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post #136 of 1960
Quote:
Originally Posted by number1sixerfan View Post
It may just be me, but the pics aren't working??
No, it isn't just you. It looks like delivery of the goods, is suspect.



Just kidding. Hey! where are the pictures!

Ok, just right click on them and open in a new window. Hey, I didn't even realize it was for an electrostatic headphone. I thought I was going to see tubes displayed! Nice though and pretty wood.
post #137 of 1960
Thread Starter 
something weird is going on
After making it smaller, it now works. It was working with bigger pics but then it stopped and then showed some, and then not others.. odd. Oh well, smaller pics, but there ya go.


I have many tubes I'll show how it looks in the rig once its all setup

Neil

Here's the album so you guys can see bigger pics.
Picasa Web Albums - Neil - ES-2
post #138 of 1960
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
No, it isn't just you. It looks like delivery of the goods, is suspect.



Just kidding. Hey! where are the pictures!

Ok, just right click on them and open in a new window. Hey, I didn't even realize it was for an electrostatic headphone. I thought I was going to see tubes displayed! Nice though and pretty wood.
Yeah the silver look was made to match with the EMM and NWO and the wood to go with the wood on the HE90's. It's very close.

Neil
post #139 of 1960
Neilvg,

Congrats. I'm still waiting for my HE-90 from him.
post #140 of 1960
Thread Starter 

Impressions

You know, even though I had heard this amp so many times over the last 1.5 years I've had it, (more or less, generally much less due to me moving and the unit being sent in for repairs/changes) I am stilled amazed every time I hear it again. Why is this? It's not like my backup amp - HEV90 - is a slouch.

As I was listening to the amp which just arrived today - after firing up my Mullard XF2 EL34's, 6SN7's and 2C51's, which makeup the tube circuit for this beast, I realized just how much finesse this monster has. Since it is indeed a monster, it has power in spades - but it's more like a 400 lb Gorilla who trained extensively in ballet.

While both the HE90 and HE 1.2B which I listened to today (for the first time not on my HEV mind you - but more on that in a bit) were receiving plenty of power (you can practically feel the membranes singing as they are receiving the current they desire, which is a hallmark of Singlepower Amps - the Grip, so to speak) - the real wow factor for me was in the delicacy at which transients on the top end were handled. The smoothness and extension of the decay, the almost superhuman transparency. Really, this thing is as clear as you are. The better your ears, the further you can hear into a recording. Also, something I noticed that Mikhail had mentioned, which he believes has brought the new revision of this amp to a higher level, is pinpoint precision.

The HE90 is a diffuse headphone to begin, so when I heard spatial accuracy from them, it was very different than what I was used to. Actually, words like spatial accuracy are sort of a joke with headphones, but, the perceived headspace is now both wide and deep, but also sharp and focused. How this actually translates to the music experience is in the way that the multiple layers of sound on a recording can all co-exist with each other, separate and distinct, but not overly analytically so. Texture, resonance, detail, imaging --- they all go together, and when you get the phasing issues that can occur taken care of, what you have is akin to looking at a deep pool of water with absolutely no turbulence to obscure the life below.

I feel like I can only use metaphors when facing this level of resolution and finesse. And it's not just the ES-2 making the magic, it's the entire chain. The amp is no longer a bottleneck - or a hazy windshield.

Part of the reason headphones have stayed as a big part of my musical enjoyment - long after I have had the space and means to have a speaker rig, is that to me, headphones are like a high powered microscope. The only difference is, your perception and attention is what creates the different focuses - either sharp and penetrating - or soft and blunted. I like both, and it is my choice what aspects I want to listen in on - just like the 'real world' - where it is our attention that relegates how much enters into our perception. Right now the AC is on -- but I don't have to hear it.. but once I do, I can zoom in on the slight rattling of the filter inside as the air passes through into the house etc... (which reminds, me, I should fix). And so on. A good headphone setup is like that too - relaxing, and deeply supportive of the analysis of the recording (but only if desired).

HE 1.2B and HE90:
============

Up to now I'd only heard the HE 1.2B on my HEV, which, as I suspected, was a very poor choice - synergistically. The HEV just cannot grip this headphones and make them come alive. Now, I don't think they are anywhere near has hard to wake up as the O2's for example, and while their presentation was alright out of the HEV, it wasn't anything spectacular, or worthy of listening to on its own merits (I listen to music first, my equipment second for the most part). But, after plugging this guy into my ES-2... NIGHT AND DAY. Another fine example of how an amp can just radically transform a headphone. How much better is it? I believe I actually PREFER it over the HE90 with this tube setup. YES! That is especially surprising to me, since, the HE90 is really the only headphone keeping me going back to primarily listening to headphones in the first place. Even if the HE 1.2B turns out to not be on exactly equal footing as the HE90, I'd say that it is close enough to not warrant the HE90 price tag when you can have the HE 1.2B.

Having said this, there are many things the HE 1.2B does better that is almost immediately noticeable - to me.

Upper Midrange - This range is smoother and more texturally detailed than the HE90. The HE90 can be a bit shouty at louder volumes and with recordings that have a slightly strident nature. The HE1.2B, to me, sacrifices just a bit of lower mid detail (in comparison to the HE90), to achieve this.

Low End - The HE90 is notorious for being selective here, with its reproduction. Certain frequencies come out nicely and even, others are gone or attenuated sharply. This is usually only noticeable with recordings you are very familiar with, in regards its low end presentation. The HE 1.2B has a more even keeled presentation, however, I feel as though, and this might be a result of the HE90's low end shortcomings, but I feel as though the lower mid range on the HE 1.2s is a bit muddled, or not at the same level as the rest of the headphone. The low end, and midrange are excellent, I'm strictly speaking of lower mids here.

Continuing forward - The high's and airyness is just spectacular with these headphones. Even better than the HE90's and for the simple reason that it maintains an airyness and almost addictive upper midrange, but with more coherence than the HE90. The HE90 has a wide field which is diffused, but the HE1.2's are WIDER and more focused too. This gives strings not just the feeling of being big and encompassing, but also weighty, textured, and a bit detailed.

Comfort - the HE90 wins here hands down. I suspect that their are likely inconsistencies between the various HE1.2's and the way they fit. My right earcup feels weird, but after a few songs, I stop noticing it.

===

thanks again guys, I think this thread has been highly useful for me, and hopefully for others who are still waiting.

Neil
post #141 of 1960
Nice read. Good for you to have your baby home and impressing you again.
post #142 of 1960
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
You know, even though I had heard this amp so many times over the last 1.5 years I've had it, (more or less, generally much less due to me moving and the unit being sent in for repairs/changes) I am stilled amazed every time I hear it again. Why is this? It's not like my backup amp - HEV90 - is a slouch.

As I was listening to the amp which just arrived today - after firing up my Mullard XF2 EL34's, 6SN7's and 2C51's, which makeup the tube circuit for this beast, I realized just how much finesse this monster has. Since it is indeed a monster, it has power in spades - but it's more like a 400 lb Gorilla who trained extensively in ballet.

While both the HE90 and HE 1.2B which I listened to today (for the first time not on my HEV mind you - but more on that in a bit) were receiving plenty of power (you can practically feel the membranes singing as they are receiving the current they desire, which is a hallmark of Singlepower Amps - the Grip, so to speak) - the real wow factor for me was in the delicacy at which transients on the top end were handled. The smoothness and extension of the decay, the almost superhuman transparency. Really, this thing is as clear as you are. The better your ears, the further you can hear into a recording. Also, something I noticed that Mikhail had mentioned, which he believes has brought the new revision of this amp to a higher level, is pinpoint precision.

The HE90 is a diffuse headphone to begin, so when I heard spatial accuracy from them, it was very different than what I was used to. Actually, words like spatial accuracy are sort of a joke with headphones, but, the perceived headspace is now both wide and deep, but also sharp and focused. How this actually translates to the music experience is in the way that the multiple layers of sound on a recording can all co-exist with each other, separate and distinct, but not overly analytically so. Texture, resonance, detail, imaging --- they all go together, and when you get the phasing issues that can occur taken care of, what you have is akin to looking at a deep pool of water with absolutely no turbulence to obscure the life below.

I feel like I can only use metaphors when facing this level of resolution and finesse. And it's not just the ES-2 making the magic, it's the entire chain. The amp is no longer a bottleneck - or a hazy windshield.

Part of the reason headphones have stayed as a big part of my musical enjoyment - long after I have had the space and means to have a speaker rig, is that to me, headphones are like a high powered microscope. The only difference is, your perception and attention is what creates the different focuses - either sharp and penetrating - or soft and blunted. I like both, and it is my choice what aspects I want to listen in on - just like the 'real world' - where it is our attention that relegates how much enters into our perception. Right now the AC is on -- but I don't have to hear it.. but once I do, I can zoom in on the slight rattling of the filter inside as the air passes through into the house etc... (which reminds, me, I should fix). And so on. A good headphone setup is like that too - relaxing, and deeply supportive of the analysis of the recording (but only if desired).

HE 1.2B and HE90:
============

Up to now I'd only heard the HE 1.2B on my HEV, which, as I suspected, was a very poor choice - synergistically. The HEV just cannot grip this headphones and make them come alive. Now, I don't think they are anywhere near has hard to wake up as the O2's for example, and while their presentation was alright out of the HEV, it wasn't anything spectacular, or worthy of listening to on its own merits (I listen to music first, my equipment second for the most part). But, after plugging this guy into my ES-2... NIGHT AND DAY. Another fine example of how an amp can just radically transform a headphone. How much better is it? I believe I actually PREFER it over the HE90 with this tube setup. YES! That is especially surprising to me, since, the HE90 is really the only headphone keeping me going back to primarily listening to headphones in the first place. Even if the HE 1.2B turns out to not be on exactly equal footing as the HE90, I'd say that it is close enough to not warrant the HE90 price tag when you can have the HE 1.2B.

Having said this, there are many things the HE 1.2B does better that is almost immediately noticeable - to me.

Upper Midrange - This range is smoother and more texturally detailed than the HE90. The HE90 can be a bit shouty at louder volumes and with recordings that have a slightly strident nature. The HE1.2B, to me, sacrifices just a bit of lower mid detail (in comparison to the HE90), to achieve this.

Low End - The HE90 is notorious for being selective here, with its reproduction. Certain frequencies come out nicely and even, others are gone or attenuated sharply. This is usually only noticeable with recordings you are very familiar with, in regards its low end presentation. The HE 1.2B has a more even keeled presentation, however, I feel as though, and this might be a result of the HE90's low end shortcomings, but I feel as though the lower mid range on the HE 1.2s is a bit muddled, or not at the same level as the rest of the headphone. The low end, and midrange are excellent, I'm strictly speaking of lower mids here.

Continuing forward - The high's and airyness is just spectacular with these headphones. Even better than the HE90's and for the simple reason that it maintains an airyness and almost addictive upper midrange, but with more coherence than the HE90. The HE90 has a wide field which is diffused, but the HE1.2's are WIDER and more focused too. This gives strings not just the feeling of being big and encompassing, but also weighty, textured, and a bit detailed.

Comfort - the HE90 wins here hands down. I suspect that their are likely inconsistencies between the various HE1.2's and the way they fit. My right earcup feels weird, but after a few songs, I stop noticing it.

===

thanks again guys, I think this thread has been highly useful for me, and hopefully for others who are still waiting.

Neil

Glad to hear your system is back up and singing again. When i read your post I remember how i felt when I recieved my SDS, and then SDS-XLR. Also why I sit on pins and needles for my preamp to get here.
I hate the missed deadlines as much as anyone. But I can also say, on each of my products the wait became a non-issue within an hour of listening to the SP products. I also hope this thread gets more amps out to customers so they can enjoy what your enjoying.
post #143 of 1960
Congrats!
post #144 of 1960
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Originally Posted by tom hankins View Post
I also hope this thread gets more amps out to customers so they can enjoy what your enjoying.
x2

Also, thanks Neil for a great write-up.
post #145 of 1960
double entry - sorry
post #146 of 1960
Quote:
Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
Having said this, there are many things the HE 1.2B does better that is almost immediately noticeable - to me.

Upper Midrange - This range is smoother and more texturally detailed than the HE90.
I knew you'd like the He1.2b. It's got a sound with resolution to burn in the upper-midrange/midrange, which will continue to reveal more as the source/amp improves.

This is why I am now waiting for my THIRD(!) (and hopefully issue-free) He1.2b to ship to me
post #147 of 1960
Nice setup. Unlike my listening area, it's a bit messy.
post #148 of 1960
[QUOTE=Jon L;4347025]I knew you'd like the He1.2b. QUOTE]

What company makes the He1.2b?
post #149 of 1960
Why change the title of the thread?

Why not start a new thread and keep the old thread as it was?
post #150 of 1960
Thanks for the impressions Neil but now you need to buy a recabled Koss ESP/950 for comparison... you know you want to...
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