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I will start a new thread at some point but I know there were a lot of people in this one over the past few years expressing interest in this idea.... so I'll start here for now.   When Invicta first launched, there was hope that Resonessence Labs would eventually give us a more affordable version capturing the same essence but without the built-in headphone amp or the SD card playback feature. Those are great, but not everyone needs them, and they surely add to the...
I was just about to pop in here with that same news, plus a bit more. Glad they finally have a date on it.    X-Sabre 2 coming very soon. Has the new ES9028Pro chip on board, and volume control as well for pre-amp functionality (something I heard people had wanted on the original X-Sabre). Enclosure is still substantial - possibly more so this time around, if you can believe it - and there's a display to help track volume and input selections. I don't have details about...
  Yeah, $3-10k (or higher) DACs versus a $100 add-on to a budget all-in-one. Seems pretty lopsided to me.
  The cable is detachable so you can swap it out whenever you want, including using a balanced cable. 
The info that it's an HD650 rather than HD600 comes from Massdrop who set the whole project up with Sennheiser. Now, if Senn is making modern HD650 examples that sound more like what some people associate with HD600, I suppose there's no accounting for that.    For my part, the HD6XX is very obviously an HD650. I've owed quite a few of each model over the years and I don't think there's much question about it. YMMV.
  Made in Ireland just like the "regular" HD600 and HD650. 
 That is true. Not Massdrop's fault of course, and not that I think they should stop doing this sort of amazing deal, but that is an unfortunate side effect.  EDIT then again, nobody should think of their headphone purchases as any sort of wise investment, with a few rare exceptions (R10, L3000, and other rarities). Buy it, try it, if you don't like it then sell it quickly and move on. Headphones, like all audio gear really, will continue to drop in price as time goes by....
 DOOOOO EEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      There's really not much to say this time around. It's just so obvious. But I'll throw in a few words anyway just so my post isn't purely pictures.    Massdrop has carved out a niche in releasing their own versions of iconic headphones, with some unique properties and spectacular prices. First came the AKG K7XX - a ninja-black take on the K702 65th Anniversary Edition which had an MSRP of $499 just a few years back. Then came the Fostex TH-X00, a customized...
I've discovered the joys of variable sound based on different tips being used..... this makes it that much more complicated to nail down the character of the Capricorn. Triple flange tips give me a more light weight, vocal oriented presentation, with excellent resolution and fast, tight bass. I really like the sound but not so much the comfort. Need to find some foam tips as that should be a good indicator of how the custom version sounds (give or take). 
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