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Originally Posted by Loving[MAX]Sound View Post

Come on 4:30pm! A hard day's worth of work? I deserve some good music through these headphones! wink.gif
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4:30 will come quicker if your on the "right coast". What are you using for a music source thru the RA1?
post #16847 of 18542
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4:30 will come quicker if your on the "right coast". What are you using for a music source thru the RA1?

 

I just have my ThinkPad X201, looking for a decent DAC, but my audiophile budget has been used up for this year :p

post #16848 of 18542
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

My headphone collection keeps getting larger. It's really time to stop smily_headphones1.gif
SR80i
SR225i
SR325is
RS1
HE-4
AD2000X
LCD-2.1
D2000
Fidelio X1 (2 of them)

And an SRH1540 just arrived.

Can't wait to read about the 1540!
post #16849 of 18542

The PS1000 is in the house. First impressions from the MAD Ear+ (stock tubes for now. also, DAC is Emotiva DC-1)

 

It’s beautiful.

 

I must admit I was nervous when it was on its way that the experience would be closer to my previous time with this headphone (on Soloist) where I found the treble a little too much, but this is not the case in my current setup.

 

It sound fantastic. and I’m trying out some music that I thought would possibly lay bare any treble harshness. 

 

1. AC/DC’s "Long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll". around 2 minutes in and for the next 30 seconds or so, then more fun times at 4 minutes in. this can be painful on some headphones I’ve owned.

2. Camille Saint-Saens "Violin Concerto 1 in A minor”. yeah, big shift from AC/DC, but the violin is occasionally biting and aggressive, but in a good way. The PS1000 doesn’t hit you over the head with it, as I was worried it could.

 

No issues from either of those, plus my other test tracks of poorly mastered stuff with sibilance. phew! And good stuff sounds really, really good.

 

The heightened treble (compared to darker headphones) shows itself as increased splashiness with cymbals but there’s no piercing, panful reproduction with them. And other instruments that play in the high frequencies - but not as high as cymbals - sound just great. 

 

Everything else is exactly how I expected them to be, based on my previous time with them. Wonderfully flat midrange, no glare with female vocals. great details and subtlety with all instruments. Soundstage is much larger than the RS1, of course, but not spread out (or as precise) as the HD800. It’s in the middle and that works best with most of my music.

 

Bass doesn’t extend like an Audeze down to 20 hz, but is good enough for most music (decent extension down to around 50 Hz) and that big, meaty hump at 100 Hz adds life to a lot of music. I’ll take it, yessir.

 

Now I’m gonna listen to a bunch of great music till I need to make supper.

post #16850 of 18542
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

The PS1000 is in the house. First impressions from the MAD Ear+ (stock tubes for now. also, DAC is Emotiva DC-1)

It’s beautiful.

I must admit I was nervous when it was on its way that the experience would be closer to my previous time with this headphone (on Soloist) where I found the treble a little too much, but this is not the case in my current setup.

It sound fantastic. and I’m trying out some music that I thought would possibly lay bare any treble harshness. 

1. AC/DC’s "Long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll". around 2 minutes in and for the next 30 seconds or so, then more fun times at 4 minutes in. this can be painful on some headphones I’ve owned.
2. Camille Saint-Saens "Violin Concerto 1 in A minor”. yeah, big shift from AC/DC, but the violin is occasionally biting and aggressive, but in a good way. The PS1000 doesn’t hit you over the head with it, as I was worried it could.

No issues from either of those, plus my other test tracks of poorly mastered stuff with sibilance. phew! And good stuff sounds really, really good.

The heightened treble (compared to darker headphones) shows itself as increased splashiness with cymbals but there’s no piercing, panful reproduction with them. And other instruments that play in the high frequencies - but not as high as cymbals - sound just great. 

Everything else is exactly how I expected them to be, based on my previous time with them. Wonderfully flat midrange, no glare with female vocals. great details and subtlety with all instruments. Soundstage is much larger than the RS1, of course, but not spread out (or as precise) as the HD800. It’s in the middle and that works best with most of my music.

Bass doesn’t extend like an Audeze down to 20 hz, but is good enough for most music (decent extension down to around 50 Hz) and that big, meaty hump at 100 Hz adds life to a lot of music. I’ll take it, yessir.

Now I’m gonna listen to a bunch of great music till I need to make supper.

Nice! Thank you for an awesome description!
post #16851 of 18542
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post


Can't wait to read about the 1540!

 

 

Well they are extremely comfortable.  Not quite as comfy as the X1 but very very close.  The ear pads are very nice.  The sound was what I was expecting.  First impression are that they are a little bass heavy, the mids are nice and present without any harshness and slightly rolled off treble.  Similar to the X1, but the X1 has more air and the mids are not as thick.  The 1540s have very thick sounding mids.  I'm curious how they will compare with the D2000s.


Edited by bassboysam - 7/14/14 at 1:48pm
post #16852 of 18542
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Originally Posted by Loving[MAX]Sound View Post

I just have my ThinkPad X201, looking for a decent DAC, but my audiophile budget has been used up for this year tongue.gif
Thinkpads work just fine. I know we all want a descent DAC, but for right I'm using an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC v1.2 until such time as my sugar bowl magically fills back up. It's USB powered right from your laptop and it has a nice warm rich full sound which for the $150 I paid at WorstBuy really was a great bargain considering all the hours of enjoyment I'm getting out of my hp setup.
post #16853 of 18542
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

My headphone collection keeps getting larger. It's really time to stop smily_headphones1.gif
SR80i
SR225i
SR325is
RS1
HE-4
AD2000X
LCD-2.1
D2000
Fidelio X1 (2 of them)

And an SRH1540 just arrived.

You need more ears  :p

 

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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post
 

The PS1000 is in the house. First impressions from the MAD Ear+ (stock tubes for now. also, DAC is Emotiva DC-1)

 

It’s beautiful.

 

I must admit I was nervous when it was on its way that the experience would be closer to my previous time with this headphone (on Soloist) where I found the treble a little too much, but this is not the case in my current setup.

 

It sound fantastic. and I’m trying out some music that I thought would possibly lay bare any treble harshness. 

 

1. AC/DC’s "Long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll". around 2 minutes in and for the next 30 seconds or so, then more fun times at 4 minutes in. this can be painful on some headphones I’ve owned.

2. Camille Saint-Saens "Violin Concerto 1 in A minor”. yeah, big shift from AC/DC, but the violin is occasionally biting and aggressive, but in a good way. The PS1000 doesn’t hit you over the head with it, as I was worried it could.

 

No issues from either of those, plus my other test tracks of poorly mastered stuff with sibilance. phew! And good stuff sounds really, really good.

 

The heightened treble (compared to darker headphones) shows itself as increased splashiness with cymbals but there’s no piercing, panful reproduction with them. And other instruments that play in the high frequencies - but not as high as cymbals - sound just great. 

 

Everything else is exactly how I expected them to be, based on my previous time with them. Wonderfully flat midrange, no glare with female vocals. great details and subtlety with all instruments. Soundstage is much larger than the RS1, of course, but not spread out (or as precise) as the HD800. It’s in the middle and that works best with most of my music.

 

Bass doesn’t extend like an Audeze down to 20 hz, but is good enough for most music (decent extension down to around 50 Hz) and that big, meaty hump at 100 Hz adds life to a lot of music. I’ll take it, yessir.

 

Now I’m gonna listen to a bunch of great music till I need to make supper.

Congrats...you have a killer combo ...enjoy.

post #16854 of 18542
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Originally Posted by Loving[MAX]Sound View Post

Nice! Thank you for an awesome description!
LCfiner, I'm going to piggyback on what L[M]S said and say thank you for your impressions on your reacquired PS1K's.
post #16855 of 18542
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LCfiner, I'm going to piggyback on what L[M]S said and say thank you for your impressions on your reacquired PS1K's.

Good thing I still have a good back wink.gif
post #16856 of 18542

thanks.  Yeah, these phones are exceptional.

 

Darn that Burson Soloist, lol. When I owned it, the thing made both the HD800 and PS1000 sound occasionally irritating (this was back a few years ago). I know others have had good experiences with it and those phones but, for me, it only worked exceptionally well with the LCD3. Otherwise, there was a hint of extra brightness to it that brought those headphones over the edge.

 

Anyway, more listening and more music. PS1000 rocks out when I want it to - some Sleigh Bells on the modern side and classic, live Who - both sound completely bonkers and punchy, like they should.

 

There’s still fantastic detail and separation in busy parts of songs, like the last 4 minutes of “a quick one while he's away” where all hell is breaking lose. It’s not all mushed together but has just enough space to define what everyone is doing but without spreading things out too much, either, which might lose that vitality in the song.

 

On the more quiet end, acoustic performers like Nick Drake and Bahamas are rendered with a lot of emotion, delicacy and richness. This stuff sounds great out of a lot of headphones. it’s just elevated with some Grado magic on the PS1000.

 

So, it looks like I’ll have to try out the PS1000e before the end of 2015, lol.

post #16857 of 18542
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Originally Posted by Loving[MAX]Sound View Post

Good thing I still have a good back wink.gif
Wait till you get to be my age.
post #16858 of 18542
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post


Wait till you get to be my age.


OK BP, I gotta ask: how old are you?  I figure I'm one of the oldest on here at the ripe old age of 51...

post #16859 of 18542

Okay guys, my Grado workout of the night.  Acoustic Prog from Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Aekerfeldt (Opeth) and their band, Storm Corrosion.  The acoustic guitar on this track really highlights the ability of Grado's to present detail!

 

 

Although, I have to admit that the Alpha Dogs present this song in a manner that competes with my main stereo system.

post #16860 of 18542
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Wait till you get to be my age.


OK BP, I gotta ask: how old are you?  I figure I'm one of the oldest on here at the ripe old age of 51...

 

Just turned 56 here.....Buwah!

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