HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier (Playback 56)

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HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier
HeadAmp Blue Hawaii SE Electrostatic Headphone Amplifier (Playback 56)

The song “Sweet Bride”, also from 10, has good bass detail and excellent guitar delicacy and clarity without stridency.

On The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over [K2 HD Music], "Tequila Sunrise" has superb instrumental separation and less sibilance than we’ve heard on many other systems. Here, the cut-from-whole-cloth integrity of the BHSE makes a significant difference.

Later on the same album, "Hotel California" has great guitar dynamics and separation, while deep bass seems excellent and very well defined. Nonetheless, in direct comparison we thought the (upgraded) Woo WES had a bit more upper bass detail.

Turning to Shelby Lynne’s Just A Little Lovin [Lost Highway] the song "Just A Little Lovin" exhibited the best bass level and detailing through the Stax SR-009/BHSE combo that we’ve heard from this track. Vocals sound a bit darker than we might expect based on other headphones/amp, although this sound fit the overall character of the track really well.

Turning to the Shelby Lynne track "Willie and Laura Mae Jones", we heard very good instrumental separation on a moderately complex mix. Shelby’s voice has a little whiteness or fine grain on it, but the dynamic flow of this track the BHSE is, in our experience, unequalled.

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