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  1. So you heard no difference between the Topping, your CD player and your streamer? Volume matched of course? As an experiment, try the ‘worst’ DAC you have on hand - phone/tablet/PC and see if you hear a difference.
  2. Thanks, I did the prep work this arvo. Went through the skirting board at the speaker ends, and the wall at the amp end.
  3. @JoshCarlos, your experience doesn’t surprise me, as it mirrors mine. I have HD600’s, a McChanson tube amp and a Topping D30 via a MacBook Pro, and I struggle to hear a difference, to having the headphones plugged directly into the MacBook Pro. I also have a JDS Atom amp as my ‘reference’ and I think, maybe, it doesn’t sound as good as either. Even then, I’d fail a blind test I reckon. When I trialed the Sonarworks EQ app, I thought it brought a bigger perceived improvement than an amp or DAC change. The biggest difference I’ve perceived of course, is trying different headphones. This is all done volume matching by ear, so it’s flawed from the start. How old are you? The newer your ears are, the better!
  4. Does anyone run their speaker cable under the floor and out of pass-through wall plates? I plan on doing this because my components aren’t in the same room as the speakers.
  5. Hi P77 devotees, A few months ago when this thread was alive, I enquired with Expert Stylus about their A&R P77 replacement stylus, which fits the original Garrott P77 cartridge. Just to clarify, I'm not referring to the current P77i version. It costs 120 squid plus postage, and here's some info quoted by them.... "....the price is for the the A&R P77 assembly fitted with our Paratrace profile diamond which will fit your cartridge body. Our Paratrace profile diamond is regarded as the most advanced and best diamond available today and we also fit it to Koetsu, Clear Audio and other expensive moving coil cartridges which customers send us for re-tipping. The Garrot Brothers copied the A&R P77 cartridge, they are very similar but both have different diamonds fitted." So just to recap on the replacment styli options for the original P77 (not the current 'i' version): There's this one, the ESCO Paratrace; The original if you can find one; The Jico SAS-1 (if/when available); The Shure N91E (not ED); Any others?? @TOPSHELF, in your previous post, are you referring to using the SAS-1 on the original P77 or current P77i? It can get a bit confusing!
  6. Item: Grado SR325e Location: Castlemaine 3450 Price: $285 plus postage Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Slightly prefer my Senn HD600 Payment Method: EFT (Osko), Paypal, cash upon pickup. Extra Info: I bought these in April/May after demoing some lower model Grados and being impressed. After a brief comparison at home, I slightly prefer my Senn's overall. It's very much down to personal taste I reckon. I tried these for about 4 hours max, before putting them away in their box, and I'm only just getting around to selling them. This is a good opportunity to buy a pair as new, at a decent discount. Photos:
  7. @gregmacc, if you like the sound of the Grados and want to move up the line, I have a pair of as new SR325e that I’ve not used for more than 4 hours. I prefer the sound of my Senn HD600.
  8. Initially I suspected that the volume might be boosted, but it could be that the EQ'ing isn't necessarily flat and is actually boosted in some areas. Or, if the FR is being flattened, and the portion of the FR below the target response, outweighed the portion above the target response; the overall volume will now be louder.
  9. No probs. The desktop app has a 10 day trial, and costs 79 Euro. Mine just ran out, so I might check out the 'Reference 4 Headphone Edition' and se if it has more user control. My Atom arrived yesterday, so I'll have a listen tonight. For the life of me, I can't hear a difference between my tube amp and iphone/laptop, so will be interesting to compare. The only difference is that my iphone/laptop run out of volume and the tube amp has tons of power to spare.
  10. @Farpun You inspired me to pickup a used Atom amp. Surprising that someone was already selling it when it hasn't been around for very long - hopefully it's not broken! Will give my impressions when it arrives. Not sure if you saw my post in the 'post pictures of your headphone setup' thread - I asked if you can try out Sonarworks True-Fi with your setup and let's know what you reckon. Sounds good to me so far, especially the bass extension - I even have the bass lowered by about 2dB to my taste. Overall (with my settings) it opens up/brightens the HD600 a touch, better treble extension, with the upper mids-lower treble maybe being a touch more forward, but this adds 'air'. No apparent detriment to the mids. But my ears could be painted on!
  11. Nice simple setup! I'm really enjoying my HD600 now that I've had them for a few weeks. This may or may not warrant its own thread, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you give Sonarworks True-fi a go with your HD6xx. I'm listening with it 'enabled' now through the setup in my sig. It 'opens up' or 'brightens' HD600 a bit and balances them out more. The only negative might be the perceived reduction in sound-stage due the flatter response; and they can sound a bit more 'shouty' on some songs - there must be a dip somewhere in the low-mid treble that gets flattened out - at the same time this adds more 'air', especially in songs with trumpet, sax, female vocal, ride cymbal, etc. This all depends on how much you tilt the treble based on your age though. ATM I have it set at 30/35 yrs (I'm 42), which gives me a little boost that I felt the headphones (or my ears!) could do with. Without crapping on too much, overall, the EQ is subtle, but there's more extended bass and treble, without the lovely midrange taking a hit, which is an improvement IMO so far. Edit....Oh, and the volume takes a hit (-3db?) to avoid clipping, so that's part of the reason I'm asking if you can try it with your setup - to see if the Atom still has enough power in low gain. I did comment in another thread that the Grados I heard were the best thing since sliced bread, but I've since done a back flip and prefer the Senns for their more balanced sound! I'll take a pic of my setup at some stage.
  12. Good to see you managed to sell your very new speakers! I’m guessing you’re going for the Wireless? Out of interest, have you ruled out the Elac variety? There’s the new Elac Navis which is powered and wireless.
  13. I’m surprised that 11 pages in, no one has offered to bring their LS50W actives around to your place to compare.
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