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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

If u referring to me..well ur right..but i quoted words of very respected people who actually OWN the gs-x..like dubstepgirl and i understand skylab also had the opportunity to test one among others....but i can be wrong on the latter..just check the gs-x thread.

.if i had heard the gsx i never would have said: i am curious how the gsx will stack against my new amp (being even more expensive then that amp).. And if u bothered to check the BC thread or the gs-x thread u maybe could have read everyone..and i mean everyone who has one is delirious about both brands/ and their higher end headphone amp models...
But what i understand is that the models which pop op on sale second hand (like the silver one dubstepgirl bought) are because these people want black versions but own the silver ones (right dubstepgirl?) or want mk2 and own mk1.
the new buyers are happpily to pay almost full price (as new) because u have a veeeeeeerrrrry looooongggg waiting time for new models....and as quality is excellent its a no brainer..just like BC stuff (also 6months waiting time)..u almost wont find any for sale second hand..its because those kind ofequipment is so good, its bought for life..and only sold when they upgrade to newer/better model of SAME brand most of the times if i understand it correctly..i feel gsx owners are very loyal also..
So i hope one day soon i can listen to one..

and koiloco..my dear friend..
U say there are lots of alternatives of headphone amps in that price range (about 3000usd) which can drive a he6..can u pls elaborate? As i am always interested about new things.. wink.gif
Thanks pal.
2 come to mind at this point. Both of which were on my list to consider before deciding on my taboo. If I ever get bored of he500 and wanna try he6. These 2 will be on my short list. DNA stratus and woo wa5le. As u said it is not always about power, right?
Also, if I spend that kind of money, I will wait n get a new one. Paying new price for a used one, no thx. And there is only 1 headamp I would like to own. It will happen when I am ready to move into stax territory. It still makes me blue remembering how awesome it sounded. I don't need to name it, right? smily_headphones1.gif
And no, I was not referring to only to you, it was for all who often recommend / comment on things they never even hear; purely from reviews, threads and Internet. But for you, having not listened to it yet, how can u even strongly believe that it would be better than your 337? So much for someone who keeps saying "I have sensitive ears and trust my hearing"
Edited by koiloco - 9/14/13 at 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post

this. there are only about 30-35 gs-x mk2s out now in the wild, and it's so good that almost none of the current owners want to sell. the very few that did want to sell have buyers lined up to buy, which helps keep the resell price high as well.

@koiloco: not everything is buyable new if you just had money. gs-x mk2 is one of those things that even if you have the money, you cannot just buy a new one and have it shipped to you right away.
Lol, u think I don't know the wait of headamp? I met and talked to the man before and at a recent meet. Nice mellow guy.
Edited by koiloco - 9/14/13 at 11:41pm
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

The GS-X is not just a "good" amp. It's a reference amp, and that alone should be enough reason for it to resell easily, especially here on head-fi.
Good to hear that I can easily sell my taboo if needed. It's also a reference amp. Whose reference, I m not sure...
post #7804 of 14242
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post


Lol, u think I don't know the wait of headamp? I met and talked to the man before and at a recent meet.

 

then i dont understand why it's so hard for you to believe that ppl would pay new price for used gs-x mk2? you may not think it's worth it but there are ppl who do. i believe the first gs-x mk2 to go on sale sold for pretty much price of the new amp (it was at the cheaper price back then as it was first batch)


Edited by Jd007 - 9/14/13 at 11:41pm
post #7805 of 14242
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post
 

The GS-X is not just a "good" amp. It's a reference amp, and that alone should be enough reason for it to resell easily, especially here on head-fi.

 

+1

 

this is the best amp i've heard and amongst the best i've heard. it really doesn't have any flaws. its perfect and i would as far as to say its a game changer in the solid state world. its as good as people have said it is. and it drives everything perfectly. the HE-6 could use a little more headroom, but it gets as loud as anyone would ever want to listen, it definitely drives them perfectly. 

 

the HE-500 sound incredibly good on the GSX MK2, this is certainly the amp to get for planars. LCD-3 sounds amazing as well, the biggest difference in all my headphones was the bass. it seems a little lighter because its neutral and without colorations, but the detail transparency and texture, extension, depth, everything about the bass, is the best i've heard. the bass really comes out and you can hear all these small nuances in the bass u'd never hear.

 

i think this amp even sounds better or equal (more transparent but not as warm) to the $5500 Allnic HPA 5000, which has been the best i've heard the HE-500 on. and the wooly bass of the HE-500, not a problem anymore, its still kinda there, but the bass improved so much and the impact is definitely there. the amount of detail though and resolution of the HE-500 are insane though, you'll be surprised how much better they get. the amp has full control of the HE-500's drivers and brings the absolute best out of them.

 

also yes, i think as far as Solid state goes, this is THE amp to get. 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 9/14/13 at 11:43pm
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Originally Posted by highrolller View Post
 

 

What cables do they use? And do you guys think its worth upgrading the HE500 or just continue to tube roll? I love my HE500s but the lack of bass quantity is kind of a turn off especially listening to EDM and DNB. Can I pay that quarter deposit for all items? Or is it only the GSX? That's an awesome feature Headamp allows people to do... 

 

EDIT: What are the differences between the two types of GSX's they have at Headamp?

 

they use the special electrostatic cable which is usually hardwired to the headphones and uses a special plug/jack. if you want bass perhaps look into the denon d5000 or the th900. quarter deposit for headamp items are only available on the more expensive products, you can see which ones have the deposit feature on their order page

 

the difference is only in the volume pot used. the cheaper one uses a continuous one, while the slightly more expensive one uses a stepped one (so you can only change volume in 22 steps or levels). the stepped one has better channel volume matching and sound quality in theory (probably not noticeable for human ears), while the continuous one allows you to dial in the exact volume you want in finer detail (infinite levels effectively).

post #7807 of 14242
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

+1

this is the best amp i've heard and amongst the best i've heard. it really doesn't have any flaws. its perfect and i would as far as to say its a game changer in the solid state world. its as good as people have said it is. and it drives everything perfectly. the HE-6 could use a little more headroom, but it gets as loud as anyone would ever want to listen, it definitely drives them perfectly. 

the HE-500 sound incredibly good on the GSX MK2, this is certainly the amp to get for planars. LCD-3 sounds amazing as well, the biggest difference in all my headphones was the bass. it seems a little lighter because its neutral and without colorations, but the detail transparency and texture, extension, depth, everything about the bass, is the best i've heard. the bass really comes out and you can hear all these small nuances in the bass u'd never hear.

i think this amp even sounds better or equal (more transparent but not as warm) to the $5500 Allnic HPA 5000, which has been the best i've heard the HE-500 on. and the wooly bass of the HE-500, not a problem anymore, its still kinda there, but the bass improved so much and the impact is definitely there. the amount of detail though and resolution of the HE-500 are insane though, you'll be surprised how much better they get. the amp has full control of the HE-500's drivers and brings the absolute best out of them, making them sound like they could easily cost twice the price.

also yes, i think as far as Solid state goes, this is THE amp to get. 
That's good to hear but again it's subjective and personal. I prefer what I heard from a liquid gold. Though prices are not the same.
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i personally felt the Liquid Gold was overpriced and wasn't really all that impressive despite its popularity. I prefer the He-500/HE-6 and LCD-3 on the GSX MK2 or HPA5000 to the LCD-3 and Abyss on the liquid gold. but once again, like you said, everyone hears things differently

post #7809 of 14242
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i personally felt the Liquid Gold was overpriced and wasn't really all that impressive despite its popularity. I prefer the He-500/HE-6 and LCD-3 on the GSX MK2 or HPA5000 to the LCD-3 and Abyss on the liquid gold. but once again, like you said, everyone hears things differently
Here, we are in 100% agreement. smily_headphones1.gif
Based on reading ur posts, I think you are after a more neutral and smooth sound signature while I am used to a more aggressive one; probably from the years in the band.
Edited by koiloco - 9/15/13 at 12:01am
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post


Here, we are in 100% agreement. smily_headphones1.gif
Based on reading ur posts, I think you are after a more neutral and smooth sound signature while I am used to a more aggressive one; probably from the years in the band.

 

u are 100% correct here!!

 

:beerchug:

 

thats why i love the beyerdynamic T1.

 

i want NEUTRAL, but maybe a tiny tiny bass boost while maintaining control and tightness, and enough smoothness and warmth/euphony to sound natural and organic, but without becoming colored or dark or lush or even warm. the treble has to have sparkle and detail, but remain smooth and natural sounding, the mids should have a tiny hint of warmth to sound natural and lifelike, just to add to the musicality, i really like that, thats the sound i look for. neutral, true and revealing, but with a tiny bit of warmth and timbre to add musicality and naturalness to the sound. a small bass boost doesn't hurt.

post #7811 of 14242
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post
 

 

they use the special electrostatic cable which is usually hardwired to the headphones and uses a special plug/jack. if you want bass perhaps look into the denon d5000 or the th900. quarter deposit for headamp items are only available on the more expensive products, you can see which ones have the deposit feature on their order page

 

the difference is only in the volume pot used. the cheaper one uses a continuous one, while the slightly more expensive one uses a stepped one (so you can only change volume in 22 steps or levels). the stepped one has better channel volume matching and sound quality in theory (probably not noticeable for human ears), while the continuous one allows you to dial in the exact volume you want in finer detail (infinite levels effectively).

Thanks for the help! So is there an audible difference between the two volume knobs? 

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i doubt there is, i hate clicks anyways so i'm happy with alpha pot.

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

u are 100% correct here!!

beerchug.gif

thats why i love the beyerdynamic T1.

i want NEUTRAL, but maybe a tiny tiny bass boost while maintaining control and tightness, and enough smoothness and warmth/euphony to sound natural and organic, but without becoming colored or dark or lush or even warm. the treble has to have sparkle and detail, but remain smooth and natural sounding, the mids should have a tiny hint of warmth to sound natural and lifelike, just to add to the musicality, i really like that, thats the sound i look for. neutral, true and revealing, but with a tiny bit of warmth and timbre to add musicality and naturalness to the sound. a small bass boost doesn't hurt.
If u like that..why didnt u try out a blue circle audio amp? Check their thread..almost all mention the same qualities as u just mentioned a amp has to have (skylab had one and said it was his reference headphone amp for a long time)..lolz..and their sbh (their standard headphone amp) starts at only 1200usd..biggrin.gif. Maybe a tip? wink.gif
post #7814 of 14242
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

i doubt there is, i hate clicks anyways so i'm happy with alpha pot.

 

Oh right, yeah me too, I prefer a continuous wheel. BTW, what do you player electrostatic headphones with? Are there options for USB for use with your computer?

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Originally Posted by highrolller View Post
 

 

Oh right, yeah me too, I prefer a continuous wheel. BTW, what do you player electrostatic headphones with? Are there options for USB for use with your computer?

 

i dont have electrostatics.

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