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Cables, in my opinion, are a stupid investment. The differences between the conductivity and sonic properties of the various metals used in cables are so minuscule, why bother with anything other than a well-shielded copper interconnect? If you're not picking up EMI from the sound card's breakout adapter, changing cables would be a fruitless endeavour.
The HotAudio DAC linked to has non-variable line-level outputs. The headphone output has its own output stage, but you can simply not use it, and that stage has no impact on the RCAs.
Quote: Originally Posted by Sutton Just a few days after getting them they have developed a really annoying squeaky hinge on the right hand side driver, Every time I turned my head left/right it would squeak completely wrecking the quiet parts of my music and can still be heard over even AC/DC at high volumes... I'm totally gutted that I'm going to have to send them back, especially after taking all that time to burn them in nicely with Pink noise! ...
I find it varies widely from headphone to headphone. With the HD650s I find if you're off-axis from the headphones (That is, behind or in front of the listener, not beside.) they don't leak much, at normal volumes. However, what I consider to be "normal volume", acquaintances of mine consider to be unlistenably low.
MrSlim makes some good recommendations. Personally, I would pick up a line-out dock for $10-15 off of eBay, and find a mini-to-RCA or mini-to-mini cable elsewhere, for much less than $77 total. Given your price limit, you have a ton of options. Given your circumstances, however, you're somewhat limited. Harder to drive headphones often struggle when fed by lower-power mobile amplifiers, so the surest way to drive a headphone well is with a good desktop amp, but there...
Quote: Originally Posted by Sutton OK that saved me a head ache of importing an official Grado adapter! Just so I'm 100% clear, The SR225's will sound good from an iPod But even better and with more bass when I use a decent amp? If so then thats the perfect headphone for what I'm looking for! Grados always have bass punch, the extension gets better with an amp, mostly. You'll not regret it, I don't think.
Quote: Originally Posted by Sutton Where can I get the jack adaptor for my iPod though? Apparantly they only come with the massive connector. Does it have to be the official grado adapter or will any be ok? Anything will do. The adapter provided with the 650s will do very well, as it's a cable. On the other hand, you can get 1/4"-jack-to- 1/8"-plug adapters that have no cable, and they result in a 3" protrusion out the bottom of your iPod. Not...
Quote: Originally Posted by djork I'm doing just that, i control the volume with foobar (though that's not the ideal way). I consider software volume control dangerous. One misclick and you've got volume at 100%, blowing your drivers out. On the other hand, a volume knob takes a deliberate crank to do damage.
Quote: Originally Posted by subtle No not at all. Grados sound fantastic out of an iPod, possibly more so than any other manufacturer. I would go with either the SR-80's or save up a bit more and go for the SR-225's. With the 80's you get the better pads over the 60's, and the 225 is the sweet spot in the lineup. I would take the 225 over the 125 every time. If you like rock then you're going to love the Grados. I predict you'll own an RS-1 within...
Grados are easy to drive to volume, but difficult to drive well. Due to their low impedance, the amplifier needs large amounts of current to throw around, which the iPod certainly does not provide. The Grado sound signature works well with rock, and as for Grado versus Sennheiser, you're on the opposite ends of the scale. The Sennheiser sound is laid-back and smooth, with soundstage in spades. To make analogy, they're like a plush leather couch at the edge of a jazz...
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