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I have no clue what my Meze Empyrean driver type is but it sounds amazing with both my Benchmark HPA4 and Bryston BHA-1. I listen for many hours each night and now afternoons too (no 2 channel amp any more). I used to get fatigue and hated headphones about 10 years ago. I took a chance on the Meze and have been shocked at how amazing it is.
I am using the WyWire XLR over the stock cable, this gets the extra little bit detail that the stock cable did not get.
BTW - I am surprised you have not picked up the HPA4, given your stable of amps. I owned the DAC3 HGC at one time and the HPA4 is much better. Though I never had headphones to compare with the HGC, I am comparing the preamp section. I used the same components on the HGC as I am now using on the HPA4.
Last night I had a problem with my work. So I started some work at 9PM and finished at 5AM this morning. All that time I was listening to the Meze Empy with WyWire Platinum XLR. I was streaming the "1976! Songs of the Year" playlist on Tidal. It was so enjoyable that after I finished my work I stayed up a little longer listening to a few more cuts. This was with the HPA4 and DAC3B.
I love this headphone system.
Your stable of headphones and front end gear is impressive. But I can't understand your reluctance to add an electrostatic to the mix. Stax set the bar for electrostatic headphones and still make them. Your budget certainly can afford you one of their best. There are others, like Sonoma. I'm not making a specific recommendation, as I don't have enough recent experience to do so, but ruling out an entire leading technology in a field you are so committed to, well...makes no sense to me.
I assume you mean the meze empyrean? They are a more relaxed headphone. So far my favorite is the abyss 1266 phi tc. Havnt has time to try the woo audio wa33 with any of them yet, so, that could change as I’ve been listening with woo audio wa11, ibasso 220max and ak sp2000 portables so far. Just now ordered the Shangri la jr, so have three
Yes, I was referring to the Meze Empyrean. The Abyss Phi TC was another I was looking at but I am under the impression that it is a bit finicky with placement on the head. I move my head around a lot to view 6 office computer monitors and I wanted something that stays in place. The Empy does stay in place. I will have to demo the Abyss instead of buying blind like I did with the Empy.
I have the Benchmark HPA4. I wanted to get a second amp and right now have narrowed it down to a second HPA4 or the Headamp GS-X mini. I will do a bit of research on all the amps you have.