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post #1891 of 2308
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Originally Posted by AlanHell View Post

You know that human only have limited number of hair cells. And if you use some region extensively, eventually they will be worn off.
Hence, two years ago I find my HD800 a bit hot on many pop and rock songs.Now, I I just think it is fine and there is no sonic energy cause my ear pain anymore.

Some say it is because it got burned in, some say it is because my music source is getter better. I just think, my ear has been ruining already so I will have the same hearing ability as those sennheiser sound engineers who will be old and probably half deaf already~~~

The hair cells (cilia) deteriorate as we age and can be damaged by exposure to loud noise, but it is not true that they get "worn off" by exposure to specific frequencies.

Now ringing of the ears (tinnitus) is another story. It is still somewhat unknown what causes tinnitus - some believe it is damaged cilia that are in a constant state of excitement, while others believe it is completely in the cerebral cortex (read about neuroplasticity). Some believe it is a combination of both. Neuroplasticity not only explains how the brain compensates for hearing loss and creates tinnitus, it also xplains why "burn in" occurs and headphones that sound bright when you get them sound better over time.

There is a lot more to it, but its fascinating reading; reading that may help you stop spending money on "better gear" and also help you protect your hearing.
Edited by palmfish - 2/9/14 at 9:18am
post #1892 of 2308

most of time I am just joking about the hearing loss:P

 

I do believe how sound has been interpreted by human brain is way too complicate to be studied by current technologies.

Hence, I am still at the learning stage.

 

P.S.

As a poor person, I do think spend $3000 on the Amp or DAC is more reasonable than spend on cables. And there is no reason to get $1500 headphone when try to power it through my laptop.

 

And I do not like the sound of Grado and Beats.

post #1893 of 2308
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Originally Posted by thomascrown View Post
 

I've found a good amazon deal for the hd650 they should arrive soon, so I can try them with the dt 990 and see which one I like more.

Thank you for your feedback


Hd650 arrived a couple of days ago, they sound more ..."right" to me than my dt990: sound stage is tighter to my ears but more detailed, warm. So I'll return the Beyers, in the meanwhile I should receive soon also a pair of hd600 to see if they sound any better than the hd650 for my tastes. I can understand now why Sennheiser is showing the amp with these headphones.

post #1894 of 2308

I have a technical question regarding the HDVD800, is it feasible to sometimes run it only as a headphone amplifier and turn the DAC off ? I have an Arcam CD 23 FMJ and if I feed it into the HDVD800 are you forced to use the DAC ? I would like to find a one-size-fits-all solution where I could use a turnable or CD feed directly into an headphone amplifier and then switch the DAC on when I would feed a computer. If the HDVD800 cannot accomplish this would you have any recommendations ? I currently have Sennheiser Momentum and Beyer DT990 Premium headphones. Eventually will consider getting Beyer T1s. Thanks !

post #1895 of 2308
The HDVD800 has 2 analog inputs (one RCA and one 3-pin XLR) and 4 digital inputs (one each: USB, Coax, Optical, and 3-pin XLR).

The turntable will require a workaround...
Edited by palmfish - 2/11/14 at 8:14pm
post #1896 of 2308

Ok so if you plug in through RCA Analog input then the DAC wont be active ?  That's exactly what I would want

post #1897 of 2308
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

The HDVD800 has 2 analog inputs (one RCA and one 3-pin XLR) and 4 digital inputs (one each: USB, Coax, Optical, and 3-pin XLR).

The turntable will require a workaround...

 

 

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Originally Posted by lexterminator View Post
 

Ok so if you plug in through RCA Analog input then the DAC wont be active ?  That's exactly what I would want

What you'll need is a phono pre-amp (you can get something basic) and just run an rca from your source to the phono pre, and another rca from the phono pre's out to the analog in of the Senn amp.

post #1898 of 2308

Great thank you. For the direct connection from my CD I will plug in directly into RCA input (because I want to use the DAC of my CD player) and like you said it will require a phono preamp in between the HDVD and the turntable. What I did not know is if the HDVD DAC was being used or not through analog input. thanks guys


Edited by lexterminator - 2/11/14 at 9:00pm
post #1899 of 2308
A DAC is a Digital to Analog converter. By definition it only accepts digital signals.

You will not be able to connect your turntable and CD player at the same time unless you get an RCA to XLR adapter for one of them.
Edited by palmfish - 2/11/14 at 9:11pm
post #1900 of 2308
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Originally Posted by lexterminator View Post

Great thank you. For the direct connection from my CD I will plug in directly into RCA input (because I want to use the DAC of my CD player) and like you said it will require a phono preamp in between the HDVD and the turntable. What I did not know is if the HDVD DAC was being used or not through analog input. thanks guys
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Originally Posted by lexterminator View Post

Great thank you. For the direct connection from my CD I will plug in directly into RCA input (because I want to use the DAC of my CD player) and like you said it will require a phono preamp in between the HDVD and the turntable. What I did not know is if the HDVD DAC was being used or not through analog input. thanks guys

HDVD DAC will only be used when you used the digital inputs.
As others have mentioned, you will still need a phono pre-amp to connect your turntable to HDVD.
You also need to use RCA to XLR adapter to connect either your CD or turntable to the balance analogue input
post #1901 of 2308
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post #1902 of 2308

thanks all for your input

post #1903 of 2308
The HDVD800 (and -600) have both RCA and XLR analogue inputs and the selection switch to choose which of these inputs to listen to sits on the front panel. This will do for your CD player but for your turntable you will need a RIAA amplification between your turntable pick-up and your headphone amp.
Edited by GeirTj - 2/11/14 at 10:19pm
post #1904 of 2308
Hello. I thought if you use the analog input there is no volume control for the amp. The volume control is in the digital domain only. At least that is how I remember it.

I did use it that way. But if it is important I can try it later today and report back. Please tell me if I am wrong ?

Al
post #1905 of 2308

I am pretty sure the volume control work for all the analog signals. It works for both balance and rca inputs for me at least.

You can even tune the gain switch on the back to boost up your RCA gain so you get louder volume out of it.

 

hope it helps

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