Originally Posted by AJHeadfi
That QUSP piccolino is super cute. Lovely. Silver Poison is out of my reach. I don't want to make my own, looks too difficult and probably end up unsightly, bulky and not much cheaper.
I'll try the Furutech ADL iD30PA 10cm. This looks like a nice intermediate? quality cable albeit not as neat as a custom can be and it doesn't do anything for the P1's classic HiFi equipment front panel mojo.
Just a quick first impression for anyone who is interested.
iPod Touch 2G/8Gb -> Furutech ADL iD30PA 10cm -> Fostex HP-P1 -> Grado 3.5mm to 6.35mm -> Grado SR325is (G-Cush)
The new iD30PA-10cm interconnect arrived. It looks okay, not as nice as a custom can be obviously. It is unfortunately more volatile than the stock interconnect, that is it will disconnect and connect with a wiggle a lot more easily than the stock did. What has it done to the sound? Nothing! ... No it's added a degree of increased transparency. It seems like I've taken out something that was between the system and the headphones. Why? Not much idea, I suspect more data is getting to the HP-P1 from the iTouch, possibly some time based errors are reduced. It's only been a few hours, a/b testing doesn't do much for me.
The HP-P1 has really come into full bloom after ~300 hours, not that I remember well what it was like. The bass has improved, it's very controlled and descends to subsonic well. Thoroughly enjoyable and I don't have a desire to change headphones. Soprano voice and piano are superb. I don't expect improvement from "burn in" of the interconnect.
Recordings I'm particularly familiar with used : Generally I enjoy microphone recordings. Images straight from Google images.
Bank Shot - Old recording, typical L C R microphone. Very clear and crisp for AAD.
Ice Age - New recording of orchestral performance, awesome dynamics and imaging.
Guns N' Roses - Studio cleanly recorded rock. Left, right, centre imaging/or lack of is completely clear.
New Conceptions - The bass is very boom due to the mic technique, but the resolving power of the system keeps it from blooming too much.
The Duke - Studio jazz session. Beautifully captured and presented. Dynamic, clear and vivid.
Bach Cantatas - Marvellous vocal solo. Amazing how well this system performs.
Angles - Studio rock-alternative. Very tight, superb control. Good dynamics.
I think old mono restorations would sound lovely on this system. I'm becoming more impressed with the HP-P1, I think it's a pinnacle of the product genre in every way so far ... yes even that bag thing for make the HP-P1 wearable is well though out.
Edited by AJHeadfi - 12/28/12 at 4:22am