Chapter 6: Luxman’s Money’s no Object set up, Sennheiser HDVD800 and Beyerdynamic A2
Luxman booked an exclusive room just for themselves. They had 3 different racks all filled with their products for people to listen to, and it was a nice room to audition these high end systems as it was a relatively quiet room with less crowd than the others.
The star of the show from Luxman is their crazy dual P700u set ups. Basically they take two separate amps, the P700u (each capable of driving a stereo headphone just fine), and they used these two monster amps to drive one pair of HD650, one amp for one channel. I don’t know if its really necessary to do that and if there are any benefits from doing that since in my experience, the more elaborate your set up, the bigger the difficulty in having perfectly matched components for the left and right channel, and that’ll usually leave you with a mediocre soundstage imaging and overall sound coherence.
Anyway I decided to have a listen. I wasn’t moved. The sound falls flat on my ears. It was static, and though the body in the sound was there, I can’t help but hearing a digital sound (perhaps through the DAC, I don’t know). I don’t know what it is but the flagship dual P700u system was extremely unimpressive. I had a listen through the other set ups, including the famous P1 amp, and I decided that Luxman’s tonality is simply not working for me.
Sennheiser also has a relatively quiet corner displaying their IE800, HD800, HD700, and their latest amp the HDVD800. Running from an high end CD player (I think it was Esoteric?), I found the sound of the HDVD quite flat and uninvolving, especially when paired with the HD800. They really should’ve built an OTL tube as their high end headphones work best with those.
I also had a listen to the Beyerdynamic A2 and found it to be warmer and smoother than the HDVD800, but technically the amp really has little to brag about.
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