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I like that song!


the cans, they look to be k141 Studio


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Im too lazy to look through this thread, so pardon me if this has already been brought up.

Has anyone heard anything about the av123 x-head headphone amp?
Same external design as the TCA-Gizmo, which would look nice on top of it.

And would you says its worth it with a pair of A900s?
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Im too lazy to look through this thread, so pardon me if this has already been brought up.

Has anyone heard anything about the av123 x-head headphone amp?
Same external design as the TCA-Gizmo, which would look nice on top of it.

And would you says its worth it with a pair of A900s?
for the money it's a very good SS amp. Not to say it's a stellar amp, but for the money it's great IMO.
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for the money it's a very good SS amp. Not to say it's a stellar amp, but for the money it's great IMO.
Oh okay, cool- thank you!
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Oh okay, cool- thank you!
if you want one I might be inclined to let mine go since I hardly ever use it... it's probably seen a whole of about 100 hours or so.
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I listened to the Balancing Act (serial #3) yesterday, fed by a Resolution Audio Opus 21 transport + DAC combo.



Ran my HF2's out of the 1/4th output (still balanced output with transformer coupled topology). It sounded very good, but not $4,000 good. I am finding these days that budget rigs seem to impress me more based solely on what they can do for value. Does the BA sound better than my GLite? Yes. Does it match my preferences better? Yes. Does it impress me more? Not necessarily.

I dunno, it was a big deal for me listening to it because I am about as big an Eddie Current/Moth fanboy as there is, and I still had trouble justifying it.

But man, what a sexy amp both in sound and visuals.
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I listened to the Balancing Act (serial #3) yesterday, fed by a Resolution Audio Opus 21 transport + DAC combo.



Ran my HF2's out of the 1/4th output (still balanced output with transformer coupled topology). It sounded very good, but not $4,000 good. I am finding these days that budget rigs seem to impress me more based solely on what they can do for value. Does the BA sound better than my GLite? Yes. Does it match my preferences better? Yes. Does it impress me more? Not necessarily.

I dunno, it was a big deal for me listening to it because I am about as big an Eddie Current/Moth fanboy as there is, and I still had trouble justifying it.

But man, what a sexy amp both in sound and visuals.
I've really come to many of the same conclusions in my own rig. First it was my HT setup where I went to speakers costing about half yet the new speakers are much better than only 'half' as good.
Then I went from Onix Ref 1 MKII in my office to a pair of $250 Tekton Design speakers and haven't really looked back. They sound great and I actually feel better knowing that I've been more responsible with my audio purchases and budget.

I don't really look for the 'cheapest' product, but rather a product that sounds better than it has right for its price. I'd much rather purchase a piece of used gear or a new product that likely won't sound quite as good as products in the 2-3x price range, but yet isn't outclassed by the more expensive gear either.
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I've really come to many of the same conclusions in my own rig. First it was my HT setup where I went to speakers costing about half yet the new speakers are much better than only 'half' as good.
Then I went from Onix Ref 1 MKII in my office to a pair of $250 Tekton Design speakers and haven't really looked back. They sound great and I actually feel better knowing that I've been more responsible with my audio purchases and budget.

I don't really look for the 'cheapest' product, but rather a product that sounds better than it has right for its price. I'd much rather purchase a piece of used gear or a new product that likely won't sound quite as good as products in the 2-3x price range, but yet isn't outclassed by the more expensive gear either.
There is definitely a point of diminishing returns - the reality is, its rather difficult to find hifi gear that just sounds "bad" since the market is so competitive. I think once you leave the realm of the $500-ish per component level, you are paying more for esoteric "features" than actual performance. The way I see it, everything is about compromise - products that claim to not have any compromise are just flat overpriced, or are trying to hide some other shortcoming.
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I like that song!


the cans, they look to be k141 Studio


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Thanks ya'll ...

I knew the were AKG's ... just not sure of the flava.

And yes, Jacob ... pretty nice song/songwriter ... you can thank my Dutch pal for that one.

    
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Some prelim thoughts concerning the JVC DX1000's vs. the Grado GS1000's ... as posted earlier @ head-fi:

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Even though the Woo Audio 3 is a respectable amp in its price range, I can believe that a better amp would take the DX1000 to the next level but I can't justify the upgrade right now.

RE: Amps ..


The DX1000 gets along splendidly with my Raptor ... as do my GS1000's ... the only slight downside with the DX1000/Raptor combo is that I have hardly any volume play at all ... like I said before ... I can't listen past 9 o clock with the DX1000's ...

But going on ...

Funny you should mention your 325i's ... I keep going back and forth between my GS1000's and the DX1000's and the more I listen, the more I think I'll probably keep them both.

RE: GS1000's, though ... It should be said that I have only truly fallen for these headphones after doing a simple pad mod that a head-fier turned me on too, it basically takes a few centimeters off the GS1000's pad height and subtly reduces the spiked highs while at the same time moving the mids more so towards Grado's "house" sound ... really ... it worked wonders for me and I don't listen to my GS1000's any other way now. Prior to this, I was a RS1 fan boi ... but I've long since sold my RS1's in favor of the simply modded GS1000's ...

But back to comparisons ...

The GS1000's beat the DX1000's in soundstage ... I simply can't see how any "closed" can can trump an "open" can in that department ... so that's not really saying anything in my view. To be expected ... but the DX1000's are still amazing in the Soundstage dept for closed cans ... most likely due to the distance of the drivers from the ear ...

The GS1000's seem a bit more analytical (though still colored, like the DX's) than the DX1000's ... a bit more "audiophile-esque" ...

I enjoy the GS1000's midrange a bit more than the DX1000's ...

I enjoy the 3D imaging/spatial characteristics of the GS1000's a bit more than the DX1000's ... again ... I believe this to simply be an issue of "open" vs. "closed" headphone designs ... but the DX's come close.

...

But the DX1000's vs. the GS1000's?

The DX1000's are definitely more sweetly engaging and fun than the GS1000's ... they invite me to forget about analyzing and simply get involved in the music more so than the GS1000's do ...

The DX1000's bass is much more enthralling than the GS1000's (and I have previously stated that the GS1000's had the best bass of any headphone I'd heard ... and true ... the GS1K's bass is stellar ... but the DX1000's bass is simply sublime in comparison).

The DX1000's are uncompromisingly forgiving, silky and inviting when it comes to the fatigue issue, whereas the GS1000's ... even with the above mentioned pad mod, can sometimes be a bit high freq bothersome depending on the recording ...

The DX1000's work fantastically with *EVERYTHING* in my 9000 track .flac collection ... from Indie to Stoner Rock to Metal to Classical to Chamber to Alt Country to Audiophile demos to Blues to Jazz to Electronica to Piano Sonatas ... it all sounds fun and engaging and detailed ... whereas the GS1000's are picky about what sounds best through them.

The DX1000's are far better at blocking out the very slight hiss of my computers fans (and said computer is actually quite quiet as such go) ... but still, in delicate classical/chamber bits and when using the GS1000's ... I can still just barely hear the computer ... with the JVC's ... this is not an issue.

...

In the end?

They both sound like 1000 dollar headphones and are really good at certain sonic things but not all.

...

So those are my quite subjective prelim impressions of the JVC DX1000's vs. the Grado GS1000's ... no flames please ... just playing it by ear ... ;-) ... I think somebody earlier in the thread was requesting some comments on such a comparison.

I'm gonna give myself a few months with both to decide if I'm gonna live with one or the other or both ...

At the moment, my mind is that I'm gonna be keeping both as they are both so good at what they respectively do.

Rock on.

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