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post #1981 of 2196
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 


Do you already have the SE5? Do you feel it lacks "sparkle"? If you do, you should consider changing source, ZX1 or AK240 could work. Otherwise silver is supposed to push towards what you are looking for, but there are better ways to spend money to improve sound than cables...

 

Yes, i own SE5 for a long time actually and love them specially for long listening sessions. I know they can be even more refined though;] Since i recently bought AK240 my goal for setup was to add good balanced cable as a cherry on the top. But is it worth it? How much that good balanced cable would improve sound?

 

@Mimouille   What is the better way to do that not without sticking portable amp to it? (i want to be able to fit it in the pocket)  Vinnie's mod fixes lower part of the spectrum from what i've read.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

Silver probably will help along with a brighter source. But the SE5 itself with its thick signature really isn't meant to be very sparkly to begin with. Not next to other IEMs I've heard at least.

 

Thanks lee. I know they won't be NT6 or other brighter IEM's but buying new cable i would like to go this way. 

post #1982 of 2196
If you have the AK240 you are fine. Maybe get a balanced silver cable but the difference will be minimal if any IMO. So you should value ergonomics in the cable.
post #1983 of 2196
My se5 will arrive next week! It's nice to join the club smily_headphones1.gif
post #1984 of 2196
I do have one concern that does silicon ear piece last for a long time?
post #1985 of 2196
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Originally Posted by highwind2008 View Post

My se5 will arrive next week! It's nice to join the club smily_headphones1.gif

You are out of control my friend. NT6 pro, now this?  :D

 

I see you are in USA, how are you getting it to USA?  I lost interst in it after finding out SE won't ship to USA.

post #1986 of 2196
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You are out of control my friend. NT6 pro, now this?  biggrin.gif

I see you are in USA, how are you getting it to USA?  I lost interst in it after finding out SE won't ship to USA.

You can contact sprial ears directly for more details. You would pay more shipping I guess.

And yes.. I am out of control.. with also 334 and parterre.. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1987 of 2196
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Originally Posted by highwind2008 View Post

I do have one concern that does silicon ear piece last for a long time?

Yes,  I have mine for around 3 years now (if i remember right) and see no difference. Just don't detach pins too much and u'll be fine;]

 

 

I very interested in comparsion after between NT6 Pro and SE5 so, please do so after u burn them in! 

post #1988 of 2196
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Originally Posted by sawrym View Post

Yes,  I have mine for around 3 years now (if i remember right) and see no difference. Just don't detach pins too much and u'll be fine;]


I very interested in comparsion after between NT6 Pro and SE5 so, please do so after u burn them in! 

Will do.. I am just too busy these days.. so I don't post much..
post #1989 of 2196

Can anyone check pin diameter and length of stock cable for me, please? I don't have tool to do that and want to buy connectors for DIY cable.

post #1990 of 2196

SE 4-way Reference Custom.....Has anyone heard them?

post #1991 of 2196
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Originally Posted by maguire View Post
 

SE 4-way Reference Custom.....Has anyone heard them?

 

Get the 5 way ;).

post #1992 of 2196

Hmmm...Thanks Lee 730....Not in a position to get anything at this stage.....Only wanted to know if anyone had heard them as there doesnt seem to be a thread for them...But judging from your reply.....5way still the one to get. 

post #1993 of 2196
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Originally Posted by maguire View Post
 

Hmmm...Thanks Lee 730....Not in a position to get anything at this stage.....Only wanted to know if anyone had heard them as there doesnt seem to be a thread for them...But judging from your reply.....5way still the one to get. 

 

Yeah the more I use them the more I enjoy them. Well worth the purchase in the end. I don't have regrets of a mediocre purchase like my first CIEM ;). I'm not sure if tupac had the 3 or 4? Maybe he'll know.

post #1994 of 2196
I've been PM'ing about this with tupac and AJ, but I would like to know opinion of more 5way users.

Which DAP would you reccomend for 5way?

Currently I have DIY modded iPod Video with DIY class A amp (in my view it is technically on pair with Leckerton Audio UHA-760 w/ AD8620). I have owned dx90 (but before RB was developed on dx90). I had Studio V 3ANW and FiiO X5 (2.0 firmware) on a long-term loan.

I don't want to change the sound signature of 5way (although a little bit decrease of warmth/thickness of 5ways would be preferred). I just want to have a DAP which will squeeze out the best from 5ways. I'm not looking for a decent or just good pair for 5ways, it has to be one of the best sources for 5ways.

I don't care about UI, although I would prefer not have such primitive UI like the one which Studio V 3 ANW has (Studio's UI is actually okey but the fact that while playing a given song I can't go back to the previous menu and I have to go back to to the initial menu disqualifies this player for me). I don't care about any special features like WIFI, bluetooth etc.
The battery life should be at least 10 hours, but 7-8 hours is acceptable. DAP will only feed 5ways and in the near future Harmony 8 Pro as well, so I don't care about headphones etc.

From what I gathered dx100/hdp-r10 would be the best (although a top class amp like Portaphile 627 or Lear FSM-02 could add a little more refinement to the sound). Are there any other choices? I've read that Sony ZX-1 is a good pair for 5ways, but it seems to lack power to be considered as squeezing out all the best from 5ways. Maybe ZX-1 with a good amp (but not the Sony PHA amps) will do the trick? Maybe Hifiman HM-802?

Unfortunately I can't spend more than, let's say, USD 700-800 (although less would be better), so I will not be able to buy Hifiman HM-901, Chord Hugo, Calyx, AK240 or AK120.

Of course I'm interested in second hand DAPs and not only new ones.
Edited by shakur1996 - 9/16/14 at 3:33am
post #1995 of 2196

If you can stand the UI of DX100, definitely get that, although the sound might sound somewhat TOO smooth at times (lack of excitement). 901 is your next best bet, and it also drives H8P super well~

 

SE5 actually sounds on the thinner side of spectrum (5%), although it's forward, warm and organic, it definitely does not sound thick, to my ears, H8P sounds a little thicker overall.

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