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Listening to my pair right now, and loving it! They work really well with the iFi Micro iDSD Black Label as well.
Joe's post reminded me that I have neglected to share my thoughts on the Diana Phi. I have had mine for several weeks now and cannot say enough great things about it. Top to bottom extension, bass control, treble, midrange - all superb. The headphone has let me hear changes I have made to my system I didn't think would be audible, much less so immediately noticable. They are incredibly comfortable and I have been listening to them for several hours each day, enjoying more music than ever. Two thumbs up for an incredible headphone.
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Love the headphones Joe...and more importantly, you're taste in music!
We had a good time with Thunderstruck at CanJam Denver. If the system is well tweaked and has the power it sounds damn good. The WA-33 and the upcoming XIAUDIO Formula S mono amps played it well
For those who are into upgrade cables, we now have one for Diana Phi, JPS Labs Superconductor HP for Diana. Raises clarity level and all around resolution quite nicely.
Dont want to even ask about the price LOL
Just looked it up, no comment!
Cheap as bro. Get the 20ft
How's the soundleak on the Diana Phi? I currently use a LCDi4 iem, it's semi-open design and the sound leak is very subtle so I can use it pretty much anywhere from the office to airplanes, etc. The HD 820 works well in the office too.
The Abyss Diana Phi says it's semi open too, so I was wondering is the sound leak considerably less than full open headphones? and do you think I could use it in the office/workplace?
Is there a HP closed or open, reference that doesn't leak? I mean where you wouldn't use them nothing isolates better than IEM like noble encore etc..
The semi-open in Diana's case refers more so to direction of the noise source. Directly to either side of you there's minimal attenuation, as the noise source moves off axis from your sides toward your front and back the hole pattern causes attenuation to increase. In other words background attenuation is directional.
If you wear headphones in an office setting Diana works great, volume level decides how well it drowns out background, your brain will focus on the speakers and music an inch or so away and exclude background, yet someone could get your attention if need be.
On a plane, background noise is too high to enjoy most any non-noise cancelling headphone. I've used Diana flying international on the big jets but you need to play loud and in such an environment with lots of low frequency engine noise a good sounding noise cancelling headphone like the Bowers Wilkins PX is really the ticket.
Just been 'fiddling around' and 'running in' my new set of Abyss Diana headphones. Standard cable (designed for 'portability') is pretty useless, as it's far too short for in-room use. Bought a very neutral 3M long extension (3.5mm to 3.5mm, as there's a 6.3mm adaptor supplied with the Dianas). All sounding okay. Till I got my Lavricables Master 12 Core 'phones cable (3M length) back from having the plugs changed. Blimey! It seems I was completely under-utilizing the capabilities of this cable with my old Focal Elears. Night and day difference in sound compared to the standard (1.2M long) Abyss (JPS Labs) cable. Okay, JPS Labs offer an 'upgrade' cable at well north of 2k Euros - for which I shall pass. Itmt, the Lavricable is a match made in heaven!
The stock Diana cable is 1.5 meters (5 FT) in length (not 1.2M) and offers proper balance with our headphone.
In terms of sound, you're welcome to your opinion, but in my experience in designing cables a typical teflon insulated silver conductor has a leaner sound. It may work for you if you have a soft or bloated sounding system, or appreciate a brighter presentation, but in my experience it's a fault to balance out another fault which skews the decision making process going forward in terms of system upgrades; will always need to choose gear, interconnects, AC cables, etc. that stray toward the darker side of neutral. Not to mention the teflon jacket is a bit stiff and will translate motion noise to the headphone.
In terms of connection to the Diana, the extended 2.5 mm stereo plugs used on that cable were originally designed for the likes of cel phones, not Diana, so lacks proper strain relief and will place stress on the headphone jacks rather than the headphone shell as designed. Diana should interface to a 2.5 mm mono plug whose body just fits inside her shell so the cable connector body translates force to the headphone shell, not the jacks inside Diana. ABYSS cables have injection molded 2.5 mm gold mono connectors to perfectly mate with Diana.
(Aftermarket manufactures should use connectors similar in body diameter to a Switchcraft 880X where the body of the 2.5 mm plug just fits inside the recessed jack opening of Diana.)
Customer can order any of our headphones with a custom cable length (cost depends on length), just need to ask. We also sell stock Diana cables in longer lengths and different amp plug styles, most customers who use her portable and desktop have more than one cable.
Being a cable manufacturer we also offer a very nicely hand-made Superconductor HP upgrade cable for those with exceptional gear designed to take resolution to another level while maintaining spectral balance (not pushing a tonality shift at you in an attempt to do the same), very tricky thing to do in cable design. Sure it's expensive, but if you're connecting say a Diana Phi to a system North of $10K what this cable offers is priceless.
One thing I like about the Diana cable is that I has no microphonics, unlike most of custom cables out there that are really noisy when they touch your body or any object.