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Thread: Audiophile question, What do you listen to your music on?

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    For headphones I considered almost everything, including the 650 and 701k. The beyers just came out ahead for having great soundstage, comfort, and sound quality. It was important to realise that the 600 ohm versions are actually built differently and much better than the other versions. They tend to have too much bass and harsh highs, but the 600s fix that. Its still a tad warm, but I like it that way. Who says classical has to be cool :P A lot of the other headphones either have good soundstage or good bass but not both, or so I found. Anyway, I couldn't be happier after using Audio-Technica A900s (which are still good).
    They're very very good. I liked them a lot. Just didn't like them as much as the Ultrasone Pro 900s with it's phenomenal soundstage for a closed back set. If anything, the Ultrasone Pro 900 bass is very rich. Either Beyer or Ultrasone's equivalents whip the commercial Senn HD650s. The AKGs are a bit thin on the ground.

    Apple Lossless isn't very audio-rich sound quality imho. It is better than MP3 however light years away from the richness of vinyl LP, or SACD or even proper CD. I like FLAC a lot but work with an Apple, so it's much harder to manage a workflow. A separate DAC/amp makes great sense if you're looking for great quality from digital formats.

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    I don't understand the part about ALAC. Its lossless just like flac. I also only use it instead of flac because of the iphone/ipod.

    I was looking at a seperate DAC/AMP. However the STX is much reviewed and to beat it I would have to spend 400 or more. Unfortunatly I can't afford that. But it is definatly worth it if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    They're very very good. I liked them a lot. Just didn't like them as much as the Ultrasone Pro 900s with it's phenomenal soundstage for a closed back set. If anything, the Ultrasone Pro 900 bass is very rich. Either Beyer or Ultrasone's equivalents whip the commercial Senn HD650s. The AKGs are a bit thin on the ground.

    Apple Lossless isn't very audio-rich sound quality imho. It is better than MP3 however light years away from the richness of vinyl LP, or SACD or even proper CD. I like FLAC a lot but work with an Apple, so it's much harder to manage a workflow. A separate DAC/amp makes great sense if you're looking for great quality from digital formats.
    I don't think the K701s are thin sounding at all. I think the presentation is very natural. I think the main positive I have about them is the wide and open airy soundstage, which sounds great with large orchestras.

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    paradigm studio 80 reference speakers, anthem integrated 225 amp, straightwire connects, high fidelity v dac, library ripped lossless and played through wireless optical via airport express.

    magnificent!


    r.

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    Cool Combination

    I have a 1,5 year Naim CD 5x player, excellent dynamics and musical for classical, combined with a good NAD pre amp + vintage Luxman C3 power amp. My speakers are likewise vintage Mirage, with wonderful natural and warm sound. My turntable is an old but good Fisher. I connect my laptop to my system and listen to albums and songs from Spotify and radio - and downloaded studiomaster music files - albums. Those are the best when it comes to sound quality. You can buy them on the internet

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    Most listening is done on my System 2:

    Technics Integrated Amplifier SU-V650
    Polk Audio Speakers SDA-2B
    Blu-Ray Disc Player S360
    Technics AM/FM Tuner ST-G450

    It's like an old friend, old shoes, or old wine. With the exception of the BDP, it's over twenty years old. The system's good buddy, a Mission Cyrus PCM II died last year. R.I.P.

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    Rotel amp, pre-amp and cd player, Pioneer dvd, Linn table, B&W 802s, Beyerdynamics 990 cans. I don't do much mp3.

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    Nobody here listening through Arcam? My 'Hifi-system': Arcam FMJ DV139 - Arcam FMJ A32 - Von Schweikert speakers (forgot the type & not willing to kneel down on the ground to read the label). Connecting cables top quality. These Von Schweikert speakers (made in NY) really present a soundstage as deep & wide & in focus as the recording lets you. The basses never get fuzzy or boomy and really go deep. Organ pipe 16Hz no problem. When I put a CD in the drawer, the presence of the speakers is not to be noticed, just the soundstage. (This noticing of the speakers themselves during a listening-session I detested in my earlier 'systems'). The DV 139 also is for 'home-cinema', to which a separate Philips amplifier feeds the KEF centre-speaker and a separate Denon amplifier the 2 Marantz backbenchers. But mostly the Von Schweikerts are enough to make the movie-soundstage come to life. Once you listen by means of quality stuff to classical music, the recording quality of CDs & DVDs becomes more & more important. With DVDs this mostly is

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    my current system consists of KRK RP5 monitors and the RP10 Subwoofer. They are near field monitors so quality is lost the further you move away from them (which is perfect for my situation) there not exactly entertainment kind of sound system, more or less a studio environment, so what you hear is generally harsh at times, but atleast its accurate enough to depict that (also a godsend for mixing) and my headphones are Sennheiser HD 435.

    no amp is required since the speakers have their own built in amps, including the sub, using xlr cables to connect it all - hooks nicely up to my Steinberg CI2 output - its external sound card as well so its alot easier to manage since the volume and controls are right in front of me.

    now if only i were to decide what recording equipment i should get..........

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    Sony 5400ES SACD player
    Sony 6400ES A/V receiver
    B&W 804 main speakers
    Energy surround speakers
    Martin Logan Abyss subwoofer
    Stax SR-404/SRM 007 headphones

    (Before I got married, I had a Mark Levinson 380s preamp, 334 amp, and Martin Logan Request speakers! [plus a separate video system] After I got married, "we" decided it was time to downsize the audio/video gear and consolidate the two systems, so I decided to convert to multi-channel SACD for audio.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Sony 5400ES SACD player
    Sony 6400ES A/V receiver
    B&W 804 main speakers
    Energy surround speakers
    Martin Logan Abyss subwoofer
    Stax SR-404/SRM 007 headphones

    (Before I got married, I had a Mark Levinson 380s preamp, 334 amp, and Martin Logan Request speakers! [plus a separate video system] After I got married, "we" decided it was time to downsize the audio/video gear and consolidate the two systems, so I decided to convert to multi-channel SACD for audio.)

    Nice. Relationships - they're all about compromise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Nice. Relationships - they're all about compromise!
    Luckily, my wife has a keen ear and doesn't mind the big speakers in the living room because they have an outstanding sound - details and links to pics through the URL in my signature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petrarch View Post
    Luckily, my wife has a keen ear and doesn't mind the big speakers in the living room because they have an outstanding sound - details and links to pics through the URL in my signature.
    W-0-w. Thats a very nice setup you've got going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Nice. Relationships - they're all about compromise!
    Replacing Levinson separates with a Sony receiver is the ULTIMATE act of love (or insanity...)

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    At home I have:
    PS Audio PWT (transport) > Weiss Dac 202 (DAC & preamp) > Chapter Audio power amp > Sonus Faber Cremona (speakers). Glorious

    At work:
    PC running JPLay > Burson Audio ha-160D (DAC / headphone amp) > Sennheiser HD800 (headphones)

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