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That's a damn fine price, to be sure.

Sort of what I have discovered since my fascination with the K1000 began is that, if you want a pair of headphones that emulate speakers, you might as well just buy speakers and be done with it. K1000's do almost everything sound-wise right imo, and in a few things considerably better than most any headphone I've ever heard. The problem is, they still cannot match the imaging and overall less "recordinglike" feeling I get from the Cicadas. I'm quickly discovering that these are two of the most desirable aspects of sound for my tastes, along with balance, accuracy, speed, etc.

If I end up with another headphone, it'll probably be the HD800.

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oh wow i want. *drool* but then i'd need an amp thats worth more than the k1k's lol
Ah yes, the biggest issue with the AKG. People say it needs 8wpc bare minimum, but this is pretty much bullcrap as my amp runs 3wpc from the speaker posts into my Cicadas (which assuredly need more juice than the AKG) and they get plenty loud. I'd say 1wpc or more would work fine with the K1000, but at this level your best performing options amp-wise will run 4-digits no matter what. Yes, I'm biased, but I love SET + Transformer Coupled at this level of amplifier, which is why I prefer Moth to Eddie Current, or more specifically, EC2A3 to Zana Duex.
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Glad to hear it .

Been a little while, how's life Gollie? And by life, I mean the rig .
The rig is awesome. Pretty much every time I sit down to my PC I have to put my cans on. I have also been getting into some newage jazz artists via some older gentlemen at work. The recording quality is phenomenal most of the time. Quite interesting really since most of them are far from mainstream. One would think that mainstream artists with the most money would have the best recording quality. This is not the case.

As you can tell, I have really slowed down on the purchases. I'm very happy with where I am at. Although ,the HD800's have sparked my interest. Since I have 2 paradisea's, a Darkvoice, Beyers and recable HD650's as assets, I might be able to swing it. As for putting more stuff for this hobby out of the family budget...its out of the question for the foreseeable future.
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So, does anybody have formal opinions on the Fiio E5? I'm tempted to buy one just for the sake of comparison with the MSSH (and because I really like the sound of my ER6s better amped) and for $20 shipped at Focalprice its hard to pass up. I'm sure I could sell locally and make that back.

The issue though, is this: Is it a gimmick product, or a decent cheap amp?
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I own the E5 and its basically just a bass boost. It is nice for on the go since the first thing you loose in public areas in bass.

I have it paired with a 8gb Fuze and my phones are Klipsch x10s, I also use it with my 1gb Clip sometimes.

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I'd take 3w of tube power over 8w SS power any day!

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That's a damn fine price, to be sure.

Sort of what I have discovered since my fascination with the K1000 began is that, if you want a pair of headphones that emulate speakers, you might as well just buy speakers and be done with it. K1000's do almost everything sound-wise right imo, and in a few things considerably better than most any headphone I've ever heard. The problem is, they still cannot match the imaging and overall less "recordinglike" feeling I get from the Cicadas. I'm quickly discovering that these are two of the most desirable aspects of sound for my tastes, along with balance, accuracy, speed, etc.

If I end up with another headphone, it'll probably be the HD800.



Ah yes, the biggest issue with the AKG. People say it needs 8wpc bare minimum, but this is pretty much bullcrap as my amp runs 3wpc from the speaker posts into my Cicadas (which assuredly need more juice than the AKG) and they get plenty loud. I'd say 1wpc or more would work fine with the K1000, but at this level your best performing options amp-wise will run 4-digits no matter what. Yes, I'm biased, but I love SET + Transformer Coupled at this level of amplifier, which is why I prefer Moth to Eddie Current, or more specifically, EC2A3 to Zana Duex.
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@ Aura , Soloz and anyone else who might have had a chance to demo this amp at meets, etc. ...

What can you guys say about the RSA Raptor amp?

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I'm quite interested in auditioning one of these as I really like the online static claiming it to be a more SS sounding tube amp, rather than being overly "liquid" or "tubey" sounding.

I'm looking at getting one of these or a Woo 6 SE. I've spent quite a bit of time with the Woo 6 SE and I liked it but might think it's just a bit too lush/colored for my preferences, which lean towards accuracy and resolution before tube warmth.

So any comments from you all on The Raptor? Pros? Cons? Did you listen with Grados at all?

Thanks for any comments.

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RSA is more of a SS amp designer... Lots of info on their amps over on head-case
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RSA is more of a SS amp designer... Lots of info on their amps over on head-case
I'll search around head-case ...

But I will say that Ray's rep as a SS designer is what draws me to the Raptor. The online reviews of the Raptor seem to indicate it leans more towards the SS sound (with a touch of tube influence) versus the more tubey tube amps out there and this is appealing to me.

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@ Aura , Soloz and anyone else who might have had a chance to demo this amp at meets, etc. ...

What can you guys say about the RSA Raptor amp?

I'm quite interested in auditioning one of these as I really like the online static claiming it to be a more SS sounding tube amp, rather than being overly "liquid" or "tubey" sounding.

I'm looking at getting one of these or a Woo 6 SE. I've spent quite a bit of time with the Woo 6 SE and I liked it but might think it's just a bit too lush/colored for my preferences, which lean towards accuracy and resolution before tube warmth.

So any comments from you all on The Raptor? Pros? Cons? Did you listen with Grados at all?
I heard a Raptor at the first meet I ever attended (@ Skylab's last April). Used Ray's HD600 he brought with him and my SR225 woody, iirc.

"SS sounding" - eh... I wouldn't entirely agree with that. I like the choice of tube on the Raptor, 5687 is a clean-sounding, relatively powerful tube that I am familiar with from Singlepower's SLAM config. In a sense, this tube is less "tubey" than 6SN7, which is a standard 6 volt American tube that sees a lot of use these days in a variety of amps. To me, it had more impact, more clarity, an overall "bigger" sound to it.

That being said, the Raptor still sounded like a tube amp. I guess I have two real issues with this model in particular:

- Price does not equate to design, not a lot of value.
- Coloration of the sound.

It's just too damn expensive to be competative in value, if you ask me. And it is really not a very neutral amp, it doesn't allow the source to carry the weight of the sound through to the headphones, something that I believe a solid amplifier should do.

I think you should move up in SS Joel. I can sort of tell that tubes just won't give you the sound you're looking for, and the best SS amps will not lose a step to tube amps in the slightest. The Luxman P-1 is one of the three best amplifiers I have ever heard - the Raptor cannot compare to the sound the Luxman has in my opinion (and yes, I heard it with a Grado, in fact, both RS-1 and GS1000). Also, Beta22 + Sigma22 remains the DIY king in headamp land.
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