A few updates....
~> The EarSonics SM64 should be in my ears by tomorrow morning.
~> I plan on posting initial impressions of it along with some impressions of the T-Peos. I've been promising the latter for a week or so, but now I've had a bit more time to process what I'm hearing.
~> Sort of had a moment of kinship with the Tzar 350 this morning. Specifically, I've been really enjoying listening to Coil through it paired with the UHA-6S. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was an easy listen all of a sudden, but I most definitely felt a connection to the album and appreciated the Tzar's immense technical capabilities. For sure, it's a top contender among in-ears and full-sized headphones when it comes to extracting every last detail from your source material.
~> I've decided to put in an order for the Heir 5.0. The custom 8.A is an enjoyable listen I find, and since the 5.0 is supposed to take after it to an extent, I figure it will make a good foil for the analytic Tzar 350.
~> Speaking of putting in orders, the Cavalli Liquid Glass should be coming in the next few days. I've been missing it ever since last year's audition. I could easily "retire" with this as my summit-fi dynamic amp, but I'm not sure I'll be able to resist the pull of the Eddie Current Leviathan down the road.
~> Sent the Apex Glacier back to TTVJ for a replacement. As I've said several times by this point, the sound of the amp is very nice aside from the hum; in particular I thought it had excellent synergy with the Sennheiser IE800. I'll be trying the RSA Intruder next if the issue remains. Really, I may try it out anyway even if the Glacier replacement works out fine.
~> Heir Audio's Rendition 1 portable amp looks interesting. It lacks a DAC module, however. A fellow head-fier in one of its dedicated threads posted that at a price point of $339 he'd be surprised if it included a DAC. I wouldn't be surprised myself, but then I suppose that's another instance of my being spoiled by the UHA-6S. Still, I'm interested and may go for it along with the 5.0 (to take advantage of the discount apparently offered on combination orders).
~> Aside from the Intruder and Rendition 1, the only other currently available amp I'm interested in now is the BAB-1. Specifically the one optimized for IEMs. On the horizon however there's an upcoming portable amp I'm really looking forward to, one that has me falling for it head-over-heels based on the planned feature set and folks behind its development. Can't say anything more as it's one of those "secret" products at this point, but I'll be sure to keep diary members posted as things are revealed publicly.
~> I think I just might get the Woo WA7 Fireflies. Last night during one of my dreams, it made a guest appearance along with some FitEar CIEMs. Now, one thing you rarely see in those glamor shots for the WA7 is the big umbilical cable sticking out of its rear end which, in turn, leads to an external power supply that is almost as big as the amp itself. Still my lust for this amp is strong.
~> Oh, and on the CIEM front: my impressions have been received by JH Audio, so my JH-3A seems to be getting underway. My other impressions should be making their way from Jaben to FitEar as well. Decided to go for all red on the shells for the MH335DW. Now I dunno 'bout you, but for me the thought of vibrant red CIEMs paired with a black WA7 is amazing. Sensual desktop audio.
~> I appreciate the vote of confidence in selecting playlist themes. I'll post the first theme by the end of this week, if that works for diary members.
Edited by MuppetFace - 2/26/13 at 7:05am