I've also got a pair of those PSB's Jandl and think they're excellent vfm especially since the drop in price from an original £300. I use Senn HD700 for my main listening but decided not to sell the PSB since they are a good all rounder. Hope you enjoy
Have you tried/looked at Audio Notes (or Snells)? I believe they are supposed to sound their best close to walls/corners. I heard a pair of AN-J's the other month, up close to the walls and they sounded superb. Might be worth a look.
They look very tarty and comfortable. I'm currently 'just starting out' on headphones. I'm not very good at headphones, preferring loudspeakers, but I seem to not get opportunity to listen to them enough due to family etc.
I have some Sennheiser HD202 which I use for setting up the TT usually, but I've just borrowed some Denon AH-D1100 off my Dad which seem pretty good for a closed back phone, I used to like the classic AKG K-240 years and years ago!
I own the A1008 which is a scaled down version of the KW550 which was based on the KW500 which was at the time of its release a limited edition model of 500 units I believe. According to MF it sounds identical to the KW550 when played through suitably efficient speakers. It has 250 wpc rather than the 510 wpc of the KW500/KW550. 250 wpc is plenty enough for my room and speakers.
I am very happy with the A1008. It is actually the second unit I have owned.
They all have a valve preamp (featuring ECC88 double triode valves) along with a two monoblock, solid state power stage and separate power supply.
The sound quality is excellent in my opinion. However, it will not be to everyone's taste. It is extremely aggressive with dynamics and transients. It is not a laid back amplifier. It is a very dynamic performer with an attention grabbing sound and is very well suited to electronica and classical in particular. It also works very well with acoustic and rock music. It offers up a detailed, fast and chocolately rich sound with a very wide and deep soundstage. It is a fairly full on sound but there is no listener fatigue. It has an almost liquid, valve like sound quality particularly in the mid-range, with a very grippy, transparent and dynamic solid-state quality at the frequency extremes with excellent bass control.
It works very well with ProAc speakers in my experience. I suspect it would also work very well with ATC and some Dynaudio models, particularly those well regarded models which thrive on power to give their best performance.
Thanks Ronnie! (for the year old thread revival too) Yes, very well aware about Corning. I've read reports that they could easily snap if routed sharply (my case) and price is a bit rich for my "cables" taste. Actually, I was intrigued if Corning could offer USB galvanic isolation ... but further reading proves that there a pair of 28awg wires alongside the optical fibre, probably used to power up the receiver on the cable end. As 5V wouldn't survive such distances, they are most certainly using 5V from the USB hub and converting to higher voltage via switching regulators. In any case, computer ground is still transported along the path.
I've ended up with cheap 10m active (repeater) USB cable from Amazon. On purpose, I've opted for USB 2.0 version (more then enough for audio) as it offers rather low and unobtrusive cable profile. It's routed nicely along the skirting board and works perfectly. No need to complicate things further ...