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post #451 of 1276
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

Just a heads up -

 

Don't remove the resistor network, or else your MA900s won't work with the new Schiit Vali amp.

 

Of course, that may not be a problem for you if you never want to use that amp (or other higher output impedance amp).

 

Why didn't they include this as like an adapter or something instead of in the cup. Could have been pretty useful. Hrm... gives me an idea.

post #452 of 1276
The ma900 is not bright.... Its warm and smooth overall with a very linear curve. Very. Most of its sound starts at 50hz, and from there is a gentle slope downwards, being mostly a straight line. I didnt even have to see the goldenear curve to see how linear it was. The graph just confirmed what I heard.

The treble only manages to match the midrange in a few areas, never more. It's overall on the softer side, like an HD650.

Unless you have a bright setup, neutral to warm chains will keep the ma900 on the warm/smooth side.

Otherwise, it doesn't need amping much. Its more a tonality preference, not an amping requirement.

I like it off the E17 more than my Compass 2, because my compass 2 was very, very neutral (Sabre dac). The e17 was warmer and not as fast, which I liked more. Also preferred it over the E12 which is also not as warm, and faster.

All comes down to what kind of tone you want, but the MA900 is warm to begin with.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/16/13 at 7:39pm
post #453 of 1276

I've always found it remarkable how similar the MA900 sounds to the HD650, though the HD650 does seem to have more authority and heft to the lower frequencies. (A preference thing). Considering the price and comfort of the MA900 I think it's an incredibly favourable comparison.

post #454 of 1276
Yeah, the 650 is a thicker, fuller bodied, and more intimate headphone. The MA900 shares mostly tonality/warmth in common, but it's a *lot* more airy/spacious in it's soundstage, less intimate (like the K702 Anniversary). The 650 scales up more, and sounds more organic/natural/more bassy, but never as open. All three are decidely warm/soft sounding.
post #455 of 1276

The Sony a great choice for those looking at the 650 but need to operate on a tighter budget. And of course if the person looking is a gamer the Sony becomes even more compelling. 

 

I have my dual exit recabled ma900 due in today or tomorrow. Man, I've missed them!!

post #456 of 1276
I'm.... hurting for mine...
post #457 of 1276
Maybe bright isn't the right word, but it does have some slight upper midrange and treble grain, that comes off as brightness to me, moreso than actual brightness. It doesn't have much grain but enough to bother me a bit at times. I can handle bright headphones if they are smooth sounding such as the DT 990, just have to EQ the treble spike down a tad. I guess my goal is to find a headphone with basically no grain in the treble and upper midrange or get a system that eliminates the grain a little more.
post #458 of 1276
LCD2...
post #459 of 1276
Stax 2170, very elegance and smooth treble response biggrin.gif
Edited by RedBull - 10/17/13 at 8:44am
post #460 of 1276
That's what I get the feeling I should get, I loved the LCD-2 and LCD-3 when I heard them, I guess they will be my end-game headphones, they had no grain in their sound. The only dynamic headphones I heard without any grain once so ever were the R10, but it's not really a viable option and it will have to be the bass heavy as the bass light was bass lean and didn't have enough bass impact for me. The problem with the electrostats I heard was that there wasn't quite enough bass impact for me.
Edited by kman1211 - 10/17/13 at 9:04am
post #461 of 1276
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That's what I get the feeling I should get, I loved the LCD-2 and LCD-3 when I heard them, I guess they will be my end-game headphones, they had no grain in their sound. The only dynamic headphones I heard without any grain once so ever were the R10, but it's not really a viable option and it will have to be the bass heavy as the bass light was bass lean and didn't have enough bass impact for me. The problem with the electrostats I heard was that there wasn't quite enough bass impact for me.


Mad Dog 3.2 - grain-free and black background.  Supposedly similar to the LCD-2 but a lot less money...

post #462 of 1276
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post

That's what I get the feeling I should get, I loved the LCD-2 and LCD-3 when I heard them, I guess they will be my end-game headphones, they had no grain in their sound. The only dynamic headphones I heard without any grain once so ever were the R10, but it's not really a viable option and it will have to be the bass heavy as the bass light was bass lean and didn't have enough bass impact for me. The problem with the electrostats I heard was that there wasn't quite enough bass impact for me.

Have you heard 2170? if you do some reading, that one have quite some bass impact. On jazz musics, the kick on the drums and double bass is comparable than lcd2 driven by lehmann bcl, imo.
Sorry for ot.
post #463 of 1276
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Have you heard 2170? if you do some reading, that one have quite some bass impact. On jazz musics, the kick on the drums and double bass is comparable than lcd2 driven by lehmann bcl, imo.
Sorry for ot.


No I haven't heard them, I will take them into consideration when I have the funds to afford a high-end headphone. I would love an electrostat with good bass impact. Would you call the 2170 a euphonic headphone?

post #464 of 1276
No, 2170 is not euphonic, I'd say it's more neutral than lcd2. It's not as bass light as other lambda I know, I am quite surprised on how much bass it can produced with the amp it is coming with.
post #465 of 1276
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

No, 2170 is not euphonic, I'd say it's more neutral than lcd2. It's not as bass light as other lambda I know, I am quite surprised on how much bass it can produced with the amp it is coming with.

I see. I just have to listen to them some time and see if they engage me of not, it's hard to tell what's euphonic or not to me sometimes. I personally like my headphones to be euphonic. I don't mind slight coloration added to enhance musicality. What I care most about audio is getting absorbed into the music almost feeling like I'm there, headphones that aren't euphonic, I have trouble listening to them without getting bored, it's one of the biggest reasons I'm not a fan of analytical headphones as a whole, there are some I find enjoyable but overall I don't like them.
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