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post #46 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.

I would suggest talking with Alex at Apuresound for his HD650 cable. I just had my HP2's reterminated with his v3 cable and Xhadow XLR's. It really has improved the sound compared to the single ended Grado Ultrawide cable.

I have the new Meridian on order from Todd and hopefully it will be here next week to pair with my Apache and Meridian DSP 5200s.
post #47 of 66
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Very good suggestion. I have not had any dealings with Apuresound, but have seen them widely recommended here.
post #48 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.
It truely is amazing how each person has their own preferences. I owned balanced Ed9's and D5000's, but sold them in favor of the HD650's. Each has a different set of strengths and weaknesses, and what really makes this hobby fun -- and provides for all of the great opinions and debate on this forum -- is how different individuals value those sonic differences.

Great fun!
post #49 of 66
I just still can't get over the fact that you own two b-52's!
post #50 of 66
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Well in many ways, that is the essence of music itself...not to sound too philosophical. The same sublteties I suppose that make some prefer one headphone over another also make one prefer Rock over R&B. Certainly subjective taste in the end is a major factor particularly where the engineering, build quality, etc are for most part at or near the higher end of what is readily available. I'm also a believer that pairing headphones with proper amplification is of key importance. The same is true of floor systems. Many share that opinion here, but I wonder sometimes if in our haste to identify a particular brand of amplifier and headphone we lose sight of the importance of a good match sonically and from a performance standpoint. I think some disapppointments come from reflexively ordering X name brand amp and pairing it with Y name brand headphone. But, that said, there is a wealth of good advice to help folks make the handy comparisons.
post #51 of 66
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Originally Posted by BigEat View Post
Well in many ways, that is the essence of music itself...not to sound too philosophical. The same sublteties I suppose that make some prefer one headphone over another also make one prefer Rock over R&B. Certainly subjective taste in the end is a major factor particularly where the engineering, build quality, etc are for most part at or near the higher end of what is readily available. I'm also a believer that pairing headphones with proper amplification is of key importance. The same is true of floor systems. Many share that opinion here, but I wonder sometimes if in our haste to identify a particular brand of amplifier and headphone we lose sight of the importance of a good match sonically and from a performance standpoint. I think some disapppointments come from reflexively ordering X name brand amp and pairing it with Y name brand headphone. But, that said, there is a wealth of good advice to help folks make the handy comparisons.

Excellent post x 10 !!!

Preconceived notions are tough to ignore. Oddly, the look of something, more often than not, derails sales of a piece of kit that would actually be a match for the end users system's sonic signature. How many times have I heard/read this refrain, "I love it.......I'd buy it in a heart beat if only I could live with it's looks". Arrrrghhhhhh !!



My motto is...I don't care what the looks are, the final arbiter is SQ (for me at least) much to my wife's disdain, who prefers symmetry & uniformity. My systems fits neither of those criteria save for the fact the L/R speakers are the same

Peete.
post #52 of 66
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Prickeley Peete you and I are of a like mind. My wife often suggests that I find more aesthetically pleasing alternatives.
post #53 of 66
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save for the fact the L/R speakers are the same Peete.
Speakers are the same? Does that go for headphones as well? I guess I shouldn't be mix and matching with my portapros and Edit. 9, but the acoustics are interesting. :^)
post #54 of 66
Very nice double B52s If you do end up balancing the HD650s give us some impressions of them vs the Ed 9s

Edit: Read you have the TTVJ 307A on order as well. Man impressions of that with your B52, im waiting for that
post #55 of 66
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Ricey

That's a misquote on the TTVJ 307A. I have a Meridian 808.2 on order which is what I was referring to earlier. Apologies for the confusion.
post #56 of 66
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Originally Posted by BigEat View Post
Ricey

That's a misquote on the TTVJ 307A. I have a Meridian 808.2 on order which is what I was referring to earlier. Apologies for the confusion.
Doh! Still, 808.2 impressions would be good too
post #57 of 66
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That I am happy to provide. I didn't audition the Meridian so my impressions better be damn good. It comes well recommended but I've historically been an Esoteric guy. Currently paired with my B-52's. I've heard though that the B-52 was designed more around the Meridian G08 which I've also heard, has a more liquid, tube compatible sound. We'll see.
post #58 of 66
Considering its been touted as "the worlds best CDP" by many, it better be damn good
post #59 of 66
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
Speakers are the same? Does that go for headphones as well? I guess I shouldn't be mix and matching with my portapros and Edit. 9, but the acoustics are interesting. :^)
It was meant as a joke,tongue firmly planted in cheek J

Peete.
post #60 of 66
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Originally Posted by BigEat View Post
That I am happy to provide. I didn't audition the Meridian so my impressions better be damn good. It comes well recommended but I've historically been an Esoteric guy. Currently paired with my B-52's. I've heard though that the B-52 was designed more around the Meridian G08 which I've also heard, has a more liquid, tube compatible sound. We'll see.
Either machine is outstanding. To have both ? You have the CDP base firmly covered in your rig when the Meridian arrives. I hate to mention this Big E ...since you like a tubey SQ already have you looked at the excellent players made by Lector ? Your wife is going to hate me

Peete.
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