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post #15511 of 36878
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Originally Posted by WraithZA View Post
 

Hi All,

 

I've been struggling to decide on an upgrade to my current setup of PC -> Asus Xonar Essence STX -> HD 650.

 

I've got a couple of questions that I hope you folks will be able to help me with:

 

1. How decent is the DAC on the STX. Would it be feasible to just use the STX and purchase a more expensive amp (i.e. a Schiit Valhala) and connect via the line out of the card?

 

2. Should I rather get a discrete stack such as a Modi+Vali (I'm leaning towards Vali over Magni as I believe they should be a better fit with the 650's). I would then perhaps look to upgrade the amp at a later stage if I feel the need.

 

Your insights would be greatly appreciated :).

Maybe get just the Vali? Schiit stack is sexier though. ;)

post #15512 of 36878
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Originally Posted by WraithZA View Post
 

1. How decent is the DAC on the STX. Would it be feasible to just use the STX and purchase a more expensive amp (i.e. a Schiit Valhala) and connect via the line out of the card?

 

The PCM 1792 (as in STX) is to be used in the upcoming Fiio X5, I believe; some think upgrading the STX output ICs to LM4562 makes a noticeable improvement, I've bought some but to date too lazy to upgrade  :$

 

STX tends to be undervalued as it's "only a soundcard", read the Stereophile reviews if you haven't.

 

Try external amps by all means, you need to work out the "signature" that you think you will like.


Edited by jimmers - 1/27/14 at 2:48am
post #15513 of 36878

Guys, not a lot of talks here about the new portable amp/DAC "Geek Out" from Light Harmonics (the same guys of the da Vinci DAC).

I'm on the market for a portable headphone amp/DAC to connect to my Macbook Pro and HD650, so this could be an option.

 

I'm wondering if anybody had the possibility to hear one of the prototypes and compare it with other similar stuff (Audioengine D1, Meridian Explorer).


Edited by doraymon - 1/27/14 at 3:03am
post #15514 of 36878
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Originally Posted by Zojokkeli View Post
 

Maybe get just the Vali? Schiit stack is sexier though. ;)

It is pretty sexy indeed :).

 

However if I don't really need to get myself a new DAC, I assume it would be best to spend that saved cash on the Vali's bigger brother, the Valhalla.

post #15515 of 36878
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Originally Posted by WraithZA View Post
 

It is pretty sexy indeed :).

 

However if I don't really need to get myself a new DAC, I assume it would be best to spend that saved cash on the Vali's bigger brother, the Valhalla.

I suppose. Maybe someone with experience on Valhalla could enlighten you. But then again, similarly priced Bottlehead Crack with Speedball upgrade should be 'The Amp' for the 650's.

post #15516 of 36878
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Originally Posted by Zojokkeli View Post
 

I suppose. Maybe someone with experience on Valhalla could enlighten you. But then again, similarly priced Bottlehead Crack with Speedball upgrade should be 'The Amp' for the 650's.

I would be pretty keen on trying some Crack, however I'm not too comfortable with the idea of having to assemble the product myself (especially the Speedball upgrade).

 

So I'll probably pass on that, unless anyone can advise where one can purchase pre-assembled Cracks :).

post #15517 of 36878
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

OK, isn't the Vali warmer than the Lyr for the HD650?

 

No it isn't. 

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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post


Where are you getting these impressions from that the Vali is overly warm? There are pages upon pages in the Vali thread debunking this. If you're going to add to the noise at least provide more elaborate posts - otherwise you are just helping to drown out helpful information and distorting the truth.

And no, the Vali is NOT warmer than the Lyr. The benefit of going the Lyr over the Vali is in driving more demanding loads - ie orthos - and the option to tweak the sound via tube rolling. The Vali beats the Lyr in depth of soundstage, extension and smoothness of upper registers, and ability to resolve fine details.

 

I'm in agreement. 

post #15518 of 36878

Hi guys!

Little background:
I currently own the following IEMs: MEElec M6, Brainwavz B2 (aka Fischer Audio DBA-02) and V-Sonic GR07 MK2. The B2's (or, more correctly, my first pair were DBA-02's) were my first 'real' audiophile-grade IEMs and I loved them for their clean, analytic sound, speed, and tight bass. I hated them for their build quality though, I've gone through four (!) pairs of them and am now a little bit afraid of using them because they're so fragile.
When looking for an upgrade/change of sonical perspective, after reading a lot I decided to go for the GR07 MKII's, as these were supposed to be the 'opposite' of B2/DBA-02's: lush, warm, great sub-bass, smooth sound. Needless to say, I never looked back. I love these IEMs, they sound great with all the different sounds of music, have awesome build quality and simply has me enjoying music much more than I did with the (in comparison) shrill, harsh B2/DBA-02's. I am tapping and moving with music much more than I did with my previous IEM's. So: I fell in love with a lush, smooth, warm, laidback sound with good bass/sub-bass.

My collection further expands to the Alessandro MS1i, which I like very much for it's 'fun' sound (great for rock music), while still being crisp, clear, and analytical.
I am amping my IEMs/headphones with the following DAC (connected to my PC): NuForce uDAC-2, and for portable / bed listening I use an iPod Classic with Fiio E11 amp.
Genres I'm mostly listening to include: indie/alternative pop/rock (mainly), new wave, electronic (ambient, IDM, dub, breaks, techno, house, disco, et cetera).

Now, I want to get a new headphone, that will complement my current collection while focusing on improving my enjoyment of mostly electronic music-listening (lying in bed, tripping, et cetera ). Therefore I'd like headphones that have a reasonably large soundstage. I have been looking at a lot of headphones, and Sennheiser's HD-650 seems to be my match, while also aiming at the rest of my musical preferences (guitars).

My question is: will this headphone make me happy in the way that I want it to make me happy? Will it synergize well with my current set-up (no plan in upgrading my sources ATM) and give me that 'listening to all my music-over-again, wow-factor'-experience that my previous purchases (especially GR07 MKII, since I fell in love with that warm, lush, smooth, laidback sound) offered?

Thanks!

post #15519 of 36878

Here's a pic of my 650s hard at work:

 

 

They're being powered by a Schiit Valhalla, source is 24bit audio from a Crane Song Avocet DAC/Monitor Controller.

post #15520 of 36878

^^ Great pic!! 

post #15521 of 36878

^^ indeed!

post #15522 of 36878
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Originally Posted by okthxbye View Post
 

will this headphone make me happy in the way that I want it to make me happy?

Didn't for me,

but I love listening to music with them.

post #15523 of 36878

Kicking it a little school with the 650 and some G. Love & Special Sauce. :cool: The bass hits harder than you'd think. 

post #15524 of 36878
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Kicking it a little school with the 650 and some G. Love & Special Sauce. :cool: The bass hits harder than you'd think. 

 

It looks the Vali won over the Lyr in your signature, interesting!

post #15525 of 36878

The Vali is temporary. I'll have the crack w/sb for the 650 coming up next. :wink:

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