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(NM. Too off-topic)


Edited by cooperpwc - 5/13/10 at 5:29am
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Hi, 

 

I've really been enjoying my Protector balanced with JH13s. I switched back and forth between low and mid gain and settled on low gain. However, as someone on this thread indicated he was using the Protector on hi gain even with IEMs I gave it a try. Strangely, the volume is much lower than the mid gain level, close to the low gain level. Can someone tell me if there is something wrong with my Protector or if is this normal. Thanks.

post #753 of 837

Just a stupid question, but you have noticed that hi gain is the middle setting and mid gain is the top setting ? It sure fooled me initially

post #754 of 837

The stupid question was mine it seems. I was just adjusting the gain settings by feel and not reading the imprinting. Thanks! Which gain setting do you use with your JH13s?

 

post #755 of 837
Thread Starter 

I use the mid setting for everything. That is medium gain. :^)

post #756 of 837

I think it's to prevent you from flicking it all the way up and blowing your eardrums out by accident, lol.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by edwardsean View Post

The stupid question was mine it seems. I was just adjusting the gain settings by feel and not reading the imprinting. Thanks! Which gain setting do you use with your JH13s?

 



I use low

post #758 of 837

Would amping my Sony x1051 with this make any difference in quality?  Would it help me drive my 600ohm Beyer?


Edited by High_Q - 5/13/10 at 6:26pm
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I wish I hadn't started reading this thread!

 

I have a balanced (single 4-pin XLR) pair of HE-5s on their way to me. I like using my iPod as a source around the house when I'm not in front of my computer. This could be bad for me!

 

BTW and sorry if this has been mentioned...but is there such an adapter going from the input on the Protector to a 4-pin XLR?

post #760 of 837
Thread Starter 

I think Whiplash Audio makes them. You could email them to find out. 

post #761 of 837

Crap. Now I'll have to look and pretend not to care.

 

DAMMIT!

 

(Thanks!)

post #762 of 837

Can someone post their impressions about the following. 

 

I am using the JH16's through the Protector balanced and I find that with the setting on Mid instead of Low that the sound stage seems to REALLY open up on the 16's.  Has anyone else noticed that listening with IEM's on Mid instead of Low produces a more pleasing sound.  After going back to Low it sounds dull to me comparatively.

 

Look forward to your thoughts.


Edited by FRGus723 - 5/14/10 at 3:13pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FRGus723 View Post

Can someone post their impressions about the following. 

 

I am using the JH16's through the Protector balanced and I find that with the setting on Med instead of Low that the soundstage seems to REALLY open up on the 16's.  Has anyone else noticed that listening with IEM's on Med instead of Low produces a more pleasing sound.  After going back to Low it sounds dull to me comparatively.

 

Look forward to your thoughts.

Make sure you're matching the volumes. All gain does is increase or decrease the amount of db's added or taken away for each volume step. Correct me if I'm wrong...

 

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Yeah I'm matching volumes, it just sounds wider even at similar listening levels.

post #765 of 837

I haven't even thought of it, since the JH16s have only 18 Ohms of impedance and so far that translated approx. a 10 o'clock setting on the Protector volume control and about 11 o'clock using my JH13s in LOW-gain mode.  It could be--and Ray would have to answer authoritatively--the op-amps would operate at lower THD/higher efficiency.  I'll try it this afternoon and post my impressions whether mine does the same thing.

 

It would be nice if it did.

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