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They are out here just need to look for them...:blink:

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2nd/last set of impressions. 3rd batch of pics to come tomorrow.

 

- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (amp: Beyerdynamic A20, source: Onkyo DV-BD606)

- Final Audio Design Pandora 6 (source: Astell & Kern AK120)

- Focal Spirit Pro and Spirit Classic (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)

- NAD Viso HP50 (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)

- Sennheiser HD26 Pro (sources: Sennheiser's laptop system and iAudio X5 MP3 player)

 

These closed portable headphones are all grouped up together because I listened to them only briefly and don't have any overly detailed comments about them. I've long been in the market for a set of great-sounding closed portable headphones so I wanted to try out everything that was new or that I've heard about.

 

The Custom One Pro brought back distant sonic memories of the DT880 and DT770, as long ago as that was (which was several years ago). Good deep bass and clarity, wasn't sure how good it really was though, as I only listened for a short time. Sounded like a headphone I sort of wanted to buy to check out further, at least.

 

The Pandora was sort of like a Sony sound to me loosely, with very good clarity and somewhat of a V-type sound (it seemed the mid-range was a bit thin). Very comfortable to wear too, with plush earpads. It too sounded like something I might like to buy at some point, to check out at home on familiar gear & music.

 

Listening to the Focal Spirit Pro and Classic wasn't ideal - I finally got my chance to listen to them after Focal had already packed back up and it turned out that they belonged to Jude. At that point, almost all of the other vendors had also packed back up, leaving me with no other source than my MP3 player which I'd brought with me. So I really can't say anything useful about them, other than that they were both capable of producing a lot of bass quantity. I used both a local Top 40 FM radio station (which naturally had boosted bass) and some MP3 on my player, and both the Pro and Classic sounded "big" and "full" with the variety of music that I played. They both had a type of "car speaker" sound to them with big bass/mid-bass and vocals. However, as lackluster as my MP3 player was, I didn't like either the Pro or the Classic that much. There wasn't much that stood out about them, and I lost interest in a potential purchase after my listening session. They were both also quite inefficient and I had to crank my player's volume to 34-35 (it maxes out at 40!) to get them to sound loud. Compare that to my Audio-Technica ES7, which only needed 23-24 to reach approximately the same audible volume level (I tested it after returning home from the show).

 

The NAD HP50 was closer to my sonic preferences, with a thinner mid-range than the Focals and more emphasized treble, without losing the big bass sound. Compared to the KEF M500 which someone asked about before, I couldn't even guess how they compare due to the difference in source (I used the KEF primarily with my previous dedicated dedicated CD system, and almost never out of my MP3 player). The NAD seemed promising enough though that I'll probably buy them, eventually.

 

The Sennheiser HD26 had a clever split-headband design, but in actuality it didn't work as well as the Beyerdynamic DT1350's split headband, because the headband split apart too much to comfortably fit on my head. The sound overall was brighter than the NAD and Focals, with less bass as well. But the soundstage was wider & deeper too, while the NAD and Focals had a more compacted soundstage and sounded a lot like closed headphones, while the HD26 was more open (though it too did sound closed).

 

- HiFiMan HE-500 (amp: Schiit Asgard 2, source: Schiit Bifrost): I've heard the HE-500 before but wanted to revisit them to see if I could finally write them off once and for all, and I ended up thinking that I probably can. They did have good clarity and bass but out of this setup, no qualities that made me want to listen too long. Like the HE-400, they totally didn't fit my head either, so I finally just decided that none of the HiFiMans are for me.

 

- JH Audio Roxanne (source: Astell & Kern AK120): There's not much positive that I want to say about JH Audio after seeing how poorly they handled the situation with the JH-3A, but the Roxanne sounded immediately immersive & expansive and had something about it that sucked me in more than the JH13. There was just something about the imaging, which felt more expansive. But that's all I want to say about the Roxanne, as I never want to buy anything from JH Audio in the future. Whenever the time comes to replace my JH13 for whatever reason, I'll be going with a different brand like Ultimate Ears or Aurisonics.

 

- MrSpeakers Alpha Dog (amp: Cavalli Liquid Glass, source: unknown, possibly a Burson Conductor?): I discovered at the show that the Alpha Dog was extremely similar-sounding to the Audeze LCD-2. I brought my own LCD-2 and alternated between the two on the Liquid Glass, and initially wasn't sure if there was a difference! The tonal balance was nearly identical, and so was the imaging. They were so close to each other that I'd call the Alpha Dog the closed equivalent of the LCD-2. But I did find a few minor differences: the Alpha Dog was more closed-in-sounding (as expected) but pushed everything out & away more compared to the LCD-2, so it wasn't quite as suffocating either. (Terminology note: closed-in-sounding vs "pushed out and away" might look like oxymorons but aren't meant to be. Hard to explain it in words.) The LCD-2 also had a more physical, tactile, & vivid sound with richer-sounding vocals than the Alpha Dog. But overall the two were sufficiently similar that I think anyone who has an LCD-2 or has heard one, has effectively heard the Alpha Dog too. If you want a closed LCD-2 for less than its $1K cost, then I think the Alpha Dog is a no-brainer and a great value!

 

- Philips Fidelio X1 (source: Audioengine D1): The X1 had decent clarity & treble, but not a whole lot of bass. In retrospect, their bass might have less quantity than the Focals (though that's just a guess). I got the feeling that they were being held back quite a bit by the Audioengine D1. I'll probably buy them too at some point so I can hear them properly sourced & amped.

 

- Shure SRH1840 w/ Moon Audio Black Dragon (amp: Bryston BHA-1, source: Bryston BDA-1): I previously owned the SRH1840 and wrote a semi-positive review of them (that can be found on Head-Fi through a search). I thought they were the best full-size open headphones of last year, and listening to them again at Moon Audio's table reminded me of just how good they are. They're like a scaled-down version of the HD800 - not quite as open-sounding, or as clean & clear, but still very open-, clean-, & clear-sounding compared to most other dynamic headphones. In Moon Audio's setup, they were moderately bassy too and didn't sound overly trebly, which helped the tonal balance further. Just a great set of headphones IMO, and at their new street price of $500, I think they're the one of the best values in open dynamics right now. It's highly likely that I'll re-buy a pair someday and try to find a better amp for them than a HeadAmp Dynalo-based one (which I don't think is ideal for them).

 

Audio-Technica AD2000X and Audeze LCD-2 r2 on: Auralic Taurus MKII, Bryston BHA-1, Burson Conductor, Schiit Asgard 2

 

These were both of my own headphones which I took to the show, in the interest of finding a good amp for them, especially for the AD2KX, as I've discovered it to be slightly picky in terms of sonic pairings.

 

Out of all the amps, the AD2KX sounded best on the Auralic Taurus MKII (plus Auralic DAC) - it developed serious bass and a ton of "drive" overall as well, which almost transformed it into a completely different headphone. Its mid-range became especially rich and full, and the treble seemed to have increased quantity as well. The AD2KX sounded so good on the Taurus MKII that it almost made me re-think selling them. The LCD-2 also sounded really good on the Taurus MKII, though I wouldn't say it's the best I heard from the LCD-2, which I'd have to award to the Apex Teton. My experience with the Auralic gear was positive enough that I'll almost certainly be buying at least the amp (if not also the DAC) at some point. Considering that the AD2KX sounded great on it, I'm sure that the original AD2K would sound great on it too.

 

Moon Audio's Bryston stack with the BHA-1 and BDA-2 was better for the LCD-2 than the AD2KX, because the AD2KX just didn't sound as full/enveloping and bassy on it and lost the magic somewhere. The LCD-2 didn't seem as powerful-sounding on the BHA-1 as on the Taurus MKII either, but it was a much less noticeable difference than the AD2KX's difference.

 

Moon Audio's Burson Conductor setup was also better for the LCD-2 than the AD2KX. Here it was being used as both a DAC and amp, with the Parasound ZCD player being used as a transport only. The LCD-2 developed very "solid" bass on the Conductor and was exceptionally firm-sounding on it, but still not quite as full/physical as on either the Taurus MKII or Teton. The AD2KX, on the other hand, had wimpy bass on the Conductor and just seemed like a sonic mismatch. The "drive" as heard on the Auralic just wasn't there.

 

The Schiit setup with the Asgard 2 and Bifrost worked well enough functionally with the headphones, but neither the AD2KX or the LCD-2 sounded that great on it. The AD2KX just didn't have much force to its sound on the Schiit gear, and the LCD-2 lacked some dynamic range on it too. Not that the Asgard 2 was "bad" per se, but compared to the previous amps it just wasn't as good. Informally, the Asgard 2 did seem to share the laid-back, "boring" sound of the Asgard 1 too, as far as I could tell.


Edited by Asr - 10/26/13 at 11:52pm
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2nd/last set of impressions. 3rd batch of pics to come tomorrow.

 

- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (amp: Beyerdynamic A20, source: Onkyo DV-BD606)

- Final Audio Design Pandora 6 (source: Astell & Kern AK120)

- Focal Spirit Pro and Spirit Classic (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)

- NAD Viso HP50 (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)

- Philips Fidelio X1 (source: Audioengine D1)

- Sennheiser HD26 Pro (sources: Sennheiser's laptop system and iAudio X5 MP3 player)

 

These closed portable headphones are all grouped up together because I listened to them only briefly and don't have any overly detailed comments about them. I've long been in the market for a set of great-sounding closed portable headphones so I wanted to try out everything that was new or that I've heard about.

 

The Custom One Pro brought back distant sonic memories of the DT880 and DT770, as long ago as that was (which was several years ago). Good deep bass and clarity, wasn't sure how good it really was though, as I only listened for a short time. Sounded like a headphone I sort of wanted to buy to check out further, at least.

 

The Pandora was sort of like a Sony sound to me loosely, with very good clarity and somewhat of a V-type sound (it seemed the mid-range was a bit thin). Very comfortable to wear too, with plush earpads. It too sounded like something I might like to buy at some point, to check out at home on familiar gear & music.

 

Listening to the Focal Spirit Pro and Classic wasn't ideal - I finally got my chance to listen to them after Focal had already packed back up and it turned out that they belonged to Jude. At that point, almost all of the other vendors had also packed back up, leaving me with no other source than my MP3 player which I'd brought with me. So I really can't say anything useful about them, other than that they were both capable of producing a lot of bass quantity. I used both a local Top 40 FM radio station (which naturally had boosted bass) and some MP3 on my player, and both the Pro and Classic sounded "big" and "full" with the variety of music that I played. They both had a type of "car speaker" sound to them with big bass/mid-bass and vocals. However, as lackluster as my MP3 player was, I didn't like either the Pro or the Classic that much. There wasn't much that stood out about them, and I lost interest in a potential purchase after my listening session. They were both also quite inefficient and I had to crank my player's volume to 34-35 (it maxes out at 40!) to get them to sound loud. Compare that to my Audio-Technica ES7, which only needed 23-24 to reach approximately the same audible volume level (I tested it after returning home from the show).

 

The NAD HP50 was closer to my sonic preferences, with a thinner mid-range than the Focals and more emphasized treble, without losing the big bass sound. Compared to the KEF M500 which someone asked about before, I couldn't even guess how they compare due to the difference in source (I used the KEF primarily with my previous dedicated dedicated CD system, and almost never out of my MP3 player). The NAD seemed promising enough though that I'll probably buy them, eventually.

 

The Philips Fidelio X1 were good too, and I actually listened to them twice. They had good clarity & treble and a decent level of bass, though not a whole lot. In retrospect, their bass might have less quantity than the Focals (though that's just a guess). I got the feeling that they were being held back quite a bit by the Audioengine D1. I'll probably buy them too at some point so I can hear them properly sourced & amped.

 

The Sennheiser HD26 had a clever split-headband design, but in actuality it didn't work as well as the Beyerdynamic DT1350's split headband, because the headband split apart too much to comfortably fit on my head. The sound overall was brighter than the NAD and Focals, with less bass as well. But the soundstage was wider & deeper too, while the NAD and Focals had a more compacted soundstage and sounded a lot like closed headphones, while the HD26 was more open (though it too did sound closed).

 

- HiFiMan HE-500 (amp: Schiit Asgard 2, source: Schiit Bifrost): I've heard the HE-500 before but wanted to revisit them to see if I could finally write them off once and for all, and I ended up thinking that I probably can. They did have good clarity and bass but out of this setup, no qualities that made me want to listen too long. Like the HE-400, they totally didn't fit my head either, so I finally just decided that none of the HiFiMans are for me.

 

- JH Audio Roxanne (source: Astell & Kern AK120): There's not much positive that I want to say about JH Audio after seeing how poorly they handled the situation with the JH-3A, but the Roxanne sounded immediately immersive & expansive and had something about it that sucked me in more than the JH13. There was just something about the imaging, which felt expansive. But that's all I want to say about the Roxanne, as I never want to buy anything from JH Audio in the future. Whenever the time comes to replace my JH13 for whatever reason, I'll be going with a different brand like Ultimate Ears or Aurisonics.

 

- MrSpeakers Alpha Dog (amp: Cavalli Liquid Glass, source: unknown, possibly a Burson Conductor?): I discovered at the show that the Alpha Dog was extremely similar-sounding to the Audeze LCD-2. I brought my own LCD-2 and alternated between the two on the Liquid Glass, and initially wasn't sure if there was a difference! The tonal balance was nearly identical, and so was the imaging. They were so close to each other that I'd call the Alpha Dog the closed equivalent of the LCD-2. But I did find a few minor differences: the Alpha Dog was more closed-in-sounding (as expected) but it also pushed the sound farther away than the LCD-2, so it wasn't quite as suffocating either. The LCD-2 also had a more physical, tactile, & vivid sound with richer-sounding vocals than the Alpha Dog. But overall the two were sufficiently similar that I think anyone who has an LCD-2 or has heard one, has effectively heard the Alpha Dog too. If you want a closed LCD-2 for less than its $1K cost, then I think the Alpha Dog is a no-brainer and a great value!

 

- Shure SRH1840 w/ Moon Audio Black Dragon (amp: Bryston BHA-1, source: Bryston BDA-1): I previously owned the SRH1840 and wrote a semi-positive review of them (that can be found on Head-Fi through a search). I thought they were the best full-size open headphones of last year, and listening to them again at Moon Audio's table reminded me of just how good they are. They're like a scaled-down version of the HD800 - not quite as open-sounding, or as clean & clear, but still very open-, clean-, & clear-sounding compared to most other dynamic headphones. In Moon Audio's setup, they were moderately bassy too and didn't sound overly trebly, which helped the tonal balance further. Just a great set of headphones IMO, and at their new street price of $500, I think they're the one of the best values in open dynamics right now. It's highly likely that I'll re-buy a pair someday and try to find a better amp for them than a HeadAmp Dynalo-based one (which I don't think is ideal for them).

 

Audio-Technica AD2000X and Audeze LCD-2 r2 on: Auralic Taurus MKII, Bryston BHA-1, Burson Conductor, Schiit Asgard 2

 

These were both of my own headphones which I took to the show, in the interest of finding a good amp for them, especially for the AD2KX, as I've discovered it to be slightly picky in terms of sonic pairings.

 

Out of all the amps, the AD2KX sounded best on the Auralic Taurus MKII (plus Auralic DAC) - it developed serious bass and a ton of "drive" overall as well, which almost transformed it into a completely different headphone. Its mid-range became especially rich and full, and the treble seemed to have increased quantity as well. The AD2KX sounded so good on the Taurus MKII that it almost made me re-think selling them.. The LCD-2 also sounded really good on the Taurus MKII, though I wouldn't say it's the best I heard from the LCD-2, which I'd have to award to the Apex Teton.

 

Moon Audio's Bryston stack with the BHA-1 and BDA-2 was better for the LCD-2 than the AD2KX, because the AD2KX just didn't sound as full/enveloping and bassy on it and lost the magic somewhere. The LCD-2 didn't seem as powerful-sounding on the Taurus as on the Auralic either, but it was a much less noticeable difference than the AD2KX's difference.

 

Moon Audio's Burson Conductor setup was also better for the LCD-2 than the AD2KX. Here it was being used as both a DAC and amp, with the Parasound ZCD player being used as a transport only. The LCD-2 developed very "solid" bass on the Conductor and was exceptionally firm-sounding on it, but still not quite as full/physical as either the Taurus MKII or Teton. The AD2KX, on the other hand, had wimpy bass on the Conductor and just seemed like a sonic mismatch. The "drive" as heard on the Auralic just wasn't there.

 

The Schiit setup with the Asgard 2 and Bifrost worked well enough functionally with the headphones but didn't sound great with either of them. The AD2KX just didn't have much force to its sound on the Schiit gear, and the LCD-2 lacked some dynamic range on it too. Not that the Asgard 2 was "bad" per se, but compared to the previous amps it just wasn't as good. Informally, the Asgard 2 did seem to share the laid-back, "boring" sound of the Asgard 1 too, as far as I could tell.

 

Very nice reviews!  I'm not familiar with any of the said equipment, so it's great to get your impressions.  BTW, not to raise a sore spot, but what is your story on JH Audio and the JH-3A?  If it's not to talk about, that's cool too.

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2nd/last set of impressions. 3rd batch of pics to come tomorrow.

- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (amp: Beyerdynamic A20, source: Onkyo DV-BD606)
- Final Audio Design Pandora 6 (source: Astell & Kern AK120)
- Focal Spirit Pro and Spirit Classic (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)
- NAD Viso HP50 (source: iAudio X5 MP3 player)
- Philips Fidelio X1 (source: Audioengine D1)
- Sennheiser HD26 Pro (sources: Sennheiser's laptop system and iAudio X5 MP3 player)

These closed portable headphones are all grouped up together because I listened to them only briefly and don't have any overly detailed comments about them. I've long been in the market for a set of great-sounding closed portable headphones so I wanted to try out everything that was new or that I've heard about.

The Custom One Pro brought back distant sonic memories of the DT880 and DT770, as long ago as that was (which was several years ago). Good deep bass and clarity, wasn't sure how good it really was though, as I only listened for a short time. Sounded like a headphone I sort of wanted to buy to check out further, at least.

The Pandora was sort of like a Sony sound to me loosely, with very good clarity and somewhat of a V-type sound (it seemed the mid-range was a bit thin). Very comfortable to wear too, with plush earpads. It too sounded like something I might like to buy at some point, to check out at home on familiar gear & music.

Listening to the Focal Spirit Pro and Classic wasn't ideal - I finally got my chance to listen to them after Focal had already packed back up and it turned out that they belonged to Jude. At that point, almost all of the other vendors had also packed back up, leaving me with no other source than my MP3 player which I'd brought with me. So I really can't say anything useful about them, other than that they were both capable of producing a lot of bass quantity. I used both a local Top 40 FM radio station (which naturally had boosted bass) and some MP3 on my player, and both the Pro and Classic sounded "big" and "full" with the variety of music that I played. They both had a type of "car speaker" sound to them with big bass/mid-bass and vocals. However, as lackluster as my MP3 player was, I didn't like either the Pro or the Classic that much. There wasn't much that stood out about them, and I lost interest in a potential purchase after my listening session. They were both also quite inefficient and I had to crank my player's volume to 34-35 (it maxes out at 40!) to get them to sound loud. Compare that to my Audio-Technica ES7, which only needed 23-24 to reach approximately the same audible volume level (I tested it after returning home from the show).

The NAD HP50 was closer to my sonic preferences, with a thinner mid-range than the Focals and more emphasized treble, without losing the big bass sound. Compared to the KEF M500 which someone asked about before, I couldn't even guess how they compare due to the difference in source (I used the KEF primarily with my previous dedicated dedicated CD system, and almost never out of my MP3 player). The NAD seemed promising enough though that I'll probably buy them, eventually.

The Philips Fidelio X1 were good too, and I actually listened to them twice. They had good clarity & treble and a decent level of bass, though not a whole lot. In retrospect, their bass might have less quantity than the Focals (though that's just a guess). I got the feeling that they were being held back quite a bit by the Audioengine D1. I'll probably buy them too at some point so I can hear them properly sourced & amped.

The Sennheiser HD26 had a clever split-headband design, but in actuality it didn't work as well as the Beyerdynamic DT1350's split headband, because the headband split apart too much to comfortably fit on my head. The sound overall was brighter than the NAD and Focals, with less bass as well. But the soundstage was wider & deeper too, while the NAD and Focals had a more compacted soundstage and sounded a lot like closed headphones, while the HD26 was more open (though it too did sound closed).

- HiFiMan HE-500 (amp: Schiit Asgard 2, source: Schiit Bifrost): I've heard the HE-500 before but wanted to revisit them to see if I could finally write them off once and for all, and I ended up thinking that I probably can. They did have good clarity and bass but out of this setup, no qualities that made me want to listen too long. Like the HE-400, they totally didn't fit my head either, so I finally just decided that none of the HiFiMans are for me.
Hey Asr, the X1 is open. "Portable" is debatable I guess. Did you mean the L1 or L2? In any case, all three are definitely bassy headphones without a whole lot of treble/clarity, though they do all sound great. I would agree that the D1 holds them back.

I know the HiFiMAN line doesn't fit you well, but I have to say that the 500 sounded a lot better on the WA7 with tube PS than the Schiit stack. In either case, I've been thinking about the Alpha Dog more lately because of the better fit and comfort over the 500.

Thanks for all your writing, a lot of helpful impressions.
Edited by ethan7000 - 10/27/13 at 8:22am
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How about not quoting his entire post for a couple sentence reply?
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How about not quoting his entire post for a couple sentence reply?

Or at least hide it in a spoiler box...

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Got it!  Sorry! 

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Or at least hide it in a spoiler box...
I'm on a phone 99% of the time - spoiler/partial quotes aren't easy to pull off. Apologies.
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BTW, not to raise a sore spot, but what is your story on JH Audio and the JH-3A?  If it's not to talk about, that's cool too.

 

It's not a sore spot for me personally, my comment was only as an observer of the JH-3A pre-order fiasco that went on in this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/544789/new-information-on-jh-3a. I know that's a huge thread, and I've since forgotten when the fiasco started, so just start at the end and read backwards by at least 10 pages to get an idea of what happened.

 

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Hey Asr, the X1 is open. "Portable" is debatable I guess. Did you mean the L1 or L2? In any case, all three are definitely bassy headphones without a whole lot of treble/clarity, though they do all sound great. I would agree that the D1 holds them back.

 

Good catch, I made a writing mistake on that and forgot that the X1 is open. I meant the X1 (I listened only to the X1, not the L1 or L2) and have fixed my post accordingly.

 


 

Btw, if both of you wouldn't mind editing your posts to remove the huge quote of my impressions, I'm sure some people would appreciate it - including me, since I've also edited that post a little now. I made some other writing mistakes that have also been corrected.

 

Also 2 more impressions that I forgot to add:

 

- JPS Labs Abyss @ Cavalli Audio's table (amp: Liquid Gold? source: unknown): I heard the Abyss previously at the CA Audio Show in August, where I was impressed by them, but when I heard them again at RMAF, I was much less impressed and almost thought they were terrible-sounding. It was like the entire sound had collapsed to something like a sonic cave. Not sure why I thought that or what could've possibly explained the difference. In any case, my final comment from the CA Audio Show remains: I wouldn't buy these headphones for even $5 based on how they look (as in, they look haphazardly thrown together without regard to appearance and have the ugliest form factor I've ever seen) and physically function (impossible to get a proper fit due to the unmalleable frame). I don't care how good it sounds, the Abyss needs a drastic physical re-design in order to get me to buy one at any price, and I hate the ergonomics & appearance so much that I'd love a chance to destroy it Office Space-style. Can I just say again that I hate these headphones' ergonomics and would love to throw one through a window at JPS Labs? :evil:

 

- CEntrance MasterClass 2504 desktop speakers: I asked to listen to these briefly as I'm starting to have an interest in small speakers. The bass output was surprisingly decent but it had scrunchy treble and nasal upper-mids, which turned me off.


Edited by Asr - 10/27/13 at 1:01am
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Last batch of pics.

 

Dale of Aurisonics, who remembered that I took a photo of him at the NYC meet in April and struck a pose

 

Dale's neon-green shoes

 

Todd of TTVJ serving up multiple Montana-brewed varieties of beer

 

DJ equipment for the Saturday night social

 

Speaker equipment for the DJ

 

Tyll of InnerFidelity and Todd of TTVJ drinking competition?

 

(Mike) Mercer (writer) and (Alex) Rosson (Audeze) DJ-ing the Saturday night social together (Rosson seen wearing the LCD-XC)

 

Not unexpectedly, Tyll broke into dance mode at one point during the night

 

Moon Audio's Bryston BHA-1 and BDA-2 (with their Shure SRH1840 and my Audio-Technica AD2000X)

 

Moon Audio's Parasound ZCD, Burson Soloist SL & Conductor, HiFiMan HE-500, and Senn HD650 & HD800

 

Doug Leavy (not really of HiFiMan, just wearing their shirt for the weekend) and Briana (of HiFiMan)

 

ALO Studio Six and Audeze LCD-XC, at Audeze

 

Philips Fidelio X1, L2, and M1

 

Music shot @ Schiit Audio - Rammstein's Sehnsucht

 

Schiit Audio's Bifrost and Asgard 2, and HiFiMan HE-500

 

Dinner @ Cherry Cricket - someone's cool bluish mixed drink

 

Dinner @ Cherry Cricket - someone else's awesome-looking chocolate cake


Edited by Asr - 10/27/13 at 12:59am
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Dinner @ Cherry Cricket - someone else's awesome-looking chocolate cake

 

So that's what they mean by "chocolaty mids". . . .

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That looks delicious. 

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ASR, you mentioned how similar in sound the Alpha Dog was to your LCD2, and thought of it as a closed back LCD2.......but I wondered if you got a chance to actually listen to the closed back Audeze phone, which you have some pictures of? Thanks!

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Haha Tyll know how to have a good time.

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- JPS Labs Abyss @ Cavalli Audio's table (amp: Liquid Gold? source: unknown): I heard the Abyss previously at the CA Audio Show in August, where I was impressed by them, but when I heard them again at RMAF, I was much less impressed and almost thought they were terrible-sounding. It was like the entire sound had collapsed to something like a sonic cave. Not sure why I thought that or what could've possibly explained the difference. In any case, my final comment from the CA Audio Show remains: I wouldn't buy these headphones for even $5 based on how they look (as in, they look haphazardly thrown together without regard to appearance and have the ugliest form factor I've ever seen) and physically function (impossible to get a proper fit due to the unmalleable frame). I don't care how good it sounds, the Abyss needs a drastic physical re-design in order to get me to buy one at any price, and I hate the ergonomics & appearance so much that I'd love a chance to destroy it Office Space-style. Can I just say again that I hate these headphones' ergonomics and would love to throw one through a window at JPS Labs? :evil:

 

 

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