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  1. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

     A nice little review of the new Cary Audio division 'Nighthawk' - containing excerpts relating to the PS1000 by 'Enjoy The Music'    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0912/audio_electronics_nighthawk.htm    Initially posted by Grado HQ on their Facebook page     Dang...
  2. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

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  3. Gwarmi

    Grado PS1000, very mixed and not review like impressions.

    Same old, round and round goes the merry go-round    Many headphones deserve a sense of reservation unless owned for many months, the PS1000 remains a perfect  example of such a case.    I'd go further ~ unless you've mix and matched various DAC's and amps (very, very important) across...
  4. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

    Quote:    Mine are starting to develop some aesthetic 'character' you could say Focker  A few drizzles of rain here and there - they spend more time  outside than inside!
  5. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

     Really enjoying the synergy with this stack comprising of the ALO MK3-B portable amp, Cypher Labs Algo  Solo DAC and the RS1's. I'm not noticing a huge increase in detail retrieval over let's say a bog stock  Apple Classic - the nuances are in the sense of space and separation on well known...
  6. Gwarmi

    AKG K601 & K612 Pro Owners... UNITE!!

     Awhile back when I was still using a combination source of either the Asus STX and Auzentech Bravura PCI cards coupled with a few  DIY amps - I came very close to selling the ol' K601. I could not put my finger on it but the lack of control beyond the upper  mids just did not seem right. At...
  7. Gwarmi

    ARRIVED: new Rega DAC

    Quote:    What sort of power cord are you using with the standard adapter?
  8. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

    Quote:    I had the chance the other week to listen to a unit that *reportedly* was a beta-prototype HF1 used by John Grado  during development, it was sold to TTVJ and then supposedly passed on to Australian Grado nut who lives in Melbourne.    Overall I found them to be quite...
  9. Gwarmi

    Grado PS1000, very mixed and not review like impressions.

    Quote:    That is a conumdrum that I've been contemplating of late - two systems and their associated expenses.    One thing to think about though not just through your own personal experiences - I know so many Head-Fi folks who  incessantly buy, sell, trade, exchange - all in the...
  10. Gwarmi

    Grado PS1000, very mixed and not review like impressions.

    Quote:    Had the golden opportunity the other day to audition the K1000 'Bass Heavy' version off a proper rig -  the DIY amp in question had at least 10 Watts in reserve so I assume they were properly powered :-)    Bottom end aside, these are still very much a reference headphone...
  11. Gwarmi

    Grado PS1000, very mixed and not review like impressions.

     Wow ~ Ok, this is getting interesting - weighed my own pair the other day on a commercial electronic scale that is  pretty reliable from memory - 500 grams - exactly - 550grams with the cable coiled on the scale.    These are fairly sizable differences - 50 gram differences on the same...
  12. Gwarmi

    Do cables "burn in"?

     I'm still on the fence on whether cables burn-in or not - I'm currently in a state of contemplation over my new-ish Shunyata Research Cobra.    What I find fascinating is that Shunyata themselves state that even without this device below eg, designed to run them in via  domestic...
  13. Gwarmi

    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

     Occasionally it can take time for true appreciation of a product to really sink in. I've never been disappointed with the performance and synergy  of the V200 with my Grado PS1000's - the only niggle that I had was that sometimes I wished for a slightly more forward presentation which  is...
  14. Gwarmi

    AKG K601 & K612 Pro Owners... UNITE!!

     Here's another secret to get your K601 cooking without having to sell off a major organ or three :-)    $368USD + $60 for shipping to the USA - 2 x pieces of Wolfson WM8741 DAC and a clean, neutral  sounding head amp section that delivers 900milliwatts into 100ohms - just what the K601...
  15. Gwarmi

    AKG K240 too quiet? Do I need an amp? A sound card?

     The K240 is a cracking headphone that can deliver results way above its price point.    Your issue is two fold - 1) not enough amplification and 2) onboard sound and the $5 DAC in your  android is not going to give you much in the first place in regards to the digital to analogue...
  16. Gwarmi

    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

    Quote:    Yes that's so true - I have immense respect for the Reference 7.1, I can take a step back and understand  why it demands and deserves the attention that it receives. Perhaps I'm just a little funny but the newish  Esoteric D07x was the first DAC right off the bat that had me...
  17. Gwarmi

    Shunyata Zi-Tron Cobra (new not King Cobra) (Video Inside)

     Just a small update past the 80-90+ hour mark - this Cobra is really something. They say the small things are sometimes what count the most.    This being true for this unit - in the last few weeks it has spent time being plugged into all sorts of gear ranging from the Luxman P1-u to  the...
  18. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

     I was struck by a sizable revelation the other day concerning my very own RS1i :-)    A friend of mine returned from China, being quite the avid audiophile - he is the sort of  guy who owns reams of Crystal cable for IEM's to full sized headphones. He'd brought  back this fascinating...
  19. Gwarmi

    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

    I cannot speak for the Anedio or Yulong but after spending some time with the Audio-gd Reference 7.1 and the Esoteric D07x - once attuned to their respective 'flavours' :-) The Esoteric is even after a few brief minutes - to my ears - the better DAC for sure, it exudes a certain naturalness...
  20. Gwarmi

    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

    Quote:       The Eastern Electric? No actual 'vis a vis' experience with the V200 but my limited impressions suggest that   the final result will depend on your willingness to tube roll and mod' this thing - exactly what the manufacturer   had in mind in the first place..    ...
  21. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

     My tumultuous on and off love affair with the Eddie Current Zana Deux SE will never end :-)    I really do intend some day to add one to the collection as a complement to the V200, that or one of those ultra rare ECP Audio DSHA-1's.    Only query being that many report that the stock...
  22. Gwarmi

    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

     Here's a parting shot of the setup at the moment - in a word - cramped!!     It took me the best part of 10 minutes just to carefully plug everything in.  Overall, I'm happy with the performance of my unopened V200        @Project 86    RE: Manufacturers trying to make...
  23. Gwarmi

    Grado PS1000, very mixed and not review like impressions.

    Quote:    RS1i versus PS1000 comparisons are futile in my opinion - their differences span far beyond just their sonic presentation.    Here's one for those who have loaned or owned some of the higher end offerings out there eg, LCD2/LCD3, HD800, W5000  Ed8/10, PS1000 etc and who...
  24. Gwarmi

    Grado Fan Club!

    Quote:    Not really ~ since the distributor change - anyone over here in Oz can land an RS1i on their front door step for  $695 all inclusive of delivery. PS1000? $1799 delivered, GS1000i $1095 - when you consider sales tax in  some US states - Australia is cheaper now :)
  25. Gwarmi

    Nordost Odin - their new top of the line cable

     Now here's a thread worth reviving from the archived graves of Head-Fi     Later on this year with a bit of luck and personal effort - I may be able to attend a  Nordost demonstration of their higher end offerings, namely the Valhalla and Odin.    I've dabbled at length with the Leif...
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