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11/22/09 at 1:21pm
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I believe I prefer the HE-5 to my Grados, which I need to keep for listening in my reviews (I always get asked how is amp X with headphone Y).
You are a stand up guy Loaning your amp to the NY crew for a great review, keeping headphones to compare X wiith Y. Thanks!!!
Are there any HE-5 headphones shipping yet?
At the NYC Fall meet i was using Yikes', D7000's with every amp imaginable, Although the bass was phenomenal, the rest of the soundstage, especially the mid-bass, it seems that I was robbing Peter to pay Paul, The highs were very good, but not R-10 great. It seems that the Mid-bass was paying a heavy price, to fulfill the bottom extensions needs, They were totally dominated by the lower frequencies, and from 1K to 20K, the sound was really good, but I can't say "Exceptional" The 7000's are a closed back headphone, but i could hear everyone's conversations and the bleed coming from the other headphone. I really got to enjoy them during our 35 minute "quiet time, so I would have to see what they sounded like in my bedroom rig with everyone in the house using their 'inside" voices and marshmellow feet.
Poor kids. Little did they know that they were going to be born into a lunatic audiophile's household. At least my wife knew what she was buying when she went shopping for a cow, errr, I mean husband. I pulled no punches with her. She knew that there would be late night music blasting sessions and there would also be tupperware time in place of China clanking time. When she was working, I got it out of my system 2 hours/day before she and my son walked through the door, each day at 7 p.m.
Anyway, Yikes 7000's were an unfair comparison because his were rewired by Drew at Moon audio with $1100 worth of Siltech wiring,. Pretty much the best wire money can buy, and it better be good.
Basically, I heard the 7000's in the best arena they could possibly be played in. A truly unfair comparison. $999 headphones that can be bought for 700 clams, with $1100 worth of wiring plus, high quality labor thrown in. If these puppies didn't sound good, then I needed to find a new hobby, of the term "snake oil" would have had it's textbook definition.
They were the best sounding combo I could find until I moved over to Ethan's Jade/Siltech wired GES and I gotta say, the Jades Siltech sounded better. I could only imagine what it would have been like with a Siltech wired WES with the $1000 V-cap kit.