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    The Sennheiser Orpheus 2? A First Look At The Sennheiser HE-1 (The New Orpheus)

    So, for what it's worth, coming from someone who has a SR-009/BHSE AND an all Kondo Japan 4 way field coil horn system (which alone cost about 50k Euros)... headphones simply don't come close to what a top end speaker system will do.    So I would never buy the new Senn system. It's just not...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Has anyone experimented with different fuses in the power supply of the BHSE?   One of mine blew and since I need to replace it anyway, thought I would look into the cryo treated, etc. fuses.   (I learned a few years ago that everything in the electrical signal's path will affect the sound…...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

      Congrats on your BHSE. I got mine a few months ago and loving it.   Now is that a standard (low cost) power bar you have everything plugged into?  If so, you should remove that and plug your gear directly into the wall.  Low cost power supplies reduce the current as power demands increase...
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    MCINTOSH LABS INTRODUCES NEW HEADPHONE AMP MODEL MHA 100

    Very odd - optical should not sound better than usb. Optical is restricted to a much lower sampling frequency. I believe no higher than a standard CD. You're probably comparing different recordings? Or the Mac USB input has some kind of inferior processing vs the optical. Or the source is...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    I shared similar feelings. What I gleaned through emails and a few calls with Justin, is that he cares and is a perfectionist. So you'll be getting a high high quality piece. And I wouldn't worry that he won't deliver. Be prepared to wait up to 2 years, I'd say, and it will come within that...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Yes, my BHSE is noise free. It's actually the most noise free amp I've ever owned. I can turn the volume to the max and hear the faintest noise above 3 o'clock. Perhpas you have one or more bad tubes?
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Just want to be clear that it was entirely my fault.  Just letting you know to be careful with the Stax jacks on your new BHSE.   I have now designed a 'strain relief' for the headphone cord, so that it will not put and undue force on the jack.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    My BHSE arrived last week and I've had a few nights of listening.     It's hard to compare back to back, as I sold my previous electrostatic amp, a Woo WES, 1.5 years ago to prepare for the 'imminent' arrival of the BHSE.  I almost cannot believe it's actually here, in my media room, sitting...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Wow, your computer consumes 750W! Bitcoin mining? 
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

      Yes, the big difference is the output - 750 VA (720 Watts) in the P3 and 1250 VA (1200 Watts) in the P5.  And the P5 features seem to be longer, i.e., I don't see the 10X lower distortion claim on the P3; but not sure if that's just an omission in the marketing material.   For $1K, I would...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    My 2c on your setup - reduce your cord lengths! 25' and running the signal through switches is damaging the purity of the signal. Think of all the trouble Justin went through to select the best components. You wouldn't watch a 4K movie from 25' away, even though it would still look great.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    No need to burn in and adjust bias. Justin does that before shipping.
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    Amplifiers shootout for Stax 009 (Eddie Current Electra, AudioValve RKV + WooAudio Wee, Stax SRM727 / SRM007t2)

    THank you for this. But why no BHSE in the comparison?  This is the reigning 'champ' when paired with the SR-009… so it would have been important to include it.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Really? You really think extension cables don't degrade the sound quality because they are made by Stax?! Every time you increase the length and even more troubling, add another connection you are degrading the sound quality. Especially with an analog amplified signal.
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Wouldn't do that -- you're degrading the sound and possibly negating the benefits of better cables upstream.
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