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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. razorz
    I want to upgrade my amp from the Sony TA-ZH1ES

    Looking at:

    Simaudio 430HA
    Woo Audio WA22 w/ upgraded tubes
    Woo Audio WA-5LE w/ premium upgrade
    Headamp GS-X

  2. mulder01
    If you're going toward a desktop setup, I would consider a Phi with entry level amp rather than Diana with an expensive amp. Personally.
  3. DanDorn
    Did anyone else at CanJam NYC have that "what were they thinking" reaction upon trying the Diana? I couldn't appreciate the sound because I found the earpads really uncomfortable; I mean, who has small square ears??
  4. potkettleblack
    The original ether had square ear pads on the inside if I remember correctly. Were the spaces just too small for you? It will be a few months until I can hear these and I'm genuinely curious whether they will suit my head and ears based on some of these comments.

    I also have no idea what to expect with the sound. Theres been a lot of comments but no clear statements about how they sound imo. Are they more warmish, musical, or cold analytical, or just neutral. Are they restricted to any particular genre? Do they have bass and musicality for rock and hiphop or are they more precision based, delicate, metallic and are suited for classical music, light rock etc. I'm lost.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2018
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  5. DanDorn
    I owned the Ether Flow, and those earpads were not square but rather vertical-rectangular in shape. The Diana's pads, aside from being relatively shallow, felt as though they were folding the tops of my ears down. And btw, I have average-sized ears. As to the sound signature, I liked it a lot which is what made it so frustrating; I'd call it neutral tending toward musical.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2018
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  6. DanDorn
    An example of compact earcup design that manages to be comfortable (or acceptably so) is the Campfire Audio Cascade (which I purchased at CanJam). In that case (again), it's rectangular in shape with deep pads.
  7. mulder01
    Stupid question: if it was pressing down on the top or your ear, did you try clicking the headband up to the next notch?
    Not sure why it's square-ish - one advantage is you can alter the sound a bit by moving the headphones back or forward - having the driver off-centre from your ear makes it sound a bit different.
    I found I had a gap between my head and the earpad under my ear, but if I angle the headband toward the back of my head a bit, it goes away.
  8. DanDorn
    I'm pretty sure I tried that and it must not have made much of a difference.
  9. Hifiearspeakers
    I don’t know how this headphone is supposed to sell with almost no reviews or impressions whatsoever. All I’ve seen in here is tumbleweed.
  10. Joe Skubinski
  11. Hifiearspeakers
    I appreciate you posting those links. But no offense, every one of those commentaries is almost useless to people like me. First, they’re cursory at best. And second, they mostly compare them to the Abyss Phi, which I’ve never heard. All I have right now is smooth treble but forward, intimate soundstage, and very transparent.

    That’s pathetic for 60 pages of commentary on a headphone that retails for $3000.

    Can someone speak up and give one actual full review???
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018
  12. DanDorn
    My last 2 cents on Diana: I can think of a number of headphones that I might bite the bullet and pay 3K for. The Diana are not one of them.
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  13. Hifiearspeakers
    Wow! Ok then.
  14. mulder01
    People are stating their experiences with the headphones. There were a couple of full reviews from my memory. What exactly do you want?
  15. soullinker20
    How's your audition on the Dianas? :)
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