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post #1981 of 4032
Shreyas,

The easiest answer to your requirements without breaking the bank is the HD 600. I have never listened to the FiiOs of the world and don't intend to either. Neither will I invest in a DAP. However I highly recommend the Geek Out as a portable DAC/amp. From a desktop DAC/Amp perspective, get the Modi 2 Uber as a DAC and the Vali or the Asgard 2 as amp. If you are going with the Senn HP, get the Vali. Else get the Asgard 2.
As an alternative to the Senn HD 600, I like the AKG7xx. A bit warm but nice midrange and sweet treble. Very easy to drive. I've plugged it into my iPhone, laptop with and without DAC/amp.
post #1982 of 4032

Thanks for your inputs Mr Ganesh. Will check out the suggestions if I can.

 

Cheers

post #1983 of 4032
No problem. If you can come to Chennai for a day, I will give you an audition in my office. You can spend 2-3 hours completely undisturbed.

Edit: you can listen to the HD 650 and 800 from the Zana Deux and the AKG 7xx through the Geek Out. You can even listen to the Audez'e LCD X through the Project Ember which is s very good amp IMO.
Edited by kothganesh - 3/21/15 at 11:15pm
post #1984 of 4032

Guys:

 

Latest desktop DAC/Amp from the LH Labs company:

 


Its a SABRE-based DAC but its well implemented with typical very good midrange and upper end .... A tad thinner compared to the AKM-based DACs like the Gungnir. Just got it this morning. Part of a crowd funding I did with LH Labs early last year (yep early 2014). 

post #1985 of 4032
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Mr Ganesh, how's the XS compared to, say, the ATH-M50? And do you use it often outdoors, and if so, how does it deal with the hot weather down in the East Coast?


The M-50 from memory has a wider soundstage compared to the XS. Soundwise, both are pretty natural with the M50 reaching a little lower than the XS. The XS is a joy to wear; the M50 cannot be worn in the outdoors IMO. I know I'll sound like a snob but I don't wander outside in the heat due to driving to wherever I go...so I really don't know.

post #1986 of 4032
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Originally Posted by getclikinagas View Post
 

Psst... @kothganesh

HE1000 2999$.

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Haha, my must have for the rest of 2015 is the Schiit Yggdrasil DAC... I was going to get the Audez'e EL-8 but will wait to see how the HE1k pans out... 

post #1987 of 4032

Ganesh sir you must be facing heavy import taxes while purchasing your gear... how is your experience with our customs? How much percentage do they charge?

I had to pay once for my amp and they charged whopping 40% of the price.

post #1988 of 4032
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Originally Posted by EISENbricher View Post
 

Ganesh sir you must be facing heavy import taxes while purchasing your gear... how is your experience with our customs? How much percentage do they charge?

I had to pay once for my amp and they charged whopping 40% of the price.


Heavy is the right word...I pay 28% all-in on the purchase price of the gear... If it is shipped through Fedex, I get it in 5 business days (including customs)...if i get it through USPS (via Indiapost) iIget it in 3 weeks...but, I amazingly pay no taxes for the most part. For example, I got my Stax 009 from Israel through EMS... you know how much it costs... I paid zero duty.....Anything via Fedex I pay 28%...however I must caution you that it is not zero time all the time through Indiapost... I just got my Geek Pulse Xfi via Indiapost and paid Rs. 2,000; however it is $1,399 retail...so its really your luck

 

Edit: That 40% may be because of the shipping cost on top of the cost of the amp. Not sure.

post #1989 of 4032
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 


Heavy is the right word...I pay 28% all-in on the purchase price of the gear... If it is shipped through Fedex, I get it in 5 business days (including customs)...if i get it through USPS (via Indiapost) iIget it in 3 weeks...but, I amazingly pay no taxes for the most part. For example, I got my Stax 009 from Israel through EMS... you know how much it costs... I paid zero duty.....Anything via Fedex I pay 28%...however I must caution you that it is not zero time all the time through Indiapost... I just got my Geek Pulse Xfi via Indiapost and paid Rs. 2,000; however it is $1,399 retail...so its really your luck

 

Edit: That 40% may be because of the shipping cost on top of the cost of the amp. Not sure.


True indiapost generally means u do not pay customs but its not absolute.However if u opt for a courier service u are gonna pay almost every time.

post #1990 of 4032
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 


Heavy is the right word...I pay 28% all-in on the purchase price of the gear... If it is shipped through Fedex, I get it in 5 business days (including customs)...if i get it through USPS (via Indiapost) iIget it in 3 weeks...but, I amazingly pay no taxes for the most part. For example, I got my Stax 009 from Israel through EMS... you know how much it costs... I paid zero duty.....Anything via Fedex I pay 28%...however I must caution you that it is not zero time all the time through Indiapost... I just got my Geek Pulse Xfi via Indiapost and paid Rs. 2,000; however it is $1,399 retail...so its really your luck

 

Edit: That 40% may be because of the shipping cost on top of the cost of the amp. Not sure.

I see... that's right, India post is weird. It's amazing to know that you saved import taxes on that Stax, nice luck there. Cheers for India Post for saving money of Audiophiles (most of the time) xD

post #1991 of 4032

They lost my CIEMs in transit. $250 plus 3 weeks of regular visits to the bank all in the water. 

post #1992 of 4032
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Originally Posted by ayaflo View Post
 

They lost my CIEMs in transit. $250 plus 3 weeks of regular visits to the bank all in the water. 


 Sorry for your loss.

post #1993 of 4032

Since there is risk, we can pool it & share the loss. 

 

Every head-fi'er in the thread pays INR 5/- a month a la premium. So if some one has to pay customs, they can take some part of premium collected. If no customs, its just 60 rupees at the end of the year per person that can be donated to charity. 

 

What do you guys think? 

post #1994 of 4032
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Originally Posted by ayaflo View Post
 

They lost my CIEMs in transit. $250 plus 3 weeks of regular visits to the bank all in the water. 

Who lost your CIEMs? And why you have to bear the loss?

 

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Originally Posted by ayaflo View Post
 

Since there is risk, we can pool it & share the loss. 

 

Every head-fi'er in the thread pays INR 5/- a month a la premium. So if some one has to pay customs, they can take some part of premium collected. If no customs, its just 60 rupees at the end of the year per person that can be donated to charity. 

 

What do you guys think? 

 

INR5 would be too low, don't you think? Already we have miniscule number of members haha.


Edited by EISENbricher - 3/22/15 at 6:04am
post #1995 of 4032
Quote:
Originally Posted by ayaflo View Post
 

Since there is risk, we can pool it & share the loss. 

 

Every head-fi'er in the thread pays INR 5/- a month a la premium. So if some one has to pay customs, they can take some part of premium collected. If no customs, its just 60 rupees at the end of the year per person that can be donated to charity. 

 

What do you guys think? 


Excellent idea.I say increase this to rs 50 per month.I am all in.

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