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post #4486 of 7444

I finally gave up on waiting for the BHSE and now am the happy owner of a Cavalli Liquid Lightening 2.

 

Even if the BHSE is better it is great actually being able to listen to music through my SR009s. So far I'm loving the combination.

 

I have no regrets.

 

regards Macrog

post #4487 of 7444
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Originally Posted by macrog View Post
 

I finally gave up on waiting for the BHSE and now am the happy owner of a Cavalli Liquid Lightening 2.

 

Even if the BHSE is better it is great actually being able to listen to music through my SR009s. So far I'm loving the combination.

 

I have no regrets.

 

regards Macrog

 

I don't mean to brag, but reading posts like this make me realize what a lucky person I am. Up until a month ago, I wasn't really interested in a BHSE, and I had no idea that its lead time is around 1-2 years. Here's what happened, and it began last month.

 

1. Back then I owned the SR-009 and SRM-007tII. To be honest, I wasn't really impressed by this combo, and I read many posts from fellow Head-Fi'ers whose opinions I trust that the discontinued SR-007 mk1 is better sounding than the SR-009, and a few have even stated that the SR-007 mk1 is not only the best Stax headphone up to date but also the best sounding headphone of all time. At any rate, this piqued my interest so I decided to see if I can buy a secondhand unit.

 

2. I looked at the Head-Fi classified section, and there were a couple sellers who had put up their SR-007 mk1 for sale. However I thought the price was too expensive, so I went to this Korean-based headphone online community where I frequently visit and put up a WTB post for a SR-007 mk1 there.

 

3. About a week later, a guy (in Korea, of course) contacted me. He was an owner of SR-007 mk1. However he did not call me to sell his SR-007 mk1, but to ask me several questions. We had a friendly discussion regarding headphones over the phone for about 30 minutes, but in the end he wasn't willing to let go of his SR-007 mk1, as he too considers it superior to SR-009. I was bummed, but oh well.

 

4. Then a few days later, while I was taking a nap, the same guy (I'll refer to him as Mr. A) called me. He told me that another headphile whom he know (I'll refer to him as Mr. B) is selling his SR-007 mk1, along with other associated gears including the WEE. Since Mr. A already owns the SR-007 mk1, he is interested in Mr. B's WEE only, but I could buy the SR-007 mk1. So I contacted Mr. B, and I was able to purchase Mr. B's SR-007 mk1 at a less expensive price (around $1,500) than here at Head-Fi. It was also in a very good condition, and I didn't have to pay for any shipping/PayPal fees, so I was quite satisfied. When Mr. B asked me which amp I'm going to drive the SR-007 mk1 with, I said I currently own the SRM-007tII. He said that I should look for a better amp, ideally the BHSE, to get the best performance out of it.

 

But my stroke of luck didn't end there...

 

5. Knowing that there has to be a better amp than the SRM-007tII for the SR-007 mk1, since SR-007 is harder to drive than SR-009, I did some quick research and indeed, the general consensus was that the BHSE is the best amp for it in the market. But I was naive... I had no idea that I would have to wait 1-2 years for a BHSE upon initial 1/4 down payment. When I realized this, I said to myself, "Screw it."

 

6. Then about a week later, Mr. B contacted me. He told me that he is personally acquainted with another guy (Mr. C) who owns a BHSE. Its unit number was #51, silver front panel, and had both Stax pro and Sennheiser outputs. Mr. C was selling all his electrostatic headphone system, including the BHSE, and he asked me if I was interested in buying a secondhand BHSE for a relatively inexpensive price, along with fully upgraded Psvane EL34PH tubes. He just wanted to let me know of this deal before Mr. C puts it up on the Internet, and someone else snatches it away first. What a coincidence, since I too had considered the EL34PH tubes when I had thought of ordering the BSHE! Apparently it was in very good condition, but the best of all, I didn't have to wait for f***ing 2 years. With tearful eyes, I said... "Yes!"

 

And well, here I am.


Edited by songmic - 12/22/13 at 6:18am
post #4488 of 7444

You're right songmic, we do hate you :D.

post #4489 of 7444

kinda like when i got my GSX :rolleyes:

post #4490 of 7444
Whoever places an order for the BHSE, no matter how long they have to wait they will eventually get it.
But those that don't want to order it because of the possible wait times, will obviously never have one. They could hope for another Mr C, but there doesn't seem to be many Mr C's about.
post #4491 of 7444

the wait is long enough that you may want to factor in your and Justin's joint life expectancy...

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Originally Posted by David1961 View Post

Whoever places an order for the BHSE, no matter how long they have to wait they will eventually get it.
But those that don't want to order it because of the possible wait times, will obviously never have one. They could hope for another Mr C, but there doesn't seem to be many Mr C's about.

 

I hear you. Eventually, that is...

 

AFAIK there are only 2 or 3 BHSE units in Korea, it is a small country after all, so I think it's sheer luck that I was able to find such a person after making the right connections with the right people. It is 220-240V guaranteed, has a shiny silver front plate which I think has the best look among all the various iterations of BHSE I've seen, and its Senn plug makes it copasetic with any HE 90 or a future Sennheiser electrostatic headphone I may come across in the future. Speaking of which, has there been any news or updates in regard to an upcoming Sennheiser 'stat?

 

By the way, what is the difference between BH and BHSE? My guess is that there was a BH in the past but it was discontinued and replaced with an improved BHSE, like how the high-impedance-output-only ZD was replaced with a ZDSE that has switchable gain.

 

Also, I'm aware BHSE has XLR inputs, but is it considered a fully balanced amp? I'm aware of the differences between single-ended and balanced topology when it comes to dynamic amps, but I'm not sure if the term "balanced" can apply to an electrostatic amp with an energizer.

 

Lastly, has anyone used this with his/her BHSE?

http://www.stefanaudioart.com/shop/endorphin-high-end-umbilical-power-cable-for-the-justin-wilson-blue-hawaii-se/

 

I purchased the same umbilical cable for my ZDSE, and I trust that James--his name is not Stefan, for heaven's sake--is a competent cable builder.

post #4493 of 7444
My post wasn't aimed at you songmic, it was to anyone.
post #4494 of 7444

Songmic, congratst.  You probably don't need to search for the ECP L2 any more as it won't be able to compete with the BHSE sonically.  Also, many of us prefer the SR009 over the SR007 MK1.  Have you read Tyll's awesome review of the SR009 & SR009+BHSE system?  

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparing-world-class-headphones

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/listening-stax-sr-900-and-great-headphone-amplifiers-headamp-blue-hawaii

 

In fact, I think most prefer the SR009 over the SR007 on the BHSE.  It is a matter of preference.  Yes, the BHSE is a fully balanced amp.  It will also convert a single-end signal into a balanced one as well.

post #4495 of 7444

Well done songmic

 

Sounds like great luck

 

I believe in Karma so you must be doing something very right

 

regards

 

Macrog

post #4496 of 7444
Songmic, you shouldn't have much complaints about the gifts this xmas, congrats wink.gif.

This is the 2nd xmas I am waiting for the bhse, rather than impatience it drives up my expectations (gotta be good for one to wait that long in line smily_headphones1.gif ).
post #4497 of 7444
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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Songmic, you shouldn't have much complaints about the gifts this xmas, congrats wink.gif.

This is the 2nd xmas I am waiting for the bhse, rather than impatience it drives up my expectations (gotta be good for one to wait that long in line smily_headphones1.gif ).


Sad thing about the BHSE is that once you have it hooked up, you won't even know it's there!

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Originally Posted by arnaud View Post

Songmic, you shouldn't have much complaints about the gifts this xmas, congrats wink.gif.

This is the 2nd xmas I am waiting for the bhse, rather than impatience it drives up my expectations (gotta be good for one to wait that long in line smily_headphones1.gif ).


Sad thing about the BHSE is that once you have it hooked up, you won't even know it's there!

 

Wire-with-gain, right?

Or are you saying I'll become so immersed in music that I won't notice its existence? :D

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Wire-with-gain, right?

Or are you saying I'll become so immersed in music that I won't notice its existence? :D

 

Pretty darn close I say.  Unless you have 15.5 K to spend on a Stax SRM-T2 or convince someone to help build the DIY T2 for you.  Check out this recent auction of the marvelous Stax SRM-T2 on Yahoo Japan.

 

http://page9.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/k172471947

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Originally Posted by songmic View Post
 

 

Wire-with-gain, right?

Or are you saying I'll become so immersed in music that I won't notice its existence? :D

 

Pretty darn close I say.  Unless you have 15.5 K to spend on a Stax SRM-T2 or convince someone to help build the DIY T2 for you.  Check out this recent auction of the marvelous Stax SRM-T2 on Yahoo Japan.

 

http://page9.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/k172471947

 

Holy gaucamole! That's almost as expensive as the Orpheus. Makes me wonder, for how much was the SRM-T2 commercially sold by Stax, before they decided to discontinue it?

 

Also, I heard SRM-T2 had its own issues and I would be better off with a DIY T2. Do you think Justin's BHSE is better than the original SRM-T2?

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