So, had a great meet! Almost everything seems to be gone, only thing I've found so far are some hard cased glasses (X mark on the case). I suppose they are the sunglasses ZarakiSan (sorry, I have a hard time putting names to nickhames/faces) was so afraid to forget If they are, pm me your address and I'll send them to you.
I think foto's and impressions can be put in this thread, I'll add a link in the first post.
Kees, Stich, thanks again for the help with the car! I feel like such a dork!
PS: Anouk, I took the RE0's with me so I could find someone who wanted them myself. If you ever want them back (at least before they are out of my own hands), then please let me know.
- Sennheiser HE60
These headphones, as I as well as others have found, were probably not in perfect condition. Sicne paaj mentioned that he'll be sending them to Sennheiser (Of Germany I presume), I will say only this: They are elecrostats and they most certainly sound like it. They have a very typical airy sound while simultaneously being without punch or so I feel.
- The HEAudio electrostat (I forgot the name at this time)
Miles better than the HE60 at the time, though I wonder how they stack up to each other when the HE60 is serviced. The HE60 has the same floaty character that I find in most electrostats to my ears, but it has more presence, more grunt than I expected. It plays well and I feel it has a good sense of refinement to its sound. All in all, this would have been one of the top headphones, if not for...
- Stax SR404
Coming straight from dynamic headphones and putting these on, I thought these were simply the same kind of headphones as all the other top contenders (R10, L3000, HD800, etc), but boy was I wrong. Unlike the other electrostats, these crazy-comfortable ones carry an extremely nice punch, are slightly coloured, have a kick and a sense of immediacy that no other electrostatic pair of headphones ever seem to have. They manage to rock my skull while still keeping that airy tone that make electrostats so amazing to listen to. I was not alone in being more than impressed, I was amazed, and I really hope to some time hear the entire Stax range now.
The Big Sony was here as well, owned by tohenk2 like most of the dynamic headphones I am going to mention. After hearing the L3000's, which I'll mention below, I was struggling to be impressed by the R10's. While refined, and at least somewhat powerful, they miss a sense of involvement for me. I feel as if I'm taking a step back and hearing the music, instead of really listening to it. They really do make me feel like they're not really trying, like a big lazy V12 in a monster car being used at 20kph on a high way. Perhaps they simply need a very involved amplifier in order to function in a fashion I enjoy.
Ever since I bought my pair of W5000's, I've looked in envy at the magnificent L3000, its large price tag, the marvelous leather skin that envelops the cups. With a sense of anxiety I put these on my head, as you can imagine. That certainly is asking for being put down, as you may imagine, but I guess I was lucky not to be disappointed. Sure, there were downsides, like the way they seem to skip over the extremely high notes (well, more like sounds that accompany drums in most cases) and therefore give off a sense that they're overly bassy, or at least to my ears. And while not exactly narrow, they are not as widely soundstaged as many other top headphones either. But to make up for these small problems, they are warm, they completely envelop you in a cocoon, put a smile on your face knowing you're listening to some amazing headphones. The L3000 have a character, they have an 'opinion', or so I feel. Listening to Norah Jones and James Taylor proved to me that they don't miss an ounce of detail, nor of timbre. I must say these were my second favourites of the day, perhaps even.
- Sennheiser HD800
I think these headphones are very love-or-hate. They're utterly different from the cans like Audio-Technica makes them, and still very much incomparable to, say, a can like Grado or Stax either. The HD800 to me was fairly cold, too analytical, perhaps the opposite of what I was expecting from the giant Sennheiser after hearing the HD650, which to me is a little too warm, a little too dark as well. The cans to me sounded very bright, very focused, and very cold, which reduced musicality a little bit. Others have complained about the highs being too bright as well, as well as being a little off-tone if I remember correctly. I consider these a technical marble, but like the Sony R10, perhaps not something which emotionally affects me. With a good tube amp, which I failed to try them on, I could imagine them a lot better. Still, I think the people at the meet who like Metal or Trance, they seemed to enjoy them a lot more. With speed and accuracy, they are more like Grado in that respect, though they are very much away from them in terms of tonal emphasis.
- Ultrasone Edition 9
Having heard these earlier at the meet in, if I remember correctly, Nieuw Vennep, I must admit to feeling a little uninterested in them compared to the giants like that lovely SR404 and the L3000. But what surprised me about them was the way they seemed to eat the music up and turn it into a bundle of joy. Perhaps not unlike the R10, they felt effortless, but perhaps a different type of effortless (Is such a thing even possible?) than the R10 has. They are still enjoyable, perhaps more than the R10 to me, to simply turn on and listen to for hours. They're not exactly mellow, and they don't lack engagement, they're just not pushy, there's no sense that you need to listen very clearly for them to please you. The R10, in that respect, disappointed me, but the E9 surprisingly made me smile and simply tap along (like I admit I do a lot) while they played.
- Alessandro MS-1000
I'm not a Grado fan. They sound pushy and urgent to me, something I simply can't stand. All Grados, apart from the MS-1000, had this in my opinion, though the crossfeed filter on my Arietta smoothed it all down a little bit. So, judging prematurely, I thought these would be the same, but the big pads seemed to help. I enjoyed the listen for a little while, especially with the mentioned crossfeed, and found them much more relaxing than any of the other things I heard from Grado and Alessandro.
- Audio Technica ESW10
I joked that these cans were probably the smallest of the bunch when I was over there, but then I put them on. They reminded me not just a little, but almost utterly of my W5000's! They are on a similar sound signature as the other Woody A-T's, which I can appreciate, but they're a little darker and a little more laid-back than my W5000's. They're utterly beautiful to listen to, entertaining, and certainly a giant-killer! Even in the midst of all the beauties various of our guests brought, these little wonders stood up beautifully, producing an agreeable and gentle sound that I can really dig. If I were to get portable headphones, these would be it.
- AKG K1000
Unfortunately, I could not get these to produce a stereo image in the middle of my head. From what I could hear, though, they are certainly similar to the SR404's, also producing that airy yet meaty sound that I must say I enjoy a lot in a can. They however are certainly different animals when you look at the way they work, and it shows in details. Where the K1000 might even be considerably more precise and attentive to detail, I still liked the SR404 more when it came to thumping bass, to amazing sparkle and depth etc etc. They do not, however, disappoint. I just wish I could find a way to use both my ears properly.
I would like to once again thanks everybody for sharing their gear, paaj for sharing his garage and his time, and the Gods of Head-fi for their beautiful creations. I am once again baffled by the way everything sounded, the differences you can hear even in a 'crowded' (sort-of) room with people in the background, the set-ups that simply shine compared to what I myself own. I also enjoyed everybody's friendliness, the chats we all had about this-and-that, and so on. Head-fi truly is a great community and these kind of meets should always be held.