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post #2131 of 3897
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Does anyone else think it is strange that I have 3-4x as many hours on my $250 Livewires as I do my $1,500 Edition 9 headphones?
I am so hoping for that same situation when I order my Livewires some day.
post #2132 of 3897
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Originally Posted by ZackP View Post
Has anyone used a Xin amp with the livewires?
Supermicro IV, Xin Supermini IV (AD8397 (LR), AD8397 (3/4), Bypassed (Buffers) - which was when I was into opamp rolling and this was the best I got to so far) and Xin Supermini III (AD8656 (LR), AD8616 (3/4), Bypassed (Buffers) - when I wasn't into opamp rolling and didn't like the result so I sold the amp ).

I am very strong on stating that a portable system's assessment for SQ needs to be considered in the light of the overall componentry used because synergy IS a factor. That said, for me, using FLAC, iRiver H140 lineout, FallenAngel silver mini-2-mini, through the Amp to the Livewires I found the Supermicro most to my liking. Slightly coloured with slight inbuilt reverb but broad soundstage and solid across full bass/midrange/treble. Supermini IV even more neutral but not as broad and definitely not as deep a soundstage. Supermini III wasn't good for me with those opamps. (Wish I'd considered opamp rolling at the time ).

But that is all for me with that equipment. For instance if I throw the iBasso D1 DAC between the iRiver optical out and the silver ICs the signature is far more aggressive than the softer iRiver lineout. It has got thing to do with the amps or the Livewires - but it definitely changes the degree of enjoyment of each of the amps. So although any amp advice is a handy general guide (my own included), the overall system synergy and your own personal preferences are heavy factors not to be discounted.

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
I found the Tomahawk was not the best with LW while it was tremendous with SE530.

The Meier Headsix switched to low gain, and RSA Predator are my favorites with LW.

The Pico and iBasso D2 are very close as well, and Lyrix and PenguinAmp and D1 are close behind those as well.

Just for some reason the Tomahawk was a little harsh and grainy with LW, but good with other IEMs I have.
See my comments above on amp recommendations in personal perspective.

My perspective is agreement with HeadphoneAddict on the Meier Headsix being very good, although I regard the Supermicro IV, SR-71, Headamp Pico, Panasonic cap Mini3, and even the iBasso D1 (Modded - LT6241 (DAC), THS4032 (LR), LMH6655 (Buffers)) to be in the same company (considerably different sound signatures across that bunch but all very good and enjoyable).

I find the Tomahawk, like the two Hornets (non-M and M) to be a little behind in (my preferred) SQ. The Toma is a full rendition but lacks the natural roundness of its bigger brothers. It sounds less real than them. The Toma is good sounding but lacking a little realism, with some bunching/slight veiling of detail. Vocals are upfront like the Hornet but this is, strangely, mixed with a less articulate, more distanced, reproduction of the other sections of the spectrum. It's not as plain flat as the Z-Audio Lambda, it still has plenty of instrument body, but it is flatter/plainer than its siblings. (And yes this unit is very well burned in - over 1000 hours ). The Toma's Bass is a hint drier than the Hornet M. In fact everything is just a 'touch' not quite as full/rich/detailed/there. It's an exceptional sound output for such a small amp, but I prefer the Hornet M in the smaller RSA amps (yet to try a burned in Predator). (And I am aware of others who have compared my Hornet M and Toma and chosen the Toma with their Livewires so that, to me, confirms my comments on the importance of synergy and personal preferences ).

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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Does anyone else think it is strange that I have 3-4x as many hours on my $250 Livewires as I do my $1,500 Edition 9 headphones?
NOT AT ALL. I repeat, NOT AT ALL.

Not only are they terrific for portability and late night whilst the wife is sleeping alongside, they are so delightfully neutral, easy to use and comfortable for extended periods that it is only natural to reach for them.

Sure, they don't deliver what my Stats deliver, but the Stat amps need warm-up time and the headphones need much more care than the Livewires. Don't get me wrong, I cherish every electrostatoc moment I can get. But too often I, like HeadphoneAddict, have Livewires in my ears due to the surrounding circumstances.
post #2133 of 3897
These things really good hey?

Haven't looked at them before.

I'm using Yuin PK1 at work, a step up might be nice.

Seems like a lot of hassle getting them. I'll send off an email.
post #2134 of 3897
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Originally Posted by stevenkelby View Post
These things really good hey?

Haven't looked at them before.

I'm using Yuin PK1 at work, a step up might be nice.

Seems like a lot of hassle getting them. I'll send off an email.
Steve, LiveWires are totally worth the hassle to get! ^___^
post #2135 of 3897
It is pretty easy you just got to make sure you get your impressions right the first time. Of course finding a good audiologist in your area can be a bit tricky.

And oh yeah you got to do a custom cable for them. I am sure a better cable could do them some good.
post #2136 of 3897
Maybe you could offer custom cables for them Steve!

EDIT: Learn to refresh baines93, stupid boyyy
post #2137 of 3897
Custom Cables - I am so there if SK decides to jump on board and try and make a custom cable
post #2138 of 3897
Steven,

I would wait for just a bit before jumping. I will be getting the MusicMaker triple driver from the Freq probably by the end of this week.

Lets see what they come out with for the price eh?
post #2139 of 3897
Livewire Order Situation

How long is it taking most people to get their Livewire's?

I had my impressions made at the Livewire office and was told that I would have them in 2.5 weeks. Everything was great but it has been 4 weeks and still nothing. I talked with someone at the office about a week ago and they said the shipment should arrive on Friday and I could come and pick them up at the office. It's Monday and still nothing and I can't get in touch with anyone at the office. Normally I could keep waiting and waiting but I actually needed them a week ago for a group of shows we booked. I'm not the kind of guy to get all mad and pitch a fit but I would really love to have the in ears before our next group of shows. Anybody have any advice?
post #2140 of 3897
^^ Advice for what? Waiting? I don't think there is much you can do short of getting hold of a tracking number.


What time do you usually get your mail? Is it past that time? I am sure they will come in soon...I mean...sometimes it is hard to depend on the post office, and clearly your LW has left ear peace's hands.
post #2141 of 3897

Livewire's

No I am picking them up at the Livewire office right outside of Nashville. They aren't being shipped to me. Is there a way to find out when I can expect to get them? I guess waiting is the only thing I can do. They'll come when they come just seems like a weird deadline.
post #2142 of 3897
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Originally Posted by freedommedia View Post
No I am picking them up at the Livewire office right outside of Nashville. They aren't being shipped to me. Is there a way to find out when I can expect to get them? I guess waiting is the only thing I can do. They'll come when they come just seems like a weird deadline.
Perhaps you can give them a call?
post #2143 of 3897
He said he was having problems getting them at the office Tiyako.

All you can do for now is wait Freedommedia.
post #2144 of 3897

still waiting

I was told mine would arrive friday, and would ship friday to.
With 2nd day Fedex they are to arrive tuesday.
But she told me I would get a tracking #, witch I havent got.
I guess Ill see if they arrive tuesday.
It will be 5 weeks tomarrow since they received my impressions.
post #2145 of 3897
Tomorrow is going to have been a month since they received my impressions.. tough wait!!!
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