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post #976 of 2242

Recieved my machine yesterday... (2 days early, only 5 days of shipping from HK... me so happy... biggrin.gif)

 

The "tragic" thing is the following... The HD650 (w/ Whiplash TWAg) sound awesome... But my CIEMs still kick their ass (even though they're 12 Ohms) and not optimal for the LA339...

So... I think it's time to sell the HD650 and upgrade to LCD-2's...

 

Am I crazy?

post #977 of 2242

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The sweet spot...

post #978 of 2242

Security received on the OK
 

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Security received on the OK
 

What do you mean?

post #980 of 2242
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Originally Posted by ValentinHogea View Post

Recieved my machine yesterday... (2 days early, only 5 days of shipping from HK... me so happy... biggrin.gif)

 

The "tragic" thing is the following... The HD650 (w/ Whiplash TWAg) sound awesome... But my CIEMs still kick their ass (even though they're 12 Ohms) and not optimal for the LA339...

So... I think it's time to sell the HD650 and upgrade to LCD-2's...

 

Am I crazy?


I don't think I follow you either, why sell the HD650? If it's going the LCD2 only I would say go for it, but personnally I like those HP so much I would miss them. They could serve great for back up too! And they're a breeze to wear too..

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Skrivbordet.jpg

 

The sweet spot...


That is sweet you got golden engravings on the transformers! I wish I had those!

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This is the most neat-est internal I've seen.

 

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Originally Posted by ValentinHogea View Post

Am I crazy?

 

I'd say HD650 won't stand a chance against LCD-2, but there's something about HD650 that I would missed if I sell them.  Maybe because it's a legend?  I don't know.

post #983 of 2242
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I don't think I follow you either, why sell the HD650? If it's going the LCD2 only I would say go for it, but personnally I like those HP so much I would miss them. They could serve great for back up too! And they're a breeze to wear too..

The thing is as follows...

 

I bought the HD650's last summer in September 2011 and my audiophile journey began. I upgraded from the headphone out on my ProJect DacBox + Marantz PM7004 (which is actually pretty good) to Fubar IV Plus. Improved the soundstage greatly... Then the IEM quest began, first with a Klipsch X5 => Sennheiser IE8 (+ portable amp/dac Leckerton UHA-4) and lastly Unique Merlin custom-IEM's (850$). The thing is that the UM's are soo good that the HD650 don't sound as good as the Merlins not even when driven by the LA339 (from Music Streamer II+ 2012 Ed)... I actually rather plug in my Merlins in the LA339, if it wouldn't lead to "medical problems" (don't get me started on inner ear canal infections etc..) with using IEMs soo much, I'd have them plugged in all of the time...

 

I think that my sound is more of Denon 5000/LCD-2. Bass-heavy (without midbass-humps) and not HD650.

 

Is it more clear now? I was hoping for the HD650 to turn to something they ain't with the LA339... They sound AWESOME with the LA339, but still not the sound that I've come to love via the Unique Melody Merlins...


Edited by ValentinHogea - 7/17/12 at 10:06am
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And some photography-goodness ;)

 

(Stock russian 6N5PJ and 6Ж4)


Edited by ValentinHogea - 7/17/12 at 10:15am
post #985 of 2242

Crystal clear then, I wouldn't have suspected an IEM could reach such quality, you got me curious! I too miss the sub bass departement that I enjoy with my loudspeakers comparing to HD650, but I have a nice equalizer in my preamp and it makes up for the lightness of the hd650. I too am going to invest in either LCD2 or HE500 but I really would want to test them before because in all fairness I love the HD650 overall experience already.
 

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Crystal clear then, I wouldn't have suspected an IEM could reach such quality, you got me curious! I too miss the sub bass departement that I enjoy with my loudspeakers comparing to HD650, but I have a nice equalizer in my preamp and it makes up for the lightness of the hd650. I too am going to invest in either LCD2 or HE500 but I really would want to test them before because in all fairness I love the HD650 overall experience already.
 

 

Custom IEM's are the "shizzle"... Easily driven (sound great out of a headphone out on a mobile phone... and sound phenomenal out of a good head-amp). I can HIGHLY recommend the Unique Melody Merlins. They sound phenomenal... + 850 (800 without wood plates) $ include express shipping and free refit 60 days + 2 years warranty.

 

But, as stated above... IEMs should only be used 4-5 h/day max... 1) to avoid inner ear canal infections (because of all the moisture accumulation) 2) avoid damaging the balanced armatures/dynamic drivers from all the moisture (thus giving them an opportunity to release moisture to silica gel-bags)...

 

Wish I could audition an LCD-2 in Sweden... :(

 

telecaster, btw... Unique Melody offers demos that you can audition. They offer 'bout 70% of the "full experience". Since custom depth of the drivers is made according to your ear molds + the full isolation that only full molds offer (not semi-molds with comply foam-wrapping) is necessary for the "whole thing".


Edited by ValentinHogea - 7/17/12 at 10:27am
post #987 of 2242

Thanks for the tip! But I may think twice before going the IEM route. For nearly a grand the LCD and Hifiman aren't that far and should sound glorious. But I will investigate your brand of IEM after the vacations! I have never heard accurate sounding IEM, all the models I have tried have trade offs of some kinds. I tend to use IEM while commuting with my phone and while they sound nowhere near my home setup, I accomodate to it and it sounds great in all due modesty.

Appart from the bass how would you describe the difference with HD650 and your merlin?
 

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Thanks for the tip! But I may think twice before going the IEM route. For nearly a grand the LCD and Hifiman aren't that far and should sound glorious. But I will investigate your brand of IEM after the vacations! I have never heard accurate sounding IEM, all the models I have tried have trade offs of some kinds. I tend to use IEM while commuting with my phone and while they sound nowhere near my home setup, I accomodate to it and it sounds great in all due modesty.

Appart from the bass how would you describe the difference with HD650 and your merlin?

 

I'm going to do some A-B-testing now, with notes... Just for you! ;)

post #989 of 2242

I'll have the WA2 soon, looking forward to comparing it to the 339
 

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I'll have the WA2 soon, looking forward to comparing it to the 339
 

That will be an interesting comparison considering the price points and all your tube rolling.....

 

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