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post #196 of 837
Get a balanced cable for the Hd 25-1 II such as the Headphile V2. I was thinking of doing the same thing. You could always move further up to the 6xx models in the future and still use the V2 cable.
post #197 of 837
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I was always going to leave my Ultrasone Ed. 9 single ended. Now I am going to make them balanced and make an adapter so I can also use them single ended.
post #198 of 837
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Originally Posted by Mr Do View Post
Get a balanced cable for the Hd 25-1 II such as the Headphile V2. I was thinking of doing the same thing. You could always move further up to the 6xx models in the future and still use the V2 cable.
Why buy an expensive cable when you could just reterminate the stock cable or order a second from Sennhesier for something like 20 bucks?
post #199 of 837
Just a suggestion. Why buy a $400+ amp to use with a $225 pair of headphones in the first place? It's a crazy hobby and none of it makes any logical sense when it comes to cost.
post #200 of 837
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Just a suggestion. Why buy a $400+ amp to use with a $225 pair of headphones in the first place? It's a crazy hobby and none of it makes any logical sense when it comes to cost.
I'm not sure I understand your point? You buy an amp to improve the performance of your headphones. Cable upgrades have failed to provide empirical evidence demonstrating the effects of one copper wire with several extra nines after the decimal point versus one with out them. I was/am trying to avoid stepping on the toes of those who "believe" in fancy cables. But what I am saying is that does not make sense to spend 100 dollars for a 3 foot boutique cable when you can easily solder on the connector to a 20 dollar Sennhesier OEM cable.

You can argue the cost/benefit ratio of any particular amplifier, if you want, but that is irrelevant to the fact that there has yet to be (to my knowledge) a measurable difference demonstrated by these different cables. Nor is this relevant to the thread as a whole.
post #201 of 837
I'm not going to get into a cable dispute but $100 is a fair price to me for someone who can't solder. The HD-25 is not copper wire to begin with. From the research that I have done the stock cable is steel and any after market cable, including the 650 stock cable, is an upgrade. $100 is the middle of the road considering a replacement cable could run in the excess of $400. I was simply offering a solution to the original question of how to balance a Hd-25. Disagree if you must for whatever reason but it's still a solution. You asked why and that's my reason. Call me a full if you like but I could be even crazier to spend $400 dollars on cables.
post #202 of 837
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I did not know this but the Protector has a Lifetime warranty.

I am finding that with the JH13's balanced the violin and cello are so well portrayed with such good body and tone I am listening again to much more classical music. The sound is not thin or anemic but full and rich.
post #203 of 837
To anyone who has seen the white/clear: is it actually ipod-like white?? Or is it more brushed metallic silver? The preorder thread makes it look white, but the impressions from the meet makes it look silver.. If it's silver I won't be plumping for it, but if it were ipod-white I will.
post #204 of 837
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Originally Posted by jelt2359 View Post
To anyone who has seen the white/clear: is it actually ipod-like white?? Or is it more brushed metallic silver? The preorder thread makes it look white, but the impressions from the meet makes it look silver.. If it's silver I won't be plumping for it, but if it were ipod-white I will.
my guess is it looks like the white/clear b52/apache's do, mostly aluminum, but with a slight white tinge id say? you can see the pics in the apache thread.
post #205 of 837
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It is a whitish aluminum but not iPod white.

edit: I have been listening to so much classical, which I got out of the habit of because I like a larger venue portrayed in order to enjoy it and that is what I got on my home stereo/speaker system. This amp though just throws such a huge stage with well separated instruments and beautiful imaging that it has revitalized my interest and enjoyment of large scale classical. Ah, but you guys will find out in time.
post #206 of 837
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It is a whitish aluminum but not iPod white.
Thanks for the clarification. I know it's probably not easy to describe, but does it look more silver or white? I guess I'm using the "clear" Tomahawk as a reference.

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Originally Posted by jamato8
edit: I have been listening to so much classical, which I got out of the habit of because I like a larger venue portrayed in order to enjoy it and that is what I got on my home stereo/speaker system. This amp though just throws such a huge stage with well separated instruments and beautiful imaging that it has revitalized my interest and enjoyment of large scale classical. Ah, but you guys will find out in time.
It's great when a component helps you rediscover your music collection; imo, it's one of the true measures of a good piece of gear. When do you have to send back the amp? Sounds like you're going to miss it.
post #207 of 837
Alright there,

This seems more like the discussion thread for this topic, so hoping someone can help out. I've no experience with balanced gear at all, except for auditioning balanced HD650s and liking what I heard. I've placed a pre-order for the protector and now am a bit confused about how I'm actually going to use it.

I had thought the connector pictured in the photos was to fit two ended balanced cables to the unit, now I've been informed they are "for DIY".

Right... I don't know anything about DIY....

My question is - how am I going to use this thing?

I've bought a 2x 3 pin XLR. Do I need to sell this on and get something different or can this be made to work with the right adapter? If so. What adapter?

Sorry, excuse my ignorance, and thanks in advance for any advice/clarity provided.

post #208 of 837
Maybe you can head to this thread to take a look. Craig sell some of the those adaptors maybe he can help u with it.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f149/p...stions-474016/
post #209 of 837
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Originally Posted by zethanos View Post
Maybe you can head to this thread to take a look. Craig sell some of the those adaptors maybe he can help u with it.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f149/p...stions-474016/
Wow. That was a quick and helpful response, thanks.

Hmm. At those prices I'm either going to have to learn DIY or be selling this amp on quickly.
post #210 of 837
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Originally Posted by EddieE View Post
Alright there,

This seems more like the discussion thread for this topic, so hoping someone can help out. I've no experience with balanced gear at all, except for auditioning balanced HD650s and liking what I heard. I've placed a pre-order for the protector and now am a bit confused about how I'm actually going to use it.

I had thought the connector pictured in the photos was to fit two ended balanced cables to the unit, now I've been informed they are "for DIY".

Right... I don't know anything about DIY....

My question is - how am I going to use this thing?

I've bought a 2x 3 pin XLR. Do I need to sell this on and get something different or can this be made to work with the right adapter? If so. What adapter?

Sorry, excuse my ignorance, and thanks in advance for any advice/clarity provided.

Since, I have a extra HD580 cable sitting around, I was going to cut off the 1/4 connector end and hard-wire it directly to the connector provided by RSA.
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