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    Who Created First Head Amp?

    I don't know who made the first, but the AudioValve RKV has been around since the early 80's, and still sounds fantastic even today.
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    Am I losing interest?

    In my opinion, you have a fabulous start to a very good system. In no certain order: - Keep your CD player. - Buy the HD 600 grills from Sennheiser. - Upgrade your Sennheiser HD 580 stock cable. My favorite is the Equinox. - Buy a headphone tube amplifier with good power supply. - Upgrade...
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    Quote: Originally Posted by Patrick82 Nordost Valhalla reveals problems in the system... That's right! Any system that obtains synergy with a different cable than Nordost has problems.
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    What Are You Listening To Right Now? [#6]

    Motley Crue - Wild Side
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    Quote: Originally Posted by Spareribs Please keep the Benchmark comments out of this thread. Plenty of discussions of it elswhere like at the source forum and the Audiogon general forum as well. Lot's of internet discussions have been done already on this product. Thanks. Yes...
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    Initial HD 580 Impressions vs. HD 650

    Quote: Originally Posted by robm321 Thanks for the impressions. The HD580 is a great value. Get the HD600 grill and it gets better... from what I've read anyway. Yep, and it is possible to like the HD 580s with HD 600 grills better than the HD 650 depending upon what system you...
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    What Are You Listening To Right Now? [#6]

    Annie Lennox - Little Bird
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    If you were limited to $200 what would you buy?

    Sennheiser HD 580s with HD 600 grills.
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    Quote: Originally Posted by televators thread derailer : So is there a DAC under $1k you would recommend over the DAC1? I don't have a lot of experience with DACs in that price range. It will simply come down to what DAC fits best within your system, and that may be the DAC1, or...
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    Quote: Originally Posted by televators did you change you profile and avatar because of this thread I have been known to do these things in the past. Just think of it as the voice of reason.
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    Koss

    http://www.headphone.com/
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    Quote: Originally Posted by lowmagnet Maybe there's hope for Stereophile yet. Probably not, and that is the #1 reason why I haven't had an audio magazine sent to my house in years. What Srajan Ebaen said about the Benchmark DAC1: “There are plenty of DACs I'd rather listen...
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    Cable Cost vs Equipment Cost

    People’s preferences, system, and ears are all different, and anyone who mentions the DAC 1 in same sentence as Mark Levinson should be slapped.
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    What is the best deal you have gotten on audio equipment?

    - Klipsch SW10 for $150 new in box - Unity Audio Signature Ones $700 barely used
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    Can the HD650's be converted to closed cups

    Posts #9, and #10 pretty much sum things up nicely. Sell your headphones.
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    List your top 3 best looking amps

    Yes, I like black: Headroom Max 2004 HeadAmp GS-X WooAudio 2
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    Anyone planning on getting a WooAudio-5 300B??

    Waiting for opinions from the 2007 International Head-Fi Meet.
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    Boston Acoustics Owners, Unite!

    Quote: Originally Posted by infinitesymphony Are there any VR or Lynnfield series owners out there in Head-Fi-Land? I never owned them, but the VR 20s, and VR 30s were exceptional speakers for the money especially when mated with warm electronics. They also had an elegant beauty...
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    $500 bookshelfs - Paradigm, JM Labs, Wharfedale, NHT - I need help.

    Open box NHT Classic Three from onecall.com, and make sure you call them to make sure you know the exact condition of the speakers before purchasing. That is what I would do.
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    Preamp as headphone amp?

    Here is another option: http://www.headamp.com/home_amps/gsx/index.htm
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    Speaker Amp?

    I have not heard the AER Pisces, but a simple search concludes that they are similar to B&W. If, this were true I would look for a used Rotel receiver, or integrated amplifier. Another option could be a bidding on a Harman Kardon stereo receiver at the Harmon Audio store on e-bay...
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    Revisiting the HD650

    Quote: Originally Posted by BigSurSpoon The Beyer DT-770 is excellent for bass-heavy stuff. I recommend it. I agree, the thread starter should return the HD 650s with Cardas cable, and buy a Beyer DT-770 with a Headroom amplifier.
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    I think my amp might be hurting my ears

    Are you using crossfeed? Are you sure you are listening at the same volume levels? It is easy to turn up the volume on a very transparent amplifier, and not realize how loud you are listening, because there is very little distortion. Maybe the Corda Aria has more detailed treble in comparison to...
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    Best HD650 upgrade for ~$170?

    Quote: Originally Posted by makasin I did pay 100 bucks for the Alien so according to your logic, I should buy the cable? No, what I am saying is that spending 1.7 times the money as what your source costs on an upgraded cable for your headphones is insane. Upgrade the your DAC...
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    Best HD650 upgrade for ~$170?

    Quote: Originally Posted by makasin I asked a pretty straightforward question and all I get is "upgrade your DAC/amp or get new headphones" when all I want to know is if Woodies are good and which cable is good for my price range. You want to spend almost as much on an upgraded...
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