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 Yeah... I think we are both trying to do the same thing. I'm just a bit more extreme in my approach. Next step is to get some rolls of solid silver core cable in so that I can braid a replacement that has more conductors for the Z7. I think it's most likely the copper core of the SPC cable of the HE-560 holding that little extra back. Just for comparison's sake, here's the song I'm using to test "speed":  Stock Z7 sounds all jumbled up, but my version now is just ever so...
Oh, now you're just being ridiculous.    Honestly, though, I think I'm getting somewhere, but not sure how close/far I am from my goal yet. Will have to hear an R10 in person, and... admittedly, that has never happened.   Hoping I'll have the chance to do so at the next CanJam.
 Yeah, I hear ya. I'm using a $200 amp to drive the HD800 if I ever get it, so... you know I'm not exactly the rich kid type, either. Haha. I hope I'll have enough knowledge about amplifiers by the time I get the 009 (or if Stax comes out with an updated model?) to build an amplifier for myself.
Yeah, it's a shame. I honestly think this headphone could sound very very nice.   I'm starting to think Sony got previous R10 engineers to work on the drivers, and then they asked someone else to slap the drivers into some sort of enclosure and just call it a day.   That would explain so well the disjointed feeling I had when listening to the Z7.
 Will give it a try one of these days when I get the HD800 in. I have been meaning to get one ever since the last meet, when I found out that my amp and DAC setup finally allowed me to listen to a stock HD800 without fatigue. That was amazing. I designed the amp to play well with the HE-560, and somehow, it was able to play well with HD800 as well. I still admire the HD800 for its technical superiority over the HE-560, and... IMO, it's probably the closest I'll ever get to...
 Yep. And since we've brought this back here, I think I'll provide some data on why I think the Z7's drivers have "potential". Here's the FR of the R10 as measured by the guy who measured the Z7 graphs that I used for the ports: And here is the frequency response of the Sony Z7 as measured by the same guy... although likely using a different compensation curves -> peaks are more/less pronounced If you ask me, I'd say... I'm seeing the same peak at around 3KHz, and also the...
 Well, I did get the chance to try Out Of Your Head at a meet at some point. I didn't quite like the way it sounded, but then... it was probably due to the noisy environment. To me, it sounded a bit... artificial, and not necessarily "real" or "holographic". I have heard the HD800 on systems that cause it to be holographic (Rag/Ygg combo), and yet the rig that I heard Out Of Your Head out of at the time couldn't convey that. As for the HE-560, I guess my frame of reference...
 Bright doesn't necessarily mean it's "transparent". For instance, the Audeze LCD-2 can hardly be described as bright, but yet it could be fairly transparent. On the other hand, something like the Ultrasone Edition 10 is bright... very very bright, but not transparent at all. It's kind of hard to convey this, but once you go and listen more to higher-end gears, then that "transparency" will start to make some sense. It's what people meant by "speed", "transient", etc......
  I would disagree... HE-560 even at stock would still have more bass extension and sound somewhat smoother, less strident than HD800. Modded HD800 simply sound warmer, and slightly smoother, but still not as smooth as HE-560, which can be a bit too silky at times. A modded HE-560, IMO, would only be behind HD800 in resolution, but would be superior everywhere else. Modded HE-560 essentially sounds like it has LCD-2/3 bass with HE-560 smoothness and midrange (but without...
Well, I have used my Z7 on a bus...   ...yeah, the cable was annoying.   Noise isolation is actually fairly good on a bus. The relaxed treble is actually quite welcome here, as I had to turn up the volume slightly more than usual to combat bus noise (and extra vibrations), but no fatigue set in. And bus was loud enough that no one else could hear what I was listening to.   In a completely quiet office, though, the Z7 does leak out some very faint music. Again... not...
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