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post #31 of 66
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Thanks Peete. It's funny in the meantime Ray Samuels sent me a note reminding me that he offers a phono stage. Your suggestions are a good place to start. Some research ahead.

Anyone have experience with Ray's phono stage?
post #32 of 66
I have read that they are supposed to be very good but sadly I have not had lp in a long time. I do miss them. I had some 35mm lp recordings in mint condition and someone stole them. Oh well. LP's are a whole different world. Can't imagine how fantastic the B-52 would be with a good phono section along side. Whew.
post #33 of 66
I wonder if anyone in Australia has a B-52. Does it sound as dynamic as solid state amps ?
post #34 of 66
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Originally Posted by BigEat View Post
Thanks Peete. It's funny in the meantime Ray Samuels sent me a note reminding me that he offers a phono stage. Your suggestions are a good place to start. Some research ahead.

Anyone have experience with Ray's phono stage?
Yes. I have the XR-10B hooked up to my B-52. I LOVE it. Previously, I had the Audio Research PH7, which The Absolute Sound went ga-ga over. I like my XR-10B more. Much more user friendly, balanced outputs, and a detailed yet smooth sound. Highly recommended.
post #35 of 66
Omg matching RSA B52s....you should mate them and have little baby B52s and share those with the rest of us.
post #36 of 66
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Omg matching RSA B52s....you should mate them and have little baby B52s and share those with the rest of us.
That just became legal in California.
post #37 of 66
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Now that's funny.
post #38 of 66
Yes but would they be able to go across state lines?
post #39 of 66
So you purchased a second $5000 amp just so that if you have a friend over, they can listen at the same time as you??? I need some friends like you!

I got to listen to my Senn 650's with a balanced cable through Ray's B-52 prototype at the national meet in 2006. It was positively jaw dropping. I couldn't believe I was listening to my own headphones.

Dude, you have over $10,000 worth of amps there, and you already own a pair of 650's, yet no balanced cable??? Drop a few hundred bucks and get a killer balanced cable, and you won't believe what the 650's can do with that B-52 when you play them balanced.
post #40 of 66
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Good advice nspindel. I have balanced phones just no 650s. But after the overwhelming endorsement, I don't see how I could resist. I don't know why, but I've just never quite warmed up to the Senn's. I own a pair that is still new and in the box, and I had 580s for years and years.
post #41 of 66
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Good advice nspindel. I have balanced phones just no 650s. But after the overwhelming endorsement, I don't see how I could resist. I don't know why, but I've just never quite warmed up to the Senn's. I own a pair that is still new and in the box, and I had 580s for years and years.
After receiving and using my Ultrasone Edit 9 it is hard to warm to my 650's as I once did but I understand that balanced they are a different animal. You also need a few hundred hours on them, for them to open up.
post #42 of 66
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After receiving and using my Ultrasone Edit 9 it is hard to warm to my 650's as I once did but I understand that balanced they are a different animal. You also need a few hundred hours on them, for them to open up.
Like I said, I couldn't believe I was listening to my own headphones!
post #43 of 66
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The Edition 9's are hard to beat with the B-52's. I was not a huge fan of closed headphones, but man those have made me a believer. I bought those from Moon with the balanced modifications and frankly it is hard to go back to any other choice. I have to say though, I really like the Denon 5000s.
post #44 of 66
it appears that you have a pretty decent budget for audio purchases. have you considered any of the limited edition headphones - R10, L3000, HP1000, PS1.

have you listened to any before?
post #45 of 66
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vcoheda

I have had an interest in the headphones for a long time. Availability as you know seems harder and harder to come by. I have had the chance to listen to the Grado PS1s as a loaner from an audio enthusiast in San Antonio. In the end he wasn't interested in selling, although his theoretical prices were north of $3000. I've heard that some limited editions come up on Ebay from time to time, but I probably don't keep up well enough to actually have the opportunity. What's more, I don't know about you guys, but at those price points, I really want the opportunity to test drive it a bit and to verify condition, quality etc.

Anyone else?
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