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Looking forward to your impressions SA5K vs The Good stuff biggrin.gif

Warp, what would you suggest to do first regarding Qualias, to get the best of them:

 

a) change cables;
b) look for a new amp;
c) else ?

 

PS As always you pics are just awesome !!!

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Yes, he was listening to them using both my Apache and my souped up Cary SLI80 Signature tube amp.  It's a jaw-drapping difference, especially from the Cary.  Classical or new-age music never sounded so good, as it does on the Qualias.  I would imagine it would be even better with the newer TWag V2 cable.

 

I have actually acquired an SA5K as well and it's in being hardwired with V2 in balanced mode.  Looking forward receiving it back soon.

 

DSC_1189 - 2011-01-09 at 12-58-22.jpg


 

 

Because the factory cable of the Qualia is so bad, based on my experience, I would eliminate that bottleneck first.  Why?  Because then you'll be able to take your prized Qualias and find the perfect amp for your particular tastes.  If you asked me about the Edition 10 in a similar scenario, I would say the opposite, because that cable--although it's nowhere near as good as the TWag--at least performs decently enough in an audition.

 

Needless to say, everything is important in the end, so your whole system should be looked at holistically, but budget usually allows for one thing at a time.  And the Qualias are relatively easy to amplify and not as picky as the Edition 10s or the HD800s.  But when you hook them up to a high-end system TWagged, it's an amazing experience.
 

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post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by carm View Post


Looking forward to your impressions SA5K vs The Good stuff biggrin.gif

Warp, what would you suggest to do first regarding Qualias, to get the best of them:

 

a) change cables;
b) look for a new amp;
c) else ?

 

PS As always you pics are just awesome !!!

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Originally Posted by warp08 View Post


Yes, he was listening to them using both my Apache and my souped up Cary SLI80 Signature tube amp.  It's a jaw-drapping difference, especially from the Cary.  Classical or new-age music never sounded so good, as it does on the Qualias.  I would imagine it would be even better with the newer TWag V2 cable.

 

I have actually acquired an SA5K as well and it's in being hardwired with V2 in balanced mode.  Looking forward receiving it back soon.

 

DSC_1189 - 2011-01-09 at 12-58-22.jpg


 



What tubes are you using with the RWA amp? 

post #33 of 44

I have an old version RWA, it it solid state amp.
 

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What tubes are you using with the RWA amp? 
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Thank you, warp !!!

 

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Because the factory cable of the Qualia is so bad, based on my experience, I would eliminate that bottleneck first.  Why?  Because then you'll be able to take your prized Qualias and find the perfect amp for your particular tastes.  If you asked me about the Edition 10 in a similar scenario, I would say the opposite, because that cable--although it's nowhere near as good as the TWag--at least performs decently enough in an audition.

 

Needless to say, everything is important in the end, so your whole system should be looked at holistically, but budget usually allows for one thing at a time.  And the Qualias are relatively easy to amplify and not as picky as the Edition 10s or the HD800s.  But when you hook them up to a high-end system TWagged, it's an amazing experience.
 

post #35 of 44

I want to second Warp08's statement on how easy it is to amp the Qualia.  I'm having very good success at work with Qualia out of Larocco Pocket Ref & Pico DAC.  My Qualia also see very noticeable improvement going from stock to the moon-audio black dragon cable.  

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Purk, have you tried any other cables besides moon-audio dragon series ?
 

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I want to second Warp08's statement on how easy it is to amp the Qualia.  I'm having very good success at work with Qualia out of Larocco Pocket Ref & Pico DAC.  My Qualia also see very noticeable improvement going from stock to the moon-audio black dragon cable.  



 

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Purk, have you tried any other cables besides moon-audio dragon series ?
 



 


I tried both the Blue & Black.  Blue is a good upgrade to stock but the Black provides more substantial improvement.  Fitz resleeved the cable's jacket from techflex to super nylon for me and the microphonic due to cable is no longer a problem.  Have u tried others upgraded cables with your Qualia?  Mine is a small size headband and I have a perfect fit.

 


Edited by purk - 7/12/11 at 9:13pm
post #38 of 44

Wow, man, good for you !!! 

I have medium size and I use sponge to get a good fit biggrin.gif

 

No, I haven't tried after market cables, but maybe in near future I'll hit Twag v.2. 

 

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 Have u tried others upgraded cables with your Qualia?  Mine is has a small size headband and I have a perfect fit.

 



 

post #39 of 44
I had the black dragon And had drew replace it with a Cardas cable after the connector failed on the black Dragon.
The Cardas became my cable of chioce with my small sized O10 ,I get a perfect fit as well.
post #40 of 44
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I had the black dragon And had drew replace it with a Cardas cable after the connector failed on the black Dragon.
The Cardas became my cable of chioce with my small sized O10 ,I get a perfect fit as well.
 


Tom,

 

Do you still have the Qualia?  Somehow I thought you have sold yours.  Lately, I found myself liking the Qualia better than the R10s.

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Tom,

 

Do you still have the Qualia?  Somehow I thought you have sold yours.  Lately, I found myself liking the Qualia better than the R10s.


I still have it, I sold the HE90s & Hev90.Still have the R10s as well.
 

 

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I still have it, I sold the HE90s & Hev90.Still have the R10s as well.
 

 


Which do you prefer b/w the two Tom for most of the genres?  Qualia or R10?

 

post #43 of 44
I haven,t used either in awhile but I would say r10
post #44 of 44

Sorry for bumping this awesome thread, but maybe any of you, Qualia owners, can tell me where can I locate serial number of this majestic headphone ?

Thanks in advance.

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