Thanks, everyone, for the replies.
Perhaps a bit upright, but then, so is the music.
Hmm, I don’t know. Opera was representing sex long before Elvis started gyrating his hips, e.g. Monteverdi’s Poppea. Maybe a listening bed instead then?
you do have the option of not buying anything else… I have to tell you how much fun it has been to sit back and relax, listening to music instead of trying to hear miniscule differences between pieces of equipment.
It’s true, I do find closely listening for differences tedious and it may make sense to buy nothing at all. Being a novice, and being so delighted with the SR1a’s, however, I’m curious to figure out just how much better they can get.
Sincerely reading the list of your equipment I see no reasons for an upgrade and I believe that every upgrade you will do will bring minor differences that require an intense attention to be appreciated.
That is my fear. It’s not worth the effort and money if it is just a minor tweak that I can only hear with rapt attention. But being a novice, I can’t really know how “minor” they will be until I try it…
It realizes its best value (or the closest thing approximating that in a $4,500 box), when used not just with the SR1a but also with other, conventional, headphones as well.
That’s largely why I didn’t buy it: I didn’t need its multi-functionality. I have a pair of Clears lying around, for instance, but I can’t see why I’d want to put them on again, certainly not at the same listening station as the SR1a’s. I also thought about using the HSA-1b’s ability to drive speakers, but thanks in part to your explanation in another thread of how amps/speakers work, I thought I’d hold off on a speaker amp until the day I can actually routinely play speakers, and thus upgrade my current ones and pick an ideal amp for them.
Do you think, @Torq and others, that an upgrade in DAC while staying with the JotR would pay significant dividends? Or do you share @PaisleyUnderground’s hesitancy? I know that Torq has written that differences in DAC level off, and that a Bifrost 2 is maybe a 95 to a Dave + M-Scaler’s 100. I know the ideal thing is to test and see for oneself, but some of these, esp the Holo May but also perhaps the Dave, it is hard to find dealers willing to lend it out for a while without a hefty restocking fee should one return.