Originally Posted by jax
Seamaster - I've never been to a 'meet' before and really don't even know what one is (have a vague idea). Dan's a personal friend and I do most of his photography and graphic design, and advertising for him. If he goes I may be coming down from Seattle as I don't get to see him that often during the year, and I always enjoy seeing him - he's a great guy. If I do I'll bring a pair of GS1000's for you to listen to. Sorry, they're not the i's but they still sound wonderful to my ears and with my preferences in music. It will really depend on how that month shapes up for me. I'm currently recovering from a foot surgery and on one leg (sounds like you are hopping as well). I should be bipedal by mid-February.
Regarding the recap - Don't forget those new caps are going to need some burn-in time before they settle in. Check with Dan - he's familiar with his own, but he may also be able to suggest what burn-in on the Mundorfs might be like. If you are doing a complete recap I'd bet you were looking at 200-300 hours of burn-in, but ask Dan for a more accurate estimate. BTW - you could not be in better hands or have better ears on your side than Dan's. I've been after him to put his hat in the headphone ring for a while. I think he's getting there. If and when he does, you can be sure it will be a significant contribution. I started using his stuff back when he first came out with the prototype preamp.I've owned a few of his modified players...all great stuff. He's really come a long way since then...I think that's about ten years ago. My system (speakers - sorry to say I prefer them to cans - am I banished?) is mostly Modwright now. I'm loving it - in over 30 years in this hobby it's definitely of the top two favorite states of my main system (which has changed a few times over that period)...actually it eeks out the SET system in terms of versatility and takes top honors for me. If only I could get my room to cooperate now...OK now there's one place where cans redeem themselves (among several). Phew, saved my sorry ass from a bunch of angry head-fiers! Seriously, I've been enjoying the heck out of my headphone system since being confined with this foot thing.
Today I drove 120 miles (eachway) to visit Dan's shop, and drop off my amp, alone with HD650, few cables and tubes. Man, I did not expect that far away in to the woods, out of nowhere in a little town have such high end audio work shop/brand. I got lost in the 1st place and asked local people, where his shop is, they just looked at me think I am talking alien from space.
Dan showed me his reference system. I love the craftmanship of his KWA 150 Amplifier, the quality is eye popping. Pictures on his website DON'T do any justice! Since there was only very short listening, and one CD only. I can't speak for other parts. The main things noticed with my instinct were the level of transparency and tonal correctness. Those two things just slapped on my face. Also the system have great hight extension/air without lose density of music. At this point, well I just go ahead let Dan takes care my amp, it is in good hands. Also I am not fixed to use Mundorf Caps anymore. Dan is very nice person talk to, soft and humble. We talked about headphone market for long time, I think I convined him to jump on this band wagon, and making headphone amp. Idea so far is direct sale from his website without going through dealer, to reduce cost that way. My sugestion was one balanced reference level model priced between $2000~$3000 USD using best parts, and tech. One lower end model priced around $900 USD.
Jax, thanks for the headphone. Yes I am hopping too, from 2nd sonwboard accident in 2 month. I twist my ankle big time even with stiff snowboard boots. I tried to jump a ramp, landed sideway. My board and my body both had their own idea, and wanted to roll different directions. Sorry ankle!