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post #7531 of 26065
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Using the same headphones, i too, prefer the sound of my X-Can V2 to that of my vintage gear, but even i use my X-Can to drive my SR80i, it still doesn't as good as my PS1000 through the vintage gear.

 

I know that it's unfair to compare the SR80i to the PS1000, but as i have said, if i had $600 to spend, i'd rather get some PS500 and drive them of my old stuff, than buy some SR225i or SR325is and spend the rest on an headphone amp.

 

I think that they're is more sonic gain to be had by upgrading the headphones, that being said, if you own TOTL headphones, or, let's say that after hearing the pricier models, you still prefer the sound signature of your $300-$400 headphones, then buying an headphone amp makes sense.

 

Just my two cents.

I use an Asus Essence STX souncard to drive my RS1i....they sound great.

 

I have listened to them thru my buddy's Schlitt   Magi/Modi and I have to say the Asus sound card is every bit as good IMHO.

 

I have thought about buying an amp to set up a listening station in the living room using a laptop.....not sure what amp would be good...I would not want to spend over $400 on one, for sure.....as I would love to add the Grado PS500 soon.

post #7532 of 26065
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

I use an Asus Essence STX souncard to drive my RS1i....they sound great.

 

I have listened to them thru my buddy's Schlitt   Magi/Modi and I have to say the Asus sound card is every bit as good IMHO.

 

I have thought about buying an amp to set up a listening station in the living room using a laptop.....not sure what amp would be good...I would not want to spend over $400 on one, for sure.....as I would love to add the Grado PS500 soon.

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.

post #7533 of 26065
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.

Yes, you use your soundcard and turn onboard sound off in bios......some soundcards have a built in headphone amp....the Asus Essence ST and STX have a darn good one, IMO.

post #7534 of 26065
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.


Yes it is, and you can have more than one sound card, though sometimes that can cause problems. Most people disable the built-in soundcard when they get a plug-in card but sometimes they get along together. Depends on  what interrupts they use ect.  All sound cards have a dac, built-in and plug-in, it is just that the add-on cards, if you get a good one, have a much better dac and several (Like the Soundblaster Titanium) also have a built-in headphone amplifier as well which is what you really want to get the most out of listening to music out of your PC with headphones. There is a forum on here called Computer Audio, check that out, a lot of your questions will be answered.

post #7535 of 26065

Thanks for the replys, I was a little bit confused on what a sound card actually did.

Thank you!

post #7536 of 26065
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

I see your point.  BTW, what are you using for vintage gear (i.e. your integrated amp) - just curious.

 

I have 4 modest sound systems, system 1 plays double duty as a home theater and a stereo headphone rig, i had some time, so i listed all the components, here you go.

 

System 1)  Yamaha RX-V 2200 reciever

                  Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/CD player

                  Yamaha KX-321 cassette tape recorder  

                  Technics SL-1200 MK2 TT with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge

                  Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 with Electro Harmonix 6922 tubes headphone amp

                  

System 2) 1978 Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp

                 1978 Yamaha YP-D6 TT with an Audio-Technica AT95e cartridge

                 2008 Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD player

 

System 3) 1974 Marantz 2220B reciever

                 1974 Marantz 6300 TT with a Grado Black cartridge

                 1973 Pioneer RT-1020L Reel to Reel Tape recorder

                 1993 Technics SL-PG 340 CD player

 

System 4) 1979 Marantz 2226B reciever

                 1979 Marantz 6350Q TT with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

                 1991 Technics SL-PS 700 CD player

 

By the way, i know that many people don't use CD players anymore, but just in case someone wanted a second player and didn't want to invest too much, the MASH 1 bit D/A converters in the Technics CD players sound pretty good, and they're dirt cheap.


Edited by stacker45 - 6/1/13 at 3:04pm
post #7537 of 26065
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

I have 4 modest sound systems, system 1 plays double duty as a home theater and a stereo headphone rig, i had some time, so i listed all the components, here you go.

 

System 1)  Yamaha RX-V 2200 reciever

                  Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/CD player

                  Yamaha KX-321 cassette tape recorder  

                  Technics SL-1200 MK2 TT with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge

                  Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 with Electro Harmonix 6922 tubes headphone amp

                  

System 2) 1978 Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp

                 1978 Yamaha YP-D6 TT with an Audio-Technica AT95e cartridge

                 2008 Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD player

 

System 3) 1974 Marantz 2220B reciever

                 1974 Marantz 6300 TT with a Grado Black cartridge

                 1973 Pioneer RT-1020L Reel to Reel Tape recorder

                 1993 Technics SL-PG 340 CD player

 

System 4) 1979 Marantz 2226B reciever

                 1979 Marantz 2220B TT with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

                 1991 Technics SL-PS 700 CD player

 

By the way, i know that many people don't use CD players anymore, but just in case someone wanted a second player and didn't want to invest too much, the MASH 1 bit D/A converters in the Technics CD players sound pretty good, and they're dirt cheap.


All I can say is...You must REALLY like music...that is a lot of stuff!

post #7538 of 26065

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

post #7539 of 26065
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

How you enjoy music is very subjective, so, i can only advise you to have a good hearing session to see if it gives you the chills. If it does and your wallet allows you to buy them, then do so.

-CH23
post #7540 of 26065
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

Well....that would depend on your ears and if you have decided or not if you like the Grado sound signature.

 

Both are great headphones.....but if you are not sure if you like the SR80i , then I am not sure you will like the SR225i.

 

Grados are pretty much love/hate.....you probably have to love the SR80i to love the SR225i

post #7541 of 26065
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

Didn't you just get the 80's recently?

If so, I would listen to them for a while, because they really are excellent headphones. But if you are not happy with them, (for what ever reason), then thats a different story

post #7542 of 26065
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post


All I can say is...You must REALLY like music...that is a lot of stuff!

 

I do REALLY like music, but i obviously also like vintage gear. what's nice about this old stuff is that, if after a while, you decide to sell some components, you can often sell for the same price you've paid, or you might even turn a profit, if you bought at the right price.

 

Also, aside from being a sound investment, i think that vintage gear looks much better than the newer stuff,  and being a vinyl enthusiast, i also like the fact that they often have very decent performing built in phono stages.

 

Most of what i have is near, or in mint condition, and has been paid between $150 to $250, so it's not too bad, especially when you consider that you can pretty much get your money back and more.

post #7543 of 26065

have been away from my Grados  

 

hello PS500 

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

 

I have missed you. 

 

straight out of the dx100 , like how they do not need much to drive 

post #7544 of 26065
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

I have 4 modest sound systems, system 1 plays double duty as a home theater and a stereo headphone rig, i had some time, so i listed all the components, here you go.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

System 1)  Yamaha RX-V 2200 reciever

                  Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/CD player

                  Yamaha KX-321 cassette tape recorder  

                  Technics SL-1200 MK2 TT with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge

                  Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 with Electro Harmonix 6922 tubes headphone amp

                  

System 2) 1978 Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp

                 1978 Yamaha YP-D6 TT with an Audio-Technica AT95e cartridge

                 2008 Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD player

 

System 3) 1974 Marantz 2220B reciever

                 1974 Marantz 6300 TT with a Grado Black cartridge

                 1973 Pioneer RT-1020L Reel to Reel Tape recorder

                 1993 Technics SL-PG 340 CD player

 

System 4) 1979 Marantz 2226B reciever

                 1979 Marantz 2220B TT with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

                 1991 Technics SL-PS 700 CD player

 

 

 

By the way, i know that many people don't use CD players anymore, but just in case someone wanted a second player and didn't want to invest too much, the MASH 1 bit D/A converters in the Technics CD players sound pretty good, and they're dirt cheap.

 

Nice, really nice ... I'm jealous!  I still spin a lot of optical plastic and my favorite spinner (Onkyo C-S5VL) sounds better than anything I can get out of my Mac/PC + gear; especially with the Grados.   In fact, my favorite playback chain is the Onkyo -> NuForce Icon -> RS2i - pure heaven for my ears.  I seriously considered a Rega DAC to get the same Wolfson DAC + selectable filters combination the spinner has to use with my Mac/PC, but decided to hold off on the extra spend (my divorce was looming...).

post #7545 of 26065
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

Nice, really nice ... I'm jealous!  I still spin a lot of optical plastic and my favorite spinner (Onkyo C-S5VL) sounds better than anything I can get out of my Mac/PC + gear; especially with the Grados.   In fact, my favorite playback chain is the Onkyo -> NuForce Icon -> RS2i - pure heaven for my ears.  I seriously considered a Rega DAC to get the same Wolfson DAC + selectable filters combination the spinner has to use with my Mac/PC, but decided to hold off on the extra spend (my divorce was looming...).

I agree, I recently started listening to Cd's imported to my MBP, but Cd's played through my 90's Sony ES Cd players definitly sound better than the MBP played through the exact same sources. All my other sources are from the early 90's also. Very nice sounding equipment, and worth every penny for the 20+ years it has lasted, and still going strong.

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