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About JANDL100

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    Forest of Dean, Glos
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  • Digital Source 1
    Qobuz Hifi streaming
  • Digital Source 2
    Arcam DV29
  • DAC
    Chord Hugo
  • Pre-Amp
    Herron VTSP-2
  • Power Amp/s
    Trigon TRE 50M
  • My Speakers
    MBL 116F
  • Headphones
    Grado PS1000, Fostex TH600
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. JANDL100

    Headphone Heaven

    I would never describe the Stax bass as soggy, on the contrary it is taut, detailed and vibrant. But in my setup, at least, it does lack heft and weight. I dare say that Grounded Grid amp may well get the best out of them/
  2. JANDL100

    Headphone Heaven

    Yes, I think I understand. That's probably why I have 4 pairs and all are in regular use. That's an admission that none of them totally hit the spot. Horses for courses and all that. But I do need headphones, wouldn't want to be without music while the mrs is asleep in the mornings.
  3. JANDL100

    Headphone Heaven

    Hmm. Seems like you are looking for perfection. Best of luck with that!
  4. JANDL100

    Headphone Heaven

    >> Some of the trouble is I think that I dont even have these headphones long enough for their sound to break in and open up Headphone break-in can sometimes totally transform the sound, imo. I've bought several used on eBay which sounded awful - pretty obvious why they were sold! They must have taken them out of the box and thought "Yuk, horrid" and put them on eBay. But a few days of continuous running in and suddenly the positive reviews make sense.
  5. JANDL100

    Headphone Heaven

    SRD5 energiser with mine. I might investigate others if they come along on eBay at an appropriate time! I tend to leave them on charge all the time but not convinced it makes much if any difference.
  6. I've been increasingly into headphones for the last 2 or 3 years and have been investigating the various technologies and makes. It's the wife's fault - she's a late riser and I'm an early one. And being unwilling to wait to start the music until 11-ish when she gets up headphones are the logical way to go. Here's the 4 I seem to have settled with for now ... I guess the leader of the pack are Grado PS1000. Very clean and open and detailed and dynamic. They also cost the most, which is a bit of a disappointment! They do suffer a little from the distinctive Grado Treble, which is a little on the enthusiastic side for my tastes, but some careful fettling (I shan't mention cables on the Wam) and they are just fine and dandy. Stax SR3 electrostatics live in the conservatory along, usually, with the Fostex TH600. The Stax are awesome for transparency, but can't really be regarded as all-rounders as they do lack heft in the bass and rather water down big dynamic swings when they can get a bit strident. Still great fun to listen to on a lot of material, though. The Fostex TH600 are marvellous for when closed-back is necessary (the Grados and Stax leak an amazing amount of sound). I got them after owning and liking Fostex T50RPmk3, similar sound but even better. And finally Even H1. These have settled in the bedroom, fed by a portable CD player! They have a little in-line widget which provides a hearing test and corrective DSP. You press the button and a series of 8 music tones are played at increasing volume. You press the button again when you can hear each one. This is done for left and right. Works well, but they do like to add a bit of extra bass. A pleasant listen. They may become increasingly useful as the years go by. I've tried various planar magnetic from Audeze and Hifiman. But have come to the conclusion that they are not for me - I almost always hear a layer of "smooth" that comes between me and the music. Some people love them, but I miss the final layer of dynamic resolution. In the main system, usually with the Grado PS1000 I use a Lehmann Black Cube Linear headphone amp which I am very pleased with. The Stax (which require a pukka power amp) are fed from a Topping VX1 (25wpc).
  7. JANDL100

    Wam show 2019 photos

    vintage Spendor BC1 being fed by TIDAL. Hehe. ... and sounding great.
  8. JANDL100

    Wam show 2019 photos

    and behind the scene ...