Original Shuguangs back in…
Amazed at the SQ of the SRC2496/Loxjie P20/HD6xx combo. For anyone starting the hobby, is the rig I’d advise to jump straight from the beggining if DIY and modding isn’t your thing.
I cannot come with a cheaper rig sounding better… (you still need a SPDIF out DAC, as the SRC2496 doesn’t have USB-in).
I listen to a wide array of Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk/Punk/Reggae/Flamenco/Latin & fusion of subgenres.
Kind of rediscovered/found 80’s mastered pop music really enjoyable with the HD6XX+Loxjie P20 combo. Sincerely, I was surprised at the mastering/EQ of these albums, something which I haven’t found before (started my music library in 1995).
Similar goes to Motown: I was blasted to hear closer resemblance to on-stage experience: percussion, bass, gained a depth and detail clarity, an organicity I have only experienced either on studio or live. Upright bass sounds like… upright bass. With all the attack details, slides and changes in plucking, just as if I were hearing it IRL.
Each time I go back to some albums or songs, I’m surprised to find details I’ve never heard before, e.g.
Beatles Blackbird. Metronome always sounded like tik-tik-tik. Now it’s obvious is a tic-toc tic-toc… and not a metronome.
Elvis. Lovely upright bass and layering (Suspicious Minds). I never had noticed the (Hammond?) organ before, not the notes at least.
This is something very noticeable: synths, organs get their own, defined “layer” without losing textures or mudding up chords. Same goes for sax, which retains its texture (She’s Not You).
Percussion sounds really organic and detailed, you feel the pulse, and the timbre of each, with attack and decay almost intact.
In summary: lots of songs that sounded from flat, unispiring to plain unlistenable (gritty highs) I couldn’t bear, suddenly become enjoyable, and even some reveal as gems.
This, while keeping detail… was shocked to actually catch the two latest verses of Sexual Healing