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post #1741 of 3223
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post


Well...I do have the volume at 2 or 3 (1 is the lowest to have sound). I'm a pretty quiet listener though. I have no idea how high the volume can go, nor do I want to try.

Should be too much gain, nothing you can really do about it though. 

 

If the hiss really troubles you, just get a pair of -20db or -10db XLR attenuators to see how it goes.

post #1742 of 3223
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I don't think anyone has. Wish king-wa wouldn't put out so many units. It's kind of hard to get reviews on a particular one with so many available types. 


yeah, but this time it's really something, acss between source and amp + amazing output power (16W@40 ohms)

 

I am gonna try it next month anyway ...

post #1743 of 3223
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

Should be too much gain, nothing you can really do about it though. 

 

If the hiss really troubles you, just get a pair of -20db or -10db XLR attenuators to see how it goes.


Doesn't bother me much but I'd like to keep my options open in case I do want to fix it. Any certain brand or model of attenuators you would recommend?

post #1744 of 3223
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Doesn't bother me much but I'd like to keep my options open in case I do want to fix it. Any certain brand or model of attenuators you would recommend?

 

This is what I use (Rothwell).

 

Not like they're better or worse than other brands. Just a bunch of resistors afterall, the Rothwells are the most aesthetically pleasing so I pick them =p

 

The other extreme options for the gain problem include TVC between dac and amp; or solder some naked vishray resistors inside your amp very_evil_smiley.gif.


Edited by khaine1711 - 8/19/13 at 1:53am
post #1745 of 3223
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This is what I use (Rothwell).

 

Not like they're better or worse than other brands. Just a bunch of resistors afterall, the Rothwells are the most aesthetically pleasing so I pick them =p

 

The other extreme options for the gain problem include TVC between dac and amp; or solder some naked vishray resistors inside your amp very_evil_smiley.gif.

 

Thanks!

post #1746 of 3223
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

 

Thanks!

For your ReplayGain question, I think that's really the only way to go around it since it is lossless. I think those attenuators + replaygain will provide what youre looking for. :)

post #1747 of 3223
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

 

This is what I use (Rothwell).

 

Not like they're better or worse than other brands. Just a bunch of resistors afterall, the Rothwells are the most aesthetically pleasing so I pick them =p

 

The other extreme options for the gain problem include TVC between dac and amp; or solder some naked vishray resistors inside your amp very_evil_smiley.gif.

For possible  future  reference, are you using these Rothwells in line with your headphone cable, or between your preamp or dac and your amplifier? I noticed on their website they offer an RCA version, but not sure it does what may be needed for this headphone hiss issue, if placed between source and amp as the site recommends.

 

thanks!

post #1748 of 3223
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Originally Posted by SMG52 View Post

For possible  future  reference, are you using these Rothwells in line with your headphone cable, or between your preamp or dac and your amplifier? I noticed on their website they offer an RCA version, but not sure it does what may be needed for this headphone hiss issue, if placed between source and amp as the site recommends.

 

thanks!

I used it between the preamp and the power amp - on the input terminal of power amp.

 

For headphone amp and integrated amp, you'll still use it on the input terminal of headphone amp/integrated amp. The rca and the xlr version do the same thing, one for SE input and the other for balance input.

post #1749 of 3223

@ ohhgourami

 

If you are using speaker output to HE-6, then I would try putting a 10 Ohm (10W) resistor in parallel on the speaker taps. This could lower the hiss (someone correct me if I'm wrong) and give you more room for volume adjustment. And it's cheap, easy and fully reversible wink.gif

post #1750 of 3223

Parallel won't lower hiss ,  only series but that opens up other issues.

post #1751 of 3223
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Parallel won't lower hiss ,  only series but that opens up other issues.

Thanks for straightening this up ... too bad. It could have been a nice and easy solution. rolleyes.gif

post #1752 of 3223

I tried those RCA Rothwell in-line attenuators between my tube amp (Audio Research D70) and Oppo-95 player. They didn't work out for me. The sound took on a hardness. I returned them. But YMMV.

 

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post #1753 of 3223

So I guess the XLR attenuators would degrade sound too then...

post #1754 of 3223
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post

I tried those RCA Rothwell in-line attenuators between my tube amp (Audio Research D70) and Oppo-95 player. They didn't work out for me. The sound took on a hardness. I returned them. But YMMV.

 

 

I used the XLR Rothwell attenuators between a Audio Research VT-70 tube amp and a RSA B-52. I heard no loss of sound quality and they worked well in my application. 

post #1755 of 3223

Which one would have a better sound quality?

 

Schiit Lyr -> HE-6  or  Schiit Lyr -> HE-500

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