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My wife thinks I am having mine right now...

 

I have been considering headphones for a while now, as they will let me listen to music with small kids in the house without waking them. Always a plus. So far I have made no moves in this direction, just thinking about options and where to begin at the moment. However, I have had an absolutely crazy idea...

 

The HiFiMan Susvara, besides being expensive, is also difficult to drive. So much so that HiFIMan themselves make an amp for it that puts over 10 watts into its 60 ohms and 83db efficiency rating. All Class A they say. It also puts 50 watts of class A at 8 ohms into speakers and 150 watts at 8 ohms in Class A/B. I am tempted to give this combo a try. But then I got to thinking... Because the Susvara requires so much power, there are actually a lot of amps that could drive them that are made for speakers if only there was a way to connect the two. taking this idea further, because the Susvara are a top of the line headphone, they should clearly be coupled with top of the line amplification, right? And then of course we're going to need top of the line sources...  I am sure you can see where this is going. One option is the Primaluna Evo400 of course. Pop in some bigger, more powerful tubes than the EL34s and you're golden... The EL34s put 11 watts into 32 ohms already. Tempting, but not crazy enough. You see, I recently had an opportunity to hear the Lampizator Pacific DAC and was blown away. This got me thinking. How great would a system made of the Lampizator Pacific DAC and their Pacific 211 Balanced mono blocks sound through the Susvara? I honestly don't know. Nor have I done the math yet to figure out how much that would cost and just how upset my wife would be. Rest assured though, she thinks I am nuts right now.

 

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Cables...

 

expensive interconnect cables was first

but expensive USB cables is worst


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

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actually, the most surprising thing in your post is that "she thinks I am nuts right now"

 

 

why did it take her so long?


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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Class A tube car amp. I had very good Focal speakers in my car back in the 90s which I'm sure would have sounded just great with a good, tube amp. Actually the maker of my home stereo tube (6C33C tubes from the 80s used in MIG fighters, often used in BAT and Lamm amps) amp was ready to make it ('hmmm.. that would be some challenge') but I gave up the idea.. Frankly - I regret! :D

 

Might have looked like this 9_9

 

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The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

that YOU have had...  

 

ok, just interconnects then (tho not expensive by audiophool stds.) - I was young at the time...


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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1 hour ago, sphinxsix said:

Class A tube car amp. I had very good Focal speakers in my car back in the 90s which I'm sure would have sounded just great with a good, tube amp. Actually the maker of my home stereo tube (6C33C tubes from the 80s used in MIG fighters, often used in BAT and Lamm amps) amp was ready to make it ('hmmm.. that would be some challenge') but I gave up the idea.. Frankly - I regret! :D

 

Might have looked like this 9_9

 

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Now this is crazy and I love it!


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2 hours ago, sphinxsix said:

Class A tube car amp. I had very good Focal speakers in my car back in the 90s which I'm sure would have sounded just great with a good, tube amp. Actually the maker of my home stereo tube (6C33C tubes from the 80s used in MIG fighters, often used in BAT and Lamm amps) amp was ready to make it ('hmmm.. that would be some challenge') but I gave up the idea.. Frankly - I regret! :D

 

Might have looked like this 9_9

 

vk60.jpg

Just don't run the large inverter needed when the car isn't running !


How a Digital Audio file sounds, or a Digital Video file looks, is governed to a large extent by the Power Supply area. All that Identical Checksums gives is the possibility of REGENERATING the file to close to that of the original file.

 

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4 hours ago, sphinxsix said:

Some other crazy ideas. I've read an article by a (British, I believe) audio journalist who described making two holes in his listening room wall (he did't use the space behind the wall) and fitting two huge Tannoy concentric drivers into them to get closer to the idea of the infinite baffle. 

I've also heard of Japanese audiophile who had a horn shaped ceiling with a bass woofer of his SET/horn setup placed up there.

These two ideas at least make some sense, the one I described here long ago doesn't

(I apologize for quoting myself):

 

 

I've read about some Japanese audiophiles getting their very own power connection straight from the power company, poles and all.


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1 hour ago, AudioDoctor said:

 

I've read about some Japanese audiophiles getting their very own power connection straight from the power company, poles and all.

I bet there are more than a million audiophiles in Japan for whom none of the above crazy ideas is that extreme.. x-D


The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, sphinxsix said:

Some other crazy ideas. I've read an article by a (British, I believe) audio journalist who described making two holes in his listening room wall (he did't use the space behind the wall) and fitting two huge Tannoy concentric drivers into them to get closer to the idea of the infinite baffle. 

I've also heard of Japanese audiophile who had a horn shaped ceiling with a bass woofer of his SET/horn setup placed up there.

These two ideas at least make some sense, the one I described here long ago doesn't

(I apologize for quoting myself):

 

 

I just want my own power pole and utility sized transformer like that Japanese guy has.

 

He must have a lot of on


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

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4 hours ago, sphinxsix said:

I bet there are more than a million audiophiles in Japan for whom none of the above crazy ideas is that extreme.. x-D

 

probably!!


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2 hours ago, Ralf11 said:

 

I just want my own power pole and utility sized transformer like that Japanese guy has.

 

He must have a lot of on


 

solar and wind?


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22 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:


 

solar and wind?

 Neither of these are suitable for reliability without battery storage, and even with Solar and Batteries used you rarely see anything more than a 5KW Inverter used, which is incapable of powering many electrical appliances .

OTOH, you could use Solar/Wind with battery storage for AV only, and continue using the A.C. mains supply for Cooking, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning etc.


How a Digital Audio file sounds, or a Digital Video file looks, is governed to a large extent by the Power Supply area. All that Identical Checksums gives is the possibility of REGENERATING the file to close to that of the original file.

 

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1 hour ago, sandyk said:

 Neither of these are suitable for reliability without battery storage, and even with Solar and Batteries used you rarely see anything more than a 5KW Inverter used, which is incapable of powering many electrical appliances .

OTOH, you could use Solar/Wind with battery storage for AV only, and continue using the A.C. mains supply for Cooking, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning etc.


 

duh...

 

I assumed Ralf11 is smart enough to know that. 


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@AudioDoctor  Audiophile travels recently lead me to a McCormack design from years ago. 

 

https://www.stereophile.com/headphones/796mcc/index.html

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The MID was initially the Micro Headphone Drive, sporting two ½" stereo phone-jacks on the front panel, a two-position input switch, and a volume control. The rear boasted two inputs and an output (controlled by the volume pot). It was designed to be a high-quality headphone amp and a minimalist preamp. In this configuration, I ran into it at the 1995 WCES where—almost as a gag—Steve McCormack had made up a few ½" stereo phone-plug to 5-way binding post connectors. He could, he explained, run small speakers from the headphone outputs. There was a serious purpose behind the joke, of course. Showing that the MHD could drive speakers spoke volumes for its ability to drive headphones.

 

I'm cautiously interested in what happens here with your crazy idea.  Or should I say how you are planning to go about this.  In any case, since I saw the other thread I thought to provide alternative means of connecting the headphones to a stereo amp.  In reverse of the above.

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Craziest idea? I have one from someone in another forum years ago.  Instead of using any other isolation or damping accessories, he was thinking of hanging all his gears to avoid the vibrations.  Don't know whether it works or not.


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by using on (ital.) above, I refer to a philosophical, near religious concept in Japan - duno how strong it is now

 

I didn't necessarily mean (solely) that the Japanese audiophile with his own power pole had a lot of electrical items turned on (tho it i hard to miss a chance for  cross-cultural pun)


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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1 hour ago, rando said:

@AudioDoctor  Audiophile travels recently lead me to a McCormack design from years ago. 

 

https://www.stereophile.com/headphones/796mcc/index.html

 

I'm cautiously interested in what happens here with your crazy idea.  Or should I say how you are planning to go about this.  In any case, since I saw the other thread I thought to provide alternative means of connecting the headphones to a stereo amp.  In reverse of the above.


that’s an interesting device, thanks for the link!

 

im curious to know where this leads as well. Time will tell. I’ve tracked down a HiFiMan EF1000 and and a pair of Susvara headphones for a listen. I guess doing that will be step 1 


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