thank-you for once again organizing this quarterly meet @BIG POPPA
highlights for me included: @johnjen purple amp which had the midrange magic nailed along with a good representation of the entire auditory spectrum. Much more bass impact than I would have expected. @gefski asgard 3 which seemed equally at home with HD650, HEDD and Empyrean. @Muziqboy realism machine with SMSL sp200 demonstrating the realism machine is really driven by the exotic customized digital data delivery system, though I missed the taboo amp.
I'm late to the Empyrean party. This was my first time hearing them along with the HEDD. The HEDD shows promise while the Empyrean fits my personal preference profile very well, only a little behind @johnjen HD800-Jmod which still stands as my all time reference.
Thanks @BIG POPPA, very fun meet for visiting, listening, and exploring new stuff! And hey, Gabe is growing! Monthly!
** The PurpAmp - very relaxed presentation, yet detailed and transparent. No roll off anywhere. Differences between cans are very apparent, but not an “analytical sound”. Draws me in. A real accomplishment, @johnjen.
** Heddphone - Allen Toussaint’s piano was in room. Patricia Barber sibilance test showed up as completely natural. The “weight whiners” must have weak necks; for me it was nicely distributed and comfy. I’ll hold off on calling it a “staggering” value, however. Senn’s 800/800S, also under $2k, has been successfully playing in the $3k -$6k sandbox for years.
** Meze Empyrean - seemed slightly warmer than the Hedd and Senn, but missed nothing. Opus 7’s massed voices were perfectly rendered, taking me back to hearing them in the Cathedral.
** @Muziqboy, are your 800 jmods also? Very nice listen to your rig again. Especially enjoyed the very solid LOW bass foundation ONLY when low bass was actually present in the music. Not fat, not bombastic.
** @atomicbob, the open backed cans are signing a petition to have the Stellia banned. “Not fair” to immediately isolate the listener from so much ambient noise, yet still have wide open, natural transparency.
I never did fire up the 6E5P amp I brought, and I just dialed it in with more tweaks that will match it's moniker (Cheap Ass Amp) as in will also be cheap.
It will probably make it to the next meet as my meet amp…