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Yeah, I figured that was the case.   Sorry, it's just that I skimped through.     And yeah, like I edited above, $800 for the Schiit Lyr 2 and Bifrost would be a good investment.   I originally didn't like the sound of the Lyr 2 driving my first HE-560, which has now been replaced due to a right-driver-rattling issue.   But I got to hear the Lyr 2 again, this time with a darker DAC than the Anedio D2, which is bright-ish.   In fact, I heard the Lyr 2 with the...
Well, that's hard. Considering the headphone... even on the used market, is already $700 - $750, so you're giving only about $50 - $100 for amping. That's not really a lot.   In fact, we tried my HE-560 out of the Schiit Magni and Modi stack just last week, and it didn't sound good at all. Thick, slow, and not enough sparkle... also collapsed soundstaging.   Or did you mean $800 for both the DAC and amp, and the headphone is separate?   In which case, I'd say......
With regards to Piano Guys, here's one of their tracks with volume balancing and soundstaging issues:     Vocal is audibly recessed in this song. Instruments easily overpower any vocal that there is. But then at 3:20, vocal is suddenly boosted to the forefront.   Youtube's compression doesn't help much, either, but the actual track that is up for purchase isn't much different. It's slightly cleaner, but not necessarily better.   I mean, I understand that piano and...
 Yep. That's good indeed. Thanks! And the first track does sound like it has the potential to be sibilant, but... it's not sibilant. It's just a bit splashy, like she's standing too close to an unfiltered mic. Definitely more "in-my-face", but I quite enjoyed it. As for 2 Cellos, I think I'm hearing where the mic clips with all of the crazy stuffs going on. Those guys desperately need better mics to record their performances, which I think has the potential to be something...
Ah, I see what you mean now. Yeah, that's too bad. The original is very very very good. Possibly the best metal recording I have heard in a while. Absolutely no flaw whatsoever. No clipping, very nice soundstaging, and very good details. Also a good contender for eargasm.
 Look above you?  Or actually, I'll post it again since you missed it.  It's not so bad-ish... but the CD version is still cleaner by a significant margin. Ah well...
That's the softness that Youtube introduced in their compression that I noted. (Oh, and it's also there in Tool - Lateralus, but I suspect the song will still do quite well)   The CD version is far cleaner and much more detailed, and it gives a much better image of her voice. I can only imagine what the vinyl version would sound like.   Now that I think about it, it's probably not a good combination with the Z7 either way, because now I'm imagining the Z7 as being this...
Well, he doesn't like Norah Jones either.   And I'd admit Norah Jones is over-used in reviews and impressions, but that's simply because... her early recordings are so bad that they would highlight the flaws of your setup if something goes awry in the midrange.   As in... if anything is out of the ordinary, it'll be highlighted since her recordings push those flaws past the clipping point.   Anyway, if you guys don't like her or Anne Bisson, I guess this might...
Well, that's what I was afraid.   I couldn't appreciate her or Norah Jones while I had my Audio Technica headphone, either. It sort of made all vocals sound the same way, like a normalizer for vocals.   And that's not to say they sound "bad". They all sound "good", but not necessarily "beautiful".   It wasn't until I heard the same songs again on a higher-end rig that I could appreciate all of the little nuances in their voices.
Cool. So we know Z7 at least has enough bass pressure to turn that song into an ear massage.    Now let's see how it does with vocals. Here's a song I've just discovered... that I think is a good judge for vocal characteristics:     If possible, I'd suggest finding the CD for this one. Youtube compression takes most of the details and textures away and has a weird smoothing effect that sort of masks the cymbals, too. But the soul is still there for the vocal, so...
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