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post #256 of 3422
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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post

 WA-6 SE should be a good match, a few Head-Fiers here run that amp with Grados ~ my experience is mainly with the basic WA-6, nice amp

 but I'm yet to hear it rolled over to the nicer tubes like the Sophia Princess 274B.

 

You will look back one day at the uDAC2 and think ~ wow, different times!


Since the PS1000's are anything but portable, I'm hesitant to sink any money into a portable rig. I could piecemeal myself into a better place, but would rather save for the 'big' setup. Also, my purchasing / auditioning options are limited in KL; I could swing down to Singapore, but everything in SE Asia is top dollar compared to the States. On the other hand, my music is the one thing keeping me sane here; investing in that has immediate emotional returns. Peh, I'm on the fence.

 

The Sophia seems to have a huge pool of paramours, not many detractors, if any. If I go Woo, I will definitely opt in for the Sophia.

 

Yeah, not ecstatic about the nuForce, but it is definitely better than the onboard in the laptop, and I can easily tote it to work and around the apartment. The opinion on DACs seems to be fairly spread. Again, synergy, auditioning, personal sound prefs. On the DAC question, I will admit I am wide open.

 

Funny you mention Floyd. I got the new Experience releases of Dark Side and Wish You Were Here while home for the holidays, and forgot that I forgot to rip them before I came back to KL. I'm kicking myself in three different places over that.

 

What else are you currently listening to?

 

post #257 of 3422
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Originally Posted by sunmonkey View Post


Since the PS1000's are anything but portable, I'm hesitant to sink any money into a portable rig. I could piecemeal myself into a better place, but would rather save for the 'big' setup. Also, my purchasing / auditioning options are limited in KL; I could swing down to Singapore, but everything in SE Asia is top dollar compared to the States. On the other hand, my music is the one thing keeping me sane here; investing in that has immediate emotional returns. Peh, I'm on the fence.

 

The Sophia seems to have a huge pool of paramours, not many detractors, if any. If I go Woo, I will definitely opt in for the Sophia.

 

Yeah, not ecstatic about the nuForce, but it is definitely better than the onboard in the laptop, and I can easily tote it to work and around the apartment. The opinion on DACs seems to be fairly spread. Again, synergy, auditioning, personal sound prefs. On the DAC question, I will admit I am wide open.

 

Funny you mention Floyd. I got the new Experience releases of Dark Side and Wish You Were Here while home for the holidays, and forgot that I forgot to rip them before I came back to KL. I'm kicking myself in three different places over that.

 

What else are you currently listening to?

 


 

 You're definitely on the right path by waiting until you're a bit more settled between countries before

 lashing out on a top draw desktop rig.

 

 Big benefit with these cans is that while a good, transparent amp is paramount - you're not stuck

 with having to make sure it can offer uber amounts of power and voltage either. I will say this though,

 compared to the 325i ~ in order to volume match approximately, I'm going up two notches on the

 dial with the PS1000 so eg, 10 o clock on the 325i versus 12 o clock with the PS1000 using no

 further gain settings (all switches set to zero at the back of the V200)

 

 My collection is pretty eclectic but my current penchant at the moment is a heap of jazz

 recordings, notably anything that lends itself to saxophone solos ~ I'm also quite the funk

 guitar man so Kevin Eubanks and a new guy I recently discovered Brian Bromberg with

 his beautifully recorded release 'It Is What It Is'. Sting has been getting some airplay too

 along with <lol> Enya ~ her stuff is always not a bad choice for sound stage assessment

 duties.

 

 Gee, Hmm what else ~ Stone Roses, Keane, Amy Winehouse's last one, Beastie Boys

 Don Henley's solo stuff, Fleetwood's 'Tusk' (very nice vinyl rip from a friend) 

 Jean Michel Jarre's 'Oxygene' and Joe Satriani live in Paris :)

 

post #258 of 3422

 

 

On the DAC side of the fence, any chance you could pop over to Singapore sometime just for an audition

with the PS1000 under your arm?

 

I've always heard that they're very friendly and encourage reasonable auditioning times.

 

Pick a high quality DAC off the shelf, feed it what ever head amp is lying around, jack in and

see for yourself if a great DAC is for you..

post #259 of 3422
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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post


 I will say this though,

 compared to the 325i ~ in order to volume match approximately, I'm going up two notches on the

 dial with the PS1000 so eg, 10 o clock on the 325i versus 12 o clock with the PS1000 using no

 further gain settings (all switches set to zero at the back of the V200)

 

 

 

Perhaps it's the difference between pads.  I think the G-Cushs, because of the widened soundstage and less mid-range, require a little boostaroo.
 

 

post #260 of 3422
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

Perhaps it's the difference between pads.  I think the G-Cushs, because of the widened soundstage and less mid-range, require a little boostaroo.
 

 



 Hey Bbop ~ makes sense, although the mid range on these is not so bad on these, really swings from recording to

 recording, in fact for my tastes some material is now ideally presented and not quite as far forward as before on

 the 325i.

post #261 of 3422

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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post

 

 Priest ~ I am one happy chappy at the moment, did you have anything change out of yours from burn-in?


I think my slight concern about loose bass in the early days with my PS1000 is documented somewhere (maybe even at the start of this thread), but I no longer perceive that. The mid-bass can come off as a little bit humpy on some recordings, but the bass is nice and tight to my ears now. If I remember correctly, the responses I got were that other people had the same experience.
 

 

post #262 of 3422
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I think my slight concern about loose bass in the early days with my PS1000 is documented somewhere (maybe even at the start of this thread), but I no longer perceive that. The mid-bass can come off as a little bit humpy on some recordings, but the bass is nice and tight to my ears now. If I remember correctly, the responses I got were that other people had the same experience.
 

 


 

 Good to hear biggrin.gif

 

 Thoroughly enjoying them now, probably just clocking past the 10 hour mark, they have quite a personality

 as you suggest with some recordings they really do reveal more than what was possible with my other

 cans - a real delight.

 

post #263 of 3422
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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post



 Hey Bbop ~ makes sense, although the mid range on these is not so bad on these, really swings from recording to

 recording, in fact for my tastes some material is now ideally presented and not quite as far forward as before on

 the 325i.

Yup, that's why I use G-Cush on my 325i.
 

 

post #264 of 3422

Gwarmi:

 

I am forgoing any amplification for now, and focusing on getting a better DAC. Going to see if I can scrounge / audition a YuLong D100 here in MY.

 

Definitely some new names in your current rotation I will have to check out. Thanks for sharing.

 

The Beastie Boys are in my top list, with Ill Communication leading the way. I'm with you on the jazz: the Mosaic box set of the complete Blue Note Hank Mobley is getting a lot of play, with some Elvin Jones and Thelonius Monk filling in the cracks. John Zorn's Masada gets a lot of play too (for the past 18 years, that's been a staple: never get tired of it.)

 

The Grado's keep opening and evolving with burn in. I'm at the 60 hour mark (roughly). I've been listening to a lot of Autechre. Their album "Untilted" is magic: the Grado's reveal a physical space, filled with almost physical architectural construction of sounds. Peh, words are failing to describe the experience. With most of my other music, I've been extremely appreciative of the dynamics and clarity of the PS1000, but 'Untilted' actually transports me to a different 'space'. Nice.

 

Don Henley solo stuff? By any chance "Building the Perfect Beast"? That was my first live concert. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore, 1984. The magic of the Yamaha DX7. :)
 

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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post


I recently discovered Brian Bromberg with his beautifully recorded release 'It Is What It Is'.

 

 Gee, Hmm what else ~ Stone Roses, Keane, Amy Winehouse's last one, Beastie Boys

 Don Henley's solo stuff, Fleetwood's 'Tusk' (very nice vinyl rip from a friend) 

 Jean Michel Jarre's 'Oxygene' and Joe Satriani live in Paris :)

 



 

post #265 of 3422

Forgoing amplification? Sigh, I am too tired, shoulda proofed. And 'forgoing' just sounds strange.

 

Not forgoing amplification, just concentrating on upgrading my DAC. And getting some sleep.

 

G'night folks!

post #266 of 3422
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Originally Posted by sunmonkey View Post

Gwarmi:

 

I am forgoing any amplification for now, and focusing on getting a better DAC. Going to see if I can scrounge / audition a YuLong D100 here in MY.

 

Definitely some new names in your current rotation I will have to check out. Thanks for sharing.

 

The Beastie Boys are in my top list, with Ill Communication leading the way. I'm with you on the jazz: the Mosaic box set of the complete Blue Note Hank Mobley is getting a lot of play, with some Elvin Jones and Thelonius Monk filling in the cracks. John Zorn's Masada gets a lot of play too (for the past 18 years, that's been a staple: never get tired of it.)

 

The Grado's keep opening and evolving with burn in. I'm at the 60 hour mark (roughly). I've been listening to a lot of Autechre. Their album "Untilted" is magic: the Grado's reveal a physical space, filled with almost physical architectural construction of sounds. Peh, words are failing to describe the experience. With most of my other music, I've been extremely appreciative of the dynamics and clarity of the PS1000, but 'Untilted' actually transports me to a different 'space'. Nice.

 

Don Henley solo stuff? By any chance "Building the Perfect Beast"? That was my first live concert. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore, 1984. The magic of the Yamaha DX7. :)
 


 

 

  It's the the right way to go ~ it was elementary thinking all along and yet when they finally landed, I never

  thought that I'd go from hearing one DAC (another surprise in itself, this being the Nuforce DAC-9) only to come home

  to my Rega with the PS1000 and be very pleased and yet realise ~ I'd maxxed out what this source was capable of,

  the addictive bug now is seeing exactly how far these big shiny things will go with an upgrade in that sense -

  still a bit unsure at this stage as it will need to be a significant leap over what I already have and my pockets are

  still stinging from the PS1000 :-)

 

  Great to hear you're a fan of the Beastie Boys seminal classic - Ill Communication - one of the best hip hop albums

  of the 90's for sure, Q-tip makes an appearance here and there, the instrumentals too followed in their long tradition

  for putting together a great jam - I'm also spinning their instrumental collection 'The In Sound From The Way Out'

  - very funky.

 

  I've got a bit of John Zorn too, man now he redefines experimental music! - only the one album, 'Enigmata' -

  very out there!

 

 As for Donny Henley ~ it's just his 2009 'Best Of' - all his classics from 'New York Minute', 'All she wants

 to do is dance' to 'Sunset Grill' 

 

 A bit cliched of me ~ but I could not resist giving 'Jazz at the Pawnshop (XLRCD 1996) a go last night on

 the PS1000 ~ the sound stage was very immersive and yet the mid range never lost it's verve, ultimately the 325i

 gives a more nose bleeding up front saxophonic experience (which I love sometimes) but the PS1000 just drops

 you right there 4 rows back from the band in that small jazz shack!

 

post #267 of 3422

 

 

 Know what you mean regarding the physical space that they create ~ not even sure it's entirely complimentary but these

 are the first cans that literally beckon you to blow your ears out, I was living dangerously last night just dicing with the volume

 dial one or two notches above normal, to and fro, the lack of harshness on a good recording just proved so tempting as

 dynamically they just get better and better and yet ~ all too aware that the dB levels are waaaay too high :-)

post #268 of 3422

Gwarmi:

 

Love all of the Beastie Boys stuff, but Ill Communication gets the most time. Something about the production and depth and craft of music on it that brings me back.

 

That is the first time I have heard about Jazz at the Pawnshop. I'm not a big jazz guy, I know just enough to be dangerous. The write-ups are extremely intriguing. Now, to find a copy that doesn't cost $60.

 

Zorn has mellowed out with age, and when you factor in his OCB in the studio, some of his new recordings (or anything on his Tzadik label) he is worth a look for production value alone. Luckily, in most cases, the music is rewarding as well. I'd recommend the laid back surfer vibe of O'o or The Dreamers. Even my wife grabs for those on a regular basis, and in our early days if I said "Zorn" she'd scream in disgust. Also, Zorn's Alhambra Love Songs is a delightful three piece in the style of Vince Guaraldi. Zorn doesn't play on it, he's composer.

 

I've had crank-the-volume-itis as well, and as a preventative measure have been listening to music softer than I normally would. Trying to train the ol' ears to pick up as much as possible with the lower volume. That resolve stands until I put in something like the Stones or Neil Young, and shwoop, up goes the volume. Waa waa.

post #269 of 3422
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Originally Posted by sunmonkey View Post

Gwarmi:

 

Love all of the Beastie Boys stuff, but Ill Communication gets the most time. Something about the production and depth and craft of music on it that brings me back.

 

That is the first time I have heard about Jazz at the Pawnshop. I'm not a big jazz guy, I know just enough to be dangerous. The write-ups are extremely intriguing. Now, to find a copy that doesn't cost $60.

 

Zorn has mellowed out with age, and when you factor in his OCB in the studio, some of his new recordings (or anything on his Tzadik label) he is worth a look for production value alone. Luckily, in most cases, the music is rewarding as well. I'd recommend the laid back surfer vibe of O'o or The Dreamers. Even my wife grabs for those on a regular basis, and in our early days if I said "Zorn" she'd scream in disgust. Also, Zorn's Alhambra Love Songs is a delightful three piece in the style of Vince Guaraldi. Zorn doesn't play on it, he's composer.

 

I've had crank-the-volume-itis as well, and as a preventative measure have been listening to music softer than I normally would. Trying to train the ol' ears to pick up as much as possible with the lower volume. That resolve stands until I put in something like the Stones or Neil Young, and shwoop, up goes the volume. Waa waa.


 

 

 Always did hear around the traps that Zorn did value his production setting ~ I'll look into 'The Dreamers' and O'o ~ don't mind the laid back surfer tunes,

 I've got one here - Dick Dale and his Deltones 'The King of Surfer Guitar' (1963) - quite lively that one.

 

 The production behind 'Jazz at the Pawnshop' is quite fascinating, particularly because it's largely an accident in excellence - those guys never even

 remotely thought they were recording a seminal audiophile work - it was just another jam going to tape, but everything fell into place and it just

 worked! Nice xylophone work on disc #1.

 

 As for the Stones' - that's a challenging body of work there to find the golden nuggets, it's too easy to go for the '40 Licks' Best Of, I've got

 a vinyl rip of 'Beggar's Banquet' and the mastering quality on that is really average, another friend of mine picked up a remaster of

 'Some Girls' and was also unfortunately a bit let down - I found that 'Keeeiiif' Richards carried the torch nicely - 'Talk is Cheap' and one

 of my favorite rock albums 'Main Offender' - also a bit of an audiophile reference, the tracks 'Words of Wonder' and 'Yap Yap' are pretty

 much Hi-Fi show standards from experience.

 

 As for Neil Young - his 'Dead Man' soundtrack for me is just unforgettable man, especially when it was implemented in that other film

 masterpiece of the same name, Jim Jarmusch just nailed in getting Neil Young to come on board for that.

 

 Ry Cooder also did a similar thing for 'Paris Texas'. Lots of ambient twang and desolation!

 

post #270 of 3422
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Originally Posted by chirawatf View Post

@ SHAHZADA123

 

Could you please compare Manley Stingray/PS 1000 VS Manley Stingray/He6 ?

 

Thank you.



Sorry for the late response.

I shall be posting a short review of the Stingray with various headphones and will provide you the link.

 

My EAR HP4 amp is expected within 2 weeks and that's when I'll be posting a comparative review.

 

 

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