Need info on some Acoustic headphones. HELP THIS NEWBIE!!! XD
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ok guys I've decided that my next pair of cans will be Audio Technica. With that outa the way all i have to decide is what model. i know of all the top models (A700, A900, AD900, M50 and the M30 and 20) i want that smooth acoustic sound with poppy plucks and rhythmic strumming on high and low ends. its that airy flow that makes acoustic music so soothing and i dont wanna lose any of that through my headphones. I have a pair of 32ohm beyer DT700's (keep in mind i have no home amp setup. i just use my laptop) that i use for mixing techno, dudstep tracks and i love them but id like some more acoustic based cans for my me time XD so i'd like to know what will be my best bet for smooth, crisp acoustic audio for a simple laptop (though i do have a tiny Fiio E5 if that helps XD). My heart is set on the open back 900's but i realize that wont perform on a laptop well so help me out guys. Thanks so much!
 
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the kind of music i'd be using these for would be John mayer, sufjan stevens, coldplay, jack johnson, Decemberists, jack white, matt costa, Afro Celt Sound System, Arcade fire, Billy Joel, Elton John, George Harrison.... etc i could continue but ill do you the favor of NOT. thanks again guys.
 
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From your list I'd vote for the AD900's, apparently you can mod them to make them sound even better!
 
Have you checked the headfonia.com round-up of the audio-technica models?
 
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AD700/900's and Grado would be my top picks for that. 
 
Don't get the M50's, you want something airier than that. 
 
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I love your music OP
 
Do you want John Mayer: Where the Light is, to sound great?
 
I would go Grado.Sr125i
Because your music relies on mostly Mids and Highs with a touch of bass. And that's what Grado do. 
The soundstage isn't big, but that's not a must have. Some people choose to have their music to sound personal
Easy to drive, so no amp
 
Other then that, the AD900's would be too open and loose their sound
The A900 are better for music and are easy to drive
Beyer would be good also for Rock, but check out if they need a amp before you buy.
 
Kiteki, the Ad900 can only be modded for SQ by removing foam and dampening. But it's not a big difference, 5-10% increase is all.
 
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I've heard them once before and what startled me was that they are exactly the opposite of what they appear to be
 
Airy, neutral and a detailed soundstage. Nothing like a Closed, metal can would sound like. 
 
It's a good reference can, but not for me.
 
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Neutral, airy, detailed, and reference quality?
 
Fantastic, thank you very much.
 
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Why if I can ask?
 
Did I just audition a can on the spot for you good sir?
 
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I already bought it, it's just there's limited reviews and impressions on the A2000X, so I'm always curious to see what people think.
 
I like airy and detailed, and the fact that's it's neutral and reference quality means it will serve very well in my collection, since almost all my IEM's are leaning towards neutral and reference.
 
I thought since it's called the "ART Monitor" it would have more of a coloured hi-fi sound to it.
 
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I already bought it, it's just there's limited reviews and impressions on the A2000X, so I'm always curious to see what people think.
 
I like airy and detailed, and the fact that's it's neutral and reference quality means it will serve very well in my collection, since almost all my IEM's are leaning towards neutral and reference.
 
I thought since it's called the "ART Monitor" it would have more of a coloured hi-fi sound to it.

Compared to others in the same line up, it's not as colored. 
 
I didn't like it because the sound is forgettable, meaning you can forget there's music playing
 
 
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Interesting.
 
-shrug- If it gathers dust I'll trade it for an AD2000, or sell it and focus on IEM's, I'm really looking forward to it at the moment though.
 
I'm also interested in Shure SRH-940, if you have a take on that one.
 
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thanks for the info guys. where as i do support grado, it's more for harder basis or rock in my experience like for my metal, rock, industrial, etc, but they are very ranged in their uses. I have to say the AD900's were my 1st choice. i just cant decide weather i want some open backs or if i want another pair of closed backs. which would be better for a pure and soothing acoustic sound? also would i be able to run either efficiently on a basic laptop?
 
 
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thanks for the info guys. where as i do support grado, it's more for harder basis or rock in my experience like for my metal, rock, industrial, etc, but they are very ranged in their uses. I have to say the AD900's were my 1st choice. i just cant decide weather i want some open backs or if i want another pair of closed backs. which would be better for a pure and soothing acoustic sound? also would i be able to run either efficiently on a basic laptop?
 
 
Grado for rock
 
Ad900 for Classical
 
It's that simple. Grado have a sound structure and stage that makes it perfect for any rock/acoustic/jazz music. AD900 are better for Classical since they have a airy soundstage and less mids.
 
Get a Grado and you won't be dissapointed. There is a reason why AD900 are only used for gaming and that is because of the soundstage. Which for rock, it's worse having a larger soundstage
 
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