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post #11356 of 29490

 just got my new set of ATH-AD700s in the mail and Im ready to do a rewire on them. I cant seem to make up my mind.... I want to add a flexable mic to the headphones as well... So basically I was thinking I could buy the mogami wire and use the extra conductor and the shielding as the connectors for the microphone. Or should I buy some silver stranded wire and use five conductors, braid them together and then sleeve them with some nylon sleeving??? Does anyone have any suggestions as to which would be better? Was gonna use the stock cable as an extension. 

post #11357 of 29490

So I think i'm going to be upgrading to the Grado Rs1is which don't reallly need an amp but I have the Digizoid ZO2 already. Would it be more worth my money to just buy a DAC instead of a better amp or should I get a better amp before I get a DAC (I have no DAC and can only get one at the moment). I run out of my laptop with a realtek card or maybe my ipod nano 4th gen. 

I would like to mention I hove no idea about what DACs are good and I was looking a neco soundlab amp if I were to get one or I might be able to stretch for a Schiit Asgard. 

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug11/articles/neco-soundlab.htm

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=1

 

My budget for these would preferably be under $200.

post #11358 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

So I think i'm going to be upgrading to the Grado Rs1is which don't reallly need an amp but I have the Digizoid ZO2 already. Would it be more worth my money to just buy a DAC instead of a better amp or should I get a better amp before I get a DAC (I have no DAC and can only get one at the moment). I run out of my laptop with a realtek card or maybe my ipod nano 4th gen. 

I would like to mention I hove no idea about what DACs are good and I was looking a neco soundlab amp if I were to get one or I might be able to stretch for a Schiit Asgard. 

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug11/articles/neco-soundlab.htm

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=1

 

My budget for these would preferably be under $200.


Get a DAC. Your source is what's holding your sound back right now - An amp can only do so much getting fed by a generic realtek card.

 

post #11359 of 29490

Hey first time post.

I have been wanting to upgrade my audio setup and wanted some advice on what I should probably be looking for and what kind of things I would need.

My current setup is HDMI from PC to TV and optical to the Tritton AX720. I started looking for a new headset (usually using mic when I am using the headset I am also not at a desk for a desktop mic. 

 

At first I was looking into getting the Astro A40 headset but after looking around for a while I started to find people stating that the headset is really overpriced and there are much better out there and the mixamps were the only good thing from Astro.

So I was then starting to think of getting Astro's mixamp 5.8 since I do not have an addon sound card or some kind of amp already and connect another headset to this to maximize my quality and keep costs down. My budget for the headset is around $400 ($270 if I get the mixamp 5.8)

 

I would be doing a lot of voice chatting, gaming, movies and music of almost all genres classical to dubstep so I would like all ranges to be great if possible. I will also be using them in public so I would prefer if the sound does not bleed too much, and I will be using the headset for hours so comfort is a must for I wear glasses and prefer around ear (on ear begins to hurt after an hour or so)

 

So what kind of setup should I get and what should I look for in headsets for future purchases.

Thanks for any help in finding great quality!


Edited by Illmatar - 1/25/12 at 4:45pm
post #11360 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

So I think i'm going to be upgrading to the Grado Rs1is which don't reallly need an amp but I have the Digizoid ZO2 already. Would it be more worth my money to just buy a DAC instead of a better amp or should I get a better amp before I get a DAC (I have no DAC and can only get one at the moment). I run out of my laptop with a realtek card or maybe my ipod nano 4th gen. 

I would like to mention I hove no idea about what DACs are good and I was looking a neco soundlab amp if I were to get one or I might be able to stretch for a Schiit Asgard. 

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/aug11/articles/neco-soundlab.htm

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=1

 

My budget for these would preferably be under $200.


Garbage in, garbage out.

 

You've neglected the single most important part of your setup up til now, the source.

 

Forget headphones and amplifiers until you get that DAC.

 

If you can wait til February, the FiiO E17 is probably the best contender in that price range; the first batch has already been sold out.

post #11361 of 29490

You don't need any LOD cable !

This amp seems to be very interesting but the price is very expensive !

And the design for the iphone5 would be change so bye bye for the compatibility if you change your phone ! :(
 

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EDIT:

I just saw the kind of DAC/Amp you're getting. Isn't there already a LOD built into it?

 

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post #11362 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Riku540 View Post


Garbage in, garbage out.

 

You've neglected the single most important part of your setup up til now, the source.

 

Forget headphones and amplifiers until you get that DAC.

 

If you can wait til February, the FiiO E17 is probably the best contender in that price range; the first batch has already been sold out.



Well that's what I've been thinking anyways just wanted to be sure before I went out and got anything. Wouldn't it be better if I got a dedicated DAC?

post #11363 of 29490

Hello guys,

 

First and foremost, greetings to you.

 

Up until now I haven't really been listening to music on more than the average setup (onboard audio, random headphones etc).

However I've decided to take this up a notch, so yesterday I bought a pair of Shure SRH-440.

 

Now being new to this, I read lots of things about DACs/Amps, and I'm not sure what would be appropriate and what not, so here's the basic rundown:

 

- I'll be using them for music, all sorts really, but I guess most would be electronic music and pop/hip-hop

- source will be my work laptop, which obviously has a nasty integrated audio ,or my Galaxy S2 phone, depending on which would prove best.

- budget is ~100 GBP / ~150 USD

 

Now if I'll use the phone, I heard they use a Wolfson DAC which supposedly outputs pretty good sound.

If I use the laptop I'll also need an external USB soundcard (Creative? any alternatives?).

 

So I'm not sure if I should be looking into buying an external soundcard, and amp (I don't care if it's portable or not), or both.

 

Could I please have some thoughts?

Cheers!

 

PS: It would also be ideal if I can get it off somewhere that ships to the EU or at least the UK.

 

 


Edited by turbare - 1/25/12 at 11:46am
post #11364 of 29490

Are the Ultrasone HFI-780 a good alternative to the Grado SR225i? The Grados are too pricey here (~300€ = 390$). 

I'm looking for a somewhat brutal sound signature with forward in-yo-face mids, hard hitting and fast bass and energy in the highs.

 

greets.

post #11365 of 29490

 

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Are the Ultrasone HFI-780 a good alternative to the Grado SR225i? The Grados are too pricey here (~300€ = 390$). 

I'm looking for a somewhat brutal sound signature with forward in-yo-face mids, hard hitting and fast bass and energy in the highs.

 

Yes and no :)

 

I find the SR325Is slighlty more aggressive and with more forward mids, but for the price, yes the HFi780 is a good alternative imo. HFI780 bass are very good but not hard hitting and the highs are also very energetic.

post #11366 of 29490
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Originally Posted by Posam View Post

Well that's what I've been thinking anyways just wanted to be sure before I went out and got anything. Wouldn't it be better if I got a dedicated DAC?

 

There isn't such thing as a non-dedicated DAC...

 

FiiO has made a reputation for itself of offering outstanding performance at unbeatable low prices. The FiiO E17 is truly the best in it's price range. No contest.

 

You won't see a significant improvement unless you're willing to take an exponential jump in price, like the Schiit Bifrost for example.

post #11367 of 29490

In around mid February, I'll probably be buying my first mid to high end headphones. I've been more of an IEM person for the last few years, owning a pair of Sennheiser CX6 to a UE Super.fi 5 Pro to a Shure SE530 and finally settling down to the SE425 (didn't have enough money to buy the SE535 since my 530 broke and was out of warranty). I will mostly use it for home listening through a Xonar STX Soundcard from my PC but also for some occasional portable use, I recently bought a Fiio E11. I also might wear it outside if it's a good day, I don't really care if they are closed or open and I'm not a bass head but I do like punchy but smooth bass.

I mainly listen to rock music but also some classical, instrumental rock, trip-hop, electronic, soundtracks and more.

Right now, I've got my eyes on a Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro 250 Ohm that I can have for 229 Euro but is it a good match with the Fiio E11? What kind of sound signature does it have compared to my SE425 and is the SQ better?

My budget is around 250 Euro and I'm open to other suggestions but I'm only limited to certain brands which are AKG, Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic, Denon, Sennheiser, Shure and Ultrasone (of course there are others but not worth writing for).


Edited by VortexBlast - 1/25/12 at 5:07pm
post #11368 of 29490

Hello head-fi community!

I'm new here. I just got a gift, a Sennheiser HD 215. After using it, I decided to quit using speakers (laptop and portable) and start using/buying headphones. Would you guys recommend me using a headphone amp for this? Would a Fiio e11 work? what is its difference to the Fiio e7?

post #11369 of 29490

DT880/600ohm

DT990/600ohm

D2000

FA-002 (woodback)

HD600

HD650

Pro 900

 

Paired with E7/E9 combo.

Bold are cans I'm considering the most. Emphasis on good bass and drum recreation. It needs to sound realistic, I listen to hardly any electronic so the Pro900 seen like a bad choice. I want a thick, heavy, grimey, raw, realistic sound. If the drummer is smashing the ride I want to hear it being smashed, if he's double kicking I want to feel it, etc. Hopefully the phone will be able to adapt to/build upon a song inherent atmosphere. Mainly used for "heavier" metal (Sludge/Doom/Death) I'm open to suggestion, I just want something to give my doom/sludge some life. I'll probably play other genres too, but my HD448's have good mids (for the price) so they can cover vocal based/acoustic music.


Edited by DeathDomokun - 1/25/12 at 6:35pm
post #11370 of 29490
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Originally Posted by RodSmith View Post

Hi, I'm looking to spend around $399/£300 on a new set of headphones. Through reading this website and reviews I've become interested in buying the hifiman he-400's, Grado SR325iS or AKG K702's for use connected to my laptop using an external dac/amp (like fiio E17). The type of music I listen to is mainly UK indie with some 60s/70s classics (beatles/bowie).

 

I was wondering what the experts here think?

 

Thanks for your help

 

Rod



 

Unless you are not bothered by a forward and at times shrill lower treble with lack of low bass, I would steer clear of the Grado 325is. I had a real problem listening with them for any length of time.  Instead, I would go with the Denon D2000s, which have a neutral frequency response and sound very good for the money.

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