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post #121 of 2243

If I may.. when driving the MA900 with the ZxR set at 600 ohm what gain you use? 

I find pretty hard understanding this headphones.. their impedance is "regulated" at 12ohm.. and as my Sound blaster Z has the amp FIXED at 600 (only the ZxR can choose) I wonder how the MA900 will fare with it :|

post #122 of 2243
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Originally Posted by ilGaspa View Post

If I may.. when driving the MA900 with the ZxR set at 600 ohm what gain you use? 

I find pretty hard understanding this headphones.. their impedance is "regulated" at 12ohm.. and as my Sound blaster Z has the amp FIXED at 600 (only the ZxR can choose) I wonder how the MA900 will fare with it :|

 

just use the "normal gain" setting (up to 300ohm) on zxr .. you don't need much amping for ma900. it is extremely efficient, I'm currently using high gain option (64-150ohm) on my xonar phoebus.

post #123 of 2243

Wish I could :)

I have the Z, not the ZxR...

And whilst the ZxR lets you choose, the Z is stuck on 600ohm -.-'

Go figure what creative was thinking...

post #124 of 2243
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Originally Posted by ilGaspa View Post

Wish I could :)

I have the Z, not the ZxR...

And whilst the ZxR lets you choose, the Z is stuck on 600ohm -.-'

Go figure what creative was thinking...

 

that impedance setting won't matter much.. it should work perfectly fine with ma900 :)

post #125 of 2243
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


My personal problem is that it caters to the same things that X1 does for me to warrant keeping both. I do feel like I can just toss my MA900 with more abandon due to it's simpler aesthetics and black plastic finish. I'd be more wary of abusing the X1 in fears of scratching it.
 

I thought they were metal?

post #126 of 2243
Most of them is, not sure what isnt metal.
post #127 of 2243

Thanks :) I was pretty worried as.. you know, my old cresyn earbuds, who happily "volunteerd" to be the first thing connected to the SBZ, are alive by sheer luck -.-' Whilst with the old card I could keep the gain in windows at 50% with the Z I have to keep it at 5% max... practically i can't adjust volume :| And of course switching from headphone to speakers retain the gain set, so should I ever forget to lower the volume before switching from speakers to headphones the cresyn would literally explode :|

That's why I was asking how the MA900 fared in this regard, if they where "true 16ohm" or not.. if these are 16ohm for true I'll have to keep the gain at minimum for these too I fear.

post #128 of 2243
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Originally Posted by ilGaspa View Post

Thanks :) I was pretty worried as.. you know, my old cresyn earbuds, who happily "volunteerd" to be the first thing connected to the SBZ, are alive by sheer luck -.-' Whilst with the old card I could keep the gain in windows at 50% with the Z I have to keep it at 5% max... practically i can't adjust volume :| And of course switching from headphone to speakers retain the gain set, so should I ever forget to lower the volume before switching from speakers to headphones the cresyn would literally explode :|

That's why I was asking how the MA900 fared in this regard, if they where "true 16ohm" or not.. if these are 16ohm for true I'll have to keep the gain at minimum for these too I fear.

 

honestly I wouldn't advice using this on high volumes if your SB Z don't have a impedance setting controller .. always just make sure to lower your volume ..


Edited by appsmarsterx - 8/22/13 at 8:14pm
post #129 of 2243
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Originally Posted by tseliottt View Post

I thought they were metal?

Yeah, my bad. Just, it looks like black plastic. That's why I said finish. Sorry for the confusion.
post #130 of 2243
The more I use the MA900, the more I'm seeing it as the best alternative to the K702 Annies if you can't afford them. Half the price too. The Annie has more balance and a broader range in the bass, but the MA900 has added mid bass, is faster, and the soundstage is larger than even the X1.

They're both warm and smooth (MA900/Annie), both fun and all purpose/all rounders, with both having stellars mids (seriously, the MA900 has fantastic mids), and both are very comfy. The MA900 is seriously the most comfortable full sized headphone I've owned aside the Steelseries Siberia V1, and makes even the X1 seem too hot on the ears and heavy.

Is it better than the Annie? No. But it holds up very well for half the price, and can be worn for longer periods, and isn't picky with amping.

For those who want the Annie but can't afford them, I couldn't recommend anything else more than the MA900. Not even the Q701 which while being a more refined/superior headphone, doesn't come close in comfort, is picky with amping, lacks some bass for true all purpose use, and has some fatiguing upper mids at times.

If you can afford the Annie, you know that's my favorite well balanced headphone. If you can't, try the MA900 if you feel the X1 might be too bassy or don't wanna deal with the non-replaceable pads issue.

It's to the point that I'm comparing the X1 and MA900 directly, and while I do prefer the X1 (I mean that is an ideal headphone sound-wise for my preference), I find myself reaching for the MA900 90% of the time due to it's lightweight, breathable comfort, great balance, and huge soundstage.

It's really hard for me to have more than one great home headphone, because I start ignoring the others.


Again, if you own the Annie/Q701, the MA900 is redundant. You do have your trade offs in the bass between the MA900 and Q701 (the MA900 is definitely more fun), and the Q701 is a more detailed headphone, while being a lot more demanding amp-wise. The Annie and MA900 probably cater to the same things, with the Annie being superior in basically all fronts except speed, though at double the cost.

If you own the X1, it does bass and clarity better, while the MA900 does mids better. Either way, it may also be redundant to own the MA900 as the X1 is more fun, and more detailed, though not as rich in the mids, and not as comfy.

So AGAIN, I'll say get the MA900 if you can't spring for the Annie or are just curious about a great under $200 headphone with no real downsides to it.

I think even if i owned the Annies, I'd still reach for the MA900 the vast majority of the time due to the added comfort. It's a damn good headphone to have.


I was going to sell it, but now... I can't see myself without it. if I were able to afford a D7000, i would prefer selling the X1. Seriously.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 8/27/13 at 3:29am
post #131 of 2243

Can someone give me a cheap place to buy the ma900's (preferably from Amazon or eBay)? I saw someone post a deal the other day on them for $135 i think. 

post #132 of 2243
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post

Can someone give me a cheap place to buy the ma900's (preferably from Amazon or eBay)? I saw someone post a deal the other day on them for $135 i think. 


Here you go ! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-MDR-MA900-Stereo-Headphones-Full-Open-Type-/331005616312?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item4d1178e0b8

post #133 of 2243
post #134 of 2243

From what I've read the MA900 sound seem like my TDK BA200 , Interesting

post #135 of 2243
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tinphamhuu0212 View Post

From what I've read the MA900 sound seem like my TDK BA200 , Interesting


I have HD650 now any they are very similar sounding cans. normal_smile%20.gif

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