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I have to say, I'm really really really liking the XBA-40. The tweaks have been subtle but meaningful. The XBA-4 was deeply flawed (and as much I liked the XBA-4 I don't think anyone can argue that metallic tinge wasn't just plain odd). The XBA-40 largely corrects that (on a low impedance source anyway) and brings with it a deliciously rounded low-end.

It's still sounds muffled and congested. In fact it probably sounds even moreso now, once the metallic ring is gone. It's by no means balanced, and it quite even possibly qualifies as a basshead IEM.

But I don't think I have ever heard a better earphone for electronica or synthpop. It's visceral and holographic and ethereal. It's detailed but completely non-fatiguing. I think I like it as much if not more than my (now long gone) SM3's.

And at $200 from Amazon.co.jp / Tenso I think it's a steal provided this is the sound you want.

Sounds compelling, I will have to try one out next time I drop by the city. the metallic tone was the only thing that bothered me with the xba4.
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I ordered the colored canals but the dark mamba from what I researched was supposed to have a purple luster but instead they seem to have the luster of the canals. If you go on the Heir site and run your mouse over the black mamba (far right second last row) you'll see on the bottom of the picture the description of "deep blue purple, almost black (barely transparent)". I'm not really complaining I actually like what I'm seeing it just surprised me is all. Like Tom said though, photography isn't Heirs strong suit so maybe it's just bad photography. Either way I doubt I'll be disappointed but at first I did wonder if they had taken a red and blue shell and painted it with a coat of black mamba? From the pics the shells do seem to have a barely transparent see through quality about them though so I'm kind of doubting it. If they had double coated the shells the shells would be solid black with no luster or transparency of any kind.

Ahh I know what you mean. Their pictures are deceiving. Even my pair looked noticeably darker than when compared in real life. There even looked to be some additional defects on the wood which was not the case. Just the picture had some impurities on it. But there was no mistaking the shoddy patch job they did on my coconut inlay they broke while crafting them. There is no excuse for such sketchy practices. mad.gif

 

For example if you look on the right IEM on one of the coconut inlays it looks like there is a red dot on the woodwork. There is no such thing though when I received them. So I'd assume that was a result of the camera.

 


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Someone around town should drop off a piece of kit for you. Some head-fiers are so flushed with gears, they don't even dust anymore. biggrin.gif Might as well loan some stuff out.

 

Strangely enough, I don't know all that many guys locally.  I know that purrin and Anax are local, but they certainly don't know me well enough to loan me gear.  I wouldn't even feel comfortable asking.

 

But, I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/537704/calling-all-vintage-integrated-receiver-owners/2040#post_7624510  It's within my amp budget, and the thing just looks gorgeous.  Think it'll have any problems driving cans?

 

The cans you have and may get, don't appear to be a problem. Later this summer/autumn, I'll be getting another vintage amp. They bring such BANG for the buck! Currently have a 1977 Pioneer SX-650; 1980 Pioneer SX-D7000.

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Mupps, I don't know how closely you follow the TMAC thread, but it's about to get more funner!  Silent introduced a new innovation earlier this evening that is sure to be a riot.  Just giving you a heads up.


Home of the Liquid Carbon, Liquid Crimson, Liquid Glass, Liquid Gold and
Liquid Lightning headphone amplifiers... and the upcoming Liquid Spark!

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lmao this song is hilarious.

 

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lmao this song is hilarious.

 

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Reminds me of my school days.

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I gotta say, I'm still not blown away.  The music just doesn't come to life with the HD650.  Bless it's little neodymium heart, it seems to want to, but just can't quite get there.  If I had to sum it up in a word, that word would be meek.

 

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That's why I'm so glad fate gave me the 600. Most people who I've spoken to that have owned both, all seem to come away with the conclusion that the 650 is too dark to be practical for everything.

 

I listen to a good bit of rock, and a few other semi aggressive genres that require more present treble to be portrayed correctly.

 

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Did you give them lots of burn in. I hear they take several hundred hours to fully settle in. Plus as you had mentioned earlier the amp could play a big role on things. But the HD650s are colored. Mid centric with bass emphasis and treble roll off. But I was under the impression it has a rather big sound stage being an open back can? So I'm a  bit baffled by your comments regarding the sound stage being small?

 

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I had the HD600 in for over a month. Now have the HD650 for a few months but limited playtime. Based on my music library, amps/sources and listening prefs, I'd keep the latter.

 

That said, they're still not my tea but do have a place in my sessions.

 

I'm actually considering the HD600 based on what I've been reading and seeing in HeadRoom's graphs.  I'll have to get in an audition first of course, but it looks like a promising option.

 

I haven't given this specific pair any burn-in at all.  It's a loaner from someone who got it second-hand from someone else, so I presumed that there are quite a few miles on it as-is.  Actually, now that I inspect it, it looks suspiciously new and free of wear and tear.  Should I pink noise it for a hundred hours or so to see if that makes a difference?  Keep in mind that it's not mine.

 

Oh, and I didn't mean to imply that the had a small soundstage.  Rather, I was trying to describe how elements within that stage appear to be far more intimate with me.  Sorry for the confusion there.  Also, I should point out that the other full-size can that's getting my attention lately is a Q701.

 

I'm definitely witholding any/all judgment until I've heard it in an ideal pairing with an amp that has good synergy.  It appears that I'll simply have to wait on this, as I don't know when the next meet (mini or otherwise) will come around.  But I've got time and patience so it's alright.

 

 

 

Silent, what about it troubles you?  Is it anything similar to what I've been trying to describe?

 

I can't really hand down a formal indictment at this time...but I will biggrin.gif eventually. In short, the Senns don't swing! Maybe one day they will, but that day ain't here yet. I felt the same way about the HD800 after getting intimate with 'em for a few hours on a high-end system. 

 

There are times when I listen to music to study/analyze gears and recordings. And times when I simply want enjoyment, to be moved and fulfilled. At this time, the music can either be in focus or background. But if my toes aren't tapping...mad.gif. So, far all the technical prowess the '800' showed, I felt it was rather nice and all. But, I wasn't moved either. If I could spend a month or two with the '800' I might shift my opinion. Same with the '650,' I hear its potential. But, as they say in Texas, "Potential mean you ain't done it yet!" 

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Sounds compelling, I will have to try one out next time I drop by the city. the metallic tone was the only thing that bothered me with the xba4.

 

The XBA-x0 series isn't actually available yet in Australia! I've pinged Sony about it. I got mine from Amazon Japan / Tenso.

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Too much black, silver, grey, and white in audio equipment. Go for sumpin' else!

 

 

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Too much black, silver, grey, and white in audio equipment. Go for sumpin' else!




Heck in almost everything consumer tech IMO. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.
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Maybe people are worried if their gear is too colorful they might have fun?

 

 

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Why do I find it so hilarious ALO's upcoming flagship amp has four headphone outputs? I mean, they sell headphone cables for a living. I like to think it's not so much a blatant attempt to advocate cable consumption as it is the expression of some unconscious desire to bring people together through cables.

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Maybe it will induce bias and color the sound signature a lot. *badum-tish*
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But, I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/537704/calling-all-vintage-integrated-receiver-owners/2040#post_7624510  It's within my amp budget, and the thing just looks gorgeous.  Think it'll have any problems driving cans?

The output through the headphone jack will be more powerful than any dedicated headphone amp you own. If for some implausible reason that's not enough, you can connect your headphone to the speaker taps...

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I ordered the colored canals but the dark mamba from what I researched was supposed to have a purple luster but instead they seem to have the luster of the canals.

I have a similar-ish color scheme for my 4.A (black mamba plates, red and blue bodies, clear tips). The black doesn't photograph well -- in person, the purple is mostly visible through the slight translucencyThe only way I've been able to pick up the tint and translucence in photographs is when shooting them in bright daylight, so I'm not surprised they appear plain black in Heir's photos.

I'm pretty sure you'll be happy with how they look once you get 'em.
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Thread Starter 

So it's a David Tibet kind of morning. Here's one of my favorite achingly beautiful Current 93 tracks, "The Bloodbells Chime" ....

 

 

Those who catch the references to Louis Wain, I love you. Those who don't know Louis Wain, look him up.

 

Open the door to something new.

 

Now here's a second track with Tibet on vocals, an absolutely gorgeous drone dirge from Aethenor's mysterious album Faking Gold and Murder ....

 

 

Listening to this while the sun rises in the early morning hours will make you an ever-so-slightly better person. Of this I am convinced.

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Maybe people are worried if their gear is too colorful they might have fun?

 

Coloration is for the poor and the uneducated, didn't you know?

 

 

Edit: on second thought you may have meant real colors and not audio coloration?


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