I would love to know where I can get an LCD-3 at this price!!!!
The Audeze stuff was pretty well received right from the start. The proto LCD-2's had some issues when I tried them in 2010 but they did fix most of them quickly. They were also a 1k$ headphone...
I'm a bit picky myself. I loved the HD 650 in its day but have no interest in the 800. Adore the HE-6 properly tube-amped from the speaker taps, the LCD-3 with the Bakoon Amp 11-R, and the ATH W3000ANV plugged into an EAR HP4 rolled with NOS RCA's.
Do I really need to shell out another 11k when I already have doubts about the sound signature of the 009? Seems as though I will never become a member of the Stax Mafia.
Thanks to the one individual that actually listened to the headphone in question and took the initiative to post his impressions. Doesn't sound like the Abyss will be admitted to this household either.
There is always the SR-Omega. Sounds similar in may ways to the SR-009 but a bit larger than life and smoother when properly driven.
Or, perhaps wait and enjoy the kit currently in-house until Stax releases their next "new and improved" model. The popularity of planar headphones certainly cannot have gone unnoticed by the Japanese firm.
Interesting note by the way: These are the headphones featured on the official page for the Cavalli Gold.
I'm not saying they justify their price. I don't know. But maybe, they are pretty good in actuality. And maybe they are TOTL and compete with the best. Who knows? I just think people were unfairly criticizing them without anyone having actually heard them.
hmmmmmm... I am really curious as to how they really sound. While I agree that they are quite ugly and that price is too high for me at the moment, I would be really happy if I could get a headphone that I can drive off my amps that sounds on par with 009. so far seems like htat is not the case though, but maybe they will get there.
While I am a bit dubious about the single ended nature of the transducer, I would not be surprised if they are at least "pretty good" as you phrase it. As one electrostatic speaker manufacturer once told me, "it's pretty hard to make a bad sounding electrostatic if you know anything at all.....". We could probably expand that to include magnetic planar speakers and headphones.
Certainly they will get some attention from coming out at such a high price, and for having looks that at least shock people, or make them look twice anyway.
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.
I had the opportunity to listen to the Abyss (twice) at the NY Audio show a little over a week ago. The Cable Co. had it setup along with the LCD-3 and a few others (I believe the HE-6 was another). Unfortunately, the area they were set up in, at the show entrance area next to many other vendors, was not ideal and was particularly noisy. I did spend a few minutes with the Abyss at the beginning of the day and then went back before leaving to give it another listen. My impression of the sound and build quality was quite positive. My very quick impression, without the benefit of any real A/Bing, was that the Abyss was similar to the LCD-3 with a slightly wider soundstage and possibly greater detail retrieval. That is not to say I thought they were necessarily better than the LCD-3 overall, but those were my very quick thoughts in less than ideal circumstances. All of this was moot because of the price. My bottom line was that at the asking prie I could buy the Stax 009, which IMHO, is qualitatively in a different league from the Abyss and the LCD-3. I am not in a position to spend that much on a headphone setup, but if I were it would be for the Stax setup, certainly not the Abyss. I am currently considering a purchase of the LCD-2 or the LCD-3 at their respective price points. If the Abyss was priced much closer to the LCD-3, then I would consider it and want to hear more of it. At its current price, it is a nonstarter for me. At that price (and I am personally not in that budget range) I don't think it can compete with Stax. Clearly I am partial to the Stax sound so, of course, YMMV on this.
It does work the same way with magnetics, with an inverse square force/distance relationship,.
There is no new "technology" here and no new technology to be gained by being a cable manufacturer. The physics to totally define cables and signal transmission have been completely known for 100 years, with no new technology in decades and decades, other than digital concerns. So they learned no great answers to mysteries from the cable biz.
Planar magnetic speakers were patented before 1930. Only rare earth magnets have improved things, and neo is now old.
We shall see what they sound like and maybe it will be great but it is impossible that there is new physics or technology or materials at play. And they do have a hurdle to get over which is the non-linear force/distance relationship.
Yes the flux consistency is one consideration, It will highly depend on the membrane excursion and the flux at min and max excursion - this is where your mathematical modelling could be very interesting arnaud. I am very interested in seeing how these pan out, my point was merely that being single ended was not necessarily a deficiency.
edit - I am sure there will be a lot of marketing speak, this we need to learn how to filter
this is pretty much a non statement. Of course there are no new principles but materials technology has advanced dramatically over the past few decades unless you feel that yester-years dynamic drivers have as much to offer as their modern counterparts , the same applies to planars, both magnetic and electrostatic. There are a handful of vintage dynamic drivers which have stood the test of time, likewise a handful of the vintage planar magnetics and electrostatics have stood out. Having spoken with Alex and Shankar of Audeze about their driver , I have no doubt that the reason that they have achieved such successful implementation has to do with ultrathin membranes, new technologies that enable coating of said membranes with conductive traces and powerful magnets. I heard rumors that the Abyss was some exotic material that few have access to, truth? no idea, didn't spread the rumour as that is all it is. Access to something of this nature because of industry connections - well I know my own business well enough to enable me to believe that this could be a possibility. Again all heresay and this is not where the truth lies. So , best not to speculate on minutia but to look at what tangible realities there are. The custom magnet - that is real, is it necessary? Early fostex and all yamaha, pmb and sawafuji drivers were solid cast. Many were assembled poorly with misalignment front to back, probably adding to the variability that riddles the vintage scene. I am sure that it helps with flux uniformity. I don't understand why the magnet produced better sound when attached to the front of the assembly vs the rear, I have not come up with a reasonable theory for this, perhaps the mathematical modelling might show something obvious? I am also sure that it is easier to assemble than dual sided drivers - ask Tyll about his HE6 experiences, those magnets need a specialised jig to oppose and the possibility for subtle variation is much greater than merely using a jig to align traces to a magnets.
I have no vested interest, just thought some alternate principles might need be considered.