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post #796 of 1930
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Oh yes, BECAUSE it's harder to drive with the 1840 pads, that means the drivers are being pushed to a higher volume than before, so they leak A WHOOOOOOLE lot more. Like....it may as well be portable speakers, lol.

 

So a STAX? I've heard a pair of SR-009 from 2 rooms over. Crazy leakage on those things.

post #797 of 1930
The only Stax I tried was the SR407, and it did leak out a ton. but I think the MA900 takes the cake. I mean, what with the cavity between the pads and the drivers... you're both front and back driver action....
post #798 of 1930

Guys, how do you wear the MA900?  Far back or further up?

post #799 of 1930
You should be wearing it with your ears centered. The further back they are inside the cups, the less bass you'll get.

The MA900 is extremely sensitive to ear placement, and the sound can be ruined by putting them on wrong.
post #800 of 1930

Does anyone know the cheapest place that ships these internationally/worldwide these days? Someplace where it is available now. B&H would have been good enough for me except that there is an extra 7-14 day wait before shipping so even though I pay 60 dollars for express shipping to the Philippines I am still looking at a month before I get the cans.

post #801 of 1930
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

Does anyone know the cheapest place that ships these internationally/worldwide these days? Someplace where it is available now. B&H would have been good enough for me except that there is an extra 7-14 day wait before shipping so even though I pay 60 dollars for express shipping to the Philippines I am still looking at a month before I get the cans.


FYI - the last half of December is not a good time to buy electronics (or anything else).  Prices are at their highest point of the year, and inventory is at its lowest point of the year.   While there are no guarantees that prices or stock will improve in January on any particular item, it might be better if you can wait.   At the moment, you get all the people who say " I don't care what it costs, I have to have a ____ by December 24. "

 

Also, one would think that there is some Sony discount site in East Asia ?   Hong Kong perhaps ?

 

BTW, prior to December, Beach Audio had stock and good prices and they ship internationally - but they are now out-of-stock on it.

post #802 of 1930
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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

Does anyone know the cheapest place that ships these internationally/worldwide these days? Someplace where it is available now. B&H would have been good enough for me except that there is an extra 7-14 day wait before shipping so even though I pay 60 dollars for express shipping to the Philippines I am still looking at a month before I get the cans.

 

There are a lot of trustworthy ebay stores that ship all over the world.

post #803 of 1930

284 dollars for the cheapest price on the only one with express shipping

post #804 of 1930
post #805 of 1930
I got $203 on the local Sony store when they are on promotion last 2 months.
post #806 of 1930

Ordered. I'll post impressions here when I get them. 

post #807 of 1930

^^ Given your pension for bang for the buck, I suspect that you'll love these. :wink:

post #808 of 1930

I was really tossing and turning making a decision between these and some hd598 for all around use. After hearing what the cheap ma100 could do, I got even more interested in these. I just hope the ma100s distortion doesn't exist on the 900s though :D

post #809 of 1930

The hd598 is a different animal altogether. Well, now that I think about it, they do share some similar qualities. Both are good in their own right. Funny, I sold the 598 after one week, but the ma900 was an instant hit with me. 

post #810 of 1930

Currently I don't think there are any headphones that do everything right, and give you a perfect representation of the recording.

 

There are some products out there that give you an interesting new view on what the recording sounds like - even though the product also has some flaws.

 

Someone who reviews the MA900 from the viewpoint "what flaws does it have?" -- like the controversial review by Lugbug - will find flaws.

 

However, I find that it has a unique view of how an instrument "appears in space" - where it is, and what is around it.  So, I enjoy using it, because I can find new things in recordings.

 

The Schiit Vali amp has a very high level of detail that also allows you to hear new and different things in a recording.

 

Coincidentally, both products have the same weak point - a poor rendition of "timbre" - the harmonics that - along with the envelope - determine what an instrument sounds like.   Some people do not notice this because both products have a strong rendition of the other aspects that define an instrument (the characteristic envelope and its place in space).  This is why - for both products - some people find the "mids" to be good and others not.

 

Both are excellent values for their low price, as long as you are not expecting a product that does everything well.


Edited by kstuart - 12/21/13 at 5:25pm
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