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In Reply to: RE: after 4 years of going to the socal canjam the winner is... posted by Travis on April 28, 2016 at 18:50:22
I would tend to agree.
I keep a small stable full of headphones. Different sonic signatures or sonic perspectives serve different types of music, different types of musical events, different types of recordings.
Planar, dynamic, electrostatic - they all have their seats on the steps of the Pantheon. I wouldn't dream of asking one type of headphone to do everything for me 100% of the time.
remember if you want the best- there is just one brand !
I can believe that Stax stats are one of the best being sold on the market today. The new $65,000 Sennheiser Orpheus system would probably provide some stiff competition, though. Have you heard it yet?
If I had the money and I wanted to keep only one pair of 'phones the Stax/Blue Hawaii combo would definitely be on my short list...
the Cavalli audio was really nice too - spooky "you are there" sound
... of some of the better amps for the Stax headphone. You may have read it already, so I post for the sake of anyone who has not already done so...
I have the Stax SR-009 and the Ray Samuels A10 Thunderbolt preamp/electrostatic headphone amp. Unfortunately Tyll, didn't roll tubes in the A10. With the right tubes, the A10 is a great amp for the
SR-009. The A10 is also the best tube preamp that I've ever owned and I've had a few really good ones including the CAT SL1 Ultimate, Audible Illusions Modulus 3A and a Conrad Johnson PV11.
I also owned 2 planar headphones, the HiFiMan HE6 and the Audeze LCD X, and 3 dynamics, the Sennheiser HD800 hardwired with 18 gauge Zeus OCC copper cable, a highly modified Denon D7000 (Lawton Audio LA-7000) and a highly modified AKG K340. My amp for all of my non-electrostatic headphones is my Audio GD Master 9 solid state balanced amp that outputs 9 watts into 40 ohms. I like my SR009 the best but all of them are really great headphones and I can see how others may disagree based on personal preferences. As much as I like headphones though, I always prefer either of my speaker systems to any of my headphones. I turn to my headphones only for private listening due to me not wanting to disturb family members.
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