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At this moment I don't want to get another amp, but isn't there something tube-y that I can put between my DAC and receiver?

 

Here's a couple of options:

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Tube-Processors/

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The Auditor is expensive though - but I was mightily impressed. PS audio is the manufacturer. It rarely gets written about here. I would really like to hear electrostat cans for classical - but I've never heard them....the new Stax SR-009 that Jude reviewed - look awesome for detail...imagine orchestral detail...nice nice...


I thought the Auditor is made by SPL, not PS Audio. The Auditor is the scaled down version of the SPL Phonitor as far as I know...

 

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I thought the Auditor is made by SPL, not PS Audio. The Auditor is the scaled down version of the SPL Phonitor as far as I know...

 



I think all the companies should made the Auditor...

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Hehehe, you're right...the K702 are on top of my list, as well the K-1000, K400, K141@600 ohms, the K-240MKll, and the K271MKll are great too. For me the AKG just have the right sound for classical and acoustic music. There are a few hps that can do it right too, like the Stax 4070, and the JH13a prototype as daveDerek mentioned.
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i'm not familiar with the 400s, though i'm guessing they're similar to my 401s (a phone that resembled my former 501s).

 


well someone else just addressed that question/speculation:

 

 

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(from: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/561808/fs-akg-k401-in-minty-condition)

 

I picked up the K401 to try on a whim recently, but they sound very similar to my old K400, hence the reason for the sale. I find both the K400 and K401 to sound more natural than the K701 in the midrange while not giving up too much in the way of detail. These are in excellent condition and look like they have seen very little use, I doubt you could find a nicer looking K401 anywhere. The pads and elastics are both still in great shape. The box is a little beat up but I will include it as well. $125 shipped CONUS, I'll eat the paypal fees.

 

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My memory has been playing tricks on me - well at least the letters - late night with beer wasn't helping. I stand corrected and thanks! And you are right - it is the scaled down version - but you would not know from auditioning it first hand. It's got firm power and it not a lightweight by any stretch of imagination.
 

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I thought the Auditor is made by SPL, not PS Audio. The Auditor is the scaled down version of the SPL Phonitor as far as I know...

 



 

 

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I did attend each incarnation of FMPM, but I had to miss the Three Friends set :-(  Cool to chat with Gary Green though. Long Live Gentle Giant.

 

Anyone know of any audiophile classical/orchestral labels currently active?

 



3 friends returned to montreal (sans mr miinnear) june 15, 2010. hopefully you were able to catch them then. and yeah, any chance to chat with Gaz is good.

they play a very classical style of progressive rock.

 

there must be some active audiophile labels, but i'm not so sure off the top of my head. i used to buy some great recordings from cisco records at hifi shows. i'm not sure of their current status. their adagio d'albinoni is an essential recording. it's so good that i've had folks refuse to remove it from their players while auditioning their wares at shows, so i've bought it a few times.


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i'm not familiar with the 400s, though i'm guessing they're similar to my 401s (a phone that resembled my former 501s).

 



I'm not familiar with the 401, I think the xx1 series have more bass, but not sure...

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At one time I owned the K400, K401, K500, K501, and K601 and the big difference between them was the pads.  If I switched pads, the differences were miniscule.

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I think one thing to say about this thread is that certain phones work for certain kinds of classical music...

 

First we have the musical periods Renaissance, Baroque and Classical (often performed with modern instruments, but since the 1980's we now have authentic instrumental recordings too).Then there is the Romantic period and finally the Modernist and post modernist phase. Each period will have a better kind of headphone to use..

 

Second, are we talking orchestral, chamber music, instrumental, large choir or small vocal group, opera etc...I've found plenty of great phones for symphonic music - but say if the Mozart Mass in C Minor was running through those phones - the choir would be too recessed. 

 

Third - musical textures in classical music is far more diverse and experimental in the same was that jazz is. Jazz and classical - are more texturally diverse than say pop or rock music. Often there are phones that equally well with both Classical and Jazz genres

 

I think we ought to be more precise in our recommendations. Earlier  I hit on this point 

 

 

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On a side note right now I'm listening to Mahler's Titan (Symphony No. 1) by San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, through my K702: this recording is just perfect, one of the best I've ever heard.

Another outstanding recording is the Handel Water Music by Jordi Savall.

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Jordi Savall is the MAN.

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