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post #9811 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Makaan View Post

Very interesting, I'm learning another thing everyday. 
http://www.soundandvision.com/content/review-bottlehead-quickie-tube-preamp
FYI for anyone interested I've been told by Bottlehead not to use the PJCCS upgrade as it raises the noise floor for a lower impedance amp like the MiniX (only 10K ohms).
post #9812 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post


FYI for anyone interested I've been told by Bottlehead not to use the PJCCS upgrade as it raises the noise floor for a lower impedance amp like the MiniX (only 10K ohms).

Thanks, I'll keep it in mind. 

post #9813 of 16115

Just got my HE-500s in a few days ago, and I've been enjoying them quite a lot. I was glad to find out that my DIY cable worked (I made it before I had the headphones, and had no way to test it!) and I think the 'bent' style I applied to the connectors worked out well, as it gives the cable more of an Audeze-type angle to it, which I like. At the very least they make a long night of grading tests a bit more enjoyable. 

 

 

I think they'll fit in just fine with the rest of the family ;)

 

post #9814 of 16115
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Originally Posted by SeanDavid010 View Post
 

Just got my HE-500s in a few days ago, and I've been enjoying them quite a lot. I was glad to find out that my DIY cable worked (I made it before I had the headphones, and had no way to test it!) and I think the 'bent' style I applied to the connectors worked out well, as it gives the cable more of an Audeze-type angle to it, which I like. At the very least they make a long night of grading tests a bit more enjoyable. 

 

 

 

I think they'll fit in just fine with the rest of the family ;)

 

 

Congratz!! Also a nice looking cable. I see you also have the Mad Dogs. Could you do a comparison. I'm looking for a closed can to go with my HE-500.

post #9815 of 16115

Just got my pair in from the Cable Company and trying it out with my equipment (Schiit Gungnir, Schiit Lyr with Siemens tubes, transport is a DX50 via digital output). It is probably the Gungnir, but I find the sound presentation rather nice and laid back, except for the vocals. They are pretty far forward and aggressive, but female vocals have some of the higher mids/treble rolled off (I am used to brighter sounds, like the HD800 and Brainwavz B2). Nothing bad and it's really non-fatiguing, just a little stranger presentation than I am used to. Really works nice for metal, Dokken comes through really clear (their is a strange echo during the chorus of "Lightning Strikes Again" I never noticed, sounds like someone is yelling something at me from the other room). Does anyone agree with this?

 

I think I need to try my Dac-It to see if the presentation is the same.

 

One thing, the fit is better than I initially remember. Have had them on for a good 3 hours or so, no balancing or clamp issues.

post #9816 of 16115
A transformer is a static electrical device that transfers energy by inductive coupling between its winding circuits. A varying current in the primary winding creates a varying magnetic flux in the transformer's core and thus a varying magnetic flux through the secondary winding. This varying magnetic flux induces a varying electromotive force (emf) or voltage in the secondary winding. Transformers can be used to vary the relative voltage of circuits or isolate them, or both.
Transformers range in size from thumbnail-sized used in microphones to units weighing hundreds of tons interconnecting the power grid. A wide range of transformer designs are used in electronic and electric power applications. Transformers are essential for the transmission, distribution, and utilization of electrical energy.

The size of the transformer will determine the voltage and current it can deliver. If the transformer is undersized, it gets very hot and will burn out. (See Singlepower amps) The design and size will have an impact on how fast the power supply can deliver power as needed to deliver the signal. Capacitors are used to store current delivered by the transformer. So it's important to have the transformer properly sized as it provides different voltages to various circuits. The reason the speaker amps do a (subjectively) better job is it has plenty of capacity to drive a headphone. Headphone amps take the cost savings of the smaller load to use smaller transformers and capacitors. Not all headphones need that much power but some benefit from it. Orthos like power.
post #9817 of 16115

Just discovered something really cool. I'm wearing a rather thick beanie and I realized that the beanie lifts the pads away from my head about half an inch or so, which really widens the soundstage...

post #9818 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

Just discovered something really cool. I'm wearing a rather thick beanie and I realized that the beanie lifts the pads away from my head about half an inch or so, which really widens the soundstage...

Lol.  You got that right.  Better yet, find a hand-knitted beanie, it will sound even more amazing.  Try it.

post #9819 of 16115
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Lol.  You got that right.  Better yet, find a hand-knitted beanie, it will sound even more amazing.  Try it.

If it's knitted by Argentinian children, using only the finest Angora wool, you'll get the best sound. 

post #9820 of 16115
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Originally Posted by roadcykler View Post
 

If it's knitted by Argentinian children, using only the finest Angora wool, you'll get the best sound. 

While mine is not Angora wool, my wife knitted it for me.  I can feel the love wearing it listening to music.  :D

post #9821 of 16115

For those allergic to wool, or just don't like the itchiness, slap some AKG Q701 pads on the HE-500 and marvel at the soundstage.  Probably cheaper than buying Angora for a beanie, and certainly an easier job to do  ;)

 

Why would you want to deprive THIS of its natural warmth?  Heartless bastards  ;) 

post #9822 of 16115
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

For those allergic to wool, or just don't like the itchiness, slap some AKG Q701 pads on the HE-500 and marvel at the soundstage.  Probably cheaper than buying Angora for a beanie, and certainly an easier job to do  ;)

 

Why would you want to deprive THIS of its natural warmth?  Heartless bastards  ;) 

At first glance, i thought i was looking at the rear end!

post #9823 of 16115

Would there be any benefit in sound quality if I upgraded to after market silver cables? Say, from toxic cables?

 

I know the stock ones are already silver so I am wondering if its necessary to upgrade purely for the sound. Definitely more of a treble guy so I'm reading that pure silver cables will probably fit me nicely.

 

In addition to sound, I would also consider upgrading for build quality and durability, as well balanced inputs.

post #9824 of 16115
First of all..the standard are not silver cable..but silver plated copper and in my opinion not of a very good quality..sound and qualitywise.... Toxic cables is fir sure an upgrade in both sound and esthetics and quality....

Ur a treble man? Well...and u want silver cable? Be carefull with that...a silvercable (any brand) can get to bright if ur rig is already in the bright side..sometimes getting a good copper cable (like a black widow) could be a better choice..silver is not always better.... It all depends also on the rest of ur rig and ur headphone... A good copper cable doesnt need to be dark sounding..the balanced dual mono xlr black widow i own sounds very neutral to my ears...voices sound real..in my rig silver could be to bright.... Eventhough my coppercable is more expensive...

Its all about balance (tubes etc.) in ur rig!

Good luck!
Edited by hifimanrookie - 12/14/13 at 12:08pm
post #9825 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Angelbelow View Post
 

Would there be any benefit in sound quality if I upgraded to after market silver cables? Say, from toxic cables?

 

I know the stock ones are already silver so I am wondering if its necessary to upgrade purely for the sound. Definitely more of a treble guy so I'm reading that pure silver cables will probably fit me nicely.

 

In addition to sound, I would also consider upgrading for build quality and durability, as well balanced inputs.

I'm actually thinking about getting a Canare cable from Hifiman. The stock silver cables have terrible microphonics and I'm curious to see what the other cables sound like.

 

What about tube rolling for more treble?

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