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post #106 of 313

Pretty damn happy with what I have now. A source upgrade and a couple of other things (such as a pair of Adam Artist 3 active speakers) has pushed everything over into constant enjoyment when I listen now.

post #107 of 313

Finally got wasapi to work... Feel like I've just upgraded, sounds better and its free!

 

Thats the icing on the cake for my currents set ups. Very happy for now.  

post #108 of 313

I've always watched this thread with interest because I like to see where people fall when they get satisfied with their rig.  Well, I just realized that today is my 4 month anniversary with the same chain, which is basically an eternity for me since I started this journey looking for better headphones for my iphone and probably most of the community as well.  I'm surprised it's been this long, and I have ZERO interest to change anything any time soon.  The chain for me is ALAC (16 and 24 bit) -> Hackintosh -> iTunes/Bitperfect -> Anedio D1/D2 USB -> Headamp KGSS -> Stax SR-007 MK1.

 

I am also perfectly content with my portable setup, which after realizing that chasing minor incremental improvement did not really increase my enjoyment (and served to annoy me with extra boxes and interconnects), I stripped down to ALAC -> iPhone -> JH Audio JH13.

 

I can safely say that I don't think I'll be changing either rig for some time now.  The only exception I can think of is if Stax develops a new flagship closed model, but I doubt I'll be alive to see that day.

post #109 of 313

I've got my Cavalli Liquid Fire+W4S DAC2+LCD2.2's  Nirvana baby!!  I do want to get LCD3's though to make it Nirvana +1

post #110 of 313
It happened by accident. I picked up a pair of HD650s to compliment HD800s. They pair very well. I expected the HD800s to see the majority of the headtime and only use the 650s for poorly recorded music and certain bands. I paired the 650s with a Bottlehead Crack, after 3-4 months I noticed they were still receiving most of the headtime. Recently I received Thunderpants and spent 3 days listening to Electronica and watching Tron Legacy. When the new toy syndrome wore off I went right back to the 650s on Crack and admitted I'm a addict. They don't have the best detail, soundstage, imaging, or measurements. When they are on my head I don't care, I just love the music.
post #111 of 313

650's and the right amp are addictive!

post #112 of 313
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post

It happened by accident. I picked up a pair of HD650s to compliment HD800s. They pair very well. I expected the HD800s to see the majority of the headtime and only use the 650s for poorly recorded music and certain bands. I paired the 650s with a Bottlehead Crack, after 3-4 months I noticed they were still receiving most of the headtime. Recently I received Thunderpants and spent 3 days listening to Electronica and watching Tron Legacy. When the new toy syndrome wore off I went right back to the 650s on Crack and admitted I'm a addict. They don't have the best detail, soundstage, imaging, or measurements. When they are on my head I don't care, I just love the music.

 

That's awesome. 

post #113 of 313
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post

It happened by accident. I picked up a pair of HD650s to compliment HD800s. They pair very well. I expected the HD800s to see the majority of the headtime and only use the 650s for poorly recorded music and certain bands. I paired the 650s with a Bottlehead Crack, after 3-4 months I noticed they were still receiving most of the headtime. Recently I received Thunderpants and spent 3 days listening to Electronica and watching Tron Legacy. When the new toy syndrome wore off I went right back to the 650s on Crack and admitted I'm a addict. They don't have the best detail, soundstage, imaging, or measurements. When they are on my head I don't care, I just love the music.

 

Great!

 

I certainly know what you mean - I too own both the HD800 & 650 and one doesn't exclude the other. They are complementary more than anything else.

post #114 of 313
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Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post

It happened by accident. I picked up a pair of HD650s to compliment HD800s. They pair very well. I expected the HD800s to see the majority of the headtime and only use the 650s for poorly recorded music and certain bands. I paired the 650s with a Bottlehead Crack, after 3-4 months I noticed they were still receiving most of the headtime. Recently I received Thunderpants and spent 3 days listening to Electronica and watching Tron Legacy. When the new toy syndrome wore off I went right back to the 650s on Crack and admitted I'm a addict. They don't have the best detail, soundstage, imaging, or measurements. When they are on my head I don't care, I just love the music.

Thats why I was happy with them for 6 years. When I used to listen to music instead of headphones ha

post #115 of 313
For audiophiles nirvana is a modifiable and quite changing state. It exists until you find a best nirvana...smily_headphones1.gif
 
Actually a good nirvana could be a AN DAC w/ OTL + HD 800 or AN DAC w tubes and Stax SR-009 for example..
 
Tomorrow..???
 
 

Edited by Sahara - 12/12/12 at 10:06pm
post #116 of 313

Gear thrash on HF is more acute than any other audio-related board I've had any experience with. With the possible exception of photography, I cant think of another group of consumers who are as heavily targeted as Head-Fiers, given the 'niche within a niche' nature of the market. C'est la vie.

post #117 of 313

^^

 

And your point is....biggrin.gif

post #118 of 313
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^^

 

And your point is....biggrin.gif

 

That 'nirvana' means logging out and never coming back. Simple, really.

post #119 of 313

isn't that more of 'ignorance is bliss'?

post #120 of 313

That is based on the assumption that every 'upgrade' represents sufficient improvement to justify continually buying more kit. I simply reject the whole concept of an 'end-game rig' (which is what 'achieving nirvana implies to me) co-existing with ongoing participation on an internet forum dedicated to new product. None of the above is 'evil' - but it is delusional, IMO. I'm sure this thread wasnt intended to be quite so serious, but there is a sad little auditor inside me that feels the need to chime in from time to time - pretty much everyone here is a hopeless addict, and the first step is always acceptance.  ;)

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