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  Reply # 1261766 18-Mar-2015 15:17
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NZtechfreak:
timmmay: I've used a couple of amps, including a headroom balanced amp and a custom built PPA with nice parts. I couldn't tell any difference between them with either HD650s or my LCD2. I can only hear much difference between the output of an iPod and the output of an amp with really hard to drive headphones. My A900s sound the same from a $1000 amp as from my computer. Back in the olden days computer audio was rubbish - these days I think it's fine for 99% of people.

I suspect amps are like those special $1000 monster HDMI cables. Some color the music slightly but overall they're toys for rich people.


You will change your tune immediately if you listen to my HE-6 out of an iPod and then a powerful dedicated amp.


Like I said some headphones need an amp - those once are considered EXTREMELY difficult to drive so need an amp. I'd like to have a listen - if you ever happen to have the setup in Wellington or if I come to Auckland - which I do every 5-10 years ;)

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NZtechfreak:
timmmay: I've used a couple of amps, including a headroom balanced amp and a custom built PPA with nice parts. I couldn't tell any difference between them with either HD650s or my LCD2. I can only hear much difference between the output of an iPod and the output of an amp with really hard to drive headphones. My A900s sound the same from a $1000 amp as from my computer. Back in the olden days computer audio was rubbish - these days I think it's fine for 99% of people.

I suspect amps are like those special $1000 monster HDMI cables. Some color the music slightly but overall they're toys for rich people.


You will change your tune immediately if you listen to my HE-6 out of an iPod and then a powerful dedicated amp.


Even my wife who isn't a music buff can tell the difference between my DAC+ crack amp and T1's over just dac+t1


My wife can't tell (or doesn't care about) the difference between watching TV through the TV speakers vs via an amp and a reasonably decent 5.1 system :(




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  Reply # 1261788 18-Mar-2015 15:49
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timmmay: 
My wife can't tell (or doesn't care about) the difference between watching TV through the TV speakers vs via an amp and a reasonably decent 5.1 system :(


same. i've stopped asking her about the amazing 5.1 theatre effect - my sub goes down to single digits! ... she goes what, how is that different from the samsung tv sound?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1261792 18-Mar-2015 15:50
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by the way, i see blue and black and she sees white and gold. fascinating.

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  Reply # 1261815 18-Mar-2015 16:15
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Wanna sell me your LCD2 @timmay?


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  Reply # 1261827 18-Mar-2015 16:42
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livisun: Wanna sell me your LCD2 @timmay?


Not really, thanks for asking though :) I use them at least three times a year...




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  Reply # 1261832 18-Mar-2015 16:52
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i use mine once a month! how much is a 2nd hand worth?

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  Reply # 1261874 18-Mar-2015 18:22
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NZtechfreak: The T1's are great, awesome genre bandwidth, great sound, comfortable, not too amp picky. I'd sit on those too were I you!

So with your desktop sorted, next comes the portable rig!


I rate these highly for a portable in ear solution. https://www.blackboxonline.com/nz/products/c20/ These go in my travel bag and the HP 50's stay at home. smile




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  Reply # 1261917 18-Mar-2015 19:37
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Technofreak:
NZtechfreak: The T1's are great, awesome genre bandwidth, great sound, comfortable, not too amp picky. I'd sit on those too were I you!

So with your desktop sorted, next comes the portable rig!


I rate these highly for a portable in ear solution. https://www.blackboxonline.com/nz/products/c20/ These go in my travel bag and the HP 50's stay at home. smile


I'm sure they are nice, I just don't get on with IEMs. At all.




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  Reply # 1262080 19-Mar-2015 06:45
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joker97:
timmmay: 
My wife can't tell (or doesn't care about) the difference between watching TV through the TV speakers vs via an amp and a reasonably decent 5.1 system :(


same. i've stopped asking her about the amazing 5.1 theatre effect - my sub goes down to single digits! ... she goes what, how is that different from the samsung tv sound?


This ^^^

It drives me insane!

But she'll sit there and listen to Breaking Bad through the iPad speaker quite happily.

I gave her my Beats but she is happy with the mono iPad speaker!




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  Reply # 1262278 19-Mar-2015 11:40
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CanJam SoCal 2015: The Biggest Headphone Audio Event In North America!

 

 

 

It's official: CanJam SoCal 2015 is the biggest dedicated headphone audio event ever to hit North America! Attendees and exhibitors are coming from all over the world for what's going to be an amazing headphone audio party, so don't miss it!

Man I'd love to attend this, pity if I went I'd be both broke and a broken man (Since if I spent all our money on this my wife would not be very impressed :))

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  Reply # 1262464 19-Mar-2015 14:37
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^^

Anyone wanna sponsor me? I'll bring back some goodies i promise

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  Reply # 1262476 19-Mar-2015 14:45
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NZtechfreak:
Technofreak:
NZtechfreak: The T1's are great, awesome genre bandwidth, great sound, comfortable, not too amp picky. I'd sit on those too were I you!

So with your desktop sorted, next comes the portable rig!


I rate these highly for a portable in ear solution. https://www.blackboxonline.com/nz/products/c20/ These go in my travel bag and the HP 50's stay at home. smile


I'm sure they are nice, I just don't get on with IEMs. At all.


Carrying a set of over the ear headphones isn't a practical option for me.There's no doubt about it, "Over the Ears" are better.  However so far as "In the Ear" units go the Blackbox C20 are very hard to beat. Very comfortable to wear, good attenuation of background drum and hum.




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  Reply # 1263671 19-Mar-2015 19:54
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Slightly off-topic but I saw that last year there was an Auckland Headphone Meet.  Are there any plans to have one this year?  I'd love to get a chance to look at a few different headphones and HPAs.

More on-topic the Audeze EL-8s are looking very interesting.  I look forward to hearing how they compare to other closed back designs.



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  Reply # 1263673 19-Mar-2015 19:57
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Technofreak:
NZtechfreak:
Technofreak:
NZtechfreak: The T1's are great, awesome genre bandwidth, great sound, comfortable, not too amp picky. I'd sit on those too were I you!

So with your desktop sorted, next comes the portable rig!


I rate these highly for a portable in ear solution. https://www.blackboxonline.com/nz/products/c20/ These go in my travel bag and the HP 50's stay at home. smile


I'm sure they are nice, I just don't get on with IEMs. At all.


Carrying a set of over the ear headphones isn't a practical option for me.There's no doubt about it, "Over the Ears" are better.  However so far as "In the Ear" units go the Blackbox C20 are very hard to beat. Very comfortable to wear, good attenuation of background drum and hum.


Apart from a CIEM there is no such thing as a comfortable IEM for me I'm afraid. If I could use them I certainly would.




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  Reply # 1263679 19-Mar-2015 20:03
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hamstring: Slightly off-topic but I saw that last year there was an Auckland Headphone Meet.  Are there any plans to have one this year?  I'd love to get a chance to look at a few different headphones and HPAs.

More on-topic the Audeze EL-8s are looking very interesting.  I look forward to hearing how they compare to other closed back designs.


Yes, there will be another meet this year (I was the organiser last year, and plan to arrange this year's also). If you keep an eye peeled here you'll see more on the meet once the time is nailed down. It'll be a bit later in the year this time around.

Regards the site there, I mostly made it for the meet, but I'll soon have some more regular content going up with gear reviews and such like.




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