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Last (?) round of HP auditions: 1) LCD-4Z. More comfortable than LCD-4 and 5 and sound remarkably like the 5. Much more so than the 4. Jan 26, 2023

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    1. wbass
      wbass
      Last (?) round of HP auditions: 1) LCD-4Z. More comfortable than LCD-4 and 5 and sound remarkably like the 5. Much more so than the 4.
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Meze Elite a strong all-rounder and easy to drive. LCD-4 just a basshead delight, but it's damned heavy. Verite Closed a fine closed back, comfy, and isolates well, but I think I want that last little bit of detail/clarity that comes from an open back.
        Jan 26, 2023
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      3. caute
        caute
        So... whatcha gonna rock in the end? Major contenders?
        Jan 26, 2023
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        See rankings in post 4 above. I think I’m reluctantly concluding that I’ll go Susvara. It’s the best I’ve heard. Very annoying that probably will need a new amp, but hoping the Topping LA90 integrated will suffice. Put on my radar by @Vtory
        Jan 26, 2023
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    2. wbass
      wbass
      Wonder if anyone's heard the new Yamaha flagship, YH-5000. They seem to be coming into stock now in the UK.
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Would love a loaner on that bad-boy. Too bad the price is out of play for me. I'd have to sell all my shit.
        Jan 24, 2023
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      3. caute
        caute
        some noises on reddit about brief demos, a what hi-fi review, nothing out there so far that seems trustworthy. what hi-fi does call them "analytical" (it should be noted they said the yamahas were driven solely by a RME-ADI-2—assuming the hp out) though, which was a little disappointing to me, but I'll wait to pass judgement until better ears here have had some time with them.
        Jan 24, 2023
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Wasn't a loaner for that one already in the cards @purr1n? Genuinely curious to see what folks here make of that.
        Jan 24, 2023
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    3. wbass
      wbass
      Hey, I made Friend status! Thanks to whomever makes these decisions. Appreciate y'all and this excellent site.
    4. wbass
      wbass
      Yet more headphone auditions: 1) Susvara through Feliks Envy. Most tonally correct I've heard. Made a 2022 Utopia sound very closed in.
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      2. internethandle
        internethandle
        Agree, great series.

        Remind me, how are you doing this? Cable Company lending library? Dealers? Beg, borrow, and steal? ;)
        Jan 22, 2023
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Glad the posts are of some interest! It's pretty much all been at dealers in and around London. Mega-city with lots of small flats = lots of HP listeners? I've been a little surprised myself at how much there is to hear near-ish to me.
        Jan 22, 2023
      4. wbass
        wbass
        If I wasn't restricted to HPs myself for serious listening, for the next long while, I probably wouldn't be entertaining such summit-fi explorations. I'm sort of hoping I get along with a used pair of LCD-4Z or maybe Stax 007, but I expect I'll find them compromised in comfort and FR respectively.
        Jan 22, 2023
    5. wbass
      wbass
      To continue the extensive HP auditions, tomorrow I'm planning to go hear 1) Abyss 1266 Phi 2) Stax 009S 3) 007 4) LCD-4Z.
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      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        @wbass - it's worth taking a 5-10 minutes to futz with the Abyss headband contraption. Unlike the LCD-4/z, you don't want the pads to seal tightly against your head; the pads should rest lightly against your head and even break the seal slightly to get the bass to sound right. You can also rotate the pads clockwise/anti-clockwise to get the right fit.
        Jan 17, 2023
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        So, my Utopia/HD800/Starlett/EC Studio Jr. set-up is in storage for at least the next 6 months, maybe year. So, I'm looking for something till then but also a pair of HPs that won't feel redundant when I get stuff out of storage finally. Since I can't listen to speakers in this flat, I'm head-fi for quite some time, so want to go TOTL or close to it.
        Jan 17, 2023
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      4. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        Makes sense, good luck in your search!
        Jan 17, 2023
    6. wbass
      wbass
      Are pretty much all Stax set-ups, regardless of model and amplification, going to lack in bass heft/slam next to a dynamic or planar?
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      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Pretty much.
        Jan 15, 2023
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        Maybe it is all about moving mass and QTS
        Jan 15, 2023
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        Yes. Even with an HE-60 or HE-90, you’ll still get a touch of paper bass texture. The compromise is worth it for many and it has its place.
        Jan 15, 2023
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    7. wbass
      wbass
      Moar headphone auditions: Stax X9000 thru SRM-700T (for fun, b/c $$$$): 1st take: whoa, never heard *this* kinda micro-detail before CLARITY
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Focal Stellia: pretty correct sounding for a closed-back. Controlled bass. Nice sense of detail, decent stage width. Pretty reminiscent of Utopia, minus some of the magic. Comfortable and light, esp. after the LCD-4. Fugly color. Makes me want to quote Streetcar Named Desire. Stellia!!!
        Jan 11, 2023
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        You didn't notice a mid-bass bump with Stellia? That's my only issue with it. Love it otherwise, for a closed back.
        Jan 11, 2023
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      5. wbass
        wbass
        Could be! It was a five-minute listen at a not pristinely quiet hi-fi shop, so drew no strong conclusions other than, Pretty good! I seem to make up my mind pretty quick these days and felt that I'd prefer the Verite Closed, which is probably more colored but also more fun.
        Jan 12, 2023
    8. wbass
      wbass
      What's the story on the Abyss Diana? Worth auditioning? Do the originals sound anything like the V2 or Phi or TC? Dekoni pads good swaps?
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Or I'll circle back to the HE1000SE or V2 or the new V2 Stealth.

        Or I'll just lose my mind in the all-consuming vortex of consumer choice.
        Jan 10, 2023
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        But have fun doing it.
        Jan 10, 2023
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      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        Probably the latter option
        Jan 10, 2023
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    9. wbass
      wbass
      More headphone auditions! Stax 007: totally detailed with merely okay bass. Meze Empyrean (non-Elite): pretty dark. DCA Ether 2: *very* dark
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Where did you get the chance to listen to all those headphones? I think it was ZMFs recently? In Europe?
        Jan 10, 2023
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        Turns out there are some excellent headphone shops in and around London.
        Jan 10, 2023
      5. zottel
        zottel
        Ah! Hm, I’ll do a city trip with my daughter later this year. Maybe I can convince her to go to London, not to Paris. 0:-)
        Jan 10, 2023
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    10. wbass
      wbass
      Heard some ZMFs today. Verite Open and Closed. Caldera. Atrium. Aeolus.
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        Atrium: Didn't have enough time to really form an opinion. Had them described to me as HD800-like. A bit brighter than other ZMFs. Could be very appealing. Connected with the V.C. more readily.
        Jan 8, 2023
      4. wbass
        wbass
        Aeolus: Not enough time to form a proper opinion.
        Jan 8, 2023
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Nice. What a ZMF day!
        Jan 8, 2023
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    11. wbass
      wbass
      Anyone spend time w/ Raal CA-1a? I'm intrigued. Certainly be something very different to Utopia, HD800, etc. But I still need some bass heft
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      2. wbass
        wbass
        Mostly purchased used or on heavy discount, so luckily I've been able to make some savvy buys and not too many missteps. Started with HD650 and Jot 1 (never much liked it) and researched and auditioned most things along the way.
        Jan 6, 2023
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @wbass I'd rank Utopia the first for the overall bass quality (note that I hate to discuss heft only ignoring other quality components of bass) among the three you mentioned (IDK about o2 because I have zero idea). If you meant bass heft as weightness/density without sacrificing delicate expressions, Utopia was better to me among anything equal to or cheaper than its price. Quantity might be compromised tho.
        Jan 8, 2023
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @wbass I don't mean ca-1a is bad. It sounds great and tasteful in its own light. But for various reasons I don't quite feel like it can serve as a primary reference in evaluating music and audio.
        Jan 8, 2023
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    12. wbass
      wbass
      What's the best basshead HP you've heard? (That still does an okay job on everything else.)
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      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        The best I've ever heard a double bass sound? Atrium.
        Jan 3, 2023
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      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        ESX900 also awesome; the Fostex/Denon closed backs as @Lyander notes are great.
        Jan 3, 2023
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      4. edd
        edd
        Aeolus with Aeolus pads
        Jan 3, 2023
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    13. wbass
      wbass
      What are your go-to albums/tracks for dense, detailed mixes? Mine:
      1. wbass
        wbass
        Cougar--Patriot
        Nine Horses--Snow Borne Sorrow
        Joe Henry--Scar
        Royal Canoe--Today We're Believers
        Dec 27, 2022
      2. lagadu
        lagadu
        Swans - To be kind
        Dec 27, 2022
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    14. wbass
      wbass
      Nice evening w/HD58X Phonitor SE. Apparently, Voltair design outputs most power at 250 ohms. Cd be why the SPL works ok with high Z Senn?
      1. wbass
        wbass
        If, that is, you like the Phonitor sound. I hear it as quite linear, a touch lean, detailed, but not necessarily bright. Someone pointed out the unusual power specs to me, recently. I guess it's an unusual design?
        Dec 22, 2022
    15. wbass
      wbass
      First time trying convolution EQ filters via Roon DSP. Was daunted by it, but it seems to be as easy as pointing Roon at the right wav file.
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      3. zottel
        zottel
        Installing AutoEq, you can create your own stuff that doesn’t use Harman as a target. And also convolution WAVs for higher bitrates, though Roon will convert the ones you have as necessary, too.
        I used to create EQ settings (and convolution WAVs) with AutoEq to make certain HPs sound like others (tonally, not technically, of course). :)
        Dec 14, 2022
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      4. wbass
        wbass
        Working my way through HPs and IEMs I have with me, trying filters. Never really been into EQ before, but I can see how you can get lost in this. Suddenly makes frequency response seem much less important than technicalities.
        Dec 15, 2022
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      5. wbass
        wbass
        Though tuning to Harman curve seems to suck a bit of life out of things, it does tighten up, in particular, the bass response. OG Andromeda biggest change thus far. Much cleaner for better or worse. I'm sure everyone knows about all of this already.
        Dec 15, 2022
    16. wbass
      wbass
      Piety landed in London! Initial listen positive. Goal of warming up the Elex and fattening bass a bit seems likely. IEM tests to come.
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    17. wbass
      wbass
      B/c of pretty silly good Black Friday prices, I've got HD58X and LETSHUOER S12 on the way. Esp. curious about these cheap planar IEMs.
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    18. wbass
      wbass
      Thanksgiving email from an online dealer: "Thank you for sharing our affliction." Yep.
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      2. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Affliction...with affection. Hahaha.
        Nov 24, 2022
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    19. wbass
      wbass
      "Living out of a suitcase" system growing to include a pr of OG LS50 wireless. Great BF price, and I won't go w/o 2ch for another 6 months.
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        No, I'm in a temporary flat in London. A suitcase worth of clothes, steadily amassing more hifi...
        Nov 24, 2022
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Was gonna say, that's a heavy suitcase if you're traveling around with it.
        Nov 24, 2022
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      5. wbass
        wbass
        Okay, these LS50 wireless sound damned good. For not much more than the cost of a Sonos something. Here's to last gen bargains.
        Nov 26, 2022
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    20. wbass
      wbass
      Piety ordered. We'll see when it lands in London and my "out of a suitcase" system, which has grown to include a Phonitor SE and Neo Stream.
      1. wbass
        wbass
        I like the SE thus far, but it is very linear, and the Elex could use a bit of warming up in the mid-bass especially. Hopefully the tube-y qualities of Piety shine through in this use-case.
        Nov 20, 2022
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