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My Burson and my Denon AH-D7000's arrived.  Unfortunately, I have to wait for the HE-500's and my Zune dock to get here.  I haven't even listened to anything yet, but I have always been curious about "tube sound".  So I was trying to decide between the Schiit Lyr/Bifrost combo and the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 DAC /A1 Hybrid Integrated Amp.  The obvious question is - why not spend money on one great setup instead of splitting it up for two?  I asked myself the same question and since I really don't know what I want or what package it might come in, I've decided it's because I want options and the knowledge that comes with variety.  I think both sets are inexpensive enough and get enough good press to warrant my attention.  Which combo will work better with the phones I've purchased even though the phones themselves have different signatures?

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Originally Posted by kixxit View Post

My Burson and my Denon AH-D7000's arrived.  Unfortunately, I have to wait for the HE-500's and my Zune dock to get here.  I haven't even listened to anything yet, but I have always been curious about "tube sound".  So I was trying to decide between the Schiit Lyr/Bifrost combo and the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 DAC /A1 Hybrid Integrated Amp.  The obvious question is - why not spend money on one great setup instead of splitting it up for two?  I asked myself the same question and since I really don't know what I want or what package it might come in, I've decided it's because I want options and the knowledge that comes with variety.  I think both sets are inexpensive enough and get enough good press to warrant my attention.  Which combo will work better with the phones I've purchased even though the phones themselves have different signatures?

I have a Lyr powering my HE-500s and I absolutely love it. The Lyr also sounds great with my HD650s. It's a great amp for its price point. As for a DAC, why not just use the Burson's DAC and the Pre-Out to the Lyr?

post #1323 of 18025

Excellent point.  I could do the same with the Maverick.

post #1324 of 18025

Maybe not.  If I'm reading this right, the Maverick DAC uses tubes, which I'd want to try out all the way thru the chain.

post #1325 of 18025

If you ever get a Lyr, just keep it away from your D7000

post #1326 of 18025

Uh oh. Is it due to the risk of blowing out the speakers or bad sound blowing out my ears?

post #1327 of 18025

The former and the constant humming noise 

post #1328 of 18025

which set of tubes did you end up with and how would you describe the sound?  i haven't read anything describing the difference between the GE 6ZB7 NOS tubes and the JJ E88CC's.
 

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which set of tubes did you end up with and how would you describe the sound?  i haven't read anything describing the difference between the GE 6ZB7 NOS tubes and the JJ E88CC's.
 

When I emailed Jason Stoddard, he recommended the GE tubes when running the HE-500.

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Just unboxed mine. Not too impressed with the build quality.

 

The Ear cups seem to be mounted at different angles. The connecting wires come out at different angles too. (one points forward, the other points backwards. The metal yolk mounts seem to be correct for the right side, but backwards for the left side.... 

 

I don't have time to listen, so I can't attest to their audio quality, but so far I'm slightly underwhelmed with the build quality that you get for 700 bucks...

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Originally Posted by schaaf View Post

Just unboxed mine. Not too impressed with the build quality.

 

The Ear cups seem to be mounted at different angles. The connecting wires come out at different angles too. (one points forward, the other points backwards. The metal yolk mounts seem to be correct for the right side, but backwards for the left side.... 

 

I don't have time to listen, so I can't attest to their audio quality, but so far I'm slightly underwhelmed with the build quality that you get for 700 bucks...

 

Pics?

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Had to run out. I'll get pics up tonight.
post #1333 of 18025

I need a dust cover for my HD800. The bass on HE-500 is so much more enjoyable.

post #1334 of 18025

I sold my HE-500 straight away after getting the HD800 :) 

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I need a dust cover for my HD800. The bass on HE-500 is so much more enjoyable.

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photo 1.JPG

 

Sorry It's sideways, But here you can see the cups are pretty well lined up, but the angle of the wire attachments is pretty skewed.

 

photo 2.JPG

 

These do not live sideways on my computer, so I'm not sure why they do here. I can't figure out how to rotate them...

But again, you can see the right one (well top one in this case) has a vertical exit point, while the left or bottom, is skewed off at a crazy angle.

 

photo 3.JPG

 

Ok here we see that the screws do not align from one cup to the next. It's like the metal gimbals or yokes are the same, and not mirrored the way they should be. The one on the right (top) is much higher.

 

I have more, but for the sake of brevity and due to the fact I do not know how to make them be the correct orientation, I'll just stop here.

 

 

So, is this acceptable on a 700 dollar pair of headphones? Am I crazy for wanting them to be better than this?

 

Has anyone else had this issue?

Should I return them?

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks everyone-


Edited by schaaf - 5/25/12 at 4:25pm
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