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I've never really been a speaker enthusiast until recently. I'd always enjoyed hearing exactly what the recording should sound like without significant sound signature and colourations. Both passive and active box speakers that I'd tried could never do much of what my HD540II and later K1000 could do. The speakers were more spatial and three-dimensional but apart from that, they were just an awful coloured mess. The breakthrough moment for me personally was putting an Alpair 12PW and Alpair 7P together on a cardboard open baffle. The12PW is a dedicated woofer and it can go very low indeed, without needing much of an enclosure to do so. At probably about 1.5m away from each woofer, wow... bass. No hump and thump. It scaled properly and whilst lower frequency bass had less energy, the clarity and audibility was superb. I will be using this driver as my main bass unit. My next decision is which full range driver to blend it with. 10P, 12P or perhaps my newly acquired 10MAOP (micro arc oxidation process) drivers. I'm thinking the 12P for its microdynamic resolution but one of the 10 drivers may have a better treble reproduction.
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Glad to see you still have the same passion since your first post Ash. I still have the pair of HD-540 Reference II you sold me an age ago and still going strong. Recently bought a Solo amp and finding my way back to headphone listening.
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Glad to read that they're serving you well. They are lightweight, easy to maintain and sound great. Exceptional price to performance ratio for what they are. Whilst nowhere near as difficult to source as the HD250, the 540II is still quite hard to find in good condition with decent earpads these days. The earpads are the most significant thing for getting the best sound.
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I still enjoy using the '540 Ref 2 too.
They go to show that newer isn't necessarily better.


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nor how much you pay for it.

Whilst I still like the HD540II and AKG K1000, I have no use for either of them anymore now I've got some well-engineered speaker emitters/drivers. I never knew how superb speakers could sound until recently. I may buy a single HD250II as a listening reference and for applications that require a sealed headphone. It will mainly be to help me get the best sound out of my speakers. It's nice not to have to wear anything on the head.
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i also still enjoy the hd540II that i bought from you Ash. i did to have to buy a new cable for it though. because only one side was working. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BAK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Oct 2017 at 2:58am
Originally posted by Ash Ash wrote:

nor how much you pay for it.

Whilst I still like the HD540II and AKG K1000, I have no use for either of them anymore now I've got some well-engineered speaker emitters/drivers. I never knew how superb speakers could sound until recently. I may buy a single HD250II as a listening reference and for applications that require a sealed headphone. It will mainly be to help me get the best sound out of my speakers. It's nice not to have to wear anything on the head.
 I feel the same, Ash... "It's nice not to have to wear anything on the head." 
As I have very big ears, It can be uncomfortable to wear headphones. I do use headphones for referencing sound levels and recording cues at times; they allow concentration to avoid distractions as well.
 A good pair of speakers can give the listener a feeling of being "in" the environment produced by the sound emanating.
 I have had high efficiency speakers that give a pleasing environment with only 0.01 watts (yes 1/100th) per channel. 


Edited by BAK - 15 Oct 2017 at 3:05am
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