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ph34r.gif Which great game???

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Originally Posted by theOmni View Post

Strange...Battlefield 4 comes out in 2 months, and Total War: Rome II comes out in about 2 weeks...what game could he be talking about??

GTA V ofcourse!

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Wasn't he the same guy who posted a few pages back randomly saying 'gg guys' and nothing else...

Lol, this actually made me laugh. But no, it wasn't me.

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WARNING! Lotsa quoting!
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I just sold my TV, so I'm not gonna be as in the red as before. I might return the E12 though, as I'm sort of happy with the X1 just off the E17. Not sure on what I'm gonna do with the MA-900 has I have yet to hear it for gaming. That too sounds swell off the E17 as well, but it's a situational headphone. I would prefer the HD650/Annie as my alternatives to the X1... though I wouldn't buy them again. I'd have to get another full sized amp again...

If you guys haven't noticed, the CAL review is COMPLETELY new, despite having a CAL review up for ages.

Well, are you using the E17 DAC for your laptop? Sounded like you were happy enough with it for stereo stuff (music), since that costs about as much as the E12, you might consider which'll be more beneficial for you in the long run. I agree with you, once you have enough power and not a crappy SQ-reducing amp, then there isn't much sonic difference between this solid state amp and that one. With the curiosity you have towards headphones (and I believe that once your literal fortunes change, you'll happily continue exploring more headphones), you more need a versatile amp than an external DAC. Do you still have your D30k for your laptop surround chain? I mean, do what you want, but I suspect that the E17 will not suit your needs for as long as the E12 could.

Also, noted the CAL! update, I actually recommended those to a coworker who was curious about headphones for gaming lately, and used your article to explain "why."
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

The Mad Dogs are a great but I wouldn't consider them bass heavy. I say its bass is somewhere between the Annie and X1, and it plays very well with bass boost switches from my E12 or iCAN.

Edit: Or you can give the HP-800 that MLE just reviewed a try... though I have not heard them. Sounds like MLE was very impressed by the bass on those cans. Also, Evs may can give you some impressions on the M100 he just got recently.
Oh, didn't know you picked up an E12 too.
Is there a demand for a formal gaming V-MODA M-100 review, you think? I kinda have time today...

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@Ero-Sennin wink.gif

Not to be the guy but the M-100's are pretty much it in the portable realm with out spending a lot on the edition 8's. Fun sounding but still very accurate. Soundstage is massive! Highs and mids are super smooth and you can use them straight out if a player and get great sound. Amp them and they scale up quite well. Very impressive all around. They took over my MMX-300's as my gaming pair so that was a huge surprise.
Apparently I wasn't the only one who was interested, but my thoughts echo these statements. I can't call the soundstage massive after the AD700 and Q701, but it satisfies me which IMO is impressive for a closed headphone (Chico recently said he was a soundstage freak, it is also one of my #1 facets/hallmarks of great headphones). Kind of like how people describe the Denon DH1001 and clone CAL!, it has better soundstage than a closed headphone has any right to, and imaging is actually quite good despite the bass firmness/body.

They don't need an extra amp, sensitive and only 32 Ohms, though without the dampening effect of higher-ohms I can definitely hear the noise floor on the DSS and to an extent on my tube amp too. Sound great out of my iDevices though, and I can get over the low hiss of the DSS during gameplay.

One of my favorite things about the M-100 is the fun-yet-non-fatiguing sound, no glare, though the earpads and even headband eventually become physically fatiguing. Overall the Q701 has more bite and realism, more comfort, overall I prefer to choose them if available but... I brought the Q's to work once, to let my coworker demo them, two other people laughed at the price and said it looked like a helmet, but I take the M-100 everywhere and have been using them more than any other since I got them.

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Everyone's coming up with all these surprises, I see. I might just have to come up with one, myself... ph34r.gif

Edit: Who am I kidding... too broke right now... frown.gif
I just got a new DAC/amp! Comes with a computer attached, too!
But in all seriousness, I bought a Mac Mini because I needed a reliable computer and it's going to pay for itself with some graphic and photo work, but I wouldn't have bought it if I couldn't justify it. I applaud the wisdom it takes to realize that you enjoy and are happy with current kit, and it seems you understand just how great your stuff is. Every time I hear speakers at someone else's house, or even go to the theater, I realize that I've already surpassed need, and when I start lusting other headphones or gadgets it's usually coming from a perspective that I'm trying to keep up instead that I'm unhappy with what I have. The Q701 is GREAT, it's spoiled me, and now I've satisfied my spoiling by having the M-100 for out-of-the-house or closed usage... Don't have any holes in my audio lineup, just in (several) socks.
If you realize you are happy with what you have, kudos to you.
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I've been happy with the X1 and Astro Mixamp 2011. I do not have to crank up the volume to hear an excellent soundstage in Halo 4.
Halo4. What a high example of audio design, amazing surround and it works really well with headphone surround. Also, it's a poster example of when the Mixamp really proves it's worth: the game doesn't have an option to turn down the game volume, so you need something like a Mixamp to balance the chat and game audio in the analogue stage, because you only have one set of speakers with headphones.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The X1 is good just off the Mixamp. For music use, I'd say the E11 is plenty of amp for it (judging by how good it sounds off my E17 which has similar power to the E11). I haven't owned an E5 in years, and I don't consider it much of an amp, though it's very clean sounding.

Yeah, I wish I still had my e5 to see if it could reduce the impact of hiss from the DSS with lower-ohm headphones, but it may not make a difference. Signal issues versus impedance effects... It's relatively confusing, easier to just experiment and test in person.
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"GG guys!" Sounds like something I would do, if manic and tired, lol.
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Well, that's another $320 in the hole thanks to eBay...

 

...but if this works out and none of what I bought turns out defective, then MLE better start preparing for a review of some nice vintage equipment! (And the rest of you might wanna prepare your wallets too, because I'm gonna have to sell off some spare stuff after this!)

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What I said on the X1 review. Again, people don't seem to ever look at the guide itself. frown.gif
And boosting SQ percentages is impossible. No amp is going to magically boost SQ by a dramatic amount. It's more about providing clean, efficient power, for when going off weak sources is detrimental to sound quality. It's not about boosting anything. Don't believe that sort of hype. The only time that is true is when a headphone is very hard to drive. The X1 is very efficient. You can believe the hyperbole, but it simply is not a hard headphone to drive.

 

I read your X1 review three times and i had to ask this question biggrin.gif things now a lot clearer for me, thx

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Can anyone comment on AD900x vs AD700x for gaming?

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Well, that's another $320 in the hole thanks to eBay...

...but if this works out and none of what I bought turns out defective, then MLE better start preparing for a review of some nice vintage equipment! (And the rest of you might wanna prepare your wallets too, because I'm gonna have to sell off some spare stuff after this!)

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Sooo, nameless got a lambda pro in case anyone missed it. Dunno about the amp yet, except he got an srd-6 with the lambdas, but I suppose he'll be getting a dedicated amp for the lambdas.

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Sooo, nameless got a lambda pro in case anyone missed it. Dunno about the amp yet, except he got an srd-6 with the lambdas, but I suppose he'll be getting a dedicated amp for the lambdas.

 

From my scrutiny, it's a Normal bias SR-Lambda. I wouldn't want MLE judging all the original Lambdas by a set that isn't even in a stock state, though I'll throw the one I'm currently using in alongside the new one.

 

Otherwise, I wouldn't have bid on it. Especially not with the reputation of the Lambda Pro having a recessed midrange.

 

I can tell you that I'll probably just sell off the SRD-6, seeing as I already have the SRD-7/SB, and it would be as good as useless to MLE with his Marantz SR-5002 dead and all. That's where that other auction comes in...the seller better pack that one up well!

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So... I could hook this Normal bias SR-Lambda, which happens to be your all-time fav headphone, to my Yamaha receiver? Or are you saying you need a backup unit? Or, is this an different one from the non-numbered one you have, and an upgrade?
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So... I could hook this Normal bias SR-Lambda, which happens to be your all-time fav headphone, to my Yamaha receiver? Or are you saying you need a backup unit? Or, is this an different one from the non-numbered one you have, and an upgrade?

There are 2 types of drive units for Stax headphones, amps and transformer adapter boxes. The amps simply work off of rca or balanced inputs and drive the "earspeakers" from there. The adapter boxes plug into a speaker amp, and the power gets amplified via transformers to drive the "earspeakers".

So the answer is no, you need something else to drive Stax, you can't just plug them into your receiver.

-Erik
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I assumed the transformer box would be included, I was referring to hooking the earspeakers+transformer to the receiver's speaker taps.
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Has anyone tried the ATH-AD900X?

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All electrostatic headphones need a special electrostatic amplifier to properly charge up the diaphragm to the specified voltage bias. I am quite certain your receiver can't apply a 320 V bias for the normal bias electrostatic headphones. Not to mention your receiver not having the 6-pin balanced plug.

Or you can use an energiser, which allows you to use a power amp to get the proper volatage bias.
Edited by miceblue - 8/19/13 at 9:24am
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