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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. Music Alchemist
    I would actually describe the HD 600 as having snappy dynamics (certainly not boring), but it also has upper frequency peaks and bass roll-off. I owned five electrostatic systems and would agree with your general description of an even tonal balance and rapid transient speed. But those two things have nothing to do with each other; it's just that they happen to exist together in some headphones. I'm not sure what you mean by artificial shimmering effect. You'll have to be more specific. I also agree that planar magnetics tend to have a smoother presentation. (Some refer to it as lush.) But they can be very dynamic on the right system, and some planar magnetic headphones like the AB-1266 and HE6 are famous for being among the most dynamic, impactful headphones in existence. Anyway, the most accurate headphones do not sound boring to me. The most boring headphones I've heard simply had mediocre performance in various areas.
  2. mulder01
    Did you get a pair?

    He did post a proper review, but I agree the oatmeal cookie thing was a bit of a curveball.
  3. soullinker20
    yup, my friend has one.
  4. Beagle
    I'd be interested in your findings.
  5. soullinker20
    yes thank You.. after 100 hrs of burn in i guess. i was only able to AB them with the lcd 4 but just on the hugo 2
    they look simple but they will stun you with their sound

    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
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  6. Beagle
    Looks like I see the Audeze LCD-MX4 in that pic. Any possibility of getting a comparison with the Diana?
  7. soullinker20
    that is what I was really waiting for to do since they are in the same price range.

    I had more time ABing the lcd 4 and Diana for a friend. Did a short listen to the mx4 too. I will try to AB them again on Monday (maybe sunday there).

    for now,
    Diana-needs a powerful amp
    MX4-you can use it straight from your smartphone, laptop etc.
    my laptop's volume level isn't even at half and it's loud already.
  8. Joe Skubinski
    Diana is good with at least 200 mW, phones and laptops you would be lucky to get 30 mW, not to mention most computers are very noisy sources, will make the music sound hard and strip harmonic information so sounds flat, not 'alive'.

    If laptop is your only source a simple USB headphone amp is beneficial, Apple Macbook Pro recommended.
    Something like these...
    or Geek Out portable USB DAC

    Diana will have her own matching accessories later this year smiley_abyss1.gif
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  9. Whazzzup
    Any chord Hugo owners tried Diana
  10. soullinker20
    I'm gonna try them with the TT
    out of H2 it's sufficient enough to drive them.
  11. Beagle
    That would be wonderful. Looking forward...
  12. ufospls2
    Hugo 2 :
    Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD: 94mW 300Ω

    740mW 32Ω

    1050mW 8Ω

    Hugo TT:

    35mW into 600 ohms, 70mW into 300 ohms, 320mW into 56 ohms, 600mW into 32 ohms and 720mW into 8 ohms.

    So in terms of power output, you will have better luck with the Hugo 2.
  13. soullinker20
    oh nice thanks!
  14. Music Alchemist
    The maximum power difference between the Hugo 2 and Hugo TT isn't going to make a lick of difference, since the Diana (91 dB/mW @ 40 ohms) will not use anywhere near their maximum output as long as you aren't listening loud enough to blow out your ears. The chart below can give you a rough idea of the Diana's power requirements.

    You're not likely to exceed 115 dB, even accounting for dynamic peaks.

    Side note: The Mojo and Hugo have the same max output power specs as the Hugo TT. I have driven harder-to-drive headphones than the Diana from the Mojo at high SPL levels with no distortion.

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
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  15. MacedonianHero Contributor
    FWIW, the Hugo 2 has more power output than the TT. :)
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