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Poll Results: This is my headphone. I am finished. I've owned these for more than 1 year.

 
  • 12% (24)
    Stax SR009
  • 4% (9)
    Stax SR007 Mk 1 or 2
  • 9% (17)
    Audeze LCD2 inc revision 2
  • 9% (17)
    Audeze LCD3
  • 10% (19)
    Fostex TH900
  • 29% (55)
    Sennheiser HD800
  • 1% (3)
    Sennheiser Orpheus
  • 2% (4)
    Sony MDR10 Bass heavy or light
  • 4% (9)
    JH Audio Or Custom in ear monitors
  • 3% (7)
    Beyerdynamic T1
  • 11% (22)
    any I've missed? Please post
186 Total Votes  
post #496 of 594
I've downsized my collection massively over the last 6 months, partly because I was moving but mostly because I suddenly evolved into some kind of weird neat-freak and couldn't stand the clutter anymore.

Discovered the Fostex TH-900 around 4 months ago (yes, I realize I haven't had this for 1 whole year yet, but I'm sure I will) and realized that I'd sort of reached my end-game cans after auditioning it for a week. Returned the LCD-3 I was also auditioning and sold off my LCD2, T1, HD650 and D7000 shortly after. Also sold off my Luxman DA200 and GS Solo II. Currently shopping for a new amp and DAC for the TH900. I have a few loaners but haven't yet decided on what type of amplification I want. I think I'll be happy with the TH900 for a while, or at least until Fostex or some other manufacturer that employs bio-cellulose drivers releases something better. They just sound so effortless and organic.

Also kept a TMA-01 that I got as a Xmas present a year ago, but I hardly use them. Still shopping for a set of earbuds for my smartphone, but that's not really a priority since I tend to drive most of the time.

Edit:
Oh, I suppose software also figures into an end-game setup. Discovered Linux and MPD about a year ago. Now I just use MPD to send the unfettered audio directly to a DAC, bypassing whatever internal sound server the system incorporates. Also discovered this cool new console front-end application for MPD called ncmpcpp, and it's the sexiest thing ever. Makes me feel that I've been throwing money down the drain with all the "audiophile" players on OSX and Windows in the past.
Edited by kurochin - 10/14/13 at 8:20pm
post #497 of 594
Let us know what DAC you end up with for your linux/mpd setup smily_headphones1.gif
post #498 of 594

Original Moth 2A3 with RCA monoplate 2A3 tubes. 

Woo Wee

Jade electrostatic headphone

Cary 306 SACD

Micro Seiki RX1500VG turntable

Pass Labs XP25 phono preamp

post #499 of 594
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Originally Posted by CybDev View Post

Let us know what DAC you end up with for your linux/mpd setup smily_headphones1.gif

 

Yeah, the main issue with Linux is the DAC compatibility. Most manufacturers don't bother testing with Linux, even though they might be using a compatible chipset/receiver. Less of an issue these days I suppose, since any device that's USB Audio Class (1 or 2) certified should work, or at the very least get itself autodetected.

 

I'm currently testing the Bladelius USB DAC. Borrowed it from an acquaintance. Works well, sounds very good for a USB-powered unit and also supports asynchronous transfer and bitrates up to 24/192. Uses an XMOS receiver; http://www.bladelius.com/products/bladelius/usb-dac/

 

At the moment, I'm trying to limit myself to a USB-powered DAC + wall-powered amp for now, since I'm short on space and wall outlets at my new place. Made a thread here asking for recs, so feel free to chime in if you have any.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/685417/amp-dac-for-fostex-th900

 

Other DACs I've tested on Linux are the Violectric V800, the 24/96 USB add-on card for the V200. The Tenor receivers support 44.1, 48 and 96kHz, but don't support 88 for some odd reason. Also tried my Audioquest Dragonfly, which works flawlessly.

 

Note that you might need a newer kernel if you're running a "stable" type distribution. Some kernels between 3.6 - 3.9 had some bug (I can't recall what it exactly was) that caused jitter and skipping under asynchronous transfer. I'm also doing some research on setting up a Raspberry Pi to handle music streaming duties, and found a distribution called Raspify. If you're curious about Linux-friendly DACs, they have a page with some supported models listed; http://www.raspyfi.com/raspberry-pi-usb-dac-and-raspyfi-supported-dacs/

 

Will update this post if/when I get any more DACs tested.

 

Cheers

 

Edit:

CybDev, I just looked at your profile and noticed you're a Linux sysadmin, so I assume that most of what I stated above is irrelevant, since you probably know more than I do about all this stuff. Sorry.

 

I'll just leave the post as is in case someone else needs the info. Btw, I noticed the QNKTC AB-1.2 USB DAC listed in your profile. Another one I need to check out, though I don't think it's easy to find where I live.

 

Thanks.


Edited by kurochin - 10/15/13 at 8:47am
post #500 of 594
Haha, I had no idea it existed til I met the guy who makes it in an audio store while I was checking out a Bryston BDP-2 (which uses MPD as playback software incidentially) and we started arguing DAC chips and linux development biggrin.gif

Sound quality wise I'm not sold on the QNKTC, but it's an open project I wanted to support smily_headphones1.gif
post #501 of 594

Almost done here...finally. 

 

The Balancing Act + Dynahi (with others which are mostly redundant now, except maybe the Zana) > HD800, T1, LCD 2, etc...

 

Odyssey Stratos Plus > HE6 

 

KGSS > HE60, SR007

 

Source #1: Lampizator Gen 4 Lev. 4

Source #2: PWD or Master 7 

 

Remaining: Offramp, SR009, BHSE = Done!!!!

post #502 of 594

I'm really happy with my home set up and I can't see it changing barr an enormous cash windfall. I have LCD2.2 (18 months); Schiit Lyr (15 months) and Bifrost (only 8 months, but steady).

 

I do have a bit of a tube habit, but that hardly counts, surely...

 

My DAP is pretty much as I want it, DX-100 (20 months) but my ears on the move (currently Sig Pros, 6 weeks and great but far from end game) and my entire portable and use in a hotel set up (amp/DAC tbc, and Alpha Dogs, bought but not delivered) is still up for grabs...

post #503 of 594
Mine is Aristaeus amplifier + HE90 (B759 as drivers) for electrostatic
for dynamic and other : JPS Abyss, TakeT H2, new Jecklin float QA driven by speaker
amplifier Berning Zotl ZH230+ Zotl Preone:D
post #504 of 594
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Originally Posted by kiertijai View Post

Mine is Aristaeus amplifier + HE90 (B759 as drivers) for electrostatic
for dynamic and other : JPS Abyss, TakeT H2, new Jecklin float QA driven by speaker
amplifier Berning Zotl ZH230+ Zotl Preone:D

 

How do you find the Floats and Abyss versus the electrostatics? 

post #505 of 594
Now that I have my Sr-009s, KGSSHV, and Master 7 I'm done. Sure the total rig has only been done for less than a month, but I'm complete now
post #506 of 594
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post

Now that I have my Sr-009s, KGSSHV, and Master 7 I'm done. Sure the total rig has only been done for less than a month, but I'm complete now

:beerchug:

 

I'm right there with you except for sub out the Master 7 with a Bryston BDA-2. :smile:

post #507 of 594
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

beerchug.gif

I'm right there with you except for sub out the Master 7 with a Bryston BDA-2. smile.gif

Haha now that I've gotten to compare the Neko DAC to the master 7, which by the way doesn't get nearly enough press here on headfi, that dac is amazing, I need to go talk to my dealer about borrowing the BDA-2
post #508 of 594
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post


Haha now that I've gotten to compare the Neko DAC to the master 7, which by the way doesn't get nearly enough press here on headfi, that dac is amazing, I need to go talk to my dealer about borrowing the BDA-2

You're right....looks like an intriguing option. 

post #509 of 594
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

You're right....looks like an intriguing option. 

It really is amazing, it has a smoothness/clearness to it that the m7 doesn't have, it doesn't have quite the detail or soundstage or the m7, but it brings some things to the table that other dacs don't. It deserves a lot more attention on here for sure
post #510 of 594

Boy you guys seem really thrilled with your KGSSHV's. An amp for my electrostats is really the very last thing I'm looking for. The KGSS just does so well with my SR009 and HE60, that I worry about losing that with an "upgrade". It's the SR007 that's problematic, as I feel it's so close to ditching the cuffs and coming alive, but it never does. 

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