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New Abyss planar magnetic headphone

post #1 of 547
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Price is absolutely disgusting. It better be or on par with the 009's.

http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/Abyss-AB1266-Planar-Magnetic-Headphones

Design sort of look like a direct rip off the LCD2's most likely these also take balanced mini xlr 3 or 4 pin cables.

Anyone up for one?
post #2 of 547
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

The look is absolutely disgusting. It better be or on par with the 009's.

http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/Abyss-AB1266-Planar-Magnetic-Headphones

Design sort of look like a direct rip off the LCD2's most likely these also take balanced mini xlr 3 or 4 pin cables.

Anyone up for one?

 

Fixed and they look horrible and pale in comparison to the LCD series.

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Fixed and they look horrible and pale in comparison to the LCD series.
The price is absolute roadkill and I seriously doubt some small fry company can come out with a headphone that can compete with the TOTL Stax stuff. These will probably go for 4.8 - 5k locally once released.
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Yes, the price is in the same range as the 009. Might be nice to read a post from someone that has actually heard the headphone as opposed to griping about how expensive they are. Got "news" for you folks, TOTL audio gear is expensive!

 

At least the posting of the link showing where one might actually purchase a pair is helpful.


Edited by Dr. Roberts - 4/20/13 at 9:31am
post #5 of 547

These are single ended magneto planars so I highly doubt they are good at all. 

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These are single ended magneto planars so I highly doubt they are good at all. 

 

If memory serves, you don't care much for the 009 do you spritzer. What can are you listening to?

post #7 of 547

The tone on the 009 doesn't suit me at all but I also never felt they were truly superior to the other Stax flagships.  More impressive, yes, but they never gave me anything new.  I'm long past being moved by impressive treble and associating it with better detail retrieval. 

 

I have way too many headphones but right now I'm listening to a Sennheiser HE90 with DIY drivers.  Sitting on the rack are two SR-Omegas, SR-X Mk3 Pro and a very early SR-1. 

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I have way too many headphones but right now I'm listening to a Sennheiser HE90 with DIY drivers.  Sitting on the rack are two SR-Omegas, SR-X Mk3 Pro and a very early SR-1. 

 

I doubt if even many fellow Icelanders are as esoteric as you are. I've read your posts. You know a lot about Head-Fi gear.

 

You dissuaded me from purchasing an 009/BHSE rig.

post #9 of 547

So what's the prospective market for this?

Looks like they are an audio cable company, and going for a 5k headphone as introductory product seems like a very bold step.

 

I mean, STAX has been around forever in the headphone world and are a tried and true expert in this field. Hell, if I had the disposable income I'd consider getting a SR-009 rig, but personally I'd never even consider the Abyss headphone.
Of course your opinion might vary, I'm just curious what their target audience is.

post #10 of 547
I auditioned these at the Chicago Axpona show about a month ago.

They were hooked up to a high end Luxman headphone amp, can't remember model, it was over $5k I think.

My first impressions were thin sound, clear treble with good detail but not much body and generally not satisfying.

I switched to the lcd3 and ps1000 to compare and preferred both of those by a wide margin.

Reminded me a little of the hd800, ie great detail but often lacking body if not perfectly matched with amp, source etc.

I was intrigued but underwhelmed and have no interest in buying them.
post #11 of 547

Jeez, at this price you'd think they'd afford to contract some sort of designer. While the pods themselves aren't that bad, the flat tension band with the articulation at the center pretty much kills it for me.

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Jeez, at this price you'd think they'd afford to contract some sort of designer. While the pods themselves aren't that bad, the flat tension band with the articulation at the center pretty much kills it for me.

Looks like a medieval torture device. Hopefully it sounds better than it looks.

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Hopefully it sounds better than it looks.

 

I don't see how anything this handsome will have trouble sounding better than the looks. Peter, long time no talk. Hello from humid Florida!


Edited by mwilson - 4/20/13 at 8:19pm
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I don't see how anything this handsome will have trouble sounding better than the looks.

 

Well done!

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I don't see how anything this handsome will have trouble sounding better than the looks. Peter, long time no talk. Hello from humid Florida!

Hey Nick....I was just there a few weeks back and got to enjoy it! Took the family to Disneyworld for a glorious week of heat and sun! 

 

Meanwhile, back in Toronto, we got flurries today. confused.gif

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