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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Thanks. With the LCD-3, while the bass is very well delivered, it seems to me that it is less aggressive now. This is the thing that prompted my earlier post on the 500. I have to do another intensive round of listening (poor me biggrin.gif) but I found the everything about the bass in the 500 to be a tad more aggressive than the LCD-3. I am sure a lot of Head-fiers are scratching their heads on reading this (me included). The LCD-3s, IMHO, became a tad brighter overall but definitely not laid back.

 

Cool. About the HE-500's bass kicking harder than LCD-3, makes perfect sense to me. On all the speaker taps I tried, when HE-500 is driven properly, it almost gets the control of the Audeze's, but kicks harder, the natural bloom you might say. 

post #6407 of 14922

just got my new DAC!!

 

the HE-500 sound really good now!!! no more veil! 

 

i can't believe how transparent they are and their soundstage. they sound REALLY GOOD!!!


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/22/13 at 7:57pm
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

just got my new DAC!!

 

the HE-500 sound really good now!!! no more veil! 

 

i can't believe how transparent they are and their soundstage. they sound REALLY GOOD!!!

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Can't wait til I can pull the trigger on my new DAC....almost there.  The internal sound card just isn't cutting it as one would expect (I was spoiled by a Bel Canto not long ago haha...)

post #6409 of 14922
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

just got my new DAC!!

 

the HE-500 sound really good now!!! no more veil! 

 

i can't believe how transparent they are and their soundstage. they sound REALLY GOOD!!!

DSG,  Is this your new DAC ?

 

Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC

post #6410 of 14922
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

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Can't wait til I can pull the trigger on my new DAC....almost there.  The internal sound card just isn't cutting it as one would expect (I was spoiled by a Bel Canto not long ago haha...)

modulor, which DAC are you looking into?  I am thinking about moving E17/E9K to the office and get a good DAC at home to feed the Emo.

At least, for a while and also I want to experience what a better DAC can do over all.  So far, I've tried upgrading HPs, amps already.

post #6411 of 14922
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

just got my new DAC!!

the HE-500 sound really good now!!! no more veil! 

i can't believe how transparent they are and their soundstage. they sound REALLY GOOD!!!
Congrats on ur new mytek..thats ur new one right?wink.gif
post #6412 of 14922
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

modulor, which DAC are you looking into?  I am thinking about moving E17/E9K to the office and get a good DAC at home to feed the Emo.

At least, for a while and also I want to experience what a better DAC can do over all.  So far, I've tried upgrading HPs, amps already.

What a good DAC can do IME is to add more and often a better perspective to the music. Actually, I think that is a good way to describe it.

post #6413 of 14922
yes i got mytek 192 dac last night. picked it up locally in chicago
post #6414 of 14922
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

modulor, which DAC are you looking into?  I am thinking about moving E17/E9K to the office and get a good DAC at home to feed the Emo.

At least, for a while and also I want to experience what a better DAC can do over all.  So far, I've tried upgrading HPs, amps already.

I'll be picking up the little known JoLida Glass-FX Tube DAC MKII.  The manufacturer is small and fairly local to my area, and a friend of mine works in a shop that's an authorized retailer.  I first heard it at a local meetup, as a mutual friend of ours brought his along to demo.  Honestly, to my ear it was not far off from other high end units I was testing at the time like the Bel Canto 3.5, Resonessence Labs Invicta and a rare 'vintage' Timbre TT-1.  Of course they all have their own sonic characteristics and advantages/disadvantages, but I'd classify them as musical units and I'd say the same of the JoLida...that's mostly what I'm after, a good balance of refinement and technical ability with musical bliss and pure enjoyment.  Among other things the JoLida does well, it has a spacious, naturally dimensional soundstage, which was like icing on the cake with the HE-500.  Hopefully it will have good overall synergy in the long run with the HE-500 and my system in general, but based on my demo I have little doubts about it.  The few reviews I've found all praise it for it's capability at it's price range, and I mostly trust my ears so I can agree with them...the price is like extra fancy icing cool.gif it's one of the best bang for your buck units I've found, which is good because I couldn't afford one of the other pricier units anyway. tongue.gif

 

There is an upgrade modification that the manufacturer performs that involves swapping the output caps, a full internal rewire and replacement of the connectors and tubes.  I think they sell some units pre-modded, so I'm debating on whether to get one of those, or just stick with the standard model.  Later, I could consider performing the upgrades myself or take it to the manufacturer to have it modded (which would be covered under their warranty).  In it's stock form though, it sounded soo good IMO, but naturally I'm curious how the upgraded model fares in comparison.

 

Has anyone else here heard this DAC before?

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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Has anyone else here heard this DAC before?

 

Wide soundstage, sacrifice some details for a warm, musical presentation. Try rolling some 5751 in, huge improvement over the stock 12ax7 (I think it's tung-sol reissue?) imo.

 

My main gripe with it is that the cost of fancy valves, upgraded output cap all together can buy a better dac tongue_smile.gif

post #6416 of 14922
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

 

Wide soundstage, sacrifice some details for a warm, musical presentation. Try rolling some 5751 in, huge improvement over the stock 12ax7 (I think it's tung-sol reissue?) imo.

 

My main gripe with it is that the cost of fancy valves, upgraded output cap all together can buy a better dac tongue_smile.gif

I'll look into options for swapping out the stock tubes, thanks for the recommendations!  I don't disagree that after the upgrades the cost is similar if not more than other comparable DACs, but at it's entry level it does still perform very well, so it would be easier to start there then work on upgrades and mods later.  What are some other DACs would you'd suggest?  I'm all about hearing other opinions biggrin.gif

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I'll look into options for swapping out the stock tubes, thanks for the recommendations!  I don't disagree that after the upgrades the cost is similar if not more than other comparable DACs, but at it's entry level it does still perform very well, so it would be easier to start there then work on upgrades and mods later.  What are some other DACs would you'd suggest?  I'm all about hearing other opinions biggrin.gif


That's a funny coincidence.  I spent last nite reading up on Jolida tube amps.  They look pretty impressive for the price but I also read a bunch of bad reviews as far as quality and customer service.

Any idea here, modulor?  Do they have an online store that I could order directly from?

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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

I'll look into options for swapping out the stock tubes, thanks for the recommendations!  I don't disagree that after the upgrades the cost is similar if not more than other comparable DACs, but at it's entry level it does still perform very well, so it would be easier to start there then work on upgrades and mods later.  What are some other DACs would you'd suggest?  I'm all about hearing other opinions biggrin.gif

 

Around the Jolida ballpark or around the Bel Canto ballpark? tongue_smile.gif

 

For starter you could try a Metrum Octave, a modded EE Minimax or a Nad m51.

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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

 

Around the Jolida ballpark or around the Bel Canto ballpark? tongue_smile.gif

 

For starter you could try a Metrum Octave, a modded EE Minimax or a Nad m51.

Jolida ballpark...Bel Canto and similar are going to be too rich for my blood at this time.

 

I'll check out those suggestions, thanks again!

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post


That's a funny coincidence.  I spent last nite reading up on Jolida tube amps.  They look pretty impressive for the price but I also read a bunch of bad reviews as far as quality and customer service.

Any idea here, modulor?  Do they have an online store that I could order directly from?

I can't comment on customer service, but I'd be going through a local authorized dealer.  As far a build quality goes, I'd say it's a really nice, solid unit.

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