I guess I made a thread to rent out stuff....
GL! I'll let you know when I can send the gr07s out. I'm actually not sure what happened to the tour.
Lol! Look at KEF M500! Probably the best portable hp with mic.
Hmm. I really didn't like K545. I haven't heard CAL!2 though. AKG sig isn't for me I guess. Too light and airy.
Ahh okay so what happened was that the I had sent the gr07s to the first person and at first it wasnt part of the tour so he sent them back to me after he tried them out. Then i decided to put them back on the tour so I sent it back to him, but I guess he forgot he was suppsoed to send it to the next person on the tour. The tour is still going on with the other headphones provided by another person. So I guess I'll just have him send the gr07s to you >.>
I'm tired... I just did some exhaustive comparisons between the nfb-10es2's amp section, the vali, and the project sunrise with the full music 12AU7 tubes fed by the 10es2's dac section and the hd800s and hd600s. Then I did some quick comparisons between the 10es2's dac section compared to the hifimediy and the dx50 using the vali. I was supposed to do schoolwork tonight >.>. I should stop doing so many comparisons and just enjoy the music... A/Bing gear and listening to the same tracks over and over isn't much fun :(
Also, I agree with purrin that the vali scales well with dacs. Differences between the dacs tested were very apparent. The hifimediy is pretty pathetic compared to the 10es2.
I hate when people post **** like this (from geekhack):
People in general need to start learning how to use EQ. For some reason audiophiles think it is icky or something.
Anyways, I have had my hd600 for about 8 years now (wow I can't believe it's been that long!) and they have proven to be one of the best purchases I've made. I've fussed around with different amps and DACs but at the end of the day the difference is negligible. For high ohm headphones, the amp actually has less of an effect on the sound quality because they don't drain current. You really just need something with a high enough voltage swing to reach the desired volume levels. I know this contradicts almost everything people read on places like head-fi, but that is the simple truth. FYI, don't ever go on head-fi. Those people are horribly misinformed. They would have you believe that iPods are poor audio sources. iPods are brilliant sources, so long as you are ripping your music with sufficient quality. They would have you believe that headphones need to be "burned in" for 502350230 hours before you can listen to them. They would have you buy a new $500 headphone amplifier before tweaking EQ if more midrange is needed.
Amps aren't supposed to sound like anything. That is exactly why THD needs to be low.
The inside quote in the second quote was said by me. Otherwise the quotes are by the same guy.
Oh wow. I guess he took it bit to far. I guess he's the one who's really mis informed. For general public that uses **** like beats and stock earbuds, ipods are sufficient. But to say amp/dac difference is negligible is not good. EQs do bring down SQ. Hardware EQ brings down the SQ less, but software EQ causes high distortion, and that's why many audiophiles don't EQ.
And THD? WTF? THD should always be low. It is important.
IK. Sometimes, THD are not bad. I know that some headphones with high THD sounds really good, especially in the bass part. For example, HD650 has rather high distortion in sub bass, but it sounds really good.