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post #1861 of 1982

Just got my S-mod back and with the SE5 and the old gold cable it is more neutral to my ears. Liking the sound :). The bass is sick....

post #1862 of 1982
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

Just got my S-mod back and with the SE5 and the old gold cable it is more neutral to my ears. Liking the sound :). The bass is sick....

 

What are you amping with?

post #1863 of 1982

Using the Tralucent T1 amp with it. To my ears it already sounds better than the DACport LX pairing with the Triad L3. If I plug the S-mod into the Triad it wipes the floor with the DACport LX.

post #1864 of 1982
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

Using the Tralucent T1 amp with it. To my ears it already sounds better than the DACport LX pairing with the Triad L3. If I plug the S-mod into the Triad it wipes the floor with the DACport LX.

 

 

Be interesting to know how it compares with the Chord Hugo, if you can get a demo at a meet... (I think I know the answer already, but still... it'd be an interesting comparison)

post #1865 of 1982

It's the first time I've heard of that amp. Looks interesting. I actually really want the TU-05 amp at this time, then I'd be done with amps. At least for my desktop that is :).

 

What I really like about the S-mod is how much resolution it brings to the table. Really opens up my IEMs. I would find the SE5 a bit congested an lacking transparency on other sources. The S-mod also really opens up the sound staging and put it in front of you instead of being too intimate. It's still an intimate presentation overall but placed clearly in front of you instead :). The depth is superb.


Edited by lee730 - 2/1/14 at 1:25pm
post #1866 of 1982
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A wonderful device then. I am gonna get it but I have to admit, your impressions have a huge influence on my decisions happy_face1.gif
Keep ZX1 in mind too...
post #1867 of 1982
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


Keep ZX1 in mind too...

 

Do you like the pairing over your Hifiman 901? Was it worth $800+?

post #1868 of 1982
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Do you like the pairing over your Hifiman 901? Was it worth $800+?

ZX1 > Rocco BA for SE5 ;p

post #1869 of 1982
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ZX1 > Rocco BA for SE5 ;p

 

lol is it $700 better? ;). Has sony added a micro SD slot to the device or are they still playing the same control game?


Edited by lee730 - 2/2/14 at 10:46am
post #1870 of 1982
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lol is it $700 better? ;).

Of course not. It just pairs with SE5 exceptionally well with a lil bit more air, space, clarity in the presentation compared to my other DAPs. It just shifts SE5 to a even more accurate extent.  The power is on par with Rocoo BA, dx100. 901 has a bit more power.

post #1871 of 1982

Oh wow? I thought people were saying the player lacks power compared to most DAPs? I know power isn't the most important aspect though. The DX100 outputs max 245 mW. The Rocoo BA outputs 50mW.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680853/sony-nwz-zx1-35th-walkman-anniversary-model/645#post_9891016


Edited by lee730 - 2/2/14 at 11:03am
post #1872 of 1982
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

Oh wow? I thought people were saying the player lacks power compared to most DAPs? I know power isn't the most important aspect though. The DX100 outputs max 245 mW. The Rocoo BA outputs 50mW.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680853/sony-nwz-zx1-35th-walkman-anniversary-model/645#post_9891016

Hmm maybe that's what make zx1 changes SE5's sounds a little bit? I never read any power outputs for DAPs. I only compare them in terms of sound. SE5 can sound a little bit slow on ZX1 sometimes, but overall it's very fine~ 

post #1873 of 1982

I generally do the same and opt for what sounds best. I've noticed the SE5 does benefit from more power but that doesn't mean it can't sound good on a weaker powered source as well. Since the SE5 has a thicker/meatier sound it also benefits from a lighter pairing to alleviate that which makes it more neutral. I've been using mine with the S-mod and T1 amp (just got the S-mod back from repair, one of the chips was failing). I added my old cable to the SE5 which makes it overall more musical sounding. Since I coudln't find anyone who was willing to reterminate the cable for me I had to sand down my connectors to make it fit lol ;)...

 

 


Edited by lee730 - 2/2/14 at 11:36am
post #1874 of 1982

Look like they insert really well ;) good job! 

post #1875 of 1982
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Originally Posted by tupac0306 View Post
 

Look like they insert really well ;) good job! 

 

Nothing a little elbow grease can't do. :bigsmile_face: I think the stock cable was choking them to be honest. The thing is finding the perfect source isn't easy for these IEMs. Changing the firmware on the S-mod to 1.32 really is an eye opener with SE5.


Edited by lee730 - 2/2/14 at 11:35am
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