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post #1741 of 1755
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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post

Oh dear, sorry for your experience there!

I think it may be bad synergy but I kept listening to it at different times with different tubes and my ears were getting sharp pains especially on vocals which sounded oddly brash to me. I'm thinking the mids are too forward on the Lyr 2 and/or my DAC for the headphone.
Edited by kman1211 - 1/9/15 at 7:48pm
post #1742 of 1755

My 601's have been in the repair shop for about a month now and I've been using the 900's exclusively since.

I've come to love the 900's with my Little Dot III tube amp.

My impression of these cans are they're unforgiving...if the recording is great...that's what you'll get.

If the recordings suck...

 

It will be interesting to hear my AKG's once they get back.

post #1743 of 1755
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Originally Posted by Koukol View Post
 

My 601's have been in the repair shop for about a month now and I've been using the 900's exclusively since.

I've come to love the 900's with my Little Dot III tube amp.

My impression of these cans are they're unforgiving...if the recording is great...that's what you'll get.

If the recordings suck...

 

It will be interesting to hear my AKG's once they get back.

I'd be interested to hear your impressions too!

post #1744 of 1755

I'm now selling my MDR MA900s on ebay uk since I have bought the Philips Fidelio X1s.  The bass is much more prominent on the Philips as well as having the same clarity and speed of the Sonys, with perhaps slightly less soundstage width.  Treble is more extended as well with slightly less prominent midrange.  The X1s are better constructed although heavier.

post #1745 of 1755

I find the bass perfect on the 900's unlike my 601's that need a little boosting at times.

post #1746 of 1755

Once you get used to the 900s the bass sounds balanced with everything else, it is polite in quantity.  It's only when you change to another headphone like the X1 that you notice the difference.  I guess it's the same with quality, you can be content with your headphones until you upgrade.

post #1747 of 1755
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Originally Posted by Star2806 View Post
 

Once you get used to the 900s the bass sounds balanced with everything else, it is polite in quantity.  It's only when you change to another headphone like the X1 that you notice the difference.  I guess it's the same with quality, you can be content with your headphones until you upgrade.


  Owns ma900  Stageus maximus

Owns SZ2k  BASSUS SUPREMUS

 

I found the X1 to to nothing outstanding so I passed.

Enjoy:beerchug:

post #1748 of 1755

I got my AKG 601's back the other day and I gotta say the 900's are the more balanced HP.

They're easier to push making them better for a DAP.

 

However, as the 601's are harder to push they distort less (especially with amplification) .but the bass is clearly lacking which is why AKG improved them with the 612's.

The 601's also have a slight boost in the upper mid range which can enhance or ruin a track.

So both are great headphones and can outperform each other with different tracks even off the same album.

post #1749 of 1755

amigomatt, I own the same combo (MA900 + HRT microStreamer), very happy with it on my iMac using Amarra and Audirvana players. You've mentioned plugging a dedicated Arcam amp between them. May I ask if the sound had improved further, and in what way? Thanks in advance!

post #1750 of 1755
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amigomatt, I own the same combo (MA900 + HRT microStreamer), very happy with it on my iMac using Amarra and Audirvana players. You've mentioned plugging a dedicated Arcam amp between them. May I ask if the sound had improved further, and in what way? Thanks in advance!

Again, like is my PM to you, I have only really used my Arcam and other powerful amps with my harder to drive headphones.  I run my HE560 from the speaker outputs of this amp, as it's the only source powerful enough!  I will try the Arcam to and get back to you.

post #1751 of 1755
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Originally Posted by mgunin View Post
 

amigomatt, I own the same combo (MA900 + HRT microStreamer), very happy with it on my iMac using Amarra and Audirvana players. You've mentioned plugging a dedicated Arcam amp between them. May I ask if the sound had improved further, and in what way? Thanks in advance!

Again, like is my PM to you, I have only really used my Arcam and other powerful amps with my harder to drive headphones.  I run my HE560 from the speaker outputs of this amp, as it's the only source powerful enough!  I will try the Arcam to and get back to you.

Actually, doh, I don't have my Arcam with me at the moment, that'll have to wait but I'll try the Cayin C5.

post #1752 of 1755
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Originally Posted by amigomatt View Post

Oh dear, sorry for your experience there!

I think it may be bad synergy but I kept listening to it at different times with different tubes and my ears were getting sharp pains especially on vocals which sounded oddly brash to me. I'm thinking the mids are too forward on the Lyr 2 and/or my DAC for the headphone.

 

I think so.  I know it is hard to generalize, but I like mine better with Matrix Mini and Geek Pulse (SS) than with Shanling PH300 (tubes).  And I am typically a tube lover. :-)

post #1753 of 1755
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I think so.  I know it is hard to generalize, but I like mine better with Matrix Mini and Geek Pulse (SS) than with Shanling PH300 (tubes).  And I am typically a tube lover. :-)

I'll have to try them on a higher end SS amp sometime. I'm a tube lover too. Do you find them grainy and brash and lacking in bass on the tube amp? That's pretty much how they sounded on my amp, which is strange because my system is very heavy and powerful in the bass and very smooth on all my other headphones. 


Edited by kman1211 - 1/22/15 at 6:00pm
post #1754 of 1755
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I think so.  I know it is hard to generalize, but I like mine better with Matrix Mini and Geek Pulse (SS) than with Shanling PH300 (tubes).  And I am typically a tube lover. :-)

I'll have to try them on a higher end SS amp sometime. I'm a tube lover too. Do you find them grainy and brash and lacking in bass on the tube amp? That's pretty much how they sounded on my amp, which is strange because my system is very heavy and powerful in the bass and very smooth on all my other headphones. 

 

Yeah, it is a bit strange.  Usually tubes have this awesome musical and almost magical take on music.  

 

But I get that on the MA900 with SS with the extra benefit of clarity and definition.  

 

I think that my Shanling PH300 + MA900 overdo it a little bit.  I think that bass is fine and I don't find it brash/grainy.  I just a little more mellow/slow than with my SSes without a gain in musicality to pay for it.

 

It is not bad at all, but in comparison I think Matrix Mini and Geek Pulse doe better with the MA900.

post #1755 of 1755

i think this headphone is REALLY REALLY good. For $150-$200 you get a frakkin good headphone if you know that vocals and midrange are the most important thing for you.

The bass is alright. The details are alright. but the vocals, oh. my. god. for $200 this is on par with some headphones i've tried.

 

i've been listening to my sr80e. and it made my sr80e redundant because they sound very similar on rendering vocals, i think sr80e is more euphonic (euphonic is very subjective so take it with a grain of salt).  While the ma-900 is more detailed, because it's more forward. You can listen to more details on the singers voice. Like their breath. (i listen to a lot of female vocals and guitars songs so your mileage may vary).

 

My ear is sensitive to peak in trebles so..... ma-900 is here to stay. i love the grado and i found it actually more comfortable than ma-900 because the headband of the grado doesn't even touch my head, just the grado S-cushion pad to my ear. But the rolled-off treble of ma-900 is less fatiguing... and i like sterile / detailed / pure sound than a musical / euphonic / vibrant sound.

 

the list of headphones i've tried (not own, but tried, shortly, like 3-4 minutes, some as long as 10 minutes), compared to ma-900 in terms of vocals alone.

 

m100 (worse)

mdr-1r mk2 (worse)

k551 (worse) 

- Some people said k551 and k550 sounds the same. Considering praises to k550, i find that hard to believe. because vocals on k551 is just average.

t70 (Better, not by much)

- YMMV. My mileage, FAR better in details, Not any better on vocals.

shure940 (better by a lot)

dt880 pro (toe-to-toe)

- YMMV. i found it equal, with my preference going to ma-900

dt880 premium (worse)

YMMV. It's supposedly sound the same with dt880 pro, but weirdly i think it's different, I might be wrong.

sr60i / sr80e (toe-to-toe)

t90 (Not any better)

- YMMV. My mileage, it's worse. i can't believe it myself.

alessandro ms1e (worse).

- YMMV. If you like warm full-bodied sound, probably better.

 

 


Edited by rovopio - 1/25/15 at 11:34am
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