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  1. #2611
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

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    I'm Jerry.

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    I thought it was time that I joined the Planar Magnetic Club.



    Audeze EL8.

    My inner ear problems persist although they are slowly improving.
    Left ear is 3-6dB down in level at the moment (it varies, and started off 8-9dB down) and moderate to loud treble is accentuated and distorts.
    Curiously, headphone listening is definitely the way to go with this medical condition - with some tonal equalisation and L/R balance skewing (courtesy of a Behringer 2496) it can sound pretty good, still far from optimal but at least it's listenable. Speakers don't really sound right at all for some reason.

    So I thought that broadening my headphone options would be fun and interesting.
    My usual cans are standard dynamic type - Fostex TH600 - and although at the same price point (typical new price 500-600) they sound very different to the Audeze.

    Both are closed back (necessary in my home environment, Mrs jandl doesn't like the squeaky noises inflicted on those near open backed cans), but they have a very different presentation.

    The level of detail is very similar; both are very revealing, although I would give the Fostex the nod.
    But the Fostex are way more open and spacious sounding. The Audeze are very much 'in my head' in comparison.
    Where the Audeze excel is in the solidity and focus of the sound. Dynamics are more forcefully presented and I suspect they are a bit tonally richer, too.

    Rock music and big orchestral especially are much harder hitting and exciting with the Audeze, aided and abetted by a very impressively controlled mid to low bass.

    Both are very enjoyable in their different ways, and I feel I need a bit of pampering at the moment!
    It will be interesting to see if my opinions change once my damn ear issues are sorted.
    Last edited by jandl100; 25-08-2018 at 06:41.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
    Headphone amp: Rotel RX-603

  2. #2612
    Join Date: Apr 2010

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    ....and it'll be interesting to hear how the 50 yr old Isos compare!
    Chris.

  3. #2613
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by hornucopia View Post
    ....and it'll be interesting to hear how the 50 yr old Isos compare!
    Indeed.
    Sadly my latest attempt to make an adapter lead for the isodynamics was a dead end. Totally unusable. I have a plaster on my thumb to prove it.
    Have now ordered the same extension cable that you use, Chris.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
    Headphone amp: Rotel RX-603

  4. #2614
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Audeze EL8 update.

    Hmm.
    My guess is that my 'used' EL8 were barely that.
    The closed-in sensation is rapidly diminishing and they are starting to open up quite nicely.
    I think they are still running in and I may have been too hasty in my early judgement!
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
    Headphone amp: Rotel RX-603

  5. #2615
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I'm Alan.

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    That sounds like a fabulous result, certainly when they have run in

  6. #2616
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    A match made in heaven.



    Wharfedale Isodynamic headphones and Rotel RX-603 receiver.
    I was having trouble finding a device with enough power to properly drive the Isos.
    Usually neither enough gain nor enough power.

    So I thought I'd try one from my vintage collection from the same era ... Bingo!
    Gosh, the Rotel has gobs of power from its headphone socket, way more than other gear I have tried.
    Sounds fab.
    Very 70s.
    Jerry

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
    Headphone amp: Rotel RX-603

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