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post #61 of 86
But soundstage's magnet wire DIY ICs are cheap, easy to make, and sound so much better than monster. I also prefer Acoustic Research's low end... I am biased, though.
post #62 of 86

cables--580 vs. 600

This is my first post! This group is really excellent; I haven't been able to do any listening for a week while reading the archives here.

Great review of cables; I'd never have been able to audition them all--now I want the Cardas!

I was interested to see that some of you have multiple 600's and some have both 580's and 600's. For years, I had a great time listening to the 580's though the jack on my Rotel RA-930-AX. Recently I started upgrading--got a Linn Classik. That headphone jack needs to go to 75/100 to drive the 580's to a decent volume.

Recently saw new 600's for $210 new so I picked them up and they do sound slightly more focussed than the 580's to me. Just last week, I got a used x-canv2-cum-x-psu and am back in business bypassing the Classik's jack.

{Thanks, Nick, for the superb tutorial on rolling the x-cans tubes; I look forward to doing that once I'm used to how they sound now.}

Question: Does anyone listen to their 580's if they also have 600's? I find myself doing it just for fun (and to convince myself that the 600's are indeed slightly better). Are there some applications for which the 580's are superior? My wife tsk-tsked me for getting phones that "look just the same"

(Actually, my 600's are black/white marbled--I thought they were all that way and was surprised to see Jude's looking bright blue!)


daycart1
post #63 of 86
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Jude's 600's look blue from a color (white) balance/color temperature anomaly in the photograph. They're same color as yours Daycart1. Welcome to Head-Fi BTW!
post #64 of 86

the new senn cables

Thanks for the welcome. Say, what do you use to drive those k1000's?

Here is a better question for this thread.

Suppose you had 580's and about two hundred bucks. Which would be the better purchase for sound quality--upgrade cables, or new 600's. (Ignoring that buying a new cable will leave you with a useless cable, while buying the new cans will leave you with a nice spare)?
post #65 of 86
Cables.

Glad you liked the tube rolling tutorial. It was fun to make. By the way, I am NOT wearing PJ's in those images. My still-80's wardrobe is to blame.

I also have a pair of AKG's coming and will power them with a Bottlehead Foreplay preamp and a Parasound HCA-1000A SS THX amp.
post #66 of 86
If I may be so bold as to answer (), Kwkarth uses a SAC amplifier to drive his K1000s. it sounds great!
post #67 of 86
So uh, heh, *twitch*, I haven't listened to my hd600's for a few weeks now *twitch*. Uh, heh, uhmmm, *twitch*, uh, when th-, when the heck is the cardas going to be released?? *twitch* *twitch*
post #68 of 86
preorders will hopefully start april 1st.
post #69 of 86
How and where can we pre-order?

Thanks.
post #70 of 86
huh.

black and white marble you say?
my HD-600 is definately blue and black. very dark blue.
there is no white anywhere.

I'd be interested to see a picture of yours, daycart1.

Driftwood
post #71 of 86
Quote:
Originally posted by msjjr
How and where can we pre-order?

Thanks.
I was reading that somewhere in the headroom forum, I'll be darned if I can recall which thread... (there are about five cardas threads there).
post #72 of 86

hd 600 colors

I'm embarrassed; I listen at night in the dark and never looked at them in bright light before. I guess they ARE black and a contrasty dark blue.
post #73 of 86

Re: the new senn cables

Quote:
Originally posted by daycart1
Thanks for the welcome. Say, what do you use to drive those k1000's?

Here is a better question for this thread.

Suppose you had 580's and about two hundred bucks. Which would be the better purchase for sound quality--upgrade cables, or new 600's. (Ignoring that buying a new cable will leave you with a useless cable, while buying the new cans will leave you with a nice spare)?
Depending on what you source and amp are, I personally would be tempted to go for cables.

I see you have Linn Classik and Xcansv2 w/ Psu, so you should be able to resolve cable differences quite well, although, not knowing the tara's I can't tell which way to go for cable upgrade...
How about saving for an even better headamp?

Cheers!
post #74 of 86
Thread Starter 

Confirmation

I just received an e-mail from Cardas confirming that the first batch of Cardas headphone cables has been sent to HeadRoom, and should be there by this Friday.
post #75 of 86
yay! this is excellent news!
looks like I'll be getting my cable sometime next week...

Driftwood
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