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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Nice to see this thread revived a bit.

My latest acquisition for the ultimate headphone listening experience has been purchasing an AC Regenerator and incorporating that into my chain. Iíve had it for 3 months now and I have never been happier. The importance and improvements given from clean and proper AC is absolutely huge.
I hope you will all look into a regenerator. It is expensive, but the improvements in the stereo imaging and low end is absolutely huge.
Anyway. My CANS are getting some serious treatment these days. Love being an audio guy.

Yea I kinda been thinking about a regenerator for my system, they are spendy for sure.....Overall I don't have nasty power to my home so I might do a home audition before I pull the trigger...........Which brand did you get Nick?



Hose eh!! what is happening my friend? God I love your vinyl picture spins.
I ended up with the PS AUDIO P3 Stellar. It is absolutely worth it. The only thing I donít like about it is that ithe P3 had 6 outlets instead of 8. All good though.
So Jose. If you have your own dedicated power line Iím sure your in good shape. If not. Get the Regenerator. For me the improvements were so dramatic cause Iíve always have had dirty ass power, especially now living in an apartment building.
Anyhow Iíve got it the best Iíve ever had it in-terms of overall fidelity quality. Iíve come a long way, but work is still to be done.

It's all good Nick!! Weeding thru this new world we live in now and trying to let as much music get me thru it all. Just had another 2021 concert pushed to 2022†Angry.....Suxs!!

Anyhow, you did well with PS Audio, what's wrong with the PowerPlant 15???†LOL†They do offer a trial period and a trade in program....When you plugged everything in was it immediate or did the P3 have to break in?


Oh you are not kidding. Quite the new world order weíve got going on. Iím like you though. Iím listening to the right music regularly that makes me happy and confident.
Oh my goodness. Yeah. The P15. So I could promise you this. If I was one wealthy dude and owned a pair of Wilson Audio ALEXX speakers (329,000 USD) and a bunch of DíAgostino mono block amps the p15 would be a great fit. Some systems are so damn powerful and they draw a ton of current you need that p15.
Another cool powerful speaker is a company called Arrakis. Their flagship Omnidirectional speakers are out of this world.

So the impact is quite immediate with me. Headphones are such a vivid listen and I have already done quite a few things right in my chain, so I heard and noticed super clean background with more pronounced realism in instrument tone as well as low + high end frequency responses.
Power conditioners just donít cut it. They bandaid the situation of clean power. The tops of those sine waves still get the tops cut off them.
Next purchase? Maybe a Hugo m scaler to go with my chord qutest. Been hearing that the upsampling of the transient response is minimal though. Iíd have to try it before buying it.

So how about you? Anything new and wonderful in Vinyl land ?
If I get a break it is Prog Time.
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I am still rocking my Rotel cd player alongside a headphone amp + assorted headphones. Sure once in a while Iím curious about some new headphone but Iím done with the electronics part of the chain. Iíve yet to hear any difference with amps, dacs and cables if I donít know whatís playing....so yeah itís kinda nice not having to worry/think about that stuff.
I did however invest in a Lake People headphone amp. I was tired of the type of build quality I got from Schiit and JDS Labs..and figured why not opt for something a little heavier and substantial feeling..something that most likely will end up outliving me...and Iím glad I did
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Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Nice to see this thread revived a bit.

My latest acquisition for the ultimate headphone listening experience has been purchasing an AC Regenerator and incorporating that into my chain. Iíve had it for 3 months now and I have never been happier. The importance and improvements given from clean and proper AC is absolutely huge.
I hope you will all look into a regenerator. It is expensive, but the improvements in the stereo imaging and low end is absolutely huge.
Anyway. My CANS are getting some serious treatment these days. Love being an audio guy.

Yea I kinda been thinking about a regenerator for my system, they are spendy for sure.....Overall I don't have nasty power to my home so I might do a home audition before I pull the trigger...........Which brand did you get Nick?



Hose eh!! what is happening my friend? God I love your vinyl picture spins.
I ended up with the PS AUDIO P3 Stellar. It is absolutely worth it. The only thing I donít like about it is that ithe P3 had 6 outlets instead of 8. All good though.
So Jose. If you have your own dedicated power line Iím sure your in good shape. If not. Get the Regenerator. For me the improvements were so dramatic cause Iíve always have had dirty ass power, especially now living in an apartment building.
Anyhow Iíve got it the best Iíve ever had it in-terms of overall fidelity quality. Iíve come a long way, but work is still to be done.

It's all good Nick!! Weeding thru this new world we live in now and trying to let as much music get me thru it all. Just had another 2021 concert pushed to 2022 Angry.....Suxs!!

Anyhow, you did well with PS Audio, what's wrong with the PowerPlant 15??? LOL They do offer a trial period and a trade in program....When you plugged everything in was it immediate or did the P3 have to break in?


Oh you are not kidding. Quite the new world order weíve got going on. Iím like you though. Iím listening to the right music regularly that makes me happy and confident.
Oh my goodness. Yeah. The P15. So I could promise you this. If I was one wealthy dude and owned a pair of Wilson Audio ALEXX speakers (329,000 USD) and a bunch of DíAgostino mono block amps the p15 would be a great fit. Some systems are so damn powerful and they draw a ton of current you need that p15.
Another cool powerful speaker is a company called Arrakis. Their flagship Omnidirectional speakers are out of this world.

So the impact is quite immediate with me. Headphones are such a vivid listen and I have already done quite a few things right in my chain, so I heard and noticed super clean background with more pronounced realism in instrument tone as well as low + high end frequency responses.
Power conditioners just donít cut it. They bandaid the situation of clean power. The tops of those sine waves still get the tops cut off them.
Next purchase? Maybe a Hugo m scaler to go with my chord qutest. Been hearing that the upsampling of the transient response is minimal though. Iíd have to try it before buying it.

So how about you? Anything new and wonderful in Vinyl land ?
I'd love a new TT but bro, can't justify the prices lately.....I was looking at a Project Xtension 10 Evolution but man at like $4200 not sure I wanna do that.....I can wait. 

I am thinking about getting a Parasound A21+ power amp and then next year getting another one to run dual mono power amp setup, use my Halo integrated as a preamp. Wayyyyy more watts than I need, in bridged mode those would be 1,000 watts per side Shocked, but the current capacity is 60 amps which is outstanding, that is what you actually need to power your speakers.

Honestly I think most audio gear is approaching a bubble, it should start to level off or dealers accept some steep discounts.....I can wait!
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I am still rocking my Rotel cd player alongside a headphone amp + assorted headphones. Sure once in a while Iím curious about some new headphone but Iím done with the electronics part of the chain. Iíve yet to hear any difference with amps, dacs and cables if I donít know whatís playing....so yeah itís kinda nice not having to worry/think about that stuff.
I did however invest in a Lake People headphone amp. I was tired of the type of build quality I got from Schiit and JDS Labs..and figured why not opt for something a little heavier and substantial feeling..something that most likely will end up outliving me...and Iím glad I did


Right freaking on, David.
And if the amp game isnít satisfying you, I think clean power in your system would be the next step. You have nice stuff, so trying out that route may be fulfilling. When I got my AC regenerator, it safe to say that it isnít just an audio tweak, it is and should be a part of standard listening. Unfortunately the cost doesnít justify my reasonings.
Everything audiophile is bloody expensive but that is what these niche markets are all about.
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Nice to see this thread revived a bit.

My latest acquisition for the ultimate headphone listening experience has been purchasing an AC Regenerator and incorporating that into my chain. Iíve had it for 3 months now and I have never been happier. The importance and improvements given from clean and proper AC is absolutely huge.
I hope you will all look into a regenerator. It is expensive, but the improvements in the stereo imaging and low end is absolutely huge.
Anyway. My CANS are getting some serious treatment these days. Love being an audio guy.



Yea I kinda been thinking about a regenerator for my system, they are spendy for sure.....Overall I don't have nasty power to my home so I might do a home audition before I pull the trigger...........Which brand did you get Nick?



Hose eh!! what is happening my friend? God I love your vinyl picture spins.
I ended up with the PS AUDIO P3 Stellar. It is absolutely worth it. The only thing I donít like about it is that ithe P3 had 6 outlets instead of 8. All good though.
So Jose. If you have your own dedicated power line Iím sure your in good shape. If not. Get the Regenerator. For me the improvements were so dramatic cause Iíve always have had dirty ass power, especially now living in an apartment building.
Anyhow Iíve got it the best Iíve ever had it in-terms of overall fidelity quality. Iíve come a long way, but work is still to be done.

It's all good Nick!! Weeding thru this new world we live in now and trying to let as much music get me thru it all. Just had another 2021 concert pushed to 2022†Angry.....Suxs!!

Anyhow, you did well with PS Audio, what's wrong with the PowerPlant 15???†LOL†They do offer a trial period and a trade in program....When you plugged everything in was it immediate or did the P3 have to break in?


Oh you are not kidding. Quite the new world order weíve got going on. Iím like you though. Iím listening to the right music regularly that makes me happy and confident.
Oh my goodness. Yeah. The P15. So I could promise you this. If I was one wealthy dude and owned a pair of Wilson Audio ALEXX speakers (329,000 USD) and a bunch of DíAgostino mono block amps the p15 would be a great fit. Some systems are so damn powerful and they draw a ton of current you need that p15.
Another cool powerful speaker is a company called Arrakis. Their flagship Omnidirectional speakers are out of this world.

So the impact is quite immediate with me. Headphones are such a vivid listen and I have already done quite a few things right in my chain, so I heard and noticed super clean background with more pronounced realism in instrument tone as well as low + high end frequency responses.
Power conditioners just donít cut it. They bandaid the situation of clean power. The tops of those sine waves still get the tops cut off them.
Next purchase? Maybe a Hugo m scaler to go with my chord qutest. Been hearing that the upsampling of the transient response is minimal though. Iíd have to try it before buying it.

So how about you? Anything new and wonderful in Vinyl land ?

I'd love a new TT but bro, can't justify the prices lately.....I was looking at a Project Xtension 10 Evolution but man at like $4200 not sure I wanna do that.....I can wait.†

I am thinking about getting a Parasound A21+ power amp and then next year getting another one to run dual mono power amp setup, use my Halo integrated as a preamp. Wayyyyy more watts than I need, in bridged mode those would be 1,000 watts per side†Shocked, but the current capacity is 60 amps which is outstanding, that is what you actually need to power your speakers.

Honestly I think most audio gear is approaching a bubble, it should start to level off or dealers accept some steep discounts.....I can wait!


Oh yeah. The TT 2 is nuts. Also your current system looks terrific.
Hate to say this, buddy. Quarantined lifestyles donít bother me. Iím spinning discs like a madman. :)
Using my LCD XCís a lot because they are a closed back. Donít disturb the wife and kid at night. ;)
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Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by progbethyname progbethyname wrote:

Nice to see this thread revived a bit.

My latest acquisition for the ultimate headphone listening experience has been purchasing an AC Regenerator and incorporating that into my chain. Iíve had it for 3 months now and I have never been happier. The importance and improvements given from clean and proper AC is absolutely huge.
I hope you will all look into a regenerator. It is expensive, but the improvements in the stereo imaging and low end is absolutely huge.
Anyway. My CANS are getting some serious treatment these days. Love being an audio guy.



Yea I kinda been thinking about a regenerator for my system, they are spendy for sure.....Overall I don't have nasty power to my home so I might do a home audition before I pull the trigger...........Which brand did you get Nick?



Hose eh!! what is happening my friend? God I love your vinyl picture spins.
I ended up with the PS AUDIO P3 Stellar. It is absolutely worth it. The only thing I donít like about it is that ithe P3 had 6 outlets instead of 8. All good though.
So Jose. If you have your own dedicated power line Iím sure your in good shape. If not. Get the Regenerator. For me the improvements were so dramatic cause Iíve always have had dirty ass power, especially now living in an apartment building.
Anyhow Iíve got it the best Iíve ever had it in-terms of overall fidelity quality. Iíve come a long way, but work is still to be done.

It's all good Nick!! Weeding thru this new world we live in now and trying to let as much music get me thru it all. Just had another 2021 concert pushed to 2022 Angry.....Suxs!!

Anyhow, you did well with PS Audio, what's wrong with the PowerPlant 15??? LOL They do offer a trial period and a trade in program....When you plugged everything in was it immediate or did the P3 have to break in?


Oh you are not kidding. Quite the new world order weíve got going on. Iím like you though. Iím listening to the right music regularly that makes me happy and confident.
Oh my goodness. Yeah. The P15. So I could promise you this. If I was one wealthy dude and owned a pair of Wilson Audio ALEXX speakers (329,000 USD) and a bunch of DíAgostino mono block amps the p15 would be a great fit. Some systems are so damn powerful and they draw a ton of current you need that p15.
Another cool powerful speaker is a company called Arrakis. Their flagship Omnidirectional speakers are out of this world.

So the impact is quite immediate with me. Headphones are such a vivid listen and I have already done quite a few things right in my chain, so I heard and noticed super clean background with more pronounced realism in instrument tone as well as low + high end frequency responses.
Power conditioners just donít cut it. They bandaid the situation of clean power. The tops of those sine waves still get the tops cut off them.
Next purchase? Maybe a Hugo m scaler to go with my chord qutest. Been hearing that the upsampling of the transient response is minimal though. Iíd have to try it before buying it.

So how about you? Anything new and wonderful in Vinyl land ?

I'd love a new TT but bro, can't justify the prices lately.....I was looking at a Project Xtension 10 Evolution but man at like $4200 not sure I wanna do that.....I can wait. 

I am thinking about getting a Parasound A21+ power amp and then next year getting another one to run dual mono power amp setup, use my Halo integrated as a preamp. Wayyyyy more watts than I need, in bridged mode those would be 1,000 watts per side Shocked, but the current capacity is 60 amps which is outstanding, that is what you actually need to power your speakers.

Honestly I think most audio gear is approaching a bubble, it should start to level off or dealers accept some steep discounts.....I can wait!


Oh yeah. The TT 2 is nuts. Also your current system looks terrific.
Hate to say this, buddy. Quarantined lifestyles donít bother me. Iím spinning discs like a madman. :)
Using my LCD XCís a lot because they are a closed back. Donít disturb the wife and kid at night. ;)
Oh yea....last year pretty much for about 8 months I spun records everyday, it has to be the most I ever listened to music in my life. And now working from home 24/7 I'm gonna need a new cartridge soon LOL!!
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I am still rocking my Rotel cd player alongside a headphone amp + assorted headphones. Sure once in a while Iím curious about some new headphone but Iím done with the electronics part of the chain. Iíve yet to hear any difference with amps, dacs and cables if I donít know whatís playing....so yeah itís kinda nice not having to worry/think about that stuff.
I did however invest in a Lake People headphone amp. I was tired of the type of build quality I got from Schiit and JDS Labs..and figured why not opt for something a little heavier and substantial feeling..something that most likely will end up outliving me...and Iím glad I did


Right freaking on, David.
And if the amp game isnít satisfying you, I think clean power in your system would be the next step. You have nice stuff, so trying out that route may be fulfilling. When I got my AC regenerator, it safe to say that it isnít just an audio tweak, it is and should be a part of standard listening. Unfortunately the cost doesnít justify my reasonings.
Everything audiophile is bloody expensive but that is what these niche markets are all about.

It is such bonkers hobby, damn right!
I think itís a matter of me having tried so many different things with sight removed from testing with absolutely zero changes happening between unit a and b...that I have become content with what I have and ultimately have no will to get something else. Something needs to be broken or sound off before I start looking at boxes again. In my mind thereís nothing to upgrade to unless I start upgrading my ears
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Got a brand new pair of Sony MDR7506's last week, and I'm in love.

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That was my first great headphone, kudos dude
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Not sure if you all watch any YT vids....I watch many and watch Steve Guttenberg on occasion. He is a big user of cans and reviews all of them. He wrote for CNET, Stereophile and many other audio mags. This video is about his listening/audition space but he does show his headphone tree probably 50 sets!! Cra-cra..

 
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Glad to see Dolly is still alive and, um... kicking

Will have to check Mr. Guttenberg out.  Still have my same equipment from many posts back.  Hifimans', Senns, Audio Technica, and a hybrid tube amp by Fosi which does boost the power and has a slightly more fuller sound.

Anyway, interesting discussion about regenerators.  Coming from a UPS world in work (battery backup) where regulated, clean, and protected power from outages are required, seems very similar to regenerators (just without batteries), a power conditioner of sorts.  Some of the small low end UPS on line (true double conversion) units clamp off waveforms, almost a square wave which most computer equipment is fine with, but which would most likely effect anything relying on a pure sine wave signal to trigger off of like audio equipment.  I don't see investing in one at the moment as I would rather plunk down more bucks on a better set of Cans.
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Ditto Jim - nice to have you buddy
If I remember correctly the Sennies youíre rocking are the PX-100 right? In any case I reckon itís the Hifiman which is the main coconut in the household.
If youíre looking at ďa better headphoneĒ (which is so subjective itís unreal) Iíll recommend one that does something which planars generally are poor at, midrange - more importantly the upper midrange where all planars seem to lose steam and as a consequence sound rather Ďlaidbackí.
Also why I find dynamic driver headphones to sound that more natural. Doesnít necessarily make them Ďbetterí as I just as likely will reach for my HE500/Sundara because I dig the bass and clarity. Depends on my mood and the record.
But yeah for a complimentary can Iíd heartily recommend something like the K612, R70X or HD600/650. All headphones with full midrange presentation - and in the R70X and K612s cases also quite an impressive reach down low with the Maude Technical ultimately coming out on top (per my ears of course).
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Hey there Dave and Canmates

Yeah the PX-100s, but also the Sennies PXC 550 which pack a punch especially in noise canceling mode.  I mix the listening up depending on where I am between the K240, Hifiman, PXC 550, and less frequent the ATH-M40X.

Always browsing the Cans of the world and did check out what you listed, the R70X does look tempting.

The wife of all things bought me a Bose Wave System IV w/Bluetooth adaptor for Bday as she got it $200 bux less than the standard $500 smackers they usually ask (new also) and still do.  Such a small device that sounds like something much larger and very clear.  Would not have thought to get for myself, but glad she did it.  Pleasant surprise.
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^Hi Jim
I mustíve missed your post. I have never heard about the Bose Wavesystem IV, but looking at pics it looks like a small thing..that means business. After having been exposed to extremely small wifi speakers that managed to completely take me off guard, I can only imagine what something like a big radioclock speaker can do nowadays

I am actually waiting for Thomann to get the R70X back in stock as I want it back in my life. Looking back at this Ďheadphone journeyí of mine I cringe to think how much money I couldíve saved if Iíd trusted my initial gut reaction...but somehow I repeatedly let my curiosity get the best of me...and well I oftentimes ended up with something that sounded more Ďimpressiveí...loved it for about a week until I realised that what I initially heard as being wow indeed just was a spike in the mids/treble...and suddenly half of my collection sounded oddly shiny and/or rough. Also why I alluded to just getting an HD600/650/58X/R70X/Sundara and be done with it. I have now owned and sold something like a 100 cans inside a very narrow time frame that I can relax and not worry about here being something out there that better fits my tastes...that isnít the Sennheiser Orpheus. I know because I did the (costy) legwork myself Only real problem is that I have sold off some of the best sounding headphones I owned in search of something better..without realising that what I already had suited me better. Trust me, it was a surreal day when I finally realised that I prefered the sound of an old Sennheiser to the recent 1200$ Focal investment Iíd made
My good friend on the other hand made the wise decision of sticking with his Sundara and K712 (that he bought from me) all through actually trying on most of the headphones that passed my way. He kept his head on straight unlike myself. Only thing he (still) craves he canít actually have before it materialises on the secondhand market..and thatís the HE500. I for one am never selling mine. Itís my precious. Gollum gollum!!!

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