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post #7021 of 7952
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Originally Posted by TWerk View Post
 

 

He said "too long too thick too stiff". While I don't own a Fostex, I own a Denon and agree the cable is too long for general use.

It's annoying to have such a long cord when you don't need it. At least it doesn't tangle. That'd be bad.

haha, indeed he did. i need to read better - i didn't see that part. 

 

i agree with you. my d7000 cable was way too long. i imagine i'll shorten the th900 cable as well. 

post #7022 of 7952
I also reterminated my old denon d7000 to 4 pin xlr. And cut little more to make both interconnects.
One 4 pin xlr to 1/4
One 4 pin xlr to 1/8

And it was still long. smily_headphones1.gif

I think 3 to 5 feet is ideal.
post #7023 of 7952
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

I also reterminated my old denon d7000 to 4 pin xlr. And cut little more to make both interconnects.
One 4 pin xlr to 1/4
One 4 pin xlr to 1/8

And it was still long. smily_headphones1.gif

I think 3 to 5 feet is ideal.

yeah, my d7000 is about 6 feet and i still think it's a bit too long. i'll make my th900 around 4 feet and make some interconnects and adapters with the extra. or maybe i'll make a cable for my hd800 :)

 

i already have an xlr->1/4 from the denon cable...hmm....

 

btw, have you decided on the ha1 vs. lynx hilo? at first i was going to go dedicated amp with the ragnarok or taurus mk2, but the ha1 and the hilo look very intriguing. the only thing about the hilo is that it doesn't have a balanced headphone output...but its ADC is interesting b/c i'd be able to digitize my vinyl. hmmm....


Edited by kugino - 5/16/14 at 4:44pm
post #7024 of 7952
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post

 

btw, have you decided on the ha1 vs. lynx hilo? at first i was going to go dedicated amp with the ragnarok or taurus mk2, but the ha1 and the hilo look very intriguing. the only thing about the hilo is that it doesn't have a balanced headphone output...but its ADC is interesting b/c i'd be able to digitize my vinyl. hmmm....

 

My initial wishlist was Auralic rack (Taurus and Vega) but way out of my budget so was looking at Lynx Hilo, then "TheGovernment" mentioned Oppo HA1 which I never knew about and started reading the spec.

 

Basically I am waiting for him to give some A/B ing between Burson and Oppo :)

 

I want to spend just about $2k for a DAC then later a dedicated AMP like Bakoon or Zana Deux. But not really sure about Bakoon because it's battery operated and heard that you cannot use the device while charging, a complete turn off for me.

 

But for now, I'm eyeing 

 

1. OPPO HA1

2. Fostex HP-A8C

3. Lynx Hilo

 

I will strongly equate the price in my decision :)


Edited by Canadian411 - 5/16/14 at 5:54pm
post #7025 of 7952
For some of the TH900 users who bought their TH900 in 2013 or 2014. Do you still have the problem of loose screw on your TH900's headband?
post #7026 of 7952
nope - touch wood wink.gif
post #7027 of 7952
Thanks for the reply. smily_headphones1.gif

Anyone can give more impressions about the balanced mod TH900?
post #7028 of 7952
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Originally Posted by commtrd View Post

Anyone compare the TH900 with LCD3? Just curious about perceived strengths/weaknesses of each. Thanks.
Yes....The 3's are better balance and natural sounding. The th900 resolve slightly more. Much better bass. Much more exciting.
post #7029 of 7952
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Originally Posted by Canadian411 View Post

My initial wishlist was Auralic rack (Taurus and Vega) but way out of my budget so was looking at Lynx Hilo, then "TheGovernment" mentioned Oppo HA1 which I never knew about and started reading the spec.

Basically I am waiting for him to give some A/B ing between Burson and Oppo smily_headphones1.gif

I want to spend just about $2k for a DAC then later a dedicated AMP like Bakoon or Zana Deux. But not really sure about Bakoon because it's battery operated and heard that you cannot use the device while charging, a complete turn off for me.

But for now, I'm eyeing 

1. OPPO HA1
2. Fostex HP-A8C
3. Lynx Hilo

I will strongly equate the price in my decision smily_headphones1.gif

Canadian the Japanese Bakoon HDA 5210 MK3 is not battery powered and is a fantastic amp - when using the satri circuit eg selecting current over the voltage option the TH900 sounds sublime IMO better than my Leben CS300xs with NOS valves. Some here on headfi have indicated the Korean Bakoon sound is a bit better I can't coment on this having never heard the Korean version what I can say is the TH900 & Japanese Bakoon are an excellent match And I think are another h/p amp like the Zana Deux which bring out the best in the Th900s
post #7030 of 7952
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Originally Posted by 1c3d0g View Post

I saw the Fostex HP-A8C a few weeks ago go for around $860ish (IIRC) on Amazon, but it was only for a few days. Now it's back to $1100. That deal will probably come back again with the back to school season.

After thinking things through, I still think I would be better off with a portable amp. Even though a desktop amp might be a million times better, I guess the added mobility is more important for me.

Having said that, I'm still not quite sure what to pick. This is one time where I have to admit there are too many options...all seem really good at what they do.

I haven't heard it but Bakoon Japan have just released a brand new portable h/p amp the HDA-5520 with both voltage & current selection options (same as the desktop amps). I think this might be another top contender probably Cord Hugo territory in terms of quality. I think pricing is around $1000 usd.

Here's a link:

http://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://bakoon-products.com/&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbakoon%2Bjapan%26client%3Dsafari%26hl%3Den
post #7031 of 7952
Looks like headfi has a thread about this portable amp - one member has used it with his th900 scroll down for his impressions ! Lol

http://www.head-fi.org/t/716479/bakoon-japan-launch-1st-portable-headphone-amplifier-hda-5520
post #7032 of 7952

So after a week or so with my 900's, I can't say how much I love them overall. I've found they can be overdriven and the bass to made sound floppy and muddy but as long as they are kept in their limits, they are simply amazing. I do wish the headband was a bit tighter though.

post #7033 of 7952
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Originally Posted by TheGovernment View Post

So after a week or so with my 900's, I can't say how much I love them overall. I've found they can be overdriven and the bass to made sound floppy and muddy but as long as they are kept in their limits, they are simply amazing. I do wish the headband was a bit tighter though.

Yape my first week with th900 was not that great as I thought but after few weeks I tend to use more th900 than hd800. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7034 of 7952
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Originally Posted by TheGovernment View Post
 

So after a week or so with my 900's, I can't say how much I love them overall. I've found they can be overdriven and the bass to made sound floppy and muddy but as long as they are kept in their limits, they are simply amazing. I do wish the headband was a bit tighter though.


Listening at those levels, where the bass get sloppy, will cause some damage if you listen that loud long term.  Please be careful.

post #7035 of 7952
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheGovernment View Post
 

So after a week or so with my 900's, I can't say how much I love them overall. I've found they can be overdriven and the bass to made sound floppy and muddy but as long as they are kept in their limits, they are simply amazing. I do wish the headband was a bit tighter though.


You may want to have them Lawton modded..................eliminates any flop/mud. 

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