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I have purchased a few things from Headphonebar. Is it a nice spot to actually visit in person?
A week ago I heard the 560s through the Cembalo Lab Spring 1 amplifier. The DAC feeding it was a Sim Audio something or other (sorry, didn't catch which model... was checking out all sorts of stuff at Absolute Audio Video in Calgary before driving back to Vancouver). It sounded REALLY good. To me. It especially sounded good compared to the Ayre Codex, which really wasn't too bad in and of itself. Cables were standard Cardas with the Codex, and Nordost Heimdall 2 with the class A Spring 1 (fed with Cardas Clear Light interconnects). I really wish I could have had more time to spend with this amp, and also compare it to other amps. I've been planning on getting a Mjolnir 2 and finally putting these '75 'HG' Reflectors to work, but after getting a glimpse of what this thing was capable of (in spite of it's super low output power rating), it's made me re-think my game plan. It is about double the price of the M2, but then, tubes aren't necessary.
EDIT: I should mention that with the Codex, I had to crank it to at least 85 or higher to be satisfied with some jazz recordings that had a fairly high dynamic range. With the Spring 1, on the other hand–again, despite it's claimed 130 mW @62 ohms, I didn't have to go very high at all on the dial to reach decent levels. It was kind of puzzling, actually.
In my experience, definitely. It's given me the opportunity to hear a wide range of cans, with at least a few different amp/DAC combinations. Plus, Travis is a good dude and has been very helpful.
Is there a headphone shop in the area? If you know of it, lemme know . And I do know about the meet tomorrow, not sure yet if I can make it though. Maybe I can. I'll probably just be floating around with some IEMs if I can make it there.
Very cozy actually. Lots of headphones to try and they've got universal IEMs available as well, but comparatively fewer amps and DACs available to test understandably enough.
If anyone would know it'd be @miceblue
At least you can drive somewhere, I need to get on a plane
Yeah, perks of not being in the middle of the ocean bud
The big j&r down by the bridge and city hall closed up? Aw, man.
Is b&h still open up wherever it is/was on the west side of midtown?
J&R is kaput.
B&H is still on 34th Street, I've left them with a good helping of my money after leaving with cameras, lenses, tripods, etc. If you know what you want you can be in and out in 15 minutes, even when crowded. It's a well run, well staffed store. the place is huge, they have everything, well not so sure about headphones over the counter.
Definitive Audio is probably the one place I'd recommend. They have some fancy stuff in there!
Oh yeah! I think I remember reading about that place somewhere in my search, just haven't had a chance to go see what's there. Looks like they have some very high-end stuff there though, especially in the realm of speaker setups.
I wonder if the US dollar advantage actually works out when buying Canada for you? I ask as I assume most gear is more expensive here and enough so that I suspect it must offset the exchange rate advantage. Have you any experience buying at Headphonebar?
I am selling my grill modded HE-560s with the Focus A pads for $550 only. PM if interested. Link to the for sale forum post below:
I think the prices at this point have been offset to account for the exchange rate. No experience buying from there. Only been there once and only had an hour of bliss. Noble K10U aluminum was about $2k canadian though so that sounds about right changing to US$.
I just got the HE560 and surprise because it came with 6.5mm plug. I intend to replace it with the 3.5mm plug. The other option is upgrade the whole cable which is expensive. So before I mess it up please give some advise:
Does stock cable suck?
Does this cable significant better? http://www.doublehelixcables.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=200
Is it worth to use DoubleHelix plugs because Switchcraft and Neutrik plugs are a lot cheaper?