I find I really enjoy my PS1000s with my RSA B52, but I want a solid-state amp for my home office.
Would anyone care to comment on these 3 options: Headamp GS-X, Phonitor, or Headroom BUDA?
(A comment on which of these amps would work with a Senn HD800, maybe balanced, would also be welcome.)
Thanks in advance.
I find the B52 (after it plays for about 45 minutes, especially) just brings out fully fleshed-out musical images in the PS1000s
without any annoying punchiness in the lows, mids or highs,
with rounded images, very realistic, lifelike silky tonality, detail, just the right amount of
spaciousness and layering (unlike the GS1000s that had an artificially expanded soundstage with strangely dispersed images).
Also, highs are well integrated with the rest of the sound and sweet overall.
I've based this on a lot of listening to the Beatles 9/9/2009 stereo box set with an EMM CD source.
The Senn HD800s (stock cable) are nice too, with a nice tube-like gentle fog from which crystalline highs come forth
(from cymbals and triangles in the music especially). The HD800s are a bit of an acquired audiophile taste here,
but I do enjoy them a lot, even thought the images are smaller than the PS1000s. The Senns create a kind
of small space I am looking into with a nice sparkle and bits of magical sound. The Grados are more mainstream,
but sound like very high-end speakers I have heard at shows, like Dynaudio Evidences or Von Schwiekert
VR9s or Verity Ovations, without any strange colorations. The Grados have very natural vocals, like Quad 988 speakers,
but with nice body and substance. The HD800s have a good bass foundation, but I kind of have to listen closely
to find the low bass, but it is there if I search for it and it is a very pleasant one. The Grado bass is just a traditional
Overall, the Grados have a very different sound signature compared to the Senns, but both are legitimate and pleasant.
In the end, I definitely prefer the PS1000s over the HD800s, but I like the HD800s for variety. That is one of the joys
of headphones, as I love a variety of listening experiences for each piece of music, something that is not practical
Thanks for reading.