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Offline Doggie Howser

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HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« on: April 23, 2011, 15:06 »
I'm still a bit miffed my "WTS headphones" threads got moved to Audio Accessories thread so decided to start this thread in the Audio forum to gather like minded individuals here ;)

Viva la revolution!! :P

All jokes aside, I moved from headfi to hifi a couple of years back when I thought I was going deaf and hadn't really bothered to upgrade my headfi gear in a while. It is only because of my impending move and with my hifi gear being packed up in storage that I had to get a fix somewhere and headfi seemed a logical choice.

And so I ended up getting the HD800 on the advice of two seriously poisonous friends! Finding a matching amp was also a bit of a challenge and I am glad I waited for the Schiit Lyr.

But this long weekend, I finally picked up some remaining pieces of the puzzle.

First, the ALO Cypher Solo

This is an iPod/iPad/iPhone device similar in concept to the Wadia iTransport in that it taps off a digital signal within the iDevice but goes further in two areas:
a. it's completely battery powered and with inputs from Vinnie from RedWineAudio, you know it's off to a good start
b. it comes with a Wolfson DAC so there's no need to hook up an external DAC to it. It actually has a coax SPDIF output too if you so desired, using an async USB interface off the iDevice.



Next was this:


This is designed by a Chinese headfi enthusiast using planar drivers. One of the guys who poisoned me with the HD800 had gotten this a few months back and has been hinting to me that this would make me forget the HD800. But until I heard it at Jaben yesterday... I remained a wee bit skeptical. Now I am a convert. It's really amazing how well it does. I actually think I could live with this in place of my Thiels. The low end has a lot more heft and delivery than the HD800s.

There are a few downsides to the HE6 though. It's a real bugger to drive. Even the Lyr barely just makes the grade IMHO. In fact, in some packages, the HE6s ship with banana plug terminators!! You can use your hifi amp to drive them!!! It's that much of a juice hog.

At US$1.1k ish, it's actually not a cheap phone but considering the savings from the HD800, it's a bargain IMHO.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 15:17 »
another poisonous thread? heh.. but I like..

used to own the Beyer DT880 (which is also my first decent headphone) when I was overseas studying...

now itch for headgear again... looking at the Senn H650 now.... hmmmmm......

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011, 15:30 »
Actually for the quality of the sound you get with headfi, it's going to cost considerably more to get hifi to sound as good.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011, 15:35 »
ya..makes the wife happier too :)

Actually for the quality of the sound you get with headfi, it's going to cost considerably more to get hifi to sound as good.



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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 16:52 »
Until she says you never listen to what she has to say. haha

You can never win

What was it Tom Arnold said in True Lies?

"Women... can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em"

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2011, 17:11 »
Are u serious? The He 6 is better than the HD800s? Or just in the low end?

I can't imagine either beating a proper Stax setup though it's a different price range :)

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2011, 18:14 »
The STAX isn't a perfect system either.

ps jimi.. come over and listen to both. It's a pretty amazing set of cans.. just takes a lot of juice to drive.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2011, 18:34 »



i like this:


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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2011, 19:27 »
Stax may not be perfect but it comes close imo..

The criticism I have is on their flagship headphone - feels too gentle driven by their current flagship amp.
I have a 'modded' version of the 404LE and it sounds much better than the standard.. paired with the flagship amp, really a nice setup.
Standard 404LE is abit hard sounding.

Now waiting for the new flagship to appear which I hope resolves the issues of the current.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011, 19:39 »
I find some electrostatic cans can sound a bit constrained with more complex pieces. Low end can sometimes be challenging as well.

The HE6 uses a similar construction as Maggies. I still can't figure out how it manages to dig out so much bass detail and handle dynamics and transients so well. The HD800 may handle transients just that bit better but it sounds a bit tinny next to the HE6s.
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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2011, 20:26 »
I own a HD800, and nowadays I find myself listening to my head-fi more than my speaker setup. Less intrusive, especially when I'm blasting death metal :)

I think the HD800 soundstage is very very impressive. With a good recording, I can listen for hours and hours, it's very comfortable. I  do agree that the bass does not have enough body, but I think there is no 'best headphone in the world'. DH, have you tried the Audeze LCD2 yet?

I guess the one thing I truly love about head-fi is that I do not need to worry about room acoustics. No more bass humps!
Love your music, not your equipment.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2011, 20:43 »
I did have a listen to the LCD2 for a bit. Initially impressions are that it's similar to the HE6. I think it has a more pronounced bass hump which makes it a better fit for some rock material. But I felt the HE6 was truer and seemed to dig deeper. The HE6 however shone in the higher ranges for me. The LCD2 was a bit darker for me. Might appeal to tube-philes.

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2011, 01:00 »


doesnt this pair of headphone look familiar? :o
maybe the human ear isn't good enough. we need measurements, figures, numbers, calculations to tell and convince us what good sound is. or do we have to satisfy an unspoken insecurity??

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2011, 01:34 »
digging into my storeroom.. and found another of my lousy products :D



i can say.. wow! the modded hd650 is a different beast from my previous unmodded hd650... matches this old amp quite well
maybe the human ear isn't good enough. we need measurements, figures, numbers, calculations to tell and convince us what good sound is. or do we have to satisfy an unspoken insecurity??

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Re: HeadFi appreciation thread :P
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2011, 02:07 »
nice :)

glad its got a good home
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