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post #1861 of 2634

I wonder how my v200 will sound with my bifrost

post #1862 of 2634
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

 

I've heard the Rega DAC with the V200 and liked it but didn't love it. It's smooth, musical, fun to listen to, and ultimately priced just around where it should be. Not a world killer, but very enjoyable. The V800 is more neutral and accurate imho, but not overly analytical.

 

I also had the Audio GD Reference 7 for a while, with 8x PCM1704 architecture. I really enjoyed it quite a bit - somewhat similar to the Rega but on a higher level. EDIT - my error, I was looking at the NFB 5.32. The Ref 5.32 has 4x PCM1704 but I still don't know how it would compare to the Ref 7. Sorry.

 

ooooh. sounds like a fun combo. 

 

i've never had a chance to hear the rega dac, i've seen it though. from what i've heard, its supposed to be on the warmish side.

post #1863 of 2634

So I've got the M_DAC and V200 - would I benefit from XLR cables? The cheapest ones in my local hifi shop are about £125 - I won't ask if I'll get £100 worth of value because I know it doesn't work that way, but will I get a noticeable improvement in SQ over my existing RCA?

post #1864 of 2634
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Originally Posted by avl06 View Post

So I've got the M_DAC and V200 - would I benefit from XLR cables? The cheapest ones in my local hifi shop are about £125 - I won't ask if I'll get £100 worth of value because I know it doesn't work that way, but will I get a noticeable improvement in SQ over my existing RCA?

 

Depends on the implementation, but usually balanced is preferred. You could check out your local pro audio store. I use this cable, which I bought together with my Lake People G100:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/cordial_cpm_10_fm_sw.htm

post #1865 of 2634

There isn't a difference between rca and xlrs
 

post #1866 of 2634
Thread Starter 

I'm not that familiar with the M-DAC so I can't say for sure - some devices do better through their XLR outputs, and some through their RCA outputs. A lot of times it depends on how the signal is created: is it a single ended design internally, and the XLR output is created via use of a phase splitter? Or the other way around? That will usually matter, but even then it doesn't always make an audible difference.

 

It's possible that RCA and XLR will sound identical. I'd read up on the M-DAC and see how it works, and don't spend much money on cables unless you can figure out a compelling reason to do so. 

post #1867 of 2634
I'm connecting my V200 and V800 with balanced cables after I talked to Mr Fried Reim from Lake People through email, he suggested to connect them this way to get the best sound. The very obvious difference I felt immediately was that the volume was much higher than RCA connection when the volume knob was set at the same position.

I'm very happy w this set up matched w my HD800 and RS1.
post #1868 of 2634
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Originally Posted by fengwei007 View Post

I'm connecting my V200 and V800 with balanced cables after I talked to Mr Fried Reim from Lake People through email, he suggested to connect them this way to get the best sound. The very obvious difference I felt immediately was that the volume was much higher than RCA connection when the volume knob was set at the same position.
I'm very happy w this set up matched w my HD800 and RS1.

 



You have the RS1 and the HD800 with your v200 and v800?  Can you please tell me more, I have the same amp, dac and rs1. I am planning on getting the HD800.  How does it compare?

 

Furthermore, what positions are your volume knobs on your amp and dac when you listen to the rs1?

post #1869 of 2634
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Originally Posted by esn89 View Post

 



You have the RS1 and the HD800 with your v200 and v800?  Can you please tell me more, I have the same amp, dac and rs1. I am planning on getting the HD800.  How does it compare?

 

Furthermore, what positions are your volume knobs on your amp and dac when you listen to the rs1?

 

Yes, I have the following setup:

 

 

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I use RS1 mostly for pops and rocks, or some other vocal stuff. HD800 for jazz and classical musics. HD800 isn't bad for pops or rocks, but RS1 just feel more intimate. My RS1 is the oldest version, pretty well used, I don't have any problem wearing it for a few hours. But HD800 still feels more comfortable. When the weather gets hot (happens all the time here in Singapore), I'd use RS1 more often 'cause HD800 makes me sweat more easily. 

 

I didn't do any gain setting change on V800 or V200, all w/ default settings. V800 front dial turned to max, the volume knob on V200 is at just below 9 o'clock (8:45 to 8:50) when I'm using RS1. With HD800 it depends on musics. For jazz, I set it to just above 9 o'clock. For classical, I'd set it to near or almost 10 o'clock position. With unbalanced connection, it'd be 1 hour higher to get the same volume. 

post #1870 of 2634

Looking very good. :) Natural colours and sharp. Quite nice to see the Grado / Sennheiser side by side. happy_face1.gif

post #1871 of 2634

nice setup fengwei007.

mine will arrive in a week or two. can't wait to hear V200 sound!

post #1872 of 2634

 

my new toy

 

I like the difference with my lyr, especially the bass is better. There is also no background noise. In general my HD800 hasn't sounded this good ever with my Lyr


Edited by LifeAspect - 12/6/12 at 10:38am
post #1873 of 2634
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Originally Posted by esn89 View Post

There isn't a difference between rca and xlrs
 

 

 

700

 

 


Edited by Hooster - 12/7/12 at 5:35pm
post #1874 of 2634

I actually found the rca's better by a good margin and returned the xlr's.

post #1875 of 2634
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Originally Posted by fengwei007 View Post

 

Yes, I have the following setup:

 

 

1000

 

I use RS1 mostly for pops and rocks, or some other vocal stuff. HD800 for jazz and classical musics. HD800 isn't bad for pops or rocks, but RS1 just feel more intimate. My RS1 is the oldest version, pretty well used, I don't have any problem wearing it for a few hours. But HD800 still feels more comfortable. When the weather gets hot (happens all the time here in Singapore), I'd use RS1 more often 'cause HD800 makes me sweat more easily. 

 

I didn't do any gain setting change on V800 or V200, all w/ default settings. V800 front dial turned to max, the volume knob on V200 is at just below 9 o'clock (8:45 to 8:50) when I'm using RS1. With HD800 it depends on musics. For jazz, I set it to just above 9 o'clock. For classical, I'd set it to near or almost 10 o'clock position. With unbalanced connection, it'd be 1 hour higher to get the same volume. 


Very awesome rig you have there.  All I am missing is the HD800 and the warm-looking headband wrappers.

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah i need 1.5k lol.

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