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  1. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    It certainly can do, not always for the better, but in this case, again with the Mogami, it most definitely has and does. The soundstage fills, extends and smooths, as if the frequency range has been stretched a little flatter from each end. The stock cable is also good and works well with my HD540 Ref1s too, though for the most intimate and utterly immersive experience, the Mogami takes it easily. My skull and the capsules just seem to disappear and have almost no effect on the soundfield. All other headphones are like I'm wearing .. well, headphones! Always a little something in the way of total immersion. The Ref1s have always been like that for me, even in their stock form for many years, they're just so much better now. The HD6XX respond well to the Mogami 'effect' and noticeably move more towards that total immersion without quite getting there. Not yet, anyway and I suspect they never will to the degree the Ref1s do. Still, I'm really enjoying the HD6XX after a full day and a half of running in. Lots of detail and really good focus, taut and crisp without being forward like so many other 'fast' cans. A little tight around the head, without being uncomfortable, they're certainly secure. Bass deepens with the Mogami and soundstage expands further, the stock cable is narrower in it's field of view, so to speak. You could say it's a step back to be more left brained observational, as opposed to the full on subjective experience, where the fine details are there but it's the point-source like coherence of the Ref1s that I get lost in. Both are great, so I have the best of both worlds. The body also knows the difference immediately! With the Ref1s I'm aware that only after a while I discover my whole body has been moving, tapping, swaying to the music, momentarily shifted from a reverie of only the music existing. With the HD6XX, I am hearing more subtle details of instrument tone, the sound of the wires rattling under the skin of the snare, a plectrum sliding off a taut steel guitar string ... drawn to the creation of the music while enjoying the rhythm, listening, more than pure feeling. The Ref1s are the other way around, pure feeling and alive communication. It's not a totally exclusive thing though, last night Lucinda Williams' voice was absolutely riveting and alive with the HD6XX! Sublime. Great cans, stunning value at $279!
  2. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    Mm, I was/am surprised the HD6XX are sounding this good! My earlier HD650s were not like this, similar in some ways, but not this articulate. Maybe it's the much better amp and DAC Still, not even the slightest trace of "midrange veil" or lumpy bass. The Mogami cable is significantly more communicative, they don't make the purest microphone cables for nothing and it shows in the superbly even clarity from top to bottom. Same goes for this cable when it's used with the HD540 Ref1s. I'm enjoying it so much the stock cable isn't getting a look in tonight. Music flows. Riveted as opposed to just listening.
  3. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    I made my own, Mike13. Bought several meters of Mogami 2893 from Sydney - I think - though there is a Mogami dealer in Melbourne, who has not yet answered my emails. Bit slack, actually, might have to ring him again, because I want some more cable. There is also an eBay dealer who makes very good quality Senn cables using Mogami. This one here, feedback from the HD540 Ref thread on Head-Fi is excellent! One person has had communication slowness, but other than that ... I'm loving the Mogami with the HD6XX tonight! Even though they are just 9 hours young, they really sound very good. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/6-SENNHEISER-HEADPHONE-CABLE-HD600-HD650-HD6XX-HD660S-MOGAMI-CARDAS-1-4/122113609321
  4. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    My new HD6XX arrived on my doorstep at lunchtime today. The Schiit stack of Magni 3/Mimby was already well warmed up beforehand, so it was just a matter of firing up the Questyle QP1R as a source (optical out) to the Mimby and we were up and running. Even brand new, they have surprised me with the Magni 3! What an excellent combo! That slightly over-warm bass and laid back mids from what I recall of my old HD650s has gone, the bass is remarkably open, taut and even and vocals are explicit, especially after several hours of warm up time this afternoon while I was out doing other things. Even better with the addition my Mogami 2893 cable, from the much loved Senn HD540 Ref1s. The stock cables - admittedly not run in at all - were a bit lean and lacking in bass weight and somewhat dry in communication. As soon as the Mogami cable was jacked in, the whole soundstage expanded not only in size but also frequency extension, the bass filling out beautifully. Even better, was a whole new level of instant communication, from just listening to the sound with the stock cable, to being instantly involved, my body immediately picking up the beat. The difference from listening as an observer to being lost in the music. It's what the Ref1s do so deliciously well! I'm already enjoying these HD6XX more than I expected, now they really are a bargain!
  5. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    Yes, mine are in flight as we speak, a couple of weeks early, $215US, I think $279AU in December. I'm also curious as to how they will stack up against my upgraded HD540 Reference 1s, from memory of the HD650s when I owned them several years ago (as well as the Ref1s-unmodded) they will have their work cut out to top them for sheer communication and midrange clarity. They might come up for sale fairly soon if they can't cut it There's something about the 1990s and early 2000 series of Senns, the HD540s and HD250 Linear series that has been lost in the process of 'improvements' since then ... unless there are the words Focal and Utopia in the title .. plus a few others at great cost. Of all the cans I've owned over the years, nothing has topped the joy, pace and communication skills of the Ref1s. The HD6XX will need plenty of running in time too, if my HD650s were anything to go by.
  6. Your portable player experiences?

    Blimey, that's a bit excessive. I'm finding quite a lot of gear these days is exorbitantly priced. Where the heck do Astell & Kern get off on charging so much for their kit? I understand there's the middle men to pay for and dealer charges etc, but really, 4 & 5 grand + for a portable player? My QP1R was expensive enough in some ways, even if it clearly outperformed by $3000+ CD player Apparently the QP2R is a cracker DAP, sonically even better than the QP1R, wow! That's really saying something! After owning my QP1R for nearly 18 months now, I've only just discovered less than two days ago that my pride and joy Sennheiser 600 ohm HD540 Ref1s will still sound stunningly good from the DAP, even at a piddly 12mW into 600 ohm! How the heck it does that I have no idea and it will retain sublime transparency and dynamic contrasts from 50 out of 60 on the volume control to full belt. The Ref1s also retain the almost perfect balance from top to bottom as they do with the Magni 3/Mimby combo. I was gobsmacked both cheeks! How? 12mW of pure class A output and the Ref1s sound more addictively alive and communicative than the HE400S do with the DAP (which are pretty fine in themselves!), transparent and open, losing only sheer scale, 3D fleshy solidity and weight compared to the Schiit stack. The Ref1s are not as stock, gone are the old steel cables and leaky velour pads, to be replaced with Mogami No 2893, pleather pads and thinner inner driver covers. 12mW! The Magni 3 fair pumps it out in comparison at some 250mW.
  7. Your portable player experiences?

    Me too, QP1R plus HifiMAN HE400S/Focus A pads, brilliant combo. The DAP is also excellent as an extremely quiet source via optical out to a Schiit Audio Modi Multibit/Magni 3 pairing, astonishing results. Full of life and superb timing/rhythmic abilities. The circular dial is a right PIA, but the rest of the player I can't fault, especially sound-wise. I sold off a series 4 or 5 iPod Classic, it was ok, but lightyears behind the QP1R.
  8. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    Just re-watched the review of the HD6XX on Head-Fi TV with Jude, I'm excited again now Maybe they will be a keeper this time as I eventually scale up my gear. At that price, I just can't lose. Best I order some of those nice Dekoni pads soon!
  9. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    After a long listening session late one evening very recently, I discovered that it wasn't so much that the Valhalla 2 was doing anything wrong as such, just that it was too much of a good thing. The V2 with it's lovely Amperex 6DJ8s now had a similar tonal balance to the upgraded Ref1s, hence a much better balance (though still superior SQ!) of the Magni 3/Mimby combo. A tad off topic, I know Also, I remember my original HD650s taking a long time to really run in and loosen up. Folks at the time were talking like 300 hours! Well, I think mine loosened up a bit before that, from my memory of notes taken at the time something like 150-200 hours, weeks of listening time and slowly, almost imperceptibly incremental after that, though noticeable in retrospect. I have noted with many folks on line that buy new gear, they listen for a couple of days, get a surprise that it's a bit different than the expected and just sell it on with almost no run in time at all, expecting things to be perfectly fine instantly. It just very rarely ever happens like that! Like so much else these days, attention span and instant gratification can limit (!) the appreciation of growing awareness and coming to know and understand either a product or a person. The most stunning experience I had with my HD650s was with an all valve TRI TRV4SE preamp mated with my very highly upgraded Silicon Chip (their top model) headphone amplifier, that had Black Gate and Nichicon Muse caps throughout, Dale resistors and a stonking Audio gd class A fully adjustable power supply, with an Audio gd "Earth" HDAM in place of the op-amp slot - I still have this amp and three other versions of it, from stock to a slightly less upgraded version of the 'top dog' The quality and power of the bass and sheer detailed smoothness that came through this kit has stuck with me in memory ever since ... somewhere around 2005/6. I've just this moment realised that I'm getting a great deal of that experience right now with my current set-up! And with even more "joie de vivre". Wowza There's hope for the HD6XX in this set-up yet!
  10. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    I followed an idea called the Merkel mods that had been done on Head-Fi for the Denon AH-D series of headphones (I did those mods to the capsules and cable with my own AH-D1000) and created a 10' (original length) cable for my Senn HD540 Ref1s, using Mogami No 2893 Mini Quad cable. Bought the ear cup jacks off eBay. Results have turned out to be excellent, much smoother all round than the original steel cable for the Ref1s, while allowing very fine detail within a black silence.
  11. Vintage HiFi

    Thanks John, I'd forgotten that Mine doesn't power down, just gets hummy now after a few minutes. It ran beautifully for years until it went into storage for some months. I've replace a couple of the caps with upgraded versions on the small power board by the tranny, but yet to do anything else, quality caps for the main amp are not that cheap. Be nice if it ran well again, it's a classic!
  12. Vintage HiFi

    I have one! Picked it up for nothing and found it just needed a bulb replaced, I'm sure you know the one! A bulb goes and the whole amp shuts down, Jeez. Still, I loved it for years but it gets hummy now once it starts to warm up, so either the caps need replacing (I'm working on that one) or the tranny will need to be replaced, though I suspect another cause. Not sure yet whether I will bother upgrading it further, or just sell it off for someone else to look after. I just love using the thing! Those switches for one ... Also got a Yamaha K560 cassette deck which now needs a belt and a couple of bulbs, but that too is a cracker that I loved for three years of solid listening through headphones, full of life!
  13. Recommended speakers for 20 watt valve amp?

    All the best in your hunt for speakers. I have some superb Triangle Antal EX speakers for sale in these pages that work an absolute treat with valve amps, I used to use them with my TRI TRV88SE amplifier (the reviews of the pairing in HiFi World magazine sold me immediately with no regrets!), but they are a minimum of $1850 and asking less for them would be just giving them away The Antals are an easy load and their high electrical damping matches the low damping factor of valve amps perfectly, having a gorgeous deep organic bass that just rhythmically flows. I hope you find a great match for your amp.
  14. Massdrop Sennheiser HD6XX Are Back

    I've actually sold off my Valhalla 2, despite having great Amperex Orange Globe valves in the front end. I loved it for a while once I'd upgrade the pads and cable on my wonderful old Senn HD540 Ref1s .... that was until I really sat and listened to them on the Magni 3. It became no contest! I was stunned how much more transparent across the range, tighter focus with much more fine detail and sheer life the M3 had. I sold the V2 as I was no longer enjoying it to anywhere near the degree of the M3 and bought a Mimby instead, with change! Wow! The SQ all round has not looked back and all the fine qualities of the M3 I enjoyed became even more enhanced with such a natural and life-like effortless joie de vivre that I can't stop listening to it. Heaven knows how the HD6XX is going to compete with that Ref1s, nothing else has. Even the 28 years younger HifiMAN HE400S hardly get used now, they almost bore me in comparison, though still sound great with the QP1R DAP. I have seen a more recent YouTube review of the Darkvoice 336SE though and I'm somewhat intrigued by this long popular amp. Looks well made too. It appears the HD650/HD6XX is a good match for that amp. Anyone here heard that combo yet?
  15. Item: Schiit Audio Valhalla 2 Valve Headphone Amplifier Location: Palmwoods, QLD Price: $475 ONO (Incl a brand new spare set of valves) Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Prefer a DAC to go with another amp Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: In mint/as new condition, this beautifully built all valve headphone amplifier comes from those fine creators of unbelievable value head-fi gear (and more now!) in California, Schiit Audio ..... for those of you NOT familiar with these highly skilled creators of fine audio gear, YES, that is their real trading name. I bought it a year ago to see if it matched with my HifiMAN HE400SE headphones, but have decided that they don't quite match to the prefection I'd like them too. For many folks they'd love the pairing, though they are more suited at best to the higher impedance 'phones like Beyer Dynamic models, Sennheiser HD600/650/700's etc. I have used them with a pair of 29 year old 600ohm Sennheiser HD540 Reference headphones and although they are a good electrical match, I do prefer them overall with another amp I have to hand. Kept in pristine condition, with original box, manual AND with a spare set of brand new valves/tubes ($79), so value here is very high! The Valhalla 2 has a pre-out facility, so can be used to power a separate power amp, either in a full size hifi system or a pair of desk top speakers and a computer system. It's noise protected, so that you can leave headphones in while switching it on and off. It also works brilliantly connected up to an external DAC from my laptop via a high quality USB cable (such as Kimber or Chord Silver) and used as a desk top headphone set-up for videos and movies or direct from a CD player. You can run a cable from a phone/iPod too, but I suspect it will just show up the very average source, a better bet is like I sometimes do and run a GOOD quality cable (like an Audioquest Evergreen 3.5mm to RCA phono cable) from the digital output of a Digital portable player, such as some of the FIIO range, or top class DAP like the Questyle QP1-R. The Valhalla 2 runs fairly warm! It is after all a valve amp, though it doesn't run hot like a pure Class A amp does. New price for the amp alone is $579, this one I'm selling here also comes with a brand new boxed set of original spare valves at $79. The pictures will show you the amp is mint, it's been very well cared for! The amp with current valve set has not been thrashed in any way and the valves have probably only seen between 50-75 hours of actual use. They usually last for several thousand hours. As you can see by the pictures, it really is in mint/as new condition. Maybe you would like to experience what a good valve headphone amp can do for your own musical pleasure? ** Shipping will have to be at your own cost, allowing for near 4kg all up. Specs are from the Addicted To Audio site and on Schiit's own website: Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db, 7Hz-200KHz, -3dB Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 180mW Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 800mW Maximum Power, 600 ohms: 450mW THD: < 0.04%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case) IMD: < 0.05%, CCIR at 1V RMS, high gain (worst case) SNR: > 97db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS, low gain Crosstalk: < -71dB, 20 Hz-20KHz Output Impedance: 14 ohms (hi gain), 3.5 ohms (lo gain) Gain: 7 (16.9db) or 1.5 (3.5 db), via rear switch Topology: All-triode, noninverting, single voltage gain stage, current source biased front end and optimized WCF output stage, DC-coupled input Tube Complement: 6N1P dual triode input, 6N6P dual triode output, 1 each per channel. 6N1Ps rollable to 6DJ8, E88CC, 6922, 6BZ7, and similar types. Power Supply: Two internal power transformers with over 2,000uF of filter capacitance Power Consumption: 40W Size: 9 x 6 x 3.25” Weight: 7 lbs Pictures: