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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

I am finding that the excellent imaging of the MA900s makes instruments sound very natural, because the sense of space around the instruments makes them seem more real.  So, while the "timbre" (balance of fundamental frequencies and overtones) is not quite as good as the Mad Dogs, the superior imaging makes the sense of realism on the MA900s competitive with the Mad Dogs.

 

My choice of which to use, would depend more on the difference between lightweight, cool/airy and "leaky" versus heavier, hot/warm and well isolated, rather than any audio differences.  Even though there are many audio differences, the different strengths are roughly equal.

 

In contrast, the HiFiMan HE-400 lose out in a comparison with either the Mad Dogs or the MA900s.  The imaging and soundstage on the HE-400s are nowheres as good as the MA900s, and the timbre and midrange clarity of the Mad Dogs are superior to the HE-400s.   The HE-400s are the heaviest of the three, and have no isolation whatsoever.   So, while the HE-400s are very enjoyable headphones, they lose out to the Mad Dogs and MA900s for my use, at this time.

 

I would agree with most all of this. The MD and ma900 would seem to make an excellent pair of complementary hp's on a budget. 

 

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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post
 

These really are light as all get out. I remember reading about the comfort while I was using my Q701 and thinking how much better can they be? But these are on another league comfort wise and I think the Q701 or very comfortable!

 

 

I didn't think anything could be more comfy than my hd650, until I got the ma900. 

post #572 of 2259
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Originally Posted by zowki View Post
 

I'd be happy to mod mine and let you have a comparison. I can save you from having to buy another MA900. :)

 

So, how exactly do I remove the clay stuff to do the mod? Scrape it off with a knife?

 

Oh well now, that sounds like a good idea too :3
post #573 of 2259
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I didn't think anything could be more comfy than my hd650, until I got the ma900. 
I didn't think anything could be more comfy than my DT880's, until I got the ma900.
post #574 of 2259
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post

I didn't think anything could be more comfy than my DT880's, until I got the ma900.

Yes the only headphone I have tried that comes close to the MA900 is the DT880. But the MA900 is in it's own league. Don't get me wrong, the DT880 is very comfortable and if I was on a desert island with one headphone (a strange island indeed) it wouldn't kill me to have the DT880, but the MA900 is so comfortable it literally feels comforting to me haha.
post #575 of 2259
The ma900 can be a little scratchy when moving around though. If the 1r had thicker pads id say that theyre the most comfortable but sadly they aren't.
post #576 of 2259
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post


Yes the only headphone I have tried that comes close to the MA900 is the DT880. But the MA900 is in it's own league. Don't get me wrong, the DT880 is very comfortable and if I was on a desert island with one headphone (a strange island indeed) it wouldn't kill me to have the DT880, but the MA900 is so comfortable it literally feels comforting to me haha.


The MA900 is very comfortable, they feel almost feel like nothing. I found the DT 880 very comfortable but not as comfy as the DT 990(which has more spacious ear cups due to no foam in front of the driver). I have finally found something just as comfortable as the MA900 for me at least, the AKG K612 Pro. They sound quite different than the MA900; the K612 is a thicker, warmer, and more intimate sounding headphone with even smoother treble. I can appreciate both headphones for different reasons. Although the K612 Pro is probably going to replace my beloved K240s as it's basically a better version of it.

post #577 of 2259
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post
 


The MA900 is very comfortable, they feel almost feel like nothing. I found the DT 880 very comfortable but not as comfy as the DT 990(which has more spacious ear cups due to no foam in front of the driver). I have finally found something just as comfortable as the MA900 for me at least, the AKG K612 Pro. They sound quite different than the MA900; the K612 is a thicker, warmer, and more intimate sounding headphone with even smoother treble. I can appreciate both headphones for different reasons. Although the K612 Pro is probably going to replace my beloved K240s as it's basically a better version of it.

 

Really? Not that I doubt you, I haven't heard that AKG. It's just tough to imagine thicker, warmer and smoother treble. Sounds promising to me. 

post #578 of 2259
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post


The MA900 is very comfortable, they feel almost feel like nothing. I found the DT 880 very comfortable but not as comfy as the DT 990(which has more spacious ear cups due to no foam in front of the driver). I have finally found something just as comfortable as the MA900 for me at least, the AKG K612 Pro. They sound quite different than the MA900; the K612 is a thicker, warmer, and more intimate sounding headphone with even smoother treble. I can appreciate both headphones for different reasons. Although the K612 Pro is probably going to replace my beloved K240s as it's basically a better version of it.
I was eyeing the K612 Pro's, I am quite hesitant to purchase an AKG headphone to be honest after the disappointment with the K701. In terms of overall clarity and detail, which one would you say is better? And which one odd you prefer out of the two?
post #579 of 2259
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Really? Not that I doubt you, I haven't heard that AKG. It's just tough to imagine thicker, warmer and smoother treble. Sounds promising to me. 


Yes, I found the MA900 is quite airy sounding in comparison. I think with the K612 they just get overshadowed by the K7xx series so people often overlook them, it's not worse than the K7xx series, just a different sound that focuses more on warmth.

post #580 of 2259
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post


I was eyeing the K612 Pro's, I am quite hesitant to purchase an AKG headphone to be honest after the disappointment with the K701. In terms of overall clarity and detail, which one would you say is better? And which one odd you prefer out of the two?


I personally heard the warm and lush K240 as my first AKG, I personally find warm-sounding AKGs extremely euphonic to my ears. I wasn't a fan of the K701 and other bass-lean and analytical AKGs. It's nothing like the K701 at all, the K612 doesn't has no center imaging issues at all, it has no upper midrange glare, doesn't sound thin at all. I found the bass extends very well for an open headphone, there is subbass with these. They aren't overly fickle with amps like the K7xx series is either. Compared to the MA900, I find them a better headphone overall in terms of clarity, detail, extension, and transparency. I prefer them of the two due to their greater musicality and warmth; which is my preference in audio. They are fairly demanding of amps of course though.

post #581 of 2259
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post


I personally heard the warm and lush K240 as my first AKG, I personally find warm-sounding AKGs extremely euphonic to my ears. I wasn't a fan of the K701 and other bass-lean and analytical AKGs. It's nothing like the K701 at all, the K612 doesn't has no center imaging issues at all, it has no upper midrange glare, doesn't sound thin at all. I found the bass extends very well for an open headphone, there is subbass with these. They aren't overly fickle with amps like the K7xx series is either. Compared to the MA900, I find them a better headphone overall in terms of clarity, detail, extension, and transparency. I prefer them of the two due to their greater musicality and warmth; which is my preference in audio. They are fairly demanding of amps of course though.
Good to hear that. Seems like they would strike the perfect balance between the MA900's and the dt880's. I'm quite surprised though, they go for $130-200 on Amazon and they're pretty new.

Anyway thanks for the info man. I'll look forward to the K612.
post #582 of 2259
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post


Good to hear that. Seems like they would strike the perfect balance between the MA900's and the dt880's. I'm quite surprised though, they go for $130-200 on Amazon and they're pretty new.

Anyway thanks for the info man. I'll look forward to the K612.

Yeah, it will be a different sounding headphone than either of those. They are new, I think it's yet another great bargain at $200 or below like the MA900.

post #583 of 2259
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post


The MA900 is very comfortable, they feel almost feel like nothing. I found the DT 880 very comfortable but not as comfy as the DT 990(which has more spacious ear cups due to no foam in front of the driver). I have finally found something just as comfortable as the MA900 for me at least, the AKG K612 Pro. They sound quite different than the MA900; the K612 is a thicker, warmer, and more intimate sounding headphone with even smoother treble. I can appreciate both headphones for different reasons. Although the K612 Pro is probably going to replace my beloved K240s as it's basically a better version of it.

I have owned like... 7 pairs of 990s (all impedances and Pro/Premium models) and they ALL have foam just like the 880s... the only way to physically tell them apart is the outer grill/cup. Eben a quick Google image search confirms this.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/23/13 at 1:32pm
post #584 of 2259
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


I have owned like... 7 pairs of 990s, and they ALL have foam just like the 880s...


I'm talking about the second layer of foam directly on top of the driver, not the foam that covers the whole driver under the pads. A DT 880 driver in the picture. The DT 990 does not have that patch of foam.

 

post #585 of 2259
I fail to see how that changes comfort. They felt the same. Your ears touch only the outer foam.
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