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post #271 of 286

And cryo treating them will kill all the bugs and viruses also.

post #272 of 286

Hmmmm sterile....

My "end game" rig is the one I happen to be listening to when I go Deaf or Die, whichever comes first...

post #273 of 286

I recently got the chance to hear the stax sr009 with woo audio wes with a naim nds and separate power supply and i was very impressed with the sound quality..it was one of them take your headphones off to see if anyone was there moments..and i had a listen to the realizer a8 with the stax headphone amp and headphones that it came with and agree that the sound is a lot better than the beyerdynamic headzone game..for the price of the realizer stax combo it beats quite a lot of mid priced av receivers with 7.1 speakers by a mile and will save you some money if you are thinking about doing a one man home theatre room!

post #274 of 286

My "End-game" headphone rig was supposedly the LCD-2 and the Burson Audio HA-160D combo, but now, i'm already considering new options, such as HD800 or Beyerdynamic T1...

post #275 of 286
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Originally Posted by feigeibomber View Post

My "End-game" headphone rig was supposedly the LCD-2 and the Burson Audio HA-160D combo, but now, i'm already considering new options, such as HD800 or Beyerdynamic T1...

 

Wait till they announce the SR010, HD900 and LCD-4 ..... oh, did I mention the HE-7 ?  very_evil_smiley.gif

post #276 of 286
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Wait till they announce the SR010, HD900 and LCD-4 ..... oh, did I mention the HE-7 ?  very_evil_smiley.gif

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!
You forgot the Orpheus-2 ;)

post #277 of 286
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The Buddha tells us that all life is pain - embrace that pain, Spanky.  biggrin.gif

post #278 of 286
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Wait till they announce the SR010, HD900 and LCD-4 ..... oh, did I mention the HE-7 ?  very_evil_smiley.gif

 

 

HD900, LCD-4, HE-7   Put me on down for all those.  I guess end game is never really the end.

 

Oh how about the Telsa T2?

post #279 of 286
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How about the T3/T4/T5 ? Short of death or bankruptcy, the only real escape from this is to log out and remove Head-Fi from your bookmarks - better yet, tear that router out of the wall socket and tell your boss that you really don't think having an internet connection at your desk is a good idea because you are actually spending 60% of your day on forums.  evil_smiley.gif

 

Glad I could help. 

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tell your boss that you really don't think having an internet connection at your desk is a good idea because you are actually spending 60% of your day on forums.

 

Nothing bad will happen.  I promise.

post #281 of 286
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WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!
You forgot the Orpheus-2 ;)

A Sennheiser successor to the HE90/HEV90 would be totally awesome, I heard they have a stat' coming out soon.

 

Very Best,

post #282 of 286
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A Sennheiser successor to the HE90/HEV90 would be totally awesome, I heard they have a stat' coming out soon.

 

Very Best,

 

Apparently 'soon' is nowhere near eight months  rolleyes.gif

 

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This article puts it all into perspective, IMO:

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/07/wired-life-audiophile/

 

If you want to be a player in today’s hi-fi scene, Grellman says that $100,000 will put you in low-end territory. If you can spend between $200,000 and $300,000, you can buy a very, very good system. And for the best of the best? A million should do the trick

 

I'm confident that there are folk out there who have (cumulatively over time) spent more than 100K USD on headphone-based rigs. You could easily spend that amount on sources from the likes of dCS and some of the turntable makers, but I wonder if any Head-Fier (past or present) has anything like that 200-300K in a single 'wall socket to phones' rig.  I dont know if Mr Grellman's figures include the cost of removing the room from the equation, but I suspect that they do not - it suddenly makes a 30K+ headpone-based rig look like an absolute bargain.   biggrin.gif

 

Things have definitely sped up since I started this thread, and I'm interested in hearing from those who have continued to 'chase the dragon's tail' with each new iteration of TOTL gear - do you see yourselves ever getting off the roundabout, or does the fun lie in knowing that you won't have to for many years to come ?   wink.gif

post #283 of 286

The comments in that article made Mike Fremer look really bad.  That's funny stuff.

post #284 of 286

As long as there is competition in the market for something new and better there will be no end game rig!  That said some people might find something that connects so well with them that they loose interested in what else is out there.  Think about the carbon nanotube diaphragms and plasma-arc earphones of the future!  

post #285 of 286
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The comments in that article made Mike Fremer look really bad.  That's funny stuff.

 

Fremer has been calling people 'idiots' for years - nothing new there - but his exchanges with another analog zealot are priceless:

 

http://www.high-endaudio.com/RR-FREMER.html

 

http://www.high-endaudio.com/RR-FREMER-A.html

 

Personally, I have no particular problem with either Fremer or Salvatore, but would I want to go to dinner with either of them, regardless of how much top shelf gear they have heard ? No way in hell.  biggrin.gif

 

(I would, however, pay to see the two of them stuck in a lift for an hour or so !)

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