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post #91 of 105
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K1000s arived today (link to pictures). Every time I heard a diesel truck approach, I glanced out the window to see if it was FedEx. Way too early to really know what I've got in K1000s, but I’m optimistic they'll make for a killer Headfi system.

After a quick listen I moved the K1000s to a vintage NAD for burn-in.



The Zu / 650s continue burn-in on the Wadia (I'm using my DVD as a transport (connected via digital cable) to keep hours off Wadia's transport / laser).
post #92 of 105
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After living with -- and burning in -- the Zu for a few days, I must say I like this cable. The first day or two, I was sure I would need to get the Equinox before feeling satisfied with 650s. But now I find this combo doing a great job. Especially at full listening volume, these phones really come to life. And there is MUCH MORE detail than I found with BDv2.

Zu weaknesses as compared to BDv2 (bear in mind I no longer have the Moon to do a direct comparison, so this is from memory):

- As I remember it, I believe BDv2 may have a little more 3D soundstage.

- I especially liked solo vocals with the Moon, and again believe it may outdo the Zu here (more rounded and organic sounding).

Both cables have their strengths. And it is very possible that if you’re a classical music lover, you may prefer the Moon (or the Equinox which I have not heard).

K1000s have been burning in for about 3 days. Tonight I began making changes required to integrate them with my 2ch rig. With luck, I’ll get a good listen to my newest addition tomorrow.
post #93 of 105
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One day with the K1000s in my 2ch rig and I already like them. Because they are such a unique animal, I've started a new thread to document K1000-related posts.
post #94 of 105
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My Zu cable has now fed music to Jude’s Golden Ears!

See post 37 at this thread. Quote from Jude’s comments in that post...

Alwayswantmore was kind enough to send a custom balanced cable so that we could do what he's been posting about lately, and that's to run headphones directly from the Wadia players' outputs. The only rig I gave this specific type of listening time to was the 521 (with the Squeezebox), through a Sennheiser HD600, and it was a very impressive showing. If I owned a Wadia player or DAC, I would seriously consider not using a headphone amp <Gasp! Sacrilege!> given the quality of the output to headphones I heard directly from the 521. NOTE: For those of you not familiar with Wadia players, each has a digital volume control (with many steps), Wadia's original intent being to allow for the bypassing of a preamp, going directly from the Wadia to a speaker-driving amp. Obviously, the idea of headphone amplification directly from these outputs wasn't originally part of the plan, but, as it turns out, it was an excellent bonus benefit of their output stage designs. I think it's funny that in two previous Wadia Meets, nobody had thought to do this before. Thanks for sending the cable(s) for us to use, Alwayswantmore -- it was ear-opening, and I can see why you've been having fun with it.
post #95 of 105
I will receive a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player tomorrow, and I have a balanced cable for HD650 on the way.
The Opus 21 has a pre amplifier function, like your Wadia, but the volume comtrol is analogic, not digital. I have heard a post saying that the balanced out of the Opus 21 doesn't drive balanced HD650 as well as the Lavry DA10.
I will try both (since I own a Lavry) and will let you know my impressions
post #96 of 105
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Originally Posted by Vic
I will receive a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player tomorrow, and I have a balanced cable for HD650 on the way.
The Opus 21 has a pre amplifier function, like your Wadia, but the volume comtrol is analogic, not digital. I have heard a post saying that the balanced out of the Opus 21 doesn't drive balanced HD650 as well as the Lavry DA10.
I will try both (since I own a Lavry) and will let you know my impressions
I am curious Vic.
post #97 of 105
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The 650s and K1000s (via Ayre 2ch amp) require different gain settings from my Wadia. Newer Wadis’s have an external gain switch (so I’ve been told), but mine is internal – and a pain in the butt to switch. So one of these sets of great cans has got to go...

These are now for sale at this link... http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180609

post #98 of 105
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Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
The 650s and K1000s (via Ayre 2ch amp) require different gain settings from my Wadia. Newer Wadis’s have an external gain switch (so I’ve been told), but mine is internal – and a pain in the butt to switch. So one of these sets of great cans has got to go...

These are now for sale at this link... http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180609
Wow Kent,
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
post #99 of 105
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Originally Posted by Vic
Wow Kent,
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.

My discovery:
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.
post #100 of 105
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
My discovery:
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.
Another way to look at this...
1. Bought Aria / Ety = Invested a little over $600 for these two
3. Bought 650s + Zu = Invested ~$600 for the these two units
5. Bought K1000s = Which were more than $600, but because I had the amp, not really that expensive
So prior to some of the tweaks (like Mapleshade) my level of investment in Headfi has not been too crazy - right?
post #101 of 105
kent, just remember to enjoy the music
post #102 of 105
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Originally Posted by BrianS
kent, just remember to enjoy the music
Hi Brian, I have an iPod, PAL (portable radio) and car stereo to enjoy music on. This is my weekend driver: It's for taken the top down and finding some twisty roads!
post #103 of 105
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My 650s were shipped out today. Someone has expressed interest in my balanced Zu, but I'm waiting on confirmation.

I also bought a bunch of Mapleshade tweaks that I really like. I'm about to write a few comments on these tweaks in my K1000 thread.
post #104 of 105
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I've already posted this in my K1000s blog, but it's good news, so I'll post it here too...

Wadia has offered to modify my 830 -- with their ‘P’ upgrade -- at NO COST TO ME! So when others hear my rig at future Head-fi meets, my Wadia 830 will be the best it can be!

The ‘P’ upgrade adds a second power supply board. Addition of this board should add to the detail, dynamics and overall musicality of an already great CDP.

The 'P' mod demonstrates Wadia’s tradition of providing an upgrade path for their owners (No, this is NOT a Wadia commercial – Yes, I’m becoming one of there biggest fanboys!).

I’ve also offered to test-drive Wadia's new 581, and share impressions here at Head-fi. Details are still up in the air, but hopefully this will come to pass.

I'm planning to ship my 830 to Wadia next week.

Thank you Wadia! Thank you AKG! Thank you Head-fi!
post #105 of 105
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My Zu cable is now sold. Got Diana Krall's Live in Paris. Absolutely Love It!
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