Originally Posted by kenman345
Never tried the T-P with modded Fostex headphones. But I do know Mr. Speakers (aka Dan) from picking him up from his hotel and going to a head-fi meet up. We had a long discussion on the drive about what he does and other audio related stuff. I have heard the Mad Dogs and they are quite nice. Didn't even have the Tera Player on my radar at that time though. Anyways, the point is its a 50-ohm headphone. From what I learned, the orthodynamic driver acts like a resistor. It only needs the 50 Ohm's, nothing more. Any more power and it's not really being utilized. But I can say that they are definitely full-sized headphones. I personally wouldnt really care if the T-P could drive them as I wouldn't use them anywhere but in a stationary position/desktop rig.
Yeah, from the readings, he seems like a good guy with a solid rep. His business looks to be taking off since adding production capacity and reducing the price by $50 because of increase volume. I just like the philosophy behind the mod in general and the value in this product. The other mods are almost twice as much, so not as good an value.
It looks like I have to give up on this idea. I do not want to cross the line back into the transportable realm and stay portable. I agree with some on the points in the "HF, it is too silly" thread and I am past the transportable phase at this point in this hobby. Main factor is the power to drive them, and secondary is the size issue. I will just stick with my original plan. It is just so fortunate that the T-P is even an option.
I noticed you mentioning buying another T-P if the need arises... If things go well with the T-P. I may set a contingent plan in one-year to purchase another one as backup. I do not know the market for these DAC's, but they seem somewhat limited. The X3 looks promising and seems like a good complement, but it will likely need a bulky amp and LOD. Just not into that those added features anymore.
I am going to start preparing the SD card. I purchased a Sandisk SDXC Extreme and a Sandisk USB hub, so I will report back on how that goes. It is so nice this has two true audio clocks. No need to worry too much about converting sample rates.
Originally Posted by HiFlight
It depends on the level of the recorded material prior to ripping. At full volume on my v0 Tera, some of my .wav rips play much louder than I would ever listen, while the lowest level of my rips plays slightly louder than my usual listening level. I have never detected any clipping with any of my phones when using the Tera. As I am using an inexpensive USB CD player for my ripping, I have no means of varying the output of the player, hence the varying levels of my rips.
The Thunderpants are the most difficult to drive of any circumaural phones phones that I have tried thus far. (Of course my HE6 and K1000 are not considered). I can't speak for the MD or Paradox, but would assume them to be about the same as the Thunderpants. The Tera easily drives both my Sony F1 and Shure SRH 1840 with authority. All IEM's, even the 150 ohm PK1's, are driven effortlessly at nowhere near full volume.
Of all my phones, the Audeo PFE 232 is my favorite when paired with the Tera-Player. The sense of dimension and timbral accuracy are absolutely stunning. I debated long and hard prior to purchasing the 232, but I am very glad that I did. In addition to the superb sound, they are "all-day" comfortable.
One of my key factors in deciding to go with the v0 was the hearing loss factor. I did not want to be tempted by the increase volume. Especially with rips of varying loudness. I am going to give up on this idea of the modded Fostex. I do not want to be switching songs at full volume. The T-P seems to be really well-built if no clipping on all your phones. I was interested in some very-sensitive IEMs that some have hiss issues. It will be interesting to see if this also occurs on the T-P.
Yes, they should behave the same across the board in theory.
I wish I had options in the IEM market. Because of my left ear health condition, I am only limited to the Final Audio Design products since they sit in the ear canal and have no isolation. That is fine though because they have the sound signature I am seeking.
I cannot even use my ERP4 anymore. I can, but risk reaggravating. I believe vert had similar positive impressions as you in earlier posts in this thread.
He used the same 232 in comparing with his / her expensive home audio setup.
Originally Posted by Swimsonny
I sent Charles a link to the video and he liked it and I am glad you did too. I would have liked to have written a review but did not have enough time. Yeh Andy is great and he sent it to me just to try not even to review but I chose to as that's what I do
he even threw in some awesome organic lollipops for me and my dad and some amp bands. Awesome guy! Awesome DAP! I have the hippo biscuit now and when I try I hope it peforms like very young siblings g, if you enjoy and can live with it then maybe you should get the TP, I am Hoping it sound nice anyway!
That probably did not make sense I am tired and good night!
No, the video was a nice change of pace. That makes much more sense that Mr. Andrew did not send it for you to review. That would seem out of character from reading his posts. Even though he expelled the virtues of the T-P, he did not at once try to push the product onto anymore and even try to get a reduction in price for members of this site. Yes, seems like an awesome bloke.
I was a bit worried that when you first received the player that impressions would be soso, but I got hints on other threads before your video that the results were positive. This was before my official purchase. I have since purchased this controversial product.
What helped me also was you mentioned that this player was not warm. I was worried because the IEMs on my radar maybe on the warm side. I was reading warm and warm do not mix well.
It made enough sense, hope you got some well-deserved good rest.