JDS Atom Measurements And Review

Discussion in 'Headphone Amplifier Measurements' started by purr1n, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. RedFuneral

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    That hits a little too close to home. I've been buying/selling gear for just over 10 years now and have had enough WTF experiences these past couple years where I'm still content calling myself a novice. For example I owned the OL/Atom earlier this year and with it heard the most detailed clear sound I've heard in this hobby; the difference is that I stumbled across an 'audiophile approved' song on YouTube. It was an eye opening experience that even after YouTube compression the recording out-detailed & out-staged any of the stuff I like in lossless WAV/FLAC heard on various systems far more costly over the decade.

    The moral of the story is that my music 'bottlenecks' even the simplest system so I'm an idiot for every time I ever upgraded a component to chase transparency & clarity over enjoyment. When I do this I like it for awhile and then fatigue and over-correct back into vintage/cheap gear with noise/functionality issues. Only to repeat the mistake again later from fear of 'missing out' on resolve. It's a bad habit which emanates from certain types of reviews("I'm hearing never before heard details") and certain communities nostalgic for the receiver wars of the 70s were in just the right place to offer the solution to the problem of not hearing the mysterious detail perpetually buried .00001% further down.

    I feel like when reviewing I should use a big disclaimer 'my music is shit, I'm not a real audio nerd' but that's just doubt & bullshit. Bad recordings reveal everything short of detail & absolute realism plus they're relevant to what most people actually like and listen to.

    Yeah, it's a hard mental block to clear: the need for every new purchase to have better technicalities than the last. It's also why you see newbies flying up the price-ladder & getting cynical. The 'new community' has over simplified the concept of genre-matching(which was oversimple to begin with) and tossed out personal taste/use case. Its easier to hand out mass quantities of advice googling 'best headphone $500' than it is to match system-to-individual, and if it gets you noticed as the guy who handed out 2000 recommendations(as if grinding in an MMO) and lets you become a 'headphone guru'(why are these reviewers borderline celebrities now) all the better.
     
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    I don’t know much about amplifiers, but I used to be pretty knowledgeable about control theory as applied to objects in motion. One thing I learned was that a controller can be optimized to perform well for a specific set of conditions and perform poorly outside those conditions. An amp is nothing more than a headphone controller and headphones vary in impedance, mass, resonance, etc not just between models, but also over different frequencies and loudness levels. Controlling the movement of the driver is a lot more challenging in real life than feeding a fixed frequency signal to a dummy load so I’m not convinced that amplifier measurements are particularly meaningful beyond the very tightly defined conditions of the test. Not to say testing is worthless, but at the end of the day it won’t tell you what happens when an amp doesn’t manage perfect control. I would rather have an amp that fails gracefully instead of screaming defiance at the universe.
     
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    True. May I also add that gear that literally does it all on top level can get ridiculously expensive, but in the end we listen to a combination of products more than anything else.
     

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