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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Randy, how you still liking your Abyss? I love the look of the bronze Diana Phi, and that's one headphone brand I don't have in my experience bank but need to try. My damn T2 electrostatic amp is still down argh!

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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherneck View Post
    I just replaced Audeze LCD-4’s with Utopia’s. I loved the sound of the LCD-4’s but the design was poor so far as managing those heavy things. They were always sliding off my head.
    I still have an HD-800 S. I also have the Violectric V281.
    I’m replacing the Utopia’s cable with Nordost Heimdall 2’s. I can share the extension with the Heimdall’s on the HD-800’s.
    I'm curious how the the Heimdall sounded with the HD -800. Approx. what did the cables cost.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    The cable cost $800 and supports both balanced and single ended. An extension is available for around $600 (when I bought mine).

    Heimdall's were recommended to me some time ago by my Naim/Focal dealer and by someone who sold me my first Sennheiser HD-800's. I've used them on my HD-800S and LCD-4's.

    These are really good cables Clearly better than the OEM cables. My dealer sold me the last one he had in stock and thought Nordost may be discontinuing it as too expensive. They make a less expensive headphone cable but it's not as good.

    BTW, all my Ethernet cables are Nordost Heimdall's too.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherneck View Post
    The cable cost $800 and supports both balanced and single ended. An extension is available for around $600 (when I bought mine).

    Heimdall's were recommended to me some time ago by my Naim/Focal dealer and by someone who sold me my first Sennheiser HD-800's. I've used them on my HD-800S and LCD-4's.

    These are really good cables Clearly better than the OEM cables. My dealer sold me the last one he had in stock and thought Nordost may be discontinuing it as too expensive. They make a less expensive headphone cable but it's not as good.

    BTW, all my Ethernet cables are Nordost Heimdall's too.
    Thank you for the reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones13 View Post
    MrSpeakers Voce on Blue Hawaii Special Edition. Dan also turned me on to some nice Phillips NOS tubes.

    At my office I use Focal Utopia balanced with a Violectric V281.

    Electrostatic is so precise, dynamic a bit warmer.
    I always thought the Voce would be great for electrostatic. I also had loved what I heard about the Blue Hawaii for a while now. It is what actually got me interested in the HeadAmp amplifiers. Almost got a GS-X Mini if not for the deal I came across on the SimAudio.

    I can't do electrostatic though because I wanted a headphone that I could use at home and with my portable. I have two black dragon balanced cables, one 4-pin for the home setup and one using the A&K balanced cable connector for the portable!
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    We have this headphone amp on display:

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    The sound is just off the charts. I’ve heard nothing come close, even the big stuff from WOO.

    Only downside is the price! GULP. $10K and you still need a DAC. The new Viva DAC pairs beautifully. I heard this combo in Munich when the Viva DAC was just a prototype.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
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    The sound is just off the charts. I’ve heard nothing come close, even the big stuff from WOO.

    Only downside is the price! GULP. $10K and you still need a DAC. The new Viva DAC pairs beautifully. I heard this combo in Munich when the Viva DAC was just a prototype.
    Gulp... but it is still cheaper than the MSB .... Have you compared it to the SimAudio NEO 430HA? I can not imagine a better headphone amp, but then again I have never listened to a $10k or $38k (MSB) headphone amp as of yet .
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Gulp... but it is still cheaper than the MSB .... Have you compared it to the SimAudio NEO 430HA? I can not imagine a better headphone amp, but then again I have never listened to a $10k or $38k (MSB) headphone amp as of yet .
    Nah, haven’t tried the MSB headphone amp. I can imagine it’s great. But this Viva is real sweet too.


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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Nah, haven’t tried the MSB headphone amp. I can imagine it’s great. But this Viva is real sweet too.
    I imagine it is. Have you ever had the SimAudio 430 in the store?
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Really diggin' my Stellias. I thought they would be a high end version of the standard closed HP sound. They go way beyond that. Since they're actually "ported" they sound more similar to an open HP than you would expect. They're an excellent HP. Especially for quiet listening. Very highly detailed and well balanced. Nice, tight, clean bass. Gorgeous midrange and top end. Killer SQ over all. Couldn't be happier with them.

    Then there's the NAIM UnitiAtom HE amp/streamer/server/music player that I use with the Stellias. Incredible piece. But that's a whole other thread.
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    We have this headphone amp on display:

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    The sound is just off the charts. I’ve heard nothing come close, even the big stuff from WOO.

    Only downside is the price! GULP. $10K and you still need a DAC. The new Viva DAC pairs beautifully. I heard this combo in Munich when the Viva DAC was just a prototype.
    Yep $10k is a little steep. Looks cool though
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    Re: Headphones, got any favorites?

    I have a hard time thinking that I could do any better than my Woo WA22, but then again for $10k it better smoke my Woo.
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