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you lucky little...... damn.... damn damn.... i so wish i was you right now. damn being 3/4 of the contenant away. damn.
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Very nice Julian, thanks a ton for the write up. It's a shame my money is tied up in other places, otherwise I'd have been there without a doubt. Something tells me I will be attending next year's meet no matter what...
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My trigger finger has developed a real itch around the HF-2. It's gorgeous and you know it's going to be a collectors item in six months.

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post #7074 of 38135
BTW: Currently have a GS-1 on loan until my Raptor gets back from Ray's shop (repairs, I'll explain once I'm not so embarrassed about the reason).

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Love it!

Bout neck and neck with the Stello HP100 with maybe just a tad better soundstage/3D image. Great solid state amp for sure.

    
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post #7075 of 38135
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Originally Posted by s1rrah View Post
My trigger finger has developed a real itch around the HF-2. It's gorgeous and you know it's going to be a collectors item in six months.

:-)
wanna order me a pair as well? I'm very close to justifying the purchase and if I didn't really need to get a couple other things I would have ordered already...
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wanna order me a pair as well? I'm very close to justifying the purchase and if I didn't really need to get a couple other things I would have ordered already...
If Ray doesn't hit me too hard ... then I'll be ordering for sure. Just as a collectors bit, ... although the first impressions are very promising.
    
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post #7077 of 38135
Eh, I dunno. Right now it's just the normal crazy hype that occurs with everything that is new. It's a placebo effect that has been around HF for a long time. I think we can all be reasonably assured that it is a solid-sounding, very Grado-esque headphone, but I am forced to play the role of a cynic based on the headphone's infancy.

Reading HD800 impressions, I would estimate that at least half of them have, in some manner, renounced the god-like qualities that this headphone was receiving around the time of CES 2009. Again, I think the community can be assured that the new Senn. is a great headphone, but its sound (like everything else) is very specified and will appeal most to those with matching preferences. It is a great example of what hype can do.

Anyone else find it ironic that the PS1000 is receiving very little attention in comparison to the HF2? Grado's release of the more budget-oriented headphone is looking like a double-edged sword. I think that is the tricky thing about Grado's trickle-up business sense; they try and organize the headphone lineup in such a way that the normal buyer cannot help but move up the line as he becomes more enthralled by every model (hence why so many take the SR60 to SR225 to RS1 route). Problem is, when they release special edition models that get hyped as giant-killers (just as the HF1 was), the standard high end models like RS1 and GS1000 might lose some interest. I guess it is better to create your own competition than have someone else taking away from your profits though...

If you've got free time, venture to the Hi-Fi section and take a gander at my new HD600/K701 comparison. I think anyone interested in the two might find some helpful bits in there. Actually, I spent like 2 hours working on it and would hate to see the resource go by the wayside
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post #7078 of 38135
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BTW: Currently have a GS-1 on loan until my Raptor gets back from Ray's shop (repairs, I'll explain once I'm not so embarrassed about the reason).
Don't worry, Shelly already told me . We had a couple of nice, long conversations over the weekend and it was great getting her impressions on much of the gear we both heard. She was awesome to talk to. Having heard the woo audio 5 today, I envy her so much that she has one. I liked it more than the zana deux although they had different sources and I'm positive that played a role in my preference.

I've got several more impressions but I'm going out again tonight so they'll have to wait for later. As for the HF-2s, I can understand why one would have good reason for being skeptical, but having heard the phones, I can say without equivocation that they are definitely not all hype. I got a chance to compare them to the rs-1s again today but this time on my system. I still prefer the hf-2s. They're not anymore resolving than the rs-1s, and they definitely have that "grado" house sound, but the highs are so much more tolerable on the hf-2s imo. Again, this is all to my ears so ymmv.
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Don't worry, Shelly already told me . We had a couple of nice, long conversations over the weekend and it was great getting her impressions on much of the gear we both heard. She was awesome to talk to. Having heard the woo audio 5 today, I envy her so much that she has one. I liked it more than the zana deux although they had different sources and I'm positive that played a role in my preference.

I've got several more impressions but I'm going out again tonight so they'll have to wait for later. As for the HF-2s, I can understand why one would have good reason for being skeptical, but having heard the phones, I can say without equivocation that they are definitely not all hype. I got a chance to compare them to the rs-1s again today but this time on my system. I still prefer the hf-2s. They're not anymore resolving than the rs-1s, and they definitely have that "grado" house sound, but the highs are so much more tolerable on the hf-2s imo. Again, this is all to my ears so ymmv.
***!!??

Shelly swore she'd keep my secret!

OH! I'm gonna give it to her something fierce once she gets back in to town!

LOL!

...

Yes ...

In a mad tube swapping session, I accidently stuck a gain tube into the driver tube socket of my lovely Raptor tube amp.

It was only their for about 20 seconds, but that was enough to fry my power supply.

( I mean ... with all those tubes sitting out on my desk ... and all of them having the exact same footprint? Hell ... I f'd up, okay? I f'd up.)

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And even though the amp still sounded fine after the Incident(tm) ... I still felt best sending it back to Ray for a new power supply mod ...

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dang s1rrah, that sucks, hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg...
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