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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Is this directed at me?

Yep.

post #107 of 270
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Originally Posted by DamageInc77 View Post

I feel that 70% of the fun in being an audiophile is getting a new piece of equipment. It feels like christmas when I get new headphone/cable/amp/DAC in the mail. I get a lot of enjoyment out of the wait and anticipation. I will never have an "endgame rig" as I find most enjoyment in getting and trying new things.

 

I would rather have my LCD-2 and keep buying and experimenting with new amps, cables and DAC's than a SR009+amp and that's it forever.

 

I see it as kind of like building a PC yourself and then keep adding to it and modding/upgrading it vs. getting an amazing prebuilt that you can not ever change.

 

Even if the prebuilt has better specs, I will not get as much enjoyment out of it as I would with building one myself.

Must admit I'm the same

 

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While I agree to a point I get a lot more pleasure in new music rather than new gear at this point. I would much rather drop 5k on LPs and CDs than another pair of 009s or other gear.
And even with a headphone and amp endgame you have sources, cables, and other tweaks (carts, isolation, phono pres, etc) to fiddle with. More than enough to keep even the deepest pockets busy.

But at the same time, us audiophiles spend a lot of time examining the sound rather than just enjoying the music. After all, thats why we are in this hobby to begin with, so it must be nice just to relax knowing that you have the best sound poss and then being able to put all your focus on the music.

 

Theres always gonna be two sides to this hobby, sound quality and the music itself.  

post #108 of 270
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Must admit I'm the same

 

But at the same time, us audiophiles spend a lot of time examining the sound rather than just enjoying the music. After all, thats why we are in this hobby to begin with, so it must be nice just to relax knowing that you have the best sound poss and then being able to put all your focus on the music.

 

Theres always gonna be two sides to this hobby, sound quality and the music itself.  

I feel you and I would get along fantastically. o2smile.gif

post #109 of 270
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I feel you and I would get along fantastically. o2smile.gif

I agree beerchug.gif

post #110 of 270

In the broadest sense the answer for me would be no. Often I want to use headphones in a location / situation where I don't have the option having a  full size amp and full size headphones (lack of power, space, need for movement, etc).  I would not give up these opportunities to listen to music even if the SR-009s were so good that I couldn't tell the different between using them and having the musicians in my living room.  So no matter what, I will hold on to a pair of IEM for use on the go, and my HD800 when I want some portability and/or more situational awareness than I have have with IEM (like when at work).

 

If we are talking about one set of phone that I use when sitting in my living room I think the answer is likely yes, though I haven't made this decision yet.  Finances don't force me to choice... I can afford several top flight systems, but my personal sense of value typically drives me to a single system.  First, I hate when something is gathering dust.  I imagine gear, much like the toys in Toy Story and crying out "Play with us."  If I am not using them a lot, I want someone else to be using them.  If I recoup part of my investment, great, but more important is that the items are being used and appreciated. Secondary, while I love great sound, I am willing to make modest compromises for simplicity of life.  Yes, the SR-009,  SR-007, HD800, and HE-6 each have unique strengths, but if 80% of the time I prefer one set of headphones, then I am inclined to use them 100% and save myself the hassle of having to maintain multiple systems and decide which to use. I am likely in the minority here because audio gear isn't really my hobby, listening to music is.  I am not a tweaker.  I hunt for what makes me happy, and then stick with it until it stops working and/or I decide it's time to revisit. With audio gear, it seems that the "revisit" bug hits  every 10 years or so, and several times my conclusion has been there hasn't been sufficient improvement to replace what I currently have.

 

From the listening I have done this fall, I think the SR-009 + an appropriate amp is likely going to be "the" headphone system in my living room, but I haven't made that choice yet.  I have listened to them a at mini-meet and borrowed a friends for a bit.  In that limited experience, I have preferred  the SR-009 100% of the time to everything else I have listened with (other than my speakers) by a good margin.  For me, second/third place was closer, SR-007 followed by the HD800. The improvement in sound has me saying "Yup... it's worth the money to purchase a SR-009 and appropriate amp",  so I am hunting for the best deal I can find to pick up a set of my own.  So I think in the spirit of the question, I would say "Yes, the -009 would happily be my only headphones" (in locations that I can use them).

 

My answer would be different if the SR-009 didn't exist.  If it was a couple of years ago, my favorite headphones would be the SR-007... but the overall SQ of the -007 (to my ears) is not enough better over the headphones I already own (the HD800) to  justify spending the money.  Why?  I can use the HD800 in situations where I can't use the 007s, so I would hold on to the HD800s whether I purchased -007s or not. The ROI of the -007 just isn't sufficient for me to add them on top of the HD800s, though I will admit that I would be settling for less than the best headphone sound when in my living room.  Of course, the living room also has speakers which I often prefer to headphones when given the choice.

 

--Mark


Edited by verber - 10/3/12 at 2:00pm
post #111 of 270
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Originally Posted by DamageInc77 View Post

If we are counting my speakers too, it's worth a lot more.

 

 

No just headphone stuff.  By looking at your profile you have the LCD-2.2 / AD2000 / K550 and a few other with the Lyr..  How in the world would this be more than a SR009 rig?

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No just headphone stuff.  By looking at your profile you have the LCD-2.2 / AD2000 / K550 and a few other with the Lyr..  How in the world would this be more than a SR009 rig?

I was just thinking that it was our entire audio system we would be trading, not just our headphone stuff.

post #113 of 270

I think 'collection' tends to imply headphones. Most don't collect speakers like some do cans. 

 

They're also very different beasts.

 

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I was just thinking that it was our entire audio system we would be trading, not just our headphone stuff.

post #114 of 270

I would say for the purpose of this exercise that we need to give up amps and headphones, keep the sources and the speakers since the sources can be used with electrostatic systems and the speakers don't apply. If you are giving up all your dynamic headphones for an 009, you certainly won't need your dynamic headphone amps either, you will obviously need to replace those with an expensive electrostatic amp to bring out the best in your new 009.

post #115 of 270
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I would say for the purpose of this exercise that we need to give up amps and headphones, keep the sources and the speakers since the sources can be used with electrostatic systems and the speakers don't apply. If you are giving up all your dynamic headphones for an 009, you certainly won't need your dynamic headphone amps either, you will obviously need to replace those with an expensive electrostatic amp to bring out the best in your new 009.

 

 

Are you still getting the WEE - Let us know how it works.

 

 

post #116 of 270

It's been ordered, supposedly was to be sent by the end of last week. But no shipping notice yet, hopefully a surprise soon!

post #117 of 270

What are you pairing the WEE with?

 

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It's been ordered, supposedly was to be sent by the end of last week. But no shipping notice yet, hopefully a surprise soon!

post #118 of 270

I've got an excellent vintage Lambda Pro for starters, can't wait to hear them!

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I meant what are you pushing it with speaker amp wise?

 

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I've got an excellent vintage Lambda Pro for starters, can't wait to hear them!

post #120 of 270

You just need one. If you can afford the 009+amp then I would go for it.  My choice would be the Cavalli Liquid Lightning.  Alex is gearing up for a new run of the LL's too.

 

If that is too much then I'd get and LCD3+Cavailli Liquid Fire.

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