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post #181 of 424
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Well, now that my Opera is fully broken in, I spent some time this past weekend doing some additional comparisons.
Sky, how long you spent for the break in? Can't wait for my Opera...it is in shipping.
post #182 of 424
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Originally Posted by ManAtWork View Post
Sky, how long you spent for the break in? Can't wait for my Opera...it is in shipping.
Really started to sound it's best after 100 hours break in. Even a little better after 150 hours.
post #183 of 424
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I'm have 4 home (or office)headphone "rigs", and I'm keeping 4 home amps. That's it. Having the Opera has given me the last piece I was missing.
Uh, huh...we shall see.
If Jan decides to offer an Opera MKII...
Resistance is futile!
post #184 of 424
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Originally Posted by Snacks View Post
Uh, huh...we shall see.
If Jan decides to offer an Opera MKII...
Resistance is futile!
And Headphile has a new pair of Luke Skybeyer headphones for sale right now (deal 10) -- bet Skylab has never heard a pair of those -- first ones ever!
*snicker*
countdown starts: 10-9-8-7-6.....etc.

EDIT: they're sold already!
I wonder who bought them? Could it be....nah.
post #185 of 424
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Originally Posted by silverrain View Post
And Headphile has a new pair of Luke Skybeyer headphones for sale right now (deal 10) -- bet Skylab has never heard a pair of those -- first ones ever!
*snicker*
countdown starts: 10-9-8-7-6.....etc.

EDIT: they're sold already!
I wonder who bought them? Could it be....nah.
I didn't buy those - I'm having Larry SkyBeyer mod my Manufacture DT770's
post #186 of 424

Hissing noise?

The review at the beginning of this thread mentions a higher noise level of 3dB, and hissing noise with the Shure E500. This sounds rather disturbing. Has anyone who owns the Corda Opera noticed this problem?

Also, would the Opera be a good fit for the Sony SA5000 headphones?
post #187 of 424
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Originally Posted by arielexc View Post
The review at the beginning of this thread mentions a higher noise level of 3dB, and hissing noise with the Shure E500. This sounds rather disturbing. Has anyone who owns the Corda Opera noticed this problem?
I don't have a headphone with comparably high sensitivity at my disposal, so I can't comment on the behavior with the E500. However, with the K 701 and the HD 650 there's silence with maximum gain and volume fully turned up, whereas with the ER-4P there's a very low hum -- plus an irregular crackle in the left channel independent of the volume setting (the latter could be an individual flaw of my unit).

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Also, would the Opera be a good fit for the Sony SA5000 headphones?
Maybe.
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post #188 of 424
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Originally Posted by JaZZ View Post
Maybe.
Best answer I've ever heard.
post #189 of 424
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Originally Posted by arielexc View Post
Also, would the Opera be a good fit for the Sony SA5000 headphones?
I think the Opera's warmth could only help the cold, sterile, thin sound of the SA5000
post #190 of 424
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Originally Posted by JaZZ View Post
I don't have a headphone with comparably high sensitivity at my disposal, so I can't comment on the behavior with the E500. However, with the K 701 and the HD 650 there's silence with maximum gain and volume fully turned up, whereas with the ER-4P there's a very low hum -- plus an irregular crackle in the left channel independent of the volume setting (the latter could be an individual flaw of my unit).

Maybe.
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I'm assuming the hum is there only when the volume is turned up very high. The crackle sounds like a significant issue. It's strange that you hear it only with the ER-4P. Maybe it's impedance-related.
post #191 of 424
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Originally Posted by arielexc View Post
I'm assuming the hum is there only when the volume is turned up very high. The crackle sounds like a significant issue. It's strange that you hear it only with the ER-4P. Maybe it's impedance-related.
maybe it's related to this particular set of er-4ps?
post #192 of 424
Marcel, has the Opera's soundstage opened up after the first 150 hours? I felt that this was one of the things where the Opera still lacked, as well as the Aria and the Corda HA-2 MKII for that matter.
post #193 of 424
I hope it has. I just ordered one.
post #194 of 424
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Originally Posted by saint.panda View Post
Marcel, has the Opera's soundstage opened up after the first 150 hours? I felt that this was one of the things where the Opera still lacked, as well as the Aria and the Corda HA-2 MKII for that matter.
If you find that to be true of all the amps mentioned, I think there's a pretty good reason, especially if, as I suspect, you're comparing it to what you remember from something like that Headcode Triad
post #195 of 424
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Originally Posted by arielexc View Post
I'm assuming the hum is there only when the volume is turned up very high. The crackle sounds like a significant issue. It's strange that you hear it only with the ER-4P. Maybe it's impedance-related.
It's simply because the ER-4P has the highest sensitivity of the tried headphones.


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Marcel, has the Opera's soundstage opened up after the first 150 hours? I felt that this was one of the things where the Opera still lacked, as well as the Aria and the Corda HA-2 MKII for that matter.
Yes, it has. I'm not sure to what extent the HeadCode's soundstage has to be attributed to its hinted «loudness contour» and «soft-focus effect» and the fascinating sparkle it adds to overtones (which seemed artificial to me after a while, though), but the Opera's soundstage has become very 3-dimensional, clearly more so than from Aria and HA-2 MkII. Also it sounds more coherent than the HeadCode, resulting in better transient response, tighter and more energetic drum beats which sound more as a whole.

Resolution and detail are phenomenal now. The only thing that could be criticized (despite the absence of a technical touch and coldness) is the lack of euphonic colorations. The sound strongly resembles the original signal.
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