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post #106 of 1341
Hmm, very interesting. Thank you Garry for your insights. I really hope that I can somehow try out the HA-02 somewhere in Vancouver before buying it but I doubt that would happen. Anyways, cheapest price ever =

2,450.00 HKD = 313.448 USD
Hong Kong Dollars United States Dollars
1 HKD = 0.127938 USD 1 USD = 7.81630 HKD

Keep in mind, if you order online you have to pay taxes/shipping and handling/customs extra fees

^_^ enjoy

Btw, Garry I envy you for living in the land of the MTR and the octopus. I personally met the guy who made the octopus by accident and it was pretty surprising =\
post #107 of 1341
Nenso,

You're very welcome.

Good price indeed for the 1000s . Did you pick them up in Mong Kok by chance? Not sure if you read earlier in this post, but had it not been for the Yammy, it was likely to be "Sayonara" to the W1000s. Hope you're able to get a listen to this combo soon.

Yes, I very fortunate to live here. Very convenient indeed and the closest thing to HiFi heaven on earth .

Cheers,
Garry
post #108 of 1341
Yes Garry, I did get them in Mongkok at this street beside Shoe Street. There was this elderly man before me and the shopkeeper told me that he came from somewhere pretty far away in HK, and he bought a HA5000 = =. My top 2 wanted amps would be Yammy + HA5000. Does anyone know how they sound compared to each other, since they're both Japanese and sound good on similar headphones?

'it was likely to be "Sayonara" to the W1000s.'

More like 'OH! Yammy too! I buy both! ^_^ no more ATH-CM700ti and AT-HA25D (which is a very low end amp)'
post #109 of 1341
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Originally Posted by Deuterium View Post
Thanks, I am looking forward to getting the piece. I am going to put it into the primary rig, although this may require me switching headphones from the Senns. I am wrestling with what cans will make a good match for this amp.
Am wondering much the same, what can will be best for the Yamamoto HA-02's.

Apparently have 8 weeks still to ponder whether my Senn's will do, or will I have to make a change ...
post #110 of 1341
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Originally Posted by Nenso View Post
My top 2 wanted amps would be Yammy + HA5000. Does anyone know how they sound compared to each other, since they're both Japanese and sound good on similar headphones?
I have the HA5000 and am very interested in this comparison as well.
post #111 of 1341
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Originally Posted by java View Post
Am wondering much the same, what can will be best for the Yamamoto HA-02's.

Apparently have 8 weeks still to ponder whether my Senn's will do, or will I have to make a change ...
My first choice for pure listening pleasure goes to the W1000s but haven't heard any Sennheisers with this amp.
I loaned my Yamamoto and ATs to a friend for 5 days, just got them back,bliss.
post #112 of 1341
Wow! Excellent price. I paid approximately $150 USD more for mine last year and the dollar was 8% stronger then. I agree with the above posts regarding my W1000s and bass. I wish it were half way between the W1000 and the HD650s then that would be music bliss. Interesting also in that the best combos I have found for my W1000s were always SS amps. I do not have much experience with W1000 and tube amps save for 909s Moth 2a3 but I felt the HD650s had better all around synergy with Moth/EC tube amps than the W1000s. I feel now though the EC/SS mates really well with the W1000s, a very musical and almost analog type of sound similar to what the Yammy would offer I guess.


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Originally Posted by Nenso View Post
Hmm, very interesting. Thank you Garry for your insights. I really hope that I can somehow try out the HA-02 somewhere in Vancouver before buying it but I doubt that would happen. Anyways, cheapest price ever =

2,450.00 HKD = 313.448 USD
Hong Kong Dollars United States Dollars
1 HKD = 0.127938 USD 1 USD = 7.81630 HKD

Keep in mind, if you order online you have to pay taxes/shipping and handling/customs extra fees

^_^ enjoy

Btw, Garry I envy you for living in the land of the MTR and the octopus. I personally met the guy who made the octopus by accident and it was pretty surprising =\
post #113 of 1341
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Originally Posted by tuatara View Post
My first choice for pure listening pleasure goes to the W1000s but haven't heard any Sennheisers with this amp.
I loaned my Yamamoto and ATs to a friend for 5 days, just got them back,bliss.
Well, I expect that they will sound good, but whether they will sound at their best is what bothers me ...

Thinks I must start saving for W1000's regardless, tho RS1's might be easier to come by, not necessarily cheaper tho ...

Thanks,
post #114 of 1341
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Originally Posted by tuatara
My first choice for pure listening pleasure goes to the W1000s but haven't heard any Sennheisers with this amp.
I loaned my Yamamoto and ATs to a friend for 5 days, just got them back,bliss.

Well, I expect that they will sound good, but whether they will sound at their best is what bothers me ...
Java,

re: Tuatara's comments concering the W1000s and the Yammy.

In my opinion, no need for you to be concerned . . . having tried the W1000s with my amps, not to mention quite a variety of other amps auditioned as well, I can say with all confidence that the W1000s will be on their best behaviour with the HA-02 .


Cheers,
Garry
post #115 of 1341
My HA-02 is on order with Shigeki Yamamoto San. Now for the ensuing two month wait :-( Hopefully I'll know the HA5000 by then to do some fairly quick A-B comparisons when it arrives.

Earlier in the month, I had foolishly refused the offer to demo a PS Audio GCHA as I had no real intention of buying it.

Tuatara / GarryH- are you able to do a comparison of the W1000 vs W5000 on the HA-02? How close are they in terms of performance? Does one do a certain kind of music better than the other? Which would you prefer on the HA-02 if you had to make a choice?

Cheers!
post #116 of 1341
Hi Fing,

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Tuatara / GarryH- are you able to do a comparison of the W1000 vs W5000 on the HA-02? How close are they in terms of performance? Does one do a certain kind of music better than the other? Which would you prefer on the HA-02 if you had to make a choice?
Check out post #82 of this thread to get my thoughts on the W1000s & W5000s.

Decisions, Decisions . . . . . . if this were to be my only rig and had to make a choice it would probably be the W1000s. If not, and another amp was in the house, office, etc., the W5000s would be my choice. IMO, they are a more versatile set of cans which work well with a wider range of amps, SS and tube alike.

Cheers,
Garry

BTW - that is one funny avatar you've got there!
post #117 of 1341
Thanks for your thoughts Garry - apologies for forgetting your review on post #82!

My plan is to use the Yammy at work with either a W1000, W5000 or the new Denon D5000. The 'phat bass' of the D5000 is currently quite alluring and it will be interesting to have a contrast to the W5k at home.

I have a month and a half to make up my mind :-)

Edit: thanks for the kind words on my avatar :-) - what's yours about? Looks vaguely topical for where you're based (my parents are from HK ;-)
post #118 of 1341
Fing,

You're welcome - no need for apologies.

Lucky guy - so many choices. I am very intrigued by the Denons (both the 2000s & 5000s) and have heard good things about both. Tried to get off the purchase treadmill and you had to bring them into the picture !

The W1000s were my first set of cans and when purchasing them, I thought that they were good, but not great . . . until the Yammy came to town . If I read you right, and you already have the W5000s, then I'd be very tempted to go with the Denons. That said, truth be told, aesthetics are an important factor to me and the W1000 mated with the Yammy are truly delicious and exude an almost Lexus like quality if that makes any sense.

BTW - yes, my avatar is somewhat "local" as it based on the movie TaiPan. A few of my friends jokingly refer to me as that and I figured, "hey, give the people what the want!" .

Gotta run now and catch a slow boat to China right now . . .

Cheers,
Garry
post #119 of 1341
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Originally Posted by Fing View Post
Tuatara / GarryH- are you able to do a comparison of the W1000 vs W5000 on the HA-02? How close are they in terms of performance? Does one do a certain kind of music better than the other? Which would you prefer on the HA-02 if you had to make a choice?

Cheers!
If I had to make a choice I'd go with the W1000 but only with the Yamamoto.
The W5000 works much better with my other amps but lacks that touch of mid range colour that the HA-02/W1000 combo has.
This pairing has become my primary listening rig and seems to handle all types of music(haven't tried classical) but there's no doubt that the W5000 has more impact with rock.
I'm trying some GE408as at the moment in place of the WE set and the differences are not huge, maybe a little less extension at both ends but I feel a little more midrange warmth with the W5000s.


I like the W1000/Yammy combo enough to seriously consider getting another pair to stash away as backup in case my current set go belly up.

I'd like to hear how the amp fares with the Denons and the AD2000, more interesting options.
post #120 of 1341
Ok thanks - you've helped me make up my mind ;-)

I'll be ordering a W1000 to go with the yammy.

Will probably get a Darth Denon when Larry starts offering them for sale.
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