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post #166 of 220
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First, I'd like to thank everybody who put this great little tour together.  Also, I'd like to thank everyone to being so understanding and patient with me having a 1 month ban from head-fi which complicated things.  

 

I used sr80 pink drivers with a standard Grado cable.  I was going to use a different cable, either cardas or a hybrid litz cable but decided against it.  It was to remove as many variables that could influence the sound. Sad part... one of my drivers died right after testing..... just my luck lol.

 

Source I used a Modi Dac > Kimber PBJ IC > Magni amp.  

 

Let's start off by saying I won't talk about aesthetics of the cups as they really aren't "finished" cups so I'll just concentrate on the sound.  Let's begin shall we.

 

Walnut

 

I really liked the cohesiveness of these cups.  There was great transparency throughout the spectrum.  Something I loved about it is that it added some "bite" and "grit" to the sound.  It wasn't smooth or mellow but in your face.  

 

Lows:  It went extended a little deeper than the others and had a good presence and feel to the lows.  It was definitely a full body sound at the lows. 

Mids:  I think the Mids were the highlight as they seemed the most spot on.  It was engaging, super transparent and clear.  By far the best with the vocals.

Highs:  I absolutely adored the highs.  I'm pretty much a treble head if anything so some might not like it.   It definitely had a brighter treble than I was expecting seeing how full bodied the lows were.

 

Maple

 

These were "coldest" of them all.  It has good clarity.  I think these had the best top end of all the cups.  

 

Lows: Not as full or heavy as the others but was quick in delivery and decay.  Probably not the best for bass heavy songs.

Mids:  Somewhat recessed and further back that the lows and highs.  Not the best for vocal heavy songs.

Highs:  The best of them all.  (remember I'm a treble head if anything)  It was amazing, great clarity, transparency, quick and sharp.  

 

Cherry

 

The most mid centric of them all.  This is the one if you want vocals.  It gave me goosebumps listening to some songs.  I didn't car about the bass, guitar or drums....the highlight was the artist and what he/she was saying.  

 

Lows:  Polite and not as prominent.  While it was tight there simply just wasn't enough of it.  It had quality but the quality was lacking.

Mids:  Oh how I just drowned in a pool of warm syrup of these mids. It was captivating. Timbre was amazing, clarity was spot on.... vocals..... just wow. It was smooth and pulled you along where it wanted and you didn't fight it.  you were happy to follow it to the ends of the earth if thats where it led you.

Highs:  There was a spike somewhere but I didn't take the time to find out exactly somewhere but it was there.  Anyone who is sensitive to sibilant highs should stay away.  Very crisp and clear but sometimes it extended to far somewhere.  

 

Birch

 

I'm not going to write about these and I didn't like them at all.  Not trying to be rude or mean; but I didn't like it.  

 

Summary

 

Want the all arounder?  Get the Walnut

Want somewhat of a v-shape sig?  Get the Maple

Want some good ole mid-centric greatness?  Get the Cherry


Great review....thanks!

 

It's good to see you back.

post #167 of 220

Thank you for the review.  I am building woodies and I am thinking that the direction of the grain relative to the driver is important.  Does the wood grain on these woodies run perpendicular to the driver as I would expect?

 

A simple answer would be appreciated as I have no desire to hijack the thread.

post #168 of 220
Yay teke's back!
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Great review....thanks!

 

It's good to see you back.

 

Thanks!  Sorry I didn't write for the Birch....it was just not a tonewood I would ever recommend anyone getting.

 

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Yay teke's back!

 

Thanks!

post #170 of 220
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Great review....thanks!

It's good to see you back.

Thanks!  Sorry I didn't write for the Birch....it was just not a tonewood I would ever recommend anyone getting.
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Yay teke's back!

Thanks!
good review Teke, I hated the birch too XD I'll work on hypermagiclinking your post to the front page post. Can't wait to see others reviews!! Also welcome back.
post #171 of 220

I pretty much agreed with everyone else's findings, so I thought instead of tediously re-stating the obvious, I would do a pictorial review...so without further ado, in order of preference:

 

Walnut:

 

 

Cherry:

 

 

Maple:

 

 

Birch

 

post #172 of 220
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Thanks!  Sorry I didn't write for the Birch....it was just not a tonewood I would ever recommend anyone getting.

 

 

Thanks!

I was a little hesitant to throw the birch in with the other great North American tone-woods.

I guess there is a good reason why they don't use birch as a tone-wood anymore.


Edited by 7keys - 2/8/14 at 8:13am
post #173 of 220
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I pretty much agreed with everyone else's findings, so I thought instead of tediously re-stating the obvious, I would do a pictorial review...so without further ado, in order of preference:

 

Walnut:

 

 

Cherry:

 

 

Maple:

 

 

Birch

 

I loved this review........is the pic of birch you?

post #174 of 220
It is indeed...I was an Olympic shotput athlete in the old country before I moved to Amrika...can you tell from my fine Speedo-physique?
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It is indeed...I was an Olympic shotput athlete in the old country before I moved to Amrika...can you tell from my fine Speedo-physique?

LOL!

post #176 of 220

Ladies and Gentlemen, the cups are on their way to JoeDoe to be abused as he sees fit...

post #177 of 220

I'm sending another set of cups to joedoe to replace the birch. A super hard wood from South America.

 

For your listening pleasure.

post #178 of 220
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I'm sending another set of cups to joedoe to replace the birch. A super hard wood from South America.

For your listening pleasure.

Im jelly
post #179 of 220
Thread Starter 
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I'm sending another set of cups to joedoe to replace the birch. A super hard wood from South America.

For your listening pleasure.
oh jeez I wish! What kind is it?
post #180 of 220

It's Lapacho the cups I made for the Sens Driver.

 

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