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#260939 - 05/20/09 05:01 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: Golden]
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 Originally Posted By: Golden
Very nice House! Please let us all know what your impressions are once you have had a chance to play around!


Thanks! I will come up with something once I get some time with it. There has been a lot of intersting talk about the whole tube vs solid state on this forum lately so I thought I would try one out and see for myself (something I don't need but oh well). The thing I like about this comparison for me is that room interaction will not be an issue since we are dealing with headphones. IMO room acoustics have a bigger impact on sound than anything else (speakers too of course). If we can take out the room acoustics I think I can gain a better understanding between the whole solid state vs tube debate and gain a better subjective opinion for my own sake.
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#261203 - 05/23/09 07:37 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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O.k..now I have decided I am going to use a dedicated headphone setup. I want it compact so I need a MP3/video player. My #1 choice so far is the Cowon iAudio D2+ 16gb. I am also looking at Creative Zen, Sony Walkman and the Microsoft Zune models. Has anyone used any of these?
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#261217 - 05/23/09 11:52 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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So I put an order in for a Cowon iAudio D2+. It should arrive around the same period as the LD MK III.

My setup will be as follows

Flac,mp3 --- Cowon D2+ ---- LD MK III --- Alessandro MS1
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#261224 - 05/24/09 06:31 AM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Sounds like a portable heaven! One more week to wait?
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#261777 - 05/29/09 02:10 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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My MK III arrived today, slick looking amp . My first impressions after a little over an hours worth of use, from a sound standpoint is why do people call tube amps "warm". In fact what I am noticing is better seperation between instruments, greater dynamics and a bit punchier bass. So in fact what I am getting is more detail and a clearer presentation (over my solid state Denon avr headphone section). It really makes my MS1's sing. \:\) It kind of reminds me of those posts by Jakewash comparing his Denon to the Axiom amp with his Axiom speakers but this deals with headphones and a headphone amp ...just my initial impressions.

Pics coming soon....
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#261783 - 05/29/09 02:31 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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I noticed these 4 little square thingy's came with the 3.5mm to rca cable. Can someone enlighten me what those are?
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#261794 - 05/29/09 05:49 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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Cool!
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#261815 - 05/29/09 10:21 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: EFalardeau]
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Here is a picture



I have to say the Cowon iAudio D2+, LD MK III and the Alessandro MS1 makes for an awesome combo. I am still in shock at the dramatic improvement (totally subjective mind you) I am noticing in the sound quality with the MKIII and no it is not making my MS1's "warm" sounding

How about the cheap white, plastic banana stand \:D .
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#261816 - 05/29/09 10:38 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: BlueJays1]
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No, no, that's an ultra expensive audio-quality headphone stand!!

That looks like a very nice set-up, Dr. House. Those Little Dot amps are very enticing and a good price, too. Enjoy!
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#261817 - 05/29/09 10:42 PM Re: reference level headphones [Re: St_PatGuy]
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I'll have to get a nice headphone setup one of these days. I really will.

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