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post #7021 of 21411
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Oh man, why didn't I run across THIS before I pulled the trigger on all my gear. Yes it's 4000 bones but it's still not a bad price for what's being offered.

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[FREE SHIPPING] How to Drive a 600ohm Can Special

post #7022 of 21411
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Ehh... some of that stuff excites me, but then some of it doesn't.

 

The Triad L3 is an amp I'd love to hear, but it's not exactly portable. Seems less portable than an O2. The Just Audio AHA-120 is similarly gargantuan and apparently has a rather bad channel imbalance problem at lower volumes, though it's said to be pretty transparent (aside from some treble roll-off?). Fostex HP-P1 is cool. Corda Stepdance 2 is cool. CLAS is cool, but don't you already have one? The SR-71B seems cool, but it's kind of upstaged by the Intruder now. Graham Slee Voyager I've heard very mixed things about, and the name "Slee" reminds me of the Sleestaks from Land of the Lost. The GoVibe PortaTube I know nothing about, but portable tube amps seem like a potentially noisy and delicate proposition.

post #7023 of 21411
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Ehh... some of that stuff excites me, but then some of it doesn't.

 

The Triad L3 is an amp I'd love to hear, but it's not exactly portable. Seems less portable than an O2. The Just Audio AHA-120 is similarly gargantuan and apparently has a rather bad channel imbalance problem at lower volumes, though it's said to be pretty transparent (aside from some treble roll-off?). Fostex HP-P1 is cool. Corda Stepdance 2 is cool. CLAS is cool, but don't you already have one? The SR-71B seems cool, but it's kind of upstaged by the Intruder now. Graham Slee Voyager I've heard very mixed things about, and the name "Slee" reminds me of the Sleestaks from Land of the Lost. The GoVibe PortaTube I know nothing about, but portable tube amps seem like a potentially noisy and delicate proposition.

 

I've heard the Triad L3 briefly once.It sounded very transparent and provided a big chunk of power and the Bass knob is welcoming although you need to turn it to full to make a difference but it has weird synergy with some headphones. I heard it with my K550 and DT880 Pro and all I can tell you is that the DT880 Pro paired with the L3 sounded wonderful but the K550 paired with the L3 sounded wretched. When I heard it with my K550, the sound that I heard was very dry sounding, the treble sounded confused and very artificial. it wasn't a pleasent experience. Maybe the L3 that I heard doesn't go very well with low impedance headphones?

post #7024 of 21411
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I've heard the Triad L3 briefly once.It sounded very transparent and provided a big chunk of power and the Bass knob is welcoming although you need to turn it to full to make a difference but it has weird synergy with some headphones. I heard it with my K550 and DT880 Pro and all I can tell you is that the DT880 Pro paired with the L3 sounded wonderful but the K550 paired with the L3 sounded wretched. When I heard it with my K550, the sound that I heard was very dry sounding, the treble sounded confused and very artificial. it wasn't a pleasent experience. Maybe the L3 that I heard doesn't go very well with low impedance headphones?

 

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your impressions.

 

The L3 seems more like a very small desktop amp than a very large portable amp to me. I guess the term "transportable" is more fitting.

post #7025 of 21411

Yeah I have the -db and I agree some of the amps are a little meh but if I hadn't already bought it I could have gone for the bundle deal and gotten the Corda Fostex and Triad stuff. The meh stuff I could probably just sell off and maybe have saved myself some money. I for see myself going the Intruder route as well as maybe the L3, Portaphile and the Continental V3 route. The Triad L3 is to much of a monster for portable but it would probably fit in nicely as a laptop add on with the -db feeding it. Oh well maybe you're right and I'm just over reacting. It's not like I'm hurting for good sounding amps right now.

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L3 Triad

ALO RX MKIII -b

ALO Continental V3

Ray Samuels Intruder

Portaphile 627x

(future mystery amp that only MuppetFace knows)

 

Now there's a bundle package I wouldn't sneeze at.

post #7026 of 21411
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A few updates....

 

 

~> Fostex TH600 have shipped from Japan and are en route to me.

post #7027 of 21411

Is Rakutan fast? 

post #7028 of 21411
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Is Rakutan fast? 

 

Rakuten is just a collection of stores, like Amazon marketplace. It varies from store to store. To use Tenso forwarding you don't need to use Rakuten (though they have all kinds of discounts if you do). Honestly as much as they try to make it easy, I still find it a horrible mess trying to fill in my Japanese Tenso address and working out from google translate what stock messages mean and etc etc. For instance when I ordered the FXD80 from a rakuten store I thought the status was in stock, only to get a Japanese email telling me later my order was cancelled. 

 

In the end I've just found it easier to go from Amazon.co.jp to Tenso. At least the Amazon site is familiar and in English. Now Tenso has a guide on how to enter your address, which is really helpful. Luckily I got my address right the first time in Amazon and have ordered 3 packages successfully :3

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Rakuten is just a collection of stores, like Amazon marketplace. It varies from store to store. To use Tenso forwarding you don't need to use Rakuten (though they have all kinds of discounts if you do). Honestly as much as they try to make it easy, I still find it a horrible mess trying to fill in my Japanese Tenso address and working out from google translate what stock messages mean and etc etc. For instance when I ordered the FXD80 from a rakuten store I thought the status was in stock, only to get a Japanese email telling me later my order was cancelled. 

 

In the end I've just found it easier to go from Amazon.co.jp to Tenso. At least the Amazon site is familiar and in English. Now Tenso has a guide on how to enter your address, which is really helpful. Luckily I got my address right the first time in Amazon and have ordered 3 packages successfully :3

so amazon jp is better.... thanks ^^

post #7030 of 21411
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so amazon jp is better.... thanks ^^

 

Mhmm. But I guess you could save a bit of money (maybe 10-15%?) if you could work out how the Rakuten stuff works. Tenso does shipping discounts with Rakuten stores and Amazon prices aren't always the cheapest.

 

What are you looking at getting? :3

post #7031 of 21411
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Mhmm. But I guess you could save a bit of money (maybe 10-15%?) if you could work out how the Rakuten stuff works. Tenso does shipping discounts with Rakuten stores and Amazon prices aren't always the cheapest.

 

What are you looking at getting? :3

An Se535 cable, Mine went Awry but no idea what happened so Im getting a new cable to see if it is the cables fault. Actually I might go to Null audio, the Aretes seems quite good for the price ^^

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... the K550 paired with the L3 sounded wretched. When I heard it with my K550, the sound that I heard was very dry sounding, the treble sounded confused and very artificial. it wasn't a pleasent experience.
yep. Sounds like the k550 to me. wink.gif
post #7033 of 21411
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The EarSonics SM64 is in my ears.

 

First, I'll say I had no idea there was a v1 and v2 before I placed my order. The main difference seems to be a lower impedance with the v2, a decision by EarSonics to make it more DAP-friendly I suppose. Also they seemed to have changed the case that comes with it. Tom was telling me about this cool neoprene thing with magnets; the case I got is a little zipper pouch like the SM3 has. Looking at the older case, I'm a bit bummed I can't try it out because it looks pretty goofy.

 

You just know there's going to be endless speculation as to the differences between the v1 and v2's sound.

 

So how do they sound? Bloody awful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....Just kidding. They actually sound bloody fantastic. They have a very large sound. Very "full-sized headphone." The presentation strikes me as cinematic, large in scale and expansive. The biggest gripe I had with the SM3v2 was that it sounded a bit boxed-in and jumbled, confused and kind of muddled. Like watching a hot girl doing the dance of seven veils, only you're the one wearing the veils while she's dancing. The SM64 on the other hand sounds a lot clearer: the veils have been lifted. The highs are back, present and accounted for without overcompensating and sounding too bright. The whole picture is just brought into better focus with really good resolution and imaging.

 

The biggest complaint so far is the bass. It's not lacking in quantity. It is however a bit... flat? The bass on the IE800 has better texture and depth despite being too ever-present.

 

I've read impressions from folks saying this competes with the TO GO! 334. Honestly, it's way too early for me to say whether I agree or not. I will say that the SM64 has made a very good first impression.

post #7034 of 21411
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The EarSonics SM64 is in my ears.

 

So how do they sound? Bloody awful.

 

I actually felt a twang of pain reading that.

 

I really miss my SM3's. I lost them somewhere. I really hope whoever picked them up thought "hey these sound great" and instantly became a Head-Fi nut. That is the one curse I feel like I could actually give people.

post #7035 of 21411
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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

The EarSonics SM64 is in my ears.

 

First, I'll say I had no idea there was a v1 and v2 before I placed my order. The main difference seems to be a lower impedance with the v2, a decision by EarSonics to make it more DAP-friendly I suppose. Also they seemed to have changed the case that comes with it. Tom was telling me about this cool neoprene thing with magnets; the case I got is a little zipper pouch like the SM3 has. Looking at the older case, I'm a bit bummed I can't try it out because it looks pretty goofy.

 

You just know there's going to be endless speculation as to the differences between the v1 and v2's sound.

 

So how do they sound? Bloody awful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

....Just kidding. They actually sound bloody fantastic. They have a very large sound. Very "full-sized headphone." The presentation strikes me as cinematic, large in scale and expansive. The biggest gripe I had with the SM3v2 was that it sounded a bit boxed-in and jumbled, confused and kind of muddled. Like watching a hot girl doing the dance of seven veils, only you're the one wearing the veils while she's dancing. The SM64 on the other hand sounds a lot clearer: the veils have been lifted. The highs are back, present and accounted for without overcompensating and sounding too bright. The whole picture is just brought into better focus with really good resolution and imaging.

 

The biggest complaint so far is the bass. It's not lacking in quantity. It is however a bit... flat? The bass on the IE800 has better texture and depth despite being too ever-present.

 

I've read impressions from folks saying this competes with the TO GO! 334. Honestly, it's way too early for me to say whether I agree or not. I will say that the SM64 has made a very good first impression.

Hmm very interesting, I wanted to try the SM64 at Jaben but I have been a bit sick recently so I wasn't able to.go and try it. I have tried the SM3 before and I do agree that it sounds horribly veiled compared to the balance of the SE535 which I absolutely love. I didn't like the SM3 a bit and the SM2 as well, they sound veiled and too dark for my tastes. Also when I auditioned it, the silicone tips came off and was a bit stuck in my ear. I was worried by it.

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