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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

I don't find the HE-500's that hard to drive. I doubt I go to 250 unless the music was recorded at a low gain.

I mostly listen to paramore and the tracks I downloaded were from HDTracks.com. It seems with their tracks i have to turn the volume up to 248-250. with my own purchased recordings i stay around 240. Now this of course is when i plug the He-500 straight to the ibasso. But I guarantee if any1 were to here the He-500 plugged through a speaker amp ( Emotiva Mini x-a100) Will think it's a ridiculously good Pairing. You should try it out, Ibasso + emotiva mini xa100 = He500 fantastic. Check out this thread. With this Speaker Amp, the He-500 will definately reach it's Absolute Full Potential because of the way it's recieving the Current/ power.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project/660#post_9113116


Edited by Poetic - 4/8/13 at 11:31am
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Originally Posted by Poetic View Post

I mostly listen to paramore and the tracks I downloaded were from HDTracks.com. It seems with their tracks i have to turn the volume up to 248-250. with my own purchased recordings i stay around 240. Now this of course is when i plug the He-500 straight to the ibasso. But I guarantee if any1 were to here the He-500 plugged through a speaker amp ( Emotiva Mini x-a100) Will think it's a ridiculously good Pairing. You should try it out, Ibasso + emotiva mini xa100 = He500 fantastic. Check out this thread. With this Speaker Amp, the He-500 will definately reach it's Absolute Full Potential because of the way it's recieving the Current/ power.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project/660#post_9113116


I didn't think the HE-500 needed a speaker amp. I thought that was reserved for the HE-6. Interesting. I drive the 500's from the Intruder and they would great or the PB-2.

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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post


I didn't think the HE-500 needed a speaker amp. I thought that was reserved for the HE-6. Interesting. I drive the 500's from the Intruder and they would great or the PB-2.

Orthodynamic headphones will greatly benefit from a speaker amp. But at the end of the day it's all up to your ears, but so far from what i've experienced  the LCD 2, LCD 3, He-500, HE-6 , He-5LE all pair extremely well with speaker amps, and to my ears sounds alot more immersive than a normal headphone amp.


Edited by Poetic - 4/8/13 at 3:03pm
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Primary home headphones for me is the Audeze LCD-2 Rev. 2, and I've found 230 to 233 (hi gain) to be my typical volume setting when driven directly from the DX100. I'm using 1.2.7 firmware.

 

BTW, my rooted DX100 is the one originally owned by Lee730, and then Nirmalanow. I have a new magnesium front shell on the way for it (just $15) and plan to swap the old one out as the finish is worn and chipped in some places. (Is this common for units from the first production run?) I've replaced LCD screens in mobile phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and other models before, so I don't expect the DX100 to be that difficult.

 

I'm looking forward to amping the DX100 with a JDSlabs O2 that's in transit (I shouldn't have sold my previous DIY O2 amp!). I understand the O2 makes a really nice pairing with the DX100.

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Originally Posted by 4nradio View Post

Primary home headphones for me is the Audeze LCD-2 Rev. 2, and I've found 230 to 233 (hi gain) to be my typical volume setting when driven directly from the DX100. I'm using 1.2.7 firmware.

 

BTW, my rooted DX100 is the one originally owned by Lee730, and then Nirmalanow. I have a new magnesium front shell on the way for it (just $15) and plan to swap the old one out as the finish is worn and chipped in some places. (Is this common for units from the first production run?) I've replaced LCD screens in mobile phones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and other models before, so I don't expect the DX100 to be that difficult.

 

I'm looking forward to amping the DX100 with a JDSlabs O2 that's in transit (I shouldn't have sold my previous DIY O2 amp!). I understand the O2 makes a really nice pairing with the DX100.

The O2 is an excellent amp for the Dx100, especially with the He-500. IMO I think its slight a better pair with the he-500 than the LCD 2, but it sounds fantastic with the Audeze, its a good budget amp and I wouldn't pass it up.

post #11211 of 12738
Agreed. The DX100 sounds brilliant on its own, but the O2 can add the pure power needed to make the big cans really sing.

I've been using the Heir Rendition 1 with my DX100 and 8.A lately. At first, just to get a feel for the amp that I planned to use with my full size cans and a DAC, but now I find myself missing the subtle change it brings to my music. Without adding coloration, it feels like I just moved two rows closer to the stage, bit without sacrificing width. Vocals feel a bit more intimate whereas drums and bass will really hit you. We're talking small changes, but I like them. Just ordered some low profile 3M dual lock so I can make this amp a regular part of my rig.

Oh and I'll do a small review as soon as I get my Odac/O2 home box wired with a proper lineout
Edited by Sorensiim - 4/10/13 at 5:50am
post #11212 of 12738
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I have been using the ATH-ESW10's a lot lately. While I felt that these special edition phones were high priced, the sound does not cease to amaze me. With the DX100 on some well recorded music, it sounds like a live feed. The depth is there and everything stands out realistically, which says a lot about the phones and the player.

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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

I have been using the ATH-ESW10's a lot lately. While I felt that these special edition phones were high priced, the sound does not cease to amaze me. With the DX100 on some well recorded music, it sounds like a live feed. The depth is there and everything stands out realistically, which says a lot about the phones and the player.

 

I really enjoy my DX100 with the ESW9A...just a fun, well rounded sound with a killer midrange.  I've never heard the ESW10...always wondered if they were worth twice the price of the ESW9's. 

post #11214 of 12738

While I enjoy my DX100 all by itself.  I never felt the slightest temptation to get an additional amp.

 

In fact, in my mind one of the DX100's best features is its amplifier section...

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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post

While I enjoy my DX100 all by itself.  I never felt the slightest temptation to get an additional amp.

 

In fact, in my mind one of the DX100's best features is its amplifier section...


I would agree. I have listened to the AK100 with bypassed 22 ohm resistor bypassed extensively and in comparison, the DX100 shines in all areas.

post #11216 of 12738

New firmware coming in the next week according to IBasso.

post #11217 of 12738
Why? What is it fixing?
post #11218 of 12738

I dunno I just inquired and was informed they are releasing a new one within the week.

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Originally Posted by Randall DZM View Post

I dunno I just inquired and was informed they are releasing a new one within the week.

 

THANK YOU! Let's not kid ourselves, the firmware is better than it was before but it's still slow and prone to crashes if you don't wait till it finishes scanning upon every boot. I'm getting a little tired of waiting a mandatory 5 minutes everytime I want to turn the device on before I can select tracks or do anything. I want the DX100 to be like the AK100 where scanning is a manual thing. I haven't changed music on my DX100 in nearly over a year (64GB + 32GB is a decent amount of storage) so why do I have to sit through a rescan upon every boot?

 

Still sounds beautiful though. biggrin.gif

post #11220 of 12738

I'm interested to see what effect (if any) the new firmware will have on the sound. Quite a few members (including myself) have experienced an increasingly muddier sound with each successive update.

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