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post #466 of 692
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post

I'm finally able to use my standalone ODAC paired with my C421 to 1964 Ears Quads... Am I floored? Yes! Absolutely. I've used so many different USB DACs but this ODAC + C421 combo is absolutely amazing. Probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. The form factor is also very cool. It's like the equivalent of CLAS + ALO MKII only without breaking the bank. I want to thank JDS Labs for putting out such amazing products without actually killing our wallets. It is possible to produce great products without actually ripping your customers off, read: ALO

 

How is the channel imbalance with the C421 and the 1964 Quads at lower volume? With my other iems it's a bit too obvious and I have to turn up the volume more as I wish. I'm planning on getting the Quads

post #467 of 692
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Originally Posted by Yuceka View Post

I'm finally able to use my standalone ODAC paired with my C421 to 1964 Ears Quads... Am I floored? Yes! Absolutely. I've used so many different USB DACs but this ODAC + C421 combo is absolutely amazing. Probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. The form factor is also very cool. It's like the equivalent of CLAS + ALO MKII only without breaking the bank. I want to thank JDS Labs for putting out such amazing products without actually killing our wallets. It is possible to produce great products without actually ripping your customers off, read: ALO

Oh my god. Are you kidding me? CLAS + ALO MKII is about $1000 and you compare this combo to ODAC + C421. That really makes me want to buy ODAC + C421 so badly. Thanks for your comment!
 


Edited by LoveKnight - 7/3/12 at 1:47am
post #468 of 692

True, the O2 can't be compared to the CLAS as it can not extract a digital signal from an iDevice
 

post #469 of 692
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True, the O2 can't be compared to the CLAS as it can not extract a digital signal from an iDevice
 

I wasn't making a full comparison as they are apples and oranges but in terms of performance, I find the ODAC+C421 a ridiculously better value than CLAS+MKII. If JDS Labs had the permission to make a unit compatible with iDevices, I assume they'd have to pay to Apple some money for that and that would raise the price of the ODAC, I am aware of this fact but again for this price this combo is simply stunning. I have no further desire to upgrade really.

 

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How is the channel imbalance with the C421 and the 1964 Quads at lower volume? With my other iems it's a bit too obvious and I have to turn up the volume more as I wish. I'm planning on getting the Quads

I haven't noticed any but again my hearing is not 100% intact so take it as that but again I don't know why anyone would listen to music around those levels that channel imbalance occurs. I've never had that problem with the C421.

post #470 of 692

Oh yeah yeah. What do you think about ODAC and Bifrost? On ODAC some people said that Bifrost is slightly better than ODAC and I think they are right because Bifrost is over $300 but hey if you want to have USB port on Bifrost you have to pay $100 more so it could be over $400.

 

May I ask what OPA you order in your C421? 2227 or the other, Yuceka?

 

The more I read about ODAC and C421, the more I want to buy them immediately but my wallet does not want me to buy them now angry_face.gif. Look like ODAC + C421 combo is a hot bomb. This hot bomb.


Edited by LoveKnight - 7/3/12 at 8:49am
post #471 of 692

I hope the 8620 is a good match for headphones.  I don't use in ear.  I mostly use Brainwavz HM5 and Denon A-HD2000.  I bought the C421 used and the 8620 chip is what it had.

post #472 of 692

I think the A8620 must be a good match for dark headphones. Let us know how it works when you get it.

post #473 of 692
The C421 and ODAC combo, although sounds decent, is too loud for my UM3X. I suppose quite a few head-fi'ers are buying the amp for their IEMs? Perhaps JDS Labs should consider lowering the gain.
post #474 of 692
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post

The C421 and ODAC combo, although sounds decent, is too loud for my UM3X. I suppose quite a few head-fi'ers are buying the amp for their IEMs? Perhaps JDS Labs should consider lowering the gain.

 

You can always ask JDSLabs to lower the gain when ordering, unfortunately I didn't do so

post #475 of 692

That's a great idea. Completely escaped my mind when I ordered... Although after playing with replaygain and the pre-amp gain on rockbox, I get a pretty good control over volume where a minimum required to escape channel imbalance isn't too loud with my ES5's. Loving this amp.

 

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You can always ask JDSLabs to lower the gain when ordering, unfortunately I didn't do so

post #476 of 692
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post

You can always ask JDSLabs to lower the gain when ordering, unfortunately I didn't do so

Me neither...but I have sent the amp back to JDS Labs for that redface.gif
post #477 of 692
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post

The C421 and ODAC combo, although sounds decent, is too loud for my UM3X. I suppose quite a few head-fi'ers are buying the amp for their IEMs? Perhaps JDS Labs should consider lowering the gain.

 

Gain is already low at 2.3x, which is lower than O2 and many other amps on the market.

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post #478 of 692
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Originally Posted by jseaber View Post

 

Gain is already low at 2.3x, which is lower than O2 and many other amps on the market.

Yep. I don't find the gain to be too much at all. 

post #479 of 692

I should have my C421 8620 in a few days.  If I find I would have rather got the 2227 I'll see if anyone here wants to trade.

post #480 of 692
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Originally Posted by SteveSatch View Post

I should have my C421 8620 in a few days.  If I find I would have rather got the 2227 I'll see if anyone here wants to trade.


i love my 8620, and am glad i got it instead of 2227, as i find burr brown too mellow sounding for my tastes.

your going to love this amp im sure.

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