Hi everybody, I recently noticed (after having created some days ago an account on this forum and asked a first question...) that each new member can introduce him or herself, so I do it right now. First, I like music and HiFi very much and since a very long time, even if it's sometimes (for my personal experience) difficult to stay happy for a long time with the new amp or player or headphone you buy. I'm not a specialist at all about headphones, I prefer to listen to music with loudspeakers when I can, but I tried different ones for different purposes, here are some of them : STAX electret headphones I bought in 1980 (yes !) and still have, that's why I registered on this forum, needing to replace the cable. I still appreciate the delicate and precise sound of this one, even if I know it is not a real electrostatic headphone and that it is certainly light years from the sound of the STAX contemporary models. Koss PortaPro for use with an iPod Classic (160 GB), smooth, good bass, I appreciated it for years. Wireless Sony and Sennheiser, OK to watch TV. Sennheiser HD580 Precision, quite good, feeling comfortable for my ears. Sennheiser Momentum, which I bought this year and appreciate very much, lighter bass than the Koss but much better details and sensations of space, surprising for me for a closed model. This one satisfies me for other reasons : sound isolation both for me and people around, particularly my wife when I listen to music at night in the bedroom, also during travels by train or even in the metro, you can listen to music without pushing volume to the max. I have an integrated McIntosh MA6800 amplifier I love so much, although I have a problem with the headphones output which doesn’t work anymore. It’s not an issue for the STAX, the adapter being connected to the loudspeakers outputs. For the Momentum, I will certainly buy a dedicated headphones amp (this forum will surely be useful for me to chose a model). The music I listen to comes (most of the time) from a PC, all tunes are stored in FLAC format (CD very carefully ripped with EAC) --> Ethernet cable --> Squeezebox Touch --> Naim DAC --> McIntosh --> Dynaudio Special 25 loudspeakers. I use an iPad as a remote for the Squeezebox (iPeng app) and use this iPad too as a virtual Squeezebox, so I can listen to music directly from the iPad with headphones plugged in (in WiFi mode, naturally). Music styles : all that’s commonly called “rock”, specially for the sixties and seventies (but not only), mostly English and American music (Australian too) from AC/DC to ZZ Top, and between : Aerosmith, Allman Brothers Band, Beatles, the Black Keys, the Black Angels, Bowie, Doors, Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Rory Gallagher, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Yes, etc., etc., etc. and many many less known artists or bands, not to mention reggae, blues etc., the most of them remastered when available. Thanks for your attention, sorry if you notice some grammar mistakes or words misuse, English is not my common language, I’m French (I have the pleasure to live in the south part of France, near the Mediterranean sea).
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6/11/13 at 8:34am