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Zach is making changes/mods to the prototypes on the fly at the show so impressions may not be super accurate
Those who heard the GSX mini - does it sound like a warmer Mk ii ? or just as neutral?
Actually there are some great / detailed impressions posted since I wrote that ... thanks to those who took the time!
Sounds like the HD820 aren't gonna replace my HD800.
Thanks but not a fan of electrostats I’m afraid.
To my subjective ears - it sounds very similar to the Mk 2. Not warmer.
Day 1 and Day 2 RMAF Value Report is up on my blog at https://digitalaudiodirections.blogspot.com/
We just removed a front filter to make the Verite a touch more transparent. Tuning is extremely close to final.
The only other closed headphones I listened to yesterday were the MrSpeakers Ether CX collab that they're doing with Massdrop, and I unfortunately don't have a good enough recollection of the finer details between them other than that I preferred the Elegia and both suffered from a reduction in soundstage etc when directly compared to their open-backed siblings. I don't own any closed back headphones at the moment either; even my CIEM's have a vent port of sorts that helps with headspace. Sorry!
Thanks for posting your great impressions on the GSX mini.
While the audio circuit of the GSX mini is very similar to 2x that of the Gilmore Lite mk2, it's not quite accurate to expect the amp to cost only 2x as much. The dedicated, discrete linear power supply is much bigger and more specialized than the off-the-shelf linear PSU of the Lite. And the casework is much more involved and expensive to produce.
@justin w. has done his very best work to make this great sounding product as affordable as possible, in contrast to the Lite which was specifically built to offer an absolute sound quality bargain to the Head-Fi community.
It is. My 17 year old has become a budding audiophile. Of course, it helps when he gets all his dad’s nice hand me downs.
That's exactly it. A really good discrete linear PSUs aren't cheap and remember that a Quad DAC-T isn't exactly cheap either. A channel matching for Left and right are more stringent for 4 rails. Plus this one has more connectors in the back as well as a really good pre-amp function.
Should I update my previous post, or make a new one? IDK, so I'm going to make a new one.
Regarding the HiFiMan HE1000SE vs the MrSpeakers Ether 2. Hifiman had the HE1000SE hooked up to a Manley tube amp. The HE1000SE seemed to need more power than this amp could provide, the bass was goods, but the mids and highs seemed pointed and fatiguing to listen, at least to my ears. Schiit had the Ether 2 playing on the Jotunheim and I really like how they sound. Nothing was too bright, but also not muddy in its warmth. The bass was present, but not overemphasized. Really, it was a very balanced sound across the board. Also, the light weight is a huge plus. They were super comfortable.
Would like to hear details regarding Tia Fourte vs IER-Z1R as the used price of Tia Fourte falls to $2200 to $2400
I would still go for the IER Z1R. Sony is throwing out some serious magic on these earphones. I wasn't able to do an exact head to head against both but lets just say the Audio 64 stuff failed to make it in the top 3 for me. I am gonna be honest and say their flagship Tia Fourte is just not worth that chunk of cash. I was able to hear all of them and decide for myself. Even for guys that have big wallets the Tia Fourte represent the worst value in audio as far as I am concerned. Even used I would still go for the Sony IER-Z1R.
The reason why I took my own source. Manufacturers will have higher end sources the earphones will be plugged into. That is great n all but how does it sound on a cheaper source. To me if they sound great out of my Shanling M3s Dap. they are gonna sound great on everything above that. This was what I was pumping the sound from both the Tia Fourte and IER-Z1R and the Z1R won it for me. The sound was etched in my mind. They sound like floor speakers in every direction. They don't sound like earphones at all. I was describing the sound of them to one of the engineers for Audio 64 and that guy got very curious about them as well. In comparison the Tia Fourte sounds like a nice high end earphone. The Z1R actually pulls a better 3dimensional sound vs the Tia Fourte. And at a $1000 less. Both earphones are easy to drive but not only was the sound memorable on the Z1R but it easily showed me which phone had the real value for the bucks.
For the same amount of money spend on a Tia Fourte. You can get a shiny new Andromeda S and a Sony IER-Z1R