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I have done it blind with friends, and their response has always been that the details are the same but one draws them into the music more than the other.
 

 

Interesting. Perhaps yet another example of graphs and measurements falling short, but the heart and emotion leading the reasoning. 

 

 

 

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BTW, have you seen the custom version of the TU-05 amp?

Oh yes, another big difference recently were two albums I have owned on tape, vinyl and cd, Tea for the Tillerman and Rumours. The CD's never came close to the tape or vinyl in terms of engagement, they always felt lifeless and harsh in comparison. Well. I got them on 24/96 and what a difference it makes, all the life and texture is back. Some 24/96 stuff has not been as good but these two and all the albums I have downloaded from HDTT have been magnificent!
 

Have not checked out the Analog stuff recently. I will. When I do, I will make a purchase. I just know I can't look too hard right now. ; )

 

I'd love to check out that album. What an interesting name. I bet it sounds amazing on the PFIX. 

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That would be great especially with the SS phones I trust your judgment on things a lot. I have done it blind with friends, and their response has always been that the details are the same but one draws them into the music more than the other.

I went the whole hog and just rip to wav seeing as hard drive space and SD cards are cheap now.

BTW, have you seen the custom version of the TU-05 amp?

 

Oh yes, another big difference recently were two albums I have owned on tape, vinyl and cd, Tea for the Tillerman and Rumours. The CD's never came close to the tape or vinyl in terms of engagement, they always felt lifeless and harsh in comparison. Well. I got them on 24/96 and what a difference it makes, all the life and texture is back. Some 24/96 stuff has not been as good but these two and all the albums I have downloaded from HDTT have been magnificent!

 

These two albums are rather special in HiRez......actually Tea for Tilerman in 24/192 is actually even more spectacular, the dynamic range is immense on itnormal_smile%20.gif Also, Tango in the Night in 24/192 is an excellent choice too!

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Interesting discussion. I typically do not participate, as I don't have the time to do a/b comparisons, but since I got my Tera, I have found that wav format draws me into the music much more than compressed formats, even lossless formats. This is in no way a scientific conclusion. Just following my ears and heart. I suspect in the future, the science will follow.

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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

BTW, have you seen the custom version of the TU-05 amp?
 

 

I have, and I really want one.

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Interesting discussion. I typically do not participate, as I don't have the time to do a/b comparisons, but since I got my Tera, I have found that wav format draws me into the music much more than compressed formats, even lossless formats. This is in no way a scientific conclusion. Just following my ears and heart. I suspect in the future, the science will follow.

Oh yay! Its not just me then! I too can hear the difference between wav and lossless. I was asking my local HiFi store who were the ones who recommended going wav why this is so as they are both lossless. Apparently it has to do with crunching of information by the computer (I am using the wrong words but you get what I am on about!). WIth wav there is less crunching which helps apparently!

As to the Amp.. Boy I wish you lived nearby you could listen to mine as both sound identical. Hear the IX's through this amp and your in for a treat!
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Now that is impressive. Beautiful photo. Makes me think of our 'club'. Locks those of us in who will likely never forget our enjoyment of these phones, so to speak. And I suspect the photographer is in the photo as well...excellent touch!

 

Yes, I hate to admit I also like James' photo quite a bit, and will even admit that I agree with you when you say, "I suspect the photographer is in the photo as well" — the only consolation I have right now is that the 1601SS shown in that photo is just as mediocre-sounding as that awful phone, the 1602SS (PF IX), so James' photographic skills may be pretty good, but at least his hearing skills just aren't.

 

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Since ianmedium's mentioned "Tea for the Tillerman", I'll post a link to a great song from that album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkd5S5Fzqkc

Ian, you'll excuse me but, while I like "Rumours", I do prefer their previous album (simply titled) "Fleetwood Mac" — two gems from that album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X30NY6E3fA8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxC94Z3_zJw

 

The above three tracks sound great through the PF IXs ...AND the FI-BA-SS.

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

 

Yes, I hate to admit I also like James' photo quite a bit, and will even admit that I agree with you when you say, "I suspect the photographer is in the photo as well" — the only consolation I have right now is that the 1601SS shown in that photo is just as mediocre-sounding as that awful phone, the 1602SS (PF IX), so James' photographic skills may be pretty good, but at least his hearing skills just aren't.

 

 

Your desecration of phones (and those that listen to them) that typically garner praise in this thread is quite timely and bordering on artistically sarcastic. To the point you might have earned my praise once more as my favorite HF poster.

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In the meantime, I have created this photo. Without question, not industrial like James recent post, but an extension of my former work. Again, no 'shop, no edit.

 

 

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It's not the track it's the IEM, FAD BAs have audible distortion
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^ A surprising comment.

 

I guess that I will find out. Heaven VI (chrome  copper finish) is on the way.

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Wow Paul, your going all out with FAD's!
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Yes, Ian. And the decision to get another sealed BA headphone is a bit retro for me. Still I am intrigued. I am really loving the 1601SC and Chris' glowing review of the Heaven VI got me wondering as to how the FAD ethos might translate into a casual walk-around IEM.

post #1633 of 3933
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So I'm going to unscrupulously hype a record in this thread, it's "Harmony Springs" by the Scottish band Snowgoose, and bets are on that it's going to end up as my favorite folk-rock album of 2012. The lead singer sounds like she's been beamed into the present straight out of the 60s folk scene and the whole thing has such a charming air of purity and nostalgia, that you'd think it was made for being listened to with the FAD Piano Fortes.

Highly, highly recommended!  smile_phones.gif

 

 

I'm working my way through the whole album on Spotify.  Thanks for this recommendation, James!  It's beautiful.

 

Mike

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Have had a pretty good day so far (neraly 3.30 PM in most parts of Europe). So, I finish my late lunch, grab my Touch and PF IXs, choose one of the many playlists I have (always in random mode), hit play and in comes this song… and in just a few seconds I get a knot in my throat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYd7nQT1BXM — it's mostly the words & music, of course, but once again these phones have this very unique way of presenting music that, after all this time, I still marvel at how not so infrequently they seem to simply reach deeper into music.

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Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

Have had a pretty good day so far (neraly 3.30 PM in most parts of Europe). So, I finish my late lunch, grab my Touch and PF IXs, choose one of the many playlists I have (always in random mode), hit play and in comes this song… and in just a few seconds I get a knot in my throat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYd7nQT1BXM — it's mostly the words & music, of course, but once again these phones have this very unique way of presenting music that, after all this time, I still marvel at how not so infrequently they seem to simply reach deeper into music.

 

Interesting. My PF IX have just experienced a rebirth since getting the 1601SC. I am now willing to take a lot more risks with them so I have started using them directly out of my Rockboxed Classic, not only walking around my flat but downstairs in the garden area (which is fairly quiet) while smoking a cigar...

 

Where isolation is not essential, listening to Jazz in that bell tower sound stage while out and around - or just moving around - is exciting. These are incredible (non-isolating) portables.

 

It helps that I get a really secure fit. (I couldn't do this with the 1601s. Anyway the 1601SC is not leaving the security of my desk computer audio area.)

 

I am off to Beijing and then far northern China on Sunday and for the first time I will be taking the PF IX with me. Very cool.

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