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  1. #151
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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    This is my last update to this thread. Given all the permutations and combinations of headphone amps and headphones I have tried, I am ready to choose my optimum configuration. The relatively new dCS Lina headphone amp (standalone with my front end) and the Abyss 1266 TC headphones gave me the best combination of frequency response, soundstage, bass and overall 'presence". The STX Egoista with CRBN phones were a very close second. The Egoista is enchanting and made like a tank. However, the Lina got the nod because of my long standing bias for solid state amplification's detail and accuracy.

    I started this experiment to see if headphones with a state of the art front end could offer the same listening satisfaction as pure two channel audio with speakers. It did...for a while. I find myself missing the scale of a two channel system. I will keep my preferred headphone set up but have placed the additional components required for two channel audio on order. I picked B&W 802D4 speakers and Vicoustic Room treatments from Mike at Suncoast and a CH Precision M10 to complement my L10 preamp from Ron Buffington at Liquid HiFi. I didn't need to pick between headphones and speakers. They can both happily co-exist.

    Eric
    Wadax Reference DAC and Server
    CH Precision L10 PreAmp
    CH Precision M10 Amplifier
    B&W 802D4 Speakers
    Nordost ODIN 2 speaker cables and interconnects
    Shunyata Sigma QR power cords
    Shunyata Everest power conditioner
    dCS Lina Headphone Amplifier
    Abyss, DCA and Focal headphones

  2. #152
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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    Eric - Great news to see you embrace again 2 channel audio in addition to headphones. The new B&W D4 series are really special and a “bargain”. And, the CH Precision 10 series are fantastic. Congrats and happy liestening!
    _______________

    Mike

    Amplification: MBL 6010D, MBL 9008A Monos
    Analog: Kuzma R, Kuzma 4Point (11”), MSL Ultra Eminent EX
    Phono Pre: Pass XP-27
    Digital: Esoteric N01XD Esoteric K05
    Speakers: MBL 101E MKII
    Subwoofers: REL Carbon Specials
    Conditioner: Shunyata Triton 3
    Power Cables: Shunyata Sigma 1 & 2, Alpha 2, Delta and Venom
    ICs and SCs: Wireworld Platinum 8
    Rack: Artesania Exoteryc

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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    Quote Originally Posted by Cincy2 View Post
    This is my last update to this thread. Given all the permutations and combinations of headphone amps and headphones I have tried, I am ready to choose my optimum configuration. The relatively new dCS Lina headphone amp (standalone with my front end) and the Abyss 1266 TC headphones gave me the best combination of frequency response, soundstage, bass and overall 'presence". The STX Egoista with CRBN phones were a very close second. The Egoista is enchanting and made like a tank. However, the Lina got the nod because of my long standing bias for solid state amplification's detail and accuracy.

    I started this experiment to see if headphones with a state of the art front end could offer the same listening satisfaction as pure two channel audio with speakers. It did...for a while. I find myself missing the scale of a two channel system. I will keep my preferred headphone set up but have placed the additional components required for two channel audio on order. I picked B&W 802D4 speakers and Vicoustic Room treatments from Mike at Suncoast and a CH Precision M10 to complement my L10 preamp from Ron Buffington at Liquid HiFi. I didn't need to pick between headphones and speakers. They can both happily co-exist.

    Eric
    Interesting changes! What is your opinion of the CH gear from your other, former electronics?
    Brinkmann Bardo w/ EMT HSD-006 cart, MSB Reference DAC --> Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL --> Ampzilla 2000, 2nd Edition --> Fyne Audio F1-12

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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithR View Post
    Interesting changes! What is your opinion of the CH gear from your other, former electronics?
    Th build quality and human interface are off the charts impressive. I can't compare the sound directly as my entire front end (server and DAC) have also changed.

    Eric
    Wadax Reference DAC and Server
    CH Precision L10 PreAmp
    CH Precision M10 Amplifier
    B&W 802D4 Speakers
    Nordost ODIN 2 speaker cables and interconnects
    Shunyata Sigma QR power cords
    Shunyata Everest power conditioner
    dCS Lina Headphone Amplifier
    Abyss, DCA and Focal headphones

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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    Eric-

    Your efforts in this project have benefited and will continue to benefit for some time to come.

    Enjoy the Sounds,

    John
    AKA J2Ordan
    McIntosh C1100/MC3500II/MR85/MCD205.
    Legacy Focus SE/VPI Classic1/Denon103R/Bryston BDP/BDA3's.
    MostlyDIYCablingDHLabs&Morgami.

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    Re: Headphone Evaluation

    Just read through this entire thread. I can guess how much fun this ride was/is. I'm thinking my Senn 800s don't cut it anymore. I will look forward to watching this thread.
    Thank you for all your efforts.
    Barry
    Cheavers release the hounds I'm on the hunt.

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