Originally Posted by rgs9200m
As for the gain setting on the Apache,
I find the Low gain setting actually improves the sound a bit--firmer bass
and a more open soundstage. It's really subtle, but I just felt more comfortable with it after lots of A-B testing.
i actually prefer the medium gain setting for all my headphones, except my grados. but maybe that is because i have no trouble finding a proper volume level on medium gain. with my grados things just get too loud too early on medium gain, so i use low. i have toyed around with high gain a little bit, but don't don't see myself ever using it with headphones - maybe as a preamp, it has more use.
|One more thing. The Apache sounds superb through the single-ended inputs. A-B'd the same cable type in SE and Balanced mode and really could hear no difference, no matter how hard I tried. I have my Indras on the SE inputs an I am really happy with them there. (The Indras remove that last bit of haze around voices and other images and remove some bass distortion.) So I would tell Apache users not to obsess over balanced input just to please the Apache.
wait. i'm confused here. you are comparing SE to BAL using SE interconnects. if so, i don't think that is a good way to compare the two. i compared SE to BAL using SE interconnects for SE and BAL interconnects for balanced - both silver resolution ICs. i found that the sound signature was the same between the two but the similarities stopped there. SE was noticeably leaner with a more compressed or narrow soundstage. for every headphone i have, i prefer Balanced over SE. my RS1 is my only SE headphone. it's so good, i can't force myself to get rid of it. i should reterminate it to Bal. wish i could do that stuff myself. oh well.
my Apache is with Ray now - getting the mod and new op-amp. no idea when i will get it back. hopefully sooner than later. looking forward to the mod.