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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Well... I guess I could spare a few hours to try the various poisons on offer at the Pan Pacific, right? After all, what could go wrong? - Famous last words before being roasted in a kiln by the angry wife
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Try a Focal, maybe? The Radiance might be a good fit.; it certainly eschews the treble intensity that the AH-D9200 is quite notorious for. I second @AudioDuck's suggestion, too - the ZMF Atticus is a great choice. They are both warm and full-bodied, with delicious texture in the lows.
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    You know what? I completely forgot that CanJam is happening this weekend; I actually thought - mistakenly so - that the exhibition was to be held on the following weekend (Apr 9-10)! I already have something planned for the whole of Saturday and the first-half of Sunday. If I'm able to drop by...
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    Denon AH-D9200 - 2018 Flagship - Impressions Thread

    Here's a comparative review of the AH-D9200 with the TH900 Mk2, with 2 other headphones thrown into the mix. TLDR - These 2 headphones are cut from the same piece of cloth. With that said, if you prefer a more exciting, bass-focused sound, the Fostex should be your number 1 pick. If you want...
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    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    If the Eikon is discontinued, will a successor show up in its place? The release of the Atrium bodes well for a new closed-back flagship; the Atrium Closed, perhaps? (DUH...) However,. that leaves the Atticus as the sole sub-$1,000 dollar product in its closed catalog. Too many cooks spoil the...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    By the way, I know this isn't a closed-back, but knowing the folks at ZMF (paging you, @zach915m), a closed version of the Atrium can't be too far behind, right? ;) To be honest, I was aiming for the Stellia, but, a new closed flagship from ZMF on the horizon makes for a highly-compelling...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    I'm trying to lay low for a while. :sweat_smile: Truth be told - I've been a little busy of late, plus, I've been preoccupied with other things - that are not baby-related - so, sadly, no, we're not expecting... yet! I've missed all of you guys, though... my fellow closed-back headphone...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Yeah, I was taken aback when I auditioned the new T5 for the very first time. I was expecting a (slightly) reined-in version of the T5p (2nd Gen), with a modest boost in overall technical performance. Thus, imagine my surprise when I heard the headphone in its current incarnation - the heavy...
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    ATTICUS and EIKON, the new dynamic driver headphones from ZMF

    @omega1990 @Dawgfish @Pharmaboy Thanks for the info, my friends! My first contact with ZMF was through the Vérité Closed, and it came with the updated rod assembly; thus, I've never known of the original design. TIL. :) The old rod looks sleek and clean; however, my preference for the current...
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    Best Headphones You've Heard (Open Dynamic, Open Planar, and Closed)

    Hmm, there are some categories missing here. For example - Best Open Electrostatic, Best Closed Planar, Best Closed Dynamic, et al. Anyway, here are my votes. These are my favorites; not technically "the best" in their respective categories - Open Headphones Best Dynamic: Focal Utopia Best...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Frankly, and this is a segue of sorts - I don't understand why the Japanese brands can't simply think of elegant or distinctive "1-word" names for their flagship headphones. Look at the likes of Sony, Fostex, Denon, Audio-Technica, Final Audio, and STAX. Most (or all) of the names of their...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    I agree; Audio-Technica suffers from a principal issue, something that most large (audio) companies are similarly guilty of - they tend to introduce large swathes of products into the market. It is, indeed, quite difficult to keep up with the likes of Audio-Technica, Sony, and Sennheiser...
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    All the best, my friend! I hope you manage to find a less invasive solution to your issues with TMJ. :) Out of curiosity, is your tinnitus a consequence of TMJ, or is it a separate ailment altogether? My wife suffers from slight tinnitus herself, and because of that, she has moved from using...
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    What headphones do you have, and what do you still want?

    Have: A fair bit Want: Even more The chase never ends. ;) All jokes aside, I want a Focal Stellia and a Kennerton Rognir (planar). That's about it... for now? :eyes:
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    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    Thanks! :) So far, I have yet to experience an issue with headband comfort throughout my various auditions with both the ATH-AWAS and the ATH-AWKT; I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it stays this way. That being said, I'm not a big fan of the design, to be honest. I'd be happier with the...
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