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Congrats Julian, if I had the spare cash I'd have probably ordered as well. As it is, $429 is a tough pill to swallow for a headphone that doesn't guarantee refinement matching the reference series (RS1/2). Hopefully it's worth the additional cost over the HF-1's original price, I guess everyone will find out in LA.

HD600 arrives tomorrow, looking forward to blasting some metal, which I've found is the only genre that really shows the leanness of my speakers in the low end. Double bass rolls are a tricky little devil to match up with my preferences.
Thanks, Brian . Congrats to you on the Senns. I knew when you sold your 580s that you'd have some Senns back in your house before long.

I considered the relative value of the HF-2s when I was thinking about buying them, but Todd's 30 day money back guarantee really helped make the decision a whole lot easier. I need to buy a decent camera (iphone cam just isn't cutting it) so I can take pics for you guys at Can Jam .
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hi guys! I have a sennheiser hd650's and the asus xonar essence stx
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WOOT!

Joel must like spending your money for you. Bringing you to OCN is just makes the "hobby hole" in your wallet get even bigger!

Amen, brother. You'll need to drop by sometime to see my rig(s). Yes, that's plural (headphone + computer).
    
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Amen, brother. You'll need to drop by sometime to see my rig(s). Yes, that's plural (headphone + computer).
Well I was going to do an OCN club special on my soon to be for sale Stello HP100 ...

But Shelly's already PM'd me saying she'd break my kneecaps if I didn't give her first dibs.



So sorry folks ... I value my health enough to have already sold it to her.

LOL.
    
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Check these sick looking Telefunken's I'm thinking about picking up:

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Wicked!

The ECC82 tube is what the Raptor uses in it's single tube gain stage.

One of those would look so hot. Supposedly, the Telefunken ECC82 variants are some of the best for the Raptor ... just more expensive than similar performing Siemens tubes.

120 for the pair ... not bad as I could keep one as backup.

    
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ooooh sexy black.
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Well I was going to do an OCN club special on my soon to be for sale Stello HP100 ...

But Shelly's already PM'd me saying she'd break my kneecaps if I didn't give her first dibs.



So sorry folks ... I value my health enough to have already sold it to her.

LOL.
What on earth does Shelly need a Stello for when she's got a Woo 5 sitting beside her?

What aspects of the Raptor pushed it ahead of the Stello? Any impressions on HF?

I feel like Dan Rather today .
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What on earth does Shelly need a Stello for when she's got a Woo 5 sitting beside her?

What aspects of the Raptor pushed it ahead of the Stello? Any impressions on HF?

I feel like Dan Rather today .
I reckon she's a collector at heart ... as am I ... I just don't have the money to collect high end headphone gear! LOL.

Also ... again, as I can sympathize with ... she's really wanting to stack it with her Stello DA100 (a sexy pairing to be sure).

BTW ... re: Raptor vs. HP100?

I'm going to be doing a full write up in a week or two but immediately? Even though the Stello HP100 seems a tad better at low level resolution (mind you, I've some tube rolling to do) ... the Raptor really has engaged me in the areas of bass frequency image, sound stage (super 3D perf!) and the general sort of silkiness it lends everything. Works fantastically with the GS1000's! So sexy sounding.

I also love the fact that it's not an overtly lush or "tubey" sounding amp ... being part solid state (in the power supply area) and pure tube amp, the Raptor is exceptionally crisp and fast but with an obvious tip of the hat towards tube warmth and the very organic sound that tubes seem to lend things.

But in the end, it's the imaging I enjoy a bit more than the Stello amp ... I get more of a sense of the room the music was recorded in ... and coming from a music production background ... this is essential for me. Some folks would prefer the slightly more articulate, slightly faster performance of the Stello and ... truth be told ... I like it too ... but the extra degree of warmth/silk in the Raptor is enough to win me over.

Only thing I've liked as much or better was the Woo 6 SE that I heard at the last Houston meet (Orcin's darling) ...

Very different animals the Woo amp and the Raptor ... but both obvious top tier contenders for their price range.

I'm also stoked that the particular OTL design of the Raptor allows it to be run for hours on end without needing to be powered down ...

Nice bit of gear.
    
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After the time you spent yearning for it (don't even deny it, I was there ), all I can say is I'm very glad the real thing ended up meeting your expectations/hopes.

Might've said this before, but as you move up in tube amp quality/design, the more attributes they seem to share with solid state. This ultimately makes that touch of warmth much more of a factor in the sound, because tubes become capable of matching virtually everything else solid state can throw at it. Of course, this is just something thematic that I've noticed in my experiences; the Beta or one of the Dyna-series amps could add in something I've never heard. What gets really interesting is when you hear a solid state like the Luxman P-1, which has more warmth in it than some tube amps I've heard. In this case, the common design attribution flips itself 180 degrees, and you are found wondering how in the hell a solid state amp can sound so musical. Then you find out that the N. American, 120 volt version, is limited to like a dozen units and you don't have the cash for it, then it sells out within a few days and you begin to cry...

Sorry, sorta got off-topic.
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