post #61 of 82
11/13/08 at 12:55pm
After burn-in my pair sounds rather good.. I'm past the new-toy syndrome and am beginning to long for certain elements in the sound..
I'm sure gilmore lite is very transparent, but what i want a little more is that certain punch in the mid-low sectio, fuller sound in general and more bass. I'm receiving a Zero DAC soon, and will try modding it.
Have you tried the AD2000s with your GS Solo Gradofan2? If not, which amp DO you prefer to use with them? Thanks..
I think so too! They sound a bit, hmm.. like flesh is missing around the bones?
Ok I'll try lending them both (solo/novo). Kicas Caliente sounds interesting and isn't too expensive. It is mentioned on purity audio's site that you might "pick up minor background hiss with low impedance/high sensitivity phones when music's not playing".
Warm SS sounds always good
Have to try the X-Can V8 too, didn't like it with grados that much, and with the optional PSU it's a tad over my budget.. Will see.
The AD2000s aren't bad with the Solo... but... the Solo really excels with the Senns, and other high impedance phones. I'd probably pick the X-Can v8 for the AD2000s over the Solo.
Or... the GS Novo... is reportedly pretty good with low impedance phones, like the AD2000s, Grados, and Denons.
Or... the KICAS Caliente - which is reported to be pretty good with all types of phones.
Or... I suspect they would sound great with the Mapletree Purist HD+ amps, which are reportedly great with Grados.
Of course, they're great with my WA6 SE Maxd.
But... I think they need a warmer sounding amp, than the Headamp line... and one with lots of current output. I'd be tempted to try the KICAS Caliente with them.
sorry to hijack oldson's hijack with my post.
My AD2000 setup just isn't even remotely similar to what ASR describes in his review. What is wrong with it (my setup):
Foobar2000 -> X-fi(ASIO) -> optical -> Zero dac (OPA-Earth) -> Little Dot MKIII (russian driver tubes) -> AD2000
I do not have any special cables yet, only cheap standard cables.
My setup is very far from the extreme bass that ASR describes, VERY far. The AD2000 show more deep-bass rumble than RS1 and similar to HD600, but the RS1(both versions) and HD600 have more bass punch(kick-bass).
The position of the AD2000 on the head has a very large effect on the sound, but in now way is the bass even close to extreme, pad-mod or not.