Originally Posted by Fearless1
In no way am I trying to insult you, I was simply pointing out that you seem to make comments on gear based on what you read. I own the O2, I think it sounds thin and shrill on the HD650, HE400 and HE500. It sounds fantastic with the D7ks and some of my other cans. There is synergy with certain amps and headphones. I can say that definitely because I own it.
You come across as a purist who wants an amp that does not have a sound signature, yet you EQ??? . You also made a comment about the LCD-2 being "lifeless and boring" and Schiit gear, have you ever heard/owned any of them? I just detest when people comment on gear and sway others based on what they read. We all hear different.
If I came off as offensive, my apology, but I stand by the premise if you have never heard gear in person do not comment on it.
Apology accepted, because you did offend me. But let me clarify -
I am a purist in the sense that I prefer minimal obstacles on the path to awesome audio. But I do EQ and do probably do lots of other things that might place me as categorically "un-pure" to some people (like maybe you). I seek a great sound, but don't eschew tools (like EQ) when they help (not hurt) my enjoyment. I wouldn't NOT buy something because it had a crystallizer / EQ / Loudness button, but that doesn't mean I would use said buttons. I also wouldn't buy something lacking, for example, a hi/lo gain switch - since not all sources provide the same output voltage and I have target volumes to hit. Duh. Oh ya, and I would shop on specs - I wouldn't buy an amp that was a) not powerful enough or b) too damn powerful for the speaker in question. Is that wrong or something?
If you think you get such different results with different phones and amps, how can something like using an EQ make you assume you are more or less of a purist than someone else anyway? You are choosing the other equipment because you believe it has altered the end result in a positive way. That is not different than EQing, IMHO. Then again not everyone seems to understand how to use an EQ effectively, so maybe buying something else is just easier. But it is also expensive, as you must be aware.
My comment about the LCD, as I already said pages back, was just arbitrary conjecture and not presented as a fact or as a direct comparison. I don't hear anyone else complaining that I unfairly persuaded them that the HE-400 was 'better' as a result. I said what I did to express a preference for brightness and was aiming to be more metaphorical than factual. Wrong metaphor, I guess. I'll pick on Sennheiser next time, or maybe Sony or Skull Candy.
There is such a thing as making educated guesses. The rest is, where / how you get your education. If you are so above all sources of research aside from direct one-on-one experience or ownership, why don't you just write a book or a blog that I can read, since I will never possess such an arsenal of high end gear?
I mean you're halfway there, claiming the O2 is 'thin and shrill' with some headphones, and yet not with others, as if that says more about the AMP than it might about YOU or the HEADPHONES in question. IF there is "synergy" (whatever that means) in some cases but not all, that is something that can / should be tested, IMHO. If you can turn your opinion into some harder evidence, you would be doing a service to people like me. Otherwise you are never transcending your own biases, guesses, or opinions either (no matter how they were formed). You might actually be on to something. Or, you might be full of it, we'll never really know because you are standing by your opinion and there are no tests forthcoming. You would not, in the end, be any closer to fact than I.
Let me be honest, I do not own a Lyr. Do you work for Schiit or stand to gain from each sale of their products? Because unless you do, I don't see how you can 'detest' when I won't recommend a person just starting out in Hi-Fi a $450 dollar amp which, according to you apparently, may or may not "synergize" with the HE-400. Schiit, BTW, was an unknown company to me until more recently, and the Magni (the only amp I would have considered), came out AFTER I had already bought an amp. No loss, luckily, as I would have hated the fixed gain. Do you take odds with the makers of the HE-400, for claiming that it doesn't even NEED an amp? Sheesh.
Here is a different premise for you, stop pretending that that you know me or are capable of understanding my motives / experience / background and so on. I don't think you are. We've never met, and that makes it harder for you to "get me". The other mistake you are making is defending all the gear you own in such a negative way, which only says to me that you apparently have a hard time figuring out what you want from it. Sorry, but its feisty Friday. Viva la HE-400, god bless the O2. Lol. Back to things more HE-400-ish.