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post #16 of 63
Are the questions I have posed all right? I am very curious about an official word on them as the answers are currently very debatable coming from multiple different sources.
post #17 of 63
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Originally Posted by 003 View Post
1. Is there a resonance-damping compound on the inside of the HP1000 earcups, and if so, would he be willing to share what it is?

2. In his words, what are the sonic differences between the various HP1000 cables?

3. In his words, what could the polarity switches on the HP-1 be useful for?

I am having a dull ache in the pit of my gut now. Sellers remorse for the HP1000.
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003,

These are indeed excellent questions. As mentioned I’ll run all three of them by Joe when the opportunity permits. I will pass on the first two of these, but can attempt to offer the following quick thought regarding your third “In his words, what could the polarity switches on the HP-1 be useful for?

In one of our chats he mentioned that when the HP1 was designed polarity standards were not yet completely agreed upon within the audio recording industry. The use of the switches allowed the audio recording engineer to rapidly assess the differences in the audio image when checking polarity. Again, I’ll be happy to try to run this question as well by him, again for additional clarification, when the opportunity presents itself in our chats.

Martin
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post #18 of 63
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Many thanks for the kind thoughts regarding my posts Killercrush. I hope it's warmer in Montreal than I imagine it being (;-))
It's not that bad, we're getting nice weather for the holidays !!

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Let me pose the following offer to you and others out there:

“If you could ask Joe Grado questions, what would they be?”
Wow, that would be so awesome, I have tons of questions. I'll try to make a list soon enough but I already have too much in my mind haha.
post #19 of 63
Martin where have you been hiding all this time ?. Great posts , very insightful. Pleasure to read !!

Cheers
post #20 of 63
I'm amazed by your relationship with Joseph. You really should have came out of hiding sooner!

My question for Joe is: What does he think of the sonic differences between the PS1 and the HP1000 series?
post #21 of 63
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Keep the phones unless you absolutely need the money. Their sentimental value is worth more than the $2000 that they will fetch.
Could not agree more!
Of course its tempting to sell them, since you might score $2000. But if you go that way I am quite sure you will regret it further down the road.

Enjoy them!
post #22 of 63
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I personally use the HPA-2 AC/DC Headphone Amp, which was designed by Joe and made under his watchful eye. This is the original one of these made, “back in the days”, and before the mantle was passed along to John by Joe. Martin
Martin,

Do you know what the difference is between the HPA-2 and the HPA-1 amplifiers. I have an HPA-1 that I bought in 1992, but never heard about and HPA-2.

Thanks!
post #23 of 63
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Martin where have you been hiding all this time ?. Great posts , very insightful. Pleasure to read !!

Cheers
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Mortalcoil,

Many thanks for the kind thought. I’m an academic and during most of the year I have a fairly full plate. However I periodically drop by this and a few other forums. I do so to get a sense of what people seem to find of interest contemporarily as well as read over their views on subjects I’ve followed for many years.

As much as I’ve been tempted to do so, currently I just don’t have as much time as I would like to be able to actively participate in this forum. I’d truly enjoy doing so and especially after reading over some of the misinformation out there regarding Joe and his marvelous contributions to all our lives. However, this is not at all meant as a criticism of others. Folks just don’t know and I’m certainly one of those folks as well.

This is why I’d welcome the opportunity to hear from others as to what questions they might have for Joe; in hopes he might clarify some of the misinformation and urban legends that are circulating out there; while he’s still able. Perhaps one of my New Year’s resolutions will be to try to find a little time each week to follow events on this forum. In the meantime, as mentioned earlier, if you or other folks out there would like to drop me a line I’d say to just leave me a PM so I’ll know to check in on things. Again, many thanks for taking the time to make me feel welcome to this forum.

Happy Listening & New Year,

Martin
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post #24 of 63
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Martin,

Do you know what the what differences are between the HPA-2 and the HPA-1 amplifiers. I have an HPA-1 that I bought in 1992, but never heard about and HPA-2.

Thanks!
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Donlin,

I'm sheepish to admit that I don't know what the differences are between the HPA-2 and the HPA-1 amplifiers. I will certainly run this question by Joe for his comments.

I can testify however that the HPA-2 is an exceptional little unit and will post some photos of it when I have an opportunity and will let folks know when they are up. I would do so this morning, but I need to prepare for a New Years party we will be hosting. Many thanks for your question and understanding.

Happy Listening & New Year,

Martin
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post #25 of 63
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Originally Posted by GlorytheWiz825 View Post
I'm amazed by your relationship with Joseph. You really should have came out of hiding sooner!

My question for Joe is: What does he think of the sonic differences between the PS1 and the HP1000 series?
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GlorytheWiz825,

I've just been very fortunate to have had the pleasure of enjoying Joe. I believe he is truly a gift to mankind and hope to share the experience of his friendship and wisdom with others. Many thanks for your question and words of welcome to this forum. I am happy to run the question by Joe on your behalf for his thoughts.

Happy Listening and New Year,

Martin
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post #26 of 63
Martin I forgot to mention this earlier in my excitement, but as everybody has said, you are awesome and your relationship with Joe is amazing! I'll be darned if this isn't the next best thing to Joe himself showing up on head-fi! Cheers and happy new year!
post #27 of 63
Great thread!! and I myself am a proud owner of a HP-2, just love them, but to bad that its so difficult to find good music that pairs well whit them as they are so damn natural and smooth, but when the right music are there and the hp's are plugged inn, then they are just heaven!!! (IMO)

I'm at this moment listening to the hp-2's threw the hpa-1 amp to some great melodies from Kurt Bestor

Your one lucky guy Martin to have the pleasure to talk to Joe!
post #28 of 63
Thanks for the information, Martin. Knowing that these cans are a labor of love makes me enjoy them that much more.
post #29 of 63
Great thread...

Nice to get some insight to the master's mind.
post #30 of 63
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Martin I forgot to mention this earlier in my excitement, but as everybody has said, you are awesome and your relationship with Joe is amazing! I'll be darned if this isn't the next best thing to Joe himself showing up on head-fi! Cheers and happy new year!
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003,

Again, you’re very kind. Although Joe is a master of technologies, he hates using e-mail due to keyboards etc. Unfortunately he is also totally immersed in the manufacture of his new mic. I am always guilt riddled when I interrupt him with a phone call, so again I will try to make the most of my next visit with him by trying to field as many of your collective questions as our time together, his health and mood may permit. I will then share the results with you. Again I can make no promises as to what he may choose to respond to, but as earlier mentioned, if we don't ask we'll likely never know.

My primary focus with Joe now is to become completely fluent in the use of his new microphone by studying under the master. When I grow up I want to be a sorcerer’s apprentice, less the mistakes ol’ Mickey made (;-)).

To better understand my level of excitement, I would strongly encourage as many folks as who can do so to try to tune into the upcoming 2007 Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music series recorded using one of his mics down in Charleston, SC last spring. Again, here’s a link to the images mentioned in an earlier response:

Flickr: Photos from ctrainbow2005

The Spoleto Festival recordings were just outstanding and give a hint as to the capabilities of this new technology. This radio series is currently being scheduled to air nationally, perhaps in Canada as well, early in 2008. Here are two links regarding this series:

The Spoleto Chamber Music Series - ETV Radio
and
Spoleto Chamber Music

Again I would recommend potential listeners contacting their local Public Radio stations for times, dates or to urge them to carry this historic series. If the respective stations need a point of contact for the series they should be in contact with its Executive Producer, Ms. Shari Hutchinson shutch@scetv.org should they need satellite down-link, legal or additional technical information.

If possible, I would encourage listeners to examine these recordings using high quality headphones. Naturally the recordings are equally superb when enjoyed using loudspeakers as well however. The thing I marvel over is the imaging present in recordings made with this new technology, which I can only described as stunning, but “your mileage may vary”. As I mention on my links to the photos (see above) we made in setting up for the gig, if people have enjoyed Joe’s earlier contributions to recorded sound they will truly appreciate what this new mic technology does in capturing the sounds of life in their best essence.

Happy Listening and New Year,

Martin
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