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Interesting "upgrade for these headphones.

 

BRAINWAVZ HM5 Clarity Boost - Low Profile - 3D Printed Headphone Cups - Black

 

http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-hm5-clarity-boost-low-profile-3d-printed-headphone-cups-free-fedex-2-day-to-select-destination

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Certainly looks different but they need to play around with the settings on their 3d printer as the finish looks pretty bad.

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Question, I'm looking for a Dac+amp combo for the HM5, How's the Modi/Magni stack?

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Originally Posted by Justlog View Post
 

Question, I'm looking for a Dac+amp combo for the HM5, How's the Modi/Magni stack?

In my opinion, you don't need a Dac or amp for the HM5.  I personally didn't find it improved much.  Instead, I chose to save up and put the money towards upgrading my headphones, which I have noticed a significant difference.  You can find some great deals on Head-fi and can also trade if you don't like a certain sound signature or want to try something else.  My problem now becomes one of diminishing returns--what is the sweet spot for quality and cost?

 

As for answering on the Modi/Magni, I'll let someone else speak to that as I haven't experienced those personally.  I have a ELE DAC EL-002 that I use as a DAC only with a BSG Cmoy 18V with a AD8620 Op amp that has worked great for my Q701's, TDK IE800's, and TDK BA200's. The ELE Dac was about $10 new on Ebay and the BSG Cmoy is fairly inexpensive.  The op amp was a little pricier but well worth it, IMO.  I wouldn't mind a DAC that can play higher resolution files, but the sound I'm currently getting is very enjoyable and detailed.  

 

I hope this helps a little.  Remember, this is just MY opinion and not meant as stand alone.

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