JANDL100

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  1. 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).
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    Headphone Heaven

    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.
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    Headphone Heaven

    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.
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    Headphone Heaven

    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.
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    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/
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    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.
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    Headphone Heaven

    Hmm. Seems like you are looking for perfection. Best of luck with that!
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    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.
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    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.
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    Wam show 2019 photos

    vintage Spendor BC1 being fed by TIDAL. Hehe. ... and sounding great.
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    Wam show 2019 photos

    and behind the scene ...
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    Wam show 2019 photos

    Not to mention the little (in size, not price!) Boenicke speakers. Very nice indeed.
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    Wam show 2019 photos

    No love for this room yet - one of my favourites! Those little and ancient Goodmans Maxim 2 speakers were sounding so open, and fast and detailed and uncoloured. Marvellous!
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    Kegworth Show - Bring And Buy Sale

    I'll also be donating to the charity sale a pair of AKG K551 headphones, they work well but the cable is in rather tatty condition. £35 suggested price.
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    Hel needed with Morgan Deva 300

    I was a big fan of Morgan Audio gear and had quite a few bits and enjoyed them immensely. But that must have been a decade or so ago, now. I've totally lost contact. Can anyone else help with manufacturer contact details? I can't find anything with a quick Google search. Robin Stephens was the guy's name. Very much a one man band, I think.
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    Kegworth Show - Bring And Buy Sale

    The Rotel has been reserved for Audio Al who will collect it from the Show sales stand. Whatever ££ can be squeezed out of him goes to the Dogs Trust charity.