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post #106 of 1953
Does anyone know what percentage of SP's business is made up of Head-Fi'ers?

I was surprised to learn that HeadRoom's headfi base accounts for around 5% of sales. I had expected it to be higher. Is SP similarly dealing with a larger group?
post #107 of 1953
Wow I got to read the thread at last. I am sorry to hear about your waiting again Neil.

I guess that I was really luckup to be able to pick up a brand new ES-1 as a 'used' amp. With no wait. Would I like to tweek it, Yep... Will I tweak it, Nope...

Tube rolling is a faster turnaround for fun for me.

Cheers,
post #108 of 1953
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Headphones can absolutely produce an audio experience that can rival great speakers. What it can not do is provide that physical presence of moving air that speakers reproduce. Oddly enough with the right amp the senn 650s rival the $2k-3k headphones
Jp,

I don't disagree with you. With my comparatively modest rig, I am experiencing much of what I had with my less than modest speaker rig of a few years ago. However it is one thing to have an opinion, and another to back it up with the facts that can stand the test of intentful examination. It is why I'm taking the writing of this article very slow and asking as many questions as I can.
post #109 of 1953
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Originally Posted by The Monkey View Post
Does anyone know what percentage of SP's business is made up of Head-Fi'ers?

I was surprised to learn that HeadRoom's headfi base accounts for around 5% of sales. I had expected it to be higher. Is SP similarly dealing with a larger group?
Wow... I didn't know that. I imagine it to be a similar case with SP.. but not 5%. wow thats very surprising. But Headroom does a lot of advertising beyond headfi.

Neil
post #110 of 1953
Well that's what they said on that panel in the international meet last year. I think there were a fair # of people skeptical at that # but who knows. It hasn't really been verified with any stats either way.

It wouldn't surprise me though at all if that were true... how much head-fi hype does headroom gear receive? I think besides the micro line and sometimes the home line it generally is not a first suggestion many people get versus other amps.
post #111 of 1953
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Got an email from FedEx just now. Priority Overnight to be received by 12:00pm tomorrow. Thanks Mikhail!

Neil
post #112 of 1953
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Got an email from FedEx just now. Priority Overnight to be received by 12:00pm tomorrow. Thanks Mikhail!

Neil
Neil he is overnighting all or part of you amp?? That has to cost a few hundred bucks
post #113 of 1953
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Got an email from FedEx just now. Priority Overnight to be received by 12:00pm tomorrow. Thanks Mikhail!

Neil
Great!

I am sure he has seen this thread or his close associates have alerted him so he had to take action. I know he does not come here because he is so busy, but people (including myself) keep him informed.

He had to ship my SDS-XLR overnight too.
post #114 of 1953
Congrats Neil, post some impressions
post #115 of 1953
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Originally Posted by blubliss View Post
Great!

I am sure he has seen this thread or his close associates have alerted him so he had to take action. I know he does not come here because he is so busy, but people (including myself) keep him informed.

He had to ship my SDS-XLR overnight too.
I am sure he knows about the thread, but also know he has planned to get ALOT of the high-end stuff out as quick as possible after canjam.
As far as his % of head-fi customers....I have emailed or talked to a bunch of people who have bought SDS-XLRs and other one off preamps, and stat amps that dont post on this or other sites at all.
Two who I have met in the last couple years that I didnt know that live within 20 minutes of my home both own SDS-XLRs and one has a ES-2 being built and the other has a

Transparency with a built in USB DAC in the works.
Throw in Purk with his SDS-SE, and(old) es-1, CONCERTO, AND Mike with his SDS, and decked out Supra, its plain to see the wait times are due to one man trying to please everybody at once which just isnt possible. Thats a dozen built or being built just in the ATL. area alone. (thats counting the SDS, SDS-XLR, I had and the Mercury Vapor Supra hybred on the way)
I think hes going to pull it together over the next 6 months or so. But I also think the wait times on these custom amps is always going to take a long time.
post #116 of 1953
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Congrats Neil, post some impressions
This isn't the first time Mikhail has overnighted the amp to me. John, this is just the head. I have the PS - so the weight isn't nearly as much.

Ricey20 - I am very very very familiar with this amp - it's not the first time I am receiving it - but thank you for the congrats - however, it is Mikhail who deserves the congrats. He has made, with my amp, the best sounding electrostat amp for headphones (and maybe in general), in existence.

He did make a few tweaks and bring it up to date so to speak, with his newest revisions. If I hear something above and beyond, I will post.

Neil
post #117 of 1953
Ah ic. Good to hear though, I was thinking of sending in my Supra for upgrades but now I'm afraid lol. Already had USPS mess up on me which delayed me from getting it for 3 months, not sure if I can wait another 6+ for upgrades
post #118 of 1953
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Ah ic. Good to hear though, I was thinking of sending in my Supra for upgrades but now I'm afraid lol. Already had USPS mess up on me which delayed me from getting it for 3 months, not sure if I can wait another 6+ for upgrades
Yeah.. you JUST got it right? Enjoy it for a while... play with tube rolling.

Neil
post #119 of 1953
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I'm glad you are coming to the Norcal Meet. You'll see quite the gamut of higher end phones. If we can get Foo_Me to bring his setup, then you'll really hear some good stuff. I'm not bringing my full setup, I've done it too many times for it's delicacy, but you'll get a glimpse. It's my opinion that high end headphones surpass speakers in the realm of detail and texture (among others) - while speakers get better depth, imaging, and presence (among other things). Most headphones never get past mid-fi, which is likely the case with speakers as well -- but a midfi speaker setup may seem to be more impressive than the mid-fi headphone setup. Fine the right headphone synergy though --- its a thing to behold.

Neilvg,

I hope someone will bring a setup that is close to the state of the art. Once I have some reference for that I can place my own rig on the scale, define my own goals for improvements and hopefully work with Mikail to make it happen.

One thing that I see as a limiting factor in attaining higher end rigs in this hobby is the headphone manufacturers. They are not designing product for us; they do on occasion grace us with a state of the art product, but you'll need a few thousand to get it, and you'd better hurry, as it's a limited production run, and then you'll need to look to the used market to get it. Of course there's the mod squad who'll take the MP3 generation phones and turn them into a close approximation of state of the art, which for some is the way to go. Me, I'd like to see a headphone design from start to finish that is in the hands and production of an engineer or team that clears the bar for state of the art.
post #120 of 1953
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
Got an email from FedEx just now. Priority Overnight to be received by 12:00pm tomorrow. Thanks Mikhail!

Neil


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