Is the Black Treasure/Apex Peak combo what I heard with the HD-800 + Horio's turntable + Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Lenny" at the Bay Area Mini-meet?
I didn't listen for very long or with different sources or genres but I had a positive impression of your Apex Peak that day...
For some reason I have this "eagle-eye" on your particular equipment choices (ATH-W1000X(modded and sold), Apex Peak, HP2, wanted to hear your Melos, will be envious of your BHSE).
Indeed, it was the Black Treasure (I think). I did bring a few other tubes and maybe rolled in the Sylvania for a bit. Don't get me wrong, the BT is a good sounding tube, but it's kind of expensive when you can get some really good sounding vintage tubes for ~$30 a pop.
I think you will like the Melos with the Grados. That combination produces wonderful tone and has a nice "tube" thing going on - more so than the Peak / Volcano. I'll make sure you get the hear it for an extended period.
The HP2s aren't nearly as fun as the other Grados, they are sort of my dark/neutral sounding alternative to the HD800s.
Edited by purrin - 5/24/11 at 9:11am