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post #571 of 846
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I guess people complained that the travel cases weren't luxurious enough.

 

Yes that is what i feel about the travel cases, but sometimes i wish i've got the travel cases so i can bring the HE-500 to the office

Nevertheless, Dr.Fang sure knows how to make a really good headphones in terms of sound quality

post #572 of 846
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I guess people complained that the travel cases weren't luxurious enough.
Yeah probably..and the rounded case wasnt a step up in comfort..u still cant take ur phones with u with the cables attached..who came up with that anyway? A carying case in which u have to disconnect ur phone every time..i got the big box with my he300 i had in the past..i used it only twice..opening up and getting the phone out and putting it back in when i sold it..u cant use it for daily storage..maybe one day they come up with a case who is actually usable..like beyer does..
post #573 of 846
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Of course there is a reason to try the velours. What if even better sound is just a pad change away? wink.gif
Anyone tried the lawton angled pads mod on ur he500?
post #574 of 846
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

I mentioned this before, but I would give up my Senn HD800s before I would part with my HE-500s, and I don't consider the HD600s  anywhere near the quality (natural tonality, spatial capability) of the HE500s.

I just use the pleathers pads and see no reason to fuss with the velours unless I get curious.

Try it. and you will hear the difference......

post #575 of 846
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Originally Posted by zeinharis View Post

 

Yes that is what i feel about the travel cases, but sometimes i wish i've got the travel cases so i can bring the HE-500 to the office

Nevertheless, Dr.Fang sure knows how to make a really good headphones in terms of sound quality

exactly what i am thinking about...the square box is kinda useless....i prefer the travel case

post #576 of 846
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Originally Posted by MaJoMax View Post

exactly what i am thinking about...the square box is kinda useless....i prefer the travel case
Me too..if only the travel case was equiped to put the phones in with the cable connected
post #577 of 846

WhiteCrow and to anyone else that can help,

 

Just read your review and watched it on youtube. I am curious what was your source when using the Bifrost DAC? Are you using an SACD player of some sort, because IIRC you used the Lyr into your soundcard but I'm not sure what you plugged the Bifrost into.

 

I just ordered the HE-500 with Lyr and Bifrost (both are backordered sadly). I have an X-Fi Titanium HD sound card, so I am not sure if you recommend hooking up using SPDIF (I have a TOSLINK cable), or if I should get a stand alone player. I'm looking at a Pioneer that does SACD, but it has an integrated DAC, so would that affect the performance of the Bifrost?

 

When choosing cables for this setup, I should just pass over the XLR and get the unbalanced RCA, correct?

 

Here's a link to their site with the cables.

 

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=12

 

Forgot to look at the back, they don't do XLR.


Edited by Alexnova - 12/11/12 at 6:21pm
post #578 of 846
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I'm just running it out of my computers soundcard via Toslink I don't think you need an external DAC for your external DAC. but a different source like a CD player or turntable would work fine to. I just have all my music cataloged on my HDD.

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Ok so your soundcard with TOSLINK to your Bifrost DAC. Got it.

 

Let me clarify, I was going to purchase a Pioneer CD/SACD player (one of those Elite series models) but the one I wanted already had a built in DAC. I was just curious if that would cause a quality problem when using that connected to the Bifrost (unless connectin the Pioneer to the Bifrost overrides or doesn't use the built-in DAC).

 

I mean if using a CD player is going to provide the same quality as my soundcard would, might be easier to use my old boombox for the time being while I reorganize to free up some space on my desk.

post #580 of 846
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

Ok so your soundcard with TOSLINK to your Bifrost DAC. Got it.

 

Let me clarify, I was going to purchase a Pioneer CD/SACD player (one of those Elite series models) but the one I wanted already had a built in DAC. I was just curious if that would cause a quality problem when using that connected to the Bifrost (unless connectin the Pioneer to the Bifrost overrides or doesn't use the built-in DAC).

 

I mean if using a CD player is going to provide the same quality as my soundcard would, might be easier to use my old boombox for the time being while I reorganize to free up some space on my desk.


I think it would bypass the Pioneer DAC. Um I don't think the source going into the dac matters much as it just bypasses it BUT the music quality matters.

post #581 of 846
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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post


I think it would bypass the Pioneer DAC. Um I don't think the source going into the dac matters much as it just bypasses it BUT the music quality matters.

I hear you. I'm in the process of converting my CD's into Uncompressed WAV files at the moment with EAC. I'm sure playing 128kbps files will work just fine, ha just kidding. :)

 

I mean if I am using opitcal out on the Pioneer, maybe it doesn't use the DAC at all.

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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

I hear you. I'm in the process of converting my CD's into Uncompressed WAV files at the moment with EAC. I'm sure playing 128kbps files will work just fine, ha just kidding. :)

 

I mean if I am using opitcal out on the Pioneer, maybe it doesn't use the DAC at all.


maybe. and why not FLAC? the files are usually smaller and usually a better quality. Ignore me. I get it now.

post #583 of 846
Thank you very much for replying to me quickly though, WhiteCrow. Look forward to seeing you redoing your HE500 video review or not.

It was a little odd, my Grados were opening up pretty nicely before I sent them back. However after doing alot of reading on the HE500 and the kind of music I play, thought this would be the best route to go. I'm excited.

Not to detract from your review, but I might make my own once I spend a lot of time with it.
Edited by Alexnova - 12/11/12 at 6:41pm
post #584 of 846
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

Thank you very much for replying to me quickly though, WhiteCrow. Look forward to seeing you redoing your HE500 video review or not.
It was a little odd, my Grados were opening up pretty nicely before I sent them back. However after doing alot of reading on the HE500 and the kind of music I play, thought this would be the best route to go. I'm excited.
Not to detract from your review, but I might make my own once I spend a lot of time with it.


lol yeah I....think I have it re-done, but I have to find it on my old hard drive that crapped out.

post #585 of 846
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

WhiteCrow and to anyone else that can help,

 

Just read your review and watched it on youtube. I am curious what was your source when using the Bifrost DAC? Are you using an SACD player of some sort, because IIRC you used the Lyr into your soundcard but I'm not sure what you plugged the Bifrost into.

 

I just ordered the HE-500 with Lyr and Bifrost (both are backordered sadly). I have an X-Fi Titanium HD sound card, so I am not sure if you recommend hooking up using SPDIF (I have a TOSLINK cable), or if I should get a stand alone player. I'm looking at a Pioneer that does SACD, but it has an integrated DAC, so would that affect the performance of the Bifrost?

 

When choosing cables for this setup, I should just pass over the XLR and get the unbalanced RCA, correct?

 

Here's a link to their site with the cables.

 

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=12

 

Forgot to look at the back, they don't do XLR.

Just a little FWIW, If you are to be using the Bitfrost dac then you really wont need your soundcard. Hook it up via the toslink and set your media player to wasapi (google it if you don't have it) and your dac will be receiving bit perfect (or as near as poss) data directly. The last thing you want to be doing is having your computer converting the signal and then your outboard dac doing the same again. The sound will degrade substantially :) I use a usb to spdif converter to my dac of choice and I can recieve up to 24/192 if I desired. (but there really is no need!) Also, SACD players are great if you have a big collection of SACD's! but a computer using the above method can give you the latest bit specs and also the obvious convenience that computers have.  

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