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  1. purk

    RIP Sennheiser?

    Very true and that’s just sad. $1300 is not that expensive next to Effect Audio King Arthur or something like that.
  2. It’s over 10 years old man and condition wasn’t great to begin with (got it used from Justin). What I wanted to say was the HD800 is a very durable workhorse and it sounds wonderful to me for much cheaper. I normally use a headphone traveling case with it too but lately I got lazy so just put it in my backpack without using the case.
  3. Your L3 & DSHA-4 are really the two amps that brought out better "headstage" out of my HD800 & R10 and really make them to compete with the 007/009 for me. I agree with Steve that the K1000 has widest soundstage, but the Qualia is the best at depth cues and second at the width so it really enhance the illusion of being "there" despite its rather odd tonal balanced. Plus the K1000 is more of a stationary listening device....you really can't move around the house with those. I really enjoyed the Utopia when I had mine, but treble was a little much for me and I preferred just a little more headstage out of them. I really can't fault the Utopia on anything else...maybe on how heavy it is. The HD800 SDR mod is actually the headphone that I use the most. It fits my lifestyle better for fraction of the price. It is my all around beater headphones. I toss it in my backpack and take it to work on a daily basis. It sounds great out of my mod Sony NW-ZX507 and glorious out of Doug ECP L3/DSHA-4.
  4. R10, Qualia, and K1000. Also, the HD800 done right can also do that but to a lesser degree.
  5. The Utopia is super efficient and sounded utterly great from my lower power walkman all the way to my SuSy Dynalo. The treble and smallish head stage did me in though...so I sold it over 2 years ago. I can’t deny the speed, and sense impact the Utopia brought to the table though.
  6. purk

    RIP Sennheiser?

    ECP amps are awesome with them. The HD800S sounds good out of my modified Sony NW-ZX507.
  7. Been listening to the L3 & Ravensweood tonight/early morning and they are such a stunning performer! Any news on the T5? Still kicking myself a bit for letting one of the DHSA-2 prototype go 3 years ago.
  8. Yes, the HR DPS can power the Gilmore lite M2. Justin confirmed it and I tried it out with a great result.
  9. purk


    Upgrade to a new dynalo +?
  10. Sorry for your loss, Fitz. Enjoy the endless playground Mathilda.
  11. Enjoy your special day!
  12. Happy birthday Hirsch! Still enjoying the R10?
  13. After hearing what these high-end DAPs can do it was an easy choice for me to make. Desktop systems always going to sound better, but something like the iBasso DX220 MAX and slightly modified Sony NW-WM1A/1A have really push the boundary on what portable/transportable DAP can do. It isn't that far behind the mini Dynalo and you can take it with you every where. AT cans are easy to power hence my recommendation. Agreed about buying used. However, one can buy the Black Dragon in bulk at $14/ft or buy DIY litz from Norne (better quality). I usually go with the Black Dragon (BD) because it is easy to work with and the BD does wonder on brighter sounding headphones such as the HD800S thanks to its warmer tonal balanced. Moon Audio also make many nice connectors (not cheap) but they are easy to work with. I also have a good success with Effect Audio 4.4 mm connectors. https://www.moon-audio.com/moon-audio-4-4mm-female-connector.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI67PDu-m77AIV9YJbCh1A3gIEEAAYASAAEgI2WPD_BwE https://www.moon-audio.com/moon-audio-4-4mm-trrrs-balanced-connector.html https://www.effectaudio.com/accessories/ea-4-4mm-connector.html https://www.moon-audio.com/black-dragon-headphone-cable-bulk.html https://www.moon-audio.com/furutech-fp-705m-r-4-pin-balanced-xlr-connectors.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIoIzl5-u77AIViuzjBx0QCAMKEAAYASAAEgI5QvD_BwE http://www.norneaudio.com/litzheim/Norne-Audio-22-awg-occ-ohno-continuous-cast-ultra-pure-cotton-core-copper-diy-headphone-cable-wire-cables-wires-solder-ciem-iem-full-size-aftermarket-up-7-n-6-upgrade
  14. I was once a member of a team 4 pin XLR, but earlier this year I reterminated all of my headphones from 4 pin balanced to 4.4 mm balanced. Many top end DAPs are approaching a really good desktop system hence my suggestion plus the L3000 is super easy to drive. You can always make an adapter going from 4.4 mm back to 4 pin XLR or whatever. Furutech makes really good 4.4 mm plugs and Moon audio make a high quality male and female 4.4 mm as well...same can be said for Eidolic. I think you guys will think the same once you give a 4.4 mm balanced a try. Even my HD800 is reterminated with a 4.4mm Furutech balanced jack. Sony NW-WM1A DAP actually do a good job driving the HD800.
  15. Not difficult to recable the L3000 at all. Remove the earpads, screws (4 screws holding the earcups and another 3 holding the driver assembly in place), and you should get to the driver. I suggest a high quality silver cable to enhance the resolution, open up the soundstage, and tighten up the bass impact. I recabled my old pair with Moon SIlver Dragon Gen 1 but this was probably around 7 - 8 years ago before I sold it to a local friend. I recently recabled my 3000ANV with the left over SIlver Dragon and the work was not difficult at all. If you are handy with soldering iron, it can be done ..... just take your time and be careful. Take pictures before and after removing the driver holder assembly...you want to line up everything the same way. Here are some pics of my W3000ANV that I recabled last week. The internals are more or less the same as the W2002 & L3000. You can do it. While at it, get them reterminate with a 4.4 mm balanced connector. The L3000 isn't that difficult to drive and many top end DAPs of today can do wonder with these headphones. Plus, they do sound considerably better driving from a a balanced amp. They sounded spectacular out of my Balanced Gilmore Reference amp at that time.
  16. Looking awesome! Get some Eidolic connectors, reterminate your cable for even more awesomeness.
  17. Well the CD1700 actually does not have any weakness after the recabled work that I did. As wonderful as the Cd3000 with similar mod, the treble still can be annoying from time to time. I don’t encounter any issue with the CD1700. The presentation is actually effortless, relaxed, and analog sounding. If you guys come across one and willing to do a bit of DIY, you will be very pleased with the results. They can easily compete with any headphones under a grand and then some.
  18. Circa 1996. Sony MDR-CD1700. I modified it recently for a balanced amplification. Stock is single-end only with wiring going into the left earcup. The CD1700 is seriously awesome after the mod. It is super efficient and sound better than ever. Modded with Moon-Audio Black Dragon and Furutech 4.4 mm plug.
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