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  1. The VO are nicely resolving and fairly analytical, so yes, will "show up" poor recordings or low res stream.
  2. Even though the Verite is 300 Ohm it is relatively sensitive at 97db/mw. The SP200 is an impressive unit for its size and cost with THX low distortion. Pumping out 0.2mW in "low" gain and 0.326mW in "high" gain at 300 ohm load. That's 1.8W and 2.9W at 32 Ohm. Again, impressive! @Bengineer I'm sure that you will enjoy long hours of beautiful prog rock, especially once you fix that "noise".
  3. I've had the Aeons open series 1 and I thought they were good for the price. Series 2 are supposed to be better - I don't know how much, so series 1 might be bargains. I had the Ether 2 and they used to be some of my favourite cans with the right amp. My experience with Focal is that they have a particular "house" sound as do Dan Clark, ZMF, Senn, Audeze etc. It really depends if you like that sound. Because they can be bright and resolving, then matching with a "warmer" amp, might balance them out. As always, trust your own ears and YMMV.
  4. Item: ZMF Verite Open Dynamic Headphones - direct from ZMF Location: Brisbane - Express, insured post AUS Price: $2999 ono Item Condition: Excellent - about 40 hours on them Reason for selling: NLR - I'm selling these, Atticus and some HEDD Headphones - see other ads. I've got the Verite Closed and LCD-4s and these two fill my music needs for now. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Where to start? The best open handmade artisan headphones? Your call. I absolutely love them but can't justify having these and VC. As a little sweetener, you'll see three pics of some additional cables. 1) Dual XLR Headphone Cable Audeze LCD2/3/4 8n occ Silver Cable 1.5M Carbon Fibre 2) A ZMF copper mini XLr to 4 pin XLR 3) A ZMF upgraded copper mini XLR to dual XLR. Pick which one you want and I'll add it to the box. Please note that I will be putting this offer with the Atticus also. So, first come, first served and your preference may not be available. Vérité - ˌ/veriˈtā/ Vérité is a term often used in film and television as a style that emphasizes reality, naturalism, and a sense of truth. With the Vérité, ZMF has created a headphone that brings the ultimate truth to audio. With the utmost speed, accuracy, and heightened dynamic range, the Vérité will immerse the listener in a truly revealing audio eden. With an all new Beryllium coated PEN driver unique to ZMF, a featherweight magnesium chassis, and our most complex acoustic design yet, the Vérité gives you everything you’ve ever wanted from an open, full sized headphone. Enjoy your own personal audio Vérité. Silk wood (albizia) is the current stock wood for the Vérité. Silk is ultra light weight, adds nice decay to the super fast Vérité driver, and shows a glowing iridescence that plays with any luminescence bestowed upon it. INCLUDES: ZMF OFC Cable Universe Pads and Vérité pads Polished Steel Grilles Bronze Magnesium chassis Lifetime Driver Warranty ZMF LTD Mahogany Case
  5. Item: ZMF ATTICUS Dynamic Headphones - Excellent condition from ZMF - Bloodwood!!! Location: Brisbane - Express, insured post to AUS Price: $1499 ono Item Condition: Excellent condition direct from ZMF - 25 hours on them. B stock with sealed stable split in one cup as shown in photos. No effect on SQ. These are the rarer Bloodwood. Original receipt and certificate from ZMF. Reason for selling: I'm selling these and my Verite opens. Also, some HEDD Headphones - see other ads. I've got the Verite Closed and LCD-4s and these two fill my music needs for now. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: As a little sweetener, you'll see three pics of some additional cables. 1) Dual XLR Headphone Cable Audeze LCD2/3/4 8n occ Silver Cable 1.5M Carbon Fibre 2) A ZMF copper mini XLr to 4 pin XLR 3) A ZMF upgraded copper mini XLR to dual XLR. Pick which one you want and I'll add it to the box. Please note that I will be putting this offer with the Verites also. So, first come, first served and your preference may not be available. Atticus: [AT.i.kuhs] Atticus,a name that encompasses wisdom through experience, is tuned as such. Often audiophile’s are told to search for a neutral sound, when in practice, warmth is what is most pleasurable, desirable and most lifelike. The Atticus embraces this knowledge, and takes it to the next level, with clarity, a vivid mid-range, and vigorous bass. This closed headphone will take you away into a world that you may never recover from. Frequency Response: Approximately 10 Hz to 25 KHZ Impedance: 300 Ohms Sensitivity: 99 dB/mW Warranty: Lifetime for Driver, 3 years parts and mechanical Weight (est.): Atticus = 490g, Aeolus = 445g Pads: Ori (Atticus) Case: Seahorse SE 430 hotos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Item: Roon Labs Nucleus Music Server = As New Bought from AUS store 6/2/20 Location: Brisbane - Express, insured post to AUS included Price: $1699 ono Item Condition: As new with receipt from AUS store Reason for selling: Tried to improve my access to Tidal via Roon. It seems I've just got a networking issue. So I don't need this as the core any more. About 5 hours of use as I set it up. All original packaging and receipt for MSRP of $1999. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Opened and used for 5 hours. No longer required. Genuine AUS stock with receipt. Purchased 6/2/20. New Revised Model Nucleus Plus retains the specs and passive cooling system of the original model but has a wider, deeper and shallower chassis. Other revisions include a second HDMI output and internal layout which now supports SATA drives up to 15mm deep instead of 9mm drives as before. Roon Nucleus is now also supplied in eco-friendly packaging. Who Is Roon? Roon Labs is an independent software developer who was spun off of Meridian Audio in 2015. They initially created a music management system which is currently available by subscription. It works on a network to manage a music collection from varied connected sources. Known as the Core, this can be run from a Windows PC, a Mac, or a dedicated server. A Step Further Roon Labs has recently begun building hardware music servers. There are two models but we will focus on the Roon Nucleus, the first model. The Nucleus is designed to be the center of your networked music system. It is a smart piece of hardware that manages the music that is part of your life. It allows you to play your music on all connected audio devices around your home. Once Roon Nucleus is plugged into your network with all music USB and hard drives connected, you will download and install the Roon remote applications across your network. These are available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS on your iPhone or iPad. Roon Nucleus is unique as it runs on Roon OS, an operating system that is lightweight and designed to do one thing only; play your music. Roon is an audio platform built with audiophiles in mind. Developed in cooperation with Intel, Roon Nucleus is fanless and runs on an Intel i3 processor with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB Solid State Drive. Thus equipped, it is ready to service large music libraries and larger multi-room configurations in a speedy and efficient manner. The Nucleus acts as a Roon Server Core for your connected USB or Network Attached Storage devices. Loaded with Roon OS, it will boot up in a mere 1.8 seconds. Roon Nucleus and You The Roon Nucleus will not only manage your local music collection but it will give you access to an online music source. Tidal, a subscription based music streaming service, will give you admittance to over 52 million songs. This musical wealth is easily controlled by the versatile Nucleus. Whether viewed on a Windows PC, a Mac, an Android device, or an iPhone or iPad you will have an enhanced visual interface that will show you what you need to know about your music. Most importantly, it will play your music. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  7. Hi - I found them to very comfortable. However, the Utopias and ZMFs are (to me) at the high comfort end of the scale. Also, HiFiMan HE1Ks. The HEDD are heavy at 700g but they seem to be quite well balanced and suitable clamping force - less than RAD-0. The deep earpads are super nice.
  8. Item: HEDD HEDDphone AMT - As New - Be one of the first (or maybe the second!) to own a pair of these "flagship killers" Location: BNE - Posted express to AUS Price: $2999 Item Condition: As New - see comments below Reason for selling: Whilst they be "Flagship Killers" - they didn't quite get to LCD-4, ZMF Verite levels for me Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I bought these from Headphones.com as soon as they were launched and use a reshipper to get them here. Taron Lissmore told me that these were from the first 15 they had. I have the US receipt for you. Now, I know you can buy (or rather order) these in AUS.....but....when will you get them? Apparently, there is a month(s) waiting list. So what did I think of them? Well, I love Head Fi and have had most flagship TOTL HPs. My go to HPs are LCD-4 and ZMF Verite/Atticus driven by Audio-gd HE-9 or WA22 via Vega G1/Roon. I believe that these are a very credible first effort by HEDD using new to HP tech. They (to me) come very close to the LCD-4s and would be a great adjunct to the ZMF's. I feel that they are better than any MrSpeakers, Audeze up to 4, HiFiMan up to Susvara but not AB-1266. Easily besting Beyer and Senn. Will be interesting to see the "replies" I get for that last couple of sentences!! So, for the price what do you get? Pristine HEDDphones in original packaging, terminated to 1/4" but I used my own dual XLR. They have about 5-8 hours on them. Plus, you will get them express post. One thing I should add is they are power hungry and need some decent current to get the best out of them - see specs. HEDD Air Motion Transformer Headphones $2999 ono As New in box and original packaging (receipt) Be one of the first in Australia to own these “flagship killer” headphones featuring new technology. You’ll have no doubt read the hype by now. Yes – they are that good! See the review below the specs and description HEDD is proud to introduce the first full range Air Motion Transformer headphones to audiophiles and recording artists worldwide. The Air Motion Transformer (AMT) is an electrodynamic transducer that allows to move air significantly faster than common voice coil, magnetostatic (planar) or electrostatic systems. Their traditional piston-like movement is overcome by a folded diaphragm that squeezes out air four times faster: A breakthrough for capturing more details in a musical recording. 30 years ago HEDD CEO and Chief Engineer Klaus Heinz designed the first compact and marketable AMT tweeter based on Oskar Heil’s original Air Motion Transformer invention. Since then he has increased its sonic quality in several fundamental revisions. The 2019 version of the AMT can be heard in HEDD´s innovative Series ONE studio monitor line. Recently Heinz has focused on developing a full range Air Motion Transformer to break new grounds for this superior transducer principle. In order to reproduce the complete audible frequency band (and beyond), the HEDDphone® incorporates VVT® (pat. pending). VVT® introduces a new diaphragm geometry that expands the AMT principle to a linear full range (10Hz–40kHz) headphone transducer. It replaces the fixed geometric structure of conventional AMT drivers as the folds vary both in width and depth. The HEDDphone® introduces a fourth transducer technology. It brings the enormous dynamic capabilities and the superior sonic resolution of the AMT principle to the world of top-end headphones. HEDDphone® excels where it really matters: in accurate, untamed, and touching music reproduction. Concept: Open over ear headphone with Air Motion Transformer Efficiency: 90 dB SPL for 1 mW Impedance: 38 Ω Connector: Mini XLR to 1/4" Here are a couple of reviews - there aren't many yet: https://www.headphones.com/blogs/news/heddphone-review https://forum.headphones.com/t/hedd-audio-heddphone-official-thread/3179/384 Torq likes them!! Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  9. Thanks - was a perfect driver for LCD-3s also on sale. Have to consolidate.
  10. Item: PASS LABS HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier Location: BNE - Free AUS shipping Price: $3999 ono Item Condition: Excellent Condition - Purchased from AUS store 23/11/19 Reason for selling: NLR - was driving my LCD-3s which are also up for sale Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The HPA-1 headphone amplifier was designed ground-up to become what we believe is one of the very best sounding headphone amplifiers available today. With low feedback, wide bandwidth and a direct coupled MOSFET output stage, this musical instrument drives even the most difficult headphone loads with ease, power and grace. The HPA-1 also functions as a line-level preamplifier that sonically rivals much higher-priced competition. The measured performance is superb and the sound even better. Gain (dB) -8 dB Power Consumption (W) -6 Output Power into 20 ohms - 3500 mW Output Power into 300 ohms - 200 mW Frequency Response 10hz -100k-1 dB THD + Noise - < 0.005 at 1V out Input Impedance - 50K Ohm Output Impedance - < 2 ohms Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  11. Item: AUDEZE LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones Location: BNE - Free AUS shipping Price: $1899 ono Item Condition: Excellent Condition Includes Case Bought from A2A 14/8/19 - original invoice Reason for selling: NLR - too many headphones Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: The LCD-3 has astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs. Audeze's research and development team took the popular LCD-2 headphones and created the Audeze LCD-3 with a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm controlled by an even more efficient magnetic structure. When Audeze started designing the LCD-3 professional reference headphone, their goal was very clear: it must be the absolute best. The LCD-3 has astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs. Audeze's research and development team took the popular LCD-2 headphones and created the Audeze LCD-3 with a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm controlled by an even more efficient magnetic structure. The ear cups of the LCD-3 are made from precision-crafted hand-selected Zebrano wood with sloped ear pads of premium lambskin leather. The ear pads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the best firmness and acoustical balance. • Style:Open circumaural • Transducer type:Planar magnetic • Magnetic structure:Proprietary self-closing design • Magnet type:High-grade Neodymium • Diaphragm area:8sq cm (6.17sq in) • Maximum power:15W (for 200 ms) • Optimal power:1-4W • SPL:> 130dB with 15W • Frequency response:5Hz - 20kHz extension to 50kHz • THD:< 1% • Impedance:110 ohms • Efficiency:102dB / 1mW • Weight: 600g • Cable length:1.9m Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  12. Item: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd Gen) Fully Balanced Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier L ocation: BNE - Free shipping to AUS Price: $2799 ono Item Condition: Excellent - bought from Woo Audio 20/8/19 with original tubes that are unused except for photos Reason for selling: NLR - too many amps Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Woo Audio WA22 (2nd gen) Fully-balanced Headphone Amplifier/Preamplifier $2799 ono Excellent Condition – purchased from Woo Audio 20/8/19 230V Includes Free Isotek Evo 3 Initium 1.5M power cable valued at $129 Overview Originally introduced in 2009, WA22 has been an audiophile favourite. New for 2018 is improved sonic performance and preamplifier feature for use with a Hi-Fi system. WA22 (2nd gen) is an all-tube design, fully balanced headphone amplifier and preamplifier. The advantage of a fully balanced system is improved channel separation, more precise soundstage, and imaging. Perfectly suited for the headphone enthusiast and experienced audiophiles seeking flexibility and purest sound. • Updated to 2nd generation in March 2018 • Tubes: 6SN7 driver x 2, 6080 power x 2, 5U4G rectifier x 1 • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tube sockets • Fully-balanced design, Class-A • Transformer-coupled, Point-to-Point wiring, Pseudo-dual power supply • Phase Splitter for use with unbalanced components • HI / LO impedance setting • XLR input x 1, RCA input x 1 • Dual 3-pin XLR (left and right channel), 4-pin XLR and 1/4" (6.3mm) stereo headphone outputs • XLR balanced PREAMP output (<50 ohms) • ALPS smooth potentiometer • Anodized aluminium chassis, silver • Self-biasing with compatible tubes • Global voltage (100v–220v) without converter • Dimensions: 7"(H), 12"(W), 10½"(D) amplifier 25 lbs. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  13. Schiit Audio Jotunheim Multibit as a combined DAC/Amp or a stack of Modi Multibit and Magni. Spare change for cables and music! https://www.schiit.com/products/jotunheim https://www.schiit.com/products/magni-1 https://www.schiit.com/products/modi-1
  14. I would add ZMF Atticus and Eikon into the mix. Both closed with slightly different signatures. Atticus more bass and more laid back than Eikon, which is more analytical and forward. Or LCD-XC? Still too heavy?
  15. PS - A2A needs a code “BD2020” at checkout. MiniDisc is offering 10% now and a 10% voucher to use in the next three months - very clever!
  16. It must be Xmas! Both of our good friends Jesse @A2A and Wing Li @MiniDisc are having Boxing day “sales” of 10% off storewide for next 7 days or so. Jump in!
  17. Hi Guys, I started a similar thread and I'll attach for more comments. There are some overlaps in our thoughts. Anyone got any experience with Matrix and Aurender? Cheers.
  18. Hi Jamesrc, Have you found any discernible SQ difference in your FLAC vs MQA (or Tidal FLAC)? I like the idea of an Auralic streamer and Mytek DAC. A great combo as you say. Did you experiment with your connection between Mytek and Aries? Like AES? Also, are you using ethernet to Aries? I have Lightning DS but have found it to be a bit laggy and nowhere as good (for me) as Roon.
  19. Thanks for the correction frankn - you are correct of course. I haven’t any experience with Denafrips but gets great reviews on this forum and others. My caveat is MQA which I really like. I’ve done lots of A-B rig testing FLAC vs MQA and whilst it can be album dependent, I prefer the flexibility of ethernet MQA vs USB FLAC. Streaming MQA vs FLAC is better to my ears. Some say ROON is better than Tidal for MQA but I prefer the DAC to do the unfolding.
  20. Hi DD, Good description of the respective SQs - thanks. Your experience is reflected in some of the other blogs and reviews I’ve seen. I like that fact that PSA is upgradeable (quite regularly it seems) but then as you say quite firmware dependent. Like Apple! Auralic use ESS Sabre to their specification but have moved slightly away from MQA and have their own decoding now. PSA use R2R DAC ladder like Chord but much warmer SQ. I find Chord too bright. Really caught between the two children as you point out. I like Lumin streaming but not DAC (still using 9018) and Mytek but haven’t tried Manhattan II. dCS, I haven’t heard and can’t afford. Bartok at $22K supposed to be awesome but should be at that price. Anyone got any other views?
  21. I would try and match a headphone's signature sound to the type of music you listen to the most. Do you like a highly detailed, crisp sound? What about tonality and soundstage? Or do you like a warmer more liquid sound? There are lots of different descriptions. Some headphones are more general in their sound and fit a lot of music, some are more specific to rock or vocal or orchestral, for example. Listen to as many as you can. Then as previous posts, figure out what you need in terms of amplification to drive them properly. This really makes a difference to those headphones that have high (^50 Ohms) impedance, like HD598/600/650. DAC/headphone amp combinations also work but can just make the decision more difficult. There are lots of options at all price points and all of these are available (with patience) on SNA and Fleabay/Scumtree. Your ears tell you what you like.......and are golden!
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