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Originally Posted by imac2much View Post

Yep, I PMed him yesterday smily_headphones1.gif
Hopefully I will be able to buy these headphones from him!

Good luck! Make sure you come back with impressions if you do get them. I can foresee you becoming a regular around here, like Stillhart... though your wallet may regret it tongue.gif
post #24542 of 24878
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Originally Posted by G3org3 View Post

Will the e9 work I seen MLE say the e9 does nothing for the q701 ? I'm not sure what to get everyone says different things

 

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 Cons:

- 10 ohm output impedance. Most headphones with less than 80ohm may have an altered sound signature due to not enough damping. Some exceptions are Planars and the Q701/K701 which aren't affected. However, you may want to look at another external amp if you plan on using low ohm headphones

 

 

I believe MLE was saying that the sound signature of low impedance headphones could be altered (perhaps negatively) due to inadequate dampening, but the K701/Q701s were not affected by this issue. Not that the E9 didn't drive them adequately. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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Hey guys, I'd like to get some feedback.  I finally closed the deal with the HP100 seller today, so hopefully I will get these headphones next week!

 

So I did some research on my Xonar U3 and the Sound Blaster Omni.  Assuming these are the external equivalents of the Xonar DG and Sound Blaster Z, they seem to both use the same CS4398 DAC.  Thus in terms of DAC, they are exactly the same.  As others have noted, the Xonar U3/DG has a horrible (or nearly nonexistent) amp with 100 ohm impedance, while Z's is 22 ohm impedance and is "rated" for headphones with up to 600 ohms.

 

So here's my question: To me, maybe my ears are still new to good headphones, but Dolby Headphone and THX/SB surround seems like a wash.  I already have a U3 so I can either use this as just a DAC or just replace it with an Omni.

 

With a budget of ~$100 (give or take), should I just get the Omni to use as DAC + Amp, or is there a separate Amp I can use in conjunction with my U3 DAC that would sound better than the Omni?  I'd prefer a desktop amp as I will not use this with my iphone, but I'd prefer something compact as it needs to fit in my luggage overseas (and my suitcases are jam packed as it is).

 

Thanks so much!

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So I decided to go for the schiit vali amp for my q701s does the vali come with the cable to connect to the mixamp or do I need to buy that separate ? And if so what's the cable called ?
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Originally Posted by G3org3 View Post

So I decided to go for the schiit vali amp for my q701s does the vali come with the cable to connect to the mixamp or do I need to buy that separate ? And if so what's the cable called ?

You need 3.5mm minijack male to rca male cable like this one:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5596&seq=1&format=2

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Originally Posted by Yethal View Post

You need 3.5mm minijack male to rca male cable like this one:
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5596&seq=1&format=2

Great thanks for reply
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post


Good luck! Make sure you come back with impressions if you do get them. I can foresee you becoming a regular around here, like Stillhart... though your wallet may regret it tongue.gif

How is the bass quantity of the Soundmagic HP100 compared to that of the Philips X1?

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Originally Posted by imac2much View Post

Hey guys, I'd like to get some feedback.  I finally closed the deal with the HP100 seller today, so hopefully I will get these headphones next week!

So I did some research on my Xonar U3 and the Sound Blaster Omni.  Assuming these are the external equivalents of the Xonar DG and Sound Blaster Z, they seem to both use the same CS4398 DAC.  Thus in terms of DAC, they are exactly the same.  As others have noted, the Xonar U3/DG has a horrible (or nearly nonexistent) amp with 100 ohm impedance, while Z's is 22 ohm impedance and is "rated" for headphones with up to 600 ohms.

So here's my question: To me, maybe my ears are still new to good headphones, but Dolby Headphone and THX/SB surround seems like a wash.  I already have a U3 so I can either use this as just a DAC or just replace it with an Omni.

With a budget of ~$100 (give or take), should I just get the Omni to use as DAC + Amp, or is there a separate Amp I can use in conjunction with my U3 DAC that would sound better than the Omni?  I'd prefer a desktop amp as I will not use this with my iphone, but I'd prefer something compact as it needs to fit in my luggage overseas (and my suitcases are jam packed as it is).

Thanks so much!

I just picked up an OMNI about a week or two ago. The sound out of it is pretty good for the price. I like the SBX surround professing for games. Down the road I have the option to add an external amp if I want. It has analog line out and also optical output. Before this I was using onboard audio so it was an easy purchase. I might even pick one up to keep at work.
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^yeah, an easy-to-hear upgrade from my Realtek motherboard audio.

Kinda bummed about how complicated things get with Playstation and the DSS2, it's cheap but lots of wires, and my streamers complain my mic is too quiet. The Recon3D USB was awesome, because it basically took over mic duties like a USB mic (so no wires to my PS4 controller), I could use my cheap lapel mic as my mic, and the Recon3D USB had mic gain settings so it's easier for others to hear me over the game sound. I think Mic gain is what I miss most, if the BoomPro is too quiet with my current setup then I'll have to check out this new Creative E-something processor or get another Recon3D USB.
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Aw, the creative E3 isn't made for game consoles...
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Question, is it bad that I'm using the amp and my receiver when connected to my PS3? So, my headphones go into the port on the front of the amp, then in the back I have an RCA to 3.5mm adapter in the input section, which then runs to the front headphone port on the receiver (so I can utilize dolby headphone) then that is connected to the PS3 via HDMI. Something I did notice even on the low gain setting was that if I turned the volume knob past 2/3 oclock I start hearing this sound. I can always turn the volume louder on the receiver to keep this from happening, but then I feel like I'm using my receiver as the main amp in that case. It varies from a volume level of 66 to 75 on my receiver.

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Anybody knows what exactly can PS4 output via USB if "All audio" option is selected? The bit depth and sampling rate, maybe they'll add an option to output multichannel via usb, could be nice. I keep spamming this question on this thread, but nobody seems to know and it's kinda bothering me.


Edited by Yethal - 7/13/14 at 6:31pm
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post
 

How is the bass quantity of the Soundmagic HP100 compared to that of the Philips X1?

Quantity?  Significantly less.  The X1 is pretty bass-heavy, to the point where it muddies up the mids if you're not amping it properly.  People call it "fun" because the bass is over-emphasized but in a fun way.  The HP100 has a lot more of a "natural" bass:  it's there but it's not in your face by any means.  It has fantastic sub-bass though, so you'll really feel it on stuff like electronic music that extends way down low.  It's a really nice balance IMO.  Sounds good with just about anything.

 

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Originally Posted by imac2much View Post
 

Hey guys, I'd like to get some feedback.  I finally closed the deal with the HP100 seller today, so hopefully I will get these headphones next week!

 

So I did some research on my Xonar U3 and the Sound Blaster Omni.  Assuming these are the external equivalents of the Xonar DG and Sound Blaster Z, they seem to both use the same CS4398 DAC.  Thus in terms of DAC, they are exactly the same.  As others have noted, the Xonar U3/DG has a horrible (or nearly nonexistent) amp with 100 ohm impedance, while Z's is 22 ohm impedance and is "rated" for headphones with up to 600 ohms.

 

So here's my question: To me, maybe my ears are still new to good headphones, but Dolby Headphone and THX/SB surround seems like a wash.  I already have a U3 so I can either use this as just a DAC or just replace it with an Omni.

 

With a budget of ~$100 (give or take), should I just get the Omni to use as DAC + Amp, or is there a separate Amp I can use in conjunction with my U3 DAC that would sound better than the Omni?  I'd prefer a desktop amp as I will not use this with my iphone, but I'd prefer something compact as it needs to fit in my luggage overseas (and my suitcases are jam packed as it is).

 

Thanks so much!

 

You don't need much amping with the HP100.  I'd suggest trying without an amp before buying anything.  If you really feel the need to amp it later, grab a cheap Chinese Fiio or something.  I use my Fiio E11 with it when I'm going portable and it's plenty. At work I use it either right out of my laptop or with a Audioengine D3.

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Originally Posted by Stillhart View Post
 

You don't need much amping with the HP100.  I'd suggest trying without an amp before buying anything.  If you really feel the need to amp it later, grab a cheap Chinese Fiio or something.  I use my Fiio E11 with it when I'm going portable and it's plenty. At work I use it either right out of my laptop or with a Audioengine D3.

Thanks Stillhart.  In that case I will probably sell my U3 and get an Omni to use as an all-in-one for now.  I might look into getting an O2 or E12 later though, as I do hope to get a good open ended headphone later :)

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Originally Posted by Yethal View Post

Anybody knows what exactly can PS4 output via USB if "All audio" option is selected? The bit depth and sampling rate, maybe they'll add an option to output multichannel via usb, could be nice. I keep spamming this question on this thread, but nobody seems to know and it's kinda bothering me.

Stereo output (with chat audio) and Mic input. I don't know what sampling rate or anything, probably CD quality (which means the mastering quality of the media you're listening to will matter).

I haven't seen you "spam" the question before... can't say it's not better that way wink.gif
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