Hello! I'm new here but I would like to say a few things about myself and Jim Hess and his wonderful MagWires.
First off, I would like to say that I have been bitten by the "headphone bug" once again! (Born-again!)
I used to listen to cans all the time in my younger days. Since my parents wouldn't let me blast my music throughout the house, my dad gave me a pair of old Koss Pro/ 4AAA cans which from I recall sounded pretty good at the time. I was around 8 or 9 years old then, so I was easily impressed. Anyway, I remember that they were heavy as H
LL and they used to hurt my ears, probably because both earcushions were collapsed.
After a while, I got a pair of Koss Pro/ 4X cans from one of my brothers. They were much better and lighter, plus they had loads of bass, which for a kid was super cool.
However, I still can't understand why Koss used those nasty plastic/rubber earcushions because they all used to hurt my ears over a short period of time.
Anyway, I finally bought my very first pair of cans, Realistic Nova 45. These were amazingly good sounding little phones from RatShack and were pretty comfy to boot.
Several years after I bought those, one of my cats ate the cord and I bought my first pair of audiophile grade loudspeakers, Magnepans! Ever since then, I haven't really listened to headphones, and that's been about 6 years now.
Then, about a month ago, one of my customers told me that he was an audiophile and that he mostly listened to headphones. So here I am!! I just bought a pair of Sennheiser HD525 cans off of him that he only used once or twice. They still were not even broken-in. But he sold me those along with the DSP 360 head amp for 50 bucks. Now I'm hooked again and just bought a pair of HD580's from AudioGon and looking for a good HeadRoom amp used.
Speaking of AudioGon, that's where I found these MagWires from Jim Hess. I just bought 7 pairs of his Nakeds IC's to replace my collection of Kimber, Cardas, LAT International just to name a few.
All I can say is that these cables are completely wonderful. They are the best cables I have ever heard in my system, and I have had a lot, costing upwards of $300 for a 0.5 meter pair!
I wrote Jim and told him what I wanted, and 3 days later, I had them sitting at my door. After hooking them up, I sat down to listen before going to bed. Right out of the "Glad Bags", they sounded awsome. I couldn't believe how open and natural these Nakeds were without any burn-in time. However, I did notice that the bass was a little muted at first.
For the next couple of days, I left my rig on and had the new SACD release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon play over and over.
After about 60 hours of constant run-in time, I sat down to listen again. This time, not only was the bass back, but it was tighter, deeper, and more detailed and lifelike.
The midrange is a tad bit more forward, but it's more natural, open, and vibrant as well. You can actually "feel" the 3 dimentional sound of the instruments and voices, almost like reaching out at you. It is very involving, like sitting right at the feet of musicians in a small jazz club.
And the treble, WOW! If anyone here owns a pair of Maggies, you know they can tend to get just a little bit too much with some music at high volumes. With the MagWires in place, they make everything with the music "in place". Everything is just so much wider and open with plenty of extension, but without the harshness. Soundstaging and imaging is up much higher and precise.
Remember that old slogan, "Is it live or is it Memorex?"? Well, I almost have to ask myself that same question all the time now with these MagWire Nakeds. Even though they are the lowest priced interconnects Jim Hess offers, don't let it fool you out of buying them. Like I said, these Nakeds replaced ALL of my high end cables, about $1200 worth of wires with $170 worth of excellent quality, grade A interconnects. Plus, how many high end cable companies do you know of that offer the great communication and personalism that Jim provides to his customers? Not many.
Buy some MagWires, you'll love them!
Oh yeah, sorry for writing a huge book here for my very first post!