I just got back from RMAF. Interesting mish mash of headphones and high end audio gears all in one room. Some quick impressions. The new Alpha Dogs was on display. Sounds great. Neutral, very natural smooth and expansive sounding headphone excellent detail all around. Was the new darling of the show. I had a good conversation with the head man and they definitely know what they are doing tuning them Alpha Dogs. Many of the other hardware companies was using the Alpha Dogs to show off their amps and such..But believe it or not It wasn't the Alpha Dogs that impressed me the most. Keep reading.
Got to hear the Cardas earphones.. Big sound to them I will have a better listening session with them soon but was impressed with how big they sounded for earphones.. Hifimans. HD800s. Got to take a brief listen to most of what was there..
They all sounded real nice..TH900 is awesome headphone but I don't know if they are worth spending that kind of cheese. I have just as much satisfaction with my X1 out of my NFB-5 so that was surprising that it didn't blow my mind with it's sound..They do sound incredible but not 6X incredible from my X1 set up. So what impressed me the most you might ask? Believe it or not I walked away from the Philips booth very impressed with their new upcoming Fidelio L2. The phones are not big but the sound is. I couldn't believe the scale of sound these mid sized cans was emitting..The sound was rich, expansive and hit all the notes with authority. I liked them a lot. They will retail for $300 when released but should go down toward the $200 range for street prices.
Funny moment. I went up to Tyll and told him who I was. He was like WHAT!!!!? Dsnuts. You know. "Oh yea" Lol..
RHA was there but was somewhat ignored by the masses. I kinda felt bad about their booth as it had 2 ladies sitting there with the RHA MA600 and RHA MA700. Not really much to show... Not getting much attention. Which is a shame. Too many big players in the same room for folks to pay attention to them. They had a very minimal display.. I will have to contact RHA and tell them they need to do something about that maybe for their next trade show. The Philips booth was right in front of them getting all the attention. Found out why the S2 sounds as good as they do. It uses a dual layer diaphragm the S1 doesn't. And I did get word they are considering a much higher end earphone this is from the guy that made the S2...The lead engineer was on hand and they tell me they read the threads here at headfi and get a lot of feedback so our voices are heard by the manufacturers..They know about the gimpy stock cable on the X1 and their excuse was that everything was accounted for in pricing out the X1. So in other words they went cheap on the cable to shave cost..
Anyways that was that..Heard a lot of high end stuff at the show and the one thing I got out of it? My stuff holds up very nicely to the worlds finest audio gears but my stuff don't cost as much. Lol. I think your average enthusiast would have been more impressed with what was on hand but after a while they all sounded good but nothing really blew me away..It seems high end stuff is just incremental differences. Some have better stage some have better clarity, some have better bass. ect ect..We shell out them big bucks just to have it.. The industry is alive and well...
I was introducing myself to the ladies at RHA. Ya my name is Dsnuts.> What?!!! lol!! Lady killa man lady killa!
Edited by Dsnuts - 10/11/13 at 1:34pm