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I'm interested.  If it has the DNA of the TH600/900 in an open design, I'd guess it sounds awesome.  Now to find an audition pair to try. 

 

That is the issue - no place I know stocks or even sells them in the area. 

post #377 of 390

Well, what killed my interest were not impressions but hearing them ;-)

I'd consider them more an opposite of the TH600/TH900. If you're after the sound signature of the 600/900 I'd suggest to listen to the TH500 before buying them. They may be not bad, but most definitely not to my taste.

post #378 of 390
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Well, what killed my interest were not impressions but hearing them ;-)

I'd consider them more an opposite of the TH600/TH900. If you're after the sound signature of the 600/900 I'd suggest to listen to the TH500 before buying them. They may be not bad, but most definitely not to my taste.

 

 

Good tip, try before you buy. But how does one do that in a head-fi retarded country? About the only thing one can have a listen to at a dealer here is a HD800, if they wanna open the box.

I have to rely on impressions on HF first, after that it's buying, then trial and error. Luckily some of the gear I don't like seems to be liked by many others.

Thanks for your impression by the way, confirms what I read so far.

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Good tip, try before you buy. But how does one do that in a head-fi retarded country? About the only thing one can have a listen to at a dealer here is a HD800, if they wanna open the box.

I have to rely on impressions on HF first, after that it's buying, then trial and error. Luckily some of the gear I don't like seems to be liked by many others.

Thanks for your impression by the way, confirms what I read so far.


I know that deprived feeling ;-) Living in headphone-desert...

 

The TH500 may suit some genres better than my preferred choice of music (at least when using headphones), but to me its also too... slow, not energetic enough. Might call it polite. And despite my love for EDM I don't consider myself a basshead (TH600/TH900 have even too much bass for me to enjoy for longer) to me the TH500 is lacking in that regard -- electronics were simply not fun any more.

post #380 of 390

New to the thread, but after a quick search it seems like the leap to these from HE400s might not be justified even at the Massdrop price, correct?

 

HE400 was my first quality set of cans and I love the planar sound, at least compared to my HD600s, and have been on the fence about more planars.  There just seem to be more and more obstacles to consider as I save up (slowly) for LCD-2s.

post #381 of 390
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I know that deprived feeling ;-) Living in headphone-desert...

 

The TH500 may suit some genres better than my preferred choice of music (at least when using headphones), but to me its also too... slow, not energetic enough. Might call it polite. And despite my love for EDM I don't consider myself a basshead (TH600/TH900 have even too much bass for me to enjoy for longer) to me the TH500 is lacking in that regard -- electronics were simply not fun any more.


Dang.. that's not how the Alpha Dog sounds with electronic music. I think Dan was right about the T50RP driver needing closed housing to sound it's best. I think visceral bass is something absolutely necessary for enjoying music. That is why so many people love the LCD2 and that is why I love my Alpha Dog :)

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I know that deprived feeling ;-) Living in headphone-desert...

 

The TH500 may suit some genres better than my preferred choice of music (at least when using headphones), but to me its also too... slow, not energetic enough. Might call it polite. And despite my love for EDM I don't consider myself a basshead (TH600/TH900 have even too much bass for me to enjoy for longer) to me the TH500 is lacking in that regard -- electronics were simply not fun any more.


Dang.. that's not how the Alpha Dog sounds with electronic music. I think Dan was right about the T50RP driver needing closed housing to sound it's best. I think visceral bass is something absolutely necessary for enjoying music. That is why so many people love the LCD2 and that is why I love my Alpha Dog :)

 

 

 

Couldn't agree with you more! The TH500's have been on the wish list to hear but with all these reviews about lack of energy and bass is making that less and less of a wish. I was hoping for an open version on the Th600's. Fast attacking and fun as hell but with more space and slightly more refined you know. But this... This is something totally unexpected that threw everyone for a loop. Like the last posters I mainly listen to EDM so the Alpha Dogs are money but a bit of a pain to power but when done right they do a fantastic job. 

 

I don't know, I just hope with their next variation they really listen to all this feedback and make the headphone we all know they are capable of making. 

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

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post #383 of 390
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I'm interested.  If it has the DNA of the TH600/900 in an open design, I'd guess it sounds awesome.  Now to find an audition pair to try. 

 

That is the issue - no place I know stocks or even sells them in the area. 

 

I think these are more like the T50rp / mad dogs drivers not the Denon Dxxx / fostex Thxxx series?

post #384 of 390
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Dang.. that's not how the Alpha Dog sounds with electronic music. I think Dan was right about the T50RP driver needing closed housing to sound it's best. I think visceral bass is something absolutely necessary for enjoying music. That is why so many people love the LCD2 and that is why I love my Alpha Dog :)


Yes, the Alpha Dog sounds nothing like the TH500... I talked to Dan about both of them and he also told me that he sees problems with that driver in an open enclosure. While I can imagine that some may like the TH500 sound signature, I think the Alpha Dog is the much more versatile option.

post #385 of 390

I was initially intrigued by the TH500RP, loved the look! But after reading the impressions and reviews, I decided to give it a pass since I already have the Alpha Dog. It'd look great as part of my collection, but it ain't cheap, plus I feel it'd be a waste if I'd gotten it and NOT like it. I'm working on getting a TH900 though, since I'm in the market for a good close (or semi close) back dynamic can.

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I was initially intrigued by the TH500RP, loved the look! But after reading the impressions and reviews, I decided to give it a pass since I already have the Alpha Dog. It'd look great as part of my collection, but it ain't cheap, plus I feel it'd be a waste if I'd gotten it and NOT like it. I'm working on getting a TH900 though, since I'm in the market for a good close (or semi close) back dynamic can.


TH900 is an open can with a closed cup lol ... It leaks as much sound as a Hifiman or Audeze, and no isolation at all.

post #387 of 390
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TH900 is an open can with a closed cup lol ... It leaks as much sound as a Hifiman or Audeze, and no isolation at all.

Damn, really? I've heard it was semi open, didn't know it leak sound that badly (don't mind this actually) but it's the isolation (or lack thereof) that is a bother.

post #388 of 390
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Damn, really? I've heard it was semi open, didn't know it leak sound that badly (don't mind this actually) but it's the isolation (or lack thereof) that is a bother.

 

The D2000 I have has almost no isolation at all so if the TH900 is similar I would not recommend for outside etc.

post #389 of 390
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TH900 is an open can with a closed cup lol ... It leaks as much sound as a Hifiman or Audeze, and no isolation at all.


No it doesn't. Why the need to exaggerate, have you even compared the TH900 with hifiman/audeze for yourself? I own the TH900 and the Hifiman HE6, the TH900 is nowhere near the HE6 in leakage. BUT, i do agree that the TH900 leaks a lot and have quite poor isolation, being a closed can. It still isolates better than an open Hifiman or Audeze though.

post #390 of 390

"an open can with a closed cup"

 

that equates to a closed headphone 

 

the difference is the pads aren't sealed to the baffle plate

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