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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. szymonsays
    I will have to disagree with your statement. I bought the Diana Phis as i was wanting a lighter and more comfortable version of the 1266 Phi CC, and the Diana Phi delivers this in spades! After owning several LCDs from Audeze (including the LCD-4), and then most recently the 1266 Phi CC i wanted to get a headphone that i could wear all day if possible. I really enjoy the bass that planars provide and i was very impressed with Abyss' offering and that's why i went for the Diana Phi when i heard it was 90% of the 1266 Phi CC. I would personally say the Diana Phi gets 95% of the way there. However, i will say that the Diana Phi needs a powerful amp to drive it well and that is the only thing that doesn't make it a true portable headphone.
     
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  2. Focux
    is there a comparison between the Empyrean and the Diana Phi considering their price points?
     
  3. GU1DO
    I also have the Abyss 1266 and the Diana Phi and i compared them both on the (Eleven XI Audio Formula S) amp which is the amp they recommend and it is really a powerful clean amp ,

    The Diana have better reslution than my old 1266 that's for sure , but imaging . bass impact , coherence of the sound is missing compared to HE1000se or the 1266 ,

    I don't like to give percent but i would say the Diana is 60% of what the big boys can do, which i think its normal and amazing for the driver size and structure , and to be honest i bought the Diana to replace my 1266 but i think i will stick with it, these are the best headphones ever
     
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  4. rumina
    the driver size is not so different 63mm diana phi vs 66mm ab-1266 phi, so about 9% less size. the diana phi isn't as good as the ab-1266 phi imo but even if the soundstage is smaler is more precise for me (real to source). but the diana phi subbass is a tad lacking and the highs are less energetic. overall they are quite similar and both need a lot of power. i use some 10 watt plus class a amps with both headphones . i think due the open desing/fitting of the ab-1266 everyone tunes the damping factor of the diaphragm to his liking (more or less ventilaton), can change the overall character very much. i like the diana phi for holidays and his easy handling, no hiding needed against my other headphones. so i can understand if someone let the big abyss go for the small diana phi.
     
  5. jlbrach
    diana phi is a marvelous achievement....it isnt as good as the Phi TC but it is cheaper and more importantly portable....that said, it is portable only with a suitable portable source....do not bother with an iphone it is a waste of time...however a hugo 2 is a fantastic choice although admittedly pricey......being on the road and able to pair the hugo 2 and the diana phi is audio bliss on the go.....and as good as that pairing is the diana phi is even better with a desktop rig.....our choices just keep getting better and better as long as we have the cash lol....
     
  6. Focux
    Did u feel that the Hugo 2 was able to sufficiently drive the Diana?

    If so, how about the Mojo, for better portability
     
  7. jlbrach
    havent tried the mojo...i do think the hugo 2 does the job
     
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  8. Litlgi74
    I am considering purchasing the Diana Phi... Has anyone tried this headphone with the RME ADI-2 DAC? I am most interested in knowing if the RME has enough power to drive the Diana Phi properly.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  9. exdmd
    Good info in this thread. Too many lukewarm reviews, I was considering buying the Diana Phi for a change from my HD800S but I think I will save money and just get a new pair of TOTL CIEMs instead. Time to replace my old Ultimate Ears.
     
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  10. Joe Skubinski
    Depends on what you're looking for...

    We didn't create Diana Phi to compete with the AB-1266 but rather to fit different user scenarios. Many of our customers travel and want their music to go, others can't handle the ergonomics of our big AB-1266 much less any of the big cans, Diana Phi is the response, a minimal compromise to the AB-1266 sound in a compact package. Tonality is the same, if you have both these headphone side by side an A/B would quickly tell you they sound the same; as they should.. it's the same transducer sans 3 mm. Relative to other headphones in any class she's more than competitive.

    Where differences exist between the large AB-1266 and Diana are within the acoustics. It's the physics of the matter, like a large room there's way more space within a large headphone with big honking ear pads to develop an acoustic, our AB-1266 for example has nearly infinite soundstage depth, in contrast Diana Phi has a very thin profile setting up a smaller acoustic space, and while we optimized acoustics for her size and she still images better than most any other headphone at about half a meter outside and around your head, there's going to be limitations relative to the huge AB-1266, However, when worn, add some hair and you can barely tell you're wearing a headphone. There is nothing else like Diana Phi in the high performance headphone category, that's our point!

    On the other hand an IEM basically has only your ear canal to work with, certainly more 2D and will not have this out-of-your-head 3D soundstage, again, all depends on what you seek.

    Diana Phi just came about a few months ago and I can tell you with certainty real world feedback has been phenomenal! More to come...

    “The Diana is my prized headphone and I have a HE1 to compare to. I must try the Abyss 1266 TC later this year once you have got through the initial rush of orders. Thanks again for making outstanding products.”
    Pete - New Zealand

    “Fantastic headphones! Thanks, Best wishes, Bo”
    Sweden

    “I love the Diana Phi! It sounded great out of the box & continues to get better as I’ve been running signal through it continuously. It not only sounds amazing, but it’s lightweight, comfortable & built beautifully.“
    Kenny – USA

    “I picked up the Diana Phi & Pentaconn terminated Superconductor cable this afternoon, with only several hours of play thus far I can say this much, WOW nothing subtle going on here !!!!!!!
    Ergonomically I thought that the Diana fit was pretty much spot on for my noggin, but comfort wise the Phi has hit the ball outta the park... your attention to detail is superb, these now fit me like custom IEM's and the cable design is brilliant man.

    Whilst the Diana imparted a quality which reminded me of all tube analogue tape replay in the most positive of regards, the Diana Phi is like the live feed.
    I'm looking forward to the sonics maturing as I clock significantly more hours, and with their already vastly improved resolving power these are going to be formidable reference tools and just straight up awesome listening cans.
    Many Thanks, Luc” - Australia (recording/mastering studio)

    https://www.cnet.com/news/extreme-high-end-headphones-are-big-and-bulky-except-this-one/

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/9YB0TLJNGF4?rel=0
     
    ABYSS Headphones We engineer, machine, and build our headphones from scratch in New York, USA. Stay updated on ABYSS Headphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
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  11. PeteSTRADAMUS
    I spoke to your son I believe who I told him if it was just a little wider It would be super comfortable. This was at Canjam NYC. Otherwise the sound is awesome!. The narrow width put pressure on my temple.
     
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  12. Joe Skubinski
    The top of the ear pads are fairly narrow and lambskin and foam interior will break-in and form to the shape of your head after some use, in other words any slight pressure would adjust out over time (the show pairs were brand new:)). You could always adjust one side a click out to do a half step in width adjustment until the ear pads soften up.
     
    ABYSS Headphones We engineer, machine, and build our headphones from scratch in New York, USA. Stay updated on ABYSS Headphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/AbyssHeadphones https://twitter.com/AbyssHeadphones https://www.instagram.com/abyssheadphones/ https://abyss-headphones.com/ info@Abyss-Headphones.com
  13. PeteSTRADAMUS
    I got a pretty big head. We spoke for a little leaving the show. I was trying to listen to the 1266-tc but ran out of time.
     
  14. CreditingKarma
    Did you get to try these out f1 audio carries them.
     
  15. Joe Skubinski
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    ABYSS Headphones We engineer, machine, and build our headphones from scratch in New York, USA. Stay updated on ABYSS Headphones at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
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