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Basically, I went through the order process on the website:

 

After the fee and shipping, total was about $1100.

 

I copy and pasted the quote in the reply.  They replied back via e-mail with a price of $1400 and a payment method since I do no have PayPal.  Thus, I cannot order directly from the website with the $1100 quoted price.

 

I e-mailed back about the price discrepancy and asked about a quote for the X-CC.  No response.  So, giving up.

 

Ah! Thanks for clearing that up. You have a reasonable complaint indeed.

 

(I have only heard the X-CC but in theory the X-CC and X-G should sound exactly the same.)

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Ah! Thanks for clearing that up. You have a reasonable complaint indeed.

 

(I have only heard the X-CC but in theory the X-CC and X-G should sound exactly the same.)

I may try the request or order form route next year which MF suggested.  Maybe, my luck will change @ that time.  At least I got the sense of the price range (1k-1.4k, IX) (2.25k-3k, X).

 

Anyways, really, really enjoyed reading your posts here.  I break out the popcorn when I read about your demo adventure.

 

The 'horn' signature drew me in, but without your's and other's contributions, I would not know where these unique products would stand.

 

I really just want to be practical and get the IX's, but will try my best and hold out for the X's.  Especially if I can get it at the local Japanese price (2.25k) vs. current local audio store for the IX's (1.375k).

 

Well, this is still a bit far off, but will subscr in the meantime.

post #558 of 4727
The moody blues live at the isle of wight sounded great last night though the PF's tons of atmosphere conveyed.
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Placed an order for the Heaven VI several days ago. Hopefully they'll arrive sometime in the coming weeks.

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Thread Starter 

Do post up some sound impression too ^^

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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

 

 

 

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Thanks James, they are great. I will investigate them more.

Tonight for me is this rather lovely piece from Lisa Batiashvili, Sibelius, Lindberg: Violin Concerto's

This is Lindberg's violin concerto
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Dang! I am having another great PF IX evening. After traveling the past ten days it is wonderful to get back to them. Returning to an earlier theme, King Crimson's Larks Tongues in Aspic was doing wild things in the soundstage. Very cool. Now I am listening to Kate Bush's The Kick Inside. Let's just say: It's working. Very very well.

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Yeah, Kate works really well with these eh!
I just got the 3 CD box set of Handel's Semele, the early Opera company rendition which uses authentic instruments.. The PF's are most certainly made for early music!

On another note, though these and the SR71-B are a match made in heaven I just cannot get it out of my head that these Horn designed earphones would sing with tubes so I am at present saving for an amp that I get the gut feeling will be a perfect match. A Japanese transportable battery powered Tube amp by a Japanese company Analog Squared Paper (odd name I know!).
http://www.ab.auone-net.jp/~s-and-e/PHA03s/PHA.html

Will give my impressions once I have saved and got it!
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Yeah, Kate works really well with these eh!
I just got the 3 CD box set of Handel's Semele, the early Opera company rendition which uses authentic instruments.. The PF's are most certainly made for early music!
On another note, though these and the SR71-B are a match made in heaven I just cannot get it out of my head that these Horn designed earphones would sing with tubes so I am at present saving for an amp that I get the gut feeling will be a perfect match. A Japanese transportable battery powered Tube amp by a Japanese company Analog Squared Paper (odd name I know!).
http://www.ab.auone-net.jp/~s-and-e/PHA03s/PHA.html
Will give my impressions once I have saved and got it!

 

Ian, make sure that the output impedance is low, ideally 2 ohms or less. That is usually a problem with tube amps: they don't drive 16 ohm headphones well at all.

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Ian, make sure that the output impedance is low, ideally 2 ohms or less. That is usually a problem with tube amps: they don't drive 16 ohm headphones well at all.

Thanks for that Paul, I will get in touch with him. In his specs he says it is suitable for headphones from 8-200 Ohm so Hopefully it should be fine!
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Just did a bablefish of the specs, what do you think?

Use vacuum tubes, heat 5-pole tube 1U4 + 3S4 banner 3-pole connector
Amplification system fixed bias A class single net
Output power 30mW+30mW
Frequency response (-3 dB) 30-30 kHz
Feedback system power amplifier-P-K feedback
Orient output transformer 3 W core transformer
Input impedance 50 k Ω
For ヘッドホンインピー dance except matching switch in 8-200 Ω options
Dedicated power supply voltage 12 V charging using
Power consumption approx. 1.8 W
Mass approx. 1000 g
Size 180 * 130 * 44
2400MAH battery Li-ion 7.4 V
Battery duration time maximum 7 h
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For ヘッドホンインピー dance except matching switch in 8-200 Ω options

 

This matching switch is intriguing but they aren't actually saying how low the output impedance can go. Maintaining at least a 1:8 amp:headphone ratio is the ideal. Meier and RSA portable amps (and many others) all do this with output impedance of 1 ohm or less.

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I have found a new demo song for the Piano Forte horn-shaped soundstage: Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers. It's a classic 60's hard pan recording; instruments and percussion entirely in the left ear, symphony entirely in the right, and lead vocal dead center. On the Piano Forte it's like sticking your head into a trombone. :-)

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Paul, I agree, the stuff from the sixties is wonderful with these. Been listening to the recent remaster of Sargeant Pepper and your spot on, the panning and placement of instruments is pin sharp. Also, the way thes phones go deep into the acoustic and allow one to hear stuff previously buried due to smeared presentation is quite wonderful.

On to the amp, he is a bespoke company so can build the amp to match the headphones, will message him today and ask what the output is!
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