Originally Posted by MuppetFace
Before the Abyss was even released some folks were insisting the diaphragm was supposedly going to be unstable, that it was going to practically fly out of the assembly under duress, that there was going to be a ton of distortion. Having talked to people who actually have experience with planar magnetics---both in the industry and out---personally I'm not remotely worried. So far as I can tell the design choices that went into the Abyss were deliberate, the result of one philosophy over another, one target over another.
You can cherry pick things to suit whatever point you're trying to make. It ultimately amounts to looking at trees instead of the forest. There are plenty of other headphones that do very specific things better than the Abyss----the HD800 is a better detail extractor, the R10 renders strings with more character, the SR-007 has smoother highs---but the Abyss offers a pretty compelling combination of strengths for some folks. Personally, no other headphone has a bass response as well controlled yet visceral as the Abyss to my ears. No other headphone mimics the sound of a good speaker setup as closely as the Abyss to my ears. No other headphone has an overall FR balance quite like the Abyss (similar to modified T50RPs like the Paradox and some of the HiFiMan models) while performing as well in areas like detail extraction to my ears. Additionally, the Abyss sounds great to me when driven from a $500 vintage speaker amp. The SR-009 on the other hand requires an amp in excess of $2k.
As far as the whole "this isn't acceptable for X amount of money" thing goes... please. Trying to argue for what's acceptable in summit-fi is like one madman condemning another because the voices in his head aren't conjugating properly. We justify things to ourselves in any number of ways, and cherry picking certain measurements is just another example, be it to convince others (or really ourselves) that a certain product is great or not. Honestly I think it's a little telling when the most vehement objectors to the Abyss in this thread---and other threads---are the same few people who haven't even listened to it.
I am agree with you , I have some high end headphones like Stax sr 007 mk2, sr 009 , Audeze LCD 3 , Sennheiser HD 800 , Bayerdynamic T1 and
Fostex TH 900 .
That Abyss has the closest SQ to my home speakers
Minus : Abyss is power hungry
With my high end portable amps can sing very good but not to the high end level SQ
Like with my Theorem 720 DAC and Alo Rx 3 B + Cyberlabs Class dB 2
With my tube Pre Amp T + A P 10.2 high end home audio , I can hear the strong point
From Abyss 1266 the SQ reproduction is the closest to home speaker .