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post #901 of 1553

I personally wouldn't try bypassing the impedance circuit because then I would run into the problem of trying to find an amp that works well with it. I already have the Fiio E17 and according to MLE that works great with Sony Ma900 so no point for me to bypass it when I already have a good set up ready.

post #902 of 1553
The only way I'd ever trust someone's impression of the MA900 without the resistors is if they happen to also have a stock MA900 on hand to directly compare.

Expectation bias and all. They want to believe a mod will aid sound, so they trick their brains into believing it's true.


The MA900 sounds swell off the E17. I like the hint of warmth it gives, so much that I prefer it over the Asgard 2 and Compass 2 with Sabre ES9018 dac chip. YMMV, but I find it more musical off the E17.
post #903 of 1553

Musicality is what I want :) I don't know why someone would want headphones that are not musical unless they are like mastering or mixing or something.

post #904 of 1553
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Originally Posted by Kdavis71 View Post
 

Musicality is what I want :) I don't know why someone would want headphones that are not musical unless they are like mastering or mixing or something.


I feel the same way, I choose my headphones and gear based on musicality and how organic they sound. The MA900 was among one of the most musical and organic headphones I heard in it's price range. It's not quite AKG level musicality to me but it comes close. Match the MA900 with tubes and you have one really enjoyable listening experience.

post #905 of 1553
Mad Lust Envy,Indeed i agree,ihave a modded (no resistor) and a stock(loaner from a friend) it does sound different on the microstreamer which presents a very low impedance to the hp.Not saying isbetter but different.
Edited by Alexloures - 1/7/14 at 5:41pm
post #906 of 1553
I wish rin choi had done the surgery and posted some measurements.
post #907 of 1553
What headphones aren't musical? As long as it's playing music, it's musical!
post #908 of 1553
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What headphones aren't musical? As long as it's playing music, it's musical!


I guess euphoric would be a better term to use.

post #909 of 1553
Musical isn't a hard term to understand. Some headphones can sound flat, dull, sterile. Others...don't.
post #910 of 1553
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Well my pair of Ma900 was estimated to arrive today on Amazon and they never showed up. That doesn't worry me too much however the tracking thing is worrying me. For everything I have ever ordered on Amazon they constantly update where my package is. For my headphones they have not given me any updates, it has just been stuck on "UPS is processing order" for 3 days now. I hope they come soon or else I will just ask for a refund and order from a different seller.

 

Btw I did use Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping, that is why I am slightly impatient because I expected it to be here in 2 business days but instead UPS has been processing it for the last 3 days.


UPS has issued a bulletin stating that the weather has delayed things.

post #911 of 1553
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Musical isn't a hard term to understand. Some headphones can sound flat, dull, sterile. Others...don't.

I think that both "musical" and "transparent" are terms that don't mean very much, because they are the idealized end points for ALL audio systems.

 

If an audio product is flat, dull and sterile then it is simply a fail.

 

The problem with "musical" and "transparent" is that the MA-900 and the Mad Dogs are both headphones that have excellent qualities and yet they sound entirely different, because they have different strong points.

post #912 of 1553
The AD700 is flat, and sterile... yet it's not a fail. Not many would ever consider it to be musical.
post #913 of 1553

Bough them yesterday on a local sale for around 160 $. They seem very even so far. Everything said about the comfort is true, what was said about the flimsiness is also true, there is even some squeaking when rotating the cups (what I hope to fix with a drop of high viscosity silicone). I believe I have read or heard somewhere that they are metal? to me, only the bar inside feels metal. Is the outside just plastic?

post #914 of 1553
Its mostly metal. From the hinges, to the arms of the headband, to the back of the ear cups. Some of the ear cup is plastic though.
post #915 of 1553
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Its mostly metal. From the hinges, to the arms of the headband, to the back of the ear cups. Some of the ear cup is plastic though.

Thanks. Judging by the touch (if it is cool or not) I can tell that everything is metal except the sides of the top of the headband and sides of the ear cup yeah.

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