Originally Posted by Vic
Are you sure there is not a technical issue with your own w5000?
I don't hope so.
Look at post #67, a-LeXx experiences the same issue with his DAC.
There's no significant hiss or hum when I connect my W5000s directly to the Benchmark or to a Benchmark/Rudistor RP31 combo, but these were quiet in combination with the Shure E5s either.
Unfortunately the Aqvox/DIY tube amp combination is sonically in a whole other league.I vastly prefer to listen through them despite of the DAC noise, the lacking blackground and the badly matched gain.
In a way I can sympathise with the HA-01 owners who are willing to tolerate the background noise as a trade off for the overall better SQ, but I'm hesitant to obtain a new amp with known issues.
The search continues.
Lately I thought for a moment the head-fi journey is over.
After all these years and 25+ cans (some were extremely expensive) I've finally found the headphones especially made for me.
Frankly, I've more than once thought about selling all the StaxAKGSonyGrado crap, move to a house at the fringe of my sprawl and get some decent speakers again since I was never really satisfied with headphone audio.
I'm now way past the new toy syndrome.
Satisfied for the first time, just me and the music.
They don't stop to amaze me, multiple eargasms every night.
A matching amp and source, and I'm done with head-fi as far as arguments and endless blah and FOTMs are concerned.
Well, there still will be the music subforum and the members lounge.
Now that I found love, what am I gonna do with it?