Wikia 7/2016

@velvetx

@n3rdling‘s HE90 Clones (out of BHSE):

  • For those of you who might have missed the opportunity to listen to these you need to put it on your must listen to at the next meet he attends.
  • Personally having never listened to the original Orpheus but loving my 007 MK1 out of the Headamp BHSE and hating the Stax 009’s I felt at a loss. I mean the 007 MK1 is my favorite headphone I own but at times want something a little more refined that my HD800 SDR isn’t doing. Well enter the HE90 clones
  • I have heard these at one other meet I attended and it was out of the Headamp Aristaeus (oh yah the other e-stat amp Justin makes) and with the BHSE I felt like everything I put on was like I was actually being sang to.
  • The instrument separation was perfect with just the right amount of sound stage
  • Tonal balance was just superb
  • Bass I felt was different than what I am used to with the MK1 less thick but more defined.
  • For someone who isn’t a fan of the 009 this headphone just hits all the right spots for me.
  • As I had mentioned previously I had heard this at a previous meet and it was the best headphone hands down and again the result was the same.
  • I don’t know if Milos will ever release these as a production headphone but after listening again and this time with the BHSE it took all my willpower just not to hand him a wad of cash for his prototype.

@TMoney

N3rdling HE-90 Clone (on Nick’s BHSE):

  • Very fun to listen to.
  • It is awesome to hear a DIY headphone this good.
  • Justin and I did a comparison with the 009 and Clone. It made me sad I don’t still own an electrostatic rig.
  • Between the two, I still lean towards the 009. I hear the 009 as better balanced high-to-low and having vastly superior bass to the Clone.
  • I heard the Clone as having a bit more of a warm, mid-centric tone. The Clone is the more “romantic” sounding of the two, but my preferences tend more towards ruler flat neutrality. I can see why some would prefer the sound of the Clone, but for me the 009 is still the king-of-the-hill (along with 007mk1).

@knerian

I really wanted to check out the n3rdling Clones because I had heard about them prior and brought my own SR-009 to compare.

Meet conditions are never ideal and it was a bit loud, but I did get to do some great direct a/b comparisons of the SR-009 vs the clones on a BHSE. Sensitivity wise they are not that far off, luckily I only had to adjust the volume slightly (009 being slightly more sensitive). For music I mostly used the Bertini/WDR Cologne box set of Mahler symphonies.

Due to my limited time with them I will just comment about what I was able to directly compare. The clones have better effortlessness and clarity than the SR-009. In a large tutti section of a large scale orchestral work with a large amount of percussion (tam tam and gong) combined with full brass and orchestra, the SR-009 sounded congested in comparison. For me that was shocking. I am coming from my home collection of Abyss, HE-6, HD-800, SR-007mk1, HE-1000, and so far the SR-009 has bested them all in terms of absolute clarity and transparency (not to mention other aspects, but for the sake of this comparison I am only mentioning these traits).

And the Clones bested the SR-009. These headphones need more examination due to the meet conditions, but this is perhaps the one headphone I am most interested in at the moment.

I also got to hear the new Ether and both Focals, all very nice, but once you hear what the SR-009 can do there is very little that impresses you.

@calaf

what do you do when Sennheiser insists in not making your favourite headphone? You build your own of course! Congrats to n3rdling for his daring enterprise. I am not qualified to compare his handmade electrostat to an Orpheus, and I don’t think anyone could have done that with the background noise in the break room. I will say that the headphone sounded “high-end” and that it was very comfortable. Looking forward to future developments.
@ohhgourami

Milos’ Clones: Nice to hear these again but out a BHSE. Easily the best thing I heard today as they did everything right. Great job with them Milos!