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  1. Off the speaker taps. The front headphone jack has 4 jumper settings for difference impedance 'phones. Normal headphones like Sennheiser HD600, 32 Ohm IEM's sound fine on front headphone jack, but no setting is optimal for Abyss, not able to deliver enough power. Off the speaker taps, there is way more than enough power.
  2. Would love to try Gilmore Lite Mk2 and compare, but year-end shopping has lightened my pockets, especially the Abyss. I WILL say the little SMSL SP200 is driving the Abyss 1266 Phi TC with authority and clarity. AbyssSMSL by drjlo2, on Flickr
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    Focal Clear Headphone

    Looks like the Clear is $1500 nowadays. Looking back 10 years ago, when the reasonable best dynamics available were Sennheiser HD580/600 with the occasional crazy person who splurged on Sony R10 behind their wife's back, I suppose it's better there are so many choices now. I tend to avoid audio/headphone shows these days, but somewhere somehow Hifiman and Audeze seem to have taken over the world, and the price of TOTL headphones have reached speaker levels. I wouldn't mind sitting down to compare Raal SR1a, Mysphere, Susvara, Utopia, Abyss, and maybe a ZMF thrown in for fun. Where does Clear fit into that scheme of things, I wonder?
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    Abyss Phi TC

    There was the original Abyss, then Abyss Phi, then Phi CC, and now Abyss Phi TC... I don't know what came over me, but the 10% Black Friday sale didn't help. 1208191031_HDR by drjlo2, on Flickr
  5. Huh... I guess this THX technology business is not ALL hype after all. In my Holiday shopping binge, I couldn't resist buying the SMSL SP200 THX tech amp for measly $260 +tax. Boy, cheap headphone amps have come a long way since I was last into dynamic headphones years ago... Sennheiser HD600 with ALO cable sounding mighty fine burning in the amp.
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    The Headcase Stax thread

    Anybody have any idea on price? 😁
  7. My speakers are custom jobs at measured honest 95dB/7 Ohm, with bass offloaded to another amp, so even 3 watts are usually enough. But just for fun, I have the infamous Klipsch RP-600M on their way. It's usually a bad idea to rely too much on reviewers, but at the Klipsch's reasonable price, what the heck... Herb Reichert of Stereophile: "The EleKit and Klipsch RP-600Ms together cost only $2600, but musically and sonically satisfied me as much as if they cost $26,000. To my complete surprise, this pairing exceeded the Orangutan+SIT-3 combo in apparent speed, tightness of bass, and boogie PRaT fun factor. The TU-8600R powering the RP-600Ms, sourced by the Chord Qutest DAC ($1895), created a complete under-$6k system, including cables and stands, that I'd be hard-pressed to improve on."
  8. Don't have any DD amps on hand to directly compare, but I bought the Elekit to triple as speaker amp, stat amp via transformer, and to power Abyss 1266 Phi TC planars. And it does have Lundahl's and Mundorf silver/gold/oil caps. (below photo from Stereophile) ElekitTx by drjlo2, on Flickr
  9. Made an impulse buy for this intriguing 300B SET, which is turning out to have great resolution and bass definition for a 300B SET, through speakers, headphone amp, AND driving electrostats via Stax transformer! https://www.stereophile.com/content/gramophone-dreams-27-elekit-tu-8600r-amplifier-kit 1126191526a by drjlo2, on Flickr
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    Speaker Porn

    Promising-looking Neo Open baffles from Danny Richie...
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Sony A7R IV. 61 MP, 10 FPS, 15 stop DR
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    It was near impossible to find one of these in CA... But well worth the effort. 👏 0605191629 by drjlo2, on Flickr
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    The Official Head-Case Photography Thread.

    Canon RF 85 f/1.2L looks like a great lens, but $2700 ?! ☚ī¸
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    Help me find the most bassy earbuds

    CCA C16 8 armature/side IEM can be bought for around $90, and with good copper cabling, it 'should' be good enough, bass included, out of a phone. 0401191533 by drjlo2, on Flickr
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    Kaldas Research

    Wow, I didn't realize it's been more than 10 years! since I took a chance and ordered HE Audio EH 1.2B electrostats. Dare I order another new 'stat?