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post #421 of 582
So the difference in the O2 is inaudible from the Fiio e5? And to think I could have had perfection for the cost of the O2 wall wart.
post #422 of 582

Yeah guys, everything sounds the same.  No point in buying anything.  Everybody sell your stuff, buy iBuds and quit Head-Fi.

post #423 of 582
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Originally Posted by sridhar3 View Post

Yeah guys, everything sounds the same.  No point in buying anything.  Everybody sell your stuff, buy iBuds and quit Head-Fi.

Honestly, sometimes, it just doesn't sound like a bad idea.  Problem is, I already know how much better everything is with good equipment.

post #424 of 582

"Everything sounds the same" is a straw man. However, two devices that are designed to be transparent, and meet a number of reasonable minimum criteria can indeed sound the same. The FiiO E5 has rolled off bass, and it can be audibly noisy with sensitive headphones/IEMs; it may also lack the power for some hard to drive headphones.

post #425 of 582
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Originally Posted by sridhar3 View Post

Yeah guys, everything sounds the same.  No point in buying anything.  Everybody sell your stuff, buy iBuds and quit Head-Fi.


ok, i'm selling everything immediately before the market gets saturated!

 

that does sound like a good idea sometimes.

post #426 of 582
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

So the difference in the O2 is inaudible from the Fiio e5? And to think I could have had perfection for the cost of the O2 wall wart.

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Originally Posted by sridhar3 View Post

Yeah guys, everything sounds the same.  No point in buying anything.  Everybody sell your stuff, buy iBuds and quit Head-Fi.

Yep, we've all been outed, time to sell our overpriced **** and use Sansa Clips. Even the O2 is complete overkill and a waste, no sense throwing money away buying that. I'm glad we've all been cured, now we can spend our cash on more important things, like Pokemon and WWE tickets. YEAH, GO Undertaker!!1!

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Edited by Magick Man - 7/23/12 at 3:32pm
post #427 of 582
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now we can spend our cash on more important things, like Pokemon rolleyes.gif

 

Whats wrong with pokemon???? dem fighten words magick man cool.gif

post #428 of 582
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

Stax + O2 amp.  Seriously losing proposition...  It has nowhere near the amount of power necessary to get to listenable volumes.

 

*cough* linuxid10t listens to his music ridiculously loud. I found the combo loud enough in most scenarios. When it came to music with a very large dynamic range and quiet parts, I found myself wanting a bit more volume. But, all things considered, the O2 worked and was listenable to these ears.

 

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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

With the correct cable setup, you can connect anything with a miniplug to a transformer box (in my case the SRD-7.)  Anyway, a friend of mine tried this with his O2 amp, and it worked very poorly.  The Stax sound great off the speaker taps of my Qinpu A3 though... :D

The Qinpu could get louder, also I think this particular pair of stax could do with the bit of coloration added by the tubes. It sounded too clinical and "audiophile" out of the O2. That being said, the technology interests me and definitely impresses me. I'd love to hear some more stax. If I could get an electrostatic rig, that had a similar coloration as my magnums, I'd be pretty darn happy.

post #429 of 582
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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

 

*cough* linuxid10t listens to his music ridiculously loud. I found the combo loud enough in most scenarios. When it came to music with a very large dynamic range and quiet parts, I found myself wanting a bit more volume. But, all things considered, the O2 worked and was listenable to these ears.

 

The Qinpu could get louder, also I think this particular pair of stax could do with the bit of coloration added by the tubes. It sounded too clinical and "audiophile" out of the O2. That being said, the technology interests me and definitely impresses me. I'd love to hear some more stax. If I could get an electrostatic rig, that had a similar coloration as my magnums, I'd be pretty darn happy.

I don't normally listen to it that loud, I was just very impressed by the dynamic range at the time and wanted to experience it in its full glory.  The O2 just doesn't have enough gain to power the Stax in a way that makes it practical.  Even being underpowered, I don't think that the O2 would cause the Stax to be uncontrolled.  I don't believe that dampening effects electrostatic headphones as far as I know.  I found the tubes corrected the tonality of the Stax a bit.  Sounded more realistic to my ears.  That being said, the Lambda Pros just have a very weird tonality and really can't compete with many dynamic phones that I have listened to.

post #430 of 582
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Whats wrong with pokemon???? dem fighten words magick man cool.gif

Nothing...

if you're 8.


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post #431 of 582
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by linuxid10t View Post

I don't normally listen to it that loud, I was just very impressed by the dynamic range at the time and wanted to experience it in its full glory.  The O2 just doesn't have enough gain to power the Stax in a way that makes it practical.  Even being underpowered, I don't think that the O2 would cause the Stax to be uncontrolled.  I don't believe that dampening effects electrostatic headphones as far as I know.  I found the tubes corrected the tonality of the Stax a bit.  Sounded more realistic to my ears.  That being said, the Lambda Pros just have a very weird tonality and really can't compete with many dynamic phones that I have listened to.

Nonsense, I used them for a week with no difficulty. Would I suggest the O2 as an amp for the stax? No, I probably would the ODA, assuming it has a bit more juice. The O2 was impractical because of the required cable job and it could have used just a bit more volume. Okay, maybe more than a bit for some people. rolleyes.gif

 

Yes, I agree on the tubes and the tonality of the lamda's. They are kind of like a SR225, on detail-crack. Incredibly resolving (too much so on anything but high quality tracks) but a weird, unnatural tonality. I think I'd shoot for a nice vintage speaker receiver to use with the lamda's, myself.

 

This is sooo far OT. 


Edited by chrislangley4253 - 7/25/12 at 12:44pm
post #432 of 582
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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

Nonsense, I used them for a week with no difficulty. Would I suggest the O2 as an amp for the stax? No, I probably would the ODA, assuming it has a bit more juice. The O2 was impractical because of the required cable job and it could have used just a bit more volume. Okay, maybe more than a bit for some people. rolleyes.gif

 

Yes, I agree on the tubes and the tonality of the lamda's. They are kind of like a SR225, on detail-crack. Incredibly resolving (too much so on anything but high quality tracks) but a weird, unnatural tonality. I think I'd shoot for a nice vintage speaker receiver to use with the lamda's, myself.

 

This is sooo far OT. 

You forgot the ridiculously larger soundstage and far less congested sounding.  rolleyes.gif

post #433 of 582

Why are people talking about driving electrostatic headphones off dynamic amps?  Did I miss something here?

post #434 of 582
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Why are people talking about driving electrostatic headphones off dynamic amps?  Did I miss something here?

I stopped asking, it was giving me a migraine. confused_face.gif
post #435 of 582

Well, it HAS already been moved to Sound Science...  rolleyes.gif

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