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I haven't seen anything written about V-Moda yet. Did they have an M-100 there, and if so, I demand impressions! smile.gif

post #77 of 191

Really bummed I forgot to check out the Jades and piggybacked Sennheisers. Hopefully they'll be around for the next one. 

 

Also, big thanks to Headroom for sending us so many goodies, and Anaxilus for taking care of them and setting them up. That table in the D-room was like a buffet. 

 

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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I haven't seen anything written about V-Moda yet. Did they have an M-100 there, and if so, I demand impressions! smile.gif

 

I don't think V-Moda had the M-100 there from what I could tell.


Edited by Questhate - 8/20/12 at 2:27pm
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Not much DIY activity, which always saddens me a bit. 

I agree. I read comment after comment on the nuisances of sounds from amplifier X or Y here on head-fi, but not a lot on tweaking or building your own stuff.

I don't know, that is part of the fun. 

I love music and that is my driving reason behind all this, but building your own brings it up a notch, or two.

I am thinking on building an amp for LCD-3 (or another KGSSHV just for the fun of it). Any ideas besides the B22 for the Audeze?

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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I haven't seen anything written about V-Moda yet. Did they have an M-100 there, and if so, I demand impressions! smile.gif

I second this!

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Originally Posted by Questhate View Post

I don't think V-Moda had the M-100 there from what I could tell.

 

I can confirm that they didn't.  I asked them about the M-100, and they said that the first review units were due into their office sometime this week.  Just a few days too late for the meet as it turns out.

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I agree. I read comment after comment on the nuisances of sounds from amplifier X or Y here on head-fi, but not a lot on tweaking or building your own stuff.

I don't know, that is part of the fun. 

I love music and that is my driving reason behind all this, but building your own brings it up a notch, or two.

I am thinking on building an amp for LCD-3 (or another KGSSHV just for the fun of it). Any ideas besides the B22 for the Audeze?

I'm driving my LCD-2 with a modded Hifiman EF5. I am not really a DIYer because I hired someone to do the mod, but the improvement was astonishing and there is a lot of potential in this little amp. You can roll opamps (it has two in it), and power supply upgrades are possible, as well as changing out signal caps. There is a lot of room for tweaking this amp. It is one heck of a DYNAMIC amp stock and that can only get better. It has PRaT like high explosives.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

I can confirm that they didn't.  I asked them about the M-100, and they said that the first review units were due into their office sometime this week.  Just a few days too late for the meet as it turns out.

 

BTW (and FWIW) the V-Moda reps described the M-100 as sounding nearly identical to the M-80, with the exception of having weightier and more pronounced LF response owing to the circumaural ear coupling and enhanced seal.  Don't know about you guys, but that sounds like something I would like to audition.

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Originally Posted by gilency View Post

I agree. I read comment after comment on the nuisances of sounds from amplifier X or Y here on head-fi, but not a lot on tweaking or building your own stuff.

I don't know, that is part of the fun. 

I love music and that is my driving reason behind all this, but building your own brings it up a notch, or two.

I am thinking on building an amp for LCD-3 (or another KGSSHV just for the fun of it). Any ideas besides the B22 for the Audeze?

 

How about the later revision of the dynahi?  I'm pretty sure I have a 2nd set of boards I could sell you.  We can build them at the same time. :)

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Thanks!, sounds intriguing. I am still trying to make up my mind which direction I want to go, either the 009's or the LCD3. I know which one you prefer, but would you mind telling me why, knowing you have compared them both?

If I go for the 009's, I think I will build my 2nd KGSSHV and then go for the Megatron.

If I decide for the LCD3 then would go for the Dynahi.

I had time to compare the 007 Mk1 vs the 009's with Andy's T2, and the 009 was definitely the better phone but I am a little concerned it would be too bright for me in the long term.

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^^^ Don't know who had this rig, but I snuck a listen when no one was there.  It was soooo smooth, like buttah.  blink.gif


And to whoever had the ODAC/O2, thanks for the listen.  In the process of building my O2, so it gave me a nice little preview.  smile.gif

That's my ODAC/O2 and you're welcome! smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by gilency View Post

I agree. I read comment after comment on the nuisances of sounds from amplifier X or Y here on head-fi, but not a lot on tweaking or building your own stuff.

I don't know, that is part of the fun. 

I love music and that is my driving reason behind all this, but building your own brings it up a notch, or two.

I am thinking on building an amp for LCD-3 (or another KGSSHV just for the fun of it). Any ideas besides the B22 for the Audeze?


I'm actually in sort of a similar position  to you regarding the LCD3. As an ultimate headphone, I can either have an 007 or an LCD3. I can't have both. If  I were a jazz or classical fan, particularly if I liked the solid-state electronics, the choice would be the 007. But as a tube guy, and an old rocker, the choice is not so obvious.

 

If you go the LCD route, it's worth noting , that electrically, ortho's have a high, flat  impedance curve that is almost an ideal load for a transformer coupled tube amp. You might want to check out the Bottlehead kits or some of Pete Millets' boards. If you want to try something more exotic, like a DHT based amp with point-to-point wiring, shoot me a pm. Solid state amps, like the ones that have been mentioned, are fine too. Basically it's a matter of taste. Just remember that the amp needs to produce  a good watt of output power to make the LCD happy.

 

Even if I could afford one, which I can't, the 009 isn't for me The brightness kills it.

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This time I brought a small, stripped-down electrostatic amp. It was my attempt at a $200.00 parts budget (not counting the zebrawood casework). It was kind of hiding out in the corner of the "D" room. Most  of the time I left it to itself while I wondered around. Hope you guys got a listen. What I really wanted to show around was Chinsettawong's DIY electrostatic headphones. While still under development, these are truly a stunning achievement and offer the promise of putting very high quality headphones into the hands of those with even very modest incomes. I would encourage you all to follow his progress in the DIY forum.

 

are they any pix or more of a description of your latest diy creation? your builds consistently look better than a lot of commercial endeavors and are often aesthetic masterpieces!

actually it'd be great if a thread could be assembled with photos of your various projects. i'm sure many here would love to see that!

if you could give a brief description of the diy 'stats for those of us unfamiliar with them that'd also be helpful.

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That's my ODAC/O2 and you're welcome! smily_headphones1.gif

 

Yeah man, I liked it!  I'm looking for an elegantly simple but capable rig like that.  smile.gif

 

Due to a parts shortage, my build is temporarily stalled, but I am looking forward to the O2 based on what I heard.  Clean current gain with admirable transparency.  My configuration would be sans ODAC though (source would be 320kbit files handled by my Zune 30's Wolfson DAC).  Would you say that the ODAC is the critical element in your signal path?  If so, I might have to re-think a bunch of stuff.

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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

 

Yeah man, I liked it!  I'm looking for an elegantly simple but capable rig like that.  smile.gif

 

Due to a parts shortage, my build is temporarily stalled, but I am looking forward to the O2 based on what I heard.  Clean current gain with admirable transparency.  My configuration would be sans ODAC though (source would be 320kbit files handled by my Zune 30's Wolfson DAC).  Would you say that the ODAC is the critical element in your signal path?  If so, I might have to re-think a bunch of stuff.

 

The ODAC is a critical element in my signal path because it's the only DAC I've got lol. I have an E7 but that's a combo amp/DAC and it mostly collects dust at this point. Other experienced head-fiers seem to think the ODAC is the weaker aspect of the O2/ODAC combo, but I have no idea how true that might be. The hot item right now seems to be the leckerton uha-6s.mkII, which is a combo amp/DAC as well, and receives unanimous praise from what I've seen.

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Other experienced head-fiers seem to think the ODAC is the weaker aspect of the O2/ODAC combo, but I have no idea how true that might be. 

No I don't think so, the ODAC is much better than the O2.

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