Here she be.. yes, there is an immediate difference.. a little richer and airier. Break in will be fun..
RS1i with Turbulant Labs Onyx Mantra headband & Martin Custom Audio Aluminum Gimbals/Rodblocks.. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thanks.. getting used to the new look. Not sure about the new headband yet.. it looks/feels awesome but may need some serious head time to break in.. not a problem with that :)
re HD800 & WA6, you can read my story here: post #9199
Just a quick update to that.. rarely use the HP amplifier in the Naim these days. Check out Jude's review of the Naim DAC-v1 in the Buyers Guide. The cool thing is the Naim remote controls iTunes/iPad so I can be across the room with the extension cable and have full control of volume/skip forward/back. Maybe I'm getting old but just as pleased with my Rega DAC at less than half the price but the Naim is a looker :)
The WA6 is stunning for both the HD800 and the RS1i and now, especially with the Sophia starting to open up after only 7 hours. Just have to remember to switch the impedance when I switch headphones.
Yup, been running my S/P in all day too and it's getting better.
On paper, the Naim smokes the Rega in spec/technology and feature wise. The Naim can also be used as a pre-amp. Rega is old school with no async, USB limited to 16/48 with Coax at 24/192 but runs with dual Wolfsen WM8742 chips. Naim is at 24/384, 16x oversampling plus has a decent headphone amplifier. Really, whatever, the Rega sounds awesome. I really don't have that much hi-rez music so no big deal and I could get a USB/SPDIF coverer anyway. SQ wise, I could live quite nicely with the Rega and not miss anything.
I just love the way my RS2's render piano music, the notes sound whole and rounded with a crisp speed. Much better than the HD800. The Grados make the piano seem like it is in my head and I can really feel the music. The Senn's by contrast make the piano sound like it is in a big room and so you get more ambience and with that also distance. The space is too big for one instrument.
Amen , brother.
Sunday morning wake up call.....while we are waiting for, Jay
+1 to the Rega, auditioned one here in Minneapolis the other day and it delicious with the RS1. GS1k, and PS1k!