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post #256 of 323

for what its worth here are my settings after a few hundred hours.

amp gain 19 I like it full with db cut back depending on the tunes exposure level

up sampling x1 I just found 4 dulled it out a bit

digital filter sharp roll off, just cause.

usb input 192.0 frequency with 32 bit output coming from my 27" i mac.

Th900 heaven :)

post #257 of 323
I am looking for an amp or a dac that can bring the mid little forward and reduce bit of bass. Any recommendation?

I sold my d7000 but th900 sounds bit recessed mid than d7k.

Everything else on th900 is better than d7000 after the break in.
post #258 of 323
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

I am looking for an amp or a dac that can bring the mid little forward and reduce bit of bass. Any recommendation?

I sold my d7000 but th900 sounds bit recessed mid than d7k.

Everything else on th900 is better than d7000 after the break in.

You do realize you are on an hpa8 thread sooo. The a8 is a fantastic pairing but everyone here has an opinion.
post #259 of 323
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You do realize you are on an hpa8 thread sooo. The a8 is a fantastic pairing but everyone here has an opinion.

Ya. I am looking for some hpa8 feedback with th900. So far have not found an answer frown.gif
post #260 of 323
Get it, how's that?
post #261 of 323
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Ya. I am looking for some hpa8 feedback with th900. So far have not found an answer frown.gif


I am considering the HPA8 as well but so many conflicting feedback on it.  Some say it's perfect for TH-900 and others say it's not powerful enough to really make them sound great.  I've had these recommendations over the HPA8

 

V200/V800

Chord Hugo

Bakoon HPA-21 or MK3 model (yes I know AMP only on this one)

Burson Conductor with PCM DAC

Burson Conductor with Sabre DAC

V200 with Burson Soloist

 

I simply don't have a place where I can audition all of these.  *ugh*  I guess you can't go wrong with the HPA8 though costing only $800ish.  Warm and solid sound for TH-900 but won't drive other cans as well at least hard to drive ones (aka lcd-3, HD800)

post #262 of 323
Its plenty powerful, sounds great. You can blow your ears off and puncture your eardrums with the bass if thats what your into, the hpa8 is great. I think fostex may have an idea as they make the cans whats necessary to run them. I run them on 19 gain for full exposure, some like the soundstage back and prefer 0. On these forums you get all kinds of views and frankly a lot to do about nothing or at least neglagable variances. Are they the best? Doubt it as you can spend 10 g on a souped up wu that I'm sure has more power and a different sig, but the easy money, go for the A8
Edited by Whazzzup - 4/9/14 at 4:04am
post #263 of 323

Does anyone have experience with the HP-A4 and HP-A8 such that they can tell me whether an upgrade from the former to the latter is worth it? I'm primarily interested in the DAC aspect, although amplification is also, of course, important. What I have in mind are differences in spaciousness, soundstage, imaging, and bass response. If the A8 represents a significant gain in these respects, I would consider upgrading.

post #264 of 323
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Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
 

Does anyone have experience with the HP-A4 and HP-A8 such that they can tell me whether an upgrade from the former to the latter is worth it? I'm primarily interested in the DAC aspect, although amplification is also, of course, important. What I have in mind are differences in spaciousness, soundstage, imaging, and bass response. If the A8 represents a significant gain in these respects, I would consider upgrading.

Buy the top of the line now rather than buying the HP-A4 and regretting later your decision.

It's worth the extra $.

post #265 of 323
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Originally Posted by Matvei View Post
 

Buy the top of the line now rather than buying the HP-A4 and regretting later your decision.

It's worth the extra $.

Alas, I'm worried that regret might be inevitable. I already have the HP-A4. Do you think an upgrade makes a significant difference in the relevant areas? Ironically, I'm trying to future proof my system.

post #266 of 323
New Firmware - 3.02

Changes (translated with google)

● We Fixed the problem that in the reproduction of the SD card, would have been playing the song is skipped.
● In the reproduction of the SD card, I was corresponding to the file of the BWF (Broadcast Wav Format) format.

http://www.fostex.jp/version_up/393
Edited by A_Man_Eating_Duck - 4/21/14 at 3:17pm
post #267 of 323

I like how they add BWF playback but not FLAC

post #268 of 323
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I like how they add BWF playback but not FLAC

They are 2 completely different animals in terms of power requirement!

The BWF is basically a WAVE-EXT format -> no fancy decompression needed.

post #269 of 323
Anyone familiar with the HP-A3 knows whether it can drive Q701, HD650 and T50RP well?
post #270 of 323

Interesting results...I went back to the upsampling and re-tried the X4 upsampling setting. I'm not sure if this was the expected result, but I really started to notice on X1 (no upsampling), the vocals were very upfront and fatiguing (lesser so on non-vocal music, but still not quite ideal). Doing some more critical listening, the X4 setting really seemed to move everything back. On both the Lyr and the A8C amp, the brightness of the HD800 was still present but lost a lot of the fatigue because of the loss of the forwardness of the sound. I actually wanted to turn the volume up on a couple songs, which is a rarity for the HD800. I was *gasp* having fun with them!

 

So now I am wondering if the forwardness of the X1 setting lends itself well to headphones with more recessed mids, such as the TH900, as it is said to be a great match for the amp. It's too much for me on the HD600 and HD800, as both headphones are way more enjoyable with the X4 setting.

 

I am renting a TH900 from the Cable Company, so hoping for the best.

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