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Chico, i swear i read it somewhere on the x1 thread that philips will improve the hi...
You can search it or maybe i'm just wrong...
Btw how is the t90 and k712 so far? I'm surprised you already planning a new hifi cans already. Wished i got more income to afford it...
Edited by widdyjudas - 10/14/13 at 12:01am
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Chico, i swear i read it somewhere on the x1 thread that philips will improve the hi...
You can search it or maybe i'm just wrong...

 

Look at the second quote above.  I'm pretty sure that's the only mention of it.

 

"Though they mentioned the treble being the only area they weren't fully satisfied with - but they said that improving it would price it out of where they want it, securely in mid-fi."

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Look at the second quote above.  I'm pretty sure that's the only mention of it.

 

"Though they mentioned the treble being the only area they weren't fully satisfied with - but they said that improving it would price it out of where they want it, securely in mid-fi."

Ah... OK then. Again... its my English understanding problem...

Seeing how the X1 perform, I wished Philips can pursue more high end Mid-fi cans, maybe Z1... Just daydreaming.


Edited by widdyjudas - 10/14/13 at 2:14am
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Is the headband cushion on the 558 replaceable? It's a little loose in the middle and is starting to wear out.

On another note I'm suprized how long I used these, over a year now and they still work.(give them props for build quality)
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I believe you can probably rip it off and stick on a new one... as I believe they're glued on... though, not fully certain.
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It looks like its glue. You know where i can buy a spare set?
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You probably have to go to the Sennheiser website and order the part. Shouldn't be expensive.
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This guide is truly wonderful. It first lead me to the sens hd598 and recently to the k702 annies. Both are fantastic. 

 

I have a question, is it possible to remove the hiss from mixamps? I used to be only a pc gamer, but since I started console gaming with some friends, I picked up a mixamp. But I have been pretty let down with its performance compared to my pc setup. 

 

What I was thinking, maybe using the mixamp as a preamp might remove the hiss? But before I spend the money I wanted to see if anybody has experience with that setup. 

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Are you using an amp with the Annies? If not you are really missing out. I set my mixamp volume to 60%-70% and my Schiit Audio Magni I use for volume control. Putting the amp in the mix really changes the sound of the Annies. 

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So Chicolom,

 

after you cleansed your inventory (which you already plan to start of course :evil: ): K812 or HD 800? 

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I also notice hiss when I use my 558's with the mixamp mostly when I turn the volume nob, also the sound switches from left to right when I do though maybe I have a bad module.
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This guide is truly wonderful. It first lead me to the sens hd598 and recently to the k702 annies. Both are fantastic. 

I have a question, is it possible to remove the hiss from mixamps? I used to be only a pc gamer, but since I started console gaming with some friends, I picked up a mixamp. But I have been pretty let down with its performance compared to my pc setup. 

What I was thinking, maybe using the mixamp as a preamp might remove the hiss? But before I spend the money I wanted to see if anybody has experience with that setup. 

No, adding another amp won't remove the hiss, because it's embedded into the signal, and it's not by volume. You can for example, set the Mixamp to 50%, then adjust to your desired volume level with the external amp, and you'll have the same hiss as if you had the Mixamp at 100%, and lowered the volume on the external amp. Tried this various times, with diferent amps, and different Mixamps. The hiss would still remain the same once I got to my desired volume level, regardless of which amp was doing the most work.

The only reason you may have to lower the Mixamp is if you get clipping at 100%. On my new Mixamp, I have to have it set at around 70%, because it sounds like a mess if I go higher. I didn't have that problem with my older wired Mixamps.

You could try and find a first gen Mixamp which had the least amount of hiss out of all the Mixamps, but not USB function (other than to power the device). That means no voice chat off the PS3. The second gen (Mixamp Pro aka 2011 model) has slightly more hiss, but is still pretty quiet. The 5.8 and 2013 Mixamps are the ones with the most hiss.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/14/13 at 12:58pm
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Are you using an amp with the Annies? If not you are really missing out. I set my mixamp volume to 60%-70% and my Schiit Audio Magni I use for volume control. Putting the amp in the mix really changes the sound of the Annies. 

No, I am using the annies for my pc setup(xonar essence stx). I am testing some denon d600s right now with the mixamp, I also still have the senn hd598s for it. 

 

But with that setup you have, do you have hiss? I have traced the source of the hiss down to the power cable for the mixamp. I have tried multiple cables, and multiple power sources and some are better than others but the hiss is definitely still there. 


Edited by davisman - 10/14/13 at 1:39pm
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I may have answered my own question, but I would still like to hear some input from others who use the mixamp as a preamp. 

 

I just plugged up my ibasso d12 and I was able to get the hiss down to an almost inaudible level. I think if I had a better amp, I could get the volume loud enough without turning the mixamp past 50% volume to eliminate the hiss.  

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And I'm trying to tell you, once you go back to the loudness you normally play as, the hiss will be as you remembered.


I use my Mixamp as a pre-amp to many other amps throughout my entire time of using the Mixamp. Even now, I use it as a preamp to my E17. Before that, it was a pre-amp to my E12, Compass 2, SA-31, Fiio E9k, Magni... all still got to the same hiss level as the Mixamp alone once you set to the same exact decibel level.

I'm going off various testing, not expectations or anything. Unless you have a miracle Mixamp, even setting the Mixamp to 25%, and your external amp to a really high level, the hiss will remain the same...once you get to the same decibel as when the Mixamp reaches hissy levels on it's own. The hiss is not tied to the volume. It's embedded in the Mixamp signal.

This is my... 5th Mixamp. I have plenty of experience with it, and how the hiss works, even with another amp.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/14/13 at 1:46pm
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