Did you have the LL1 in your home for several weeks along side a much superior KGSSHV? I did direct A-B comparisons in my the quiet of my listening room, with my sources and my music. And my comments stand. Sorry....the bass does "seem" to cut off at 80Hz in comparison to other amps I've tried. The KGSSHV is spectacular with the SR-009s and as I mentioned fires on all cylinders....great bass, mids, treble, imaging, transparency, etc...(you name it).
I also had a BHSE in the house at the time. I owned all three amps for a couple of months (along with a SRM-323S. Lul.)
I also had two 009's. Which I plugged into two different amps at the time, driven from the same source, to A/B test. I did the same thing with a couple headphones/amps/sources.. I thought about publishing something but I'm too lazy. @France
I preferred the LL(v1) for the 009 at the time, and the BHSE for the 007s. The LL had a warm coloring that sounded much more musical with the 009s, especially the midrange. The BHSE was way too bright and brittle sounding albeit it had amazing transparency and detail. The KGSSHV (compared to the LLv1) did better than the LL with most of the technicalities. Very nice bass, as you said, but it just sounded.. bland. I used it as a bedside rig for when I couldn't sleep, worked wonders.
It was the same deal with the 007s... in fact the KGSSHV + 007 was my very first headphone rig (very hypnotic... this put me to sleep twice as fast as the 009 pairing), and not even a warm source like the Cantata could save that pairing... but the BHSE makes the 007 sound magical so all is well.
Oh yeah these are all in relative terms, the differences between the KGSSHV and the LL were not night and day. It was enough to get me over in blind tests though, so that says something.
Btw I'm pretty sure the build quality and the components my KGSSHV had tops anything build I've seen... ever. Cost a pretty nickel too (right MH? ) Not sure if
this means anything... but food for thought.
I was waiting for Eric to throw his wrench in the works but it seems like he's holding off for now.
This may be just adding oil on the fire but the recent blind test performed in France did highlight that all bets are off when you leave expectations / preconceptions and other placebo effects aside.
Not at all. My opinion is that the results of those blind tests are pretty much useless, as they stated they have spent quite a long period of time with the RKV + wee combo to develop a memory of it's sound signature, and to develop bias....before testing. A real blind test would be to test people who have never heard any of those amps (ever).
Even then blind tests do particularly little in the world of audio, as I have found out.. way too many variables. Also you need very good ears, memory, and a lot of experience doing analytical listening with different types of gear for noticeable results.... but some would say such a well trained test subject is proned to bias--- anyways its something someone with time on their hands could look into.
Edited by En_R - 9/20/13 at 1:15am