Originally Posted by David1961
I've the HD-600 / GS-Xmk2 and SR-009 / BHSE, and I'm able to compare the two headphone combo's in a matter of seconds.
The HD-600 / GS-X is connected to my Source via XLR interconnects, and the SR-009 / BHSE by RCA's, all that needs to be done is change the setting on the Source.
Obviously both headphones can't be used with both amps, but because of the short time in changing from one headphone combo to the other, it's very easy to hear any difference.
The SR-009 / BHSE is the better of the two combo's, but the HD-600 / GS-X is still very good.
I'm using a pure silver 4 pin XLR custom cable with the HD-600's which I find does improve the SQ quite a lot.
Why didn't you use the loop out from one amp to another to make a comparison? That will be more fair as it is balanced throughout the system.
Originally Posted by preproman
XLR vs. RCA... unfair..
Yup...but BHSE converts all signal into balanced anyway. Still I prefer the balanced input from DAC into the amp vs. RCA.
Originally Posted by DarKu
I would say that SR-009 vs HD600 is unfair :)
Yup, the HD800 balanced is better. Still the HD800 is not in the same league as the SR009. From my experience, only the R10 and Qualia with a really special amp driven in a balanced form can approach BHSE+SR009 level. The HD800 is really good in balanced mode as well but not quite up to the R10 & Qualia level. The HD600 is also very nice but still a notch below the HD800 IMO.
Originally Posted by Cante Ista
I would have to agree. I wonder how far apart is the BHSE with 009 from GSX with HD800 though. I have heard both at a meet and the e-stat sounded better to me overall. However, HD800 with GSX had the e-stat beat on the size of sound stage, euphony (I hate that word, but since I have not better one.....), and bass impact. This is all in meet conditions so I could be totally off, but that is how I remember my impression at the time. Soundstaging was the biggest difference. The other two were characteristics were quite close to each other.
I think the HD800 has one of the widest soundstage. So when it is driven balanced, the soundstage gets better. The SR009 has better instrument placement in the stage as well as having better depth though. Again, I auditioned the GS-X MKII in my own environment in the past...and I loved it....truth is...the BHSE is just better. That was one of the reason why I speculate that the GS-X MKII is likely in the same playing field with the KGSSHV amplifier.
Originally Posted by Gandah
I've read many times by other head-fiers that 600/650 driven correctly is a pretty amazing experience, I personally would not no but I would hope BHSE/009 is better
The 600/650 are crazy good man. They are probably the best deal under $500 for sure.
Originally Posted by wink
The trouble is, the HD800 driven correctly is more amazing.....
Agree with this. It went from "good" to "spectacular" headphones after a balanced cable and amp upgrade. The cable is APS V3 & amp is my Gilmore Reference Balanced (GS-X with better parts & PSU).
Edited by purk - 6/13/13 at 8:16am