Originally Posted by TwinQY
But as you can see from the secret-darknet-section on Changstar, the R11s have horrible extension towards 1Hz. Not to mention that awful ringing from 100Hz to 10000Hz, notable even at -13dB floor noise. Which is an outrage, it's like the T1000p fiasco all over again. Don't want to get into too many measurements (that appreciation thread on the Supremus forums has it hard enough as it is already). Didn't JH adapt Freqphase to headphone applications already? It's a crying shame that Sony didn't even bat an eye at them, since the Ebony Woods have atrocious transients, smeared like no tomorrow. Decay is all wrong, the drums on that new John Lennon EP do NOT linger for 0.10*10^-22 nanoseconds, but rather 0.12*10^-22 nanoseconds, I know, spent a good portion of last weekend counting in my head. THD% is decent (0.000001% is an alright figure), transparency truly shows on say Britney Spear's infamous title track, the whispering of Beezlebub for your children from 3:10 to 3:10 is as clear as day. But I found that such microdetail really detracts from the overall soundscape. Need I mention FAD and their Piano Forte MCXII again. Still remember ljokerl's uncle kept badgering me with PMs regarding my comments on "...feels like Saya's actually licking my ears when listening to the OST, and when I took them off, surprisingly there was green slobber secreting from the nozzle*. Absolute PR nightmare there, I can tell you that.
Anyways back to the R11s. I feel like their greatest weakness is timbre and tonality. Slightly off, but it made all the difference. Had a 18th century phonograph of someone playing Paganini on the Soloman Ex-Lambert, air sounded a bit off, so I went downstairs since I had remembered it being somewhere between boxes, cranked the Lambert out, and sure enough, resonance at 45kHz just didn't feel...right. And comfort < practicality anyday. Case in point - live molerats as pads are NOT practical. It's a real PITA to have to feed them at 2AM at night. Kept the missus up a great deal. Just felt it wasn't worth the hassle. Another common complaint was with the cable, I know some people felt the fact that it required 10 souls weekly to sustain itself to be a bit far-fetched. I mean, where are you going to get 10 human (reviews say it prefers human but cats will do just fine) sacrifices that easily right? I know Moon Audio had something set up, something about call-in orders, but $10000 shipping to Canada was just not worth the cost to me, and I'll be dam***d if I have to deal with customs again.
But I feel like I'm being a bit negative on the thing as a while. I mean the ZDAC had such synergy with it, and the resolution was out of this world. I'm glad Sony decided to take a departure from the original R10 formula and went with a X-shaped one. Young people nowadays are all about the "neutrality" but music needs that extra pizazz, you know? Enjoyed my brief 2-year stint with them, and I'm hoping the next owner takes great care with them.
Now, onto the Lyr 2. I guess it's likable...if you enjoy puny wattage (10000W/32 ohms, really?) into your phones. 100000W has been the standard for most headphone amps for a while now, ever since the Asgard 23 (don't know why Schiit keeps taking steps back with their stuff). Barely drove my HE-6000 to listenable levels (direct-current transformer fans will flame me for this, *not enough power for that sub-bass, blah blah*, like the speaker amp ordeal again). And those tubes. Like that they added green LEDs to it, but maybe they should've toned it down just a notch. Sometimes I could swear seeing a poltergeist flying around my apartment lately. Less frequent than the hallucinatory imps after that that Apex Zenith purchase though, so I'll give them that. Floor noise was quite low for a tube, I could hear the lion roar from all across Uganda in that Abbey Road remaster, just like Starr was talking about last night on CNN. Had to crank out old cards like the AD90000X and the LCD-4 to match the power output though. I guess they were going for the legacy, vintage sound there, so the market's well-defined enough.
Anyways, spent too much time on this thread reminiscing. See you on the FiiO E56 thread as always? Just read Bowei's post on the holographic potentimeter and how it started to leak quarks again. Making quite the commotion on the thread, wonder how the new Foxconn OEM will handle the PR on that one.