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post #1591 of 3022
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Originally Posted by tigon_ridge View Post
 

The SR-009 is absolutely gorgeous, direct opposite of the abyss. The Japanese tend to have a better knack for making things that look nice, and Americans tend to make things that look like they've been injected with steroids and testosterone. Compare the aesthetics of the xbox one's controller to the ps4 controller; American cars to Japanese cars; the SR-009 to the Abyss (admit it, that thing looks like a trash compactor, except for your head). American-made product tend to have that macho, testosterone flavor about them, while Japanese products are balanced with grace and elegance - neither too masculine nor feminine looking. That said, headphones' looks are not that important to me. To me, the 400i and 560 look OK, nowhere near as hideous as the abyss.

+1, although teh American Corvette Z06 [the Older models[ and the Corvette Stingray where imo some nice looking american cars! THough ur right, even the new 2015 Vette is really masculine looking 

 

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TH900 cups are wood...........and Mark Lawton makes custom wood cups as well if you want them to be unique.

 

 

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:eek: how come i haven't seen those before? Have you any pics of those? 

MonkeyNutz also makes Custom Wood Cups for HE series headphones, I got a pair on order my self 

post #1592 of 3022

For those concerned about aesthetics, I totally get it. All of my headphones are on stands on a bookshelf in my living room. So when I'm at home just doing other things, I see them all the time. Friends who come over see them, and ask about them. I really wouldn't want ugly headphones on my shelf :rolleyes:

 

But I also understand that looks don't matter when they are on your head (especially if they sound fantastic!) But I do admire a headphone even more when they look as great as they sound. Ultimately for me it's sound, then comfort, then looks.

 

All this being said, I think the new HE models are a big step in the right direction compared to the old models, IMO.

post #1593 of 3022
I do fancy nice looking headphones, but as long as it's not HORRENDOUS looking, I'm down. The new HFMs look fine. Not amazing, but they'll do. Comfort first, sound second, looks third.
post #1594 of 3022
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

:eek: how come i haven't seen those before? Have you any pics of those? 

 

 

 

 

The foestex th900 has real wood earcups (real cherry birch housing with hand-made Japanese lacquered urushi finish). eggshell membrane protein leather earpads. pretty damn sexy sounding. in terms of pure looks, i haven't seen another pair of flagship headphones as niice looking.

post #1595 of 3022
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The foestex th900 has real wood earcups (real cherry birch housing with hand-made Japanese lacquered urushi finish). eggshell membrane protein leather earpads. pretty damn sexy sounding. in terms of pure looks, i haven't seen another pair of flagship headphones as niice looking.

It is indeed real wood, but it is so lacquered up that it might as well be lacquer cup with some wood underneath :D

post #1596 of 3022

I have to say that the TH900 really is gorgeous, probably my favourite headphone based on looks. It's a shame the sound quality doesn't quite live up to the looks or the price tag...

post #1597 of 3022
I've told myself if I ever again spend a lot on a headphone, it can't be a dynamic one. Planarmagnetic/electrostat or nothing at all. Irony being I no longer own any planar, and have dynamics oozing out of every orifice. frown.gif
post #1598 of 3022
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I have to say that the TH900 really is gorgeous, probably my favourite headphone based on looks. It's a shame the sound quality doesn't quite live up to the looks or the price tag...


I only had a brief audition with the TH900s at the last meet. It was the one and only time I've tried them but I wasn't too impressed. I chalked it up to maybe a poor amp pairing or bad source files but maybe there wasn't anything wrong with the source or amp after all.

post #1599 of 3022
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I only had a brief audition with the TH900s at the last meet. It was the one and only time I've tried them but I wasn't too impressed. I chalked it up to maybe a poor amp pairing or bad source files but maybe there wasn't anything wrong with the source or amp after all.

 

I feel the same. I've tried them multiple times with multiple sources and amps and I just can't justify their price compared to so many other phones like HE-500s, T1s and hopefully HE-560s. The TH-900s have a dryness about their treble that I just don't enjoy.

post #1600 of 3022
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

I feel the same. I've tried them multiple times with multiple sources and amps and I just can't justify their price compared to so many other phones like HE-500s, T1s and hopefully HE-560s. The TH-900s have a dryness about their treble that I just don't enjoy.

 

Why are you comparing closed headphones against open ones ? :)

Should benchmark against T5P, ed8, D7000 and LCDXC to be fair. ;)

post #1601 of 3022
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I do fancy nice looking headphones, but as long as it's not HORRENDOUS looking, I'm down. The new HFMs look fine. Not amazing, but they'll do. Comfort first, sound second, looks third.

 

Almost...price third. :D

post #1602 of 3022
Ah, yeah. Lol. Can't afford anything these days... frown.gif
post #1603 of 3022
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

I feel the same. I've tried them multiple times with multiple sources and amps and I just can't justify their price compared to so many other phones like HE-500s, T1s and hopefully HE-560s. The TH-900s have a dryness about their treble that I just don't enjoy.

 

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I only had a brief audition with the TH900s at the last meet. It was the one and only time I've tried them but I wasn't too impressed. I chalked it up to maybe a poor amp pairing or bad source files but maybe there wasn't anything wrong with the source or amp after all.

 

I tried it off a Soloist and HDVD 800, neither of which made me think of it as a headphone worth over $1k.

post #1604 of 3022

I'll say it again, you need to be writing for an audio review site. Hell, start your own. I'd pay to read your reviews. 

post #1605 of 3022

Hmm, I've never been too interested in the TH900 tbh, kinda glad to hear some negative feed back on it, as teh LCD XC catches my attention! If it's neutral as I keep hearing it is, I might have one 

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