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About JANDL100

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  • Birthday 05/02/1956

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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. I've never heard any added noise or distortion from the Behringer 2496, use it in pure digital mode (digital in and digital out) and it is surprisingly transparent. The main issue with the Behringer ime is that it isn't that reliable I have had 2 of them fail on me. Not much that you can do then except get another! You can get quite noticeable degradation from analogue eq, but Behringer have done it well with their digital device.
  2. You can, in fact, adjust both the dynamic envelope range and the stereo width/spread with the Behringer 2496, making them wider or narrower. It's a remarkably flexible device!
  3. Doesn't time just fly by when you're having fun.
  4. eddie-baby .... Yes, I do still have the Behringer equaliser!! But it's not plumbed in at present. BUT my current (and probably final) amp does have tone controls, AND I do use them sometimes.
  5. Just to round my headphone journey off - I have settled on Beyerdynamic DT 250 as being the perfect headphone for me. By far not the most comfortable; barely adequate, really, in that regard. And they look cheap and plasticky. But for me the sound is absolutely spot on. Sorted.
  6. The Hifiman 560 have gone the same way as all planar magnetics, I just cannot get on with the characteristic sound of that particular technology. A pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD700 have arrived. Astonshingly light and comfortable, with an airy and immersive sound that is very enjoyable. Also, I thought I should resample some Beyerdynamic DT 150. A 'no nonsense' kind of sound, clear and dynamic and forthright. But ultimately not a very open sound, they are a tightly sealed closed back design, and I've a been there, done that kind of feeling about them. Also a pair of AKG Q701 has come and gone, Very distinctive looks. They do a hell of a lot right, huge amounts of dynamically inflected detail and marvellously open sounding. But just a little lacking in warmth for my classical music tastes So where am I now? Back with my Fostex HD600 and loving them. Thank goodness I withdrew them from sale before someone bought them.
  7. Time for a change My 'best' cans are on the move. The Grado PS1000 are sold and the Fostex TH600 are up for sale. Arrived a few days ago some Beyerdynamic DT 880. Very light and comfortable. Seem to be astonishingly neutral tonally - the 'V shaped' tonal contours of most headphones becomes very obvious in comparison. A little flat dynamically - my Benchmark DAC1 should be enough to drive them, but they do lack a little in excitement. Musically insightful, have spent several 1 hour and more enjoyable sessions with these. And arrived today, Hifiman HE-560 planar magnetics. Yes, I know I said I don't like planar magnetics, but these were offered as part of a px deal and reviews suggested they might largely avoid the overly smooth sound that bothers me in others of the breed. Early listening is encouraging. Still somewhat smooth, but a fuller and richer tonality than the DT880 - perhaps that just indicates that the 560 are less neutral. A bold and interesting sound. A nice contrast to the Beyers.
  8. Interesting and congrats on a good result! Mind if I ask roughly how much they cost you? ... and that was your 1st post here - welcome to the forum!
  9. I had DT150 for quite a while and enjoyed them a lot. But I do think that there is more to be had. Something like the Grado PS1000 will not only open a window or two but will remove the wall as well. At the opposite cost extreme a diminutive pair of B&O Form 2i can sound remarkably open and clear. Often to be found used for £25 or so. I've got a couple of pairs.
  10. I've had a couple of Grados before these, SR80 and 325i, I think. Both good, which is why I wanted to try a top model, but the PS1000 are in a different league altogether in terms of clarity, detail, staging and sheer presence. I heard GS1000 at a Show when they first came out, that was a jaw drop experience. I didn't know that headphones could do that! The PS1000 are even better. But they do have the distinctive Grado top end.
  11. I had been on the point of selling my Grado PS1000 headphones having started to find them just a bit too Grado-ish (surprise! - whodathunk a Grado headphone would have the Grado house sound?). Just a mite too feisty at the top for me, it gives a wonderful sense of musical enthusiasm, but a bit wearing after a while on my classical choons. But a thought struck - it does sometimes - why not team them up with a tone control? And I had great success previously driving incredibly hard to drive Wharfedale Isodynamic headphones with my vintage Rotel 603 receiver - but the Rotel is now in the loving and very appreciative hands of Audio Al. But there on a shelf, doing a wonderful job of looking fabulous, was a vintage JVC JR-S200Lii receiver, very kindly donated to me years ago by Rick / Bandit Pilot. And it has a 5-band equaliser. Wired it up using spare output sockets from my DAC, some subtle nudges on the equaliser sliders and bingo! - that will do nicely. Goldilocks time. Those old Japanese receivers had real heft behind their headphone sockets, marvellous. It sounds fabulous with the Grados.
  12. 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/
  13. 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.