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I built a new cable for my new HE-500s tonight for 2 reasons - (1) I consistently prefer pure copper compared to silver-plated copper and (2) I now have 4-pin XLR termination for balanced use. It doesn't make a huge difference, but the difference it makes is worth the few hours of work!

post #12707 of 14659

Hello my favorite bunch of people.. :D

What players do you use? I use foobar but have tried jriver for a couple of weeks now.. Fankly, I don't find jriver to better foobar in anyway except aesthetics (kinda like theater mode). Foobar does everything jriver does for me.. In a more customizable package.

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Hello my favorite bunch of people.. :D

What players do you use? I use foobar but have tried jriver for a couple of weeks now.. Fankly, I don't find jriver to better foobar in anyway except aesthetics (kinda like theater mode). Foobar does everything jriver does for me.. In a more customizable package.

On the PC:

Foobar as well. Sometimes I fiddle with MediaMonkey. I don't get all the fuss about Winamp, I think the train left that station long ago. I bought a Winamp Pro license ages ago,when it was hot but haven't used it other that to check it out for many years.

I stream from my Google All Access account using the Chrome Browser Google Music Player.

 

On Android (US Galaxy S3):

I use NeutronMP as a daily driver even though it has a crappy UI.

PowerAmp used to be my go to, until I listened to NeutronMP.

I use the Google Music Player App for my All Access Acount.

post #12709 of 14659

I have grown accustomed to Audirvana Plus. Very light on your system, rarely ever does it give me problems. Good sound and definitely makes a difference when using iTunes vs. iTunes integrated with Audirvana Plus. It loads cue files easily and it works. It's simple and just works.

post #12710 of 14659
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On the PC:

Foobar as well. Sometimes I fiddle with MediaMonkey. I don't get all the fuss about Winamp, I think the train left that station long ago. I bought a Winamp Pro license ages ago,when it was hot but haven't used it other that to check it out for many years.

I stream from my Google All Access account using the Chrome Browser Google Music Player.

 

On Android (US Galaxy S3):

I use NeutronMP as a daily driver even though it has a crappy UI.

PowerAmp used to be my go to, until I listened to NeutronMP.

I use the Google Music Player App for my All Access Acount.

 

Winamp development stopped, but ownership has changed, so they're looking to revive it.  Here's a thread about it:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?t=374929

 

I switched to foobar2000, as it has excellent WASAPI support.  I used Winamp primarily for the Milkdrop visualization.  Can still use it for that, of course, but after trying a few free players, foobar2000 won out.

 

I like DeaDBeeF on Android, but USB Audio Player PRO will allow for hi-res file playback.  Not cheap by Android app standards, but the guy wrote the USB driver to bypass the Android audio chain, so charging for it is fair.  There's a trial version that will let you test your DAC + device combo with the app.  Very handy.

 

NB: that custom driver only works with his app.  It's not available to other players.

post #12711 of 14659

The only thing I don't like on foobar is that it can be slightly buggy with tags and the likes.

post #12712 of 14659
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The only thing I don't like on foobar is that it can be slightly buggy with tags and the likes.
Does foobar use asio? Or only wasapi? Whats better..jriver 19 or foobar?
post #12713 of 14659
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Does foobar use asio? Or only wasapi? Whats better..jriver 19 or foobar?

 

Sure, it can use ASIO, if your device supports it.  Maybe ASIO4ALL would help, if there is no native driver.

 

Never paid for a Windoze player, so can't say.

post #12714 of 14659

I'm still using Amarra 2.6

post #12715 of 14659

I use Foobar with the Asio driver from audio GD. That is my only annoyance with this DAC though, having to restart my computer before I turn it back on is kind of annoying >.>

post #12716 of 14659
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

The only thing I don't like on foobar is that it can be slightly buggy with tags and the likes.
Does foobar use asio? Or only wasapi? Whats better..jriver 19 or foobar?
Foobar can use asio, kernel streaming and wasapi.
Foobar is like Linus, compared to jriver being windows.
I'm torn between foobar and jriver at the moment.
post #12717 of 14659

Hey guys, I recently got into Head-fi and got some HE-500s.  Right now I'm running them off my Xonar STX and I'm looking to get a new DAC and amp.  I already posted a thread about that here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/707920/dac-and-amp-for-he-500s .  

 

The main reason I posted here is about cables though.  Is there much need to upgrade from the stock cables?  I was looking at Norse Audio's cables so I emailed Trevor from there.  He told me about their new Skoll series that are coming out soon.  I really like the aethestics of the cables so I was thinking about getting them.  Will I see any big performance increases?  Are they worth the $150?

 

This is the quote from him about the cables:

Quote:
Skoll Series
 
The Skoll Series is our "best of all worlds" pure litz occ design.  It utilizes 4x24awg (12-wire) pure silver coated cu litz in our Tri multiconductor
geometry.  This cable brings some of the most resolving sound with top end detail retrieval while also having some of the best possible
functional benefits (lightest weight, highest flexibility and low microphonics).    

Skoll Series - 4x24awg (12-wire) - Fine stranded Litz occ silver coated cu Tri multiconductor headphone cable
Cables with default options (no splitter, no sleeve, heathrink at split)

5 ft.  $152.99 (15% off $179.99)
6 ft.  $169.99 (15% off $199.99)
8 ft.  $186.99 (15% off $219.99)
10 ft. $212.50 (15% off $249.99)
post #12718 of 14659
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Hey guys, I recently got into Head-fi and got some HE-500s.  Right now I'm running them off my Xonar STX and I'm looking to get a new DAC and amp.  I already posted a thread about that here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/707920/dac-and-amp-for-he-500s .  

 

The main reason I posted here is about cables though.  Is there much need to upgrade from the stock cables?  I was looking at Norse Audio's cables so I emailed Trevor from there.  He told me about their new Skoll series that are coming out soon.  I really like the aethestics of the cables so I was thinking about getting them.  Will I see any big performance increases?  Are they worth the $150?

 

This is the quote from him about the cables:

Quote:
Skoll Series
 
The Skoll Series is our "best of all worlds" pure litz occ design.  It utilizes 4x24awg (12-wire) pure silver coated cu litz in our Tri multiconductor
geometry.  This cable brings some of the most resolving sound with top end detail retrieval while also having some of the best possible
functional benefits (lightest weight, highest flexibility and low microphonics).    

Skoll Series - 4x24awg (12-wire) - Fine stranded Litz occ silver coated cu Tri multiconductor headphone cable
Cables with default options (no splitter, no sleeve, heathrink at split)

5 ft.  $152.99 (15% off $179.99)
6 ft.  $169.99 (15% off $199.99)
8 ft.  $186.99 (15% off $219.99)
10 ft. $212.50 (15% off $249.99)

According to some you might see improvements.. According to some you won't or if you will it'll be placebo. I'd never buy a cable for sonic improvement. Well, I might to some degree at least for the peace of mind.

post #12719 of 14659
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

According to some you might see improvements.. According to some you won't or if you will it'll be placebo. I'd never buy a cable for sonic improvement. Well, I might to some degree at least for the peace of mind.

Okay.  Reading back a few pages it seems like a debated topic.  I think I will pull the trigger on them I really dislike the feel of the stock cable and the Skolls look great.

post #12720 of 14659
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Originally Posted by Aelrikom View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

According to some you might see improvements.. According to some you won't or if you will it'll be placebo. I'd never buy a cable for sonic improvement. Well, I might to some degree at least for the peace of mind.

Okay.  Reading back a few pages it seems like a debated topic.  I think I will pull the trigger on them I really dislike the feel of the stock cable and the Skolls look great.

It's kind of ironic. I've got 300$ pure silver (with gold) cable on my HE-500.. Lulz..

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