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post #256 of 645
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We should meet up if we make it.  Every time I try the HD800, I come away thinking they are not for me.  I plan to try again at this meet.  It would be cool to have another set of ears involved this time.

You may be one of us that belong to the "dark" side (pun intended).

The HD800 is very bright and sibilance-prone, and I for one can't stand that much treble energy, so... it isn't for me either.

But if you want to hear something interesting, I do have a modded ATH-W1000X in my stable now, and an incoming ATH-ES10 with wooden ear cups.
post #257 of 645
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You may be one of us that belong to the "dark" side (pun intended).

The HD800 is very bright and sibilance-prone, and I for one can't stand that much treble energy, so... it isn't for me either.

But if you want to hear something interesting, I do have a modded ATH-W1000X in my stable now, and an incoming ATH-ES10 with wooden ear cups.

Yeah, guilty.  I always end up feeling the same about the HD800 - too much treble.  Too much like a scalpel with something to dissect, when what I really want is a nice rib eye and a steak knife...  At 54, my hearing is still very, very good (at least according to OSHA tests that only go up to 8 kHz, and a tone generator app on my iPhone).  Too much high end is just plain too much.  I will be interested in hearing the AT's.  I vaguely remember hearing an ES10 at the SF Bay meet in February.  It was not for me at that time, but I was standing up, grabbing a quick listen, so they didn't get a fair shot.  Would love to hear them again.

 

My stable is pretty small - MD 3.2's balanced by Mr. Speakers (check them out on his site - nice, nice implementation of the removable cable), HD650's and my 1964 Ears Quads ciems.  I've stopped getting excited about new cans lately.  The only other thing i need to try in the mid tier is the DT880-600's - so I'll be looking for a pair or two to try at the meet - Wolfetan, I think that means yours!

 

What I'm lusting after, is the HE6 with a small speaker amp.  Heard one at the SF Bay meet this year, and have been drooling over it since.

post #258 of 645
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I'm just joining the thread, so I'm uninformed.  But I plan to attend and contribute.

 

Not enough interesting equipment in my stable to show, but I'll wear my own 'phones and SR-71B as a reference point.

I'd love to come away with a plan to buy HD800 and cabling for balanced use on the RSA amp. 

 

"Stoney"

Jim

Commute daily from Santa Clara

We should meet up if we make it.  Every time I try the HD800, I come away thinking they are not for me.  I plan to try again at this meet.  It would be cool to have another set of ears involved this time.

:O There my favorite headphone:P!

post #259 of 645

Oh, goodie.  I hope I get to hear those HD800's on my Taboo.

post #260 of 645

Wow this looks interesting. I remember glancing at this thread earlier, but can I buy the tickets at the door? 

 

I've always wondered what a Head-fi meet would be like as I missed the last meet at SF too.

post #261 of 645
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

We should meet up if we make it.  Every time I try the HD800, I come away thinking they are not for me.  I plan to try again at this meet.  It would be cool to have another set of ears involved this time.

 

Sure thing.  Last I tried was at Audio High in Mountain View with the Sennheiser amp. Sounded great with a bit recessed midrange (not nec. inaccurate) but a strong treble that on some recordings was too much.  For example, the glare on Annie Lennox's voice on track 2 of Bare was too much, whereas track 1 was fine.  

post #262 of 645
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We should meet up if we make it.  Every time I try the HD800, I come away thinking they are not for me.  I plan to try again at this meet.  It would be cool to have another set of ears involved this time.

 

Sure thing.  Last I tried was at Audio High in Mountain View with the Sennheiser amp. Sounded great with a bit recessed midrange (not nec. inaccurate) but a strong treble that on some recordings was too much.  For example, the glare on Annie Lennox's voice on track 2 of Bare was too much, whereas track 1 was fine.  

They have the Sennheiser amp there now?

post #263 of 645
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 The only other thing i need to try in the mid tier is the DT880-600's - so I'll be looking for a pair or two to try at the meet - Wolfetan, I think that means yours!

 

What I'm lusting after, is the HE6 with a small speaker amp.  Heard one at the SF Bay meet this year, and have been drooling over it since.

 

You can try my DT880 / 600's. But I can guarantee you won't like them.

To my ears, they are about the brightest cans I've ever heard (actually much in the Beyer line is), and though I love bright... these through the wrong amp can be painful.

The 600 Ohm is the least bright in the DT880 line, and they are still usually too bright for me with their wicked 8khz spike. Fortunately I've recently bought a great DAC that has filters that when applied, make the DT880 listenable (under most conditions).

 

As for your HE6 lust... oh yeah. Probably my favorite sounding cans. Really. (Just too many deal breakers for me to buy...)

post #264 of 645

Yep.  I also tried the LCD2 and LCD3.  I liked the LCD3 except the upper midrange was too dark.  That made the LCD2 the better choice, although both have a bit too much midrange darkness.  Oddly, I found myself drawn to the HD800 for the first time, perhaps due to the amp, although that glare may be a deal-breaker, leaving me with an HD650 that I will re-wire for balanced (I'd prefer to use Cardas and either direct to the RSA type connector, or with an intervening mini XLR as an adapter. That way I can also buy an adapter to a full-sized XLR or pair of XLRs depending on if and what I might purchase in the future.)  

 

 

Audio High
165 Moffett Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043 
(650) 964 - 4000 
info@audiohigh.com

 

I also spent quite a long time with the HE-600, very good for the price, but a tiny peak in the upper midrange caused, over time, a dissatisfaction with added sibilance.  A shame, but another deal breaker.  I do like that store as well, BTW... 

 

Audiovision
1603 Pine St
(between 101 & Franklin St) 
San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Lower Pacific Heights
(415) 614-1118


Edited by Stoney - 7/6/13 at 12:23pm
post #265 of 645
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I had similar experiences, meet conditions caveat applies of course. That's how I ended up drawn to the HE6. The only issue I had was that serious bass sound and felt like sitting in front of a big Hiwatt stack. I think I'll eventually end up with someone's cast off HE6+tripath or other small speaker amp. Or an Mjolnir...

Oh, and to stay on topic, I hope to find a pair again at this meet. Maybe Jazzfan will attend...
Edited by aamefford - 7/6/13 at 3:00pm
post #266 of 645
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Originally Posted by EveTan View Post

Wow this looks interesting. I remember glancing at this thread earlier, but can I buy the tickets at the door? 

 

I've always wondered what a Head-fi meet would be like as I missed the last meet at SF too.

Tickets are available on line and you avoid the lines and wait at the door. You can buy them at the door. Please let me know if your coming and if so I will post you in the thread.

post #267 of 645

Frank, I have finally finalized my setup and can bring a couple things out of my lineup or all of it if you want.

 

I have Astrotec AM-90s, Audeze LCD2.2, Modded Fostex T50RPs, and a pair of Paradigm Atom speakers.  I only have the Resonessence Labs Concero for a dac and Yamaha A-S500 for an amp as I use it for both headphones and speakers.  I would be willing to bring any or all of it if there is enough space.  The only problem is that I plan on coming by public transit so unless I can find a ride I can only bring a couple of the smaller things.  

post #268 of 645
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Tickets are available on line and you avoid the lines and wait at the door. You can buy them at the door. Please let me know if your coming and if so I will post you in the thread.

I'm not quite sure if I'll be able to make it or not. So I'd probably just buy them at the door if I do happen to go.

post #269 of 645
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Frank, I have finally finalized my setup and can bring a couple things out of my lineup or all of it if you want.

 

I have Astrotec AM-90s, Audeze LCD2.2, Modded Fostex T50RPs, and a pair of Paradigm Atom speakers.  I only have the Resonessence Labs Concero for a dac and Yamaha A-S500 for an amp as I use it for both headphones and speakers.  I would be willing to bring any or all of it if there is enough space.  The only problem is that I plan on coming by public transit so unless I can find a ride I can only bring a couple of the smaller things.  

Sorry no speakers. Headphones only. Bring what you can and perhaps someone can give you a ride. Looking forward o meeting you.

post #270 of 645

Alright in that case I don't think I will be needing a table.  But I look forward to meeting everyone and attending. 

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