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Wow! Nice pair and cable too!
Beautiful headphones! Cables are awfully pretty, as well.
I run my Ori (ormosia henryi wood) from a V281 (same power modules as V281), also from a Lake People G109-A. The Violectric "house sound" is just about perfect for the Ori--also for the very fine dynamic, the Eikon (have a borrowed Eikon at the moment).
These are headphones that really make music for the ears...
Two of my favorite amps with the ori! Doesn't really get better than a wells milo or Violectric 281.
I agree regarding the Violectric amps. They really make the Ori sing! I would looove to try the Eikon on my setup.
What gain setting are you using btw? I have my V280 set to +6 and turned all the way to the right. The volume on my DAC is usually -7.5 dB to -5.5 dB, depending. Yes, I like to listen loudly lol.
I found that the +6 gain setting on the Violectric produces more natural vocals and is clearer than +12 for me when using Ori
On the subject of amp pairings, the Pure BiPolar does wondrous things for the Ori. This would be my #1 amp choice for the Ori/Blackwood of any amp out there (though the only reason I'd take this over the GS-X Mk2 is because I prefer Chord DACs which are all single ended).
The V280 and V281 may share power sections & circuit diagram, but they might be very different in terms of gain flexibility. The V281 lets you switch gain up or down by a total of 14 dB, kind of incredible (it's all done w/dipswitches)--and there are separate gain settings for headphone signal out vs line out. I found that the V281 is a hotter amp/preamp than anything I've had in my system before. That's partly because the Audio GD NOS 19 and DAC-19 that I use as DACs output 2.5v, 25% higher than the typical 2.0v (they don't have volume pots--it's fixed output, so that the external preamp adjusts volume). Still, the fact I had to knock down my V281 by 12 dB on both outputs tells you that it must be pretty gain-ey in absolute terms, apart from my DAC.
Of course, the Ori, being the power-hoggiest headphone I have, lets me get the volume pot of the V281 (or any other amp) higher than w/any other headphone. I can actually get the V281 up the 11-11:30 on the dial, a level that would instantly deafen me with a more efficient headphone. With all my other headphones, it's rare for me to get up as high as 9:30-10 on the dial
If memory serves, when I use the G109-A instead of the V281 (it has the same Alps pot as your V280), I still can't get it up to 12 o'clock w/the Ori. So when you say, "I have my V280 set to +6 and turned all the way to the right." -- I can't even relate to that. You must have the DAC output pushed down pretty far for that to happen...
Ya I control the volume using the DAC.
Just a note to those lurkers reading this thread... don't sleep on the Oris, these headphones are AMAZING! Been enjoying my Padauk Oris for a couple weeks now, and it's incredible how deliciously revealing they have been... powerful bass, background details never heard, panning effects never before noticed... really really glad I got these, and keeping them as my main closed headphones, with my new 009/BHSE as my open rig.
I agree 100%...
Bought my ormosia henryi Ori early last year. Totally loved it from the 1st listen. Have heard many other fine headphones since then, @2-3X the price of the Ori. Also purchased other headphones in that time; several of those are very fine, too, I've moved away from closed back designs--more interested now in open-backs of all kinds, especially planars.
And yet...periodically I go back to the Ori, not sure whether I'll still like it, and I'm shocked all over again how spacious, impactful & musical the sound is. There's just something special about this headphone: soundstaging is epic for a closed back, and the bass is among the top 2-3 best I've ever heard. With a Pilot Pad on the headband, it's also just about the most comfortable HP I've ever tried (the weight doesn't bother me).
I've compared my Ori in depth to the equally wonderful (but different) ZMF Eikon. These are 2 great headphones that do things a little bit differently. Both are must haves IMO.
I have both the Ori and Eikon and agree with your assessment. Both are fantastic but different. I haven’t even looked at any other headphones since acquiring them earlier this year.
Oh man I miss these babies, saving up for an Eikon or aurteur, zachs phones have this magic in the midrange!
How do the Ori and Atticus (which I own) compliment each other? I'm sure this has probably been asked at least a few times already, but I'm looking for a descent comparison and if it's worth owning both without them sounding to much alike. Thanx......
I have both. I find the Ori a little more laid back and polite, and yet a touch brighter up top. (Yet still very pleasantly non-bright and non-fatiguing). The Atticus is more upfront with that copious midbass. Generally, I think the Atticus is a bit of an improvement; but if I want something a little more even-handed and easy-going I reach for the Ori. I think both are wonderful. The problem with the Ori for me though is that it needs a lot of juice before it really starts singing.
Pretty much what I was looking for. Seems like they're very similar with subtle differences. Thanks for the response.
What cable is that ?