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post #886 of 1668
I am keeping my HD800's unless I run into real financial trouble.
I find that I'm always sorry when I sell a headphone (Qualia 010's and the Senn HE-60's) for examples.
post #887 of 1668
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
I am keeping my HD800's unless I run into real financial trouble.
I find that I'm always sorry when I sell a headphone (Qualia 010's and the Senn HE-60's) for examples.
This is solid advice to those that have enough bucks to be able to keep several headphones- speaking from short experience.
post #888 of 1668
i would like to spend some quality time with the HE5 but am more interested in the Audeze, so i'm going to wait a bit for that to come out. of course, buying both is still cheaper than the HD800. but the 800 is up there with the best i have heard so that is not going anywhere.
post #889 of 1668
Are the Audeze moving forward? I haven't seen any positive movement from them lately.
The start-up costs, must take a huge chunk out of a small company. They would have to sell a lot to recoup their costs, and start to show a worthy profit.
Someone could have a good idea, but unless Rockerfeller is your uncle, it may never be able come to fruition. I'm just sayin'...
post #890 of 1668
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
Are the Audeze moving forward? I haven't seen any positive movement from them lately.
A few weeks ago, they pushed back their scheduled release date from November to 'sometime in December', so they've still got two weeks left in which to meet that target.
post #891 of 1668
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Originally Posted by mypasswordis View Post
Why let the prices of headphones dictate their worth and sonic merit? Why not let your ears decide? For what purpose are we in this hobby, to get that bit closer to sonic perfection or to be able to gloat over others the large amounts of money we spent or plan to spend?
The purpose is to be the first on the block to acquire the latest 'flagship' from whoever, so you can also be the first to proclaim it as 'perfection' and then be the first to crap all over it when the novelty wears off and you realize you've emptied your wallet yet again to acquire something 'different'.

If not for this phenomenon and the existence of Head-Fi, we might not have the HD800, T1, PS1000 and K701, and if we still did, they'd cost half of what they actually do.

Headphone manufacturers stay aware of the headphone community, monitor our strange, compulsive behaviour and act upon it (i.e. take advantage of it).

Actually mypasswordis, you are dead on. Audition headphones like they all cost the same. Then buy what sounds best to you.
post #892 of 1668
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Originally Posted by foaming at the ears View Post
FauDrei,

I'm sorry that your experience w/ the HE-5 has been an encounter w/ sibilance. I was just wondering, have you tried any of ur other DACs (other than the revered REF1)? I know that Tim uses the same REF1, and I'd be shocked as any if REF1 had any relation with the HE-5's sibilance (esp since the REF1 is something I'm pining after)...
Blasphemy!

Yes, I've tried them with CA DacMagic - sssssame sssssibilance.

Is it possible that no one knows output impedance of EF-5 headamp?
post #893 of 1668
Audeze says another month is needed for the LCD-2
post #894 of 1668
Spent an hour or so revisiting the whole "sibilance" thing. I used mostly Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) vocals. If anyone has a sibilant vocal style, it's got to be her. No matter how hard I tried, I heard nothing that wasn't in the recording. This, however, was with an Audio Note NOS dac with a tube output, a SET transformer coupled amp, and a set of 56 year old ears. The Cowboy Junkies sounded damn fine though.
post #895 of 1668
Ok guys... I'm really agonizing. What amp should I get? CTH or EF-5? I prefer the smaller form factor of CTH and supposedly CTH has the ability to drive even K1000. But on the other hand... the EF-5 is designed to match He-5.
post #896 of 1668
^ I don't get any sibilance and I have a bright source, SS amp, and 20 year old ears. The HE-5s do sound damn fine.
post #897 of 1668
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Originally Posted by FrankCooter View Post
Spent an hour or so revisiting the whole "sibilance" thing. I used mostly Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) vocals. If anyone has a sibilant vocal style, it's got to be her. No matter how hard I tried, I heard nothing that wasn't in the recording. This, however, was with an Audio Note NOS dac with a tube output, a SET transformer coupled amp, and a set of 56 year old ears. The Cowboy Junkies sounded damn fine though.
Margo? Sibilant? If anybody's voice is smooth and mellow, it's hers. But I have come to doubt what I accept as the definition of sibilance after a few discussions here on that subject.
post #898 of 1668
I have already made a decision to get a Little dot MK6+ for a balanced rig. Now I read this thread and am very interested in the HE-5s(also can be balanced). I just want to know if the MK6+ can drive HE-5s well? The MK6 was designed for K1000 what I read from LD forums, I believe it has enough power.
post #899 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Silenced View Post
Ok guys... I'm really agonizing. What amp should I get? CTH or EF-5? I prefer the smaller form factor of CTH and supposedly CTH has the ability to drive even K1000. But on the other hand... the EF-5 is designed to match He-5.

Where do you live (you don't have your profile filled out)?

Is there any chance you can demo the 2 amps with the Headphones?
post #900 of 1668
I think once I sell my house this winter, I'll order the HE-5/EF-5 combo. As long as I use the HE-5 with the EF-5, hopefully any sibilant issues will not occur
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