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post #16 of 49
Not surprising. The Senn 650, HeadAmp Lite is a great starter rig that you have to go way up from to get better not just different sound.

On the O2 side of things, swap that ES-1 for a KGSS and on top of great extention, bass slam is as good as the Senn 650 if not stronger. That's with the Stello DA220 though never heard the Monarchy M24.
post #17 of 49
Nice write up! I like the amp in black... looks pretty sharp! I've heard mixed things about the Lite and GS-1 so I am anxious to hear them at the meet to see how they sound. I almost bought the GS-1 a while back but ended up with a PPX3 Slam. Did you try any other headphones with the Lite?
post #18 of 49
[QUOTE=Solude;2606325That's with the Stello DA220 though never heard the Monarchy M24.[/QUOTE]

I don't doubt the Stello is helping you a bit there, that's an area where it certainly takes a bit of authority over other DACs I've heard.
post #19 of 49
"Aristaeus should ship on Monday"

WOO HOO that's news to me. Mine can't be too far behind.


Mitch
post #20 of 49
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
Not surprising. The Senn 650, HeadAmp Lite is a great starter rig that you have to go way up from to get better not just different sound.

On the O2 side of things, swap that ES-1 for a KGSS and on top of great extention, bass slam is as good as the Senn 650 if not stronger. That's with the Stello DA220 though never heard the Monarchy M24.
I'm sure it's probably veiled to some, but I've learnt that my ears are just very very sensitive to HF, so the ES-1 + OII's highs are perfectly fine for me! Although the KGSS probably kicks much ass too.

As our thresholds for hearing high-frequencies diminish over time, it is likely that my tastes will change in the upcoming years -- my age probably has much to do with my 'strange' preferences for darkness.

I am rather tempted now to try a Singlepower Extreme or go fully balanced as I'm very curious to see what the HD650s can truly do!
post #21 of 49
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by wakeride74 View Post
Nice write up! I like the amp in black... looks pretty sharp! I've heard mixed things about the Lite and GS-1 so I am anxious to hear them at the meet to see how they sound. I almost bought the GS-1 a while back but ended up with a PPX3 Slam. Did you try any other headphones with the Lite?
I currently have some money I set aside (from Christmas) for a new headphone to try instead of the HD650. I was planning on rebuying the RS-1 to try out in this rig, but I'm not too sure now. It was either a new headphone or a source upgrade (whatever that may be).

I have a pair of JVC Marshmallows which sound great out of this rig too, but that's not saying much.
post #22 of 49
Akwok:

I too am very sensitive to HF. While this may have something to do with our relatively 'virgin' hearing, it also has to do with personal taste of musical presentation. The HE90's to ME are the best headphones bar none. BUT, and this is a big BUT (), it took a while to get to the point where the HF was controlled yet extended, the bass deep and punchy yet articulate, the midrange smooth yet involving, the transients handled correctly with speed yet still realistic with proper handling of the sibilance (Especially the sibilance), etc... etc... Know full well your HE90's aren't performing well if you are noticing too much sibilance (this even bears true on relatively poor recordings with unbalanced HF). I spent a lot of money getting it right (READ: Scrooge McQuack style dough), and now I believe I have the best headphone system in existence. :0 (I Accept all and ANY Challengers, lol!)

There are two scenarios for the HE90 IMHO - a relatively unresolving setup that brings out the euphonic character of the headphone. This will have a more blurred and 'darker' presentation (comparatively speaking), but it will sound great and very smooth.

The other solution is to get these headphones to reach their peak. This means upgrading to an amazing source/DAC combo, good cables, power rengerator, whatever... it depends on individual circumstances. But the thing is, going this route will be superior in every way ONLY as an end result. It is actually far worse when this scenario is incomplete because these headphones will clearly show you what components are not performing up to par.

Before the HE90's I was not a believer (or a strong beliver) in good inteconnects & power cords. Am I now? Yes, absolutely. I have a pretty good HD6X0 balanced rig. It is not nearly as sensitive, and I can see my old tastes and biases holding true with this system. But certainly not with the VD (IC & PC) connected EMM Labs CDSD/DCC2 (w/Optimus EMM Glass Fiberoptic IC Between DAC/CDP) -> HE90/HEV90/ES-1. I presume the Aristeaus will be in a similar class.

Just my .39 cents.

Neil
post #23 of 49
the black g-lite is dead sexy. i'm waiting for your review of the he90 + aristeaus. i'd like to hear one myself one day to see what top of the line headphones shoudl sound like, but for now, i'm happy with what i have.
post #24 of 49
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Originally Posted by Iron_Dreamer View Post
I don't doubt the Stello is helping you a bit there, that's an area where it certainly takes a bit of authority over other DACs I've heard.
Good point Trojan. Take a natural sounding DAC, pair it with a clean amp like the Glite, plug into some Senns, and it sounds like very good synergy to me.
post #25 of 49
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Originally Posted by laxx View Post
the black g-lite is dead sexy. i'm waiting for your review of the he90 + aristeaus. i'd like to hear one myself one day to see what top of the line headphones shoudl sound like, but for now, i'm happy with what i have.
absolutely. on looks alone it competes with the big boys. good to hear a solid state dynamic combo can hang with the electrostats!
post #26 of 49
Isn't this the unit that someone said was no better than a transistor radio?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...ansistor+radio

I did not believe it then nor do I today.

This is a nice set of components. Glad you are enjoying them.
post #27 of 49
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Isn't this the unit that someone said was no better than a transistor radio?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...ansistor+radio

I did not believe it then nor do I today.

This is a nice set of components. Glad you are enjoying them.
It is AdamCalifornia after all,
post #28 of 49
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Originally Posted by slwiser View Post
Isn't this the unit that someone said was no better than a transistor radio?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...ansistor+radio

I did not believe it then nor do I today.

This is a nice set of components. Glad you are enjoying them.
the gilmore lite i personally heard was indeed not the most pleasant of amps, but seeing as how this black baby has a PSU on it and who knows what else, i'd love another shot at a listen! always keep an open ear, i say!
post #29 of 49
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Originally Posted by Dregur View Post
I'm sorry, but 500 is not really all that cheap.

It's more of a Upper-mid to lower high level. :P

-The Grinman
I just bought 3 tube adapters for my singlepower amp and 6 tubes and it was $475.00. It preaty darn cheap give the guy that.
post #30 of 49
To further summarize akwok's comments ... Conclusion: I will be selling this amp and likely the headphones in the next few weeks ... If I am not already thinking about doing so now.... I'll just make sure to write a review praising it so when I do sell it tomorrow there will be a demand for it and I can sell it for a minimal loss

I suspect the blackness of the amp with its little red pilot light adds some body to the sound... the silver version just looks clean and sterile... this looks dark and seductive... that must be it
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