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Well I'll be damned somehow the video actually got uploaded even though it was showing up as frozen on my page

Enjoy
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What happened to your finger? :0

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What happened to your finger? :0

I was cutting up some chicken and accidently poked myself today.
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Since I'll have my first stat rig some time in the near future, would anyone in this thread who's experienced with them have any pro tips? Like, is it risky to turn on an amp with the headphones plugged in? Is there anything that can **** them up that I haven't had to worry about so far with dynamics? Or anything else?

Thanks.

 

 

Actually, I think stats are more easy-going compared to dynamics when it comes to your power up / power down cycle. Like, I'd always make sure to turn the amp on first then plug in a dynamic with the volume down all the way to avoid pops. With stats you needn't do this (but I do it anyway because I'm really rather paranoid).

 

Technically it only takes a few seconds for the stators to be charged fully. However in my experience, the longer you leave the stats plugged in the better they sound for whatever reason. Some folks will just leave them plugged in at all times (though I imagine that'll put a lot of wear on your tubes, so perhaps a compromise --- leave it on for a few hours). The amp itself usually benefits from some warmup time. At the very least, I try to let the stats warm up for an hour or so before listening.

 

When you remove the stats from the amp, they will retain their charge for a while. If you plug them back in without touching the pins, then they shouldn't require that warm up time again. If you're going to store them for a while however it's a good idea to discharge them by touching the pins with your finger for off and on for about a minute. You'll hear loud pops from the stats... this is normal. Leaving them charged all the time in storage can sometimes result in parasitic charges building up and lead to channel imbalances.

 

Also this may go without saying, but DO NOT use stats when your hair is wet. You could be electrocuted.


Edited by MuppetFace - 4/5/13 at 1:25am
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Pics or it didn't... dam u!  biggrin.gif   Is it everything that they say it is?  Hey, wouldn't it be great if they made a version that had stickers telling you what those buttons did?  wink.gif

It is everything and more...if you use the right phones. My 1Plus2 and Kaede are doing great, the Miracles sound good but really lack bass...it seems it has more difficulty with mutli driver BA frown.gif
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Also this may go without saying, but DO NOT use stats when your hair is wet. You could be electrocuted.

What about sweat? 

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What about sweat? 


I'm sure trace amounts of sweat aren't a big deal at all. If you've been out jogging in the summer sun however, I'd suggest not wearing them. Not because of the electrocution risk, but because that's gross and will make your headphones stinky.

 

Judging from the way some vintage Stax smell, I'd guess it's not too much of a danger.

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When I was a kid, I was fascinated by this story: http://news.yahoo.com/us-sub-sinking-50-years-ago-led-safety-063033693.html

Cool as I think subs are, I would never want to serve on one.

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Hey Romy, I'm not sure if you discussed this earlier in this page, but how is the pairing of TH900 and Liquid Glass? If you still own the TH900, that is. I received my ZDSE and is fascinated by how it drives my TH900, just like you said. Do you think the Liquid Glass is even better for the TH900?

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Also this may go without saying, but DO NOT use stats when your hair is wet. You could be electrocuted.

You would survive, your headphones wouldn't.

I dread those times when I have to resort to after-the-shower 'phones and not jump straight to the stax.
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Hey Romy, I'm not sure if you discussed this earlier in this page, but how is the pairing of TH900 and Liquid Glass? If you still own the TH900, that is. I received my ZDSE and is fascinated by how it drives my TH900, just like you said. Do you think the Liquid Glass is even better for the TH900?

We had a mini meet in Dallas a while ago, and had Hideous Pride's TH900 plugged into my LG. I didn't get much time on it, but I'll try to get HP's opinion.
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Just got word that both pairs of customs---the JH-3A and the MH335DWs---will be shipping this weekend.

 


^ The 335s in all-red, a color choice which turned out quite nicely IMHO. The JH16Pros will be in "sucker punch" purple.

 

I'll probably be adding a more linear model like the UERM (not the UEPRM) or CW-L05QD to complete the CIEM trifecta at some point.

 


 

The Liquid Glass has rekindled my fondness for orthos; they're a perfect match for one another.

 

On that note, I've been listening to the various Audez'e headphones still in my possession. The awkward and OEM-tastic LCD-1 is in many ways still my favorite. It's a shame they never made more than 25 examples. I'd like to find out more about its drivers: whether Audez'e made them from scratch, what their traces look like, whether they're single or double sided, etc. Overall the sound is quite unlike their later efforts in terms of balance, with more top end and less bottom end emphasis. They're ludicrously fast sounding little buggers too. The bass of their latter efforts in particular has a tendency to sound rather dinosauric as it plods along; the LCD-1 just sounds so much snappier despite less refinement across the spectrum.  

 

The LCD-2 rev. 1 is a very different beast, and the cranny it occupies in my heart is rather out-of-the-way and subsequently difficult to reach at times. Warm, thick, intimate. Not entirely unlike being wrapped in a blanket after coming in from a snowstorm. In spite of this---mercifully---it doesn't veer too far into the mushy hallows of overdone pancake batter euphony. The sound is extremely intimate, close quarters. Spatially within those confines it's actually rather convincingly holographic at times, though only on a macroscopic level. Sort of like a pop up book. Everything is presented on the same foreground and background, flat tiers that make for a listen that is rather lacking in immersive character. Subtleties and nuances aren't as apparent, details are easier to gloss over, minute fluctuations in volume aren't handled as well as some other headphones. Basically the music is "just there" so to speak. Still, the overall tonal balance makes them quite easy to listen to for me when I want to relax.

 

The LCD-3 is a major disappointment for me. Given the discrepancies that exist from one unit to the next, it's a bit difficult to speak of "the" LCD-3 in any definitive sense, so I should stress that I'm speaking about my LCD-3 in particular. My LCD-3 sounds even less engaging than its predecessor. Boring. Mushy. After sending it in for RMA repairs, I got back a headphone that sounded mostly the same aside from a slight improvement in midrange clarity.

 

This has lead me to experiment with the LCD-3. I plan on sending it in to Martin Custom Audio to get a new set of wood rings. This is a purely aesthetic decision, as I personally dislike the look of the zebra wood quite a bit. I kind of like the thought of high gloss black wood. I'd also like to change those awful stock pads which resemble deployed parachutes; they're something of a novelty at first, but they quickly become an annoyance and most likely bork the sound further. At this point, I think I'm going to go for the Audez'e "vegan pads" that use suede. They're said to be more rigid than the leather pads, and I think they look nifty. Also on the agenda is a new XLR cable since I also dislike the stock cable. Finally, and most importantly, a friend of mine offered to retune my LCD-3 using some mods he developed. He has quite a lot of experience with orthos, and those who have listened to his modded set seem quite impressed.

 

Hopefully this will transform my LCD-3 into something enjoyable.

 


 

I've been listening to this album quite a bit recently:

 

 


TRST by Trust.

 

Oh lawdy it's just perfect when the mood hits. And that kind of mood hits me a lot. Hits me because it loves me. Or at least that what it says.

 

I wish it would call me more. Or ever.

 

But when we're together it hurts so good.

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We had a mini meet in Dallas a while ago, and had Hideous Pride's TH900 plugged into my LG. I didn't get much time on it, but I'll try to get HP's opinion.

I really liked the Glass.

 

To put it into perspective, some of the other amp pairings I've tried the TH-900 with so far:

HP-A8C, O2, JDS C421, Beta-22, Burson HA160, Dave's Decware tube amp (forgot the model name), Woo Audio WA2

 

Out of the above list before the Glass, I was most impressed with the Beta-22 and the HP-A8C. I don't own the Beta-22 and it's been a while since I heard the pairing, but it made a favorable impression on me. I was able to get through my reference tracks and everyday listening songs with head a-bobbing and feet a-tapping. The HP-A8C is one that I think gets little recognition and fanfare on the Appreciation/Amp recommendation threads, but is the pairing I personally liked best before the Glass.

 

Was a bit wary of pairing the TH-900 with another tube amp after hearing it with the WA2, as the sound was a bit too rounded for me and didn't have that clarity with the HP-A8C I was used to. Almost chalked it up to tube amps just being a bad pairing for the TH-900s since they're a warmish headphone to begin with.

 

Nope.

 

I'm relatively inexperienced with tube amps, and left it up to Dave to insert tube pairings of his choice that he thought would work out. Plugged everything in, started the track, and it made my night. Was talking to Dave about perceived differences between some of the tubes we tested - supposedly the Glass is designed to allow the tubes to fully "voice" their characteristics. I can believe that - even to a tube newbie like me, it was fairly subtle but definitely made a difference. He had these RCA coin tubes that is to-date my favorite pairing with the TH-900. Liked everything about it. Strongest point of the TH-900 for me is how involving the headphones are. With the LG, I always felt very engaged by the music I was listening to. Hogged the pairing for several songs straight and had my eyes closed the whole time.

 

Don't want to overhype it, this is just to my ears and IMHO. Perhaps there are much better pairings out there, but I haven't heard them yet. This was paired with the Schitt Modi $99 DAC, not sure how much that affected what I heard, but I do believe the amp section of the TH-900 pairing is much more important than the DAC.

 

Hope this helps (Or for your wallet's sake, maybe not, since the LG is currently priced at the added sum of several pretty pennies).


Edited by HideousPride - 4/5/13 at 8:00am
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Hey Romy, I'm not sure if you discussed this earlier in this page, but how is the pairing of TH900 and Liquid Glass? If you still own the TH900, that is. I received my ZDSE and is fascinated by how it drives my TH900, just like you said. Do you think the Liquid Glass is even better for the TH900?

 

The biggest issue with the LG and a headphone like the TH900 is noise.

 

I love the LG to bits (I wanna kiss it on the lips). However it's just not the best option for extremely sensitive, low impedance headphones. The gain is determined by the tubes because that's just the nature of the beast. On most tubes I've tried, there's hum with very sensitive headphones.

 

I've talked to Alex about possibly getting an impedance adapter made.

 

The ZDSE however is a much quieter amp for extremely sensitive headphones. If you're not bothered by hum then it's no big deal. I'm really anal about that kind of thing however, so I don't use the LG for those types of headphones.

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Just got word that both pairs of customs---the JH-3A and the MH335DWs---will be shipping this weekend.

 

 

 

The LCD-3 is a major disappointment for me. Given the discrepancies that exist from one unit to the next, it's a bit difficult to speak of "the" LCD-3 in any definitive sense, so I should stress that I'm speaking about my LCD-3 in particular. My LCD-3 sounds even less engaging than its predecessor. Boring. Mushy. After sending it in for RMA repairs, I got back a headphone that sounded mostly the same aside from a slight improvement in midrange clarity.

 

The customs look fantastic, it sounds like your following weekend is promising to be a very pleasant one.

 

Actually heard the LCD-3 for the first time at the mini-meet. Not sure if it was because of the variances, but I actually greatly preferred it to the LCD-2 I had in the past. The midrange was slightly muffled, but I was quite impressed.

 

Still a no thank-you at the $2k price point though. Maybe something I would pick up if it was a bit less than half the retail price.

 

Although honestly I would have preferred to pick up the TH-900 at something like half retail as well. redface.gif

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