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Not too detailed but, a lot of Massdrop stuff... HD6xx, HE4xx (w/Nobunaga cables to 4.4mm pentacon connector), AKG 7xx Red, Focal Elex, Sony MDR-1000x, some Zero Audio IEMs (Tenore, and Carbo Basso), CTH, THX-789, and Darkvoice (w/GE NOS JAN power tube, and EH 6SN7), a Sony ZX-300 Walkman, and some LS50s as my “computer speakers...”
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Old Sony ES AV Receiver (6400ES), old ES Blu-ray player (S5000ES), “new” ES 4K blu-ray player, old ES SACD Player (XA5400ES), really old ES MiniDisc recorder (JA-50ES), and my Pro-Ject turntable (old Xpression III).
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And then there’s the office desk... TH-x00 Ebony, and Sony CD900st (w/Yaxi pads).
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Fairly obvious, Schiit Modi Multi-bit and a Vali 2....
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I’ve been working on my setups for about a year and half, going slowly and testing different concepts, layouts, and equipment, while always chasing the best possible performance to price ratio. My design challenge: I have a large bonus room above my garage that is very nice and spacious, but kind of awkward to utilize.  The door opening into the middle of the room on one side was surprisingly difficult to deal with because it essentially meant that the flow of the room had to allow for a large open space down the middle. Making good use of the space around the door was the key to taking full advantage of the room. While I don’t bow to the whole “my wife won’t let me…” thing, I do have a family of five and lots of friends, guests, parties, etc., so I also wanted to make the space inviting and visually appealing, not a black foam-covered studio. So here’s what I landed on:
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I basically turned the space into three separate “rooms”: a home theater, a chill-out listening area, and a retro video game area. While the video game zone is cheap, retro-cool, I think folks here would be mostly interested in the other two. For this post I’ll focus on the home theater. Functionality: Seats 9 adults comfortably, and easily handled a gaggle of 10 pre-teen girls for a sleepover. Drinks and snacks work out fine, and the clutter fighting storage works for blankets, blu-rays, remotes, and all the other little stuff that goes along with a theater, without looking too bulky or having a mess of cables.
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Components: 65” LG C7 OLED TV; Denon AVR-X4300H Receiver; Klipsch Reference Premiere 7.2.2 speakers(RP-280F fronts, RP-450C center, RP250S surrounds, RP-160M rears, R-112SW subs, & CDT-5800-CII in ceiling); Samsung  UBD K8500 UHD Blu-ray player; XBOX One X;  Sony CDP-CE 500 CD changer; TEAC TN-400 turntable (just upgraded – my old TN-200 is in the pictures), Sennheiser RS-160 wireless headphones (x4).
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Performance: The outcome has been fantastic. Best picture quality I’ve ever experienced, and my home theater sounds MUCH better than any of the actual movie theaters near me. When it comes to movies, just as with music, the mastering and source quality are critical. This setup does a nice job bringing out the potential of every soundtrack. Clear dialogue, enveloping ambiance, excellent localization, and room-shaking explosions all play clearly if they are in the mix. Lessons Learned: The biggest lesson I learned was the value of acoustic treatment. While the Audyssey room correction on the Denon definitely helped, finding creative and attractive ways to treat the room itself made a huge difference. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it gave the system at least a 50% performance boost. 
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By addressing the acoustics of the room, the inherent clarity of the system stands out. The stereo soundstage, already a strength of the Klipsch’s, became almost 3D. One of the first things I do when people ask to see my system (and sometimes I have to hint A LOT to get them to ask 😊) is play a well-mastered stereo tune. To a person they’ve all commented on what a big difference the surround sound makes with music – even though it’s only playing from the two fronts. I’ve had people literally walk around touching the other speakers in disbelief to verify that they aren’t playing. And with a well-mastered movie soundtrack, the experience is even more amazing, creating a completely immersive experience.  Cool Stuff: And for the finishing touch, I added Hue lighting throughout the room, which provides great visual ambiance options for movies, music, or whatever we’re doing.
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This takes concert DVDs/Blu-rays to a whole new level as well. It’s hard to get the full effect with a phone camera, but the video below provides a hint of how the pulsing lights give you an awesome “you are there” experience with concerts (give it about 30 secs.) https://youtu.be/DS0wLElV2jg I’ll do a run-through of my listening station on in another post, but right now I think I need to put one of those seizure disclaimers on door of the theater.
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No accidents, but plenty of compromises :). And no schooling in a negative way intended. I took the time to write out my thinking for the people who might be coming down the road. MD seems to be trying to address the HT market more lately, and you really do need to plan in depth for a good result. For example, if I had just said, ooh that copper and black looks cool, but they had 85dB sensitivity instead of 95, then my post would have been more like, hey I spent a ton of money on all this stuff, why does the sound cut out during the explosions? I've learned a lot from the headphone experts around here, so hopefully this pays something back.
Your stance on separate amps is pretty spot on, the one thing people lose sight of when considering the benefit of additional wattage is amp linearity and distortion. Distortion increases as you demand more wattage from your amplifier, if you are running at the the limit of what your amp is rated it will often be pushed into a less than ideal level of distortion and signal linearity. Think of it like an average person lifting a set of weights, while many can do it they will struggle. A weightlifter will be able to move the same weight with much less strain. Klipsch is pretty darn efficient so they may not benefit much from the extra wattage but an outboard amp provides benefits outside of simple horsepower.
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Laptop -> Wadia 121 DAC -> Harmony Ear 909 AMP -> HD6xx. This combo was originally set up for my Beyerdynamic T1 but eventually I got bored of them and swapped in HD6XX and I find them to be surprisingly amazing.
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PC => Sanskrit 6th DAC => LittleDot Mk II => HD6XX | ATH-M50X (I know, I edit music from time to time, but also like to listen to them).
Had to unplug everything just to make the picture haha. I actually really enjoy it. I also rolled the driver tubes to the riverstone 5654 GE.
Here is my current setup. Macbook Pro --> Grace SDAC --> Aune X7S --> HD6XX or HD58X
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The 58X and 6XX sound very similar to my ears. In my opinion, it comes to how much bass you like and quality of it (58X wins), and/or how much detail in mids you care for (6XX wins). I also have both and not sure what I will do. I'm currently using my 6XX for podcast and movies, while for my 58X I use them for long music listening sessions.
Megazine
Well I’m not a bass head so perhaps the 6XX are better for me. I use mine for purely music and youtube. I have a separate setup for movies.
This is what peak performance looks like...
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I like over-priced headphones, not over-priced cigars...
ohsigmachi
I really thought so too,, but it is just as in crafted, exquisite audio, there is a difference. Not just the seed, soil etc., but unique is the fermentation in addition to everything else, the "aging". Does have to be one of the funniest Seinfeld episodes, about the hand rolled Cubans... Now,, if you do go and steal a culture of "Cuban bugs" to ferment or "compost";), and follow everything else to a "C", you then should be able to make a "Cuban" elsewhere. When I get one as good as some of the Cubans I have had,, will let you know, or tell me of one, I will gladly try... FYI, by Cuban Law, you can't steal the "bugs"... notice the two hoses, why two?... one likely contains the culture... "It was in Cuba in 1492 when the Spanish expedition commanded by Christopher Columbus first saw tobacco in the New World. The Taíno Indians rolled up and lit some mysterious leaves that they called "Cohiba", in a ceremony unknown until that moment for the discoverers. From that starting point in Cuba more than 500 years ago, tobacco was traded and also planted all over the planet." http://www.habanos.com/es/unicos-desde-1492/
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Some recent acquisitions: Audeze LCD-2C, Aeon Flow Closed, Topping Stock, and couldn't resist trying the Monoprice Alex Cavalli Liquid Spark.
My wallet is spent, so it looks like I'll be taking a break on purchases for a while. The only thing I may grab the credit card for soon is the Monoprice/Cavalli Liquid Platinum or the Massdrop CTH if the amp-only version drops again. I've really been surprised by the Liquid Spark at $99.
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I should note I've only tried the spark on my LCD-2C and AFC. I'll have to try it with my HD6XX soon, but I've been enjoying the LCD-2C too much to really swap cans out.
Dalailalama
Right on. Thank for the input. I, like every third member of Massdrop, bought a pair of HD-6XX's. I've been looking at getting a new amp andthe Spark looked interesting. Wasn't sure about the synergy, however. If you get around to trying the Senns and the Spark, I'd greatly appreciate your feedback.
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Rocking the new Schiit Jotunheim DAC/Amp with the Schiit Wyrd USB Cleaner. I jump around on my headphones daily. Pictured are my Beyer DT770's. Plugged in are my 64audio U4-SE's. I built the headphone/amp stand myself. Simple system, yet great audio reproduction.
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Thanks for a great reply! I admit, I am a sucker for good marketing, and I can't disagree that's my end result. I've been in the "audiophile" world for two years now, and admittedly have still so much to learn. It's good to know about the upgrade potential of my X7 as I've been trying to decide what to do with it.
I agree with the treble quality of the Jotun. It does seem rolled off to me compared to the X7, albeit I could manipulate the sound much easier with Creative's software UI. The power output of Jotun is higher with a lower output impedance which is noticeable on my sensitives.
amdee1979
Thanks for reading... I know it was a bit long. Hard to describe why I like them but they’re not my favorite.
Bedside sla rig Halloween theme
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HifiMan 4xx (have many others too) Schiit Jotunheim i pad with Tidal after market Priat balance cable walking Dead headphone stand (lol)
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Damn dude. U got that cash.perhaps in the future.for me I got a budget of less then 700 for my dac/amp. Gotta start small haha
Azeendeen
Just go get an emotiva A-100 and an ifi one nano. It’s more your budget. audiophile equipment does not seem to be up your alley as far as affordability. you will pay a lot more for audiophile quality products and you will get much much better quality and enjoyment but it’s not for everyone so it seems from your comment you should stay way away from audiophile equipment. you can get a good Toyota sports car on a beer budget but not a Porsche Carrera they will both get you to work but only one in style and maximum comfort good luck
Nice Schiit
Topping D30 -> Bottlehead S.E.X. 3.0 w/ C4S -> Focal Elex
Audio-gd R2R-11 -> HD6XX
Objectivists will say what they will, but music sounds better with lights down low and a little distortion.
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Manbear
But that's just like.... your opinion... man.
VoidParticle
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Opus#2 with a pair of Hifiman Edition X V2, driven via 2.5mm balanced cable
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Posted here in the past but this is my latest setup and thinking it's my end game for a while. Ironically, it's also my "simplest" setup yet lol. Only thing missing is a solid pair of closed back headphones!
mikeonline
Simple setup's are the best setup's! :)
Miss those days, now, too many dac's and amp's hanging around the place. :(
Fairly new to the hearing loss community here…
Yamaha MSP5 speakers from my friend. USPS f***ed them up during shipping; despite several serious cosmetic damages, the tweeter on one of them was dented… anyway they still sound good
Headphones: K7XX/HD58X/DT1350/Momentum 2 Wireless DAC/AMPs: Schiit Fulla 2/Massdrop O2+SDAC
The momentum and the 1350’s are with me for a while, and the rest are prette new (like within the last month…). I seldomly use the 1350’s though… just prefer the sound of an open-back. The momentum is still here for portable use but I no longer like them as much after having the 58X’s😅 I love my 7XX’s with the O2+SDAC, IMO the best combo I have for now for most music genres (should I go for K712?). Was going to return the Fulla but finally decided to keep it since it’s pretty versatile, and now it stays on my bed with analog-in from an iPod touch :) It does the trick for some music right before falling asleep with the 58X’s
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Part of my set up....imac, hd6xx, toshiba stereo graphic eq, emotiva a-100 with dt 800 monitor + bose sw
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Not for me....its like adding a subwoofer on a flat sounding speaker
Louiee
With the setup i got right now.....the HD6xx is one really good Headphone to own, bery happy with this buy and will buy it again.
A lot of really nice rigs out there. This is my current setup. Would like to keep building and upgrading but may have to pause for now.
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Equipment in picture include the following: Apple Mac Mini SMSL SU-8 Balanced DAC Matrix M-Stage HPA-3B Balanced HP Amp Topping D50 DAC Emotiva BasX A-100 Amp and HP Amp SMSL Sanskrit 6th Edition DAC Bravo Ocean Tube HP Amp Monolith M-1060 Planat Headphones
Gear not in Picture:
Massdrop x Fostex TM-X00 Purpleheart Headphones Sennheiser HD 580 Headphones AKG K702 Headphones HifiMan HE400i Headphones Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones Master and Dynamic MH40 Headphones Earstudio ES100 Bluetooth DAC/Amp TFZ King Pro IEMs Kinera IDUN IEMs Fiio FH5 IEMs BGVP DMG IEMs Numerous KZ Hybrid IEMs TRN V80 IEMs XDuoo X3 II DAP HiBy R3 DAP iPod Classic 5.5gen with 256GB SSD iPod Classic 7th Gen 160GB
Drops on Order:
Tin Audio T2 Pro IEMs Tenhz P4 Pro IEMs
I love them all!
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Cyberthingy
I see you have a pretty good spread of amps, how does the SU-8 rank among them?
ohsigmachi
The SU-8 is a DAC rather than an Amp but of the 3 DACs I have I suppose I prefer it the most. In reality I can't tell a difference in audio quality between it and the Topping D50. They have the same DAC chip but I like the feature set of the SU-8 and the form factor. It's physically larger and provides the balanced output to my HP Amp. The only improvement I could ask for would have been a black color versus the silver.
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Headphones: HD6XX, HD58X, HE-4XX, Grado SR225e
Headphone amps: Darkvoice 336se, Little dot 1+
Headphone stand: MFSP Designs AW01 that I got used On eBay for a good price.
and a Schiit Modi Multibit that I can’t use because my Mac iOS is too old I can’t update it. Or at least I haven’t figured out how yet.
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It’s usb output only. You would ned a converter for that like the Schiit Eitr
That’s only for windows. I called apple and they helped me update to a newer iOS that’s compatible with the mimby.
Some weird first impressions though. I let the mimby warm up for four hours or so and then I listened to it all night through my dark voice. my original order of headphones from favorite to less favorite has been hd6xx, hd58x, he4xx, and then grand sr225e. That’s running the darkvoice straight from the iMac headphone jack.
with the mimby the he4xx so far seems to be the leader. Maybe the combination of the mimby with
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Parasound setup I have at work. Two V3 Zamps in dual mono configuration for powering my headphones. Upgraded the capacitors in the Parasound R/EQ 150. Zamps have Burson V4 opamps in them. The first generation Parasound Zpre has the Burson V6 classic opamp installed. The Zcd and Zdac are stock. There is also a BBE 282 and a DBX Go-Rack inline.
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snellemin
What Hifiman is that in the first pic?
ElectronicVices
Original 400i
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My simple bedside rig. Got a TH-X00 to pair with a Mojo for my DAP.
Yes we‘re gonna have a wingding...
Buckbrick
Small is beautiful. Similar to my own set-up: Marantz CD player, Sennheiser 'phones. My amp is a Headroom Cosmic with powerful outboard power supply, crossfeed and high pass filter.
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Home (bedside) rig: Wyred for Sound dac - upgraded to v2 DSD with femto clock SPL Phonitor X headphone amp Focal Utopia Headphones with Moon Audio Black Dragon cables Ultra Rendu with TeddyPardo ps Roon Audio server
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bloomphoto
Nice setup. This SPL is so Sexy. Can you change the lighting colour on UV meters?
kimdeug
The amp is also a pre amp with settings for external line out and headphone amp out. When it is set to one of those settings the meters are lit up white. When the switch is set between those settings (mute), they are red.
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Here’s my work rig. Keeps me sane. Chord 2qute dac Schiit Jotunheim amp Mr. speakers Ethers (upgraded to Ether Flow) with Norne Audio Solv x cable Macbook Pro running Audirvana + Audioquest interconnects
bloomphoto
Damn again :))
Working setup, Bedside setup, any other setups? You are killing me bro :)) Nice job and excellent choice. Any comments regarding to compare Jotunheim amp to XPL Phonitor X, in terms of amplifier sound quality? I have access to Jotunheim, but no chance to test XPL Phonitron X in New Zealand. Looking to yours, I need to reconsider my setup. My pictures on this post with comments: 1. When all world can wait..... 2. In addition to below...
Regards, Kim
kimdeug
The Phonitor x is based on SPL pro level headphone amps used for sound mixing in studios. It incorporates some features from their pro gear like cross fade and sound angle to mimic speaker placement. Like the jotuneheim you can add a dac module to it. both amps can run balanced or single ended. Being based on pro gear (and being German) the SPL is particularly resolving, Especially with the utopias. But both the phonitor and the Jotunheim have plenty of power. The DAC used makes a big difference. I went through many dac/amp iterations to get what I like at work. Both balanced and single ended. The Chord blows away all the previous DACs I tried including DACs from Wadia and Resonance. The Schiit/Chord combo with the Ethers really hits a sweet spot for me. Excellent resolution with solid deep base and clean airy highs.
When the all world can wait............
Headphones: Audeze LCD-X, LCD2C, Sennheiser HD800S, HD660S, HD6XX, HD58X Jubilee, PC363D Sony MDR Z7, MDR-XB950B1, WH-1000XM3 Fostex RP-X00 Ebony, Argon Mk3, T-60PR Beyerdynamic DT-1990Pro, Amrion Wireless AKG Q701 black, K7XX Monoprice Monolith M1060C, 560, 560 modded Phillips Fidelio X2
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Also, have recently joined to MrSpeakers Ether CX drop on Massdrop. Headphone Amplifiers: :Pioneer U-05Oppo HA-1Burson Audio Conductor V2+,Linnenberg MaestroEmotiva A100BasXTopping DX7sDenon PMA-50Sennheiser GSX1000, Asus Rampage IV DAC headphone amp etc, etc, etc In addition: some DACs and main stereo setup with Cambridge Audio 851 series
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Thank you so much for providing that level of detailed information. Believe me it's greatly appreciated!
I do have the Massdrop version from Cavalli's CTH, and I agree with you that it's a very good amp, I have no complaints about it. I've been enjoying it with my HD800S, 6XX and MDR-Z7.
I did consider the option to get a Tube Amplifier as I've read the HD800S would benefit from them and add a little bit of warmth to the sound, but then again based on my budget the options that I could afford at this moment would be the Vallhala 2 or the DarkVoice 336. (This is without considering the tube-rolling that some claim to be needed in order to push these amps to their best).
So because of that, I also thought in staying with either a very good solid state amp or the Massdrop CTH, which although it's a hybrid, it delivers just fine to my ears and tube maintance is not incredibly expensive. If it helps, the other option I had in mind was the Massdrop's LCX to benefit from the balanced output.
I will definitely keep an eye on the Dekoni Leather pads here in Massdrop, but so far I've been very pleased with sound and comfort I got with stock pad. Still I thank you so much for suggesting other alternatives that may help tweaking the sound to find the one you like the most.
I'm really happy to know that you recommend the Emotiva BasX A-100 as it's not only an amp that it's in my budget but also one that I have read many good things about! My only "concern" is how good the synergy would be with the HD800S, as I'm really sure that for the 6XX and the Z7 this amp would make them sing! So if it's not much to ask, would you be able to provide your impressions on how this pairing sounds to you?
Then again, thank you so much for your time and for all your help!
Beautiful! Really nice gear.
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Gaming, editing, Pod casting, and music rig. Sennheiser GSX 1000 SMSL Panda stack Little dot MKii Aune X7S Audeze LCD 2 Classic closed 1More Triple driver over ear Aeon Flow Closed (not shown) [HD6xx, 800s, AUNE X1S. AT2020]
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Wow thanks for the fast reply. I've been reading reviews online about the gsx 1000 not being powerful enough as in not having enough volume with higher impedance headphones. If it drives your 6xx it will sure be fine with the 58x. Thanks a lot
pink_poney
Your welcome, if you have any other questions about it just post a reply in this thread and I will get back to you as soon as I can. While I don't know how it compares to other gaming dacs, I can tell you that it is a great little unit and it gives me all the versatility I want or need out of something like it. I run the audio out to the HE400 (the multiple headphone spliter on the right) and just plug my headphones into that. In doing so I can use my GSX 1000 for gaming, podcasting or streaming, with or without a guest. I don't think you will go wrong in choosing it at all. Again, if you have any questions about it just hit me up and I will do my best to answer. Ethan
This is my Schiit 😁
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Mate, half-your-luck! I keep going to buy the NH and they keep getting snapped up before I can purchase them! :D
Omen.
Volly
Fingers crossed you will get lucky one day :)
This thread has an impressive array of full-size equipment. - Derek
Here is mine DAC: Chord Mojo fed from Mac Mini with Audirvana + software through microRendu Headphone Amp/Preamp: oppo HA-1 Headphone: Focal Elex Amp: Arcan P49 Speakers: B&W 804 D3 Headphone Cable: Blanced with Mogami W2534
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I'm not normally on the upsampling bandwagon but I have to admit I've been running 2X DSD upsampling for a bit with the UD-501 from JRiver (via USB) and really liking what I'm hearing. DLNA is no issue but I'm on the Windows side and primarily USB connected so my JRiver experience may not mirror yours.
ElectronicVices
Just got my speakers back together tonight with new Ti in both the tweeters & “squakers”. Played Blind Faith 24/192 through the new Ares R-2R into the Cary 300B SET, upsampled in Audirvana to DSD 256... I just heard the songs I thought I knew,, truly anew. Liking this a lot... not just the details, or the stage, or the attack/decay, all that stuff,,, it is alive,, as though “the breath of life” went into the system... stone cold sober too... gotta change that up ;) and finish the new crossovers... everything was great with the Elex’s and I’m growing fonder of the HD580’s sound, but the big towers still bring the concert home:))
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So. I returned L700 and got these L300 Limited Edition and Woo Ges. Amazing combo. STAX Master race again :D
Sermilion
but why are you just using a modi 2? I mean, the amp is i guess 4000 bucks and the headphones 800
tyll
You just answered your own question lol.
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Gustard H20 from Massdrop, sources are Ak240, Chord Mojo + Shanling M1 as tranport (M1 from Massdrop) and Pono. I had a nice Blacksheep Boreray balaced interconnect for Ak240 but recently malfunctioned, so single ended for Ak240 till I get it repaired. HD800 has Dekoni Elite Hybrids from Massdrop, as well. The interconnect for Ak240 & Mojo is an Audioquest Angel, Pono balanced interconnect is an Audiominor Celestine, Shanling L2 between M1 and Mojo. HD800 balanced cable is an Audiominor Marquise.
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jupiterianvibe
How dp yopu like the leather pads on your hd800?
tyll
When I first put them on I had removed the original dust screen and Dekoni's have a very thin screen on them, so treble became piercing. I re-installed the original dust screen and put on Dekonis over it and this dimmed the known brightness of HD800 just a little bit, which is an improvement to my ears. I also think they are thicker and more comfortable than original pads. By the way, my Dekoni pads are hybrid, leather at outside, cloth on contact surfaces, perforated leather inside.
6 months on, and not much of my original setup is left. Need to correct the clutter on my desk and free up my monitor speaker so it isn't stuffed into a corner.
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Then, as I said not a bad way to SPEND 20k. :) I know new it would be upwards in the 30-40k range, still have a nice setup dude, thanks for sharing!
DenonFanboy
Hahaha. True. Thanks man