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post #826 of 1123
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post


The buf634 has a little more power but not enough to notice and IMO, the 5002 sounds better. Wait for your balanced cables and your 650 will be transformed.

 

+1 

 

Singled-ended headphone cables only use 1/2 of the PB2.  Power will double when you get balanced cables.  

post #827 of 1123

Thanks guys. I tried double buffering it and it did not sound any louder or better than the HA5004 and the AD8599 combo as suggested by Ron. I do have some LME49990 coming in also to try.

 

My Fiio E12 came in today and it is definitely louder in SE mode compared to the PB, It needs to burn in before I make a decision on which one sounds better. I actually bought that for my other rig to run some W4R's on lo gain, but it is pretty load on the 650's in hi-gain.

 

I will wait for my cables from Bruce

post #828 of 1123

I have received another PM requesting information on how to obtain the Willy Cable WI16 for use with the iBasso PB2 and Energizer XP8000 external LiPo battery pack (to supply a regulated 16VDC while on the go).   

 

So I just updated my original post, here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/528149/ibasso-pb-2-pelican-fully-balanced-portable-db-2-dac-hiflight-recommended-op-amps-page-16/615#post_8360318

 

 

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XPAL Willy Cable WI16 - perfect for connecting the Energizer XP8000 to an iBasso PB2 - for a constant 16V supply voltage.

 

Mike

post #829 of 1123

iBasso PB-2 Pelican fully balanced portable, DB-2 Dac . . HiFlight recommended

Curious if anyone has tried to connect an ALO International to the DB2 in full balanced configuration? I am guessing you would need to make a custom cable?
post #830 of 1123

I know that Double Helix Cables make such and adapter for Hirose to RSA/ALO balanced connector
 

post #831 of 1123
Could this particular LOD actually work for an iMod plus PB-2?

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=21048035548

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post #832 of 1123

That seems to be how the web page is describing it, yes.   

 

Mike

post #833 of 1123

As the ipod doesn't output a balanced signal I see little point. Might as well buy a normal LOD.

post #834 of 1123

Good catch, Nigel!

 

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You know, I'm curious to buy this again for the HD800.  I remember there was nothing I liked about the T1.  It had this unusual, sharp grating sound on nearly everything on my desktop.  Ron's kit, along with the DB-2/PB-2, the T1 was so smooth, almost ortho like.  I'm thinking it might be the fit for the HD800 too without venturing into TOTL setups.

post #836 of 1123
Finally have my portable system complete. IPad with CCK>DB2/PB2 (4xOPA627+4x5002 buffers)>LCD-2.1. Great bass, a little sibilant, but the best I have heard the orthos sound thru a portable. Granted, I have not heard the balances offerings from ALO or Ray Samuals, but it's better than the SE portables I have heard.

On a side note, even the PB2 is virtually unlistenable being fed by the iPod headphone jack. Looks like it's either a CLAS or iMod in the future if I need to go super portable.
post #837 of 1123
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Originally Posted by leesure View Post

On a side note, even the PB2 is virtually unlistenable being fed by the iPod headphone jack. Looks like it's either a CLAS or iMod in the future if I need to go super portable.

 

Feeding line level via a LOD on a normal ipod will be fine. I hardly ever use the headphone jack from any of my portable sources now.

 

post #838 of 1123

iBasso PB-2 Pelican fully balanced portable, DB-2 Dac . . HiFlight recommende...

I have the CLAS and RX combo. Is pb2+db2 better, power-wise?
post #839 of 1123

Pure power would be a yes.
 

post #840 of 1123
I just ordered mine pretty blind to use my mad dogs on as a portable. Anyone else use this on the mad dogs. How is the sound? I'm coming from a JDS C5
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