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post #76 of 101
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That power output does sound on the low side.  If you want an external sound card, I would recommend getting one that has a wall wart as they usually provide much better sound.  For example, the HUD-MX1 sounds more dynamic and better when I use the included wall power than USB power.

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post #77 of 101

Thanks

 

The HUD-MX1 seems like a good option as a DAC and amp, but it doesn't have an input function to record an instrument for example.

 

Is there anything on the market that has a good DAC, amp and Hi-Z input?

post #78 of 101
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Unfortunately, I don't know of any with a Hi-Z input, but maybe you will find something in the Computer Audio forum.

post #79 of 101

Hi again

 

I have recently started to notice some distortion during some of my music listening. This usually occurs in metal music where the guitars are using heavy distortion (the good kind!), and it occurs in the higher frequencies. I seemed to have solved the problem with distortion with the bass now I have distortion in the highs!!!!

 

Is this normal? Should I notify Starkey? 

 

My rig is USB > Fiio E17 > Line out > cMoyBB v2.03 High power mod > SA-43

 

Thanks

post #80 of 101
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Originally Posted by x5_spoonman View Post

Hi again

I have recently started to notice some distortion during some of my music listening. This usually occurs in metal music where the guitars are using heavy distortion (the good kind!), and it occurs in the higher frequencies. I seemed to have solved the problem with distortion with the bass now I have distortion in the highs!!!!

Is this normal? Should I notify Starkey? 

My rig is USB > Fiio E17 > Line out > cMoyBB v2.03 High power mod > SA-43

Thanks

Are you sure the distortion is not in the song? I have issues with many poorly mastered metal albums.
post #81 of 101

To be honest I am not sure if it is the SA-43 causing distortion or the actual music being poorly mastered.

 

How can you tell the difference?

 

This distortion I am hearing always seems to happen on any music with highly distorted guitars.

 

I will give examples of songs which have this distortion later on. Please can you listen to them when you have time just to double check if it the music or the earphones causing the problem.

 

Thanks

post #82 of 101

Ok, so some of the music I listen to is poorly mastered and this aggravates the distortion further, such as the albums Machine Head - The Blackening, Whitesnake - 1987 (remastered), Testament - Dark Roots of Earth.

 

But distortion still occurs on 'normal' albums to that are supposedly well mastered and are not compressed for the loudness war. Even movies suffer from this.

 

The distortion occurs slightly more in the right channel. All of this is at normal volume levels. Whenever there is a loud 'trebley' part, such as high gain multiple string chords or someone screaming, distortion occurs.

 

I think this is a problem with the iem. What do you think?

 

You think I should contact starkey?

 

Thanks

post #83 of 101
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What sources have you tried?  I take it these problems don't occur with other headphones/IEMs with the same source path.  Have you tried changing the filters?  If you can pinpoint that it is the CIEMs, I would contact Starkey.

post #84 of 101

I changed the wax filters.....seemed to have done the trick! I just do not understand why they would create such distortion....

post #85 of 101
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I am not sure exactly, but the wax probably blocks some of the high frequencies resulting in peaks.  You can clean the filters if you soak them in hydrogen peroxide, and it depends on the makeup of your ear wax, and using a hearing aid cleaner might also work well for you.

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post #87 of 101
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Yes, bummer of an announcement.  But, they will continue to service your CIEM.

post #88 of 101

Just sent in my earpiece for repairs for the 3rd time. Shell keeps cracking up because they've only done half-asssed glue and lacquer jobs. This time they told me they would finally reshape the shell. Weeks later when they finally decide to take a look at it I get an e-mail saying they can't fix it and are offering me Tunz CIEMs instead triportsad.gif. I already paid them for previous repairs of the same issue within the guarantee period. Not a happy camper. Probably for the best that m-fidelity took over. Now I just have to figure out how to get this repaired without going broke.


Edited by NorthernAvengeR - 4/2/13 at 12:43am
post #89 of 101

Sorry, did I read that right??  You had to pay for repairs IN the guarantee period?  Does that not sort of defeat the purpose OF the guarantee?!?!  Good luck man.

 

Cheers

post #90 of 101

I thought so as well. Keep in mind this is STARKEY the previous licensees of the SA-43s. NOT M-FIDELITY. I'm sure they know what they're doing.

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