Reading this makes me want to mod some PortaPros, too - there is smth. positively decadent in using a 1000+ USD DAP with <30 USD headphones, but I just could not live with the sound of unmodded PortaPros for more than 30 minutes.
Let's stay away from those evergreen measurements for a while, - what are your subjective impressions with supraaural/ circumaural cans and Tera?
I personally just adore Tera with Ed. 8 for most recordings;
still I definitely prefer T5P for classical and jazz (although the combination is a no-no for other genres).
I find DT1350 passable, but unexciting.
HD 25-II are quite involving, PRaT is not lost, possibly even emphasized by fluidity of the...
I'd have expected this response by Charles to be satisfactory, especially for a person who has heard the product. I can offer to Head-Fiers a chance to have at least a quick listen to Tera Player when in Brussels (if mutually acceptable timeslot will be found). I'd encourage the testers to provide for a glass of wine or beer to help me bide my time while the test is carried out. P.S. For my liver's sake I hope this will not be a frequent activity...
Sansa players being the holy grail of DAPs appears to be a strictly objective decision.
I was and I still am a fan of Sansa players, yet I arrived with Tera Player because Sansa caused fatigue, and from my experience with rather modest desktop rig I knew for sure that it does not need to be that way.
(by the way, I preferred WAV to FLAC on Sansa: I initially ripped files to WAV, then learned how to convert to FLAC to save space, - and noticed that a bit of fun was...
Fair enough, -- I could provide a room, but indeed I would not reimburse the train tickets or petrol; and I understand you are somewhere further away in the large and proud French Republic (still running on its 5th 'software' update now, isn't it? ;-). I wait for the measurements, too, - although over time I have turned into a subjectivist (first by Lowthers, then by inductive volume control, and finally by 300Bs).
are you in Paris / surroundings?
If you are, and if you have the time, come over to Brussels (next week-end, esp. Saturday, would be particularly convenient for me).
If your testing solution is portable, you will be able to run the tests; anyway you can count on subjective test of Tera Player (my files + anyCDs you bring along, my cans + whatever you bring along).
I'll throw in a selection of Belgian beer (not to be missed - those guys here do know how...
Dear CDWMcInSpots, - actually I fully agree to your observations!
The only difference between us remains the emphasis, -- while you warn the future buyers of Ed. 8, I hail Ed. 8, as they fit both of us, moreover, they fit both of us better that T5P, therefore I say hats off to Ed. 8! (for me their properties on the go are rather more important, as I rarely use cans indoors).
Still, I will surely see that my T5P are fixed ASAP (bad cable), since I take T5P over Ed. 8...
Point by point 1.-6.: 1. I wear 60cm size hats, - fit is just perfect. 2. Possibly - in my case Ed 8 sit more securely on my head. I would advise to try them before you buy. T5P are comfortable, but do not stay put as well as Ed 8 do. 3. Perfect for my ears; YMMV 4. And it is most welcome! Try wearing both, - I do, and I have a slight preference for the ergonomics of Ed 8. 5. Mine have lasted a year so far. Ken Allmighty is to be taken with a pinch of salt, - his site is...