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post #121 of 286

Yes and me and Joe has some political history back in the Abyss thread I got banned from while back.

 

But from what I've heard the Abyss isn't the most expensive once you take the cables out of the equation.

post #122 of 286
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

I'll put in my 2c...

 

1. Sennheiser hd650 ($400), Bottlehead Crack with speed ball and nice tubes ($650 assembled) and Uberfrost with upgrades ($500) = $1550 HA!! 

 

Most of the headphones alone recommended here cost about as much as this whole setup. Why do suggest it? Because there are two rigs that have given me an emotional connection to the music that is beyond all others. The first was the Stax sr009 on the BHSE at the Atlanta meet last year. And the second is the $1550 setup that I mentioned above. AND between the two of them, I like the $1550 rig just as much as the Stax. :ph34r: Flame me, I can take it. Just because you've got a sizable budget doesn't mean you have to spend it all. Show you wife how much money you've saved and sit back and reap the benefits..wink wink. 

 

Matt

Indeed, the Bottlehead Crack with HD600 / HD650 (preference chosen, I happen to prefer the HD600) and a decent DAC (my low end choice is the ODac) is a lot of rig. This combination can provide for many great hours of listening, and it does for me when I'm not setting aside time for the HD800 / ZDSE.

post #123 of 286

The problem with that rig is it doesn't offer any amount of gobs of detail. But it's an exceptional value, for sure.

post #124 of 286

There's an 007 MkII + Stax amp for sale in the classifieds for ~3200usd, maybe that would be the best solution? It would certainly leave you with plenty leftover for a good DAC.

post #125 of 286

My personal aspiration which may suit your needs well:

 

LittleDot MK VI+ ($865)

2x 6SU7GTY ($150ish)

4x 5998 ($4-500ish)

 

Schiit Gungnir ($749)

Schiit Pyst XLR ($40)

 

HiFiMan HE-560 ($900ish) Final pricing not out yet.

Moon Audio Balanced Cable ($300)

 

Total: $3500

post #126 of 286
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Originally Posted by elmoe View Post

There's an 007 MkII + Stax amp for sale in the classifieds for ~3200usd, maybe that would be the best solution? It would certainly leave you with plenty leftover for a good DAC.

I once had the SR-007mk1 driven by the SRM-007t, and I find the SQ from my HD-600 / GS-Xmk2 is better than that Stax combo, however at the time I had the Stax combo my source was the Esoteric X-03se, whereas now it's the Esoteric K-01.
post #127 of 286
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I once had the SR-007mk1 driven by the SRM-007t, and I find the SQ from my HD-600 / GS-Xmk2 is better than that Stax combo, however at the time I had the Stax combo my source was the Esoteric X-03se, whereas now it's the Esoteric K-01.

 

I'm not sure he has the budget for a 20000 dollars source...

post #128 of 286
The planars sound great, but they are heavy (physically) and still don't match the Stax sound in my opinion. If you were happy with the 007 then, I would gueas you still will be. If it aint broke...
post #129 of 286
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post
 

The problem with that rig is it doesn't offer any amount of gobs of detail. But it's an exceptional value, for sure.

Of course one could substitute HD800 or a T90 for HD600, roll in an Osram A1834 for the 6080 and put in an RCA cleartop for the 12AU7. Details would increase substantially.

post #130 of 286
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I'm not sure he has the budget for a 20000 dollars source...

I'm obviously not suggesting him getting the K-01, but what I am saying is the HD-600 for what it cost me, is the best money I've spent on audio equipment.
post #131 of 286

Go to a meet.

post #132 of 286

What about the HE60?

 

I've heard some people say it's underrated and performs to 90-95% of the HE90.

post #133 of 286
HE-60 is very good, but lacks body. IMO, it embodies the typical stat sound. Thin, ethereal, disconnected, but detailed and delicate. Adding a little mid bass via EQ helps give it some substance.
post #134 of 286

To my ears the HE-60 performs at about 90-95% of the ESP-950, if that.

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

HE-60 is very good, but lacks body. IMO, it embodies the typical stat sound. Thin, ethereal, disconnected, but detailed and delicate. Adding a little mid bass via EQ helps give it some substance.

 

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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post
 

To my ears the HE-60 performs at about 90-95% of the ESP-950, if that.

 

Good to know, maybe if you're a string quartet aficionado it could be interesting. But not for general allround listening maybe.

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