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A driver breaks when he presses the break pedal.
I auditioned a few cables for my home system many years ago.  I decided to go by what I can hear, not what I read.   I listened to mainly Straightwire brand cables.  From the bottom of the line to the $150 for 3' RCA interconnect (about 10 years ago).   They were connected to the best equipment the sound store had.  The store personel were very obliging.   Much to my surprise, the sound did improve as you went up the price scale!  Very subtle but audible...
Loudness curve, as mentioned previously, is the biggy.  You can compensate at low volume levels by boosting bass a bit and highs.   The other thing is the ability of the amp driving the headphones to supply sufficient current to keep the signal clean, with no clipping.  And power is needed for bass frequencies.   As you turn the volume up (or boost bass) the current draw can reach the point where the amp can no longer provide the required power.  Then distortion...
Got my K701's yesterday.  Out of the box they are ok.  Lean on low end, and less detail than I expected.    These phones have glowing reviews everywhere.  But many state a long burn in time....  200-300 hours.  Yech.   What changes/improvements in sound can I expect along the process?  Will detail increase?   Bass?   If the changes are significant, then these headphones are gonna be awesome!
Quote: Originally Posted by obobskivich yes and no, there are players that are "better", but they're much more expensive than $200 DAC wise, I can't think of much at $200 that isn't designed for USB, maybe the Beresford or the Firestone Spitfire, no idea if either of those is really an upgrade though just as a weird alternate idea, what about a tube buffer, instead of a D/A? (if you just want to play with the sound) I obtained a Musical...
Got the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3's. Wonderful!
I am hoping around the $200 mark. LOL...I should not be spending on this at all! Used is ok. Something better than the Rega Planet....it is very dated. The red display is faded quite a bit. I looked at the new Bel Canto and PS Audio...way to pricey. I might look at a new Marantz. Had the technology improved enough so a reasonable player is worth upgrading the Rega?
I should be getting UE Super.fi 3's this week. I am really looking forward to them. If they sound decent I may even upgrade to the 5's. I really use my portable system a LOT. My Practical Devices XM4 amp is ok. I would like a better amp, like the Hornet, but not at twice the price.
I have an ancient Rega Planet, Acurus amps, and Vandersteen IIc Signature speakers. I have decided the Rega and Vandersteens are very laid back as a combination. I would like to upgrade the Rega, but it still works well. So I was considering a coax/rca input DAC. I am not up to date on the latest offerings. I have a limited budget, so I guess used products are reasonable alternative. The last one I remember looking at a while ago was the Bel Canto? Any...
I decided to continue searching for canal phones. I sit outside on my small back yard alot...hours a day. I used to use noise cancelling phones that sounded yech. My air conditioner sits less than 20 feet from my two main sitting positions. Noisy. Neighboor units are also close on either side, but we have fence between us, but I still a/c noise. I started using my good portable system again, with HD580s. But those phones let in the noise. So I am going to get...
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