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post #1756 of 10479

So after spending the entire weekend with my W4's and SR-71A/JDS cMoyBB combo (which I still very much love), deep down I just missed my T1. Lately I've been using it a lot with the ALO Continental, and literally as soon as I got back from visiting my other half, on went the T1's and it just became ever more apparent just how much better they are in imaging, definition and sound stage three dimensionality over the W4's. They are just a lot more dynamic and detailed. If I had to put it in straight layman's terms, music is just more vibrant and detailed with the T1's. I feel I can not only hear more in everything, from textures, instruments, vocals, the space around individual elements etc, but that it all has a bit more speed and bite. The W4 has a more cushioned and warm tone in comparison, with a bit more bass quantity, but definitely not detail or punch.

 

I am a very mixed bag when it comes to music preference. Some might frown upon some of the music I listen to. But honestly, I love having a diverse interest in music, since so much of it is culturally relevant even if it isn't the most sophisticated and exquisite affair. I've gone from classical, dance, electropunk, techno, alternative rock, alternative, chilled, foreign, dupstep, hip hop, RnB, drum n bass, garage, pop, commercial, instrumental, orchestral etc all in just the short span of a month or two recently. The T1 does an admirable job of catering to a wide arching array of music, with very few tracks that it doesn't agree with. Only on rare occasion do you get a track that just doesn't sound right with them.

 

Definitely on the ever so slightly livelier side of musical tonality though, what with the slight treble influence and general detail or clarity of it. Even the bass tends to focus on the mid range side of things, with less of a low bass bellow (though it's still there every time it needs to be) and instead more punch. But the bass has stunning detail, with a richness in micro attributes with texture, decay etc.

 

 

 

I feel one genre of music my collection is sorely lacking in is Reggae. If anyone has any recommendations for good Reggae, I'd love to hear them! Just experimenting a lot with different sounds, moods etc, and feel Reggae is one I wish I always got in to more. A very euphoric, relaxing, naturalistically rooted, cultural vibe about some of the reggae I've heard in the past.

I'd also love some jazz recommendations too if people have them. Need more in my collection.


Edited by Naim.F.C - 12/24/11 at 11:16pm
post #1757 of 10479

Here's something odd, the sizzling S's are suddenly gone and mids are so much fuller.  Of course it's 4am and I'm tired, who knows if it'll return tomorrow.  Finicky hearing.

post #1758 of 10479
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"Keep in mind that it will be very hard to hear these blemishes as a human, but having recording equipment allows one to see things like this."

 

Has the singularity arrived without my knowing it?


Sadly, if you need to ask you have indeed missed it.

 

post #1759 of 10479

#4731 checking in!  

 

i just got them a few days ago and wow!  i know many have said here that this isn't a "wow" headphone, but wow!  i think this is the can i've been looking for all this time.  i started with my trusty ol' HD600 many, many years ago and for a very long time i was happy with them.  then i found head-fi...  this site has a way of making you want to try things you didn't really think you needed.  i went up the steps and went through a number of cans including RS2i, HD800, and even W3000ANV.  didn't like the grado at all.  the other two were certainly wow phones with the HD800 positioning itself at the top of the heap.  somehow, though, i would keep coming back to the HD600 for soul comfort.  and now the T1.  to my ears it is the spawn of HD800 and 600.  they have the comfort, ease and bass of the 600 with the exceptional clarity and detail of the 800 while avoiding the fatiguing highs and delivering good, controlled and impactful bass.  i guess i didn't get the bass-light "version" biggrin.gif

 

i just love them (and they haven't even finished burning in).  the LCD2 was on my apparently never-ending list of cans to try but i think i am good now.  from here on out i think i will work on the rest of the chain.  today i am driving the T1's as follows:  MacPro > ALAC/FLAC > Amarra MINI > Schiit Bifrost > Woo 6SE.  step one is upgrade the DAC.  i already had a W4S DAC2 ordered (not here yet, stuck in harrisburg, pa for xmas.  hopefully in a warehouse and not in the truck) so that should take care of that.  this leaves the amp.  in reading this thread (yes i read the whole thing) it seems that the consensus is to go with a CSP2 or WA2.  while the CSP2 is intriguing (and very pretty) i am not sure how i feel about more tubes.  i've been an SS guy all my life and the WA6SE is my first foray into tubeland.  while it sounds gorgeous, i'd like to get an amp that doesn't come with fear built-in.  fear that the tubes may die at any minute, that someone might break them accidentally, that i'll drop them, just fear and anxiety in general.  never mind the cost involved.  for these reasons i'd like to try an SS amp for the T1 and HD800.  while there has been some discussion of SS amps on this thread (and the T1 amp thread), the comments where limited to a handful of amps.  i am curious if anyone has tried the T1 with the big-boy SRA amps, specifically apache and darkstar?  or phonitor/auditor?

 

post #1760 of 10479

Congrats on the new headphones.  You will adore the DAC when it comes in.

 

As for tubes, it is pretty rare for there to be sudden failures.  Well made tube equipment (like the Woo) tends to happily chug along, as do the tubes - but there are excellent SS amps, too.  It's great fun to have at least one of each.

post #1761 of 10479

I will be trying the Auditor myself. I do not think I want to try tubes again any time soon. It's not that tube amps aren't great. I just want the most neutral sound possible to really bring out the natural qualities of my T1, which will be arriving Tuesday or Wednesday. :)

post #1762 of 10479
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Here's something odd, the sizzling S's are suddenly gone and mids are so much fuller.  Of course it's 4am and I'm tired, who knows if it'll return tomorrow.  Finicky hearing.




This is normal. I experience it all the time and many others do also. Circadian rhythms affect hearing, and IME, it usually means better sound at night or when one's fatigued.

 

That being said, I bet the highs will return in the morning.

post #1763 of 10479
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This is normal. I experience it all the time and many others do also. Circadian rhythms affect hearing, and IME, it usually means better sound at night or when one's fatigued.

 

That being said, I bet the highs will return in the morning.


Hmm. After the harsh highs and sibilance disappeared on my Q701 it seemed to stay away for good with the exception of a few poor recordings. I'm hoping for a similar experience with the T1. Should be here soon!
post #1764 of 10479
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Hmm. After the harsh highs and sibilance disappeared on my Q701 it seemed to stay away for good with the exception of a few poor recordings. I'm hoping for a similar experience with the T1. Should be here soon!


That's something entirely different...if the Q701 were new then it was probably burn-in or you adapting to its sound.

Circadian rhythm refers to physiological variation within a day. In layman terms; the changes your body goes through depending on the time of day. (off-topic so I won't get into it further)

post #1765 of 10479

Yeap, learning it the hard way.  T1 is unforgiving on less than perfect recording, terrific on anything that is

post #1766 of 10479

My T1 finally shipped from NY! Will be here tomorrow. :D Can't wait. Much listening will be had tomorrow evening.

post #1767 of 10479

T1 box right next to me right now. Only 6 hours of work to go... :P

post #1768 of 10479

Today I got my HD800 and after 6 hours of battling T1 vs HD800 I'm not able to say who wins. Both are fantastic headphones and in some cases the T1 is better and the other way round. A mixture of both could be the perfect headphone.

Too bad that I have to decide between both or chosing anything different like LCD-2. Not so easy to decide.

post #1769 of 10479

loving my T1 now after more burn-in with the WA2.

 

sounds amazing now. definitely the  best i've ever heard. 

 

i have noticed that it is very revealing of poor recordings tho.

post #1770 of 10479
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loving my T1 now after more burn-in with the WA2.

 

sounds amazing now. definitely the  best i've ever heard. 

 

i have noticed that it is very revealing of poor recordings tho.



Glad you're liking it!

 

Just opened up the packaging on mine. It's # 5220. Looks great. Wish I could use it, but I won't be home from work for another 3 1/2 hours.

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