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post #286 of 296

It's pretty similar to the 797 actually, just mo better. It also sounded quite nice with the RCA Clear top, but I don't have he Fullmusic tube to compare. I always thought the 797 was a little on the "lean side" I prefer the bass of 49990. This is very subjective so it's pretty hard to compare op-amps and tubes. I think 49990 is worth a shot for you, but I wouldn't bother with the other op-amps I've listed. Ad743jn has the most bass if you like that, but it's not as clear or "hi-fi" sounding as 797/49990. I already had the browndog adapters so i only had to buy the 49990's, cost me 15$ for 2 of them shipped(DigiKey).  I've seen them on ebay for 20$ for a pair soldered to an adapter, but it's ebay so who knows how legit it is. 

 

You can buy a pair, already soldered to an adapter @ browndog for 33.00 + shipping, which I think is a bit high, if you have the means to solder them yourself. 


Edited by MikeW - 1/16/12 at 1:29pm
post #287 of 296

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Originally Posted by MikeW View Post

It's pretty similar to the 797 actually, just mo better. It also sounded quite nice with the RCA Clear top, but I don't have he Fullmusic tube to compare. I always thought the 797 was a little on the "lean side" I prefer the bass of 49990. This is very subjective so it's pretty hard to compare op-amps and tubes. I think 49990 is worth a shot for you, but I wouldn't bother with the other op-amps I've listed. Ad743jn has the most bass if you like that, but it's not as clear or "hi-fi" sounding as 797/49990. I already had the browndog adapters so i only had to buy the 49990's, cost me 15$ for 2 of them shipped(DigiKey).  I've seen them on ebay for 20$ for a pair soldered to an adapter, but it's ebay so who knows how legit it is. 

 

You can buy a pair, already soldered to an adapter @ browndog for 33.00 + shipping, which I think is a bit high, if you have the means to solder them yourself. 


Thanks a lot Mike.

 

post #288 of 296

My ef5 was just delivered a few minutes ago. Did they do away with the gain switch? Did they relocate it? Anyone know?

post #289 of 296

Never mind. I found the gain switches on the bottom of the unit.

 

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post #290 of 296

Anyone ever own both the ef5 and the schiit lyr and can tell me which you've preferred? I am leaning towards the lyr as they say it matches up very well with the he500's; however, the ef5 is technically made for hifiman headphones and I can get a very good price on it.

 

Please be honest

post #291 of 296

Schitt is FOTM around here right now, so it might be hard to find an objective opinion. 

post #292 of 296

LOL! There was a time not too long ago, the ATH-M50 was all over the forum discussion. Hype sells !

post #293 of 296

Sorry to bring back a one week old thread but i have a question for the owners of the ef-5. I'm currently running the e9+e17 combo from Fiio along with my DT990/600 and K702 and a few others. While i love this combination, my upgrade urges are kicking in. With that said, will upgrading the e9 amp to a ef-5 while retaining the DAC part of the e17 bring a noticeable difference?

post #294 of 296

yes, the ef5 will provide a big difference, it's superior to the e9 for sure

post #295 of 296
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yes, the ef5 will provide a big difference, it's superior to the e9 for sure



Thanks for the response...i'll wait till someone posts it up on the for sale section.

post #296 of 296

Well this is the closest thing I can find to an official EF-5 thread so I'm going to post this here (also cross posted):

 

Is there anyone here who has (or has had) both the Project Ember and the EF-5?  I'm curious how the two compare directly.

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