post #16 of 1668
10/17/09 at 2:04am
the "heaviness" or "slow" attack is noticeable in the first hour of warm up...
not sure if it's the hp or my tube amp... but improves significantly there after.
there's a spring to the bass and even the lowest E on the piano is fleshed out
impressively. been listening to mussorgsky's pictures at an exhibition on piano
with these phones and is even better than the gs1000 with only 10+ hours
of burn-in. my wife thinks it carries the piano timbre more faithfully. not perfect
but better than my other phones.
comparatively, the dynamics are not as punchy as the d7000 but it may be
more or less the weakness of my tube amp in that department. but fortunately
for me, dynamics is lower in my priorities when it comes to playback quality.
I'm using the HD800 as a comparison. And tubes don't exhibit the utmost authority on the bottom octaves as the best of solid-state can. The WA6SE is a favorite but it does have limitations at the very bottom. Even with the Princess in tow and all the upgrades it is itself, not as agile as it can be down below. Don't forget the source is in the equation and has to be accounted for.
you can fiddle with the cathode plate total resistance to go lower with better
quality as well, at the expense of the high freq. of course... total upgrade isn't
necessary, as i've found out; changes at the cathode plate caps/resistors,
cathode bypass caps/resistors is really all that's needed to improve the SQ on
the wa6SE, imo.
Just started the process of hunting down a cable replacement for the HE-5.
Drew (Moon Audio) and Heli (Apuresound) and also two other private parties have been contacted for the constructing of something Balanced. I think these phones are a prime candidate for a little something extra. Probably will have to use the existing connectors for the early adopters of an aftermarket cable replacement. Oh, just thought of another party to ask! Gotta go!