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Originally Posted by calpis View Post

Nah, he meant the 2011/Pro. MLE has a 2013 already and the only mixamp he hasn't tried yet is the 2011. I'ld also like to see how the noise floor and sound signature differs between the 2011 and 2013.

 

Exactly.

post #10502 of 25705
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post

Why do you want the 2011 mixamp?

The least amount of hiss + PS3 chat.
post #10503 of 25705
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


The least amount of hiss + PS3 chat.

 

Hmm.  I doubt the hiss is audible with the headphones you're using, save for the KSC35.  The 5.8 works with PS3 chat too, with that cable.

 

But... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Astro-Mixamp-no-headphones-/251209284629?pt=Video_Games_Accessories&hash=item3a7d3d7c15

post #10504 of 25705
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Originally Posted by I95North View Post

Hey Mad is there any difference between the annies and the K702 that would make one sound so much better than the other?? Like as in spec wise they both are speced out as the same cans.. I wonder what akg did different to warrant soo much money for the annies?? Is it better padding more dampning matterial, a color change for 409? Then again its AKG's Anniversary Edition so i guess i understand the reason for the price..

The Premium is due to each driver being specifically retuned, the new paint scheme, the new headband, and what I personally think is what changes sound the most: the non-angled, more dense memory foam pads, which feel very different from the standard pads. We all should know by now that pads can great affect the sound of a headphone. It will be interesting to see those who own non-Annies that can swap pads.

I'm willing to bet the reason they went non-angled is because of the way the pads form around your head shape. The older ones are quite stiff (though I still loved the old pad's comfort).
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:DOver the next few days, I'm gonna be focused on the Astro A40s and 2013 Mixamp, as I wanna get that review out the way, so I can then focus on the Annie and Compass 2 once it gets here. After I'm done with my initial use of the Compass 2 and the HE400, I will be sending it out to the people I've mentioned, assuming they are still interested, as I know I probably got most of you salivating for the Annie and not the HE400.

Gonna need your addresses via pm, and im gonna try and send them to whomever is closest, and follow that sequence so everyone gets them quickly. Still, I don't expect the Compass 2 will get here until maybe the end of January as I have asked for the OCC wire upgrade and better TCXOs for the USB module and Sabre dac chip (for lower jitter). So expect the HE400 in Feb.

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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post

Hmm.  I doubt the hiss is audible with the headphones you're using, save for the KSC35.  The 5.8 works with PS3 chat too, with that cable.

But... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Astro-Mixamp-no-headphones-/251209284629?pt=Video_Games_Accessories&hash=item3a7d3d7c15

I can still hear some hiss of all my cans. Because I tend to always have an external amp attached, I just want the least amount of noise for my better amps.

And I have my ps3 chat cable for the 5.8. Lol. I never use it, but with the Mixamp Pro, the same cable that powers it runs chat, less clutter. I dont have a need for wireless as I am always tethered to something anyways.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/5/13 at 9:08pm
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post


It'll be tough to tempt me with that price. I could get another SR-Lambda with SRD-7/SB for that much, with a little searching on the usual places.

 

 

Would you please tell me where I might be able to find  a stax lambda with SRD-7/SB for $400? I tried google and the cheapest I found was one for nearly $1k on Amazon.

post #10507 of 25705
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I think he looks for used ones.

Im tempted on trying a stax setup one day, but I'm trying to settle down with my audio setups, which is why I went with the Compass 2 as my all around dac/amp in a box, and Annie/HE400. The Philips Fidelio X1 is either a replacement for the HE400, or not, but after that, I really dont see myself buying another expensive headphone. I have been way too focused on audio, that I've neglected playing games that I wanna play. I haven't touched my Vita or 3DS in ages.

I really hate not having a physical keyboard. Typing like a noob. Ugh.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/5/13 at 9:21pm
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While we're on the subject, would recommend a particular headphone for gaming with the PS Vita? I remember you mentioned the M50s in the OP. Is that it?
 

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Well, Vita is stereo only, and it's internal amp isn't very powerful. I will go the easy route as say the KSC35, if you can handle clip ons. The M50, CAL are both solid choices as well. Not sure which as far as open full sized headphones, as they tend to want amping, and amping the Vita isn't very logical.

Ideally, you will want an easy to drive can. As far as higher end, the D7000 would play quite well off the Vita, as it is easy to get to loud levels, and they sound great with or without an amp.
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Originally Posted by SoAmusing777 View Post

I'm sorry, but that is just too technical for me, lol. I didn't understand some of that. I'm new to it all, if you didn't notice. Take it easy, lol. I did somewhat understand it though. All right then, there we go. So is that just it for headphones then? It's Stax vs the competition? lol. What I'm asking is, what are all the types of headphones? I realize there are closed, open, IEM, but this is completely new territory. If I'm to make an informed decision, I need to know what I have to work with.

 

600v? I have no clue how much that is. I just don't wanna blow anything up, lol.

 

Yeah, I have no clue what some of that is, but my apologies. That's awesome :) I understand.

 

For electrostatic drivers, pretty much, unless you don't mind buying the other discontinued setups or the Koss ESP/950.

 

While this seems like rocket science, it's really not that different from choosing dynamic/moving-coil/cone or orthodynamic/planar-magnetic designs, just another driver technology to throw into the mix. (And I didn't even bring up Heil AMT, piezoelectric, or plasma drivers yet!)

 

The important thing that I have to drive home is that if you're going electrostatic, you have to get different amplification systems, and without the prerequisite amps, you won't be able to plug them into anything.

 

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Originally Posted by I95North View Post

I don't know why but i just impulse  purchased the last Koss- EP-950 from amazon maybe because when last i checked it was very close to a grand and now its at $645 for me minus $40 with amazon points so i jumped on it.  If i like the electrostats i will keep them if not return em for a refund lol.. Wow so i wonder if i will cook my brain cells with 600 bias volts within an inch or so of my ears and side of head lol. So Nameless how is that Radiation dosage going at 200 volts lol..

 

Nice score. I'm still kicking myself for not buying that $350 ESP-950 I saw on eBay a year or two ago, even though I didn't have the money at the time. (On the flip side, I discovered the $250 SR-Lambda + SRD-7/SB setup I'm using now not long after that...)

 

I feel fine, thanks. Believe me, if these things were unsafe to wear, Stax would've been sued out of business a long time ago, and nobody else would bother to continue with electrostatic driver designs over the decades.

 

On top of that, if radiation was that much of a concern, I'd be dead already between the Wi-Fi router, the cell phones, and all the CRTs in my house.

 

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Originally Posted by Roger de Ceiba View Post

Would you please tell me where I might be able to find  a stax lambda with SRD-7/SB for $400? I tried google and the cheapest I found was one for nearly $1k on Amazon.

 

The thing is that, being a used, discontinued set of equipment, you need to hold out for deals that fall within your budget. The places to check are Head-Fi's own Buy/Sell/Trade section (where I got all of my Stax equipment thus far), eBay (though expect stiff competition from other bidders), and AudiogoN. I've seen several Lambda + SRD-7 setups sell for under $400, though getting one for $250 was probably a big fluke on my part.

 

Also budget for both headphones and amp. Transformer boxes are cheap, and integrated receivers that can power them are numerous and thus affordable. Direct-drive amps cut down on the clutter and may sound better, but will often cost as much as a given Lambda model or more by themselves (that being around $350-600).

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post
I think he looks for used ones.
Im tempted on trying a stax setup one day, but I'm trying to settle down with my audio setups, which is why I went with the Compass 2 as my all around dac/amp in a box, and Annie/HE400. The Philips Fidelio X1 is either a replacement for the HE400, or not, but after that, I really dont see myself buying another expensive headphone. I have been way too focused on audio, that I've neglected playing games that I wanna play. I haven't touched my Vita or 3DS in ages.
I really hate not having a physical keyboard. Typing like a noob. Ugh.

 

Used equipment is the only way I can afford most higher-end tech products. (Or to be able to get them in the first place, like SU-DH1s, Normal bias SR-Lambdas and fully PS2-compatible CECHA PS3s, among numerous other discontinued products.)

 

No physical keyboard? Are you typing all that from a smartphone? Reminds me of how I got a Galaxy S III as an early Christmas gift (took advantage of a Sprint BOGO deal with my mother; too bad they didn't bother extending said deal to the Galaxy Note II, the end-all be-all of smartphones for me) and I can browse Head-Fi pretty much everywhere now, but trying to type up lengthy posts like this without a physical keyboard seriously sucks.

 

I've got a Bluetooth keyboard case on the way, though, so that should lessen the pain.

post #10511 of 25705
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Yeah. I forgot to mention that I have the Galaxy Note II. Someone asked. This is my first no physical qwerty phone in like ages. I desperately want someone to make a pysical qwerty cover for it.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Yeah. I forgot to mention that I have the Galaxy Note II. Someone asked. This is my first no physical qwerty phone in like ages. I desperately want someone to make a pysical qwerty cover for it.

 

Brave man, I couldn't give it up. I got my wife one, but I had to go with the Galaxy Relay 4g. I really wish a company other than Verizon had quality qwerty phones. mad.gif

 

 

In regards to getting the least amount of noise from the mixamps, why don't you pick up a receiver? I have a Marantz SR 5002 I got practically brand new for cheap recently, and I can just about pop some ear drums before noticing any kind of noise. L3000.gif I understand getting the chat mix working may be a slight task, but if you still have your SLYR audio mixer you could use it. That is the only reason I picked up a pair of those, lol. Speaking of which, anyone wanna buy a pair of SLYR headphones without the mixer? I've used them for about 5 minutes just to test out and If you are using a mixamp, you don't need the mixer anyways. $30 shipped to the USA.

 

-Erik


Edited by burritoboy9984 - 1/5/13 at 10:14pm
post #10513 of 25705
Thread Starter 
Thats a helluva good price for the Slyr. Like he said, the Mixer is useless for those with Mixamps. The Slyr is a fine headset especially for that price.

As for not getting a receiver, its mainly because I want smaller stuff and more functionality. The only bulky thing allowed is my Compass 2, lol. I may even sell my 65" panny plasma.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/5/13 at 10:17pm
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Thats a helluva good price for the Slyr. Like he said, the Mixer is useless for those with Mixamps. The Slyr is a fine headset especially for that price.
As for not getting a receiver, its mainly because I want smaller stuff and more functionality. The only bulky thing allowed is my Compass 2, lol. I may even sell my 65" panny plasma.

 

I'm not trying to make money, it will probably cost $15-$20 to ship anyways. I'm just trying to clear some room in my Study, lol.

 

-Erik

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Thats for the original Note. frown.gif
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