Originally Posted by Sorensiim
Maybe you have the J3 tuned exactly to the sound you love, so comparing with the DX100, the DX100 will sound off? The J3 is very good, but I honestly believe the DX100 to be better, allthough we are well into the territory of The Law Of Diminishing Returns. I see you have a set of Ultrasone Pro 900 in your signature - Have you tried A/B'ing something punchy (my fave is "Take The Power Back" by Rage Against The Machine) with those on your J3 and the DX100? I found the Pro 900 (and Pro 2900) will sound nice out of almost anything but will be happy to guzzle up any and all power you throw at them and turning it into slam.
Having spent more time with the DX100 and not being able to wait the 300hrs I have started to A\B with the J3.
The one track that really started this whole ball rolling for me still doesn't sound quite right on the DX100 - the backstroke of nails on the acoustic guitar strings still sound more real on the J3.
Even though I haven't been initially floored by the DX100, I have to admit that there is something indefinably nice about the sound out of the DX100.
The DX100 has a noticeably larger and more 3D sound stage as I mentioned initially, but I have also noticed that the instruments seem to have more weight and impact. I think as I listen more, I will begin to pick out the little nuances which overall make for a sweeter sound.
Maybe this whole episode has identified my lack of experience with higher end amps and dacs and that my expectations were set so high, that I was expecting to be left a quivering mess as soon as I fired up the DX100?
Also perhaps the JH16 aren't the perfect match for the DX100? I'll check out the track you mentioned on the Pro900....and maybe even look at an upgrade to my cans.
Perhaps this is all part of the audiophile journey!
BTW does anyone know what the 3 levels of gain are for? I have mine set to Mid for my JH16