Don't mean to de-rail the thread from all of this awesome Audio Technica talk, but I got my Arcatron up and running today.
And, of course, it sounds AMAZING.
That's not a super-detailed description, I know, but work with me.
The tone control on this thing makes it difficult to classify its sound signature. The bass can be turned up all the way and never get "boomy", but still gets very, very loud. The treble can get turned up a good bit, but it doesn't get sibilant until about 3 o'clock.
It has a slightly warm sound when everything is set halfway. It reminded me of the Darkvoice amp I heard at a meet once. Obvoiusly, it's not as good, but for $15, it's pretty darn close.
Here's the bummer. The Euroblock connector is a total pain to get working.
I'd recommend getting an XLR to balanced 1/4 inch cable. This way, everything can be nice and grounded when you cut the XLR end off to screw the cables into the Euroblock.
My Radio Shack 3.5mm to RCA cable I'm using now gives it a tiny bit of static (unnoticeable when music's playing), but maybe using a balanced cable would solve that issue.
If that static issue gets resolved, it's easily worth 10x its asking price at $15 (without shipping).
And now for a rediscovery of sorts.
The DBI Pro series of headphones used to have a small, cult-like following on Head-Fi. They were a bit of an FOTM in 2011.
I bought a DBI Pro 705 a few months ago, and while it sounded decent, one of the drivers was obviously not functioning properly. Now, it's completely busted.
Still, that Pro 705 put a nice taste in my mouth and made me want more DBI.
I was ecstatic to see that the Pro 700, which is better than the Pro 705, was going on eBay for $45. These don't come around often, folks.
Like I suspect about the Arcatron, the DBI Pro headphones are used in record store displays. If you want them, you can buy the directly on DBI's website for about $200. Or, you can wait around for them on eBay. When a record store goes out of business, an abundance of DBI headphones go up for sale for dirt cheap.
But how do they sound?
The soundstage, unlike the Somic, is narrow and intimate, but not in a bad way. It's a bit like the HA-S500s in this regard.
The bass is punchy, prominent, but not bloated or overwhelming. It doesn't muddle into the mids, which are rich and full (amazing male vocals here, folks!)
But the treble on these is something else! A bit bright, a bit sparkly, but never annoying. Hi-hats have some heft to them. Snares and trumpets have bite. The treble's a bit emphasized, but wow, does it sound great.
I like these as much as the Somics. Maybe a bit moreso.
These are not stock pads, by the way. My stock pads came super-dented and unusable. These are Creative WoW headset pads, and they really bring out the bass and tame up the treble.
The FiiO E10 (through the line out), the Arcatron, and the DBI Pro 700 make a pretty killer rig at the $150 price point.
Hopefully, these awesome headphones are available soon on eBay. You guys have to hear these things!
As it stands, the Arcatron HDA-100 can be had for a $15 offer on eBay and shipping and handling. I think we found the amp equivalent of the ELE.
Edited by CashNotCredit - 2/23/13 at 1:30pm