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post #4876 of 5123

My plan:

:popcorn:

Offer you labor and help you move. Then come back a few days later and hear some of your kit.

post #4877 of 5123
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post
 

If someone wanted to buy the whole system (with DAC) that would be something eh?  :D

 

Somehow I doubt that even after selling my home and liquidating all my assets, I still wouldn't be able to afford real estate in NY...

post #4878 of 5123
So I guess houses in USA is expensive? @.@

Dear David,

Don't sell your #1 headphone rig! Make that your reference rig xP seriously though, once that is gone, it's gone. Extremely hard to get it back xD when you sell your HD800, you can still get a new one, but not for HE90 smily_headphones1.gif

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post #4879 of 5123
But I think his audio gears more expensive than some house in US.
post #4880 of 5123
Thread Starter 

I have begun a FS thread to provide a better look at what I'd sell and what I'm asking for :) 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711341/flagship-gear-sale-selling-most-of-my-stuff

post #4881 of 5123

Hi David :)

 

The Stax Sigma must have been pretty hard to place in the ranks? Any reasons you put it where it is, for example just above HE-500?

 

Also, where would the HE60 aproximately be on the ranking, just asking?


Edited by davidsh - 3/22/14 at 6:13pm
post #4882 of 5123
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post
 

I have begun a FS thread to provide a better look at what I'd sell and what I'm asking for :) 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/711341/flagship-gear-sale-selling-most-of-my-stuff

 

I would love to see the cupboard pix again after you've sold what you wanted to sell :D.

post #4883 of 5123
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

I would love to see the cupboard pix again after you've sold what you wanted to sell :D.

:sigh: I would never be able to look at empty cupboards the same way ever again.

post #4884 of 5123
Thread Starter 

I actually would be willing to sell the cupboard too if there are any takers.  It's a custom design.  I don't know how it could be transported though.  

post #4885 of 5123

Interesting battle. Good job. :k701smile:

post #4886 of 5123

David,

You could always donate your headphones to:-

The wink benevolent fund for retired old fogeys.

 

(they would certainly fill some sizeable gaps in my collection.       tee hee....!!!!

post #4887 of 5123
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Originally Posted by DavidMahler View Post

My theory about the W5000 has long been that the drivers themselves may in fact be good, but that the overall earcup design is the problem.  I agree that amp synergy plays a role, but I also think that a headphone's basic character remains unchanged (and that no matter what amp I would ever use with the W5000, it would never go from what I perceive as terrible to absolutely amazing).  

If you take a really good pair of open back headphones and cup the entire headphone with your hands, you'll notice generally how weird the mids sound as a result.  Then suddenly, you'll remove your hands and the mids will bloom and everything will fall back into place.  Well, in my opinion, the W5000 literally sounds like a headphone that is being cupped by hands. There's a lacking of bass, an exceptionally strange midrange which is peakish and fatiguing.  It has the symptoms of a relatively good sounding driver which has been placed in the wrong housing.  I believe its possible the engineer which designed the driver, may not have been involved in the selection of the wood.  It's just a guess.  But when I hear the W5000, I literally think to myself every single time, that an audio gear company would not have released a model sounding like this unless there was a lack of communication in the chain.  For the two pairs of W5000 that I own, I cannot wrap my head around a company representing themselves with such a beautiful looking pair of headphones that sounds as though it were trying to hurt the ears.  

Now, of course preference is always subjective and personal.  No on can ever say with any definitive authority that Headphone X sounds better than Headphone Y.  And yet, I would be skeptical to believe that anyone involved of the design of the W5000 would be able to sit back and listen to my pair, in my system, and not feel that in comparison to nearly every other headphone that, something was markedly less transparent about its sound.  
Did you try bending the metal heabands? I makes a world of a difference. Seal is paramount with these headphones
post #4888 of 5123
Look at the absolutely horrible frequency response of these headphones. Worse thing I've ever seen lol
post #4889 of 5123
Well, if they've been mesured without bending those bands to achieve a good seal, no surprise. Bend those bands adequately, and give them a fresh listen / measure.
post #4890 of 5123
You should do that for us.
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