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post #106 of 162
Little birdie told me that NYC folks will get to hear and compare them soon
post #107 of 162
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Originally Posted by mADmAN View Post
@Denver Max
if ur thinking of going USB...y not try the Fubar III? USB DAC + Headamp combo. itll save u a few bux too.

n they have a dedicated aussie site? damn...didnt know that LOL
I was leaning toward that way, but getting an integrated device to me seems like a bad move even if it is cheaper because then I couldn't just upgrade one component of my setup. If I have a DAC+Amp combo, then I can't keep my DAC and get a new Amp. But I may just do it anyways and go for the Fubar III. Seems like a nifty little device.

Anyone know how it may sound with these cans I'm deciding between:

Beyer DT990 250Ohm, Ultrasone Proline 2500, Shure E500, AKG K701?
post #108 of 162
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Originally Posted by Denver Max View Post
I was leaning toward that way, but getting an integrated device to me seems like a bad move even if it is cheaper because then I couldn't just upgrade one component of my setup. If I have a DAC+Amp combo, then I can't keep my DAC and get a new Amp. But I may just do it anyways and go for the Fubar III. Seems like a nifty little device.

Anyone know how it may sound with these cans I'm deciding between:

Beyer DT990 250Ohm, Ultrasone Proline 2500, Shure E500, AKG K701?
From their photos, it looks like there are RCA outputs so you should be able to just use it as a DAC.
post #109 of 162
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Originally Posted by Toby M View Post
My cute beyond has a fair bit of background noise using CX300's that I never noticed with my larger headphones. Anyone else experience this? I emailed tech support and they said they're going to send me a new one. I started a new thread on this issue if anyones interested
Isn't that due the the low independence on the CX300's? I have a pair of EP-630's which are basically the same as the CX300 and they have background noise from any sources I've used (not that I even have any high quality sources)
post #110 of 162
Yeah the reason I can hear it on the CX300 and not larger headphones is because they're more sensitive. But it's really much louder than it should be out of a $200 amp. There's much more out of the amp than any of my mp3 players, even my iriver S10 which is known for this flaw. My iaudio m3 has almost none by comparison.

Anyway I emailed tech support and they said it's defective and shouldn't do this, so they're replacing it.
post #111 of 162
Well, I'm not a Canadian but I noticed that the prices at this site were a little cheaper once you considered shipping (at least to the US). So I went ahead and ordered a Cute Beyond from them a little over a week ago, 6/26 to be precise. [They are just so damn cute]. I am still waiting for the amp, but I guess it takes a long time to ship from Canada to Texas. I hope it comes tomorrow since I am leaving the country on Saturday for a week and I am anxious to try it out!!!

I was also thinking very seriously of getting a Spitfire to go along with the Beyond (could have saved on the shipping if I had decided this BEFORE I bought the amp... oh well). Right now I have a Silverstone EB01 and I think the Spitfire would be a nice step up. Any thoughts?

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Originally Posted by infinitemonkey View Post
As an after thought, for Canadians that might be interested in Firestone stuff, I got mine on eBay from these guyshere. They're in Alberta. The shipping is quick and they're great to deal with in my experience. The Fubar took about four days to get to me in Ontario.
post #112 of 162
Things might be complicated by the fact that we both had national holidays in there - our Canada Day and your Independence Day.

The border is where it's likely stuck. On the positive side, your customs service is typically faster than ours, given my experiences in shipping south. You'll likely have it fairly soon.
post #113 of 162
Good point, I didn't think about the Canadian holiday. Oh well, guess it'll be here when I get back from England.

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Originally Posted by infinitemonkey View Post
Things might be complicated by the fact that we both had national holidays in there - our Canada Day and your Independence Day.

The border is where it's likely stuck. On the positive side, your customs service is typically faster than ours, given my experiences in shipping south. You'll likely have it fairly soon.
post #114 of 162
I think you'll be pretty happy with it. The difference for me, going from a CMOY, was fairly substantial, with lots more detail throughout.

Also, the opamp chips in the Firestone products are socketed, so if you don't quite like what you hear, you can change the sound somewhat.

The consensus seems to be that the OPA2107 is a good choice to substitute for the OPA2227 chip, if you're inclined to try such things. I found it to make a noticeable improvement. The amp is quite good as it is, though, IMHO, and a bargain at the price.
post #115 of 162
I am extremely happy with my Cute Beyond so far. I have been using it for about a week with Senn HD 580/Blue Dragon cable and SilverStone EB01 Dac (out of a PowerMac). It drives the 580s really well, even hooked up to the EB01 which is supposed to have less power than some other DACs. The amp really brightens up the 580s a lot. I went ahead and ordered the Firestone Spitfire to replace my SilverStone EB01 (since the Power Macs have an optical out). It should be here soon!
post #116 of 162
Congra on the new toys. I am saving for a Spitfire too
post #117 of 162
Anyone used the cute amps with a K701?
post #118 of 162
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Originally Posted by winsner View Post
I guess nobody reads this thread anymore. I'll just post another question just in case. Any opinion on the OPA2111 OPA2604 OPA2134 sound quality? I'm planning to replace my battery cute II opa2227. Thank you in advance.
Ah heck, I'll kick in a comment since nobody reads. I have a personal preference for the 2134 in a lot if different gear, provided it has a well filtered and bypassed power supply. I find it neutral to warm with good very good detail. The 2604 is a warm, almost tubey sounding amp that never seems to get quite detailed. Kinda softens things, but I find it a pleasant band-aid in an too sharp sounding amp. No experiance with listening with the 2111. That's about my $0.02 worth.
post #119 of 162
OPA627 on browndogs. Only way to go.
post #120 of 162
Im still trying to find opa2107's. They seem way overpriced in Australia.

I've been testing LM4562's in comparison to the stock OPA2227's. I think the LM4562's have more better bass and a bit more impact but too much treble. Maybe I'll try it with some EQ, I think it's technically better but just doesn't sound as nice to me.

Btw what do the Shunt/Series switches do? I thought they were meant to bypass the volume knob but on mine they don't seem to do anything. There's two switches, they should both be set to the same thing right? Why are there two? One for left channel and one for right?
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