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Okay, with the Schiit Vali and Modi, the IM07 is one of the best dual-dynamic balanced basshead earphones I've ever heard! This DAC and amp are just taking my earphones places I didn't know they could go. About to Doppio a spin now (test track--Led Zep's For Your Life).

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Okay, with the Schiit Vali and Modi, the IM07 is one of the best dual-dynamic balanced basshead earphones I've ever heard! This DAC and amp are just taking my earphones places I didn't know they could go. About to Doppio a spin now (test track--Led Zep's For Your Life).


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ehhh the noise floor/ ringing of the vali isn't a problem for low impedance iems???

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ehhh the noise floor/ ringing of the vali isn't a problem for low impedance iems???

 

Not at all. It disappears with the music on. It's a tube hybrid. You hear it when you turn it on initially, but it dissipates.

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Not at all. It disappears with the music on. It's a tube hybrid. You hear it when you turn it on initially, but it dissipates.


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Yeah with music on the vali is great, but during silent passages you can hear it with low impedance iems, and even with high impedance cans you can hear a constant ringing from the left or right channel that some have reported with some units. Not a deal breaker but can get a lil' annoying is alls. : P


Edited by sfwalcer - 5/3/14 at 3:44pm
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Originally Posted by ericp10 View Post

Okay, with the Schiit Vali and Modi, the IM07 is one of the best dual-dynamic balanced basshead earphones I've ever heard! This DAC and amp are just taking my earphones places I didn't know they could go. About to Doppio a spin now (test track--Led Zep's For Your Life).

1+...haven't heard the Schitt combo, but I'm reassesing my headphones since I got the GO 100 and the Ray Samuels HR-2. Many of the impressions I had turn out to be no longer true through quality DA (GO) and quality amp (HR-2). Been playing off Senn 650 against Shure 1540, fun comparison. Actually never loved the Senns, making a comeback in my listening schedule with these 2 pieces of gear. Thinksound On1 also really comes up a few notches with the Samuels amp. Fun times at the ranch


Becoming a real sap in my old age-gone from listening to Free Jazz (Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Rova Saxaphone Quartet, John Zorn) and other instrumental jazz, cutting edge rock (Captain Beefheart anyone?), punk, cut my teeth on Grateful Dead jams, to sappy, sentimental female country vocalists, the kind I used to make fun of my wife for loving rolleyes.gif Oh well, currently in really frequent rotation on the DJ players, playing this to death...



Edited by doctorjazz - 5/3/14 at 3:54pm
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Yeah with music on the vali is great, but during silent passages you can hear it with low impedance iems, and even with high impedance cans you can hear a constant ringing from the left or right channel that some have reported with some units. Not a deal breaker but can get a lil' annoying is alls. : P

 

Tube amps come with their quirks, but I'm listening to the Doppio now (12 ohms) at a pretty low volume with a tune that has quiet passages. I don't hear the ringing. I'm not saying it's not there, but I don't hear. So it's working out for me.

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It's plugged into a brand new iMac. Maybe that makes a difference, but I hear no ringing, and I'm trying to make myself hear it. No such luck.

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I actually hear more background noise in my Fiio E9/E10 combination.

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IM07, which didn't do it for me initially, has also come up in my evaluations since the new gear smily_headphones1.gif
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It's plugged into a brand new iMac. Maybe that makes a difference, but I hear no ringing, and I'm trying to make myself hear it. No such luck.


^ LoL i am sure it's just the new Mac working it's magic. ;)

 

Nah the ringing thing seems to be the issue with older units cuz of the tubes unsticking themselves and standing up right, etc. Last i read of the vali thread is that some have reported issues of constant low ringing from either the left or right channels, but i haven't read/ followed that thread in ages so....

 

The vali is an amazing amp and is driving my Logans 90s/ modded T50RPs beautifully as well, just wanted to point out the minor issues that might be potential deal breakers for some is alls. :)

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Awesome song, awesome earphone (ath-ckr9/Sony xba-h3s)= AWESOME PRESENTATION!

 

 

 

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It's plugged into a brand new iMac. Maybe that makes a difference, but I hear no ringing, and I'm trying to make myself hear it. No such luck.

Congrats on the new iMac by the way, how are you enjoying it?

 

I never enjoyed apple's desktops, but I do love their laptops. I was wondering if a mac desktop is worth owning at least.

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Okay, with the Schiit Vali and Modi, the IM07 is one of the best dual-dynamic balanced basshead earphones I've ever heard! This DAC and amp are just taking my earphones places I didn't know they could go. About to Doppio a spin now (test track--Led Zep's For Your Life).
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IM07, which didn't do it for me initially, has also come up in my evaluations since the new gear smily_headphones1.gif

You guys are talking about the IM70 here, right? Or is there a mysterious new IM07 on the block? tongue.gif
Edited by Gee Simpson - 5/3/14 at 9:15pm
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Oops, dyslexia strikes, IM70 biggrin.gif
another quick comparison, my latest guilty pleasure, as I've posted a number of times, All Time Low



did quick comparison, Dunu 1K and IM70 (happened to have them both handy
So...The Dunu has the more "audiophile" presentation, open, clear soundstatge, detailing, good vocal presentation, but sounds a bit distant, less immediate. IM70 more immediate, bass more present, tight (tight on Dunu, but definitely less). Details there in IM70, but have to listen more closely as presentation more dense, immediate. Vocals more "live" present, overall has more "jump factor", get up and danciness.
(they both are difficult fits for me, but able to manage to get enough seal for bass). I haven't done the head to head yet, but I can see the Dunu working well for folk/jazz, acoustic stuff as well
(the ATL music works for evaluation for the exact opposite reason most people pick reference tracks for comparing/reviewing headphones. They tend to go for a very dense, kitchen sink type of arrangement and mix, things make a dense block of sound. I like to hear how much resolving and separating of the mix the headphones do, how much I can hear the different musical threads thrown together. The bass on lesser playback sources is particularly muddy, hard to pick out if it's a bass guitar playing it-wihch it is, can be picked out on the better/more resolving playback gear). (PC/JRiver19/GO1000)
Edited by doctorjazz - 5/3/14 at 10:16pm
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Don't get me wrong, these sound great with the Dunu as well, but a whole different presentation, almost like it was an alternate take, which is wild in its way. Detailing is definitely there,cleaner than with AT's, bass prsent and real notes, not mush, but back in the mix. The AT is not as wide, doesn't have quite the open room sound, but bass thumps (no one note bass, though), vocals more rich. present, details still present but not as highlighted. Sounds more like I believe it was intended to sound, but removes much of the mud the mix throws into the recording. Fun both ways, danceable both ways, I'd say much harder to sit still with the AT's.
Off to bed/some listening on the Ray Samuels...

(side note-the way an expensive car costs much for parts and repairs when they're needed, my Linn LP12 is at the repair tech's place. Have to decide how much to throw into it at this point, hate to "downgrade" it, but some of the old upgrades I did on it when I got it way back when are gonna cost me to get it running as it was ("better" of course, according to the Linn tech). Decisions, decisions...
Edited by doctorjazz - 5/3/14 at 10:23pm
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You guys are talking about the IM70 here, right? Or is there a mysterious new IM07 on the block? tongue.gif


Im70
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