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Have yet to hear a bad sounding ECP amps.  Hell, I auditioned four of them and ended up buying all of them.  Thank god now I am down to just the Ravenswood & L3.

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10 hours ago, purk said:

Check out the ECP amps and report back and you will understand why.   I completely agree about the HD800 vs. HD800S though.  TMoney should share his thought.  His DSHA-3 is an excellent match to the HD800 as well.

well that's not gonna happen without me buying one first

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19 hours ago, Voltron said:

Let's be clear, Todd. Doug doesn't make "lowly" amps. Some are more costly to make than others but none are lowly. :dotu:

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Oh, agreed, hence my quotes.....  I still remember Doug schooling Frank I. from one of the headphone review sites, when he thought the GSX-MK II was much more powerful than the ECP Black Diamond because it was bigger.... :P  I got that BD amp, still love it to this day.

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I miss the DSHA-2 prototype that I used to have.  That was an ultra nice sounding amp in the Black Diamond Chasis.

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So I picked up a Focal Clear and prefer it by a long shot over the Mrspeakers Aeon Open.  They are both running through Raffy's Extreme.  I am selling the Aeon on HF and have a chance to pick up an ECP BD for the Aeon plus some cash.  From what I am reading, the BD should be a good match for the Clear.  Any thoughts?

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On 5.12.2017 at 2:48 AM, Audiojunkie said:

I've got a DAVE here (along with one of Justin's amp) and while I hold the HD800 in high regard, there is no comparison to the Utopia.

I like Utopias more as well, that goes without saying, we're on the same page here. Though my point was that not many people have heard HD 800 at its finest. 

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1 hour ago, tyrion said:

So I picked up a Focal Clear and prefer it by a long shot over the Mrspeakers Aeon Open.  They are both running through Raffy's Extreme.  I am selling the Aeon on HF and have a chance to pick up an ECP BD for the Aeon plus some cash.  From what I am reading, the BD should be a good match for the Clear.  Any thoughts?

Too much hype on the Aeon Open I think.  I have it too and thought it was a bit too warm for my taste and somewhat bassy with the stock cable.  I'm also ready to sell mine.  You can always check with Doug before proceeding with the BD purchase.  For instance, my old DSHA-2 prototype is a better match to the Utopia because the Utopia's driver work better on an amplifier with very low output impedance rating.  I'm not sure about the Clear.

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53 minutes ago, Hopstretch said:

I think you're a damn handsome man.

I cannot argue with that.

2 minutes ago, purk said:

Too much hype on the Aeon Open I think.  I have it too and thought it was a bit too warm for my taste and somewhat bassy with the stock cable.  I'm also ready to sell mine.  You can always check with Doug before proceeding with the BD purchase.  For instance, my old DSHA-2 prototype is a better match to the Utopia because the Utopia's driver work better on an amplifier with very low output impedance rating.  I'm not sure about the Clear.

Purk, agree as to the Aeon Open.  Bloated bass is my description and the inserts are silly.  I think I should probably wait for Jp to sell either the Balancing Act or Supra and continue to use the Extreme.

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I get what you are saying.  Having an ability to do a tuberolling is fun and the Supra/SDS are great for that.  How about getting the DSHA-3 from Doug and be happily ever after?

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2 hours ago, purk said:

I get what you are saying.  Having an ability to do a tuberolling is fun and the Supra/SDS are great for that.  How about getting the DSHA-3 from Doug and be happily ever after?

Happily ever after?  I know I am not around a lot but you know who you are dealing with. Having said that, I will give the DSHA-3 consideration.

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6 hours ago, tyrion said:

Problem is that I'm now wondering if I should give the Utopia's a try. 

I love the Utopia and they demand very little in term of amplification compared to other highend headphones.  I get *excellent* results out of my Sony NW-ZX300 Balanced output.

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6 hours ago, tyrion said:

Problem is that I'm now wondering if I should give the Utopia's a try. 

You've gotten me interested in the Clear and the Utopia now!  Haha.

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7 hours ago, Sherwood said:

Is Doug still selling a Torpedo on here?

The Torpedo 3 has been retired. It is being replaced by the T4 soon (probably January, and no longer torpedo shaped). We'll also have an upgraded version, the T5, available soon after.

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1 hour ago, dsavitsk said:

The Torpedo 3 has been retired. It is being replaced by the T4 soon (probably January, and no longer torpedo shaped). We'll also have an upgraded version, the T5, available soon after.

Really?!!!!   REALLY???!!!!!  Why do you keep doing this to me?!  :D

Seriously, now I need to consider replacing the Black Diamond with one of these.....I loved the T3, just basically flipped a proverbial coin and kept the BD over that.....

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The T4 will basically incorporate the design changes that were shoehorned into the T3 with better heat dissipation, a lower noise floor, a better power supply, and a bit more output power. And a nicer case. It is a nice evolution but not a huge change. The T5 is a different animal, but it will also be considerably more expensive.

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