I like your setup, very clean.
Which cables are those?
I just received my 650s today and have the e17/e09k combo too. When the e17 is docked what volume level do you have it set to? I ask because it seems if my e17 is set to the default '20' mark I have to turn the e09k knob almost all the way up, but when I have the e17 set at 30, I only have to turn the e09k knob to a little after 12 o'clock.
I use the LOBypass so I don't have to get amplification from e17.
Nope! =) went with the black dragon and it's quite nice. Wasn't really a cable believer until i tried it... diff isn't night and day... but definitely noticeable. Would I pay full retail ($200+) for one? no... better to spend that money on source or amp... but I managed to grab a cheap second hand one so it was a nice tweak.
^^ I picked up a silver dragon for me 650 about a year ago. Also, it was not a day and night difference but I really liked the difference that I heard. Great pairing with the 650. For those who find the 650 dark, the silver dragon will "brighten" them just a touch without any harshness.
Heck, I didn't find them dark to begin with but I still liked the pairing. Then, as I often do...I saw some greener grass on the other side and sold the cable for something else. The only thing that I didn't like about that cable was that it was not flexible at all.
Hey all, just catching up. I don't think I've checked in since Xmas, so I had 680 some-odd posts to read, so here's what I gathered to say.
I had the original Darkvoice 337 (my tubes were Tung Sol 5998s and I don't remember the other set, it took two separate sets of tubes, drive/power tubes and ???, I don't know) and I hated my 650s with it, very dark from what I remember. I was only using a FiiO E7 as a DAC (with line out adapter) and it got a LOT better when I upgraded to my PS Audio DLIII DAC but I still disliked the sound. That plus the dual volume knobs drove me to selling it. I switched (one could say downgraded, DV337 at $600 something to this DAC/amp combo that's probably worth $2-300) to an Audio-gd Compass and soundstage opened up, veil was gone, nice treble, a LOT happier. Just my 2c, I know there's gotta be better amps out there, I'm eyeing the Lyr or Crack (pre built, I don't do DIY). I'm also eyeing DT880/HE400 after reading through this thread.
I have washed the pads on my HD650 a couple of times and they really woke up to life after that. This you can do whenever you want. Not sure if this is something that people usually do with theirs but it really worked for me. I still haven't replaced the pads after 6 years of use.
One other thing that needs replacement on mine (only for aesthetic reasons though) is the head band which I had to repaint with car paint after 4 years of use because of paint flaking. The head band looks fine now but nowhere near the original
Did you just throw them in the washing machine? What was your cleaning method?
Wow, these sound like a nice side-grade to my 650s, it'd be sorta what I'm looking for if I ever bought DT880s or HE-400s. These it? Are they worth $450 over the <$300 for the regular K702s?
I did that, wrapped it around the base of my banana stand, and it's a decent fix. Still happens sometimes but I was mostly aggravated when I tripped on and subsequently yanked the cable, either on my head or on the stand. They did fall to the floor a few times too, but either way I'd hate to damage them. They seem OK, thanks to their nice build quality it looks like :)
Also, anyone know a good mod to make the 650s into a closed can? If I ever wanna get a shorter cable and use them with an iPod and amp at school in the future it'd be nice. I'm aware of woodies at headphile, but something cheaper would be nice. I'd be worried about leaking sound, and also concerned about contamination too I guess.
This wouldn't be for sonic/sound signature reasons. I'm aware of the inherent characteristics of closed cans vs. open like boomier bass, maybe slightly smaller soundstage, the less airy feeling (I might like that actually); these might as well come from my lesser source anyway, right?
I was thinking maybe a pad to put in there, but that might not get the holes on the side as much (and not protect against contamination as much). Duct tape (inside or outside suggestions?) might be interesting, just to see what happens. Totally reversible with some wiping down of the grilles to remove the stickiness if I undid it.
Folding would be VERY nice for me. Not being foldable would almost be a deal breaker if I were looking for a set specifically for mobile.
It'd be really for the sake of not having to buy another pair of cans for a while, and I could keep my nice 650 sound (pretty much) :)
Please don't go make these closed cans...
Or just go get some decent IEMs. Best solution for portable IMHO. You get passive isolation to block out noises from the environment for maximum music enjoyment, they're easier to drive than HD 650s... and you won't be doing something that (to me) is analogous to taking a Ferrari and trying to add hydraulics or a towing trolley to it just cause it's convenient for moving your gear.
Nice, I'll keep an eye there. I was thinking Koss PortaPros (or Beyer DT1350s but man I don't have that kind of money right now) but reading that first post in the appreciation thread seemed like a good review. Worth a try for $50 (when I have that). I'm happy with my Klipsch Image S4's at the moment but sometime I wanna try full cans over IEMs. Thanks!
These are them, right?