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    The Official Violectric V200 Owner's Club / Appreciation / Discussion Thread

    Now, THAT is an enigma to me as I'm positive that my HE-6 sound seriously better from my F5 and it's very much a power issue.  And the k1K are even less sensitive.  But if you're happy that's all that counts.  How do you like the cans?
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    HD800 and T1 musings...

    Many thanks for your extensive reply, much appreciated.  I've more or less come to the same conclusion, took a break from head-fi the past months, had a cool beer instead of the marketing kool-aid served liberally.  Still have the V800/V200 stack which is good but as you say, a tiny bit...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    I was going to recommend Madooma who are in Germany (Dortmund) until I saw your price restrictions.  I don't think you'll be able to do better, it's a new product, HifiMan probably set the minimum price and you have to figure in about 20% VAT (not sure if the US price includes sales tax...
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    Qobuz lowers streaming prices

    Funny how opinions can differ   I switched from Spotify to Qobuz a month ago and I really tried to like 'em.  But no luck, I cancelled and am back to Spotify; still find they have a better selection, also with the labels that are not as easy to find (BIS, Harmonia Mundi....).  Spotify's also a...
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    La Figaro 339

    You're overrating what can be achieved by rolling tubes imo.  Sound signature is determined for 40% by your cans, 50% by tube amp topology, the remaining 10% or so by tube rolling.  Assuming the same track, good recording and mastering.  With those 10% you can play.  339 is on the warm side but...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Too bad you can't cart the amp to the gym to work all that tasty goodness off  Sorry, couldn't resist.   Personally I've never, ever used both outputs on my V200 simultaneously, always gives problems with the volume if you use different cans.
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    O2 AMP + ODAC

    Don't own the 560 but I do own the 500 and the ODAC/O2 drives those beautifully so I wouldn't worry.  I listen to classical (hifi dynamic range, medium average volume).  Not the HE-6 though, regardless of what the spreadsheets say.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Yeah but I love it even more if I don't have to make use of a warranty.  Am I getting the wrong impression reading this thread or are there a higher than average number of faults in the V281 units?
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    You'll have to try them and decide for yourself, for the cash involved I believe that's the best strategy.  I don't know the DS and it might very well be a brilliant headphone amp but what always bothered me was the lack of clear technical specs and measurement data.  The massive gain is...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    HD-800 are absolutely great cans; I own a pair and they don't get the head time they deserve, my HE-6 also being around.  I've been meaning to sell them a hundred times...but every time after giving them a listen I just know I'll regret it the second the deal is done.  Overall I give a slight...
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    O2 AMP + ODAC

    Given that the LD 1 is a low cost tube amp, it's far more likely that considered from a signal fidelity perspective  the LD  produces  distortion that sounds pleasing to you.  Which is fine.  But read post 3916 above:  many people who profess searching neutrality actually don't like it when it's...
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    If it's important to you, check that they effectively ship 5998.  I ordered a pair a year back and they sent me a pair of 2399 tubes.  Afaik they're identical, at any rate they sound just like the 5998, no complaints.  But I didn't appreciate them not checking with me if I was ok with this.
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    Headphone Measurements: Different Setups, Different Results

    The head would be comparatively cheap to make/discard once you have a good mould.  Lots of ballistic gelatine blocks are being made for ammo tests.  But the weakness is that the average density will correspond to tissue, but it's very homogeneously distributed and that could be a weak point...
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    Reply to review by 'xenophon' on item 'HiFiMAN HE-500'

    I own them, also the HE-6 and the HD-800.  Used to own a DT-880 but sold it on because there's something in the Beyer cans' treble that sounds harsh to me.  Liked your review, however, I find the HE-500 to be a bit on the warm side.  If you have the opportunity to compare with a HD-800 or the...
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    ^+1  If you've never soldered before/don't have a soldering iron and it' a one time thing then the hifiman box -though expensive for what it is- will be the best option imo.  Diy is very easy but obviously you need access to an iron, solder and you'll have to order the components.  If you have...