Originally Posted by skyline315
Guess I should have tried the ZMFs on a different amp.
I tried them on the Asgard, and they were fine. Nothing offensive, but also nothing that really grabbed me. I wonder if a different amp might have given them some more life.
The Asgard drove the HE-500s fairly well, so I assumed it'd be alright with the ZMFs. And maybe it was...it's possible the headphones just don't do it for me.
Maybe Joe will bring them back to the next meet so I can have another round with them.
Hey, diff'rent strokes and all that. No worries! I think I'm one of the few guys around who really dislikes the HD650s these days, so not everybody can love everything, I 'spose ;).
Also, I sent a couple of questions to Zach about the version of V1s he sent us, and this is what he said (I don't think he'd mind me quoting here): "The V1 there was the full Master Model with Auric OCC Copper rewire." One other note of interest, regarding the bass ports on the other ZMF headphones: "Weirdly enough having all three plugs in really kills the bass slam down, I would say each plug is about +1 db but the last on that fully closes the enclosure is like -2 to -3 db." As I recall (feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken here), two of three ports were plugged when we listened to them. This means that I should have probably tried it with all three ports closed, as I enjoyed the sound, but found it a touch more "fun" and bassy than I typically go for. But hey, gives us something to shoot for next time, right?
Random note: I think it's kinda awesome that I can love my HE-6 as much as I do, and have that be something of an end point for me-- and yet have other people who gravitate towards something completely different. It means there will continue to be a lot of diversity in the marketplace, which is something I'm definitely in favor of. Although I'm gonna keep working on these @#$% earpads... It figures the ones I like the best SQ-wise are also the least comfortable. Sigh.
Okay, and now for the real treat: the other pictures!! (If there are duplicates, forgive me-- I've tried to weed 'em out, but I'll take another pass later if necessary. Also, I'm too tired to caption these ATM, so you can just let your imaginations run wild until I get some more sleep :P ).
This is just the stuff I brought... Nah, it's not an addiction. At ALL.
Who else? Jay!
My buddy Josh with the V1, which he really wanted to win. But didn't. *shakes fists at sky*
The epitome of sexiness in a headphone amp, the black Schiit Valhalla.
The Grado/Sennheiser PX100 frankenphones. Gorgeous.
Mr. Blurrycam makes a cameo...
GS1K again. Drool...
One of the several gear-strewn tables...
Beyerdynamic T90 (I believe) and AT ESW9A
JoeDoe's setup. KICAS amp, Grados everywhere!
Another JoeDoe table shot
Oteil wins the "best travelling headphone protection" award in a landslide
Oteil's Grados and Denons, out of their cases
Photo from Department of Redundancy Department Photo
Denon D7000. Basshead's dream!
Mr. Blurrycam strikes again!
I once had a thing for crazy cable colors from Blue Jeans. Don't judge me.
Cable management provided by Floor™
Grados and Hifimans, bein' neighborly
Hifiman HE-6. My (incredibly biased) favorite of the show.
GS1K again. Want.
GS1K. Closer to real-life look to the wood-- it was a bit darker than some of the pics.
Enablers of Headphone Acquisition Syndrome, GS1K.
More, uh, GS1K.
HiFiMan HE-6, padded head band, Norne Audio SMC-to-mini-XLR adapters
HE-6 w/ Q-Audio cable
Denon D7000. She's a beaut, Clark!
Denon D2000. Due to personal failures, didn't get to listen to this one...
Denon D7k in its bourgosie-box. :P
KICAS and RS1 (I think)
Auvio headband on maple Grados
Maple Grados again. Canada on the outside, America on the inside. Dunno what that means or symbolizes, but hey...
Another shot of everyone's favorite mutant, the Gradheisers
LCD-2 (current revision sans Fazer, it seems)
More LCD-2 goodness
Still more LCD-2 yummies
Josh simultaneously enjoying the D7000 and hating me.
The official picker of the V1 winners, Miss Nea!!
Nea picking Joe for the V1 instead of me, in spite my attempts to use SpongeBob and ice cream to bribe her... Darn incorruptable youths these days.
Joe Vanna-White-ing his newly-acquired V1s for us.
Joe, upon the suggestion that he should give up the V1s to someone else. An idea poorly received, it should be noted.
Joe, managing to look both cool and visionary, whilst modeling the V1.
Top shot of the Schiit Valhalla. Don't care what Jason & Co. need to do, they need to make more amps in this color scheme. Period.
Vahalla. Note the red boards inside, visible through the grill around the tubes. Hotness of many kinds!
Valhalla font shot. LCD-2 new version in background.
Glow DAC 1.3, Valhalla, LCD 2.newer-than-mine
Another Grub DAC / Valhalla / LCD-2.new shot
Classy shot of the Valhalla and Audez'es.
Hope y'all enjoy these as much as I did ;). Again, big props to Eric and Josh for their time, effort, talent and discipline in getting these photos taken!!
Edited by Theogenes - 5/18/14 at 12:18am