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Originally Posted by vbvb View Post
 

Thanks for answering.  The bigger question for me is where can I buy 24-96 files of Indian music, where most of my listening is. 

music distribution is pretty rubbish...

 

don't count on it. 

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Alright, time to duly post some impressions of Headphone Connect - Delhi!

Let me start with the venue; The Pint Room outlet in Vasant Vihar, D Block Market is a good beer cafe in a fairly quiet neighborhood I thought; a good place to hang out with friends. So as far as quiet beer pubs go, this would probably be it. But frankly I think an event like Headphone Connect deserves to be in a much quieter setting, maybe someone's home, maybe a rented hall; we shall have to figure this out later. But as of now, I have to say the first edition of Headphone Connect was, to me, a really good place to be at!

So when I reached the venue with a couple of my friends early and introduced myself to Raghav Somani, I was met with an immediate reaction, "So you're Shreyas! Now we do have a face to know you by, and not just a user name."
This felt good, because, I think this is what meets do; you get to know your online pals better, give faces to their user names.

Right then, on to the cans!

So, after chatting with Raghav about this great initiative and how this had all been fueled by their desire to convince brands like Audeze that India did indeed have enough enthusiasts to buy their luxurious products, I got on to trying out those very cans, which until now, I'd only seen online, mostly through posts and reviews on Head-fi, and a few other websites. And I have to say, in spite of all the noise in the pub, in spite of how ridiculously heavy the cans were, and in spite of their sheer size and how geeky they made you look after wearing them, boy did they sound good! I am of course talking about the Audeze line-up.

Here are my initial impressions on the three models they had for demo; the LCD-2, LCD-3 & LCD-X.
I plugged in my portable setup (FiiO X3 1st gen + FiiO E12A using FiiO L16 interconnect) to the LCD-2, changed the setting to high gain, and put on a great track called 'Burn On' by Greylag. Boom. The details in the bass automatically put a smile on my face, and needless to say, the smile stayed on till I reluctantly took off the cans and mounted them back onto their stand. The western styled electric guitars which I like so much were so detailed that I realized I had to spend quite a lot of time listening to my favourite tracks to even experience what these cans had in store, which unfortunately wasn't possible in the very limited time available.

The LCD-3 was connected to the Audeze Deckard desktop amplifier, and I realized that the outside noise was too much to have a good listen. Need more time on these. Definitely.

The LCD-X sounded to me like a more efficient version of the LCD-2, at least for what an initial impression is worth anyway. Which meant that the LCD-2 smile came right back on. Nice!

Next up I tried on the AKG K612, brought for demo by a Harman employee, and shifting from the Audezes, when I picked up the K612, what a relief! Did not feel as if I was picking up a piece of ammunition. Good. I then put them on, and listened to my own setup and tracks. Very good indeed; initial impressions were very good. Detailed clear sound, but bass detail wasn't as awesome as the Audeze's (LCD-2/X). The fit of the pads was the major issue for me anyway, with the circular pads not sealing the ears properly for my slightly large ears.

I'm already half asleep as I'm typing this, listening to High Hopes Live in Gdansk through my HD558, and the acoustic guitar ending is just so soothing, that I have to pause this post at this moment, and continue later..when I can truly fathom what I'm typing. Cheers folks, and enjoy the music!

To Be Continued (with some hastily taken pics of course, and more impressions)

Edited by ShreyasMax - Yesterday at 12:37 pm
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post #2479 of 2483
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Originally Posted by ShreyasMax View Post Alright, time to duly post some impressions of Headphone Connect - Delhi! (Click to show)

Alright, time to duly post some impressions of Headphone Connect - Delhi!

Let me start with the venue; The Pint Room outlet in Vasant Vihar, D Block Market is a good beer cafe in a fairly quiet neighborhood I thought; a good place to hang out with friends. So as far as quiet beer pubs go, this would probably be it. But frankly I think an event like Headphone Connect deserves to be in a much quieter setting, maybe someone's home, maybe a rented hall; we shall have to figure this out later. But as of now, I have to say the first edition of Headphone Connect was, to me, a really good place to be at!

So when I reached the venue with a couple of my friends early and introduced myself to Raghav Somani, I was met with an immediate reaction, "So you're Shreyas! Now we do have a face to know you by, and not just a user name."
This felt good, because, I think this is what meets do; you get to know your online pals better, give faces to their user names.

Right then, on to the cans!

So, after chatting with Raghav about this great initiative and how this had all been fueled by their desire to convince brands like Audeze that India did indeed have enough enthusiasts to buy their luxurious products, I got on to trying out those very cans, which until now, I'd only seen online, mostly through posts and reviews on Head-fi, and a few other websites. And I have to say, in spite of all the noise in the pub, in spite of how ridiculously heavy the cans were, and in spite of their sheer size and how geeky they made you look after wearing them, boy did they sound good! I am of course talking about the Audeze line-up.

Here are my initial impressions on the three models they had for demo; the LCD-2, LCD-3 & LCD-X.
I plugged in my portable setup (FiiO X3 1st gen + FiiO E12A using FiiO L16 interconnect) to the LCD-2, changed the setting to high gain, and put on a great track called 'Burn On' by Greylag. Boom. The details in the bass automatically put a smile on my face, and needless to say, the smile stayed on till I reluctantly took off the cans and mounted them back onto their stand. The western styled electric guitars which I like so much were so detailed that I realized I had to spend quite a lot of time listening to my favourite tracks to even experience what these cans had in store, which unfortunately wasn't possible in the very limited time available.

The LCD-3 was connected to the Audeze Deckard desktop amplifier, and I realized that the outside noise was too much to have a good listen. Need more time on these. Definitely.

The LCD-X sounded to me like a more efficient version of the LCD-2, at least for what an initial impression is worth anyway. Which meant that the LCD-2 smile came right back on. Nice!

Next up I tried on the AKG K612, brought for demo by a Harman employee, and shifting from the Audezes, when I picked up the K612, what a relief! Did not feel as if I was picking up a piece of ammunition. Good. I then put them on, and listened to my own setup and tracks. Very good indeed; initial impressions were very good. Detailed clear sound, but bass detail wasn't as awesome as the Audeze's (LCD-2/X). The fit of the pads was the major issue for me anyway, with the circular pads not sealing the ears properly for my slightly large ears.

I'm already half asleep as I'm typing this, listening to High Hopes Live in Gdansk through my HD558, and the acoustic guitar ending is just so soothing, that I have to pause this post at this moment, and continue later..when I can truly fathom what I'm typing. Cheers folks, and enjoy the music!
To Be Continued (with some hastily taken pics of course, and more impressions)

 

Thanks for sharing Shreyas!

 

Looking forward to Part 2

post #2480 of 2483

It was a nice event @ShreyasMax , feels nice to put a face to the username. The LCD3+Deckard definitely need more time and less noise. After listening to the K612 I want the k7xx even more.

 

Great initiative by Raghav and HeadphoneZone team for sure.


Edited by abhinit90 - Today at 2:36 am
post #2481 of 2483

Hey Guys..

Here are some pictures from Headphone Connect, New Delhi Meetup. We had over 30 Head-Fiers and Audiophiles who joined us for a fantastic evening. Big shoutout to Head-Fiers @ShreyasMax,@vaibhavp and @abhinit90 for joining us with their gear. The full album can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915047738533840.1073741834.151162144922407

 


Edited by raghavsomani - Today at 4:47 am
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Thanks a lot to headphone zone team for organising such amazing event. Some impressions:

I was mostly interested in sources and amps so spent most of my time with deckard and various fiio gear. I simply plugged in my akg k550 in most of them to get a handle on sound as they are closed back and I am well familiar with them. Other than that I only tried audeze cans. But i have no regrets. I came out of meet a lot wiser. Anyways, impressions:

Audeze deckard: tons of detail. It took k550 to next level of detail and powerful presence. If you are detail loving person, my recommendation would be solid state dac amp box and a detail oriented hp like k550. Uncompressed natural dynamics, fleshed out instruments, strong impactful bass. I also tried sennheiser hd650 with deckard, but being open back, i couldnt judge it properly. Although i must admit deckard was quiet a bit neutral, so not for everyone.

Fiio x5 ii: as a standalone player its great. Sound was neutral well separated, but didnt do it for me.

Fiio x5 first gen: the musicality i was missing in second gen was present here in spades. Akgs liked it a lot. Music was well textured, bass was strong and detailed. Awesome. I dunno why fiio is messing with great sound of original x5. Please note that my impressions are subjective. Ymmv.

Fiio e12 & e12a: biggest surprise of meet. X5 and e12 both old versions presented simply the best musicality i have ever heard. Total its a $500 setup, and one can get a lot of gear at that price that i have not heard. But i think its up there with best gear in that price range. Akg can sound v shaped if not properly driven. No such problem here. Great soundstage, every instument had great texture and presence, great control over drivers.

Fiio x1 and e11: x1 on its own is not very detailed. Bass is quiet strong. Its barely better than my cellphone. However adding e11 makes a big difference. Not as good as x5/e12 combo, but very good. I am thinking its perhaps as good as my audinst. Definitely worth the price, and i will choose it over any standalone daps, except x5 first gen.

Audeze lcd x, 2, 3: lcd x was connected to fiio x3 ii, because of which it automatically went out of contention. Its easy to drive but needs at least a portable amp imo.
Lcd 3 was connected to deckard and lcd 2 to fiio x3/ e12a combo. Surprisingly i preffered lcd 2. It was a noisy environment so am not completely sure. It may be cause i preferred fiio e12 a lot, while deckard was, though technically supirior, perhaps was too neutral to my taste.

All in all a great meet. Quiet informative. Once again thanks to headphone zone for great gear and beer.
post #2483 of 2483

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Originally Posted by raghavsomani View Post
 

Hey Guys..

Here are some pictures from Headphone Connect, New Delhi Meetup. We had over 30 Head-Fiers and Audiophiles who joined us for a fantastic evening. Big shoutout to Head-Fiers @ShreyasMax,@vaibhavp and @abhinit90 for joining us with their gear. The full album can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915047738533840.1073741834.151162144922407

 

Whoa, did I just spot an Earwerkz CIEM?

 

Looks like HeadphoneZone nailed it once again.

Thanks for sharing your impressions @ShreyasMax, @vaibhavp, @abhinit90

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