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post #16 of 25
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Hey, I'm Michael. I live in the Montgomery county area, I have a fairly modest desktop setup, I am currently running a Schiit Magni/Modi stack with AKG K712 Pro headphones. I am using the stock cables but am going to be setting aside some time for a DIY braided cable at some point. I mainly use my setup for every day computer use, some light gaming, and for watching movies and TV. 

I have a (broken) pair of Denon AH-D2000s that I would at some point like to upgrade to full Lawton Mod LA-D2000s.

Before my current setup I had Beyerdynamic Custom one pros to a Fiio E10 amp/DAC. 

Welcome!  Sounds like a good rig to start out on!  If you bring your cans to the CanMania meet, you'll have an opportunity to try them out on a bunch of different rigs :cool: If you need some pointers on DIY cables (materials, techniques, etc.) just shoot me a PM and I'll help ya out! 

 

My advice on the D2k is to just acquire a pair of stock wood cups (either from D5k or D7k, Lawton should sell those) as the D2k and D5k share the same driver, and the wood cups will essentially 'upgrade' your can to a D5k.  I have heard Lawton modded D5k/D7k before and I have to say you'll be better off in a 'stock' configuration :p Are they broken in that they just need a recable/channel(s) cutting out?

post #17 of 25
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My advice on the D2k is to just acquire a pair of stock wood cups (either from D5k or D7k, Lawton should sell those) as the D2k and D5k share the same driver, and the wood cups will essentially 'upgrade' your can to a D5k.  I have heard Lawton modded D5k/D7k before and I have to say you'll be better off in a 'stock' configuration :p Are they broken in that they just need a recable/channel(s) cutting out?

The hinge on one of the ear cups is broken so I need that repaired, I also need to recable as the cables have twisted up in itself and has started cutting out badly.  I am a bit leery of  attempting to fix these on my own, recabling I might be able to do, but the hinge I think might be easier to send to a repair shop (either lawton or Denon repair center).

 

As for the upgrade, I have heard Lawton modded D5000s and thought they were pretty decent, but the $699 price tag of the full mod is a bit daunting so I may end up going the cheap upgrade route you mentioned. 

post #18 of 25
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Anyway, I guess I did not properly introduce myself. My name is Viktor. I am also an avid HE6 owner, although having the DNA Stratus has me reaching for my HD800 a bit more. Still PROPERLY driven HE6 is my fav can, aside from TOTL Stax set ups. For a while I was considering the BHSE and sr009/sr007 but the costs scared me away. I had to choose between putting money away for my daughter vs. HPs. Daughter won. Besides, I am quite happy with my current HP rigs. 

Otherwise you an check my profile for other bits of other info. 

 

Hi Viktor, lol @ sacrificing... the DNA Stratus is one of my favorite amps.  I haven't heard it with an HE-6, but I have yet to hear an HD 800 sound better with any other amp.

 

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Originally Posted by kaboose View Post
 

Hey, I'm Michael. I live in the Montgomery county area, I have a fairly modest desktop setup, I am currently running a Schiit Magni/Modi stack with AKG K712 Pro headphones.

 

Welcome!  :smile:

post #19 of 25
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The Stratus was pretty enjoyable when I heard it, using the LCD-3, HD800 and HD600.  From a construction standpoint, it is a thing of beauty!

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Originally Posted by kaboose View Post
 

The hinge on one of the ear cups is broken so I need that repaired, I also need to recable as the cables have twisted up in itself and has started cutting out badly.  I am a bit leery of  attempting to fix these on my own, recabling I might be able to do, but the hinge I think might be easier to send to a repair shop (either lawton or Denon repair center).

 

As for the upgrade, I have heard Lawton modded D5000s and thought they were pretty decent, but the $699 price tag of the full mod is a bit daunting so I may end up going the cheap upgrade route you mentioned. 

Yeah, the cost is quite high for the service considering what goes into it...but still, just from personal experience I preferred the stock configurations.  I felt that the Lawton mod in particular made them overdamped, but it could just be a different sound preference too.  I also now realize there is a little bit of work that goes into adapting the wood cups to fit on the D2k (different mounting points or something) but there are tutorials out there.

post #20 of 25
Hey I'm Ryan or you can call me Byrnie as that's a nickname of mine from high school that people still use and I'm 33. I'm a DC/Virginia native too. I too work for a federal contractor as a Test Engineer. I actually got into this hobby back in college when I was competing in tournaments for a PC game called, Counter-Strike 1.6 (CS). A buddy of mine wanted me to teach him how to play CS better on his PC. So I put his headphones on (Sennheiser HD570), fired the game up, and immediately noticed that I was hearing sounds I'd never heard on my own headphones (Sony MDR-V600). Well they turned out to be ambient sounds that I was hearing and it allowed me to detect where more people were on the map. After a few rounds I asked him the make and model of his headphones, researched other headphones they made, and that brought me to head-fi.org (circa 2001/2002) where I got my first pair of "real headphones", the HD590s and I still have them. I actually still use them for gaming when I have the time.

My other interests are pc gaming, computers, comic books (mainly the collected volumes given the savings), cars, movies/tv shows, gadgets, etc.

My usual setup is Bifrost Uber -> Asgard 2 -> TH900 / 1540

Want: A nicer amp for my TH900, currently I'm considering:
-Grace m920/m903
-Future Schiit SSD
-AURAlic Taurus mk2
-Headamp GSX
-Audio-GD Master 9

Let's see I've been a member of head-fi since 2008 but I've been browsing the forums since 2001'ish.

I will add more later when I have time.
Edited by Byrnie - 5/30/14 at 9:09am
post #21 of 25

Yo, I'm Bill, from Fairfax, and a DC/Virginia native.  I'm a music fan but have also always had gear interest, going back to building Heathkit and Dynaco kit amps in the *cough* 1970's.  I like my HD600's and Schiit gear, and quality portable 'phones, for their musigasmic quality, and good value too.  I've never been to a headphone meet, so I'm closing my eyes and jumping into it, by hosting a mini-meet on Saturday, July 12, 10 AM - 2 PM, at Kings Park Library conference room (9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA).  It will be a small one - room capacity is just 15 so let me know if you can come (and what gear you can bring).  


Edited by Billheiser - 5/27/14 at 9:41pm
post #22 of 25

I may be interested in coming! Im 18 and was going to bring 2 other friends I got interested in hifi. Let me know if we are welcome. If you dont want young punks showing up and crashing the fun I understand :P

 

Id bring -  Shure SE846, Westone UM3x, Westone UM1, Shure SE215 (maybe) Sennheiser HD420, Sony MDR-v3, Bravo Tube amp v3, Fiio e3, some sansa clips, maybe a fiio source (if i buy one shortly), a Pioneer SX535 if youd like. 

 

I also have some neat audio in my car but thats a whole another story.   Im located just south of baltimore. 

post #23 of 25
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I may be interested in coming! Im 18 and was going to bring 2 other friends I got interested in hifi. Let me know if we are welcome. If you dont want young punks showing up and crashing the fun I understand :P

Id bring -  Shure SE846, Westone UM3x, Westone UM1, Shure SE215 (maybe) Sennheiser HD420, Sony MDR-v3, Bravo Tube amp v3, Fiio e3, some sansa clips, maybe a fiio source (if i buy one shortly), a Pioneer SX535 if youd like. 

I also have some neat audio in my car but thats a whole another story.   Im located just south of baltimore. 

Young punks are welcome!
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Billheiser View Post
 

Yo, I'm Bill, from Fairfax, and a DC/Virginia native.  I'm a music fan but have also always had gear interest, going back to building Heathkit and Dynaco kit amps in the *cough* 1970's.  I like my HD600's and Schiit gear, and quality portable 'phones, for their musigasmic quality, and good value too.  I've never been to a headphone meet, so I'm closing my eyes and jumping into it, by hosting a mini-meet on Saturday, July 12, 10 AM - 2 PM, at Kings Park Library conference room (9000 Burke Lake Rd, Burke, VA).  It will be a small one - room capacity is just 15 so let me know if you can come (and what gear you can bring).  

Bump.  Let me know if you can come, if you haven't already said so.  This is also on the other thread, http://www.head-fi.org/t/720922/mini-meet-youre-invited-saturday-july-12


Edited by Billheiser - 7/8/14 at 5:56pm
post #25 of 25
I've have a temporary loaner pair of the new HIFiMan HE-400i. Can share w a local if someone wants to borrow for a couple days. Just have to supply your contact info to HiFiMan if I loan, and you give feedback/review of 400i on head fi. (I'm in Fairfax/Chantilly)
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