LSA HP2 Ultra stream of consciousness

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  1. Ulises

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    I’m very intrigued by these (thank you for your impressions @bilboda). I’ve been looking for a closed back for bedroom/ late listening use that isn’t a Fostex variant and doesn’t cost over $2k. I called Walter yesterday and ordered a pair—new stock is coming in next week. One thing he mentioned is that the previous wood they used has run out and they are upgrading it for this round. The price when I ordered was unchanged, but Walter said when the new stock arrives the versions with the new wood will go on the site as a limited edition for (I believe) $50 more. Not sure of the details of what wood, etc. or what they’ll look like, but thought others might like to know if you’re on the fence and want to order before the price hike. I believe 20 are coming in and I was fifth on the list.
     
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    they will break in, a bit bass light at first, the surrounds need exercise...
     
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    I've been hoping for a further report. Do these still hold up against Verite? I'm this close to placing an order, but hanging my hat on these dispatches.

    Further details available now that you've had some time to simmer?
     
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    Here is the thing r.e. vs Verite. My brain has broken in as well as the hp's. I have become used to the open and well defined presentation of the closed HP2. It is a similar experience as switching from Verite/ZDS to Verite/SW 51+. The biggest thing is tone/timbre and air, space between the instruments. I don't consider them as replacements for the Verite but they are a desirable option.
    It's a slow day at the home office. Let me hook it all up, turn the speakers off and see if I can't explain it better. I will even try a different tube in the ZDS.
     
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    Bag Lady - Meiko - Playing Favorites
    Verite ZDS and SW 51+ lovey sound tone and timbre , beguiling
    HP2 ZDS SW 51+, vocals heard more easily , more breath, more air if you want to write the lyrics, use HP2.
    Resolution
    Towards the end a male chorus sings "let it go" 4x and then repeated. On the Verite, this 4th let it go is obscured by the instruments in some iterations, never happens on the HP2, particularly obvious on the SW51+, the Verite does better with this on the SW51+ but not the clarity of the HP2.
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    Coming from the Verite, one of the impressions I get from the HP2 is it sounds like some DSP is in use, like going from phone on ear to speaker phone or going from sound bar to tv speakers. These comparisons just describe the direction of the change, not the quality. The HP2 provides better space amongst all the sounds, it does not sound closed at all, almost as if you are in a very large room or outdoors with a sense that the music is not just ending up in your ears but continuing past you.
    These are both keepers. One might decide, after sufficient time with the HP2, that they would sell the Verite. I'd miss the kick and drive thought, bass guitar can be a physical and pleasant experience. Oh, I could see it happening, along with the ZDS but only if I go for a May DAC and a Black Amp. A lot of gear would have to go for that to happen.
     
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    It's sounding like the HP2 is a relatively neutral headphone (a la ZMF Auteur). Would you say that's accurate?
     
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    Never heard the Auteur. You can confirm it but I believe it's 30 days and 15% restock fee.
     

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