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Originally Posted by TheChosen0ne View Post

Holy **** man I am a believer now and once I get the Lyr next year, when I can afford it, I am set for life.

 

The Asgard 2 is a strong performer if you're tight on money. I'll miss the tube rolling but hell $200 is a lot of money for some people, myself included.

 

Heh we should toss some money in a pot for those in need, flex our generous side on Head-Fi lol

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why use flac? if u have the original CD/LP just use the free program 'audiograbber' (download from www.filehippo.com), it bypasses ur PC soundcard to copy tracks form ur source (CD/LP) to wav and so produces a 100% perfect copy to ur pc.... i only listen to FLAC when i cant get a WAV version of it...lately i had been replacing all my mp3's, even the 320bps, for lossless flac or wav version if i could find/buy them...

 

ur he500 likes lossless very much if u have a amp and source who is very good in soundstage, instruments placement, width and details..

 

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FLAC IS a lossless format .... contains the same information as a WAV file, just takes less space, the way a .zip file on your computer contains the same information as the original, just using less disk space.

 

No doubt, you can HEAR a difference, so don't let the facts get in the way.

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FLAC IS a lossless format .... contains the same information as a WAV file, just takes less space, the way a .zip file on your computer contains the same information as the original, just using less disk space.

No doubt, you can HEAR a difference, so don't let the facts get in the way.
Thats what i said..both flac and wav are lossless... Only in my experience wav files are better manageble (cutting/joining) then flac files...and most wav's i have have a much higher kbps then flac being around 600-900kbps whereas most wav files only start above 1400kbps...but again..its not day and night difference..on my onkyo i almost cant hear a difference..but on my 337 i did...

If i had my onkyo as my main amp for my he500 i wouldnt bother seeking flacs or wav tracks..as i found out 320 kbps mp3 doesnt sound worse.

Especially in soundstage and air between instruments the 337 shined with lossless material and original good recorded cd's...

So i guess its not wise (uses lots of space) to use flac/wav files if ur rig is not up to it/budget...just use mp3 320kbps instead...many people wont hear a difference on their rig anyway...only when ur rig sounds very open and with extreme detail u probably will hear differences...and sadly those rigs cost ya... biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 5:04am
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I'm running my HE-500's out of the Project Ember at the moment. Seems to be more than capable and sounds a bit better than my Lyr with the stock JJ tubes (though this may be a bit unfair since I have some Telefunken 12AU7's in the Ember).

 

I much prefer the Ember over the D100's headphone outs (D100 is a bit cold for my preferences). I'm thinking of maybe getting rid of the D100 and switching to an ODAC just so my setup is a bit easier to transport. 

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I love the lyr with good tubes orange globes work well sounds great my next upgrade is my dac need something under $500 any suggestions
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I love the lyr with good tubes orange globes work well sounds great my next upgrade is my dac need something under $500 any suggestions

Check this out..its 550,00USD with 50USD postage WORLDWIDE!! , check the reviews of his earlier products the jkdac32.. He does wonderful things with his products! And affordable!! They are very neutral sounding..perfect for a (hybrid) tube amp!!

https://sites.google.com/site/jkciunas/ciunas-dac

Check this test with the predecessor of the ciunas dac, the jkdac32.

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0412/usb_dac_shootout.htm
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 8:53am
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Thanks talking dollars not euros too much money thinking of bifrost über
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Thanks talking dollars not euros too much money thinking of bifrost über
Prices are in usd..just check the site... TAB: Purchases..and u will only find usd prices..but the much cheaper predecessor is still being sold for 500usd..and maybe less as the ciunas is out now..maybe u can make a deal with them? biggrin.gif
But ofcourse i understand that even 500usd can be lots of money..good luck with ur choice..

But i understand for 500usd the jkdac32 is a steal...
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 9:05am
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Originally Posted by TheChosen0ne View Post

set for life.

 

 

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for life.

 

 

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life.

 

 

Okie! See you in a few months! 

 

LMFAOOO I predict 6 months top.

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LMFAOOO I predict 6 months top.
i agree..as in my case 2 years ago i was the proud owner of a mstage..last year i bought the 337 and u guys know whats coming next very soon wink.gif
Same thing with source: ipod touch-cowon d2-hm602
Same again thing with headphones...bose-Qjays-Um3x-mmx300-he300-he400 and now he500.. Next logical step to complement my new amp next year is the he6 or 7(if it comes out)

My point... With these kind of hobbies u tend to get better stuff as long ur budget allows it...as when u start it can be very addictive... Like with tuberolling or any other hobby in which u can get better stuff then urs.. biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 10:33am
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


i agree..as in my case 2 years ago i was the proud owner of a mstage..last year i bought the 337 and u guys know whats coming next very soon wink.gif
Same thing with source: ipod touch-cowon d2-hm602
Same again thing with headphones...bose-Qjays-Um3x-mmx300-he300-he400 and now he500.. Next logical step to complement my new amp next year is the he6 or 7(if it comes out)

My point... With these kind of hobbies u tend to get better stuff as long ur budget allows it...as when u start it can be very addictive... Like with tuberolling or any other hobby in which u can get better stuff then urs.. biggrin.gif

Yup, I agree. I'm so happy I never got into tubes. Some of them are cheap and some can get crazy expensive. The allure of spending mere $20 on tubes to find a particular sound can take it's toll quite fast. Then you end up with ten tubes. Suddenly you're into tubes and start going into more expensive tubes. Soon you'll have tubes worth more than the amp itself. Finally, you realize that maybe you'll try another amp. LOL no thanks. Only way I'll do tubes is if I can try it myself for an extended amount of time. Then there's a whole family of tubes name that I have to learn. For once my laziness has resulted in something positivebiggrin.gif

 

That upgradititis itch is a serious b****, especially when you're new into this. I remember 2-3 years back. Even though I spent much less around that time, there was just sooooo much room for buying stuff and spent much more time in this. It was like a disease. Of course at that time I never even thought of LCD-2 or HE-500, much less LCD-3. LOL I ignored all of those Audeze/Hifiman posts for a good few months. All I knew was LCD-2 = bass haha. It was all about that Pro 900, D2000/D5000, DT990, HD650, AKG 701.

 

I'm going to pick up a really transparent and neutral DAC and stop there with DACs. Fudge that whole DAC synergy thing. Pick one neutral DAC for everything and change sound with speakers/headphones. Maybe 2-3 amps at max. Having recently heard the LCD-3 on multiple setups ranging from $2000-$5000, there's very little difference between my current setup. Noticeable and definitely more enjoyable, but very little. Definitely going to invest on different speakers/headphones over messing with different amps to change the sound. I already knew that going in, but it was nice to have it confirmed for my own peace of mind.

 

I might consider a Hifiman again after I get my DAC and possibly have an amp that can suit it already (although the Emotiva will be a good backup). Got to wait to see what Fang has up his sleeves.

post #7152 of 18097

So, I may have found an excellent place to get a replacement cable that won't cost you 1/2 the price of your headphones. 

 

 

The Cable

 

This cable is definitely a keeper for me. Here are the big big pros for me:

 

-Light: Really light. See pics below for weight comparison to stock. Nothing like feeling the cable pulling your head down.

-Flexible: one of the more flexible cables I've had. I can wear the HE-500, and not feel like I'm fighting something when I move

-Non-microphonic: Do you own a HE-500 with a stock cable? You know the benefits here

-Build: Quality is excellent

-Soft: Exterior is paracord and it isn't irritating to have laying out on my lap.

-Sound: Excellent. Easily matches the sound quality of the silver stock cable. 

 

 

 

 

The Pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the members here on head-fi (wje) is selling a small number of  these custom built cables via ebay. On whim (i.e. not know it was him) I purchased one looking to replace this awful stock cable. 

 

When the cable arrived, I was actually quite shocked with the build quality on this cable, especially given the price. Given the large number of headphones and cables I've owned, when receiving a new cable, I give it a look over with a scrutinizing eye.  I know where cables often fall apart and fail. The details in this cable are really impressive. 

post #7153 of 18097

While not pre-made for you, you can buy a 4-pin XLR to 1/4 cable and SMC connectors for around $15 and do it yourself. It's not that hard at all.

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Where?
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Any 4-pin XLR to 1/4 from ebay, amazon, monoprice, etc should work. You cut the head off at the XLR end. Solder to SMC connectors made to work with Hifiman headphones, and you're done. If they make screw-in versions like Neutrik does with their Speakon connectors, it should be even easier.

 

Pin 1: Left positive (+)

Pin 2: Left negative (-)

Pin 3: Right positive (+)

Pin 4: Right negative (-)


Edited by bhazard - 8/16/13 at 4:08pm
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