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post #16 of 58
Aw no IEM love!

Otherwise, good work Asr - I love your work!
post #17 of 58
bump for an excellent thread. How this got to the third page is beyond me.
post #18 of 58
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Originally Posted by threEchelon View Post
The SA5000's aren't flat. They have a huge spike at 2.5kHz, if I remember correctly.
True. I EQ that down and EQ up the low mids and mid bass (on my SA1000s).
post #19 of 58
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
BEST PORTABLE AMPS: HeadAmp AE-2, Rockhopper MiniĀ³

For portable sound, it really doesn't get better than the AE-2. Loaded with features, and it shares the same transparent sound of HeadAmp's other Gilmore-based amps. It can easily pull double duty as both a portable and home amp too thanks to the RCA jack inputs. Clean and clear with an open soundstage.

For something much cheaper, it really doesn't get better than the MiniĀ³. Although it lacks the overall refinement of the AE-2, it's still plenty detailed and has a nonoffensive sound and will easily drive most <300 Ohm headphones.
Just a note of clarification, the AE-2 is not a Gilmore based design. While Justin does build Gilmore designed amps, the AE-2, AE-1 and Pico are not Gilmore designs, they are Justin's.
post #20 of 58
For myself the Yamamoto HA-02 is a tube amp below 1000$ that would be a candidate. I now own two of these as well as the Berning micro-ZOTL which is one great performer that has been discontinued.

Since I enjoyed the W5000 so much I hesitate to say this, but again for myself, the Ultrasone Edition 9 does everything better over the W5000. I had the matching AT-HA5000 to feed the W5000 and the UE9 still using the same amp worked better for me.

The Yamamoto HA-02 compared with the AT-HA5000 amplifier; again did everything better, so the combination of the Yamamoto HA-02 and the UE9 are a match made in a very special place to me.

I now have a set of Virtual Dynamic Nite "R" series ICs between my Lavry DA10 and Yamamoto which has shown me that cable effects are just not fairy tales.

But this is a great write-up and a good starting point for anyone desiring to further move around in this hobby.
post #21 of 58
Great write up! Just was wondering if you have heard the Denon D1000 for the portable category? If so, how would you compare it to the AT ES7? Interested in those two for my portable rig as I think my RP-21s are too bulky, and I keep them in my studio.
post #22 of 58
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
I've heard only 3 IEMs to date. Not enough experience to hand out an award for that category IMO.
fair enough

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Originally Posted by Crazy88 View Post
Great write up! Just was wondering if you have heard the Denon D1000 for the portable category? If so, how would you compare it to the AT ES7? Interested in those two for my portable rig as I think my RP-21s are too bulky, and I keep them in my studio.
A lot of reviews maintain that the denons are better in all aspects except soundstage. Lemme see if I can find some links for you... I know one of them was that 5 way review of the es7, rp-21, d1000, hd25-1 and some other one.
post #23 of 58
Is this the review you are looking for?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/rev...mpared-250041/
post #24 of 58
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Originally Posted by Thermofreak View Post
Is this the review you are looking for?

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/rev...mpared-250041/
yes. thanx. As you'll see, the only catagory that the es7 wins in is soundstage... but another plus not factored in is it's devilish good looks. A plus for me, but maybe not so much for you. The denons aren't that bad looking either and supposedly worlds more comfortable.
post #25 of 58
NO IEM!?

It should go hands-down to Livewires in my opinion. No other phone has been able to get so much praise for price and sound without coming from a major company.

Oh also discontinued. I would so say HF-1. Can't beat those puppies. Or do they not quliafy?
post #26 of 58
You should really add IEMs as more and more of them are being released and improved upon. They're also gaining in popularity. Although I understand why you didn't being you don't have enough experience too. A great overview nonetheless and makes me feel glad that I bought a Mini^3
post #27 of 58
i'd put my vote in for the ultrasone PL750 as the best closed porty cans. its atleast as portable as the ES7 but is much more technically superior in my books. indeed i'd venture to add that the PL750 mite be the best-bang-for-the-buck closed cans money can buy.
post #28 of 58
Very Cool. I'm happy that the B52 was named best amp, I'm probably going to buy that :P
post #29 of 58
I think the JVC DX1000 should be considered in the best closed phone category. It's still in production, and it's absolutely amazing.
post #30 of 58
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by threEchelon View Post
The SA5000's aren't flat. They have a huge spike at 2.5kHz, if I remember correctly.
I meant the SA5000 is the closest to being flat overall between the six headphones.

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Originally Posted by thrice View Post
Just a note of clarification, the AE-2 is not a Gilmore based design. While Justin does build Gilmore designed amps, the AE-2, AE-1 and Pico are not Gilmore designs, they are Justin's.
I knew that of course, but I can see how my wording may have been confusing. Will fix that.

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Originally Posted by Crazy88 View Post
Great write up! Just was wondering if you have heard the Denon D1000 for the portable category? If so, how would you compare it to the AT ES7? Interested in those two for my portable rig as I think my RP-21s are too bulky, and I keep them in my studio.
I haven't heard any of the Denon headphones. I'm sure I'll hear them sometime in 2008 though.

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Very Cool. I'm happy that the B52 was named best amp, I'm probably going to buy that :P
I didn't name any of the specific amps as being the best, only those brands....
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