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post #511 of 555

Haha, I think I know which ad that was too. It was pretty tempting. Looking forward to some impressions!

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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

Haha, I think I know which ad that was too. It was pretty tempting. Looking forward to some impressions!

I'm keen as mustard to get my hands on it - I'll write up some impressions for you when I've had a listen beerchug.gif

post #513 of 555

Haha, had I not just encountered Keen's brand mustard recently, that reference would have been utterly lost on me.

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Haha, had I not just encountered Keen's brand mustard recently, that reference would have been utterly lost on me.

It's a widely used saying here in Aus :P I guess it would have been bweildering if you didn't know the brand lol

post #515 of 555

The XM6 is spec'd to support 96/24 via its TI SRC4192 USB receiver chip but I am only able to get it to go to 48/16 on either my Macbook or Win7 notebook. I have 96/24 HD music files that I would like to get full resolution out of.  Is there something I am missing or is PD not using the full input capabilities of the receiver and being a bit misleading in its specs?

post #516 of 555

I think it only upsamples 16 bit to 24 bit and doesn't do 24 bit natively.

post #517 of 555

I jumped in on headphone amps very recently. It started when I purchased a headphone and decided I needed an amp to drive it.  The headphone is an HD600 from Sennheiser. It sounded really good on anything I connected it to regardless of power.  PC, Marantz, USB player, Zune, or Samsung tablet the headphones were superior to anything I had previously used for this purpose.  After reading about headphone amplification I decided to spead some money to determine if an amp really mattered.  The short answer is yes, it does matter.

 

I normally listen to my home system which is a Marantz 5007 receiver driving a Martin Logan C2 center, Martin Logan C4 bookshelfs, HTD 8" rears, and a Velodyne 8" subwoofer. What I just described is about $4,400 at retail.  I say that just to emphasis that I spent $900 on the Hd600 and XM6 Practical Devices amp/dac.  I enjoy them both and both sound amazing.

 

I rate the sound of the headphone setup better than the Martin logan setup for personal listening.  I rate the home system as superior overall because it lets me interact with others. Having said that I pretty much listen to the headphones because interaction requires other people. My wife and I really enjoy the home system but no longer spend every waking hour together and as a result it is probably a 25% to 75% split.

 

The headphone experience is so good that I am thinking about the HD800.  Anything else I should consider?

post #518 of 555
Thread Starter 

Just to let everyone know, I will be selling my XM6 (at a decent discount) which was the subject for this review.  It is still an outstanding amp but I have move to desktop audio and don't travel as much as I used to so the XM6 is not being used.

I hope someone else can get good use out of it.

 

It will be in the for sale section soon...

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #519 of 555
Does anyone else find that their xm6 gets quite hit after about an hour of use?
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Does anyone else find that their xm6 gets quite hit after about an hour of use?

Mine never gets real hot, but it does get warm after some use.  Are you using the power adapter when you use the amp?  It could be the battery getting hot.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #521 of 555
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Originally Posted by HK_sends View Post

Mine never gets real hot, but it does get warm after some use.  Are you using the power adapter when you use the amp?  It could be the battery getting hot.

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

Nah not using the power adaptor. Im using it with my S3 and it drains the battery of my phone really fast and gets alarmingly hot.
post #522 of 555
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Nah not using the power adaptor. Im using it with my S3 and it drains the battery of my phone really fast and gets alarmingly hot.

No, that doesn't sound normal.  Is it under warranty?  I'd contact James at Practical Devices.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #523 of 555
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Nah not using the power adaptor. Im using it with my S3 and it drains the battery of my phone really fast and gets alarmingly hot.

I ran it for about a hour 15 mins with the hd650's at moderate to loud and it only got warm, used under 20% (1 bar) of the phone battery running neutron.

post #524 of 555
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I ran it for about a hour 15 mins with the hd650's at moderate to loud and it only got warm, used under 20% (1 bar) of the phone battery running neutron.

I opened it up and realised that the guy I bought it off had configured the amp chips wrong so this might account for the heat.
post #525 of 555

How "wrong" were they? Usually chips that are installed incorrectly wind up fried.

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