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  1. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I'd recommend the Fostex cans.  I'm currently playing with a set of the Massdrop Fostex TH-X00's and liking the combination with my Ear+ Super.  The Fostex have a bit of U shaped frequency distribution with a ton of bass and a fairly bright high end.  The MAD amp nicely fills in the missing...
  2. DeadEars

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    I see MassDrop has a new drop for Dekoni ear pads.  Has anyone seen or preferably listened to X00 headphones with the Dekoni headphone pads (either the base or the lambskin variant)?   For those who have, how do these compare to the stock earpads?
  3. DeadEars

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    (off topic) I curse Waterbury every time I drive through from Danbury to Hartford.  Anyway, local to me.     I often go to NY or Philly meets.  Maybe see you sometime.
  4. DeadEars

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      Another Mapletree Audio fan here.  I tried my X00 Mahogany's with several head amps and found the V-shaped response a bit deficient in the midrange.  The MAD Ear+ does a nice job of filling in the midrange and rounds out the highs a bit as well.  Very pleased.
  5. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Agree ^^     With the MAD amp, I like my HD-600's better than HD-650's that I bought & returned a couple of years ago.  I had some discussions with Dr. Lloyd P. about it at the time, and he claimed many of his customers were happy with either Senn on his amps.  At that time, I don't think he...
  6. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've never heard any Sonys except the legendary R10's.  Which are sublime.  A bit thick sounding with the MAD amp, nice with a dual-differential Beta.  Your SONY's are a different animal from what I've seen.  I do think the Fostex has a much more "fun" profile, so you should try to hear some...
  7. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've built a couple of OTL amps => you're always fighting with the problem of tapping power directly off the output tubes.  The usual solution is to parallel a lot of tubes, which reduces the output impedence and increases power, but at the cost of a lot more complexity and an increased need to...
  8. DeadEars

    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

      I own both the LCD-2's and TH-X00s, have heard the Nighthawk under meet conditions.  I'd be a bit cautious about going to LCD-2's unless your headphone amp is fairly robust.  Both the Nighthawks and X00s are a doddle to drive, whereas the LCD-2's can be pretty picky and definitely reward good...
  9. DeadEars

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      I agree completely that the HM5 pads don't work, at least for me.  Took 2 people to get them on the white plastic mounting ring, one to hold progress and the other to keep sliding the lip of the fabric over the mounting ring.  After that listening...  Boy are they comfy!  The pressure point...
  10. DeadEars

    Reply to review by 'deadears' on item 'Fostex TH-X00 Massdrop exclusive'

    Good job on the review.  I think you did a nice job of characterizing the sound.  (I'm reminded of the saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture...).  I've been running my Fostex TH-X00 for a couple of weeks now and agree with your observations for the most part.  These...
  11. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    You have to really love rich, dark sultry and romantic for the gen 1 version of the LCD-2's.  Fortunately, I do!  It's too much of a good thing with the MAD amp, except for chamber music, where it's spectacular.  My sister was a professional musician for years, so I love it when a system gets...
  12. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've heard good things about the ZMF stuff.  I've never heard any, although I'm interested in the ZMF Omni's.  I like, but don't love the LCD-2's on the WA6SE.  I feel the same way about the HD-600's on the MAD amp.  The Fostex is more fun by far than the HD-600's with the MAD amp.   I see...
  13. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Another nice pairing with the MAD amp is the Massdrop Fostex TH-X00 headphones.  The Fostex is notorious for having a U-shaped response curve, but being relatively easy to drive.  Turns out that the MAD amp's luscious mid range does a great job of filling out the depressed Fostex midrange.  The...
  14. DeadEars

    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    Well the UPS guy visited today and delivered my Massdrop Fostex cans.  First impression is very positive. Visually the cups are flawless and quite pretty. Sound-wise, I'm pleasantly surprised:  I feared the overly-bright top end of the TH-900, but these are much more even in the treble.  And the...
  15. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Thanks for the links!  I used to have one of the Ultra 4 SE amps which I thought was very relaxed & musical.  I love octal tube preamps.  Some of the Manley octal tube preamps/amps are pretty luscious, especially the 300b tube one or the deHavilland Ultra Verve or Mercury preamps.  Lloyd's amp...
  16. DeadEars

    SPDIF--->USB

      I've looked at this problem too (same thing: trying to take digital out from a Logitech SPDIF device to a USB DAC).  Problem is all the USB DACs expect a computer to sort the interface, so it only works with a computer.  The Rasperry Pi solution looks reasonable, but the "right" way would be...
  17. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

      You should be very pleased with the results!  The output capacitor switch is a biggie, since all the signal passes through these caps (one of the arguable parts of the circuit design).  I tried a couple of different caps here and settled on some PIO Obbligatos that I think sound quite good...
  18. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Sounds like you are starting in the right place.  Good luck with your system.   In high school, I worked at a local stereo shop and sold high-end gear.  I got to hear a lot of really great systems.  It also got me hooked on electrostatic speakers, which can be an expensive mistress -- finding...
  19. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Congrats on your MAD amp.  For comparison to other similar-tier tube amps, I'd recommend that you go to a local Head-Fi meet.  Bring your amp & cans and set up for others to compare, plus you can plug your headphones into other folks amps for a better comparison than you'll get by asking for...
  20. DeadEars

    Philadelphia area meet, Sunday Jan 31st (no football that weekend!)

    Hi Lee,  thanks for the invite.  I'm about 70% sure I can make it this time.  It's been a couple years since the last time I came to your digs.  I'm not sure what gear I'll bring, but I'm planning to set something up. Tentatively:   * Laptop or Brix server (currently running Roon, but I can...
  21. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    In mine, I installed a tiny DPDT switch between the input jacks.  The switch allows me to plug in two different inputs and switch between them.  Otherwise two inputs actually are in parallel all the time, which only works if only one of them is active and there are no components on the output of...
  22. DeadEars

    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Congrats on your new amp!  Perfect match with the RS cans.    I don't recommend spending money on the output tubes, except to have some spares.  They DO make a difference, but not enough relative to the front end tubes.  You'll get a lot more excitement & interesting variations with the input...
  23. DeadEars

    Reply to review by 'deadears' on item 'Master & Dynamic MH40'

    That's consistent with what I've been hearing.  Considering these for mobile use, sounds like a good match for non-critical, just-fun listening.   Thx!
  24. DeadEars

    Reply to review by 'deadears' on item 'Master & Dynamic MH40'

    I found this a very useful review.  I am very familiar with both the Senn HD600 and the Audeze LCD-2, which are my main headphones.  Can you give me some comparatives between these headphones and the other two?  I'm thinking mostly of amplified use and occasionally portable amplified use.   thanks!
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