Abyss Diana, Anyone Interested?

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    I recently picked up a Diana V2 to replace my LCD-X as my token planar headphone in my rotation.
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    I have had them for about a month and I am honestly impressed. The build quality, and style is right up my ally, they are fun to play with let alone listen to.

    For the past year my preferred chain was:

    PI2AES->SFD MKII->Freya S 4x->Starlett-> HD800S or JAR HD650

    This has been truly amazing combo. I rarely mixed it up because it was so good! But somedays I want/need some hard hitting deep bass when listening to electronica/electropop/folktronica whatever they call it now.

    Impressions:

    Synergy seems to be important with this headphone, tossing the Diana V2 in the same chain I used with my HD800s as mentioned above it is good but lacks some dynamic punch and transient speed. Also the SFD MKII has a setback presentation which can exaggerate the slightly sucked out vocal region.

    Switching to Gungnir A2->Freya S 4x-> Mjolnir 2 brought plenty of punch and helped showcase ABYSS bass which is incredible and what I am mostly looking for when I listen to planars. These guys needs power to shine for sure.


    As mentioned above Diana V2 does have a slightly sucked out lean vocal region which is helped by the more forward Schiit DAC and amp. This leanness can also be apparent with string instruments, but I only really notice it when I go back and forth between headphones. So if I just use the Diana V2 for the day I do not feel lacking at all sound signature wise. It does sound right to me in its Abyss sort of way. But who cares about that when you have this BASS! Seriously, it is addictive…

    Transparency is good, no complaints.

    Headstage is no HD800, but wider than Focal and HD6xx.

    Comfort… needs a comment because they are not easy to get use to. I found this headband pad on Amazon which has been a game changer.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0814D2NG7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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    Overall:

    - Impressive resolving bass (best I have ever experienced). Plenty of texture and layers that digs deep while having resolution. This is favorite part of this headphone and one of the main reasons I want to try them.

    - The vocal region is a bit sucked out… but if I use Schitt DAC’s it balances this out with their inherent forward presentation.

    - Mids are a bit lean, but doable if you don’t expect HD650’s on a tube amp as your baseline.

    - Treble is smooth and non fatiguing

    - I find myself turning the volume a bit more as they are non-fatiguing and the bass is addictive to experience

    - It’s does not have the amazing tone and realism the HD800s and HD650 have, but it does have epic bass… what else do you need?

    Next question... how long will I keep them...
     
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    I really want to hear some Abyss Headphones one day...

    I feel like I’d love em. I love the way they look and reviews are promising.
     
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    There's some drama going on over at ASR regarding these. Basically Amir measured them and it's horribly distorted, with bass roll-off. Somebody over at YT, asked them in a comment to release measurements and to say something in response to the distortion these have. Abyss buzzed it off by saying "amateurs can't get proper measurements due to a lack of experience". Yeah, would be cool to get them in here for a whirl.
     
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    I've had the experience with Phi drivers that they sound distorted from across the table but aren't when you put them on your head. I think your head provides some air pressure or energy reflection which somehow keeps the diaphragms from overreaching or something. Definitely weird, a little concerning, did this consistently, sounds like BS but that's been my experience with a few units. I'd think a measurement coupler would defeat this behavior.

    I've heard manufacturers use that excuse a lot do be dismissive of not-in-house measurements.
     
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    Any transducer that's not designed to operate in free air will not operate properly in free air. Same for sealed and vented cabinet drivers. Some are more sensitive to this, some less.
     
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