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post #3181 of 38594
A good thread about the SOHA and Millet
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f6/soh...sq-etc-330387/

We had a brief discussion about the two a couple days ago.

Oh, and if any headphone club members want my PIMETA I'll sell for $175 plus ship
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D2 in da club. I can say quite confidently that these are pretty much on par with stock D5's.









Highs/Treble - Recable makes all the difference here. The treble is quite similar to my SR225 in that I would describe it as "sparkly". Cymbals sound pristine.

Mids - The major flaw I have found so far. Guitars sound inferior when compared to my 225. It just goes to show that Grado has absolutely astounding mids. I did notice something very interesting about vocals - they are actually more centralized, more focused than they are with Grado. I hate to use the phrase "more clarity", but vocals are definitely more discernible on this pair.

Lows/Bass - Obviously, this is where Denon destroys Grado in quanity of bass. Double bass hits/rolls in metal tracks sound phenomenal. The recable plays a role here as well; there is no bloat to be found in the low range, a common complaint with stock D2's. The bass does not feel quite as accurate as it does with my 225, but it very close. For the vast increase in quantity, I would say the trade-off is very much worthwhile.

Comfort/Fit/Build - Denon knows how to make headphones comfortable. The leather headband and earpads are wonderful, but in reference to the Markl mod I would say that the pads are much too loose and could definitely use a Fiberloft stuffing both for padding and soundstage impact. The build quality is decent; I find myself cradling them, but I think the recable might have something to do with that.

General Thoughts - This pair is more refined (more "audiophile") than my Grado's. The genres I have enjoyed the most so far with these would have to be Trance, Techno, Musicals, and Jazz (I know they will also do very well with classical, but I forgot to grab my Beethoven from my car). These D2000's were meant to be used with Trance. Can't really emphasize how good they sound with synthesizers in all aspects. Rock isn't up to par simply because guitars are neither as distinct nor present compared to my 225.

It is an excellent pair, and if you're considering a D2 purchase I would definitely recommend getting them recabled as well. Doing so essentially gives you a pair of D5000's for $100-150 less, depending on what company you have them recabled through. As good as these may be, my plans for the near-future have not changed. I cannot for the life of me find a DX1000 alternative...

Btw, Furutech makes insane terminations. The 1/4th plug on my cable is absolutely massive and solid as a rock. It's worth the extra money just for Furutech's build quality, not to mention that they are supposed to sound superior to Neutrik and other brands (this I cannot confirm).

Happy listening all .
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post #3183 of 38594
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D2 in da club. I can say quite confidently that these are pretty much on par with stock D5's.
Nice comments on the D2's ...

Sounds about like what I'd expect in comparison to the Grados.

I'm sort of interested in getting some Denon's myself some time (only after the next year passes!!!!)

...

BTW ... meeting with my local contact from Head-fi tomorrow to pick up the Stello HP100.

Looking forward to listening.

Gonna have to reconfigure the desk a bit since the amp is so dang long/deep. May have to build some sort of small desktop shelving system since the Paradisea needs to be on top (sort of have to for ventilation/tube reasons).
    
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A good thread about the SOHA and Millet
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f6/soh...sq-etc-330387/

We had a brief discussion about the two a couple days ago.
That was a great read. I found it much more enjoyable than watching my Lakers get demolished. I wasn't able to discern all of the particulars as my familiarity with the parts that go into making these projects is still relatively limited, but I'm learning.

It appears that although both amps are comparable in terms of sound quality, the posters in that thread who had made both the MAX and the SOHA preferred the SOHA's sound quality when the JISBOS buffers were used. There were quite a few references to the fact that the MAX was substantially easier to put together though. That's not exactly a concern of mine as I don't intend to make either amp myself. The SOHA II has me quite intrigued as well. I'm really curious to read some opinions about how much better it will sound compared to the original model.

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D2 in da club. I can say quite confidently that these are pretty much on par with stock D5's.
I'm glad to see that you finally got those and you're enjoying them. If nothing else, they look great. Do you still intend to woody them?
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Il Join

Creative Fatal1ty FTW!!!!!

some weird (but cumfy) fabric on the ears anyone????
    
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Dunno if I qualify, but I have some BOSE noise reduction over ear headphones
    
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I'm glad to see that you finally got those and you're enjoying them. If nothing else, they look great. Do you still intend to woody them?
Yes sir. Hopefully will start on them this weekend.
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Looking forward to it. From what I've seen, the D2000 (and I guess D5000, but that'd be a waste ) is the single best looking headphone I've ever seen when given a custom woody job.
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Now I know what all this talk about getting a desktop amp is about.

I picked up the Stello HP100 today and have had a few minutes to listen ...

Nothing lengthy, just about 10 minutes ... but M A N !!! ... I simply cannot believe how much better this amp sounds than my 140 dollar XM4 portable.

Now I understand all the hoopla.

The Stello is just GIGANTIC sounding compared to the XM4 portable.

Just huge and so so solid.

I thought the Paradisea DAC sounded quite good before (though I had some issues with it) but after even the most cursory listen of the new Stello, such issues have been completely eradicated; the sounds is way more detailed, insanely more transparent ... and the soundstage is completely transformed for the better (very very wide and spatious and the instruments are so crazily defined and seperated).

...

Anyway ...

Just wanted to post a quick word re: my very very brief listen.

Don't have my camera at the moment so I'll post some shots this weekend.

The Stello amp is extremely long/deep ... really big ... WAY bigger/deeper than I thought and it's occupying nearly half of my desks length.

I'll post more details on the sound this weekend, but for now ... I'm seriously digging the upgrade.

    
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Now I know what all this talk about getting a desktop amp is about.

I picked up the Stello HP100 today and have had a few minutes to listen ...

Nothing lengthy, just about 10 minutes ... but M A N !!! ... I simply cannot believe how much better this amp sounds than my 140 dollar XM4 portable.

Now I understand all the hoopla.

The Stello is just GIGANTIC sounding compared to the XM4 portable.

Just huge and so so solid.

I thought the Paradisea DAC sounded quite good before (though I had some issues with it) but after even the most cursory listen of the new Stello, such issues have been completely eradicated; the sounds is way more detailed, insanely more transparent ... and the soundstage is completely transformed for the better (very very wide and spatious and the instruments are so crazily defined and seperated).

...

Anyway ...

Just wanted to post a quick word re: my very very brief listen.

Don't have my camera at the moment so I'll post some shots this weekend.

The Stello amp is extremely long/deep ... really big ... WAY bigger/deeper than I thought and it's occupying nearly half of my desks length.

I'll post more details on the sound this weekend, but for now ... I'm seriously digging the upgrade.

Portables have a use, but only in a portable setting, I think. Desktops deserve good desktop amps.
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