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post #196 of 226

The Martin cans arrived late this week! Phenomenal quality construction. The red and black cocobolo chambers are magnificent, as are the bare aluminum mounts and the leather headband. Turbulent X drivers inside. The wiring is basic- black 22 AWG silver plated copper with a Paiiliccs 3.5mm plug.

 

The bottom line though, is how it all works as a unit. It is beyond anything I could have wished for. Listening fatigue is absent. Sibilance is not relevant-it isn't there. Midrange is liquid, continuous without being mushy. This is not a set of cans for folks into metal, electronic music or someone who likes thumping bass. The low end is wonderful but not dominating the sound field. Instrument placement is good. Feeding the Little Dot MK III (with 6BE6 tubes) from HDMI  connection via the Turtle Beach DSS2 the Surround Sound effects are excellent. (The equalizer settings are useful as well. If you like listening to movies or other sources that heavily use surround you may want to add this to your audio chain.) My standard test for any sound gear is to throw some uncompressed Maddy Pryor and Steeleye Span at it, particularly the "Now We Are Six" album, mastered by Ian Anderson. No chattering, harsh notes or muffled drumming through these cans! It is possible to hear nuances in the music I couldn't detect 30+ years ago using an LP or cassette mastered from the same originals used to create the current CD version of the album. Listening to Azam Ali of Niyaz on these headphones is a better experience than using the Alessandro Music Series One (original version).

 

The only changes that I might have made would have been to have ordered a longer cord--3' isn't long enough for my purposes. I'd consider jacks on the cups as well. Maybe there's another purchase in my future?

post #197 of 226

Hoping for some pics.

post #198 of 226

Pictures will be posted as soon as they can be shot and gotten back from developing and scanning. I shoot 120 size film (6x6 cm) with my Rolleicords and 4x5 inch sheet film in a Press Camera.

post #199 of 226
Amazing but I'm the first Denon build here!?!? Martin is an artist with wood........

Here's one of his Brazilian Rosewood cups on my D5000 next to my D7000 on the left. I also have a COCOBOLO cupped D2000 being shipped by Martin this week and will post the pics of them up when I get them. They are extra deep so should be interesting.


Edited by Oregonian - 10/14/13 at 7:48pm
post #200 of 226
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Originally Posted by GCooper View Post
 

The Martin cans arrived late this week! Phenomenal quality construction. The red and black cocobolo chambers are magnificent, as are the bare aluminum mounts and the leather headband. Turbulent X drivers inside. The wiring is basic- black 22 AWG silver plated copper with a Paiiliccs 3.5mm plug.

 

 

Did Marty actually use the latest Turbulent Labs Magnum X drivers in yours?  I knew he had a few pair of the Magnum ver. 4 drivers left and he had those reserved for orders if people wanted a Magnum build.  To me, the verdict on the Magnum "X" from Turbulent Labs is still out, as I had more an one pair based on the Magnum v.4 platform and I found it to be an outstanding driver.  I'd need to hear the v.4 and the Turbulent "X" side by side to see how they would fare, though.

 

Again, congratulations to you.  I'm quite sure the pictures you post will look stunning!

post #201 of 226

I had the option of being able to try a pair of Marty's Fully Woody Jacked build complete with brass rods, etc.  These utilized the Grado SR-325i drivers along with a braided silver cable.  I really enjoyed my trial with them and Marty ended up selling them about a week and a half into my trial period.  I was able to share some impressions based on the headphones - the build quality, the sound, etc.   Ironically, the guy who bought them, lived around the corner and about 3/4 of a mile away from me.  So, a custom delivery was provided.

 

Here was a simple shot of the pair I used from the side, but you can still see all the colors, the beauty, and the gimbals too.

 

post #202 of 226

The notes say he used Turbulent X drivers. I have never heard any of the other transducers in the Turbulent line, so I have no way to compare them. Given how many differences there are between the Alessandro MS1 that are my previous cans and the Martin headphones, it is impossible for me to state with any certainty that the drivers are the most relevant change. It could as easily be the cups. What's there from the cable in the audible range (40 Hz to at least 18 KHz) s what is heard. For me, that is the "Rhodium Standard" in high fidelity equipment. 


Edited by GCooper - 10/16/13 at 7:18pm
post #203 of 226

Well, Martin the Master did it again...................Cocobolo Rosewood on my D2000's.

 

 

 

 

 

post #204 of 226
Martins D2000 COCOBOLO Rosewood and D5000 Brazilian Rosewood


post #205 of 226
The Cocobolo Rosewood is absolutely stunning!
post #206 of 226
I'm waiting for my new HE-500's to arrive. I'm going to burn them in first but I'm so tempted to get the woody mod ASAP. First I may need a upgraded cable based on forum opinions. Any feedback from 500 users with Martins mods outthere??
post #207 of 226
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I'm waiting for my new HE-500's to arrive. I'm going to burn them in first but I'm so tempted to get the woody mod ASAP. First I may need a upgraded cable based on forum opinions. Any feedback from 500 users with Martins mods outthere??

I'm very satisfied with Q audio cable the sound quality is phenomenal and the French Silk is light, flexible and beautiful Steve Eddy the owner will have your cable within 3 weeks and he is a pleasure to work with.

post #208 of 226
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I'm very satisfied with Q audio cable the sound quality is phenomenal and the French Silk is light, flexible and beautiful Steve Eddy the owner will have your cable within 3 weeks and he is a pleasure to work with.

I read some reviews on the Q's and it seems like a great cable for darker sounding phones. I'm looking round warm signature I think but I'll wait until I get phones to see for myself before choosing pure cooper vs some silver option. I'm only looking based on the consciences that the new HE-500 silver coated cable is disappointing.
post #209 of 226
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I read some reviews on the Q's and it seems like a great cable for darker sounding phones. I'm looking round warm signature I think but I'll wait until I get phones to see for myself before choosing pure cooper vs some silver option. I'm only looking based on the consciences that the new HE-500 silver coated cable is disappointing.

I have tried silver cable with HE-500 works fine but Q French Silk has better Sound Quality than silver. The Silver performs better with LCD-2.

post #210 of 226
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Originally Posted by hifimiami View Post

I have tried silver cable with HE-500 works fine but Q French Silk has better Sound Quality than silver. The Silver performs better with LCD-2.

So French silk is a cooper cable? Which phones are you using them on?
Edited by SwanSong - 11/20/13 at 3:12pm
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