Hour 75 and mini-meet w/Bill
First off, I have to say what an incredible person and Head-Fier WilliamGoody is. I know many of you already know this, but this guy goes above and beyond to aid fellow members of this forum enjoy audio gear.
Bill showed up at my door with not only CD3Ks and DT880s to feed to the can-hungry Perreaux..he also brought his Eggos, Etys, MG Head OTL32, JMT META , Porta-Corda and his Sharp minidisc player....all this latter gear I have never heard.
The Banquet Table
When he opened his pack of goodies I was stunned. I have really wanted to try the portable amps I hear you all talk about with my portable DVD player and I'm afraid to report I now need one
Bill is so generous...he even gave me a beautiful mini to mini for my upcoming purchase!
This was my first time hearing the Eggos too...and I can see what folks like about them...especially for movie watching combined with the META or Porta Corda "Gladiator" rocked. The size and comfort of them are a real plus for road trips too. I also tried my Sony 7506s with the portable amps and they sounded fantastic. But they don't look as cool as those tempting Eggos.
His OTL32 is gorgeous.....listened to some of my fave CDs with the CD3Ks hooked into this tubular beauty.....what a winning combo. The DT800s sounded sweet with it as well, I just prefer the fuller bodied CD3Ks.
OK...now....the Perreaux feeding frenzy...we listened to it with the CD3Ks and Beyer 880s. Bill brought over a beautiful Anita Baker CD and hearing her over the CD3Ks on this amp was unreal. The Sonys really have great synergy with the Perreaux. I also enjoyed the Beyers much more than when I had them here a few months ago. Well broken in, these are a whole different animal than the new pair I had. They paired really well with the Perreaux as well and with the volume dial at about 2 o'clock they were getting more than enough power to make them sing.
I also listened to my usual test CDs...Nils Live , The Rising, Nils Acoustic....and I am sad to report that I am about to buy CD3Ks for the third time.
The Perreaux continues to open up and hearing it with the nice cans Bill provided has convinced me that this is indeed a terrific amp. I honestly cannot believe it's only $300 (on sale-$350 regularly is still a bargain).
I put on some bass heavy pop recordings this afternoon as well...wow.....I am very pleased with the bass response. Quick, full and visceral...especially with the CD3Ks.
This amp sounds more transparent than any amp I have listened to in my limited experience...there is simply more musical information getting to my ears. The sound is detailed and alive sounding without any fatigue, no shrillness even on some of my Twangier country vocal recordings....just a beauty of an amp.
We finished off with a little Pioneer DIR 1000 Dolby Headphone demo which Bill seemed to enjoy and we both agreed we liked the sound of the provided Pioneer wireless cans for film watching over the CD3Ks. which I used to prefer. I guess these Pioneers have had a break-in since I have been using them alot and they have just simply gotten better sounding.
Anyhow...thanks for the great afternoon Bill...and the cable. That was really nice of you.