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ASR, did you get a chance to hear the Schiit Vali?  

 

I skipped the Vali on purpose, just didn't have much interest for various personal reasons. I know that I won't ever buy one either regardless of how good it's supposed to sound, so I just passed it by. I'm usually more in the market for larger desktop-size solid-state amps and closed portable (and full-size) headphones. There were a ton of IEM vendors that I skipped as well, as I'm just not interested in IEMs either right now. The only reason I'd buy an IEM would be if something happened to my JH13 (broken, lost, stolen, etc).

 

In fact, if I had to identify the top trends in the market based on what was at RMAF, they were: (1) IEMs and portable hi-fi (the Astell & Kern players were everywhere, not just at Astell & Kern's table!), (2) computer audio, especially on MacBooks (how come no one ever uses a Windows laptop at audio shows?), and (3) closed portable headphones.

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I also took two of my own headphones, the Audio-Technica AD2000X and Audeze LCD-2 r2 (I re-bought one recently, wanted to re-evaluate it), in order to listen to them on as many different amps as possible. I especially wanted to find a better amp than the HeadAmp Gilmore Lite for the AD2KX (the amp is awesomely great for the original AD2K; the X not as much). The amps I heard them on included:

- ALO Audio Studio Six

- Auralic Taurus MKII

- Bryston BHA-1

- Burson Conductor

- Schiit Asgard 2

 

Really looking forward to your impressions, Asr.

As much as I liked GLite and GS-1, Conductor amp section was a big turn down for me, too aggressive, forward, and harsh. And that was after all that praise I've read about Burson? :confused:

Running updated with new modules GS-1 against Taurus MKII this very moment, and I think I really dig AURALiC. Not sure about AD2000, didn't get to them yet, but AURALiC pairs much better with HD800, much more authority down low. Similar voicing, not too warm, not too bright, slightly relaxed and laid back, but in direct comparison (never thought I'd ever say that) GS-1 sounds thinner and more treble happy.

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Hmm, wondering how the Taurus would compare against the GS-X smily_headphones1.gif
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I heard them in direct comparison to the Focal Spirit Pro and V-Moda M100 (at Jude's table).  The Focal Spirit Pro was the most neutral of the 3, to an obvious extent.  The NAD had nice bass and really nice treble, but really seemed scooped in the midrange, kind of the "V-shaped equalizer" type of sound in my opinion.  The V-Moda had the most bass of the 3 and the most bass impact.

 

I thought the NAD was a competent headphone, but was the one I liked least out of the three.  When not compared directly though I think it was enjoyable, and I think it will draw some fans.  My purchase choice would be the Focal Spirit Pro for accuracy and the V-Moda for bassheads though.

 

I hope that helps.  It was a "back and forth, which one is best?" type of activity rather than a "listen to one headphone for a long time and get used to it" type of activity, so take it with a grain of salt.

 

Aren't you happy that I came over to Jude's table and forced my M-100 on you for comparisons?  :p :veryevil:

 

I agree with your impressions about these three, but overall the Focal were too neutral and inefficient for me to enjoy un-amped out of an iPhone.  With the HiFi-M8 DAC/amp and bass-boost turned on the Spirit became more fun though.  But if given the choice I'd still pick my M-100 as my #1 portable.  

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It's a shame that Audioengine was up in room 574 instead of in the CanJam room, because their new D3 DAC is something that we head-fiers would appreciate.  It's a really small USB stick with a 24/96 DAC and 3/5mm output, that drives amps and headphones equally well.  

 

And from what I heard previously of the similar Audioquest Dragonfly I believe this sounds better.  It's detailed, open, airy, spacious, and punchy sounding in the bottom end.  With my JH16Pro, HE-500, and LCD-2 rev2 it appears to be on par with my Pico DAC/Slim combo in terms of sound quality, soundstage, frequency response, and power.  I'm just now getting to do comparisons with my CEntrance DACport, but there isn't a big difference in sound there either although this session was with my modded ATH-A900 closed back phones.  

 

At $189 it's hard to beat for sound and size.  It's a little smaller than a pack of Wriggly's gum, machined out of billet aluminum.  I'm going to start a thread on this item this weekend, with photos and specs.  

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Hey Asr, I know you've already got a bunch of requests but would you mind comparing the AD2000X with the FAD Pandora VI?

post #157 of 353

Hey Larry/HPA, I believe you already posted something much like that back in post #127. ;) In any case, it certainly seems like the USB flash drive-sized DAC/amps are the latest fad, as quite a few other companies are also in on that, including HRT with the MicroStreamer and Light Harmonic with their upcoming GEEK (which both also have aluminum enclosures). So that market is definitely heating up....

 

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Hey Asr, I know you've already got a bunch of requests but would you mind comparing the AD2000X with the FAD Pandora VI?

 

Well since the show is over, that's sort of hard to do now, sorry. All I have of the Pandora now are some written notes. No way to say with certainty how the two compare.

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Thanks anyway, still looking forward to your notes on the Pandora regardless!

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I agree with your impressions about these three, but overall the Focal were too neutral and inefficient for me to enjoy un-amped out of an iPhone.  With the HiFi-M8 DAC/amp and bass-boost turned on the Spirit became more fun though.  But if given the choice I'd still pick my M-100 as my #1 portable.  

 



So the NAD is V-Shaped?
post #160 of 353

No, just the sound presentation.......  tee hee

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Thats what I meant hehehe
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In fact, if I had to identify the top trends in the market based on what was at RMAF, they were: (1) IEMs and portable hi-fi (the Astell & Kern players were everywhere, not just at Astell & Kern's table!), (2) computer audio, especially on MacBooks (how come no one ever uses a Windows laptop at audio shows?), and (3) closed portable headphones.
Actually Woo had a Win8 tablet running JRiver in theater mode and I was highly impressed - fun way to choose your music and better than the Mac solutions most vendors used.
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Actually Woo had a Win8 tablet running JRiver in theater mode and I was highly impressed - fun way to choose your music and better than the Mac solutions most vendors used.

Agreed on this one Woo did a good job there, some of the Macs were not set up to play FLAC so I couldn't use my own music.  One or two did have another program specially for flac installed.

 

Oh, and I also liked the Vali with my HD800's very nice little package there.

 

For the first time I also thought the LCD-3 were maybe worth the money, very nice on the Ragnarok.  I still favor my HD800's though.


Edited by bearFNF - 10/19/13 at 4:03pm
post #164 of 353
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Agreed on this one Woo did a good job there, some of the Macs were not set up to play FLAC so I couldn't use my own music.  One or two did have another program specially for flac installed.

Oh, and I also liked the Vali with my HD800's very nice little package there.

For the first time I also thought the LCD-3 were maybe worth the money, very nice on the Ragnarok.  I still favor my HD800's though.
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post #165 of 353

Awesome pictures in this thread.

Someday i will make it to RMAF.

i bet its like heaven

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