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post #436 of 580

I believe the difference between the 3k and 5k to predominantly be a result of the pads... the 3k will give a much airier presentation... the 5k more focused with extended bass.

post #437 of 580

OMG! I think the unthinkable has just happened. I went to plug into my beloved SA5000s into my bifrost>lyr/ef-5 after about a one week hiatus from listening....and they sound like they are producing mono sound. a really bad mono sound. both channels seem to work, but its completely lifeless, i can crank the lyr up almost all the way and it barely gets much louder. its not the amp, i swapped my he-5s and they sound fine. 

 

does anyone know what this could be? is it the cable? both drivers work and theres absolutely no tear or damage to the cable whatsoever. i'm so scared i'm going to lose my precious sonys. they were my first high-end purchase too. please help. thank you

post #438 of 580

It sounds like it could be the jack, possibly a loose connection... did you try wiggle it?

post #439 of 580
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Originally Posted by Uncle00Jesse View Post

OMG! I think the unthinkable has just happened. I went to plug into my beloved SA5000s into my bifrost>lyr/ef-5 after about a one week hiatus from listening....and they sound like they are producing mono sound. a really bad mono sound. both channels seem to work, but its completely lifeless, i can crank the lyr up almost all the way and it barely gets much louder. its not the amp, i swapped my he-5s and they sound fine. 

does anyone know what this could be? is it the cable? both drivers work and theres absolutely no tear or damage to the cable whatsoever. i'm so scared i'm going to lose my precious sonys. they were my first high-end purchase too. please help. thank you

Stock cable? The CJC is a known failure point on the SA5k.
post #440 of 580
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Stock cable? The CJC is a known failure point on the SA5k.

 

That cable is totally miserable. Definitely could be the culprit, or it could be a driver got blown :/

post #441 of 580
yup....its definitely the cable. wow. just tried them again. I can't find a precise location but if i take the cable somewhere near halfway and hold between my fingers and squeeze and twist a little, the sound comes back. once i let go we're back to mono. i've had a good run with these, going over 2 years of constant enjoyment.

well now that i'm basically in mourning i have some questions:

can i send away for these to be recabled? if so, can you give me suggestions for a place. i'm in the states.
also assuming i did opt for the recable, how much do you think it would cost me? i would need someone else to do this for me as i'm not very good at fixing anything, let alone electronics.


thanks again guys
post #442 of 580
I think Moon Audio can recable the SA5000, but don't quote me on that. I just vaguely remember hearing of that years ago. I don't know if Sony will service them (given that they came with an amazing 90-day warranty, I'd guess not).
post #443 of 580
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Originally Posted by Uncle00Jesse View Post

yup....its definitely the cable. wow. just tried them again. I can't find a precise location but if i take the cable somewhere near halfway and hold between my fingers and squeeze and twist a little, the sound comes back. once i let go we're back to mono. i've had a good run with these, going over 2 years of constant enjoyment.
well now that i'm basically in mourning i have some questions:
can i send away for these to be recabled? if so, can you give me suggestions for a place. i'm in the states.
also assuming i did opt for the recable, how much do you think it would cost me? i would need someone else to do this for me as i'm not very good at fixing anything, let alone electronics.
thanks again guys

 

BTG audio will do them at a pretty good price. I'd look into them for these headphones. 

post #444 of 580
Or qusp
post #445 of 580

Got my SA5000s back up and working again after half a decade of no Sony love!

 

The cable had died (standard) and I think I just went and got a pair of AD2000s. Well one of the channels on there died...attempted to resolder it back as I have done many times before and all hell broke lose - the contacts are messed up beyond belief with plastic melted over them etc..so in anger at my poor workmanship decided to get an old HD600 cable (broken at the tips as well...standard) and put it to some functional use on my SA5ks... And now I have returned to audio nirvana (compared to the V150 cr@p I was using!).

 

Huge amount more bass than the AD2000s...vocals sometimes appear 'clearer', appears to have a greater soundstage/positioning than my AD2000s; as in where I would only hear certain things in a general left or right position with the AD2000s, they have a defined place in the left or right sphere. Too much solder fumes to be any greater of a wordsmith to better describe it I'm afraid right now!

 

I'm not saying they are better than the AD2000s but I'm thoroughly enjoying reliving these things again and how it does things different to what I've listened for the past few years. And this is only after two songs. However I am waiting for the next thing to break on them ;p

 

Now just need to get the old CD3ks and Taket back to working order :> (The headphone fairy has been working overtime destroying my headphones)


Edited by jtwn - 12/3/12 at 8:39am
post #446 of 580

So whats the verdict on a proper amplifier that can drive the SA5000's? I am highly considering purchasing the SA5000's and want to get a good amp to match. The Schiit Lyr seem to be of high praise to the middle ranged headphones out there, or is there something the fits the specs better?

post #447 of 580
I didn't mind the CI VHP with them, but I found them fairly unpicky and easy to drive - as their specs and measured data would suggest. Just make sure you have something with good channel tracking and a quiet pot and you'll be set.
post #448 of 580
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

I didn't mind the CI VHP with them, but I found them fairly unpicky and easy to drive - as their specs and measured data would suggest. Just make sure you have something with good channel tracking and a quiet pot and you'll be set.

i cant see how 1500mw drivers at 70ohms is simply easy. That may be the reason why people think they have an overly high treble, undercutting power can have that effect certainly on a stiff diaphragm. But for clarification the CI VHP is the Ciaudio VHP-(2)? that's what i find when i search it.

post #449 of 580
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Originally Posted by maxmays1 View Post

i cant see how 1500mw drivers at 70ohms is simply easy. That may be the reason why people think they have an overly high treble, undercutting power can have that effect certainly on a stiff diaphragm. But for clarification the CI VHP is the Ciaudio VHP-(2)? that's what i find when i search it.

 

1500mw? That information doesn't make sense. The SA5000 are incredibly easy to drive compared to other inefficient low resistance headphones. 

post #450 of 580
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Originally Posted by maxmays1 View Post

So whats the verdict on a proper amplifier that can drive the SA5000's? I am highly considering purchasing the SA5000's and want to get a good amp to match. The Schiit Lyr seem to be of high praise to the middle ranged headphones out there, or is there something the fits the specs better?

The sa5000s sound wonderful through the lyr. it may just be the premium tubes I have, but the background is dead silent and the phones really sing. I have not heard anything better, but then again I havent heard everything. 

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