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It also has to do with the BAL output having higher voltage swing, which comes at the expense of some current delivery. BAL mode is always my favorite for higher impedance headphones which makes sense, since those are the type that need more voltage. 
  The PK90 does have a cable going to the Molex on the SOtM card. It's my understanding that the SOtM takes power directly from whatever power supply is being used. So that's either the stock power brick or else the LPS-1 or Auraliti version.    NuForce is weird about the LPS series. They told me it was discontinued but they seem to sometimes have stock. Not sure you could use separate outputs though, and even if you could I'm not sure there would be any benefit from doing...
Nope, that's correct. It's due to their implementation. They have four "amps" if you will, using a bridge-tied load configuration for the XLR out and just driving parallel with the 1/4" jack. The result is somewhat different than the typical balanced amp that just doubles up on everything in balanced mode. 
Excellent! You will not be disappointed. Also, black with gold feet is a handsome choice. I can't decide which one I like more. And yes, these are slow in coming out of the factory. Violectric does not outsource construction in the way some others do to save time/money. So each one is lovingly hand assembled by workers who earn a good wage, which is always something worth supporting when it comes to a "luxury" product like this.
Check the pre gain setting on the V200. Sounds like yours is set to -12, the lowest setting. Raise that up and you'll be in business.
I agree completely. Sorry if I came off as defensive.... that wasn't my intent at all. I was a big fan not only of the ES5 sound but also the pricing which seemed more on the sane side compared to JH13 and UE18. So I too am curious about the increase, but not really surprised to see it.    The market is growing and I suspect Westone found themselves looking at the popularity of stuff like Tralucent and FutureSonics (cheap components selling for high prices) and wishing...
Good stuff Carlos! A rack full of PureMedia, PureAmp, and UltraDAC sounds like a killer setup.
16 ohms or 43 ohms are not unreasonable output impedances..... for a tube amp.    Let's take a look at some of the current top solid state amps on the market. The Auralic Taurus is <1 ohm for SE output and ~3 ohms for the XLR. Questyle CMA800R is <1 ohm. V200, V220, and V281 are <1 ohm. Phonitor 2 is <1 ohm. GS-X 2 is <1 ohm. Do you see the trend?   What was Sennheiser thinking? I suppose it's not too terrible for damping factor on a 300 ohm model like HD800. Not quite...
  Because they can? Seriously though, their line of thinking probably goes something like this: ES5 was very competitive with JH13FP and other top models of the past few years. It went for under $1k which made it more affordable than most of those others, by several hundred dollars. Since $1499 is no longer a shocklingly high price for a custom IEM, maybe they feel they need to step up to the higher price range.  I know nothing about their design or whether it does...
I like it too, thus far anyway. I've been PMing with Svyr about it from the get go, and it's interesting how different we hear it. I wonder if anything has changed behind the scenes, or if there's some other explanation. I know Lear did make several tweaks here and there so perhaps the version Joe has and the one I have is different from the one on tour? Still trying to figure out the sound but I'm not hearing what they report.    Of course, this is for the custom molded...
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