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post #1741 of 38368
if only i could find someone to buy my kidney...
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post #1742 of 38368
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if only i could find someone to buy my kidney...
How much?
    
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post #1743 of 38368
Tax Return Gone in 40 Seconds
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Seems I recall making a claim a while back that I would most likely keep my existing computer system for another year and dedicate my entire tax refund to improving my audio capabilities ... well, it seems this is playing out as projected.

First came the Shure SE530's, which I love. That set me back ... well ... I won't even say.

Then an EMU 0404 to use line-out to my XM4 amp (which, to my chagrine, does indeed sound much better than running line-out of my X-fi).

And ...


Grado RS1's
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And now, possibly the sweetest sounding addition to my setup thus far and for sure the most expensive. The cans I thought I was going to just try out and then probably sell; the same cans I now know I'll be keeping because they just sound so amazing.

Gaze upon the sheer mahogany laced beauty of my new Grado RS1's:

...





...





...

These full sized cans have finally impressed me as direct listening companions to my Shure SE530's ... I went through Grado SR80's, SR225's and a set of Sennheiser HD595's to finally settle ... but settle I have.

Such amazing, detailed and well balanced sound ... across all genres (especially classical, which the Shure SE530's aren't quite as good at for obvious sound staging reasons).


Thanks, Shure, Inc.!
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Here's to Shure, Inc. and there KICK BUTT service department as without that free set of SE530's (which sold very quickly on Head-fi) I would never have been able to afford these. In fact, as an expression of my gratitude, I'm currently getting ready to PayPal a certain craft brew pub in Illinois a $50.00 tab-advance for the guy at Shure and whoever he wants to take for several rounds of ale; I'll post any comments from them if I get any.


Errata
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@Fallen : If you want to update my listing on the first post ... simply include the Shure SE530's and the Grado RS1's.

The Grado SR80's and SR225's are my roommates and so shouldn't really be listed.

...

WHOOOO! I'm going to be up all night listening to these things!

I'm going to be demoing a Houston head-fi guy's Emmeline SR-71 this weekend and if it blows me away compared to my XM4 amp then I might even be further down the Audio Bliss Black Hole of Flagrant Spending(tm).

    
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post #1744 of 38368
I got my HD555 here!
    
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oh, drool @ t3h sexai mahogany....
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Get the flat pads!
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I got my HD555 here!
How do you like them?
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s1rrah, you should consider getting a new headphone amp because the XM4 is a little lacking for a pair of RS-1's wouldn't you say? That should be the very next thing on your list .
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Get the flat pads!
You know ... I probably will get them just for contrast ... but even pre-burn in I can't find anything wrong with the high frequencies. Their perfect to my ear and sound just about like my EQ'd SE530's ... only with no EQing.

Can't tell you how pleased I am to finally have IEM and full sized cans that suit me equally well. Albeit ... the RS1's are better at some things and the SE530's are better at others ... so they are by no means identically pleasing ... but they are absolutely acceptable in their own right and on both accounts. And this is a rare agreement scenario for me as I'm so picky.

    
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s1rrah, you should consider getting a new headphone amp because the XM4 is a little lacking for a pair of RS-1's wouldn't you say? That should be the very next thing on your list .
The XM4, with the OPAMP I'm currently using, actually sounds quite good ... I'm also receiving a new LM4562 OPAMP from national next week which I hope will even sound better. It's a notoriously good OPAMP and the guys over at Practical Devices say it is compatible with the XM4, so ... I'll post some thoughts once I get it socketed.

But anyway ... that's why I'm going to demo a Emmeline SR-71 next week: to find out FINALLY, if a 400 dollar amp of outstanding repute will completely PWN my 150 dollar XM4 ... or if uber expensive amps are a bit over hyped.

I'm also considering purchasing an Emmeline XP-7 desktop amp but only very slightly considering ...

I'd love to hear a good tube amp and may try to find a Darkvoice to demo here in Houston.
    
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