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^^ Yes, I am definitely not very familiar with your AKG. But I am very familiar with how my Modi, Magni, Bifrost, Lyr and DT880 mixing and matching with one another before I sold the M&M combo. So I will tell you that there is definitely a lot more substance behind the Bifrost compared to the Modi. Whether your headphones and your amp can realize that extra potential is another question that I am less clear on.
I dunno about your $150 AKG Q701, but on my $250 Beyerdynamic DT-880 with a Magni, the Bifrost definitely brought out some easily noticeable improvement in most of the important areas -- transparency, separation of instruments, level of detail compared to the Modi. Sound stage also improved somewhat, but it seemed like it was constrained by the Magni a little bit. When I swapped the Magni out for a Lyr, that freed up a bigger sound stage still.As Tuco says, you are really...
^^ Modi to Bifrost
I'd say it isn't really the M&M that is letting you down. Rather, it is the built-in sound (DAC) on your Mac that is already pretty good to start with. Add the fact that you were using IEMs that require very little power to drive (ie. you don't need some super powerful amp to provide enough juice), and we have what you described -- not very much improvement over your existing setup.Had you been listening to some onboard Realtek HD audio that are common place on PC...
Really dumb question here since I have minimal electrical / wiring knowledge -- how do I check my power outlets for grounding issues? Or is this something that is best left to qualified electricians -- or at least someone who isn't as clueless as I am?I'm pretty sure I don't want to kill myself... yet...
Are these the tubes that simply didn't past testing? (but would still play music in an amp or whatever) Or are they really so dead (ie. burnt out?) that they won't play anything at all?
Thank you for sharing your experience, Timpicks! While I'm very happy with the Voshkod, you are certainly getting me curious about these Matsushxta E8CC/6922.Hmm... the perils of this hobby... I should have known better when the forum welcome line is "Welcome to Head-Fi, and sorry about your wallet."
Other than the Lyr, I've auditioned the HD800 with a Burson Conductor, and a Modi+Magni combo as well, although it all happened at different times. I suppose they're all different beasts, so it is a little difficult to directly compare them. The Conductor was certainly very impressive, esp in terms of smoothness and detail retrieval. But it is hard for me to compare that experience with the Lyr + HD800 since there is quite a time gap between the two.
Oh, I 100% agree. I can't tell you how much I appreciate Bob's help and his willingness to share both his experience and his tubes with the rest of us.Now... if the weekend could only come fast enough so that I can get back into some listening sessions with those Voshkod 6N23P...
I am currently using a pair of HD800 with the Lyr (and Bifrost), and I will say that with the stock Lyr tubes (GE 6BZ7), the treble is a little overemphasized, and the mid and bass are a little weak. Everything else with this combo is great.With a set of Voskhod 6N23P, however, all I can say is holy @#$*)$#@($!!! The Voskhods really bring out the mids and bass from the music, and it also tames the treble overemphasis without losing any detail. I am really enjoying this...
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