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  • What model studio headphones are you using?

    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, 04:33 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 (Mpmp) , 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.
      TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter matte & weight; Arcam R Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

      Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

      VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
      Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

      Piega C711 Loudspeakers

      Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

      Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange & Outlet, Furutech NCF Booster Braces, Audio Art Ref balanced IC, MIT Oracle IC, 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 Output, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
          Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
          Electronics: DIY passive line-stage with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
          Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
          Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
          Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet
          Digital cables: Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
          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, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

          http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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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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            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO 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, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA 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.
              Simon Yorke + Zyx + B.M.C .> Soulution > Boulder > Magico

              "Listening to Analogue music is an act of rebellion in a digital gulag" - Simon Yorke

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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 (Mpmp) , 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 (Mpmp) , 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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