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post #4261 of 9484
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... then off to our local watering hole.

Thirst on!

How much for the Reflector? Also, you hear the new Arcade Fire song of the same name yet?
post #4262 of 9484
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Thirst on!

How much for the Reflector? Also, you hear the new Arcade Fire song of the same name yet?

 

2 x Reflector 6N23P-EV Military Cryo () = $59.98  +  shipping.

 

Haven't heard it, but I'll look for it.

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Also, you hear the new Arcade Fire song of the same name yet?

Love the piano in the last minute of that track ... shame they wait six minutes before doing it!

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^
Arcade Fire sure does have a way with spine-tingling piano... The intro to Neighborhood #1 (tunnels) gets me just about every time!
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Thirst on!

How much for the Reflector? Also, you hear the new Arcade Fire song of the same name yet?

 

Just listened to it twice.  First on the K550 (to keep out the talk radio from my wife's laptop), then on the main system.  Fun on both.  She said it was like a time machine back to Serbian discos of the 1980s.  It's definitely 80s club retro, but a lot more going on.  Never heard of the Baroque Pop sub-genre, but that's how Rhapsody labels them.  One factoid that popped up was that Regine Chassagne used to play recorder in a pre-Renaissance band.  Talk about yr time machine! ;)  I'll have to listen to more, as I've been a little curious about them since I first saw the name.  Listening to Funeral atm.

 

Thanks for the tip.

post #4266 of 9484
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After a month (maybe longer), I found an eBay listing for four of these. My amp only uses one at a time, so... Should be good for awhile.
 

 

Found this post:

http://rockgrotto.proboards.com/thread/3440/rocket?page=1&scrollTo=38127

 

I sorta see a pentagon shape, so maybe it's a Novosibirsk.

post #4267 of 9484
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Been listening to my modded Q701 a lot lately with my new Micro DAC.

Sounded really a bit screwy lately, but I got it sounding good now. Just needed a few hours and to be hooked up to a good surge protector.

I also switched from USB to Optical but no difference in audio quality of course. Not that I can tell.

 

Right now it sounds a bit fuller/more musical than the Modi. A little more revealing it seems. Quite a small difference and I would need many hours to point out any more differences.

I think the Modi, ODAC and Micro DAC are pretty much all close to being transparent and this is why. I'm surprised the Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chipset is better than I imagined.

It's not bright, thin or harsh at all.

 

I've been trying to get people to try the Headroom Micro Amp with the Q701 for years without much luck. I think they're perfect together. Maybe someone will actually try it sometime :biggrin: After 3 years of use i'm really convinced it's very transparent and even more so than the O2. O2 and Micro Amp are close in sound, but Micro Amp sounds better. Much smoother with the Q701. I've yet to hear a headphone that's bad with it. It really needs the upgraded power supply to be at it's best though. I won't go there.. IMO the Micro is better than the Asgard 1/2, E9 and O2/Magni. I think my favorite things i've ever bought are the Micro Amp and Q701. I'll never get rid of them. I think people overlook the Micro Amp because it's very small and people think it's a weak portable amp. If it can't drive an HE-500 or some really power hungry headphone i'll be shocked. It even handles my K400 with ease.

 

Can't believe it took me so long to get the Micro DAC to go with it. I think it's probably better than the Modi/ODAC but not 100% sure since I only got it 3 days ago. Right now it's pretty smooth and has an addicting sound without adding much of anything.

 

Too bad Headroom stopped making amps and DACs. I think their Micro Amp is way better than anything from Schiit i've tried. Sorry! If this dies i'll need to find another US built amp that's comparable. I think it will be $500+

 

I'll probably get the Bifrost one of these days though. I do love the Modi. I'll try the Vali with the Q701. Not sure if it will be any good..


Edited by tdockweiler - 10/16/13 at 6:36pm
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Found this post:
http://rockgrotto.proboards.com/thread/3440/rocket?page=1&scrollTo=38127

I sorta see a pentagon shape, so maybe it's a Novosibirsk.
There is a pentagon to the right, with a "star" inside except the top point is missing, "CCCP" is printed there instead. That's why the rocket is a bit to the left in my picture... I was trying to show the pentagon too.

I forget though, what does it mean if it's a Novosibirsk? I'll read your link.

Edit: No, these are definitely Voskhod tubes, I think the pentagon with the inner star is just a marking stating that it was for the soviet military or something. And wow... I've never had a tube last only a month, all mine sound pretty much like when I got them (except, perhaps, the bugle boy). There is definitely something less "hard" and more honeyed about tube amps vs the SS amps I've used.

Funeral is probably my all-time favorite album (Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is probably my second). I think it's funny they got labeled "Baroque Pop," originally they were just darlings of Alt Rock, but I guess they're popular now as mainstream has moved towards them while they added more electronica sounds to their repertoire, and Baroque makes sense as they keep adding instruments and "sound flavors" (elements of other genres or influences). Some other highlights, IMO, are "No Cars Go" and "Ocean of Noise" from the Neon Bible release, and "The Suburbs," "Roccoco," and "Half Light I" from The Suburbs, all of these I could listen to over and over, and their closing songs on each of their albums linger on my mind linger with me long after, but really this band impresses me and crafts some really amazing stuff ^_^


Thanks everyone for indulging me in this pretty far afield OT writing, sometimes it's just great to talk about the WHY's we're bothering with the gear smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Evshrug - 10/16/13 at 8:16pm
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Originally Posted by perfect tritone View Post
 

Hi folks,

 

As a long time owner of Beyerdynamic DT990 Pros, I am bored with the recessed mids and want to try something new. What I prioritize the most in headphones are wide sound stage, clarity, and naturality. From what I read, I understand that Q701s are a good choice for my first two priorities. Given their heavily discounted price on Amazon, I am about to order one, however I have a few questions.

 

This question has been asked before in this thread, but still I am eager to hear from more people about how Q701s would perform with the Sound Blaster Z series sound card. This sound card has a dedicated headphones amp (Maxim MAX97220) which is supposed to drive cans up to 600 ohm. I know driving headphones is not only about resistance but the issues of sensitivity also come into the picture, but I don't have much idea about how the headphones amp on the Z would react to less efficient headphones. Would the Z drive these cans to acceptable levels?

Also I read that some people complain that K/Q 70x series do not provide accurate timbre. Any musicians to comment on that? 


The Zx is supposed to push cans up to 600Ohms (80mW amp on card).  I'm assuming the little controller module would add a little resistance though.

I'm planning on purchasing some DT990/600 to test this out.

I was originally considering the Q702's but it wasn't bass heavy enough for me.  At least, not according to the graphs.

post #4270 of 9484
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post


There is a pentagon to the right, with a "star" inside except the top point is missing, "CCCP" is printed there instead. That's why the rocket is a bit to the left in my picture... I was trying to show the pentagon too.

I forget though, what does it mean if it's a Novosibirsk? I'll read your link.

Edit: No, these are definitely Voskhod tubes, I think the pentagon with the inner star is just a marking stating that it was for the soviet military or something. And wow... I've never had a tube last only a month, all mine sound pretty much like when I got them (except, perhaps, the bugle boy). There is definitely something less "hard" and more honeyed about tube amps vs the SS amps I've used.

Funeral is probably my all-time favorite album (Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is probably my second). I think it's funny they got labeled "Baroque Pop," originally they were just darlings of Alt Rock, but I guess they're popular now as mainstream has moved towards them while they added more electronica sounds to their repertoire, and Baroque makes sense as they keep adding instruments and "sound flavors" (elements of other genres or influences). Some other highlights, IMO, are "No Cars Go" and "Ocean of Noise" from the Neon Bible release, and "The Suburbs," "Roccoco," and "Half Light I" from The Suburbs, all of these I could listen to over and over, and their closing songs on each of their albums linger on my mind linger with me long after, but really this band impresses me and crafts some really amazing stuff ^_^


Thanks everyone for indulging me in this pretty far afield OT writing, sometimes it's just great to talk about the WHY's we're bothering with the gear smily_headphones1.gif

 

Pretty sure that post just lists the different factories in the old CCCP where tubes were made.  e.g., Novosibirsk is a city in Russia.  If you've got Voskhods, then you've got what most people consider the best of the Russian tubes, from my reading.  Is there a Rocket logo on them?  I'm pretty sure that's the distinguishing mark for Voskhods.  Voskhod was part of the Soviet space program: a rocket, a capsule and the overall program.  Talk about confusing, but it explains the Rocket logo.  All pre-Soyuz.

 

So, still enjoying the Q701 with those tubes? (just trying to keep it somewhat on topic ;-)

post #4271 of 9484
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Originally Posted by Evshrug View Post


sometimes it's just great to talk about the WHY's we're bothering with the gear smily_headphones1.gif

For sure.

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I think I´m starting to like or get used to my K271s... still getting used to them though. I had to mod the pads a bit with some foamy thread to raise them a little and avoid my ears to touch the drivers. Can´t wait for the velour pads though. That makes me think I still owe you all some pictures of the "trio calavera".


Edited by Ashade - 10/17/13 at 6:12pm
post #4273 of 9484
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post
 

 

I'll probably get the Bifrost one of these days though. I do love the Modi. I'll try the Vali with the Q701. Not sure if it will be any good..

 

Keep us updated on it! I currently have my eyes on the Vali as well, might be a good combo with the Q701

post #4274 of 9484

Is it just me or getting the grills off is almost impossible?

I tried using 2 needles to open the grills counter clockwise but it wont even budge.

post #4275 of 9484

some people use the priority mail address stickers on them to get the grills off.

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