I could not resist my curiosity so I tried the new Jecklin Float QA since yesterday without appropriate burnin , just to get the feel of its sound signature. I used my Lindemann
820S as the CD player connected directly via Argento Serenity flow RCA to the David Berning Zotl ZH230 and use Nordost Valhalla jumper cables from ZH230
to the Jecklin transformer. I used the volume control of the preamplifier function of the the Lindemann because I have to wait for the Zotl preone preamplifier.
I was scared when I turned on the transformer and first listened to the new Jecklin float I had to wait around 5 seconds before the sound came out. At first
there was no sound coming from the right driver but few seconds later there was some noise and the sound came out and is now working perfectly.
On first impression I noticed that the sound signature is neutral, no significant boost in any region. It is a very natural sounding headphone. This setup reminded
me of the Stax SR009 driven by DIY T2. The Stax SR009 may be a tad brighter than the new Jecklin Float but share the same transparency. The transition was smooth flowing
without any grain in the sound from treble to bass. The treble was well extended but no sibilance, the mid range was neutral sounding on the first 2-3 hours of listening
with wide soundstage (more than front to back) . The soundstage is not as wide as those of takeT H2+ or Sennheiser HD800, may be as wide as the AKG K1000.
There were lots of microdetails but not very distinctive (to the extent that an audiophile would like to) e.g. when I listened to the K2HD Charbrier Espana by Ataulfo Argenta +
London symphony orchestra you could hear the harp playing on and off in the background. The bass was more than enough but not as deep as the takeT H2+ and
probably not as well controlled. The dynamic was very good.
This morning I listened to Bruce Springsteen : Born in USA, The Street of Philadelphia and Secret Garden. The Secret Garden sounded very seductive. I am now
listening to Roxy Music : Avalon SACD the soundstage, microdetails and imaging are now excellent. I think the sound signature become warmer (definitely warmer
than the SR009 , takeT H2+ but not as dark as the O2mkI) and more seducing but not to the extent as the Orpheus HE90 driven by the Aristaeus. I think it may go
into the top ten headphones of David Mahler list.
I will listen to the SACD Vivaldi : Four Season performed by Janine Jansen next
I will wait for more burnin and am thinking of comparing with the HE6, AKG K100 driven via the speaker post of the transformer with my Kimber Kable adapter cable.
Edited by kiertijai - 11/24/12 at 1:14am