I have a rather serious question that I would like to hear other people's input.
Before I acquired the Realiser, I had owned and auditioned many TOTL headphones (including the legendary Orpheus and SR-009/BHSE), but I came to the conclusion that HD800 and flagship orthodynamic headphones are better suited to my tastes than their electrostatic counterparts due to the latter's relative lack of weight and viscerality in sound. In other words, even the best electrostatic headphones sounded too polite that made music listening not as engaging as dynamic headphones. My current favorite is the HD800, which scales indefinitely with better source components and headphone amps, followed by HE-560 (Hifiman's new headphone) which IMO is the best orthodynamic headphone I've heard to date (better than LCD-X and LCD-3 to my ears).
It was after I had settled on these headphones that I acquired a Realiser A8, simply out of curiosity. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the most shocking, game-changing, revelatory piece of audio equipment I had purchased throughout my entire journey into Head-Fi. Unlike other gears that came and went by in my system, I can't possibly think of selling the A8 as I've been completely spoiled by the way it presents 3D holographic music.
That being said, I've read in many articles here that electrostatic headphones are inherently a better match with the Realiser than any dynamic headphones out there, that even a low-cost vintage Stax headphone could perform just as well or even outperform a high-end HD800 setup (which I happen to own), when both are fed by the Realiser. Just when I thought the HD800 was a permanent keeper, and reflecting back on how not even the best electrostatic headphones out there failed to captivate me, I began to wonder: will the Realiser change all that?
As I've said the main reason I prefer my HD800 and other TOTL dynamic headphones compared to stats is because the latter doesn't sound as engaging, as they lack the physical, visceral weight of sound that conveys a sense of being one with the music. Electrostatic headphones just don't make me tap my toe like the dynamics do. But if what people are saying is true about the Realiser, will it change all that? If Realiser inherently works better with stats due to some design or technical reasons, what are they? Now that I own the Realiser, should I sell my HD800 system and replace it with an electrostatic system?
By the way, for the record, I preferred the sound of SR-007 mk1 to SR-009 over the BHSE. The BHSE/SR-007 mk1 was the best electrostatic setup I've heard (prior to auditioning the Realiser), followed by the Orpheus, than the BHSE/SR-009. The BHSE/SR-007 mk1 sounded most natural and balanced out of these three. Even so, a high-end HD800 setup, with its massive soundstage, full-sounding mids and bass, and the ability to convey pinpoint imaging and extract microdetail won me over. But like I said that was before the Realiser, so I wonder if things will be different now that the Realiser is working its magic in the upstream...
Edited by songmic - 8/21/14 at 2:02am