Originally Posted by attilahun
Appreciate your feedback, looking st your profile, you've certainly tried lots of equipment.
Is the PS1000 your favorite headphone?
Do you prefer SS or tubes with it?
Probably at this point - the PS1000 definitely sounds better than virtually all others I've had / tried.
But... then the PS500 is great too... and... the RS-1's are superb... and the Denon MD5000's are fantastic... as are the AD2000's... and... the deveiled "new version" HD580/600/650's with the RAL cryo-silver cable. Actually... it's very difficult for me to choose between all of these - they all sound so similar with my set ups. I prefer all of these to the HE-500's I tried... because they all sound so much more like "real live music" - which is my reference.
Most of the other phones I've tried have "some issue," or another - they're either too dark, or too bright, or too flat, or don't have enough bass, or speed, or... whatever. Of those I have... with the right set ups... they have the least compromises... and... they just sound "alive." Grados are not bright and the do have soundstage... if... they're fully burnt in... and mated to an amp with very low output impedence, and high current output (in contrast to voltage output). Reports to the contrary generally result from a poorly matched system and/or inadequate burn in. Without a well matched set up, they sound terrible... as do Denons, and ATH's, etc. Which may be why the HE-500, and Stax O2's, etc. I've tried did not sound great - I may not have had well matched amps to drive them. It makes all the difference.
I prefer my WA6 SEm to most of the other amps I've tried. Though, I'm sure the EC amps, and the MAD amps with my low impedence phones may sound as good. As far as SS amps, I've tried... I like the GS Solo (in its various variations) with my Senns (not so much with my low impedence phones)... and... the Burson 160D with most of my phones.
Edited by Gradofan2 - 12/10/12 at 3:06pm