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Well, Mr. FedEx man gave me my box today...

An aside #1: Walmart fails at packaging. A giant brown lump of paper does not cargo armor make.

Opening the box Initially, upon extracting the actual headphone box from the other box, I was taken entirely aback. These headphones are BIGTASTIC. The ear cups contain a small British protectorate each. I know the drivers held therein are 50 mm, but the remainder of the structure is also very large.

First fitting I immediately began futzing about with them to get them to fit. Being wider and more circular than the HD201s, I feared problems with fitting my Ross Perot-like lobes in them. These worries were entirely unfounded. The entire apparatus grips my skull like a Formula 1 option tire, WITHOUT THE PRESSURE of the Sennheisers. How JVC manages this with headphones weighing no less than TWICE the HD201s I may never know, but I love it.

An aside #2: I must have looked like an idiot, wandering about the kitchen wearing unplugged headphones during this process.

Low end, high performance And now I need to know, with my comfort requirement deeply satisfied, whether or not I would get the bass I felt lacking in the HD201. To answer this quickly, I went to a song I knew had bass in very important parts, all the way through, surrounded by highs and lows of every shape and size. This song is "The Execution" from the Ace Combat 3 OST, and it's techno...sorta...dance...mix...something. The verdict? PRAISE JEBUS. Those 50 mm drivers, even cold-started, produce exactly the bass I wanted, clean, ever so slightly vibratory, without washing out the other ranges.

An aside #3: Omg, the 16" guns in Navy Field are going to blow out my eardrums!

In conclusion. Dear lord, if these get more comfortable with breaking in, and sound better with burning in, in a month I won't be able to wear them without wetting myself.

Checklist:
Comfort > HD201s: Mission Accomplished
Bass > HD201s: Mission Accomplished
Performance in other ranges at least = HD201s: Mission Accomplished
Satisfaction with purchase: Mission Accomplished
Would recommend to others: OH GOD YES
    
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I got the 900's, and I gotta say, they're a good deal less comfortable than my HD555's
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They're definitely good bang for your buck cans. Side by side the ATH-A700's, the pale, but then again the ATH's cost 120$.

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Originally Posted by AMD+nVidia View Post
I got the 900's, and I gotta say, they're a good deal less comfortable than my HD555's
ok? If they're too tight, but them on as big as your head over night to stretch them out. As for AMD - velour pads tend to be softer than the pleather that the HA's come with.

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In conclusion. Dear lord, if these get more comfortable with breaking in, and sound better with burning in, in a month I won't be able to wear them without wetting myself.
Yes, they do seem to get better with age.

And they are so comfortable that I'll stop playing games or listening to music and I'll get up from my chair and try to walk away with them still on my head.

I love mine.
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ok? If they're too tight, but them on as big as your head over night to stretch them out. As for AMD - velour pads tend to be softer than the pleather that the HA's come with.

Good luck
They're not tight at all, they just make my head hurt after about an hour.

I can wear my HD555's for over 6 hours with no discomfort.
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I just got a hit of the bass I'd been missing from "Megalith - Agnus Dei" (Ace Combat 4 OST) and shed tears.
    
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I dont like them too much, they are not portable, very huge and bulky headphones.
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I just bought another RX700 but this time it's recabled with Mogami wire, terminated with a Canare 1/4in plug and dampened with Dynamat Extreme. My plan is to replace the pads with the RX900 pads and see if I can transplant the headband as well.

wirehead: These were definitely not meant to be portable headphones. Did no one tell you before you bought them?
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I dont like them too much, they are not portable, very huge and bulky headphones.
Well, one of my requirements regarded maximum comfort irrespective of portability, as these headphones will not be used for applications requiring mobility. XD
    
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I have a pair myself and mine absolutely required at least 48 hours of burn-in. I highly recommend plugging them in and playing some white noise or pink noise at a little above listening volume for a few dozen hours and giving them a break every once in a while during that time. It seems kind of random how good headphones sound before burning in, but I'm pretty sure you'll notice some nice improvement even they already sound great.I was going to say something about amping them, but it looks like you're good to go if you have a Xonar D1.

On a related note, I've actually been working on putting together a Gamma 1 (http://www.amb.org/audio/gamma1/) the past few days.

Happy listening!
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