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post #631 of 2243
Exactly. The q701 suffers from this. The focal spirit one for example is extremely intimate.
post #632 of 2243
The mids on the MA900 can be quite intimate.
post #633 of 2243

I'm torn on a decision here, MA900 or HD 598. Whichever one I get will be mainly used gaming, I plan on buying a Xonar DG with the cans so I can use 5.1. I'd really like some opinions, depending how bias they are.

post #634 of 2243
To me, there is no comparison. I owned both, and I'd choose the MA900 ever single time. The HD598 was a bit too strong in the upper mids, and not as balanced and musical.
post #635 of 2243
Finally, I just got mine today. Did it mentioned here how long do we need to burn this large driver?
post #636 of 2243

I believe that this hp will benefit a bit from some cook time. I like to burn in dynamic driver hp, but not so necessary with planar magnetic. Honestly, they sound pretty good out of the box though. 

post #637 of 2243
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

To me, there is no comparison. I owned both, and I'd choose the MA900 ever single time. The HD598 was a bit too strong in the upper mids, and not as balanced and musical.

for gaming though, say hearing footsteps in counter strike?

post #638 of 2243
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

I believe that this hp will benefit a bit from some cook time. I like to burn in dynamic driver hp, but not so necessary with planar magnetic. Honestly, they sound pretty good out of the box though. 


I agree with that, except that my reaction was that they sound much better after an hour or two of use (or burn-in).

 

I am currently over 100 hours of burn-in, in fact, which should be more than enough. :D

post #639 of 2243

I noticed that these get louder with more burn-in. Might just be my imagination though. 

post #640 of 2243

Spent half of the day on this thread, now my MA900 order has just been sent! ;)

post #641 of 2243
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Originally Posted by skepticist View Post
 

for gaming though, say hearing footsteps in counter strike?

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-9-2-2013-sony-ma900-added

post #642 of 2243

Need a quick recommendation.

 

What should I pair with these now I have them, as I need to get away from my motherboards sound/drivers. I will be using the headphones mainly for gaming, with alot of music thrown in ofcourse!

 

The USB amp, the Fiio E10

http://www.amazon.com/Fiio-E10-USB-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B005VO7LG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382922817&sr=8-1&keywords=e10

 

Or

 

Creative soundblaster Z sbx - sound card

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Beamforming-Microphone-SB1500/dp/B009ISU33E/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1382922611&sr=8-16&keywords=asus+xonar

post #643 of 2243

Either one will do, but I'd choose the E10 because it's more universal. You can't be throwing a sound card in multiple computers, lol.

 

You can also take a look at the E17. I have it, and it's a great little amp/dac. It has a toslink input connection, line out (if you buy the FiiO L7 adaptor), better bass/treble settings than the E10, more power, channel balance, and some other stuff. I've had mine for almost 2 years, and it's been a great unit to work with. It's really the jack of all trades (master of none) amp/dac unit. If you're worried about the cost, the functionality will pay for itself in the future (if you can see yourself using the features in the future), and they should go very well with the MA900s because it has a very low output impedance on the jack (something like 0.2ohms). So, if you ever do the resistor mod, you'll benefit from it when using the E17 (The E10 also has a low output impedance, not sure on the sound card). 

 

But yeah, if I had to choose between the E10 and the sound card, it would be the E10. Imo, the main reason to get a sound card is for the virtual audio effects, and the one that's on Creative cards isn't all that good. I actually have Creative's soundcore3d on my motherboard (Asrock X79 Champion), and my E17 walks all over it. I just uninstalled the sound drivers suite and put in the basic drivers for the chip. 


Edited by Trae - 10/27/13 at 6:56pm
post #644 of 2243

BTW, thanks to MattTCG and MadLustEnvy for their reviews of the MA900 that convinced me to make the purchase.

post #645 of 2243

And many thanks to MLE for putting his personal set on tour. If I hadn't heard them I probably would have passed. 

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