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Warren - Sorry for the distraction of the thread, but want to make sure this is clear since there were so many new people exposed to MassDrop at CanJam SoCal. 

 

Solitary - The price is set for the "Commit to join" option at the lowest price point for the drop - the maximum discount they're offering. So it allows you to choose to join only if it hits the lowest price, which is what many people do and likely what you want. You don't have to hit "Join now" if you use "Commit to join", it just automatically adds you to the drop if enough people join to take it to the lowest price point. 

 

Also the price does not start at the MSRP - it starts at a certain level of discount and then goes down from there. 

 

OK, now back to our ordinarily scheduled thread programming...

Thank you, it's much more clear now. I really got lost in the weeds.

Yes, back to the program.

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I am fairly new to the wide ,wonderful world of HeadFi and I was rather surprised when I read about(I believe it was a Cavalli amp) that required 24-48hrs to warm up enough for optimal performance. I know ALLamps  require warmup time, of course, so do most of your leave your amps powered up at all times? If not, is there reason/risk for not doing that?

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Very cool!  I have to tell you that Sunday planar magnetic panel where only Fang showed up was the highlight of the show for me.  What could have been a disaster turned into one of the most interesting conversations I've ever had with a headphone company CEO. We basically chatted our way through Fangs life and how he got into audio as a youngster. I've known the guy for years, but never heard about his origins. It's an amazing story.

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Very cool!  I have to tell you that Sunday planar magnetic panel where only Fang showed up was the highlight of the show for me.  What could have been a disaster turned into one of the most interesting conversations I've ever had with a headphone company CEO. We basically chatted our way through Fangs life and how he got into audio as a youngster. I've known the guy for years, but never heard about his origins. It's an amazing story.

Yes, it is very interesting!

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Very cool!  I have to tell you that Sunday planar magnetic panel where only Fang showed up was the highlight of the show for me.  What could have been a disaster turned into one of the most interesting conversations I've ever had with a headphone company CEO. We basically chatted our way through Fangs life and how he got into audio as a youngster. I've known the guy for years, but never heard about his origins. It's an amazing story.

 Terrific story and thanks for sharing it with me Tyll. It was great seeing you.

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Did anyone try out Grace's gear?  I have the m920, and I love it, but there haven't been all too many reviews here or an audiophile sites, as Grace is more known for their pro audio gear.  I'm curious what other audiophiles think of it.

 

I got to hear the M920 with their HD800's, and I loved it. It was definitely one of the better table top dac/amps being shown at CanJam.  

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Did anyone try out Grace's gear?  I have the m920, and I love it, but there haven't been all too many reviews here or an audiophile sites, as Grace is more known for their pro audio gear.  I'm curious what other audiophiles think of it.

 

I got to hear the M920 with their HD800's, and I loved it. It was definitely one of the better table top dac/amps being shown at CanJam.  

 

Didn't Ethan (@third_eye) review it at Guru?


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Anybody know whats the headphone featured on the first picture on the home page, they look so cool 

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Yeah he did, thanks!  It's not like there are no audiophile reviews, but it would be interesting to see more.

As far as Massdrop goes, I won't explain how it works, as that has been done accurately already, but I got my CEntrance MasterClass 2504's, Sennheiser HD 700's, Woo Audio WA7, and Grace Design m920 from them, and had no problem.  The closest thing to an issue that I had was that the vendor for the HD 700's was a bit slow to ship, but that's hardly a huge problem.

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Anybody know whats the headphone featured on the first picture on the home page, they look so cool 

 

That's my favorite headphone of the show, the ENIGMAcoustics Dharma.

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The stainless steel ak 240 looks very nice. If I ever hit the lottery, sell a kidney, or go pirating for real, I will gladly get it for sure:D.
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A lot of good member showcase videos are put up on Tyll's site for those interested. I find his take on this CanJam quite fascinating, and hope to hear a little of his thoughts on the vendors too when he gets a chance, and finishes up with member showcase videos.

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Here are my impressions in very short and concise form:

 

One of my main reasons for coming to CanJam was to listen to both the Dragon Inspire amp and the DNA Stratus, determine whether the DNA's price was justified against what the Dragon could do for a reduced price, and then pick one. Well the DNA was nowhere to be found, and the Dragon Inspire seemed to have some hiccups when I demo'd it at the Moon Audio booth. Some songs displayed some distortion, and there were some gain issues where the volume, maxed out, wasn't loud enough with my LCD-3. Disappointing, but I feel it deserves a second chance because one song - in the absence of distortion or volume reticence - drew me in emotionally.

 

I listened to the Yggdrasil at 3 different stations with differing impressions. On Saturday, all were underwhelming - being a Gungnir owner, I put that down to a lack of warmup. Honestly, I didn't expect to hear much improvement the next day since a less than 4 day warmup has never done enough for my Gungnir - and I was right. I was able to uncover positive attributes nonetheless. Great detail, spaciousness, and solid bass impact. However, there was a degree of harshness that varied over all three Yggys that I experienced. This one also deserves revisiting.

 

One revelation for me was the SR-009. I heard it at 3 different stations - Nerdling's Aristaeus, Frank Cooter's 845, and Headamp's BHSE. Hearing it on the Aristaeus really had me second-guessing my established tastes and what I look for in audio. I lean towards a full-bodied, mid-centric, bass-laden sound with great tone and micro-dynamics thrown in. However, I was loving the ethereal, floating, speedy, articulate sound of this headphone. The clarity was ridiculous. Frank's amp threw me a curved ball as well because it took all these things and added heft and bass to the equation; making this a combination I could live with for all genres. The BHSE had a similar sound to the Aristaeus but wasn't as moving to me. Frank's amp was definitely the best paired with the SR-009s. I defeated the urge to ask him what the price was. Smart me.

 

My best of show was the Abyss on the Wells Audio Enigma. It could have been the fact that I have been coveting Lampizators for a while now, and it was refreshing to see a vendor pair their wares with a DAC that is off the typical Head-Fi beaten path. All the same, I am always quick to dismiss solid state amps, but there I was very impressed by the great sound coming out of the Enigma setup. Tactile bass, great soundstage, microdynamics, holographic images with life-like body and tone. Keep in mind that I haven't even gotten to the Headtrip, their 7k flagship which I listened to for all of 3 minutes because it wasn't hooked up to a CD-player, and I had brought over a reference CD of my own. Do I wish I had listened to the Headtrip much longer? Maybe, but I would never dream of purchasing it at 7k. The Enigma, on the other hand, is within financial reach. It has definitely caused me to seriously be open to a tubed DAC + Solid State amp combo.

 

Purrin's EC 2A3 + Theta DAC/Theta transport combo was up there with Frank's and Nerdling's systems. There was details galore, and a level of punch impact that was second to none at the show. All this without any sign of glare or etch. I tried his setup on Sunday with the Yggy, but it seemed to be undercooked and not ready for primetime due to a lack of warmup (even though I heard it had been kept on overnight for that reason). All in all, the Theta DAC spoke volumes about the evolution of DACs in the industry, and about how much unnecessary stupidity we the consumer have had to endure with flawed chips and designs over the years. I reserve my take on the Yggy for now.

 

Newly released headphone rankings by Enjoyment and Value:

 

Atomic Floyd's IEMS (bassy)

Ether

Noble K10 Universal

HE1000

EL8 open

EL8 closed

Audioquest Nighthawk

 

 

I'll put up pics and share the link here in due time.

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A lot of good member showcase videos are put up on Tyll's site for those interested. I find his take on this CanJam quite fascinating, and hope to hear a little of his thoughts on the vendors too when he gets a chance, and finishes up with member showcase videos.

 

You bet. Shortly I'll be posting a video of comments from vendors about what it's like to become a part of this community. The comments from John Franks of Chord are particularly telling. He's stoked to have found his way into the headphone enthusiast community.

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