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5/31/09 at 1:24am
they had a prototype without the shell. The smallest Pico is really small but sounds great. I was also surprised to find out that the guy who designed them is really young. He looked like he is 18. Nice kid. Smart kid. He also had the Blue Hawaii or something like that, a wonderful Stax amplifier.
Okay, I'm going to play devil's advocate. Are you sure it wasn't just brighter or had more whiz and bang and may not be a good phone for long term? I guess I am curious why Grado would have a 500 dollar headphone in their lineup that a lot of people may prefer the sound of over the a lot more expensive PS1000. As someone who has the PS1000 on order, the emergence of the HF-2 is concerning. If it is that good, I could have saved some dough.
|The folks at Manley labs were great to talk to and had a nice looking new version of the Stingray. It now has headphone outs and a iPod dock. Unfortunately I was talking to much about pro audio and never sat down to listen. Hopefully I can give a check tomorrow|
I have to go back and catch up on these pages but I listened to a lot today and my biggest surprise and the catch of the day for the price was the HF-2 from Todd. Under $500. and sounded great! and i am not normally really that into Grados. I thought they sounded better than the PS-1000s. so there.
Overall I had a great time. Nice hanging out with you a bit dallan.
The HF-2's did sound nice, although possibly a bit dark and rolled off in the high end. That said, they were a nice change from most of the brighter Grados that I've heard. I really dug the Manley 300B preamp that was driving them. To bad that one's not cheaper, I'd seriously be tempted.
I got a short session with the HD800's and they sounded good. A little on the bright side but very good. To my ears they are big departure from the HD650's. The price is ridiculous, but I do want to hear more of them.
The Eddie Current stuff was dynamite as usual. The Zana Deux sounds great as I remember and is really tempting me. Unfortunately Craig didn't have the ZDT hooked up, but it did look nice.
I had a great time hanging out with Lee at Locus Audio/Cryo parts. He had a bunch of cool stuff and to check out. In particular I was digging the Trafomatic amp. I hope to stop by tomorrow to hear it some more.
The folks at Manley labs were great to talk to and had a nice looking new version of the Stingray. It now has headphone outs and a iPod dock. Unfortunately I was talking to much about pro audio and never sat down to listen. Hopefully I can give a check tomorrow.
I enjoyed my time at the Lavry table. Dan and his wife were a pleasure to talk to and I enjoyed hearing his DA11. The headphone amp sounded much better then I remember the DA10 sounding. I would expect the DAC section to also sound better too. Overall a very nice product from great people.
Donald from DNA audio also has a great looking new tube amp. I really enjoyed listening to it and love his design ideas. That's another amp I want to spend more time with.
That sums up some of the highlights. There was just too much gear and to many rooms to go through. With any luck I'll get back there tomorrow to catch a bit more.
Thanks again to all the venders and organizer for making this happen. I couldn't have asked for a better event!!!!