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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

Trust me, it's an upgrade from that Fostex.



Didn't you apply the Rastapants 2 mod? Some have proclaimed this the LCD-2 slayer. Where did you go so horribly wrong? wink.gif

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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post

Balony!  Understand how to interpret "a" FR graph and it is the most important tool in understanding how the overall tonal balance of the headphone might sound, and with that how the timbres of the instruments might be replicated.  All other measurements might give you a better picture of the finer points, but one can never tell how a headphone's overall tonal balance with any other measurement other than the FR curve.

 

Where did I knock FR graphs?  confused.gif 

 

I'm not getting into this any further, I think you can interpret what I mean.

 

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I can't imagine even the best modded T50 rp with a semiclosed earcup will have that true open sound of a good open headphone, like the HD650.  I do agree the planar advantage of the T50rp is indeed real.

 

No, it will never have an open sound...obviously.  But that doesn't mean it can't work, the presentation just works on some T50s, like it does for Edition 8s & R10s.  You wouldn't notice nor call them inferior.

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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

Didn't you apply the Rastapants 2 mod? Some have proclaimed this the LCD-2 slayer. Where did you go so horribly wrong? wink.gif


To be honest, I'm not sure where I went wrong.  I followed it precisely except for adding the optional reflex dot.  Still, I wouldn't knock the T50s nor it's proponents because I've heard a well-tuned DIY T50 before, and they're good.

 

On another note: my commissioned Cavalli Tube Hybrid is ready!  I just have to go pick it up from my builder.  

 

Here's my new HD650 amp:

 

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post #5224 of 37365

can anybody help me upgrading my setup for HD650???

am looking for dac/amp combo and my budget is around £400.

 

does anybody have the nuforce hdp?? what do you think about it?

post #5225 of 37365

You should spend some more time with it first hammy tongue.gif

post #5226 of 37365
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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post



I can't imagine even the best modded T50 rp with a semiclosed earcup will have that true open sound of a good open headphone, like the HD650.  I do agree the planar advantage of the T50rp is indeed real.

 


 

This depends, a modded T50RP will sound a lot better than an underamped HD650 (a lifeless, dark, and extremely colored HD650). However, a modded T50RP versus a well amped HD650 is out of the question. The HD650 wins that game tenfold.

post #5227 of 37365

How's that MJ review coming along Austin?

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Originally Posted by B-Dawk20 View Post

How's that MJ review coming along Austin?



Soon. Sorry, been busy. Just got myself a Q701 the other day so got a little overexcited. redface.gif I'm in the process of listening right now. I'll report back very soon, don't leave me yet! wink.gif

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Oh no, no issues at all! While you're at it, I'm sure you'll be listening to MJ through the man's headphones who played a big role in his career.

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As B-Dawk20 Requested, my HD650 impressions with MJ:

 

"Man In the Mirror" After listening to a lot of MJ's songs, the HD650 pairs really well a lot of his music. Man In the Mirror is quite a medium paced song and sounds quite well. Midrange centric and quite sweet on the HD650. MJ's vocals are crystal clear, slightly laid back, but still very enjoyable.

 

"Billie Jean" Another great pick. Not too fast, but not too slow either. Again, MJ's voice sounds perfect and crystal clear through the HD650. Did I mention that this song has great PRaT as well (pace, rhythm, and timing).

 

"Thriller" Sounds pretty good as well. Maybe a bit fast, but nonetheless very enjoyable. Again, MJ's music fits perfectly with the HD650's vibe. Medium to slightly fast paced temp, laid back (but clear) vocals, and fantastic PRaT.

 

I really don't need to go on and don't want to go in depth as it's not needed. B-Dawk, if your powering the HD650 with a good amp, MJ will bring you hours of sonic pleasure through the HD650's. smile.gif

post #5231 of 37365

It's quite weird actually. The HD650 doesn't play well with MJ at all when underamped. More than likely why my first impressions were rather sour. Those impressions above where from an HD650 amped by a Schiit Valhalla. 

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I'm listening to MJ's Off the Wall, a vinyl rip I made several years ago using my old B&O TT.  Yowza! Great separation, punchy bass lines and great vocal character.  Man I long for the old album engineering of the 70's and 80's! Sadly, I only saved an AAC copy for my wife as disk space was not cheap a few years back.  DR meter shows these track average 15DB dynamic range.  This is via audio-gd fun to my stock 650's.  I'll hook up the fun directly to my TT phono preamp later today, and give the vinyl a listen.  The lossy compression just about entirely erases groove noise, so I should pick up a lot of the highs and detail that lossy tosses out.  Should be fun.

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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post

Didn't you apply the Rastapants 2 mod? Some have proclaimed this the LCD-2 slayer. Where did you go so horribly wrong? wink.gif


To be honest, I'm not sure where I went wrong.  I followed it precisely except for adding the optional reflex dot.  Still, I wouldn't knock the T50s nor it's proponents because I've heard a well-tuned DIY T50 before, and they're good.

 

On another note: my commissioned Cavalli Tube Hybrid is ready!  I just have to go pick it up from my builder.  

 

Here's my new HD650 amp:

 

687abba3_IMG_15552.jpg


That looks cool. Does it take 6DJ8 tubes and its variants? If so, I'd recommend you look at Amperex tubes for great synergy with the HD650. The A-frame Orange Globes really inject zest into the HD650 through the Lyr. Its bottom end is heavy (but still somewhat controlled) and the mids are energetic and incredibly lush. Coloured but so much fun, think Moon hdam but more refined. The Bugle Boys are more transparent and balanced. It's more airy and less forward, akin to the Earth hdam but again, more refined.

 

post #5234 of 37365
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

As B-Dawk20 Requested, my HD650 impressions with MJ:

 

"Man In the Mirror" After listening to a lot of MJ's songs, the HD650 pairs really well a lot of his music. Man In the Mirror is quite a medium paced song and sounds quite well. Midrange centric and quite sweet on the HD650. MJ's vocals are crystal clear, slightly laid back, but still very enjoyable.

 

"Billie Jean" Another great pick. Not too fast, but not too slow either. Again, MJ's voice sounds perfect and crystal clear through the HD650. Did I mention that this song has great PRaT as well (pace, rhythm, and timing).

 

"Thriller" Sounds pretty good as well. Maybe a bit fast, but nonetheless very enjoyable. Again, MJ's music fits perfectly with the HD650's vibe. Medium to slightly fast paced temp, laid back (but clear) vocals, and fantastic PRaT.

 

I really don't need to go on and don't want to go in depth as it's not needed. B-Dawk, if your powering the HD650 with a good amp, MJ will bring you hours of sonic pleasure through the HD650's. smile.gif



wink_face.gif I think you may of just convinced me to get a pair.

post #5235 of 37365
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Originally Posted by RonO View Post

I'm listening to MJ's Off the Wall, a vinyl rip I made several years ago using my old B&O TT.  Yowza! Great separation, punchy bass lines and great vocal character.  Man I long for the old album engineering of the 70's and 80's! Sadly, I only saved an AAC copy for my wife as disk space was not cheap a few years back.  DR meter shows these track average 15DB dynamic range.  This is via audio-gd fun to my stock 650's.  I'll hook up the fun directly to my TT phono preamp later today, and give the vinyl a listen.  The lossy compression just about entirely erases groove noise, so I should pick up a lot of the highs and detail that lossy tosses out.  Should be fun.



Well you actually OWN the Vinyl correct? There are a few lossless vinyl rips out there for Off the Wall. UK, American, Japanese, etc. Try searching around for them.

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