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post #91 of 645
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But it is begining to seem like a headphone or an amplifier is "THE BEST" simply by nature of the fact that you own it.
Or that it costs the most.
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lNik had just spent a whole load of cash and he is obviously very excited. He will give it to you straight all in good time.
See?

It is difficult for others to comment on equipment that has prices in the stratosphere, and inaccessible to most, even for a listen. Up 'til now, anyone who has listened to the Qualia's have not given anything definitive in the way of reviews, mostly due to limited soundroom audition conditions only. At least Niks owns a pair.

I've learned to take early impressions (from anyone) with a huge grain of salt, and am not automatically impressed with a large retail pricetag. Everyone else should do the same. And of course, at the highest levels, personal taste affects much in the way of opinion (see o2 vs. HE90 threads, for example). All such posts should be qualified as much as possible so that others can understand the listeners preferences and compare against their own.

I am sure that there will be some more impressions posted after the NY Qualia meet tomorrow .
post #92 of 645
Thread Starter 
When I say "the best" I whant to tell the best I have at the moment. When I bought the R10 i was very happy with that can, that I considered the best and I built that monster of Angstrom amps for them. Then I listened the Omega and (after a good comparison tests) I said the Omega/Egmont is better than the R10/Angstrom and you know the story... The same with the PS-1.

So the only one highest class headphone that has the chance to go near the Omega was the Qualia (after R10, PS-1, HD 650 ...). Why the Qualia? Because after the R10 and CD 3000 I don not believe that Sony build a object in a lower quality... yes I think, but I can declare only if I can hear the new headphone with my ears... and the first impressions confirm to myself that the Qualia is a new standard of sound reproduction for headphones. Yes the identical words I used when I received the two box Angstrom with the R10, but if I'd do NOW a direct comparison I cannot to tell the same for the R10/Angstrom setup.

Surely I need a lot of time for declaring if the Qualia System will be better then the Omega/Egmont, but for the listen section I done... the Qualia (from the first instant of plaing music) is more detailed than the most detailed headphone I ever had (Omega II). Each headphones is "the best for me" untill I find another better ...

I'm still waiting for the RP010, but even with the RP5 cav (I'm using) the Qualia is showing the incredible quality they have.

Conclusion at this moment I cannot declare nothing, but the Qualia is a great headphones this is clear for me.

I hope this help to explain my experiences with headphones sytems

Best!
Nicola
post #93 of 645
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Originally Posted by mbratrud
:::Sigh:::: Normally I don't post about stuff like this but it is hard to let this pass...

Nik, at the begining of this post you say that you got the Qualia's yesterday and already you are willing to declare them "THE BEST" dynanic cans. I quote,"...the project is to see if the best dynamic cans can beat the best electrostatic...". Without even hearing your new project amp I guess you can assume it will be "THE BEST" amplifier to drive the Qualias as well.

When you first got the Grado PS-1s, again prior to almost anyone having heard them, you proclaimed: "I am thinking the Grado PS-1 is "THE BEST" dynamic can ever made".

And, of course, when you had the Sony MDR-R10 and the impressive Angstrom set up you said that the R-10 was "THE BEST" dynamic headphone on earth.

I truly admire you for attempting to set the curve when it comes to this hobby and your willingness to cause amplifier designers to push their products further is exciting to read about (for me anyway).

But it is begining to seem like a headphone or an amplifier is "THE BEST" simply by nature of the fact that you own it. Even if you can so quicky assess the strengths of the Qualia and find yourself confident to state that they are "THE BEST", how could you possibly know that an amplifier you are having built for them will indeed turn out to have the best synergy? Surely one can not confidently know from looking at an amplifier design that it will, in fact, sound superlative on a given set of transducers. Not without listening anyway.

I am not writing to challenge your assessment of the Qualias - I have never even heard them. But from past posts you certainly seem impressionable and quick to use your considerable cache here on Headfi to proclaim what is and is not "THE BEST"

I am anxious to hear your listening impressions.

Cordially,
Mwb
I know Nikola and i am pretty confinced that all he sais is in favour for all of us.
I think he is one of the most experienced headphones supremus on this site and therefor he CAN make a statement about almost any equipment out today. he owned about anything possibly imaginable concerning phones and amps. Also, i think(correct me if i am wrong ), he is an established musician. so, he knows how instruments should sound.

Al he likes to do is share his experience and excitement about phones and amps with us, so we can learn from it and make choices of our selfs for equipment. For some people, his excitement is enough to also plunge in the world of wonderfull headphone sound reproduction.

Nik, at least i am very eager to hear your comments about the new sony.
For some of us, his excitement is still inspiring!

personally, i am very disappointed in people judging an open and friendly person for his excitement and well ment comments.(it almost looks like your jealous!)
post #94 of 645
Nonsense...this is not a competition. I think this site is invaluable - at least it has been for me - and due in no small measure to Niks input and experience.

Your inferences are more a measure of your own attitutes than mine. I have no doubt Nik is sharing and I certainly don't want to dampen his enthusiasm.

Nik,

I can understand where you are coming from, although it is clear that each new system you have purchased has resulted in universally greater and greater accolades.

It is from comparison that we learn about equipment - and certainly from other people's references to equipment with which we are familiar that we learn vicariously. I wonder if you have found cable matching with these various systems to play a large role in the eventual outcome? Source too?

I find headphones to be fairly resolving in general so - in my own experience and opinion - I think there are factors other than detail that would weigh heavily in my own choice of headphone systems.

Again, I look forward to following your own experiences.
post #95 of 645
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Originally Posted by tourmaline
personally, i am very disappointed in people judging an open and friendly person for his excitement and well ment comments.(it almost looks like your jealous!)
Personally, I am very disappointed in people judging a person for his respectful questioning and comments towards an expressed viewpoint.
post #96 of 645
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Originally Posted by ReDVsion
Personally, I am very disappointed in people judging a person for his respectful questioning and comments towards an expressed viewpoint.
and i expressed my viewpoint!

you are entiteled to yours. it a free country.

It's simple; if you don't wanna read Niks' comments then don't and don't waste any time spending in this thread. that way you don't have to question anything.

on topic again, please.
post #97 of 645
Nik said the Rudistor RP5 sounds good

I agree with him

Nkk said the Omega-2 sounds good

I agree with him

Nik said the HD-650 was a top 3 or top 5 headphone

I agree with him

Nik said the R10 is a top 3 headphone

I agree with him

Nik thinks the Qualia sounds good

I think I will agree with him



Now I just have to get him to send it to me
post #98 of 645
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Originally Posted by gsferrari
Nik said the Rudistor RP5 sounds good

I agree with him

Nkk said the Omega-2 sounds good

I agree with him

Nik said the HD-650 was a top 3 or top 5 headphone

I agree with him

Nik said the R10 is a top 3 headphone

I agree with him

Nik thinks the Qualia sounds good

I think I will agree with him



Now I just have to get him to send it to me
I agree with you!
post #99 of 645
Let's not get into another lindrone-esque argument....

Lindrone: "This is better than that. Period."

Guy X: "No! You're snobbish, that's just your opinion, bla, bla"

Guy Y: "Guy X, lindrone is just stating things as he's hearing them. Right now he's the only one who owns Thing X and Thing Y, so I think he's entitled to what he said."

ad nauseum
post #100 of 645
I'll own one one of these days... cannot wait for winter break.

I think I might upgrade my balanced headphone amp too in anticipation.
post #101 of 645
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Originally Posted by mbratrud
Nonsense...this is not a competition. I think this site is invaluable - at least it has been for me - and due in no small measure to Niks input and experience.

Your inferences are more a measure of your own attitutes than mine. I have no doubt Nik is sharing and I certainly don't want to dampen his enthusiasm.

Nik,

I can understand where you are coming from, although it is clear that each new system you have purchased has resulted in universally greater and greater accolades.

It is from comparison that we learn about equipment - and certainly from other people's references to equipment with which we are familiar that we learn vicariously. I wonder if you have found cable matching with these various systems to play a large role in the eventual outcome? Source too?

I find headphones to be fairly resolving in general so - in my own experience and opinion - I think there are factors other than detail that would weigh heavily in my own choice of headphone systems.

Again, I look forward to following your own experiences.
Sorry, i don't have an attitude. i am not judging anyone! only commenting on your comments about Nik. Nik is also very often misunderstood because of his english. Experienced people know how to read between the lines.

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I find headphones to be fairly resolving in general so - in my own experience and opinion - I think there are factors other than detail that would weigh heavily in my own choice of headphone systems.
this is YOUR opinion.

so, in a way you're doing the same thing.
the pot calls the kettle black!

But then again: this is also part of the "experience" .
post #102 of 645
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I think is better to caome back to the Qualia ... Nik is simply one of the headfiers that love to do new experiences and to give his h. experience to the others. point.

First: the fact that the Qualia (as a dynamic can) is more detailed than the Omega, is very important for me, this is the first time I find a dynamic headphone more detailed than a electrostatic.

Second: the Qualia as the same (or bigger) dimension, "image" - openess, of the Omega, another thing that I never found in any other dynamic can.

Third: I'm listening my Omega/Egmont and I find it a little "veiled" respect to the Qualia, this is even incredible. I find the Omega not so neutral as I think: the bass region to much, the hi fr. a little cutted... now I'm remembering what one of us named Jatinder told me about his impressions about the Omega respect to his Orpheus system, I never accepted his impressions, but now I can understand better what he was telling.

Good... see you soon friends.

PS:
I received a lot of PM and mail asking me about pics and impressions, good, I ask to everyone to be a little patience, I'll do, but I'm still waiting for the RP010 amp, and then I'll send pics of the complete system.

About the RP010 just this: minimalist conception, the head. out on the back, alps potentiometer on the back, only the on-off in the front, no any led.

BEST!
Nicola
post #103 of 645
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Originally Posted by Nik
First: the fact that the Qualia (as a dynamic can) is more detailed than the Omega, is very important for me, this is the first time I find a dynamic headphone more detailed than a electrostatic.

Second: the Qualia as the same (or bigger) dimension, "image" - openess, of the Omega, another thing that I never found in any other dynamic can.

Third: I'm listening my Omega/Egmont and I find it a little "veiled" respect to the Qualia, this is even incredible.
post #104 of 645
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Originally Posted by Nik
First: the fact that the Qualia (as a dynamic can) is more detailed than the Omega, is very important for me, this is the first time I find a dynamic headphone more detailed than a electrostatic.
Well you should have tried HD-650 + Cardas N.R. cable. This is not new.
(or how to smoke an Orpheus for half the price)

The problem with you Nik is that every new gear you have is better than the previous one, especially if the price is higher...kinda odd, no?

I think we need more opinion.
post #105 of 645
Thread Starter 
Dear Mastergill,

the HD 650 that i had after a lot of headpohnes was not better than the Omega, for ex. The PS-1 was not better than the R10...

Other examples of gears that I paid less and I prefer:
The Omega I paid 1800 $, the R10 3800 $ and I sold the R10 ...
The Manley 300B I paid two times the EAR HP-4 and I sold it ...
The RP5 I paid 1200 €, the EAR HP-4 I paid 2500 € and I sold the HP-4


If you are interested in my impressions about the Qualia, please accept them as my personal impressions, if you are not interested do not replay with inutil comments, thanks!

Nicola
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