They've arrived... Unfortunately I have a set with the mismatched pads, one new and one old. Razordog is looking into it for me so hopefully that'll be sorted out soon. I have the FocusAs already ordered... *edit* in the <10 mins I've been at the computer writing this, Brian phoned HiFiMan and a set of the new pads are being mailed directly to me tomorrow. Well done Brian and HiFiMan!!
They sound pretty good for the 10 mins I tried them out. I just did a quick comparison with amps and sadly I suspect that they are not going to cut it. (HPP1 didn't really work. Felt uncontrolled and weak.; the CLAS/Continental was nice and intimate, almost lush. I'll have to push them a little to see.; I expected the CEntrance to be louder. I usually don't like the effect of setting an amp on max gain, but on medium gain, I have the dial in about the 2 o'clock position.. and that's not playing loud. Pretty neutral sounding though, not the fleshiness of the CLAS/ALO combo..
Anyway... I got distracted by the pad issue but the few tracks I tried, ones that usually highlight a weakness or stridency and I haven't heard the telltale signs so that is a very good sign. I can already tell though that this is a headphone that will only get better as the upstream gets better..
I didn't get the "wow" I felt when I first heard the scale of the HD800 or the sense of music coming from the aether I felt with the Stax SR-007mk1 though..
But sometimes the "wow" has another shoe to drop so that's not always a good thing, and expecting them to match up with the Stax rig (at 3x's the price isn't really fair anyway.)
I'm going to let them run for a bit... well actually I think I won't... I'm going to go listen to them and with the good feeling of excellent customer service, it promises to be an enjoyable afternoon.
PS... They are extremely comfortable. The new Stax style suspension is wonderful.
PPS.. My box had a damaged corner. They should probably update the packaging. I don't really care but I'm sure there are some who do and that shouldn't really be happening.
Edited by SBranson - 7/15/14 at 9:07pm