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post #151 of 1953
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Originally Posted by Elephas View Post
Why change the title of the thread?

Why not start a new thread and keep the old thread as it was?
Hmmm... well I was planning on changing it back to the original title after a few days. This amp and its impressions have been stated many times before, so I didn't really want to start a new thread -- but rather, just get a few more people to view it before changing it back.

Yeah maybe I should have started a new thread. Oh well.

Neil
post #152 of 1953
I think there are many people, including myself, who are interested in your impressions of the ES-2, HE90, He Audio and other headphones or whatever else you might post.

After more than a hundred posts on one topic, it was a bit disconcerting to find the thread topic changed completely.

It seems that at least several people are frustrated with Single Power for various reasons. As one of those people, it was useful to me to read about others' experiences and thoughts.
post #153 of 1953
musical chairs, i mean titles

glad to see the original back, in all seriousness.
post #154 of 1953
I understood the change.. seemed fine to me but whatever suits thee. .
post #155 of 1953
Thread Starter 
[QUOTE=Kang;4348153]
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post
I knew you'd like the He1.2b. QUOTE]

What company makes the He1.2b?
Head-Direct.com
post #156 of 1953
Neil, thanks for the impressions!
Seems like the EH-1.2B stand up nicely against the old faithful HE90.
post #157 of 1953
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
Neil, thanks for the impressions!
Seems like the EH-1.2B stand up nicely against the old faithful HE90.
.....when using the Singlepower ES-2 anyway.
post #158 of 1953
[QUOTE=neilvg;4353499]
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Originally Posted by Kang View Post
Thank you, Neil. Again, enjoy your ES2!
post #159 of 1953
Referring to the HE 1.2b positive description,
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Originally Posted by purk View Post
.....when using the Singlepower ES-2 anyway.
My thoughts exactly!

I think i may have to get a pair.
post #160 of 1953
any idea when the HE 1.2b will actually officially release? Or can you buy them already?
post #161 of 1953
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Yeah the HE1.2's are indeed good. But, low and behold, I was a bit overly enthusiastic with my last review. While everything I said still holds true for me, I still reach for the HE90's. Why?

1) Comfort. They totally disappear for me. Like a well worn in glove.
2) Tone. This is something I didn't really cover. In fact, I didn't really cover the HE90 side of the story. To me this headphone has unbelievable tone that just makes things sound right. My description of the HE1.2 was analytical in nature - but when I put the HE90's on, they sound more convincing to me, more like real life. I believe this has to do with the tremendous richness these headphones produce. To be honest, the HE1.2B's while having great resolution, dynamics, and coherence, sound a bit chalky tone wise (in comparison of course). At first I thought this was the lower mids, but in fact, it's just the overall presentation -- it has this sort of.. hmm, you'll have to possibly hear it and compare for yourselves. It has to do with the tone and timbre.
3) Speed. I'm a speed freak. The HE's are faster overall, or at least convey the PRAT of the music better. To me, this was clearly evident while listening to fast paced music with lots of syncopation and staccato across the spectrum.

But no doubt the HE1.2B is a fine headphone. The HE90 is still king to me.

Regarding price and availability of the HE1.2B, anyone's guess is as good as mine. I guess we all just have to wait for further notice.

Neil
post #162 of 1953
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Originally Posted by purk View Post
.....when using the Singlepower ES-2 anyway.
True! Which limit the pleasure to a handful happy owners...
post #163 of 1953
If it is any consolation, just about anything custom takes time. I used to be a competitive pistol shooter and all the Open Class guns are custom made. I live in NC and had to drive to PA to get my gun back from a builder one time. A buddy of mine had to take a day off from work, do some DIY private eye work to track down a taxidermist who moved 3 hours away with his trophy class deer rack. Boy was that guy surprised when he answered a knock on his door.

A previous poster on this thread said "Life is too short (to put up with this crap)" and he is right. Glad you got your amp back and glad you posted about your experience. Caveat Emptor!
post #164 of 1953
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Originally Posted by purk View Post
.....when using the Singlepower ES-2 anyway.
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
True! Which limit the pleasure to a handful happy owners...
It's true, I listened and made these impressions on the ES-2 solely. But, I do think some amount of scaling would occur with lesser amps as long as they had similar bias voltages etc... My HEV90 didn't do such a good job with the HE1.2's compared to the HE90's, but a more updated headphone amp capable of driving Stax headphones should be able to yield a similar environment for comparison.

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Originally Posted by jimmyjames8 View Post
If it is any consolation, just about anything custom takes time. I used to be a competitive pistol shooter and all the Open Class guns are custom made. I live in NC and had to drive to PA to get my gun back from a builder one time. A buddy of mine had to take a day off from work, do some DIY private eye work to track down a taxidermist who moved 3 hours away with his trophy class deer rack. Boy was that guy surprised when he answered a knock on his door.

A previous poster on this thread said "Life is too short (to put up with this crap)" and he is right. Glad you got your amp back and glad you posted about your experience. Caveat Emptor!
Thanks for the words. There is a niche in every hobby and activity of life, and I believe as you get to the more rarefied level, you have to work more to experience the fruits of that level (in my case it meant waiting and calling and spending a lot, amongst others).

Neil
post #165 of 1953
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Originally Posted by neilvg View Post
It's true, I listened and made these impressions on the ES-2 solely. But, I do think some amount of scaling would occur with lesser amps as long as they had similar bias voltages etc... My HEV90 didn't do such a good job with the HE1.2's compared to the HE90's, but a more updated headphone amp capable of driving Stax headphones should be able to yield a similar environment for comparison.
The HEV90 is a bad match on many levels, lower bias voltage and the bleeder resistor is double the size compared to a normal Stax amp so the phones might not be getting enough juice.
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