Originally Posted by 96rubberduckys
would love some comparisons with the HD600 (hint hint)
First off, this isn't the easiest comparison since I have no way of volume matching and the HD600 requires a good bit more power than the MA900. Also, was done at work, so not the ideal listening environment (but it is where I'll be listening to these, so eh...)
So far comfort's about a tie, mainly because I'm used to wearing the HD600s for hours and the MA900 is...different. Fortunately, the (light) contact with my ears doesn't bother me, but it does make my ears feel a little warm.
Soundstage and Imaging
The MA900 is both wider and deeper, although it seems a bit more diffused since everything seems a bit more spread out. Depending on the type of music this is either really neat (as I notice interesting new positional information) or slightly detrimental compared to HD600's relatively smaller but very precise staging.
First off, my bass reference is the LCD-2s (which I no longer have), and compared to those these both have some amount of rolloff. Overall, both have very similar bass, but I'd give the edge to the HD600. The MA900 is a little bit more rolled off and a little more one-note (unless you turn it up a good bit, but the same can be said for the HD600), but it isn't a big difference. Still, for bass-heavy music without a big focus on soundstage I'd lean towards the HD600 if these two were my only choices.
Too close to call, timbre and tone on both are excellent. Due to the treble differences voices can seem slightly artificial on the MA900s compared to the HD600s though.
While I'm no treble head, it seemed pretty obvious to me that the HD600 has both more and better treble. For me, though, it's not so much the quantity as much as the quality, and the MA900 just lacks a bit here, as percussion just fits a bit better in songs with the HD600. It's not a huge thing, but it is one of the more noticeable differences between them.
These are definitely both staying, but they're two fun surprisingly similar sounds. The HD600 sounds technically better to me in a few areas, but the MA900 soundstage is also quite fun. Definitely glad I got a pair before they became impossible to find.
Edited by Defiant00 - 3/14/14 at 8:29am