List your top 3 headphone and amp combos
Feb 11, 2007 at 2:24 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 38

Skylab

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I have found that so much about a really rewarding headphone setup is the synergy between Headphone and Amp, I thought it would be fun to see what people think are great parings.

Here are my top 3:

1. Meier Audio HA-2 mkII/SE + Headphile Darth Beyer

2. Meier Audio Corda Opera + Beyerdynamic DT990/250 (06)

3. Singlepower PPX3 + JVC HP-DX1000

How about you?
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 3:24 AM Post #3 of 38

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1. ATH-HA5000----> ATH-W5000 a natural pairing
2. ATH-HA5000----> ATH-W5000

did say:

3. ATH-HA5000----> ATH-W5000

Oh! that is the only pairing I have for my desktop.
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 4:52 AM Post #6 of 38

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Best I ever did hear-

HE90 to HEV90. Sorry folks, it's true.

Melos Maestrobator feeding a Joe Grado HP1000. Don't mess with success.

TIE - Balanced PS-1s with the B52, or Balanced RS-1s with a Maestro XLR. Talk about Amp Wars! But both combos brought out something way above my expectations from these cans I THOUGHT I knew. It couldn't be the balanced thing, could it? No...don't make me spend more cash!
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 5:56 AM Post #7 of 38

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T-amp - Stax SR-X/3 x3
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Feb 11, 2007 at 7:15 AM Post #8 of 38

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Of those I own:
Stax SRM-007t -> Stax Omega II
Stax SRM-007t -> Stax Lambda Pro
Doxa 70 Signature MKII -> Stax SRD-7 Pro -> Stax Omega II
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 7:24 AM Post #9 of 38

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Quote:

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Best I ever did hear-

HE90 to HEV90. Sorry folks, it's true.

Melos Maestrobator feeding a Joe Grado HP1000. Don't mess with success.

TIE - Balanced PS-1s with the B52, or Balanced RS-1s with a Maestro XLR. Talk about Amp Wars! But both combos brought out something way above my expectations from these cans I THOUGHT I knew. It couldn't be the balanced thing, could it? No...don't make me spend more cash!



Yep

1. HEV90 -> HE90
2. Big Joe -> K1000
3. Hornet -> Es2 (probably)
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 7:27 AM Post #10 of 38
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The SDS and L3000 synergy was something special; both Purk and I knew it when we first heard it. Of course, the SDS has made pretty much any high end headphone sound its best - except for the W2002 which paired best with the HA2002.

I'd have to say my top 2 are definitely:
L3000 + SDS
R10 + SDS
Since I listen to more rock & metal I have to give the edge to the L3000. Purk will probably be the opposite here
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3rd would be a tie between Qualia + SDS & DX1000 + SDS

My 2nd favorite amp has become the Sugden Headmaster - I didn't expect to like that amp so much, but it keeps growing on me. Plus, it makes a damn fine preamp w/ remote. I've become curious about the sound of their speaker amps.
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 7:40 AM Post #12 of 38

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1. Balanced R10 w/Singlepower SDS-XLR
2. HE90 w/Singlepower ES1
3. K1000 w/Singlepower Extreme

Honorable Mentions:

PS-1 w/RSA B-52
HD-650 (w/Equinox cable) w/EC Zana Duex
Stax Omega II w/Singlepower ES-1
 
Feb 11, 2007 at 8:58 AM Post #14 of 38

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HD-650 and X-Can V3: it's a match made in heaven! Especially since it is a bit more realistic and accessible (both in terms of availability and budget) than these HE90 type example
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Feb 11, 2007 at 10:02 AM Post #15 of 38

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There are so many great synergies I can derive from my equipment!

Cayin HA-1A -> K701
Cayin HA-1A -> SR225 (finally tried this today for the first time! amazing!)
HeadAmp GS-1 -> K701
HeadAmp Gilmore Lite -> SR225
HeadAmp Gilmore Lite -> ATH-AD2000
HeadAmp Gilmore Lite -> K601
HeadAmp AE-1 -> K501 (for the ultimate in soundstage
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Previous setups that had synergy:
Total Bithead 2006 -> ATH-ES5
Total Bithead 2006 -> DT250-80
 

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