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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

I think that would be midnight for riddle if he is in London but yeah that works for me!
i have a couple of options for listening, the full rig, PF/TU-05/HM-801 or HM-801/PF.
I think it might be fun to run the best that we have. That way we can see what our individual rigs add or subtract from the experience.

 

I agree! I'll get my Liquid Glass warmed up for the show!

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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post

I've decided that I jumped the gun in saying I'd like to participate. I remain very interested in reading everyone's reactions to what will no doubt be some wonderful music, but I really don't want to spoil the cohesiveness of PF discussion by chiming in with my LCD-2 impressions. :-)

I predict everyone will graciously encourage me to stay in, but I'd really rather take a spectator's role.

Have fun!

:-)

 

I think the music is what's most important. I don't feel anyone should be excluded. It just helps if we all had the same earphone, but I don't think that's necessary. 

 

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Originally Posted by Ridleyguy View Post

I'm in Ontario, Canada ...... 5 hours behind London time.

SoundFreaq, interesting about the Liquid Glass. I met Cavelli a few years ago at CanJam in Chicago. His Liquid Fire (?) prototype was being used by the Audeze guys at their table.

I tried using my RWA Isabellina last night and there was a significant hum, so I can only use the DAC section which has 2 different chips. My only other full size amp., the AT-HA5000ANV worked well with them.

 

So, 7pm, right? That work for you? On Saturday?

 

Cavalli is great stuff man. The Cavalli + Audeze is nothing short of sublime. And yes, I get a slight bit of hum hooking up a sensitive earphone to an amp that is capable of pushing probably 7w eek.gif at that impedance level, but I can get over it. Just a bit of volume overpowers the hum. I'll use some low-output tubes as well. 

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I'll be here at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday.
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I agree, Mike, join in the fun, it's more about the passion of music than equipment, I am really looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of the album!

Just a thought on the hum riddle, have you pulled the tubes and made sure the pins are clean, also what have you got it resting on?

There is a school of thought that instead of using damping under a device one should use a metal support especially under where the transformer is. What this does is direct vibration directly away from the unit then into the damping.

Though the 05 is as silent as the grave I recently experimented with this by obtaining some brass olives or ring connectors one uses to join metal pipes together.
I placed on directly under the bottom transformer of my amp and two at the back.

The soundstage and depth became a little larger and the black background became a little blacker.

One can spend a fortune of proprietary stuff but this little cheap option seems to do the trick. I think you can get pretty large ones for bigger compnonents for less than $10, if it works then you can always get the "real" thing!
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Thats perfect timing for me.

I am not sure if this site will work in every location but I found a place where you can download WAV of this album
http://www.junodownload.com/products/five-leaves-left/1782901-02/
Also. It should not be too hard to find in used or new in independent record stores if that works for folks. Its worth buying, everyone has to have at least one Nick Drake album in their collection wink.gif

There is copyright protection on that site. The album is not available for Canada.

I see that iTunes has it, and Amazon, but only MP3 downloads.
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To seeteeyou - thanks a lot for your recommendation and all your effort for this very detailed post covering really every detail. I am sure that i will order this amp because it is a nice addition to my amp collection and as i love tube sound a good alternative to my alo continental v2 in general.

To ianmedium - i am just in the final stage and discussion with A2P Kageyuki Shikada (Di-ma) to order a tu-05 (just having checked my this months budget).
Edited by GermanGuy - 5/23/13 at 11:58am
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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post

To seeteeyou - thanks a lot for your recommendation and all your effort for this very detailed post covering really every detail. I am sure that i will order this amp because it is a nice addition to my amp collection and as i love tube sound a good alternative to my alo continental v2 in general.

To ianmedium - i am just in the final stage and discussion with A2P Kageyuki Shikada (Di-ma) to order a tu-05 (just having checked my this months budget).
Oh, congratulations, I am really happy for you. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

If I can be of any help with advice on tubes or such just let me know!
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Thanks for that. Your help will be highly appreciated!
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Night before last, I finally was able to get a proper and lasting seal with my FI-BA-SS. I listened to several albums with and without the Tera as source. Some have described the FI-BA-SS as a cold winter morning, and to a large extent that is true. However, with a proper seal, they are a bit more forgiving than I initially gave them credit. They remain quite microscopic (in their retrieval of detail), and, I would say, almost 'futuristic' in their presentation. Reminds me a bit of the original 'Tron' movie.

 

 

 

 

But that doesn't quite tell the whole story, as long as the recording is decent, there is a touch of warmth.

 

 

 

woodcans caveat, as usual.


Edited by woodcans - 5/24/13 at 11:44am
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Originally Posted by seeteeyou View Post

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Originally Posted by GermanGuy View Post

Some points and questions:

- are there any recommendations for an excellent dead silent low impedance tube amp

There will be a potential candidate (available by the end of May) for 200 dollars or so:

EK JAPAN TU-HP01




http://www.e-earphone.jp/shopdetail/008091000001/

http://ameblo.jp/e-earphone/entry-11532965394.html

Compatible with pairs of 6418 / 548DX / DL67 tubes

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_ck6418.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_ck548dx.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/tubes/tube_dl67.html

Replaceable op-amp from these selections:

MUSES8820

OPA2604

LME49720

MUSES8920

MUSES02

NJM4580

NJM4560

NJM3414


The amp looks interesting (in a Porta-Tubish kind of way). Do you have any more details?
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If anyone is interested, my impressions for the Heaven V Aging have finally been posted:

 

http://www.musicaacoustics.com/wp/category/blog/

 

There's a brief comparison against the IV and VI and general musings on FAD.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

If anyone is interested, my impressions for the Heaven V Aging have finally been posted:

 

http://www.musicaacoustics.com/wp/category/blog/

 

There's a brief comparison against the IV and VI and general musings on FAD.


Nice impressions!

In your opinion, is Heaven 6 worth the extra 150$ over Heaven 5?

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Very nice impressions Muppet! I certainly now would like to hear the V Aging for myself. How long have you had your pair, and have you noticed any change in appearance? (Has anyone else here who has them noticed?)

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Originally Posted by woodcans View Post

Very nice impressions Muppet! I certainly now would like to hear the V Aging for myself. How long have you had your pair, and have you noticed any change in appearance? (Has anyone else here who has them noticed?)

The change is pretty drastic over the course of a week. I have to wait till I get home to post a picture I took yesterday, which will not be artistic in the slightest.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

If anyone is interested, my impressions for the Heaven V Aging have finally been posted:

http://www.musicaacoustics.com/wp/category/blog/

There's a brief comparison against the IV and VI and general musings on FAD.

I agree with so very much of this. There's a golden nugget as to how they sound in every paragraph.
Did you by any chance notice and strong differences between the two types of tips included?
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woodcans,

 

Very nicely done sir! Love the color, the cold steel, and the Final logo in back. Classy. I will never run out of fantastic wallpapers. 

 

Ian, RiddleGuy,

 

Looks like we are the ones that are going to be able to do the synched listening tomorrow at 6pm CST. So, my first vision of this whole thing was being able to comment in real time about certain aspects of the music or the earphones that struck us. 

 

What's the best medium for this? I think that would be a bit much for Head-fi, unless we post summaries at the end (which I think we should do), but that defeats the purpose of the synched listening. And I really want Ian's comments in real time, since this is his album, and it's a such a special one. 

 

Should we start a PM thread? Seems too slow. Is there like an old-school chat room service around these days? Just found this. With this review about it.

 

Ideas guys? Seems like that might work for us... And then we can post summaries to head-fi after the fact to share with others who want to listen on their own time. 

 

I'm so glad to be able to listen to this album for the first time, through the PFIX, and with someone to whom this album is dear, and very familiar : )

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Originally Posted by BenF View Post


Nice impressions!

In your opinion, is Heaven 6 worth the extra 150$ over Heaven 5?

 

Having both, I'll throw in my two cents. 

 

They are both very similar. Very similar sonic signatures. "Worth it" is entirely up to you. The Heaven VI is a touch more refined, and has, to me, with my tips (FAD small Type B), a slightly larger soundstage. To me, that is worth the $150 difference. I am glad I have both, but if I had to pick just one, I'd be picking up the Heaven VI. 

 

What criteria are most important to you in an earphone? Ergonomics, microphonics, comfort - are exactly the same. 

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