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(2012).…Or will it? rolleyes.gif

 

The Giant Beyers are coming...they're already sending out their thought control signals. That's why Head-Fi'ers are all so obsessed with cans. The Beyers are sending messages. If I listen closely between songs, the extra resolving power I get with my $2 Wal-Mart RCA cable interconnect lets me hear their voices. They're speaking in Beyerish, which sounds a lot like white noise to most people. I have no idea what they're saying because I don't speak Beyerish and I lost my babelfish.

 

Anyway, the end is near. The green lasers will lance across space and destroy huge swatches of the planet. They'll obliterate the Sennheiser factory and most of Germany with it. The seas will rise and wash away all of humanity. Then the Beyers will have Earth all to themselves, to start a new race of sentient, walking headphones. Their creed will be "Feel the Energy of sound."

 

However, inexplicably there will be only one broadcasting center that survives the destruction, and it will be playing "Never Gonna Give You Up" on repeat because that's the last song the DJ queued up and the Beyers can't figure out how to stop it because the whole thing is actually the work of the devil, and thus it will be picked up by every single audio source on the planet regardless of range or whether or not it even features an FM tuner. Unfortunately, this means the Beyers can never fulfill their creed because they can't stand to reproduce Rick Astley for more than point four of a femtosecond. Soon thereafter the entire lot of them will fall apart from disuse and perish.

 

So the true end of the world won't be brought about by the Invasion of the Beyers, but by a perpetual Ric'roll. At least that's what Google Translate seems to think when I type in Beyerish, and it's always right.

 

 

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Edited by Argyris - 11/19/12 at 7:17am
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Originally Posted by jgray91 View Post


Obviously the answer is 'both', and 'right now'.

shiiit......

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I used to have a Denon Receiver ($600) and now another $600 Yamaha Receiver downstairs. Price on these units don't corelate to SQ of course and I have also never tried either way.Too builky to lug upstairs and connect and get working.

Well I have used many receivers, Old analogue only Onkyos (not vintage), modern Yamaha, modern Onkyo, about a 6 year old Sony, vintage Marantz 2270. 

The Yamaha was actually a good pairing and decent source for AKGs (k242hd and k550) because its dark, I would be happy with it for starters. The Onkyo's are great for movies with speakers, both old and new, but they are bass heavy and lacklustre sound quality. And the Audessy EQ on the new unit is phenomenal when your speakers are placed wonkily, like seriously. But both suck for headphones. 

 

The Marantz has a reputation, being a vintage refurb, and except for the very slight hum on the right channel with my D7000 it really was good, but I still think I can get better. With the k242hd and the HD650 it was heaven. It really suits the more inefficient and higher voltage cans well. FYI AFAIK this is an amp that uses the speaker out and a resistive network to drive the headphone out.

 

the Sony sucked like ****.

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post

I've always read that receivers don't tend to have great headphone outputs since a lot of them just tap into and pad down the output from the power amp section. My experience pretty much agrees with this, though of course my stable of receivers is a tiny sample and probably isn't representative of the whole picture.

 

I've got two vintage models (a Kenwood KR-6030 and a Cambridge Audio Model 2500) and a circa-2000 Philips HT receiver. The Kenny matches very poorly with my DT880 (hissy output and bloated, loose bass--probably an impedance mismatch) but does okay with my SRH440 (44 ohms vs 250 ohms for the DT880). Both reveal the slightly warm tint and relaxed treble of the Kenny's sound.

 

It's difficult to say how well either does with the Cambridge on account of its filter caps being completely shot, resulting in a constant buzz in the background. Interestingly, despite the buzz, the Cambridge had excellent synergy with a modified Grado SR225i, and much headbanging resulted. The Cambridge has a "fun" sound (slightly boosted midbass and treble).

 

The Philips does okay with both my headphones, but it's kind of nondescript sounding, with slight roll off at both ends and a seeming lack of dynamics. I'd say it's the most neutral sounding pairing, but also the most boring and least engaging. It's also not very powerful, requiring a lot more volume to get the DT880 up to a reasonable level.

 

Was any of this relevant? Probably not, but I said it, and we're supposed to be off topic now that Doh!cember has been suggested, so there you go.

 

tl;dr: Receivers probably aren't quite as bad for headphones as their reputation suggests, but overall you're still better off getting something designed specifically for headphones. Some receivers have dedicated headphone amp sections, but I haven't come across one of those personally.

off topic is topic :P

 

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I am seriously contemplating getting the Onkyo A-5VL.
Their "audiophile grade" level of stuff. Looks really nice and beefy inside. Dual flagship burr browns.

I dunno, personally Onkyo is not an audio brand for me. I will haveto hear it. but it does not look bad. Then again I won't be able to buy an amp with a notable flaw - with these its midrange from what I read, one guy that started a thread just liked it with the DT880 because of its power on tap, not necessarily quality, he gave that to the Teac.

 

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Is this correct placement?

funny as ****. If I wasn't after teh Currawong pic for next month I would jump all over this.


Edited by WiR3D - 11/20/12 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

I dunno, personally Onkyo is not an audio brand for me. I will haveto hear it. but it does not look bad. Then again I won't be able to buy an amp with a notable flaw - with these its midrange from what I read, one guy that started a thread just liked it with the DT880 because of its power on tap, not necessarily quality, he gave that to the Teac.

Please link me por favor smily_headphones1.gif

I found this on here but it was the opposite. Said it made a gread HP amp. I am curious cuz I will be getting some form of DAC+amp(s) but in a couple months. I am in no hurry.
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Please link me por favor smily_headphones1.gif
I found this on here but it was the opposite. Said it made a gread HP amp. I am curious cuz I will be getting some form of DAC+amp(s) but in a couple months. I am in no hurry.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621917/onkyo-a-5vl-a-game-changer

 

I agree with the good power thing, but I am sceptical. Personally - Yulong D100 for me. but its a bit more expensive. 

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/621917/onkyo-a-5vl-a-game-changer

I agree with the good power thing, but I am sceptical. Personally - Yulong D100 for me. but its a bit more expensive. 

Thanks bud. Ya I saw that a couple months ago but somehow missed those details. I was thinkind it was all raving about the thing. I have no idea what I am going to get yet. Just looking into things taking my time. Thinking about getting my first tube amp also but on the other hand i am worried it will just give me more things to spend more money on (tubes biggrin.gif).

Can you believe there is nowhere in Los Angeles to audition things like this? I've PM's several LA based head-fi'ers and they all say Best Buy and Guitar Center.....
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621917/onkyo-a-5vl-a-game-changer

I agree with the good power thing, but I am sceptical. Personally - Yulong D100 for me. but its a bit more expensive. 

Thanks bud. Ya I saw that a couple months ago but somehow missed those details. I was thinkind it was all raving about the thing. I have no idea what I am going to get yet. Just looking into things taking my time. Thinking about getting my first tube amp also but on the other hand i am worried it will just give me more things to spend more money on (tubes biggrin.gif).

Can you believe there is nowhere in Los Angeles to audition things like this? I've PM's several LA based head-fi'ers and they all say Best Buy and Guitar Center.....

 

Contact Bob at the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society:

 

bob@boblevi.com

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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post

Contact Bob at the Los Angeles & Orange County Audio Society:

Very kind. Thanks!
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Thanks bud. Ya I saw that a couple months ago but somehow missed those details. I was thinkind it was all raving about the thing. I have no idea what I am going to get yet. Just looking into things taking my time. Thinking about getting my first tube amp also but on the other hand i am worried it will just give me more things to spend more money on (tubes biggrin.gif).
Can you believe there is nowhere in Los Angeles to audition things like this? I've PM's several LA based head-fi'ers and they all say Best Buy and Guitar Center.....

 

I'm in a position to pretty much buy the AudioGD Master 8. 

 

But I really want a a new base for my bed, and a hardwood one. (I have now broken 3 bed bases in 2 years with my EX .... you know why) So thats about the 3/4 the price of the AudioGD.

 

mmm my ears or my spine....

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(I have now broken 3 bed bases in 2 years with my EX .... you know why)

What type of base?
I've used these and they were solid:http://www.knickerbockerbedframe.com/architecture.php

Currently have wood frame/slats/two bunky boards to eliminate the queen box spring for easier moving.
Open headboard with excellent tie down anchors:

Premium 2 inch boards with fire-retardant damask. Dust cover protects the underside.

Screwed down slats,metal reinforced corner brackets with threaded inserts and long bolts = no broken bed.


Broken plenty of beds but never with an EX.
Edited by 5aces - 11/20/12 at 9:05am
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What type of base?
I've used these and they are rock solid:http://www.knickerbockerbedframe.com/architecture.php
Currently have wood frame/slats/two bunky boards to eliminate the queen box spring for easier moving.
Open headboard with excellent tie down anchors:

Premium 2 inch boards with fire-retardant damask. Dust cover protects the underside.

Screwed down slats,metal reinforced corner brackets with threaded inserts and long bolts = no broken bed.

Broken plenty of beds but never with an EX.

wasn't an ex at the time. 

I like the tie down anchors - completely forgot about that!

 

And I really like the build quality, now to figure out if its possible to ship it this far economically. 

 

I was thinking of splurging and having a slash custom made - will most likely get a railing for tying up. 

 

and man I came across this... looks gorgeous

 

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On a side note, I was thinking about the AudioGD again. And their is one big problem. 

 

Audio and art are intertwined for me, being an artist. If your paying a premium it should look beautiful, and sound it. And the AudioGD master just doesn't do that for me. 

 

Audio Note Gakuon-II

 

This on the other hand does more for me then all 3 the strippers from Saturday and that's not even a joke. 

 

Sooo now thinking of WA6SE, but then no preamp :/

 

 

gawd..... 

 

anyway I have a long time still. Getting the base after all.


Edited by WiR3D - 11/20/12 at 9:24am
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Originally Posted by WiR3D View Post

and man I came across this... looks gorgeous

Audio racks?

Didn't look to see you are bedding down in South Africa at night.
Go for open headboard rails,you can use them for grab bars too,when going for extra traction on top.
Or install a heavy duty handicap rail just above headboard,hang some linen from it as a disguise.
Edited by 5aces - 11/20/12 at 9:40am
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Originally Posted by 5aces View Post

Audio racks?
Didn't look to see you are bedding down in South Africa at night.
Go for open headboard rails,you can use them for grab bars too,when going for extra traction on top.
Or install a heavy duty handicap rail just above headboard,hang some linen from it as a disguise.

I am but your humble grasshopper
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I am but your humble grasshopper

Welcome,to the:
"Cruel Tutelage of Pai Mei Gym Class"

Edited by 5aces - 11/20/12 at 1:02pm
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Man seems no matter what this thread just can't stay out of the....
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Love that movie btw.
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