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Originally Posted by cat6man View Post

 

I have heard the 009 sound wonderful, so-so and bleh at different times, with different amps and with different sources.  Even with the BHSE in my house, I've heard it range from sublime to bleh depending on the DAC.

YMMV

 

Kerry's KGSS-HV was very nice with 007s and I remember wanting a couch so I could stay there the rest of the afternoon.

Not sure what he had there as a DAC.

 

 

Well, that's the nature of this hobby, isn't it.  EVEN if you find that magic combo, the holy grail, the guy next to you might think it's too (bright, dull, forward, recessed, etc).  
Anyhow, how do you feel about SR009/BHSE vs SR007/KGSS-HV combo?  SR009 on KGSS-HV for that matter.

post #92 of 163
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post

 

Anyhow, how do you feel about SR009/BHSE vs SR007/KGSS-HV combo?  SR009 on KGSS-HV for that matter.

 

 

two possible answers here:

 

1.  all sound nice................to rank them, i'd have to hear music i was familiar with on DACs that I liked.  :L3000: 

 

2.  the bhse/009 combination is obviously the best since to say otherwise would invalidate my expenditures  :darthsmile: 

 

 

as for "what's best", i try not to play that game at all, partly because my piggybank is finite and partly because i don't want to go down that particular rabbit hole.  i've just spent the last couple of years doing a major upgrade of my stereo system.

what i look for is a quantum step improvement which, after i hear it, i don't want to come back from (aka it makes me smile).

 

so, i never intended to buy 009s (really) but after i compared them to my 404LE, i made the jump (darn *+&% head-fi meets!!!!)

for speakers, it was hearing the Nola metro grande

for DAC, it was the totalDAC D1-dual (also the big MSB stacks, but i couldn't afford them)

a few more things to look at (speaker amps, cables, etc) and i'll go back to hibernation and spend my time listening

(and moving on to upgrading my video system or something)

 

my old speakers, amp and dac were each around 20 years old and i find buying good stuff that holds value makes it a lot easier to upgrade later on


Edited by cat6man - 4/8/14 at 11:54am
post #93 of 163
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

Waiting on Jude pictures. he took a bunch of shots on his new Sony 20-200

Me to,Jude takes some great photos.

 

Come on guys there where a lot of members at the meet we want to read your impressions ,keep them coming Don't be shy.


Edited by bozebuttons - 4/8/14 at 5:14pm
post #94 of 163

Tom Jude hogging those great photos. We need to get him to post them he was having a little blast with the Sony camera. I had forgot to pack my little Fuji for the meet. Man I will have to remember to do that for Newport Beach next month.

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I'll take a stab at some impressions...

Wish I had more time to listen, but for some reason at these meets I end up talking a bit more. I did get a few minutes in here and there and this is what transpired....

ECP's Black Diamond prototypes - There was a DAC that was paired with the Black Diamond amp. I'm not sure if the DAC went by a different name, but I can tell you it was a Wolfson 8741 based DAC -- capable of 24/192. It had the Tenor USB chip, which goes to 24/96. So I'm not sure if he was using any upsampling to 24/192 or not. Doug can chime in with more details. All I have to say is this pair was gorgeous and they also sounded great. They're cased in a clear green acrylic case. I love being able to look at the internal components. It really lends to the aesthetic. I listened with both a pair of Alpha Dogs and my AKG 240 Sextetts and the combo handled both with authority.

I spoke with Doug for quite a while about DIY stuff and what I got from the conversation is not being afraid to experiment with non-conventional techniques to create cool designs. If I remember correctly the Black Diamond amp had output transformers after the diamond buffer.

Eddie Current's 2A3 MKII - I've never had the chance to listen to any of the Eddie Current amps. I've always wanted to try the Zana Deux or Balancing Act, but this time I got to try the 2A3. I first tried it with my Alpha Dogs. The description provided by EC stated that this amp would work well with Orthos. For some reason, I don't think the ADs synergized well with the 2A3. I saw the venerable LCD-2s sitting there so I figured I'd give them a shot. Boom! For some reason, the 2A3 really played nice with the LCD-2s. With some amps that I've tried the LCD-2s with there would be this glare with certain piano notes. Especially in the decay part of the note. The 2A3 didn't bring this out in the LCD-2s. Overall, I liked the experience I had with the 2A3 MKII. If I wasn't into DIY I might consider this amp.

 

OPPO PM-1 - Oleg had this pair of headphones for a little bit and wanted to get a gauge of how these headphones would sound on my Wire amplifier. I got a few minutes to audition them. I'll be honest, I don't think they're worth the $1k price tag. They were the most comfy planars I've tried thus far, but like others have said I felt the mids were kind of muddy. Overall, I didn't really get enough time to experience these bad boys. Perhaps, with more power they shine.

 

Sennheiser Momentums - I ended up with the auctioned off pair. I've heard good things about them and never tried them until after the auction. I'm glad I went for 'em. They're quite nice and laid back with a sexy look. I feel like go quite well with Jazz and acoustic music. The bass is a tad bit boomy, but it doesn't get in the way with the rest of the music. Nice portable headphones! These will be great for work.

 

Big ups to Tom for putting on another stellar meet. Also thanks to the vendors who came out. Enjoyed the diner afterwards as well. Can't wait for the fall meet in..... ;)

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While i completely agree that PM-1 are overpriced and that The Wire isn't good pairing for them , they sound great with EC2A3 and WA7 (even with stock power supply) so i would rather buy PM-1 and save or buy an amp or dac and enjoy music for hours instead of spending all the money on Pain On Your Neck LCD-3/X which i can use for just 30 seconds but because of too short time with LCD-3/X i can't comment on soundstage difference. I will never forget that deep clean tight punchy bass PM-1 have and it just with WA7.
post #97 of 163
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

Waiting on Jude pictures. he took a bunch of shots on his new Sony 20-200

 

Lol, get in line, he still owes us SoCal Head-Fiers his pics from that meet!  :smile:

post #98 of 163
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While i completely agree that PM-1 are overpriced and that The Wire isn't good pairing for them , they sound great with EC2A3 and WA7 (even with stock power supply) so i would rather buy PM-1 and save or buy an amp or dac and enjoy music for hours instead of spending all the money on Pain On Your Neck LCD-3/X which i can use for just 30 seconds but because of too short time with LCD-3/X i can't comment on soundstage difference. I will never forget that deep clean tight punchy bass PM-1 have and it just with WA7.

I call 560.
post #99 of 163
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

Tom Jude hogging those great photos. We need to get him to post them he was having a little blast with the Sony camera. I had forgot to pack my little Fuji for the meet. Man I will have to remember to do that for Newport Beach next month.

 

 

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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

 

Lol, get in line, he still owes us SoCal Head-Fiers his pics from that meet!  :smile:


Hi folks,

 

pics are up already, take a look here :

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/766401/2013-new-york-regional-spring-head-fi-meet/sort/upload_time/flat/1/page/0

post #100 of 163
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Hi folks,

 

pics are up already, take a look here :

 

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/766401/2013-new-york-regional-spring-head-fi-meet/sort/upload_time/flat/1/page/0

 

Those are Jude's pics from last year right?

post #101 of 163
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Hi folks,

 

pics are up already, take a look here :

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/766401/2013-new-york-regional-spring-head-fi-meet/sort/upload_time/flat/1/page/0


The first 10 pics are from this meet ,the rest where from the 2013 meet.I am sure Jude will add more.

post #102 of 163

... ooops, sorry I didn't even realize the wrong year when I choose the NY meet / folder to upload my pictures.

 

I edited my photo set title in the sub folder:

http://www.head-fi.org/g/a/867212/2014-new-york-regional-spring-head-fi-meet/

post #103 of 163

Very fun time as usual.  And as usual, I spent my time chatting to friends and fellow head-fi'ers.

 

I was really looking forward to hearing dude_500's DIY electrostatic headphones.  So impressive to build something that sounds so good.  Nice looking finishes as well.  Great chatting with you.

 

We've gained a star with dsavitsk moving to the area.  Nice work on your new Black Diamond amp.  Wonderful innovations in the design.  I had such a great time talking shop with you and thanks for sharing your articles.

 

Thanks to Tom for putting in so much energy into this meet and making it great for all of us. An extra thank you to him for going back home to grab his O2's for me.  I completely forgot to bring mine.

 

I've always been a fan of Stax and they are my go to phones, but I'm really enjoying the planar phones lately.  I had a chance to listen to the Abyss phones. They had a nice sound signature, but need some time to adjust them correctly.  Based on the reviews here, I wish I spent some more time with the LCD-X's.  Gives me something to look forward to the next meet.

 

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Originally Posted by cat6man View Post
 

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Kerry's KGSS-HV was very nice with 007s and I remember wanting a couch so I could stay there the rest of the afternoon.

Not sure what he had there as a DAC.

 

...

 

Thanks.  That is now my bedroom rig.  Blue Hawaii for the living room and KGSShv for the bedroom.  Not bad :)

 

The DAC is based on the Wolfson WM8742.  It's sort of a blend of the AMB gamma and the Twistedpearaudio Opus with balanced and SE outputs.  I used a very simple PCM2707 for the USB input and a WM8805 in hardware mode for the SPDIF input. Multiplexed the two and fed that into an asynchronous re-clocker before passing it to the DAC.  I really like the sound of the Wolfson DAC and have been happy with this.

post #104 of 163
@ DutchGFX - Don't say I didn't try to help


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Just look past the color....


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Edited by Herueyes - 4/9/14 at 9:14pm
post #105 of 163

Herueyes,

           How are you liking the PS500s?

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