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post #796 of 803
First of all, my other cans are the LCD3f & HD800. I've also recently owned T1 Gen 2 and the LCD2f. I spend most of my time with the LCD3f these days but do shift back to the HD800 every now and then. I am used to a much thicker (those Audeze pads!) & heavier set of cans. I'll not go into sound yet since I don't have enough time with the AD2000. I will say though that the WA22 is obviously complete overkill for these. I run them just fine from my iPhone 6s & Mojo.

What I can say is that unless I change the stock pads on the 2000, I'll not be keeping these. They just don't sit on my bald head at all. They won't necessarily slip and are generally comfortable but I am always having to pay attention and realize that I have headphones on my head that can fall or slip down with any movement. I really don't know what they were thinking with that suspension mechanism.
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I don't think I would ever call using an actual "Audio Component" with any headphone, other than the most basic inexpensive (under $50 or so), "Overkill". I have no interest whatsoever in portable music listening.; life's too short to trivialize my music listening time. I'm not that locked into the hierarchy of using only."like" value equipment with other "like" value equipment when it comes to headphone or loudspeakers, simply because they're only transducers.

That being said , I've decided to go in another direction as far as my choosing another pair of headphones go. You are absolutely right about the Audeze pads though (& I'm fairly set on purchasing a set of the Vegan pads
for the "cans" I've turned my attention towards)

I hope the comfort issues work out for you. Though I think you'll be okay with just staying with your other in house cans.
post #797 of 803

Im getting a pair next week...read pretty much the whole thread.

Question: Can anyone recommend an inexpensive(sub 300.00) desktop amp that would work well with both AD2000 and Grado 325e?

post #798 of 803

How's this with the Bottlehead Crack + speedball?

post #799 of 803
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Originally Posted by monsterzero View Post

Question: Can anyone recommend an inexpensive(sub 300.00) desktop amp that would work well with both AD2000 and Grado 325e?

The only two amps I'd recommend are out of production, if you don't mind getting something used off the FS forums: either the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite, or a DIY-built M3.

I haven't heard any of the currently-popular in-production solid-state amps on the market so I can't comment on them, except for the Garage1217 Project Polaris which I have heard, but I wouldn't recommend it for the AD2K (the review linked in my profile mentions why). I have no experience with the current line of Schiit amps (Magni 2 and Asgard 2) but can't imagine they'd be terrible, either of them might be worth trying. And there are certainly fans of the O2 (aka Objective2) but I don't know anything about that amp personally.

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How's this with the Bottlehead Crack + speedball?

The AD2K won't play nice with the vast majority of OTL amps, you need an amp with an ultra-low output impedance for it (ideally a fraction way below 1 Ohm). I tried mine out of the Schiit Valhalla 2's low gain when I had that amp and it just wasn't good. The only OTL amp I've heard that the AD2K sounded good on was the Eddie Current Zana Deux, but that's the only exception to the rule I've ever heard.
post #800 of 803

The AD2000s are starting to grow on me.

I can understand why Asr likes them for trance and metal...they smoke my Alessandro Ms2e for metal,even though they have much more bass,the Ad2000s have tighter bass and are MUCH faster.

They still sound a bit hollow on some tracks,but overall as I said im liking them more each day.

post #801 of 803

I tried AD2000 two weeks last year at home with one quality dac from his hp output and I lacked something against LCD2 and HE500. Hollow is actually very good description. It could be interesting out of the quality separate amp but mine dac had low output impedance.. 


Edited by knopi - 3/30/16 at 12:32pm
post #802 of 803
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post


The only two amps I'd recommend are out of production, if you don't mind getting something used off the FS forums: either the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite, or a DIY-built M3.

I haven't heard any of the currently-popular in-production solid-state amps on the market so I can't comment on them, except for the Garage1217 Project Polaris which I have heard, but I wouldn't recommend it for the AD2K (the review linked in my profile mentions why). I have no experience with the current line of Schiit amps (Magni 2 and Asgard 2) but can't imagine they'd be terrible, either of them might be worth trying. And there are certainly fans of the O2 (aka Objective2) but I don't know anything about that amp personally.
The AD2K won't play nice with the vast majority of OTL amps, you need an amp with an ultra-low output impedance for it (ideally a fraction way below 1 Ohm). I tried mine out of the Schiit Valhalla 2's low gain when I had that amp and it just wasn't good. The only OTL amp I've heard that the AD2K sounded good on was the Eddie Current Zana Deux, but that's the only exception to the rule I've ever heard.

I can add another amping option that totally changed my perspective on MANY aspects of this hobby

I recently picked up a vintage Sansui 881 receiver for the sole purpose of having something SS to drive my Beyer T1s. For giggles I plugged my AD2000s in and WOW! I have never heard a headphone's sound signature change so much!

It went from a fast,but hollow sounding decent headphone to...get ready for it....a full bodied mid-bass MONSTER! (and no I havent been drinking or taking drugs)

On Queen's "King Rat" Roger Taylor's toms went across my skull with a very meaty thud-thud-thud..........Im kinda shocked im typing these words TBH.

Pretty much any track I tried(except for a few really poorly mastered 60s pop)had a very tactile mid bass thump,without detracting from any aspect of the rest of the sound.

My system goes Sony HAPs1>Sansui 881 headphone out>headphone of choice.

This receiver will drive my T1s wonderfully with 80% of the volume headroom to spare.Im so blown away Im selling my Woo Audio WA2...there I said it!

I havent heard Asr's amps but im willing to bet that it doesnt sound as good my Sansui 881.

The best part of this whole unexpected audio nirvana is I picked this receiver off of CL for 125.00 delivered to my door!

The AD2000+Sansui 881($460.00) is now my favorite combo,totally smoking T1+WA2($2400.00)

post #803 of 803

WOW!

 

Just picked up a new pair that someone found hiding in their collection and I am completely blown away, I've never heard anything so involving and fun plus harmonies are absolutely GEORGOUS.

 

Now I'm just worried that no one has replicated the sound of these.... hopefully mine will last a good long while but I'm stunned that after all this time there isn't really much mention of a similar phone to these...

 

Anyway, thank you guys so much for this enduring thread, without which I never would have found this bliss.


Edited by YUHaveNoNames - 5/12/16 at 1:06pm
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