Tell us about your headphone rig....

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bigjako

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #20 on: 14 Jun 2022, 02:41 pm »

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #21 on: 30 Jul 2022, 11:11 pm »
I wrote to Stax to see if I can't get a new band for my old Sigmas and that got me poking around some and next week: SR-404s with the Stax amp and old RCA tubes.







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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #22 on: 31 Jul 2022, 11:38 am »
Sweet!

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #23 on: 31 Jul 2022, 07:14 pm »
These days I’ve pared my gear down a little, as all of my listening time was with the Woo Audio WA2 (below), as it has excellent NOS tubes and a top-notch fuse in place.

Plus, my two ZMF headphones (Eikon & Auteur) pair so well with the tubes that it is quite magical!

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #24 on: 31 Jul 2022, 07:38 pm »
Used for late night listening. NUC Rock running Roon, Raspberry Pi4 as Bridge, Chord Qutest DAC, Auralic Taurus MKII Headphone Amp, Sennheiser HD800S Headphones.



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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #25 on: 2 Aug 2022, 11:57 pm »
No luck from Stax on a new headband but I was able to glue the thing back together using an acetone/ABS slurry.
This inspired me to do a temporary lash up of stuff that was sitting around so I wound up with a Rega Saturn CD player, Conrad-Johnson MF-2275 amp and a Sonic Frontiers SFL-2 preamp.
Overkill for a little pair of headphones but it all worked out really well,
This Fall I'll drag it upstairs and add an old Harman-Kardon tube tuner I've been letting sit for years or maybe add some Mini Maggies to the mix.


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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #26 on: 3 Aug 2022, 08:24 pm »
The Stax 404s are here and I really couldn't ask for anything more.
I need a better set of headphones for my WooAudio 6 but I don't think I'll find anything I like better than the Stax.

Also have a new headband on order for the Sigmas, I'm told a current Lamba one will fit.
Guess I'll find out.
  Nope, later models use stout pins to hold the ear speakers on, Sigmas take skinny ones.  I think I can make some adaptors out of Allen bolts, we'll see.
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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #27 on: 11 Aug 2022, 04:12 pm »
2 system as well


Study; Woo WA7 (2nd Gen) for Flac files

Main; Woo WA 2 for redbook and Flac.  Driven by a McIntosh D100 DAC - soon to be replaced by the DAC2 module in my McIntosh MA8950 on order (10 weeks and counting)

Original cans were HD650 w/ Cardas Cable.

Upgraded to HD800 and loved them so much purchased a 2nd Pair : HD800S

Fairly certain I will be at my end game once the new 8950 arrives.

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #28 on: 14 Aug 2022, 07:52 pm »
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Main; Woo WA 2 for redbook and Flac.  Driven by a McIntosh D100 DAC - soon to be replaced by the DAC2 module in my McIntosh MA8950 on order (10 weeks and counting)

Original cans were HD650 w/ Cardas Cable.

Upgraded to HD800 and loved them so much purchased a 2nd Pair : HD800S

Fairly certain I will be at my end game once the new 8950 arrives.

As another WA2 owner with headphones that work well with it (in my case, ZMFs), I agree that a WA2 with good tubes, clean AC power, and a high-quality source has hit the point of very rapidly diminishing returns.

I know I’m very happy with my WA2 and high-impedance headphones, and my DAC is plenty good enough to match… I like the WA2 so much that I will be using it as my preamp as well!  :thumb:

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #29 on: 16 Aug 2022, 09:34 pm »
A "new" Sherwood S3000-V tube tuner showed up, these old things are great.
On one song somebody is hitting a block of wood with a stick and it sounded like it was coming from outside the front door, not inside the headphones.



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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #30 on: 26 Sep 2022, 05:14 am »
I'm running a nuforce DAC-80 into Luxman P1U to drive my focal clears.
Used to have a pair of Stax SR-303 from the SRM-323A but decided to try some more dynamic cans and have enjoyed the sound.






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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #31 on: 28 Sep 2022, 09:07 pm »
Dan Clark Aeon with 4.4mm balanced cable into fully balanced ifi Zen Signature Dac, headamp., and phono preamp stack. Also Meze Wood 99 classic also with 4.4mm balanced cable. Finally Sennheiser hd600 redesigned with 4.4mm balanced cable, sheepskin ear cups, comfort head strap under original one.

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Re: Tell us about your headphone rig....
« Reply #32 on: 29 Sep 2022, 01:26 am »
I am 'in transition' on my headphones rig.
I only want 1 "really nice" setup that is very portable, when I can't spend time in my sound room. I have young children, lots of competing factors for my time and attention, so it has to be easy too.

The old setup included ADL 128's w/ a Pixel 4a source.
Currently using ETA mini closed headphones and Hidzis DAC. 4.4 balanced, using ninja cables. Source is either Pixel 5a or Samsung S9. For streaming, the Pixel sounds a little better, using the same DAC through USB c.. kind of surprising. 
Since the Samsung has an SD card, I use the Onkyo HF app with local FLAC files, and that sounds ultimately the best.

I also have 1more quad iem's which I think sound good on everything.  They don't even make the lists I've found of iem's.. good, bad, or otherwise.  I do wonder if there is something better.  But not knowing is financially a good place to be.  :)

I really want to try a Chord mojo DAC. If anyone is interested in lending or selling let me know. 

I plan to do more critical listening this week and record my thoughts on this new rig.  So far, I am very pleased with what I have, it's far superior to anything I've had. I'd also like to hear some Aeon's one day. If, for no other reason, to see what all the fuss is about.  :)

Also, still waiting for some of this new stuff to burn in.  Every time I listen it gets a little better and my minor complaints start evaporating.