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  1. I'm glad this Bottlehead doesn't have input and power connectors on top of the chassis and everything is enclosed in metal case. Awaiting sound impressions from customers...
  2. Does that mean some (many?) of you have/will buy Raal SR1a 'phones? It certainly offers a nice counterpoint to Staxen. 0507201154a by drjlo2, on Flickr
  3. Glad to see people other than myself who are quite sensitive to EQ. Like you found, manipulating EQ by as little as 2-3 dB in midrange seems to really reduce that "you are there" transparency and realness for me, to the point I will not own headphones or speakers that require this type of adjustment..
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    Speaker Porn

    I first met Albert (RIP!) when he was introducing his original VR4 for the first time in public. I thought they were incredible value for performance, which was true of VR4 Jr that came later. Seems like many pioneers in audio are passing away one by one...😰
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    Speaker Porn

    "I'm running a 3-way active crossover (DBX 234XS) which gives me so much control over my speakers. I can really fine tune the sound I want in the room" Seeking opinions on DBX 234XS 3-way stereo analogue active crossover. I'm trying to avoid digital crossovers that necessitate A->D->A conversion, but $260 for 3-way stereo analogue crossover seems too good be true in terms of loss of signal fidelity and introduction of noise/artifacts?
  6. In panic, I just checked and Springbank 10 is still $65-83 range in SoCal local stores (BevMo, Total Wine). Still, I have noticed the price increases for Macallan, which is hard to say if due to tariff or just because Macallan is a huge ahole about price in general. I am taking this tariff/covid as an opportunity to cut back on whiskey consumption, which must be a good thing...🤔
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    Abyss Phi TC

    I've only tried LCD-4Z and LCD-2 which certainly sound unique and enjoyable, although the often-reported driver failures and unit-to-unit sound variability means I'd rather buy something else or only buy if I find extremely good prices. Then there is Hifiman... Holding the Abyss or the Raal SR1a in hand, they are built extremely well but in opposite design approaches. Abyss employs extremely solid, thick, ceramic-coated aluminum frame to position the earpads barely touching the face. Raal uses very thin, flexible, self-contracting frame to let the whole headphone shrink down on the hea
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    Abyss Phi TC

    Well, no regrets in spending the money. With TOTL headphones in these price brackets, it comes down to personal tastes. I'm waiting to try the new kid RAAL SR1A ribbon 'phones next, but I already know that for certain music genre, Abyss will always be unbeatable. The incredible dynamics, bass power with definition are always admired as SOTA, but the other parts such as musicality, resolution, enjoyability are pretty awesome, too.
  9. Headphone section is just adding resistors, the number of which is determined by Jumpers on top of the board (first photo is showing top of circuit board). The bottom of board shows Jupiter Copper Foil caps I rolled in place of (upgraded) Mundorf Silver/gold, and bottom right of photo shows resistor arrays for headphone output. It's too bad the headphone jack cannot deliver enough power for my Abyss because it would have been so much more convenient to keep my speakers hooked up to speaker posts and Abyss to front headphone jack, which automatically cuts off speaker outputs 😞
  10. So the 3F (or 3) should be better if one happened to connect a planar to it? say Impedance in 40's sensitivity 90ish
  11. Hmm. How would you compare L700 MkII vs. ES-1a? I've been looking for a used L700 MkI, meaning to do the BlueTak mod, since several reviews keep saying L700 is "better" than SR007 and SR009, with brightness level between the two, which would be about right for my tastes..
  12. Which earpads were they ordered with? I read the "regular" (stiff?) pads make them sound very bright and shouty. Per ES Lab website: "The memory foam pads gives a more organic tonality and a larger bass extension while the stiff pads take the tranparency of sound to the next level. Please consult us before purchase."
  13. Bit OT, but anyone considering Drop THX Panda closed-back planars? $319 late-bird pricing seems quite attractive..
  14. Nope, no need for Abyss but may need the resistor if you have a lot more sensitive planars.
  15. 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.
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