"Between the STAX SR-X9000 and Hifiman Shangri-La Electrostatic headphones, I lacked nothing. Grand Cayman added heft, power, and a life-like weight to the Shangri-La, unlike anything I've heard previously. With Grand Cayman, I finally found the Shangri-La's massive, detailed, and beautifully layered presentation firmly planted in reality. To get things started, I dove head first into some Eva Cassidy. What I love about "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" is how much of the room acoustics within Blues Alley is preserved within the recording. Most systems I've demoed Shangri-La with struggle to balance the immediacy of Eva's powerful voice and the band alongside the nuance and depth of the space she's performing within. I either got a well-layered presentation with a slightly thin tone or a full-bodied sound with some slight congestion and overlapping elements. However, with Grand Cayman, the balance was perfect... easily the best I've ever heard the Shangri-La and this track! "
CanJam NYC 2023 Impressions Thread (February 25-26, 2023)
To me that's the most extraordinary thing about this hobby. When you buy a great new piece, you don't just get gear, you get a brand new, improved version of your all favorite music. That to me justifies some of these prices. Some people might have a very different view of what could be...