- 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.
- 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).
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.