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    Audio Technica ATH-L5000

    The MC cartridge is super interesting, with a one-piece diamond stylus & cantilever that I believe has not been done before. I have a Koetsu with diamond cantilever that's wonderful, but it's definitely 2 pieces with the cantilever looking like lower quality diamond than stylus (slight green...
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    ES-R10 closed back dynamic headphone Sony R10 Replica Discussion/Impressions

    A few years ago borrowed the Empyrean for a day (I know, not the same). They're very different sounds to be sure, but there's absolutely no question I prefer ES-R10 over Empyrean. The deep wood cups grant a certain magic you're not going to find with flat closed backs.
  3. Grado PS2000e 4-pin XLR

    This pair has cosmetic flaws, but still looks good overall and sounds absolutely gorgeous! Operationally perfect. The sound of these headphones is truly Grado at its very best. Rich, warm and punchy with tons of detail. Amazing impact and lifelike dynamics with expansive soundstage and...
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    The Stax Thread III

    Lambda Pro isn't getting a lot of love here, but in my early Stax days I heard one on a KGSShv and LOVED it! Really fun, engaging sound signature with lots bass impact. Not as detailed and refined as an omega-class, but still had some of the electrostat magic. I would've bought it in a second if...
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    Audio-Technica ATH-L3000 " The Legendary Leatherhead "

    I bear the weight of this heavy cross (a recabled L3000) gladly for the sake of our friendship 😂😘 It does sound really good.
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    Audio-Technica ATH-L3000 " The Legendary Leatherhead "

    This pair is mine now and I simply hate the stiffness and look of the Dragon V1 versus L3000 stock cable, lol. But to be fair the new version Dragons have far, far better ergonomics and look than this old V1 (also re-sheathed to a softer cover so it's not as microphonic). Without doing a direct...
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    ES-R10 closed back dynamic headphone Sony R10 Replica Discussion/Impressions

    @jamato8 Glad you're liking them, and I agree! I'm not even a "soundstage" guy but the ES-R10's soundstage really has some magic to it that enhances the experience. They sound "open" for a closed can, but that's not quite it either - the large wood cups create a wonderful timbre, spaciousness...
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    Audio-Technica ATH-L3000 " The Legendary Leatherhead "

    Thanks man, and great to see you around here again :) I still love my pair but honestly using them too often makes me nervous since there’s absolutely no chance of replacement parts. I kind of want to convince myself to simply enjoy them until the wheels fall off, and then that’s that. But the...
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    The Stax Thread III

    Wow! Love that new Eksonic logo. You should be excited :)
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    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

    Damn that is a museum piece, 100% lettering. Very nice!!
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    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

    I can vouch the HP1000 are really lovely. I still prefer Stax for sure, but the 009S was kind of a miss - and as always your electrostat result will be heavily dependent on quality of amp. There are relatively few amps a 009 will sound great on, whereas an HP1000 will sound great on tons and...
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    ES-R10 closed back dynamic headphone Sony R10 Replica Discussion/Impressions

    For me the ES1a fills the role that 009S did, at less than half the price. Sort of like a 009 with a golden/warm tilt and maybe slightly bigger soundstage. The only problem is it’s 4dB less efficient than 009 and 009S so you’ll want a powerful, neutral-ish amp for it. Same as 007 Mk 1 in driver...
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    The Stax SR-L500 and SR-L700 Impressions Thread

    For myself, I wouldn't say the Mk 2 are a "big" improvement over the Mk 1, sonically. The 2's are a little cleaner in bass and a little better behaved in treble. But it's close enough that these differences could indeed be caused by that better seal from the improved Mk 2 yokes. The Mk 1 could...
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    ES-R10 closed back dynamic headphone Sony R10 Replica Discussion/Impressions

    The ES-R10 sound really good on a WM-NW1Z (balanced, high gain). They sound even a little better on an iBasso 300MAX (ti? Whatever Purk lent me). But they clearly sound best with a great desktop DAC & balanced amp. For me, they really responded to DACs with slightly warm tone & meaty sound that...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    The BHSE polished silver faceplates are sooooooo classy!
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