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Diana: the second release by Abyss Headphones!

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by music alchemist, Aug 13, 2015.
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  1. Blitzula
    I thought the Utopia was similar in that respect. You can have headphones that just play the music naturally or analytically, and both are true to the recording in their own way. My ultimate would definitely be on the natural side.
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  2. FastAndClean
    i have very neutral headphone and its my favorite, that is the way to go for me, if i want more fun i just boost the bass and its done
    After I get the Utopia. I will get these next to compliment the Focal. I am pretty sure they are very different.
  4. mulder01

    I think even you yourself, on a number of occasions would have said that it was naive to automatically attribute higher cost as being "better" (or more subjectively enjoyable), so why write off a headphone just because it's not that company's flagship? There's nothing to say that you won't like the Diana better than the phi. (someone has already mentioned their preference for diana over the phi earlier in the thread). Same as some people prefer the 007 to the 009, or a $15 headphone, to, well almost everything... If I said I wouldn't try your porta pro's because I am only interested in Koss's flagship headphones, I'm sure you'd call me out on that...
  5. Music Alchemist
    All the information out there indicates that the Phi is the superior headphone. I would still like to hear the Diana, regardless.

    I never said I preferred the KTXPRO1 over "almost everything"; I said I often reached for it even when I owned four figure headphones.

    I dislike the Porta Pro.

    And no, you are free to be interested in and listen to whatever you like.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
  6. potkettleblack
    Hi Beagle,

    Just taken a look at the list of headphones you own. How would you say the detail retrieval of the Diana compares with the HD800?
  7. soullinker20
    ^ there we go :)
  8. Beagle
    I don't know what detail is. I know that I think I'm hearing everything in proper perspective, no more no less. I know the HD800 exaggerates the soundstage width and treble so right off the bat I can't compare.
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  9. potkettleblack
    Low level detail during the music, really. Musicians scratching their testicles, the sound of panties landing on the stage, Jimmy Page sniffing cocaine in between strums; all the stuff less analytical headphones would not pick up on. Thanks for the quick reply, though. I think I now know less than what I did to begin with. Happy New Year.
  10. Beagle
    You should thank me for that.
  11. Whazzzup
    Still want to like em but not enough info yet. Wasn’t looking for an on the go hp, but maybe I do. Don’t need the 800S/ utopia/ Diana trade off.....
  12. LaCuffia
    I don’t think the HD800 has been the gold standard for a long time now regarding transparency and detail. It’s probably been surpassed by several headphones. And the 800S went for a different tuning.
  13. Whazzzup
    Read the 800s impression thread, it seems that senns gold standard hasnt gone anywhere. Lots and lots of cross ownership keeps coming back to 800s. Granted i now realize all hp are tradeoffs and preference.
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  14. Beagle
    As far as "detail" goes, I'd say the Diana seems to provide the overall best in the full frequency range of all the headphones I've used. 95% of music resides in the midrange so if you get that right, you've mostly OK. DIana does that well and also makes a natural dynamic bass. It's top end is an enhancement, a "finishing touch" of the mid and does not call attention to itself.

    It's more enjoyable to listen to than to talk about, but that's why we're here...
  15. LaCuffia
    I am sure though that Sennheiser will up its game in 2018, perhaps with the new closed back coming (820). I also read somewhere on the forum of Sennheiser filing for a patent on planar magnetic technology. No doubt they will wow the audiophile crowd again like they did when the HD800 first came out. Competition from Focal and the boutique companies like Abyss is always a good thing.
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