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post #646 of 2243

Argh, the ebay seller forgot to ship my headphones. I should be getting mine Wednesday (or friday).


Edited by Trae - 10/28/13 at 7:05pm
post #647 of 2243

lol. hope it's not the xterminator guy. mine got refunded after 3 weeks.

i got from the other guy. these are so good i want to buy another one. the ad700 is in storage drawer not. retired after 3 weeks of use.

 

watched crappy quality movie with crappy sound but these made it watchable. nice and forgiving.

 

i am finding myself keep tugging on the cable time to time. hope they don't break. maybe should put some super glue on the connection rubber area to make it stronger. fixed my monster turbine cable with super glue. hasn't break off since.

post #648 of 2243

Anyone willing to trade their MA900 with my H-200?

Look at my sig if you are interested.

post #649 of 2243

God these headphones are incredible for the price. I'm only able to listen to them very little as they are going to be gift wrapped for a friends birthday and I don't want to be unable to put them back into the box. All I can say is that the mids are the best I've heard under $300 and that the sound is very spacious, relaxed and dreamy for the Mind.In.A.Box track Introspection, Jex Thorths - Keep your weeds and Alice in Chains - Rooster Unplugged. So comfy and light as well, highly recommended.

post #650 of 2243

Well, the headphones were delivered, but I won't be able to pick them up until Friday, so I'll make some impressions of them probably this Sunday (maybe before if I get impatient). I'll be sure to include steps on how to do the resistor mod, and some impressions on stock vs. resistor modded too. 

post #651 of 2243
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post
 

 

That's how I feel about the MA900 at times, seems a bit bright at times sometimes due the upper midrange glare, other times I don't notice it and find them perfectly smooth up top. To be honest I find the mids a bit bloated on the MA900, I find my K612 simply destroys the MA900 in the midrange, it's not even close. The MA900 is a great headphone for the price and does some things very well but it's flaws show their face when compared to more neutral headphones.

Although I haven't heard the ma900 yet and I want to get one, I just wanted to comment that if it is a general thing that the k612 mids destroy the ma900 mids then ma900 mids are probably really bad and the sennheiser hd598 without question destroys the sound of the sony's because the akg to me can't even sound a tenth as good as even the older hd595s. But since there are people that have AKG open headphone compatible ears, I still know that the sonys can totally demolish the k612s for me. I just wish you are wrong in your opinion when it comes to what I find to be more natural :D

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Well, I'll be comparing them to the AD2000s which are known for having some of the best mids in a dynamic driver, and I'm pretty sure the AD2000 is in a different league than the K612 as far as overall sound quality goes. Since mine are modified (basically more transparent all around and much better bass), It'll be an awkward comparison, but I'll see what I can do.   

 

EDIT: I take back what I said about the K612 pro. I've never heard the headphones, and they very well may be great headphones when it comes to producing a great midrange, as kman1211 mentioned. 


Edited by Trae - 10/30/13 at 2:31pm
post #653 of 2243
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

Although I haven't heard the ma900 yet and I want to get one, I just wanted to comment that if it is a general thing that the k612 mids destroy the ma900 mids then ma900 mids are probably really bad and the sennheiser hd598 without question destroys the sound of the sony's because the akg to me can't even sound a tenth as good as even the older hd595s. But since there are people that have AKG open headphone compatible ears, I still know that the sonys can totally demolish the k612s for me. I just wish you are wrong in your opinion when it comes to what I find to be more natural :D


I didn't like the HD 555 or HD 595 at all, so boring and grainy, I find the HD 598 fine though and would actually consider buying it if I didn't already have the K612 and MA900. Have you heard the K612? It doesn't sound like the K7xx series, it's quite different, no glare in the upper registers, a thicker, warmer, and more solid sound, and no center imaging issues. AKGs to me have among the most natural mids I have ever heard, so it's a personal preference thing. The K612 to me destroys the MA900 in terms of mids, they have more depth, presence, detail, transparency, and simply sound more natural than the MA900s mids to me. To me the K612 simply sounds real while the MA900 doesn't.

 

Edit: I'm not bashing the MA900, I think it's a great headphone and it's one I plan to keep, especially if you get it for cheap like many people did. I also felt the MA900 has lost some of it's luster to me after owning it for a few months, maybe I need to leave it alone for a few weeks before I do my full review of the MA900 and K612. I think I may also be in the honeymoon period with the K612, so I also want to give them more time before doing the review to see if my impressions of them change. I just feel the K612 to me at least is a better headphone in the same price range from my impressions so far. They sound different and have different presentations, so which one thinks is better is in the ears of the listener. I'm just stating why I think the K612 is much better in the midrange than the MA900. Audio is very subjective, one can't just make broad assumptions about it, nor can one truly judge a headphone for themselves regardless of brand without listening to it themselves and sometimes a few listens with different sources is necessary. I have headphones I like and dislike from basically every manufacturer.


Edited by kman1211 - 10/30/13 at 3:39pm
post #654 of 2243

Just FYI to you guys - I stop reading any post when I get to the word "destroys"... ;)

post #655 of 2243

May not be a fair match up. The AD2000 DESTROYS the MA900. But really, I had the two at the same time and the AD2000 was a good step up in terms of clarity and speed.

 

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Originally Posted by Trae View Post
 

Well, I'll be comparing them to the AD2000s which are known for having some of the best mids in a dynamic driver, and I'm pretty sure the AD2000 is in a different league than the K612 as far as overall sound quality goes. Since mine are modified (basically more transparent all around and much better bass), It'll be an awkward comparison, but I'll see what I can do.   

 

 

 

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Just FYI to you guys - I stop reading any post when I get to the word "destroys"... ;)

post #656 of 2243
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post
 


Have you heard the K612? It doesn't sound like the K7xx series, it's quite different, no glare in the upper registers, a thicker, warmer, and more solid sound, and no center imaging issues.

I have them on my head right now with 2 pad options. q701 pads ang stock pads. the inner foam was removed by the owner though and i am still waiting for them in case they fix the sound. But yah, I don't find them natural as they are now although i find the stock pads slightly more natural than the q701 pads.

post #657 of 2243
elwappo, I like the ad2000s especially with the output of a good integrated amp to give it a bigger punch but with most music, i still preferred hd600s. i owned both of them at the same time before. So the contradictions saying ma900 is better than hd600, this better than thet, etc... is all based on taste :)
post #658 of 2243
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

I have them on my head right now with 2 pad options. q701 pads ang stock pads. the inner foam was removed by the owner though and i am still waiting for them in case they fix the sound. But yah, I don't find them natural as they are now although i find the stock pads slightly more natural than the q701 pads.


Ah I see. I haven't tinkered with mine as I find almost every time I modify a headphone it seems to ruin the sound in some way or another, and with my experience with AKGs, removing the foam ruins their sound. When I did it with my K240 I got leaner bass and highs like a shrieking banshee. Only time I noticed a true improvement on a headphone from modding is different cables and it was subtle. We are also using different amps and sources which could be a big contributor to the differences we are hearing. What sounds off about them to you? Can you describe how they sound unnatural to you?


Edited by kman1211 - 10/30/13 at 10:15pm
post #659 of 2243
The AD2000 could be 100x better, I still would choose the MA900. They could be made out of diamonds and be cheaper than the MA900, and I'd still not give them a second glance. The wing design ruins every single Audio Technica for me. I could care less.
post #660 of 2243
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Originally Posted by kman1211 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

I have them on my head right now with 2 pad options. q701 pads ang stock pads. the inner foam was removed by the owner though and i am still waiting for them in case they fix the sound. But yah, I don't find them natural as they are now although i find the stock pads slightly more natural than the q701 pads.


Ah I see. I haven't tinkered with mine as I find almost every time I modify a headphone it seems to ruin the sound in some way or another, and with my experience with AKGs, removing the foam ruins their sound. When I did it with my K240 I got leaner bass and highs like a shrieking banshee. Only time I noticed a true improvement on a headphone from modding is different cables and it was subtle. We are also using different amps and sources which could be a big contributor to the differences we are hearing. What sounds off about them to you? Can you describe how they sound unnatural to you?

 

I will report back after I receive the foams. I'm expecting them maybe Saturday.

 

EDIT: And yes, I agree with your findings about modding most cans.


Edited by donunus - 10/31/13 at 1:00am
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