Originally Posted by Vic
this is a surprise. I thought you were really enjoying the HD650 balanced and still experimenting with different cables. Man you take your decisions quickly
Like I said, the 650s require a different gain setting internal to the Wadia (switching takes about 10 minutes to open the top cover and make the change). So it’s just not practical to keep both sets.
I could also solve the problem by adding another headamp, and driving the headamp / 650s from Wadia’s single end outs. But that would mean buying an amp, changing the Zu to a single end cable, and giving up that big balanced sound.
When I ordered the Zu I was just beginning to research the possibilities of K1000s. Which, by the way, I had heard a few weeks prior to that at a meet in Nashville, but was not impressed (based on a short listen in less than favorable meet conditions, I felt my 650s to be a better match for my needs). But when I discoverd that K1000s work well with a good two channel amp, that got me thinking about the move (I already owned the Ayre, which is pretty top shelf, and runs fully balanced outs).
I still think that balanced 650s have a special magic. But there's no denying that K1000s with the right gear are IMO even better (even larger soundstage, more detail, more speaker-like experience). I also still feel that the Zu is just what the 650s need to come alive.
So yea, it's quick. But as I see it, there's no reason to wait. Plus, the money can be earmarked for other upgrades, or maybe a Squeezebox.
1. Bought Aria / Ety
2. Discovered my Wadia could drive balanced headphones – therefore the move to 650s
3. Bought 650s
4. Discovered that K1000s are designed to be driven by an 2ch class A amp (with 20-30 watt min)
5. Bought K1000s, and now selling 650s
If I knew that K1000s sounded great from a 2ch amp, I could have jumped right to step 5.
Will there be a set of electrostats in my future? Making that big of a jump would probably require I also get a new wife, so likely not.
P.S. I will probably always be monogamous to one high-end setup (same with my wife). And I will continue to look for ways to improve this rig to satisfy my audiophile cravings. And I am still very satisfied using my iPod / Ety, or even my Tivoli PAL to satisfy the music lover in me.