested in the AD900x however what worries me a bit is how light the bass is. From the reviews and descriptions of them I get the impression that there isn't much bass with them.

 

Can anyone give me a impression of how something like this

 

 

would sound with the ad900x?

 

I am really close to making up my mind and buying these, I just need that little extra push to put my money into it smile.gif.

 

Thanks!

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I am really interested in the AD900x however what worries me a bit is how light the bass is. From the reviews and descriptions of them I get the impression that there isn't much bass with them.

 

Can anyone give me a impression of how something like this

 

 

would sound with the ad900x?

 

I am really close to making up my mind and buying these, I just need that little extra push to put my money into it smile.gif.

 

Thanks!

got the 900x on my head right now... this sounds good. They aren't as bass light as the old 900, these will be fine

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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

got the 900x on my head right now... this sounds good. They aren't as bass light as the old 900, these will be fine

 

+1.  I had the AD900, and their bass was barely acceptable to me (while the AD700 weren't acceptable at all), but the AD900's have a fair amount more low end.  But not overdone at all.  Just right.

 

Fwiw, over the last few days I've been listening to early ZZ Top, the original mixes, and those with the redone drums, and both sound fine as far as the bass goes.


Edited by Kevin Brown - 7/8/13 at 3:12pm
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