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post #2521 of 3071
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Originally Posted by ahhui90 View Post

I was thinking of getting a Fostex TH600 to go with essence one muses upgraded DAC, anyone have experiences of their synergy?


Nice choice great headphone gs1000.gif

post #2522 of 3071

My final end game mod to my XE1 (MUSES 2.0 Mod), no more mod for a while. Finished replacing all electrolytic capacitors to Nichicon MUSES range (Fine Gold). Reflow all solder joints under the PCB, seem to have fix the imbalance issue with the preamp knob which I switch with the headphone. Was so excited to get it running, put everything together and realized I forgot to connect the data cable under the PCB. Dohhh.h......h.h....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2523 of 3071

Awesome mate, looks professionally upgraded Gratz......

 

How many man hours went into it including research?..... better question what the SQ like compared to standard?

 

Very cool beerchug.gif

post #2524 of 3071

Very cool indeed awesome work man.

post #2525 of 3071

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Originally Posted by Gandah View Post

Awesome mate, looks professionally upgraded Gratz......

 

How many man hours went into it including research?..... better question what the SQ like compared to standard?

 

Very cool beerchug.gif

 

 

Yeah thanks for the feedback. I tried to make it neat and clean as possible while maintaining the stock look. Giant caps floating on lead wire just looks so wrong.

20-25 Hours went into reading the thread and learning from what other head fi member already know.

Additional 30 hours researching component size/value/specs to make sure work they well after switching over stock components.

 

12-14 hours to physically do all the modification. Stage in order, thermal pad for power supply, power supply caps, B10K volume switch over, decoupling WIMA caps. Nichicon electrolytic caps. Finalizing decoupling WIMA caps 1800pF/22nF. Reflow PCB and heatsink for DSP.

 

As with impression, only had a quick listen to the LCD3 and & HD800. Still burning in, clarity seem to have improved on the LCD 3. The HD800 sounds a bit warmer than before the mods.

 

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Originally Posted by abvolt View Post

Very cool indeed awesome work man.

Thanks for the comment. Really appreciate it


Edited by Mach3 - 8/22/13 at 11:34pm
post #2526 of 3071
Looks Awesome!! wink.gif
post #2527 of 3071

A few months ago there were talks about a new Asus announcement on this device. Any news? 

post #2528 of 3071
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A few months ago there were talks about a new Asus announcement on this device. Any news? 


Yep I remember when ASUSXONAR said there was a upcoming announcement but unfortunate nothing has been said confused_face_2.gif

post #2529 of 3071
I was watching the WAN show on the Linus tech tips channel on YouTube. They had JJ from Asus as a special guest and he said they were planning a new product to surpass the E1. Didn't give a time frame just said but was in the works
post #2530 of 3071
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DbKh77wSqPE&feature=plpp

Somewhere in this video. It's been a while since I watched it so can't remember the exact wording or where in the video it's mentioned
post #2531 of 3071

Awesome thanks for the news I'll take a look..

post #2532 of 3071
They weren't meaning the STU were they?
post #2533 of 3071
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Originally Posted by Mach3 View Post

My final end game mod to my XE1 (MUSES 2.0 Mod), no more mod for a while. Finished replacing all electrolytic capacitors to Nichicon MUSES range (Fine Gold). Reflow all solder joints under the PCB, seem to have fix the imbalance issue with the preamp knob which I switch with the headphone. Was so excited to get it running, put everything together and realized I forgot to connect the data cable under the PCB. Dohhh.h......h.h....

 

Nice modifications.

 

It would of been nice if you were able to source the WIMA's all in FKP2, but i do know the 8200pF is a tough-y. I think i see a Kemet (sky blue) in there.

The DSP and every other chip does not need a heatsink. I've tested it myself and they run fairly cool.

 

How's the fine gold sound to you?

Do you like it?

post #2534 of 3071

It is around 33min.

 

I was hoping for an announcement regarding DSD upgrade, rather than a new better product...

post #2535 of 3071

I don't consider DSD a upgrade, just a added feature that is more gimmicky than useful, the only true DSD recordings are of live unmixed recordings, as far as I know mixed DSD recordings are PCM mixed before being re-sampled to DSD

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