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post #196 of 1319
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Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet View Post

Well, what are Christmas Bonuses for?

 

Just treated myself to an iPod classic (silver). Now I'm in absolute heaven... sumptuous, high-fidelity music *and* the ability to skip songs and playlists. Joy.

 

Listing right now on my (actually surprisingly decent) Sony earbuds.

 

WOW. I'm in awe of what this Fostex/iPod combo can do. Finally my years of compression all my music losslessly is paying off, and the thing I've been dreaming about for years... portable high-end d/a conversion/amplification for on-the-go listening is in the palm of my hand.

 

Ok folks, what's next? What headphones should I be considering to audition to really get the most out of this?

 

By the way on the earbuds I hear *obvious* differences between filter 1 and 2 on the d/a section. Filter 1 sounds a little brighter, a little more colorful with a tad more "bite", but also there's a sibilant edge to many female vocals... the usual "digital audio" sound many of us are used to. But filter 2, while slightly tamer and more laid-back (at first can sound a little less invigorating) really opens up with natural, non-fatiguing vocals that have no sibilance or "ring" and just sound smooth and silky. The difference is subtle, but obvious, and one that makes a difference with any listening session lasting longer than 5 minutes.

 

Ready for some headphone suggestions folks. Oh, and keep in mind I want to use the Fostex as the amp section... no need for suggesting high-end phones that need beefy desktop amplification (or another amp).

 

thanks!

 

dave :)


Everything I've thrown at the HP-P1 sounds fantastic.  I would recommend the V-Moda M80.  Very good sounding portable headphone.  V-Sonic GR07 is a really good iem.  

 

post #197 of 1319

iPod Classic->Fostex HP-P1->Beyer DT1350's is my preferred on-the-road headphone setup.  IEM's also go along for the ride.

post #198 of 1319

I'm a bit embarassed... I actually *forgot* that I had a pair of B&W P5 headphones I had bought months ago believing all of the hype about how well they'd mate with iPod audio... WRONG. Even with my headroom amp (fed by line-out of my older iPod 5) they were unlistenable IMO... much to bright, flat, and fatiguing... I found the sound of my sony IEM much preferred.

 

Well... things have apparently changed with the Fostex entering the scene. I found the P5 headphone in my closet, dusted them off, and hooked them up to the Fostex... WOW. Layering upon layering... vocals are feathery and superbly rendered without any glaring "edge"... just natural decay and loads of inner detail. I think I need to let the P5s break in for a while and see if the sound gets even better. I may have a pair of winners already... I think everything I didn't like about the former sound of the P5s was that they were being unforgivingly faithful about the pathetic sound of the older iPod's d/a and analog section. With the Fostex, unforgiving faithfulness is now a plus.

 

If the P5s work well for extended listening, then the next test will be to see if they manage to stay on when jogging. And once I get familiar with the broken-in P5 sound, then I can start to have some fun with auditioning different phones for comparison. Who knew I could get excited about my music collection all over again?

 

Thanks all,

 

dave


Edited by DaViD Boulet - 12/20/11 at 7:46pm
post #199 of 1319

There you go.  You just saved yourself a wad of money and like the sound -- it doesn't get much better than that.  I have never heard the P5's, but I must say they are a very good looking set of 'phones.

post #200 of 1319

Interesting, I must say I personally found the opposite to you (i.e. I found the P5 dark...even through the HP-P1). But looks like you're happy and saved yourself another headphone investment. Congrats!

post #201 of 1319
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Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet View Post

Well... things have apparently changed with the Fostex entering the scene. I found the P5 headphone in my closet, dusted them off, and hooked them up to the Fostex... WOW. Layering upon layering... vocals are feathery and superbly rendered without any glaring "edge"... just natural decay and loads of inner detail. I think I need to let the P5s break in for a while and see if the sound gets even better. I may have a pair of winners already... I think everything I didn't like about the former sound of the P5s was that they were being unforgivingly faithful about the pathetic sound of the older iPod's d/a and analog section. With the Fostex, unforgiving faithfulness is now a plus.

 


Interesting. I think that this also lends support to Jude's love of the HP-P1 + Beyer DT-1350 combo. It looks like the Fostex is a good unit for portable supraaural headphones.

post #202 of 1319

I have the DT1350 and the PH-P1 and enjoy this combo greatly.

 

I ordered the True Blood from Amazon as well but once I had them I did not enjoy them nearly as much as the DT1350 so I quickly returned them.  

 

 

post #203 of 1319

The size of fostex and Cyber Clas A.Solo is still rather big. I would have something dimension of pico slim. I think, it is not even challenge nowadays to build such thing, cause chips, caps, resisters are made now very miniature like. Sometimes I think my Hifiman 601 also bulky and do not want to show to the crowd in the bus. BTW, The Digizoid Zo grabbed my attention lately, i would give it a try. has anybody tested it?

post #204 of 1319

One thing that worries me is that the P5's probably won't be good for jogging... they're just heavy enough that they feel like they'd slip a bit while jogging and the leather pads will probably not do well with prespiration. So far though, this is a great sounding portable combo for walking and the office to be sure. They don't sound too dark to my ears, but I'd be curious to hear other phones in comparison. I have a feeling once it's jogging weather, I'll need to find a lighter set of phones that can bounce with my head without slipping.

 

Do you think that the Beyer DT-1350 would be suitable for jogging, or are similar to the P5, would they be best suited for walking/office use?

 

-dave

post #205 of 1319
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Originally Posted by Marburger View Post

The size of fostex and Cyber Clas A.Solo is still rather big. I would have something dimension of pico slim. I think, it is not even challenge nowadays to build such thing, cause chips, caps, resisters are made now very miniature like. Sometimes I think my Hifiman 601 also bulky and do not want to show to the crowd in the bus. BTW, The Digizoid Zo grabbed my attention lately, i would give it a try. has anybody tested it?



I worried about size as well, but the fostex is barely larger than my older headroom amp, and maybe because of the design, it visually looks "sleeker" or more slim despite the slightly greater actual size. It could all fit into a generously sized pocket and lacks the hamburger/cube shape of the cyber combo.

post #206 of 1319

Hi… I’m new to the site.  Great thread.  Haven’t yet seen anyone mention channel imbalance (sorry if i missed it).  At very low volumes I notice imbalance between left and right channels which, to my ears, is significant.  Has anyone else noticed this or could there be a problem with my unit?  My simple setup:  Lossless audio files > Iphone > Fostex HP-P1 > Shure SE535 earphones. 

post #207 of 1319

e-e-b, Jude mentioned it in ihis Head-Fi TV review. It's not an issue for him becase he uses the Fostex with full-size cans (DT-1350s etc.). However for sensitive IEMs, this is a common problem with amps using an analogue pot; they have channel imbalances at very low volumes. Not sure how your unit compares to the average though.

post #208 of 1319
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Originally Posted by east-end-boy View Post

Hi… I’m new to the site.  Great thread.  Haven’t yet seen anyone mention channel imbalance (sorry if i missed it).  At very low volumes I notice imbalance between left and right channels which, to my ears, is significant.  Has anyone else noticed this or could there be a problem with my unit?  My simple setup:  Lossless audio files > Iphone > Fostex HP-P1 > Shure SE535 earphones. 



I've been using mine with UM Merlin and Miracle and I only notice it at very low levels (below listening levels).  Just a notch or two and it balances out.  

post #209 of 1319

Not at all with the DT1350.

post #210 of 1319

 

 

Quote:
 At very low volumes I notice imbalance between left and right channels which, to my ears, is significant.  Has anyone else noticed this or could there be a problem with my unit?  My simple setup:  Lossless audio files > Iphone > Fostex HP-P1 > Shure SE535 earphones. 

 

I have used the exact same setup and did not hear any issue with channel imbalance. I tend to listen at fairly low levels. For the SE535, I set the gain setting at one (lowest) and the volume is usually slightly over the 9:00 position. With my HD-25-1 II, I set the gain to two and the volume is at the 12:00 position.

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