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    hey all, I've been enjoying a pair of Sony professional MDR-F1 phones for about 10 years now. Very smooth sound, easy to drive, and
    very comfortable (can be worn for hours without fatigue ). I bought them from Japan direct, I currently use the headphone amp in my denon preamp
    (don't have a dedicated phone amp). What make and model phones and phone amps are you all using?
    Last edited by JCOConnell; 04-30-2016, 05:33 PM.
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

  • #2
    I am using Sennheiser HD 600 headphones

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    • #3
      Sennheiser HD700 and Schiitt Lyr amp connected,thru my preamp for analog or digital listening.
      Turntable: TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter mat & weight; PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.
      Digital: Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer
      Amplification: VTL 6.5 preamp Series II, Pass Labs 150.8 Amp
      Loudspeakers: Piega C711 Loudspeakers
      Isolation: Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks and grade 2.5 Balls
      Misc: Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 Atmosphere power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref IC, synergistic Research Atmosphere X Euphoria Level 3 Balanced ICs, Synergistic Research Euphoria Level 3 Speaker Cables, Synergistic Research Cable Risers.

      Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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      • #4
        Grado PS1000e. Nice.

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        • #5
          Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 600 ohm. Mostly with a Schiit Valhalla (original version) though they sound great with my Questsyle QP1 too.
          Steve Lefkowicz
          Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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          Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
          Digital: Geekom Mini PC (i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, JRiver Media Center 29, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug FMJ.
          Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
          Speakers: Tekton Perfect SET 15, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
          Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
          Speaker cables: WyWyres Diamond, Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
          Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
          Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
          Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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          • #6
            Abyss AB-1266
            Audezee LCD-XC
            Senn HD800
            Grado SR325e

            Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold Amp
            Woo Audio WA5-LE AMP

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            • Rob
              Rob commented
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              Look at Bruce who knew you were a headfi enthusiast, nice rigs you have.

          • #7
            Originally posted by Bruce B View Post
            Abyss AB-1266
            Audezee LCD-XC
            Senn HD800
            Grado SR325e

            Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold Amp
            Woo Audio WA5-LE AMP
            What do you use for mastering or do you use them for mastering at all?
            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 440 mono amps
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, Phasemation PP-500 cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Kubala-Sosna, Audience FrontRow; Audience FrontRow, Genesis Advanced Technologies , Goldmund and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.3+ platforms.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

              What do you use for mastering or do you use them for mastering at all?
              Never for mastering. I use them for my restoration/archival work.

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              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                Thanks!

            • #9
              my desktop system that my kids also use are a Schiit modi dac/Vali 2 hybrid amp and AKG k240 Mk IIs. I also have an original pair of Audezees and a schiit Lyr.

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              • #10
                Based on our small sampling, it seems Sennheiser is most popular brand.
                Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                • #11
                  I use a hand me down HD-650 from Dr. Bruce.

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                  • #12
                    I had Sennheiser HD800s until I sold them (little use). They were great, but didn't use them as expected.
                    Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                    • Rob
                      Rob commented
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                      I find that cans are indispensable as a tool for chasing down ground hums and trouble shooting cartridge issues or any situation where you want to isolate your ears form the room and extraneous noises for said purpose.

                  • #13
                    Originally posted by allenh View Post
                    I had Sennheiser HD800s until I sold them (little use). They were great, but didn't use them as expected.
                    I don't use my phones much either (only sometimes late at night when I wanted to jam loud ), that's why I haven't bothered to buy a headphone amp yet.
                    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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                    • #14
                      I am A long headphone guy as well as speakers. The use of them is key to what I would Recomend for you .
                      The hd800 is top in clarity without going into stats . Now as they are clean and give the most staging of any headphone I have ever heard . But this comes at price , and don't beleave in the so called bump in eq that makes them seem fatiguing way. It's really chain feed it a good source and matched amp those headphones get you about 80 of a stat in speed and clarity . Surpass imaging and have more weight .
                      Now the principle difference of any headphone to speaker comparison is its ambience . They seem flat to any good speaker that images well. Witha piano it rings clean with over tones , but lacks the room the piano is in .

                      If you have a good source and want a great phone do the hd800 and there hdvd 600 amp , but your chain must good or you running away. A tube amp can help by adding warmth and in some cases makes it more Musical. My lampi head DAC drives them directly to perfection , I helped luk make the DAC this way . As you go down the line in seenhisr you loose clarity period it's why most like the models below the flagship . I do feel adding tubes in the chain makes almost any headphone more musical . If you live in the NYC area I would be happy let you hear my collection . I am sure ypu would walk away witha very different view of them. The LCD line is a laid back midrange and bass heavy phone , but in being a bit reseed it's much more forgiving of what chain you own. For me I miss the reality of more neutral phone .
                      analog stuff.
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                      otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                      sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                      new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                      thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                      thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                      kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                      phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                      speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                      mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                      digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                      Dacs lampi various

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                      • #15
                        One more thing inwon a few denon products including there one time flagship avr5801 ci . There is some great soind from there headphone amp , but it's not neutral but very nice to use .
                        analog stuff.
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                        Dacs lampi various

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