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post #121 of 207

Anyone from JPS listening. I would love to give these a test drive and review wink_face.gif.

post #122 of 207

I bet that somebody here's got their hands on a pair right now.

post #123 of 207

Heya,

 

They look weird on someone's head. Looks to be a total novelty headphone basically.

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-2012-jps-labs-abyss-prototype-planar-magnetic-headphone

 

 

The headphone was there. Why no impressions?

 

Very best,

post #124 of 207

Everyone's "excuse" was that the "tuning" wasn't final so I think that's why impressions are scarce...

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The Cable Company had the final preproduction at Axpona. They said it would be included in their headphone lending library. I got the impression the production comes out the end of March. It was too crowded and noisey in the Axpona vendor area to comment on them. The final price is $5,495.
Edited by Audio Addict - 3/9/13 at 2:30pm
post #126 of 207
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The Cable Company had the final preproduction at Axpona. They said it would be included in their headphone lending library. I got the impression the production comes out the end of March. It was too crowded and noisey in the Axpona vendor area to comment on them. The final price is $5,495.

Wow... 5,5K.... Do they pour magic powder into these or what?

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post #128 of 207

Kudos on the finish though, looks deadly.

post #129 of 207

Going by  the specs:

 

 

Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 28 KHz

Impedance: 46 ohms nominal (non-reactive)

Sensitivity: 85 dB

Distortion: Less than 1%; Less than 0.2% through ears most sensitive range

Weight: 660 grams (without cable)

 

It will be another HE-6, but even heavier eek.gif

The frequency response should have extended even higher IMO. 28 Khz is quite the standard for all headphones.

 

I would very much want a Abbys vs HE-6 vs LCD-3 vs HD800 vs T1 vs ... shootout :D or one at a time at least.

post #130 of 207
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I first read it as JDS Labs LOL
Me too! I was "Wait, what?!"
post #131 of 207
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If they continue this pricepoint into actual sales then yeah it will be a financial abyss for them. If they sell at $500 AND these are competitive at the $500 mark then yeah they might get profit but any more? Digging a hole IMO.
The planar landscape isn't what it used to be even when Audez'e and HiFiMan started. They didn't have to compete with $300 Mad Dogs for their first outings. Audez'e and HiFiMan are putting out more refined products that erase the stumbles of their prototyping. I don't see how a cable company can release an early design at a premium price point at all, let alone one that competes in the price range of a Stax headliner.
post #132 of 207
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The planar landscape isn't what it used to be even when Audez'e and HiFiMan started. They didn't have to compete with $300 Mad Dogs for their first outings. Audez'e and HiFiMan are putting out more refined products that erase the stumbles of their prototyping. I don't see how a cable company can release an early design at a premium price point at all, let alone one that competes in the price range of a Stax headliner.


+1. Well, we can't say anything until we hear 'em but I highly doubt that they will compete with the SR-009, an electrostat vs a planar magnetic (both use planar technology to be exact).

post #133 of 207

It's even more expensive than the previous annoucement but at least it looks much better built and serious than the prototype with the spiderweb whatever special sound diffracting outer grill... Would be curious to hear.

post #134 of 207

I have a feeling that these are going to end up just like the Muramasa VIII: a few lucky people will hear them in a crowded convention room, a few will be sold, then the company will give up and go back to their more traditional business.

 

I hope in all honesty that they're a new standard in headphone audio (let's face it, the SR009 is getting a bit boring to look at), but I fear that they'll just be a bomb.

post #135 of 207
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I can imagine they will only come to life if powered off the taps of some exotic behemoth mono blocks.

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