Totally addicted to the TBSE with these new modded Pearstone pads. That was even with just the Ipod Touch 2G with LOD to amp. I think the Schiit Magni may very well be my favorite amp for the DJ100/TBSE. It's just so crystal clear sounding with the headphone.
Seriously I'm doing some major A/B checks between my DJ100 with modded Pearstone pads and the HD-650 and there is not much difference and they both have the same amount of warmth. Same amounts of bass (DJ100 has a little more forward low-bass). Treble is just so similar. Obviously the DJ100 has more with stock or M50 pads. No way the DJ100 can compete when just from a portable setup.
When switching to the HD-650, the mids are a bit less forward and "softer" sounding. I don't know if that makes sense.They're just not as clear, but still good. The HD-650's soundstage is a little more airy. TBSE has better bass and I don't mean more.
After listening to the Ipod Touch to amp nearly all day it's now much easier to spot the differences between it and the ODAC. With the ODAC there much better imaging and a larger soundstage. The DJ100 is much more spacious sounding, but not like my Q701. No portable source can ever do compare to the ODAC in making the DJ100 sound almost like an open headphone.
I love how with the ODAC it gets all the spacing right with all the placement of the vocal and instruments. Right now I'm listening to some live Jpop with female vocals and it sounds like she's on stage and her vocals are quite distant. Just the way it's supposed to be IN the recording. I mean it's almost like pinpoint accuracy like my old K601. The HD-650 is just as good when it comes to this.
With recordings with a good soundstage, the Ipod Touch just can't compete with the ODAC.
I think when I move and have more money I'm going to get the Schiit Asgard 2 or the Lyr. I didn't like the Asgard 1, but maybe the 2nd will be OK. I'm worried I won't like the Lyr, but it has a 15 day trial or so.
BTW I noticed yesterday the 598's mids are much more forward than those of the 598. Maybe it was the recording or something...my DJ100/TBSE always improves or worsens with every single thing. About the same as my HD-650 and Q701. It's nuts to think this since it's only a $50 headphone after all
EDIT: It's amazing how many recordings have bloated bass IN the recording. Ugh. I heard some U2 song and it was totally ruined by this. I can't see how they'd let that pass. For reference I do check with other headphones.
Edited by tdockweiler - 2/16/13 at 7:52pm