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post #3436 of 3644
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Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post
 

Opened JDS Labs' C5D page and read: "super fine volume control to handle sensitive headphones and IEMs". Don't know anything about it though, but thought it a bit funny in contrast to what you write. Looks like a very interesting DAC/AMP combo.

 

Got my C5D, and I really like the sound.  :gs1000smile:  I like it because it's very clear and transparent.  Lots of treble though.  Since I'm a big fan of ODAC/O2 which JDS sells, and communicated with jseaber(JDS Labs) on here, and he assured me the testing procedure of the portable DAC/Amp went through the same spirit as the ODAC/O2, trying to get the same outcomes or better.  So, I trusted and got it today, and so far it's sounding real nice.  I recommend it, as I like clear transparent sounds.

 

I wish I could have tried the 334 out of the C5D.  :( 

 

Here is the link to the product thread

 

Edit: read my posts that follow after to get a more whole assessment.  It doesn't sound as well as I initially thought.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/22/14 at 5:47am
post #3437 of 3644

I actually, it's lacking bass.  I'm not liking the bass boost, it sounds unnatural.  :(​  Bass is tight though, but I'm not a big fan of tight bass, I like varieties of bass, not just tight burst.  If you like tight bass, this is for you.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/21/14 at 5:52pm
post #3438 of 3644

I think It might be because the USB is not getting enough power so I tried the back where I believe provide more power.  I think it's fuller now.  :L3000:  Sorry for the constant rant, just needed to correct myself.

 

Edit:  it's not the lack of power, which I thought the DAC might not be getting enough juice.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/22/14 at 5:48am
post #3439 of 3644

Got my 334's finally.:etysmile: 

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Update on my C5D.  Initially, I think I was fooled into thinking it was great, but it and nothing has beaten ODAC/O2 yet.  I have yet to find a portable that has full bodied high mids that are detailed.

 

Here is what I wrote on the C5D thread:

 

More extended listening.  The mids lacks body, and the sound is unnatural.  I don't know if it's because of the brightness, the high pitched sound doesn't have enough body to sound natural.  What I mean by natural is a sound have a body with a shape, and C5D sounds like it shaves it off.  That's the reason why it sounds refined yet without body.  Therefore, it's not high definition in the sense that it has all the necessary natural detail.  I guess my initial impressions fooled me into thinking it was clear and detailed, yet it only is refined, lacking natural body figure of the sound.  The treble is tight and refined, but the high mids are not as forward as the ODAC/O2.  I still favor the ODAC/O2.  Nothing has beaten it yet.

 

 

Tupac, if you love vocals I highly recommend ODAC/O2 if you don't have one yet.  I liked the 334 coming out of the ODAC/O2

 

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Got my 334's finally.:etysmile: 

 

Impression please. :L3000: 


Edited by SilverEars - 3/22/14 at 6:23am
post #3441 of 3644
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

Update on my C5D.  Initially, I think I was fooled into thinking it was great, but it and nothing has beaten ODAC/O2 yet.  I have yet to find a portable that has full bodied high mids that are detailed.

 

Here is what I wrote on the C5D thread:

 

More extended listening.  The mids lacks body, and the sound is unnatural.  I don't know if it's because of the brightness, the high pitched sound doesn't have enough body to sound natural.  What I mean by natural is a sound have a body with a shape, and C5D sounds like it shaves it off.  That's the reason why it sounds refined yet without body.  Therefore, it's not high definition in the sense that it has all the necessary natural detail.  I guess my initial impressions fooled me into thinking it was clear and detailed, yet it only is refined, lacking natural body figure of the sound.  The treble is tight and refined, but the high mids are not as forward as the ODAC/O2.  I still favor the ODAC/O2.  Nothing has beaten it yet.

 

 

Tupac, if you love vocals I highly recommend ODAC/O2 if you don't have one yet.  I liked the 334 coming out of the ODAC/O2

 

Impression please. :L3000: 

Maybe later...cause need some times to run-in.

Also i want to know what case would you guys to use to protect 334?

post #3442 of 3644
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Maybe later...cause need some times to run-in.
Also i want to know what case would you guys to use to protect 334?
I use the Pelican 1010 which is what it came with.

I'm listening to CCR 24/96 right now and have to say it is fantastic.
One word keeps going thru my mind Vinyl. Meaning this is so close to what I heard as a kid thru speakers and a 33 platter smily_headphones1.gif
post #3443 of 3644
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Update on my C5D.  Initially, I think I was fooled into thinking it was great, but it and nothing has beaten ODAC/O2 yet.  I have yet to find a portable that has full bodied high mids that are detailed.

 

Here is what I wrote on the C5D thread:

 

More extended listening.  The mids lacks body, and the sound is unnatural.  I don't know if it's because of the brightness, the high pitched sound doesn't have enough body to sound natural.  What I mean by natural is a sound have a body with a shape, and C5D sounds like it shaves it off.  That's the reason why it sounds refined yet without body.  Therefore, it's not high definition in the sense that it has all the necessary natural detail.  I guess my initial impressions fooled me into thinking it was clear and detailed, yet it only is refined, lacking natural body figure of the sound.  The treble is tight and refined, but the high mids are not as forward as the ODAC/O2.  I still favor the ODAC/O2.  Nothing has beaten it yet.

 

 

Tupac, if you love vocals I highly recommend ODAC/O2 if you don't have one yet.  I liked the 334 coming out of the ODAC/O2

 

 
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Got my 334's finally.:etysmile: 

 

Impression please. :L3000: 

 

The ODAC/O2 looks very interesting! What about hiss with the 334? Thanks!

post #3444 of 3644
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The ODAC/O2 looks very interesting! What about hiss with the 334? Thanks!

No hiss my ears can hear.   Maybe your ears might be more sensitive to hiss than mine.

 

Enjoy your ABBA albums!  :D


Edited by SilverEars - 3/22/14 at 3:08pm
post #3445 of 3644
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The ODAC/O2 looks very interesting! What about hiss with the 334? Thanks!

No hiss my ears can hear.   Maybe your ears might be more sensitive to hiss than mine.

 

Enjoy your ABBA albums!  :D

Thanks! Well, according to this review it is "dead silent", so I guess there shouldn't be much to worry about...


 

Warning: Comment about ABBA. Has nothing whatsoever to do with the 334. (Click to show)

Speaking about ABBA, here is something I once wrote to a friend of mine when we were discussing King Crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic.

 

"One thing I forgot to mention in my previous mail is that I unfortunately for historical political reasons during the seventies and eighties in Sweden am negatively biased towards progressive rock. This is obviously a burden to me in this context. During this period, Sweden (although a long time democracy) was practically a closed socialist state in terms of all cultural life. The range of radio and television was limited to what was effectively the state radio and television. We had two TV channels and three radio stations (Radio 1: “News and society”. Radio 2: “Classical music”. Radio 3: “Entertainment and politically correct popular music”), and that was all. Broadcasting of advertising was strictly prohibited so we couldn't even get a few seconds of popular music that way. Radio and television were called independent "public service" but ruled in practice by socialist elite who were completely loyal to political power. For these reasons, all popular music were banned, and I mean literally banned, for more than a decade in public service, and all we were allowed to hear was basically progressive rock (mostly very poorly performed Swedish progressive rock, nothing like King Crimson) because progressive rock was considered politically correct. Not even (or rather, especially not) ABBA was played on the radio and there were never any exceptions, and I really mean never. We could listen to the radio via the AM band to Radio Luxemburg but the sound quality was extremely poor (Sweden being far and away from the broadcasting station) and of course in mono. We could buy popular music in special record shops but this was expensive and far from being a luxury that all could afford. Outer protests were few and weak, probably because the Swedes (as well as Germans) is a very obedient and authoritarian’s people. In the common man, however, the anger was boiling, but few dared to make their voices heard. When the satellite era began in Sweden in 1987 this trend was finally broken and we could once again start listening to popular music, for example, from MTV.

This period in Swedish cultural life has, of course, strongly and negatively affected my experience of progressive rock in general, and that is of course not a good thing when I try to take LTIA to my heart."

post #3446 of 3644

About the channel imbalance, there is imbalance in mine.  Based on my research, Alps pot used on the device has probability of having imbalance so you may get on that has more imbalance than others that may not be significant.  Also ask the person that is making the device for one of the gain switch setting to be unity gain or no gain to give it more range for the pot when using sensitive iems.  

 

Since I receive one with imbalanced pot.  There is noticible imbalance in the 45 degree angle even with unity gain.  What I did was balance it under windows setting for the DAC.  I think it's fine as long as it's above 75% DAC output.

post #3447 of 3644
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

About the channel imbalance, there is imbalance in mine.  Based on my research, Alps pot used on the device has probability of having imbalance so you may get on that has more imbalance than others that may not be significant.  Also ask the person that is making the device for one of the gain switch setting to be unity gain or no gain to give it more range for the pot when using sensitive iems.  

 

Since I receive one with imbalanced pot.  There is noticible imbalance in the 45 degree angle even with unity gain.  What I did was balance it under windows setting for the DAC.  I think it's fine as long as it's above 75% DAC output.

Channel imbalance on the FT!334?  I know, sorry......better me than Jude.

post #3448 of 3644

the o2 is indeed dead silent on the 334 (not a lot of sources can say the same), but I feel like you should be warned that even with a 1time gain it can still be hard to set volume right on the 334 and avoid some mater of channel imbalance. something that happens at some point on all the analogue knobs I've tried, it's not an O2 thing. the "avoid the first 1/4 of the knob's range" is usually good advice. now the easy way to get around that is to lower the volume on your computer, but not everybody would like that because of the necessary bits for volume control.

I know I don't mind while asking foobar to get out in 24bit and really couldn't tell if the sound changes or not.

the O2 doing nothing to reduce the bass(but not emphasizing either), I still tend to EQ a bit or at least add 8ohm before the 334. but that's a matter of tastes, if you like the 334 as is, then the O2 or anything neutral is indeed a good idea.

post #3449 of 3644

Just simply lower the gain on the O2 amp. There is a mod to do it. I did when I had it. 

post #3450 of 3644
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Just simply lower the gain on the O2 amp. There is a mod to do it. I did when I had it. 

Lowest you can go is unity gain or no gain.  It is still loud at that point where the volume knob still doesn't have enough range.  I would ask for 1x and 2.5x gain for the switch instead of 2.5x and 6x.

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