Thanks to lan for setting up Our little mini meet at the Sony Style store.
*Same here, lan is a class act - although I never met him, the Ety6is gave him away
What a class act the NYC sony style store is.A big thanks to Josh Kim our sales rep who was intrigued with our gear as much as we where with theirs(future HeadFier in the making).Josh gave us an open invitation to do this again,I also spoke to him about attending the next NY meet and supplying us with some Quaila gear,Josh was very receptive to this and even suggested about seeing if he could get one of the Sony engineers to attend as well.How cool would that be to get Sony involved with Head Fi.
*Yep Josh was very enthusiastic - of course, very knowledgable of the Qualia line (especially the projector) but his enthusiasm extended to everything we brought, so I agree - a fellow head-fier in the making!
It was great meeting Jahn & Romanee as well as old friends Jpelg & lan.
I got to the store First before 11:00 am, The qualia room was downstairs ,I met up with the other members outside to bring the gear in, we set up in no time .
The Qualia room had glass doors encloseing us from the rest of the display areas.So we had our own private HeadFi area.
*Everyone who came were pleasant and very cool and patient with this newbie, and Bozebuttons had a primo parking space right in front of the Sony Style store - setting up was smooth and I couldn't have asked for a better listening environment than the Qualia room for my first mini-meet!
In the room was 3 Qualia headphones on stands all with differant headband sizes S,M,L . 2 had red pads one had the blue pads. The M headband seemed to be the headband of choice,except for Jpelg who felt the S was a better fit for him. The L headband was way to big for any of us. I prefered the Red pads over the Blue ones.
*Same here, none of these are adjustable, so make sure you get the ones that fit! Microadjusting them didn't seem necessary tho, since the Mediums fit perfect.
The Sony XA9000es as well as the Qualia camera and midi disc setup was also in the room.
*That camera was the size of my thumb. No joke, coolest camera ever. The Minidisc sounded really great, nice bass, powered those qualia buds just fine - but the buds dont have as much isolation as ER4ps.
The 010s are very light ,comfortable ,hightech looking phones almost fragile looking.
*and cool modern looking too.
I asked about the warranty ,they have a 5 year warranty ,if repair is needed they will arrange for pickup and if it will take long for repair supply a loaner.
lan posted the gear which we had brought the Krell Ksa-5 amp.
We spent more the 2 1/2 hours listening to gear in that room.
*and shooting the breeze - i really want to hear electrostatic cans now, it seems the Qualia does give that impression - the most electrostatic-sounding dynamic cans, from what i gleaned from the conversation.
My impressions are in the limited time we had with the phones and should be taken with that in mind.I asked about a home trail but no go,I would have to buy them.
The R10s & 010s are differant animals ,their presentations are differant
the R10s are the more intimate headphone, I feel the R10s vocals and instruments have a more rounded sound things seemed to be more fleshed out,an example would be how Tubes give more body then SS.
*I would say the 010 is not an evolution and natural successor to the R10 - they are totally different animals.
The 010s are a top tier headphone no doubt, first thing you notice about them is how open the sound is(similar to the AKG1000s) detail level is better then the R10s.Separation of instruments and vocals is on the level of the omegaIIs if not better ,This headphone lets you see warts and all.
*In my mind, it was like the 501 versus the 225 - the 501 has great detail and a very open nature and wide soundstage, but the 225 gives you that fun factor and "oomph" visceral impact. The R10s are very fun and have a nice punchy bass, while the 010 presented every little thing in the recording in a very sterile and accurate, "reference" way.
Bass is well defined ,but lacks the weight of the R10s(Yes the R10s do have Bass with the right equipment) piano strikes seem to have better tonality on the R10s. The 010s may be one of the most neutral headphones around, with a wide open soundstage with great seperation & detail.
But the R10s suck you into the Music better IMO, you forget you are listening to gear.
I like the 010s alot and will own them at some point,this is definately a referance headphone and personal preferances will decide if you like these or the R10 presentation. I love the R10s and also thinks the 010s are world class. Unfortunately for my wallet.
*waah. me want money.
For those of you who heard the 010s out of the headphone jack of the xa9000es at the qualia store it basically was underwhelming compared to the amps we had at the meet.
*yes, bring your headphone amp, they will let you hook it up no prob. my sr71 with Magwires rca-mini interconnects did fine with this source, but the overall impression with this setup was pretty bright. funny tho, the K1000 sounded great with this setup- the sr71 BARELY manages to drive the k1000, but it does. wow, great soundstage (ahem, the best i heard today) and the way you can angle the speakers - i love this can with that combo. the looks tho...oi.
I think the 010s would mate well will my Cary300sei giving it a little more body in vocals & instruments,make it a little more rounded.
*i actually really liked The Stealth and the Toshiba with the 010, but the R10s did even better with that rig. The 010 definitely lost to the R10 on the pioneer/krell combo, and in some ways to the MS-2 too
(big fan of bass and losing yourself in the music here)
Carefull system matching will be needed to bring out the best the 010s can give,because how clean sounding they are.
We also got a demonstration of the QUAILA projector with the blue ray disc,We saw a clip from Spiderman 2.All I can say this was stunning,you couldn't ask for a better picture,the best I have seen.
*i think i found a new hobby. that projector was insane. especially the Lawrence of Arabia split screen - does analog really make horses look like clouds of oil? amazing detail.