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Originally Posted by BruinAnteater View Post

I know that if you listen to something else, then put on nice cans it makes you appreciate your set more: I have a nice set of tower speakers (Wharfedale Evo2-30s), but after having a good session with my HD650s, the Wharfedales just don't sound nearly as good anymore, it takes a few hours before my mind forgets the sound of the HD650s and I can enjoy my towers again!

 

Exact same thing here!

Atm I use a cheap Class-D amplifier from eBay to drive my Epos Epic 5 speakers, the sound is still good but not nearly as good as my HD650s, if you forget about soundstage of course :P

Piano solos in example sound harsh, unrealistic on the speakers but delightful and subtle on the HD650.

 

Still saving for a real integrated ... I'd like a Vincent SV-227 (hybrid), maybe the Creek Evo2 if I can't save enough.

 

Now of course Intel just released the NUC, which I absolutely need for my audio rig and to replace the WDTV Live. NEED IT biggrin.gif => Even less money for the amplifier, or longer wait...

post #5402 of 6431
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Originally Posted by louis12345 View Post

 

Exact same thing here!

Atm I use a cheap Class-D amplifier from eBay to drive my Epos Epic 5 speakers, the sound is still good but not nearly as good as my HD650s, if you forget about soundstage of course :P

Piano solos in example sound harsh, unrealistic on the speakers but delightful and subtle on the HD650.

 

Still saving for a real integrated ... I'd like a Vincent SV-227 (hybrid), maybe the Creek Evo2 if I can't save enough.

 

Now of course Intel just released the NUC, which I absolutely need for my audio rig and to replace the WDTV Live. NEED IT biggrin.gif => Even less money for the amplifier, or longer wait...

go vintage, you will always get better value for the money. Go for the good brands like Pioneer, Yamaha, Marantz, Luxman, Sansui, Accuphase, and the other big players. 


Edited by Gallade475 - 12/5/12 at 6:22am
post #5403 of 6431
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Originally Posted by louis12345 View Post

 

Exact same thing here!

Atm I use a cheap Class-D amplifier from eBay to drive my Epos Epic 5 speakers, the sound is still good but not nearly as good as my HD650s, if you forget about soundstage of course :P

Piano solos in example sound harsh, unrealistic on the speakers but delightful and subtle on the HD650.

 

Still saving for a real integrated ... I'd like a Vincent SV-227 (hybrid), maybe the Creek Evo2 if I can't save enough.

 

 

I like Epos speakers. They deserve more than cheapo amps.... Creek is very good (I have a 5350SE), but have you considered some older Cyrus? I had a Cyrus 3i with PSX-R it totally blew me away. Warmish, yet punchy and detailed - just perfect - tried it with several seakers, now it is playing woth some Epos m5i at my in-laws - they are absurdly happy with the sound (which makes this post kinda on topic after all) - my father in law actually started crying when I rigged up the gear and played one of his records - he'd been wanting a nice audio system all his life :D


Edited by ardilla - 12/3/12 at 4:41pm
post #5404 of 6431
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Originally Posted by Gallade475 View Post

go vintage, you will always get better value for the money. Go for the good brands like McIntosh, Pioneer, Yamaha, and The other big players. 

Pretty good advice. I probably wouldn't mention McIntosh as a brand where you'll get good value, but they're certainly good -- their market's just rather inflated. I would suggest adding Marantz, Luxman, Sansui, and Accuphase to the list as well.

-- Cast a wide net when looking for vintage gear as you never know what kind of a deal you might find.
post #5405 of 6431

My only high end headphone is an iem so i dont usually let people try them.  However, i get some great reactions with my speakers setup, even though im only using $220 cambridge audio s30 powered my a cheap yamaha receiver.  

 

My brother has heard my speakers numerous times, but i finally convinced him to actually listen to a full album on them.  Sadly, for hum, he caught the bug.  By the time one song was over he asked my what speakers he should get for under 200.  

 

When i told a friend of mine that i had a $300 stereo setup she said that i was crazy.  (she thought is was even crazier that it is an extremely budget setup.)  I played her favorite song and she was literately in tears by the end.  Mission accomplished!

post #5406 of 6431
I was in a camp for 3 days 2 night. My friend who can't sleep due to a speaker playing soft music at a decent volume? He asked me to lent him my IEM. I lent him & then he said "wow!" Few minutes later, he slept! Lol xD
post #5407 of 6431
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

I was in a camp for 3 days 2 night. My friend who can't sleep due to a speaker playing soft music at a decent volume? He asked me to lent him my IEM. I lent him & then he said "wow!" Few minutes later, he slept! Lol xD


What iem was that lol

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What iem was that lol
A westone um3x maybe? As i used to fall alseep with those all the time as these blocked al the outside noises completely biggrin.gif
post #5409 of 6431
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Originally Posted by Gallade475 View Post

go vintage, you will always get better value for the money. Go for the good brands like McIntosh, Pioneer, Yamaha, and The other big players. 

 

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Originally Posted by iamdacow View Post


What iem was that lol

 

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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


A westone um3x maybe? As i used to fall alseep with those all the time as these blocked al the outside noises completely biggrin.gif

 

 

XBA-4 :) I fall asleep with these too but not with my other pair of headphone...

post #5410 of 6431
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post
I like Epos speakers. They deserve more than cheapo amps.... Creek is very good (I have a 5350SE), but have you considered some older Cyrus? I had a Cyrus 3i with PSX-R it totally blew me away. Warmish, yet punchy and detailed - just perfect - tried it with several seakers, now it is playing woth some Epos m5i at my in-laws - they are absurdly happy with the sound (which makes this post kinda on topic after all) - my father in law actually started crying when I rigged up the gear and played one of his records - he'd been wanting a nice audio system all his life :D

 

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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

Pretty good advice. I probably wouldn't mention McIntosh as a brand where you'll get good value, but they're certainly good -- their market's just rather inflated. I would suggest adding Marantz, Luxman, Sansui, and Accuphase to the list as well.
-- Cast a wide net when looking for vintage gear as you never know what kind of a deal you might find.

 

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Originally Posted by Gallade475 View Post

go vintage, you will always get better value for the money. Go for the good brands like McIntosh, Pioneer, Yamaha, and The other big players. 

 

Thanks for advice!

I recently met a guy with A LOT of vintage stuff (his passion -> repairs and sells), when I'll have the cash I'll know where to start :D

post #5411 of 6431
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

XBA-4 :) I fall asleep with these too but not with my other pair of headphone...

How? The XBA-4s are massive! I can't even turn over on the pillow with my XBA-3s in. Shures however...zzzzzzz....

post #5412 of 6431

Headphones are a different story, but I haven't bought new speakers in a long, long time. Vintage is definitely the way to go.

post #5413 of 6431
300$ speaker set up? Where do you shop
post #5414 of 6431
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Originally Posted by crossjeremiah View Post

300$ speaker set up? Where do you shop
If i am not mistaken there are a couple of threads about what to buy in many price ranges here on headfi.org or in the world wide web biggrin.gif..use the search function or google it
post #5415 of 6431
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Originally Posted by crossjeremiah View Post

300$ speaker set up? Where do you shop

Cambridge audio s30 bookshelves- $219 new

Yamaha rx 496 stereo receiver- $30 used craigslist

Pure i20 ipod dock/dac- $55 open box

 

Great budget setup for a nearfield bedroom setup. 

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