The JPS Abyss AB-1266 have arrived Munkong Thailand for 2 weeks. One week later the MalValve three followed along with HE90, Sony MDR R10,
Stax SR009, Fostex TH900, LCD3, HD800, HE6 and HE500 etc.
At first impression, the Abyss impressed us with deepest and best quality bass while the mid was a little bit recessed and mild sparkling treble. The
background was dark, quiet with huge soundstage and excellent detail. We tried several amplifiers at first with burson conductor, bakoon amplifier,
AudioGD and Schiit Mjolnir. The Burson conductor seems to be underpower and the soundstage was small and compress. The bakoon was better
with excellent dynamic swing. At Munkong some said that the best match may be the AudioGD and Schiit Mjolniris also very good but the sound quality was different while the audioGD was more analytical and Schiit mjolnir produced thicker warmer sound.
When Mal Valve Three arrived it can drive the Abyss very good however in some music which require excellent dynamic swing i.e. The rite of Spring
it seem to be under power but the sounds was very nice. The MalValve three was excellent with HD800 (may be the best I have heard), Sony MDR R10 (equal to EAR HP4 that I also own) .It is a perfect match for the HE6 ahd HE500 and their bass with the HE was perfect. LCD3 also shines with Mal Valve Three.
We tried more of the Mal Valve Three with fully balanced setup and use the Ayre DSD DAC with volume control. Now you get the perfect combination
(from what I heard from Munkong and Louis) between Abyss and MalValve Three (at least 30% better than the SE setup). We will have more chance to directly compare with other legendary and other better current headphones
Edited by kiertijai - 8/29/13 at 7:33am