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  1. I've been absolutely loving the Ether Cs since I got them in March. I'm still amazed that closed headphones can be this articulate. The fact that I can take them with me to work only sweetens the deal. My only complaint is that without EQ, the bass is lean and that 10Khz resonance is a little too hot. If the 'flow' improves frequency response while adding a little more resolution to boot, I'll be happy to pay Dan a bundle of money to mod mine.
  2. I just got one of these. The comments about depicting spacial information are right on. I've never before heard a portable manage this level of resolution. I'm surprised to read some of you like to use it with HD800s. It seems crazy to drive them from a portable, but I haven't heard the pairing. I did try it with LCDXs though, which worked surprisingly well. Unfortunately for me, giving the Mojo enough gain for HD800s means an audible noise floor when using Roxannes. But at $600, it's otherwise good enough to recommend anyway. I've got a resistor and custom Onkyo Player EQ setting to neutralize the frequency response, which otherwise gets messed up by the resistor.
  3. Does anyone have additional thoughts on the 007 vs the 009? In the past, I've seen Spritzer agree with Bob's assessment. Having recently heard the 009s, I would hardly describe them as so unbalanced though. They seemed well within the nebulous range of neutral while powered by the demo Blue Hawaii.
  4. Unlike a lot of people, I was extremely wowed by the HE1000s. Iron Dreamer brought the full monte of Head-Amp stuff to Seattle today. I'd have to spend a lot of quiet time with HEKs and SR-009s to pick a favorite. They both seem to operate on a level beyond anything else I've heard. I felt Audeze caliber impact from the HEKs, which I wasn't expecting. Even out of my underpowered Lyra 2 headphone amp, they were huge and extremely articulate. Bass detail was without equal. Listening to one of my mixes, they picked apart separate bass and sub bass tracks better than I've heard from any headphones. It was great to meet Peter in person too. Finally, an ergonomic point: I read the HE1000s were set too large for all but the biggest heads. They must have adjusted, or the claims were exaggerated. I found them extremely comfortable on my skinny little head.
  5. I wonder if Edwood and Iron Dreamer tried them out on an amp other than the EF-1000? Could it account for the extremely different impressions?
  6. Thanks for the feedback Edwood. It sounds like you came to the same conclusion as Iron Dreamer then. The HE1000s do everything Stax does well, but better. And they still offers some of that planar impact too. I love living in the future.
  7. I'm glad they're owning up to the issues caused by that cable. I've got the old plastic ones too, so I expect they'll eventually break. Larry, I'm sorry to learn you got beat up from an accident. I hope you recover fully soon.
  8. I'm glad they made the bass dials more useful. The first thing I did when I got the Roxannes was turn them all the way down. There they have since been and will remain. In that state, I'd hardly call the Roxanne bass boomy. It's more articulate than that of any other headphones I've had. But that excludes a LOT of the best. It's all relative. It seems like those seeking a neutral signature would do well to pay an extra couple hundred bucks over the JH13s and get the Angies. But based on what you said, I trust you still find one of the FitEar models sonicly superior?
  9. I put a lot of stock in what Iron Dreamer says about headphones, so I was pretty surprised by how well he found the HE-1000s compared to the SR-009s. Could Fang have achieved the impossible dream of outdoing Stax at what Stax does best? I hope to hear for myself at some point. Iron Dreamer, if you're out there lurking, do you have anything else to say about the HE-1000s? I think you've had more quiet time with them than just about anyone other than Fang.
  10. Laxx, how did you find the JH13s compared to the Angies during your home audition? Obviously, you liked the 13s more. Was it purely a matter of signature preference, or did you find the 13s technically more proficient?
  11. nnotis

    Oppo PM3

    I look forward to seeing how PM3s measure, especially compared to other closed full sized cans. Rob, how do you hear the PM3 signature compared to the Roxannes? Obviously, the soundstage will be bigger.
  12. I also find they bring an extra layer of focus over the 13s. Imaging in every axis is much sharper. But you're right. Everyone hears differently. And maybe I'm just exaggerating the difference to justify blowing $1600 last year. I do notice two distinct camps of people on head-fi though. Some people think the Roxannes are way too dark at first. Others initially find them too sibilant. I haven't seen such a dichotomy of signature impressions. I don't know what it means, but I was definitely in the sibilant camp.
  13. I haven't heard the freakphase 13s, but I find the Roxannes a lot more versatile than the 2009 13s. Roxannes don't roll off as much at the very top. And they're much more sensitive to sibilant highs. That sounds like a bad thing, but I'm paranoid about making sibilant recordings, so I appreciate that. And then there's the base detail...
  14. It's the A&K association that has me suspicious. Something about that company really trips my audiophile bullshit-o-meter. They seem to have mastered the time honored art of making nice looking things that cost WAY more money than their performance would otherwise merit. But if armature designers have recently made a big engineering jump, great. They'll be popping up in all of the high end IEMs soon. If big jumps in armature engineering keep happening every year for the next four, even better. Start saving now for the finest of 2019.
  15. Old topic I forgot to respond to earlier: It's been noted that the stock iOS music player provides too few volume steps. My work around for this is to use Neutron player. When you press a volume key, a little virtual dial pops up on the right of the screen that offers much more granular volume control. I'm still extremely impressed with the stock headphone jack on the 6+. I haven't yet heard any information in other portables that's missing from it. All you have to put up with is a more squished oval like soundstage. But the proportions are the same within the oval. Since no portable source I've heard is detailed enough to depict recording spaces with much clarity, this doesn't feel like a sacrifice.
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