First they have to enjoy the HE-6 to start with.
Just heard the Mass Kobo 394 driving the Abyss at a shop and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. Brief comparison with the LAu, I found the treble on the 394 to be more open with a bit more extension while the LAu is smoother but a bit laid back. Mids sounded quite natural on the 394 whereas LAu is more vivid and lush. Bass extension and control is great on both amps while impact favours the LAu. I'm really tempted to pick it up and see how it'll do under controlled environment and tweaks.
Btw, the 394 does also drive the HD800 extremely well, a really great solid state alternative to my beloved ALO SS.
do you agree with one of these terms of describing them ? what would you add or subtract or modify ???
the Abyss and the LCD3 have a family resemblance, both bring their own strengths to the table, and both are superb, with the Abyss having more of a 3D stage and a deep open-hall bass,
while the LCD3s are more intimate, with more liquidity, and very sweet highs. I love the LCD3 highs as just the right balance of soaring to the heights but without fatigue or brittleness with any music.
Abyss 1266 is combination from Stax Sr 009 and LCD 3
here are the amplifiers that we tested and matched very well with the JPS Abyss (which still needs more burn in)
Mal Valve Three in fully balanced setup is one of the best combo out there especially it brings life to the mid
especially for vocal music for the Abyss, if you want more laid back mid you may try Bakoon Amplifier and for
really good dynamic swing AudioGD is the better one. Burson Conductor and other in Munkong are under power
The stock band was uncomfortable and painful to me. so i designed the new pad and made it at the leather arts shop.
I have read some complains about abyss's stock band in Head-fi forum. I hope that these pictures are a solution for them.
Wow, great idea! The stock band isn't too comfortable for me and always sags down a bit. With the new anchor position, I should be able to get the large portion of the band to rest on my head rather than less than 1/2 for the stock one. I'll see if I can have one made up with some adjustability. Besides, these look much more sturdy than the rubberband!