Originally Posted by krmathis
I brought my Omega II and SRD-7/MK2 to one of my local Hi-Fi stores today.Hi-Fi Klubben
to be precise.
One of the guys who work there met me right inside the door and asked if he could help me. I told him that I was looking into buying an integrated amplifier, and was especially interested in the Lyngdorf TDS2200
While he lead way into the High End room he asked me what kind of speakers I have. He looked strange at me when I answered that I put my speaker (headspeakers) on my head.
We first hooked up the Lyngdorf TDA2200/CD1 combo to a pair of B&W 805s speakers, and performed some listening. Then after a while I pulled out the Omega II cary case and asked if he was ready for some headphone **magic**. He had never seen anything like this before, and pulled the SRD-7/MK2 out of my hands and started to connect it to the Lyngdorf.
In a matter of seconds the Omega II was playing music. he he
For your information. The Lyngdorf TDA2200 is a solid state fully digital amplifier, priced at $4.500.
I was first out, since after all I was the customer. It was soon pretty clear to me that this amplifier had some great potential. It clearly had the Omega II's under stronger control than what my SRM-007t can manage. But it also seemed to lacks some of the warmth and "magic" I get from of the SRM-007t. Maybe because the Lyngdorf is a fully digital solid state amplifier, while the SRM-007t is solid state/tube. Or perhaps because the SRD-7/MK2 add something to the sound that? I really don't know. But it seems like I enjoy tube amplifiers more than solid state one.
After I have concluded my listening tests I handed the Omega II over to him (the guy who worked there). He listened to some of his favorite tracks, and at the end these were his only words; "These put out the BEST midrange I have EVER heard!!
". Thats not bad, coming from a guy which handle speaker rigs worth $50.000's daily. We might actually have other switcher on the way!
I am sure a 'speaker amplifer' -> SRD-7/MK2 -> Omega II system would sound great. But I will have to test some more amplifiers before I decide if I want to stick with the old trustful SRM-007t, or not.
I don't know wheather this still applies?
Anyway, I have a Stax 4040 and a TDAI2200, also I have the SRD-7/mk2 box your are refering to.
Listning to the 404 Signature on a SRM-006t and the SRD-7/mk2 I would prefere the 006t; to me the sound is simply bigger and more open. Might be a question of personal taste.
If I had the SRD-7/mk2 and the 404, would I buy the 006t? probably not ... not that big a difference.
I have had a pair of 007II for a few month using them in the TDAI2200 (simply as a DAC) -> SRM-006t combi.
The 007II is cleary a very good headspeaker ... and compared to the 404 ...well .... I'd prefere the 007II ... that is out of the box, so to speak.
If you do a little of tweaking, using the DSP from the TDAI, and try to straigthen out the fq response, the difference is less, at least to me ears ... in fact I returned the 007II.
BTW I found an Excel sheet done by someone else, that can create voicing files ... that way you can upload a voicing that tweaks your speakerphones, choose that when you want to do some listing using headspeakers....and choose Neutral, or some other voicing when listing using main speakers (using the TDAI with RoomPerfect disables the DSP feature, thus the only way to tweak the repsons will be through use of voicings).
BTW it is kind of impressive how much knowledge floating around in here, thnx a lot guys ;-)