I may need an intervention

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  1. DYohn

    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Or possibly rehab. I made the mistake of spending some time with a very high end electrostatic headphone system, the Hi Fi Man Shangri-La headphones and amp. Ohmyfuckinggod. This is perhaps the sweetest system I have ever heard, of any sort. And only $50K.

    Being the practical MF'er that I am I told my wife about it and said I would never spend that much on headphones but the experience made me consider spending about $12K on the MrSpeakers Voce electrostats and a Woo Audio electrostatic amp.... because I'm being practical...

    She rolled her eyes and said it's your money.

    Do I need this? Hell no. Do I want it... well... is there an audio addiction rehab center in the area?
     
  2. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    There should be. LOL. :sunglasses:

    I Always enjoyed my Stax headphones (electrostatic) and their various amplifiers. As an aside 6+ years ago I offered you an audition of a Stax system. You at the time weren’t interested in an external dedicated amp set up

    Times have changed.
    Quality has come around.
    Such great choices these days.

    Good luck with your decisions.
     
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  3. Phil A

    Phil A Well-Known Member Top Poster

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    The only one in the US is in my house. Once you see how crazy I really am, then you'll be 100% content with this:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MCGF1O/?tag=homthelou-20
     
  4. claud

    claud Well-Known Member Donor

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    Go for it David!! You ain't gettin any younger and our hearing is supposed to be fading. Have you heard the 12K combo? What about the Blue Hawaii?
    HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition - HeadAmp Audio Electronics

    It even comes in colors. Looking at prices, you should be able to buy them both from Headamp less than 10K.
    There is a 4 week wait after you order. Beats a 12 month wait for a DNA Stratus.
     
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  5. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    As we've said many times, the execution matters more than a particular topology. As Claud queried, have you heard the Mr. Speakers / Woo combo?
     
  6. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member

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    The name "Woo" audio makes it sound like snake oil right off the bat. But I don't even know what the fuck is an electrostatic amp. I spent like that back in the day, before kids, when I was young and full of piss and vinegar. Like you are now.
     
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    jasn Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I think you should go for the Voce's so you can still strive to upgrade to the Shangri-la's David.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    I've heard them both separately but not together.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    re: blue hawaii amp. I have not heard one but before I spend any money I think I may have to do some shopping in LA where I can go listen to a few options. I have also heard great things about e-stat amps from a small company called Mjolnir Audio out of Iceland.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    And i should have purchased yours. :)
     
  12. Carl V

    Carl V Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    This fall at rmaf you would have big selection to audution. Then there is the Southern California show. And of course the various B&M options.

    Regardless, enjoy the journey and process.
     
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  13. Phil Rose

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    Why compromise? You’ll always regret not going for the best. Consider this your Hermès handbag.
     
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  14. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin Top Poster

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    Woo is highly respected and one of the most recognized names in headphone amplifiers. Their Fireflies amp is one of a few mid-fi end-game amps.
     
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    DustinDavis Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, in a quick read I gathered that it was. I just found it funny that the name belies that.
     
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    DYohn Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    It's the designer's name, Jack Wu.
     
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    Denton Bronze Member Donor Top Poster

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    Phil is right. This is just your version of a $10k handbag, except much more practical. :grinning:
     
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  18. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member Donor Top Poster

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    I like Carl's idea. Hold off until RMAF. Go listen to all of them. If you're gonna blow that much dough a road trip would be justified and you're not that far away either!
     
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