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See my augmented previous post [#676].
@Allanmarcus — I propose an addition to the ‘Frequent topics’ section on the first post:
Sound sig: Some listeners hear Utopia as ‘bright’ or ‘demanding’ or ‘too analytical’ or something similar, while others hear them as ‘well-balanced’ or ‘neutral’ or ‘resolving’ or ‘detailed’ or something similar. Some who hear ‘bright’ claim it can be ‘fixed’ with cable swaps or changes to the source chain, while others say it can’t be ‘fixed’ and (of course) still others say no ‘fixing’ is needed.
I’m also using an all tube SET Amp, the WA5, which technically isn’t supposed to
Wait, I’m confused
Your confusion confuses me
About one month ago I felt the same when I first listened and I was not impressed and thought it sounded very harsh to my ears. I wanted to send them back or sell them asap, but I remember someone telling me not listen to other headphones for a while (2 weeks using Utopias only) and too my surprise I can't put them down, just UNBELIEVABLE SOUND coming from them and DETAIL and SEPARATION in the music..
yeah..i guess that was probably me. I believe ears need some time to adapt new sounds. i didn't listen to any other headphones than the utopia as well for three weeks. The Utopia has exceptional resolution/clarity/transparency + realism. Imaging is great but it sounds slightly closed-in.
I've been listening to allot of Vinyl as of late and maybe I am getting a bigger sound stage because of my Manley Chinook SE phono preamp from the vacuum tubes. Just finished listening to Daft Punk Random Access Memories was awesome and it was SE through my Yamaha as well.
Question has anyone listened to a the Manley Absolute Headphone Amp with a pair of Utopia's?
I did at CanJam RMAF. Sounded OK, but it was show conditions. Headphone plug is in the back of the amp, so not designed for swapping cans. Not good for me. Also, I just cannot imagine spending that much on an amp. For me, it's not worth the money as I cannot hear any significant difference between most amps. Headphones I can hear a difference, but amps? meh. Just my two cents. Others obviously have their own opinions.
For those that asked about using the Utopia aftermarket cables (for example Danacable Lazuli, Kimber Axios, Nordost Heimdall 2, etc.) with the Stellia, the Z1R or other headphones, Double Helix cables have a whole range of ultra short adapters (they call them triple threat adapters) for the headphone end of the cable that can turn the LEMO plug into a 3.5mm plug or other suitable plugs for different headphones. The price is $219.
with that price you almost buy a new cable!!
I would like to ask @Wildcatsare1 why the wa5 is not indicated with Utopia
I was doing a comparison of some tracks on vinyl versus digital yesterday, and I do agree that the soundstage of the Utopia is larger with vinyl. The Utopias are so revealing, it is really interesting to hear the differences.
The Utopia soundstage seems recording-dependent. It can be very expansive.
The adapters are ONLY for Double Helix customers, too.
What do you mean?