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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.

 

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Well, we are waiting for your impressions.  Those are a set of cans I've had my eye on for some time.

I've a pair of Abyss Diana phones, and find them very very good.  To me, they are a good step from the LCD-3. 

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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.  

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This compared to the LCD-4?

I haven't really heard of any driver failure much with Abyss headphone. Any truth to this?

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12 hours ago, Mach3 said:

This compared to the LCD-4?

I haven't really heard of any driver failure much with Abyss headphone. Any truth to this?

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 head, with user adjusting the driver angle like AKG K1000.  

As an aside, the Schiit Jotunheim R amp purpose-built to drive Raal SR1a's extremely low impedance (0.4 Ohm) CAN drive the Abyss 1266 wonderfully via DIY 4-pin female XLR to 4-pin female XLR adapter (non-standard pinout).  Quite surprising, but the combo sounds great. and I suspect whatever they did to increase current-delivery into low impedance is working well for low impedance planars by accident 😄

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