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A couple of months after my apartment was robbed, and the thieves made off with my computer, HD600, Asgard, and my Sabre dac (among other things), I've made progress back to a decent setup. Most of this wouldn't be possible without a good friend.

 

 

 

 

 

Lenovo Y580 > Hifimediy Sabre Asynchronous DAC > Matrix M-stage > ASG-2 or a cheapo headphone I'm borrowing from my office at school. I still need to find a replacement for my HD600 though. Possibly the MA900 will be enough once I recoup some funds.

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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post
 

Awesome! Do you feel like you have enough volume play with the Momentums out of the baby Schiits? Never tried them out of it, but all of my 32-ish Ohm small, full sized headphones didn't have too much volume play due to the gain. And that was with 12db attenuators.

 

OMG, THE POWER.

 

Definitely not alot of VOL play with the Momentums; I would really love to have more room to explore on the dial. Sometimes this combo seems like overkill. I've even considering grabbing a pair of 598s to mix in here at work, but I really prefer closed cans in this environment - trying to prevent bleed...I mean, who's on task ALL day?! :wink_face:

 

Then again, if I don't manage the output on this setup, there may be bleeding after all (and not the audio kind...) :basshead:

 

Are there any really good closed, higher impedance phones you could recommend? I'm about to pull the trigger on an UberFrost+Lyr setup for my main home listening rig (*giddy!*) so the upgrade path for this M/M work stack wasn't really on the agenda near-term. Do you think I might be better off with a tube system + the Momentums?

 

Anyhoo, it's awesome - just may be TOO awesome (?!)

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Originally Posted by mazzelectra View Post

 

 

Are there any really good closed, higher impedance phones you could recommend? I'm about to pull the trigger on an UberFrost+Lyr setup for my main home listening rig (*giddy!*) so the upgrade path for this M/M work stack wasn't really on the agenda near-term. Do you think I might be better off with a tube system + the Momentums?

 

Anyhoo, it's awesome - just may be TOO awesome (?!)

I haven't used the Lyr, but it has a similar gain the the M/M, and a higher power output... so I would think you'd have a similar situation :( The DT-770 are very bassy, but they're quite good, nice soundstage, detailed, and SUPER comfy with those velour pads. I had the 250 Ohm version, and it's very good on the M/M. Might be too bass-heavy for you, though. I'd imagine the Denon D5k would be perfect for you though. Quite similar sound sig to the Momentum. It's discontinued though, so you'd have to pick it up second-hand. 

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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post

Awesome! Do you feel like you have enough volume play with the Momentums out of the baby Schiits? Never tried them out of it, but all of my 32-ish Ohm small, full sized headphones didn't have too much volume play due to the gain. And that was with 12db attenuators.
?? Doesn't the Magni output over a watt at 32 ohm?
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

A couple of months after my apartment was robbed, and the thieves made off with my computer, HD600, Asgard, and my Sabre dac (among other things), I've made progress back to a decent setup. Most of this wouldn't be possible without a good friend.







Lenovo Y580 > Hifimediy Sabre Asynchronous DAC > Matrix M-stage > ASG-2 or a cheapo headphone I'm borrowing from my office at school. I still need to find a replacement for my HD600 though. Possibly the MA900 will be enough once I recoup some funds.

Oh no!! I'm terribly sorry that happened!! Your setup is starting to look great though biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

A couple of months after my apartment was robbed, and the thieves made off with my computer, HD600, Asgard, and my Sabre dac (among other things), I've made progress back to a decent setup. Most of this wouldn't be possible without a good friend.







Lenovo Y580 > Hifimediy Sabre Asynchronous DAC > Matrix M-stage > ASG-2 or a cheapo headphone I'm borrowing from my office at school. I still need to find a replacement for my HD600 though. Possibly the MA900 will be enough once I recoup some funds.
Am sorry to hear that..but a mstage is always a good way to start! wink.gif
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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post

I haven't used the Lyr, but it has a similar gain the the M/M, and a higher power output... so I would think you'd have a similar situation frown.gif The DT-770 are very bassy, but they're quite good, nice soundstage, detailed, and SUPER comfy with those velour pads. I had the 250 Ohm version, and it's very good on the M/M. Might be too bass-heavy for you, though. I'd imagine the Denon D5k would be perfect for you though. Quite similar sound sig to the Momentum. It's discontinued though, so you'd have to pick it up second-hand. 

Hmm...thanks for those recommendations wink.gif

I think I may need to some research on highImpedance closed sets. The Denons sound like a great fit - I wonder if there a 'spiritual successor' to the D5k...

To the internetz!!

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

A couple of months after my apartment was robbed, and the thieves made off with my computer, HD600, Asgard, and my Sabre dac (among other things), I've made progress back to a decent setup. Most of this wouldn't be possible without a good friend.







Lenovo Y580 > Hifimediy Sabre Asynchronous DAC > Matrix M-stage > ASG-2 or a cheapo headphone I'm borrowing from my office at school. I still need to find a replacement for my HD600 though. Possibly the MA900 will be enough once I recoup some funds.

Wow...So sorry to hear about that :/ rough stuff, indeed.

Looks like your on a great path back though!
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Originally Posted by wes008 View Post

Awesome! Do you feel like you have enough volume play with the Momentums out of the baby Schiits? Never tried them out of it, but all of my 32-ish Ohm small, full sized headphones didn't have too much volume play due to the gain. And that was with 12db attenuators.
?? Doesn't the Magni output over a watt at 32 ohm?

 

I think what he is referring to, is that if it is too powerful for the Momentums. Thus, giving very little volume play.

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post
 

A couple of months after my apartment was robbed, and the thieves made off with my computer, HD600, Asgard, and my Sabre dac (among other things), I've made progress back to a decent setup. Most of this wouldn't be possible without a good friend.

 

 

 

 

 

Lenovo Y580 > Hifimediy Sabre Asynchronous DAC > Matrix M-stage > ASG-2 or a cheapo headphone I'm borrowing from my office at school. I still need to find a replacement for my HD600 though. Possibly the MA900 will be enough once I recoup some funds.

That is ********. I'm sorry to hear that.

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I think what he is referring to, is that if it is too powerful for the Momentums. Thus, giving very little volume play.

^ This

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I see, thx
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Happy family - 

 

1)650

2)HE-300 (Latest revision is full metal construction)

3)ZX700

4)HFI - 450 (M50 and ZX700 killer)

 

I am using a STX to power these boys , and yes I'm Indian (16 to be specific )
 

HE-300 - 

 

Check my video out for further proof of its metal construction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnLP2vvDiEQ

 

Facebook page in which I talked about the difference in the latest revision vs the others ....... -  https://www.facebook.com/groups/4623534735/10151854304544736/?notif_t=like 

 

 

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I finally finalized my listening corner - it took me year and a half and a lot of patience (most of the stuff was just sitting on the shelf for months, headphones were waiting to shine for over a year), but it's done! Yesterday I received last parts to assemble media server and started building everything up.

 

This is how everything looked few hours ago:

 

Audio equipment in parts

 

Some cables, few devices and chills down my spine that something nice is about to happen :) Putting everything together was pretty easy - only if those power cables weren't so stiff! But after few failed attempts I found a position where everything nicely sits:

 

Assembled audio equipment before setup

 

Next step was the hardest one - make all software running as I want it to! Fortunately my slight experience with server administration kicked in and I managed to get everything working together:

 

Setting up media server (OpenELEC)

 

 

I spent yesterdays night setting up NAS for sharing media content over NFS (besides regular UPnP), so at least I was spared from this pain today. Now I can happily sit on my chair, listen to music and control everything from tablet. No monitor, keyboard or mouse plugged in, just dedicated media PC in its purest form.

 

Finalized audio corner

 

For anyone wondering what's on the pictures, here is a complete list of all parts:

HP: Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV

AMP: ADL Svetlana 2

DAC: Matrix X-Sabre

Interconnects: Verastarr Silver Signature (RCA->RCA), Forza AudioWorks Copper Series Twin USB

Power cables: Siltech SPX-300, Atlas Cables EOS MKII, Vincent Premium, Van den Hull Mainserver

Power conditioner: IsoTek GII Orion with 6 EU outlets
Stands: Empire EC-04 dark cherry (rack), Zoppapro Acrylic (HP stand)

Media PC: Intel NUC platform (i3-3217u , 4GB RAM, 60GB SSD) running OpenELEC 3.0.6, set for bitperfect streaming over USB

Tablet: Nexus 10

 

I think I am done with audio-related purchases for some time now, maybe it's not high-end per se (maybe some entry-level high end :P ), but I think I reached level where going up costs much more than what I get in return.

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^nicely done.....love the cables....

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