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post #901 of 946
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Originally Posted by Sekka View Post
 

I imagine they would fit the HP100s better than the Alcantara pads, considering they share a more similar shape/depth/material to the original HP100 pads.  The Alcantara pads completely sucked the highs out of the HP100, I didn't like them at all.

I'd agree. I have the Alcantara pads on my HP200, and they weren't made for the SoundMAGIC range..Maybe they'll do Shure's better, but they just don't do the HP200 justice. 

post #902 of 946

Is Soundmagic hp150 an improvement of hp100? I´m considering buy one of them

post #903 of 946
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Originally Posted by Sonikete View Post
 

Is Soundmagic hp150 an improvement of hp100? I´m considering buy one of them


It is an improvement in aesthetics, practicality, and portability.  Any differences in sound, though, would be very minor due to the only physical difference being the material used on the outside of the cups.

post #904 of 946

One thing I am sure of is Topping nx1 does not make a difference on the sound at all.

Tried many A-B's with dx90 but no :/ hp100 sounds good enough with the dx90.

 

Can anybody explain to me why?

post #905 of 946
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Originally Posted by Tamirci View Post
 

One thing I am sure of is Topping nx1 does not make a difference on the sound at all.

Tried many A-B's with dx90 but no :/ hp100 sounds good enough with the dx90.

 

Can anybody explain to me why?

Why would a $40 amp offer an improvement over a $400 DAP?

post #906 of 946
I am using Nx1 for the Havi b3 pro 1 that seems like a mistake in dev. stage smily_headphones1.gif
I know its absurd otherwise

But my Q is unanswered anyway.

One thing I am sure of is Topping nx1 does not make a difference on the sound at all.
Tried many A-B's with dx90 but no :/ hp100 sounds good enough with the dx90.

Can anybody explain to me why?
post #907 of 946
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Originally Posted by Tamirci View Post

I am using Nx1 for the Havi b3 pro 1 that seems like a mistake in dev. stage smily_headphones1.gif
I know its absurd otherwise

But my Q is unanswered anyway.

One thing I am sure of is Topping nx1 does not make a difference on the sound at all.
Tried many A-B's with dx90 but no :/ hp100 sounds good enough with the dx90.

Can anybody explain to me why?


The DX90 has a built-in amp and dac, and the amp section should be significantly better than the nx1.  If you did hear a difference, you would most likely prefer the DX90.

 

Anyways, differences caused by amping are often subtle and you may have to perform an A/B test to hear them.  There's a larger difference between unamped and amped than between 2 amps, especially if both amps provide an adequate amount of power to drive a particular headphone.

post #908 of 946

How many of you are, or have used your 150's un-amped?  I am considering picking up an ipod classic 160GB, but don't know if I need to get an amp to go with it.

 

Any views?

 

Thanks

post #909 of 946
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Originally Posted by mgh24 View Post
 

How many of you are, or have used your 150's un-amped?  I am considering picking up an ipod classic 160GB, but don't know if I need to get an amp to go with it.

 

Any views?

 

Thanks


You could always pick up something like a FiiO X5 ( $300 refurbished with warranty on Amazon), which does basically the same thing as the ipod but with a good built-in amp and dac.


Edited by Sekka - 8/23/14 at 5:49am
post #910 of 946

I've used my HP100s straight out of a Galaxy S II, and they sound fine.  Haven't used an iPod Classic with them.

post #911 of 946

Fiio X5 sounded interesting...until I found out the 128GB SD card is $100+.  Now, if it could replace the Magni/Modi stack when I wanted to listen at the PC, that would help a little.

 

Marximus - you listening to mp3 on your phone?

 

Thanks for the replies.

 

I am still loving these HP150's.

post #912 of 946
I rarely use them on my phone, because most of my listening is done at home, with my amp and DAC (and I'll use in-ears on the go). But I tried the HP100s on my phone because a friend was curious as to how the sound would be affected. I couldn't detect much of a difference, although the demo time wasn't super long. (Note: I've got an Audinst HUD-MX1 and Headroom Micro Amp running from my laptop for my home setup.) I think the GS II has a good quality Wolfson DAC in it.
post #913 of 946

I just bought the soundmagic hp100 based on recommendations from the honored members here on head fi. My thanks to them. I really like it...even as it sounds out of my iphone. Need to pair it with a good and cheap USB DAC/headphone amp and bypass the bad sound card on my desktop. The options I have are:

 

AudioEngine D1

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2

Audinst mx1

Maverick Audio Tube Magic D1 DAC Head Amp

 

strictly for music listening only. I found them all to be good from reviews.What do you think would give me the best output, preferably not too neutral? Price is not a constraint for any of the above as all are reasonably priced. Thanks!

post #914 of 946
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Originally Posted by rajeevrn View Post
 

I just bought the soundmagic hp100 based on recommendations from the honored members here on head fi. My thanks to them. I really like it...even as it sounds out of my iphone. Need to pair it with a good and cheap USB DAC/headphone amp and bypass the bad sound card on my desktop. The options I have are:

 

AudioEngine D1

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2

Audinst mx1

Maverick Audio Tube Magic D1 DAC Head Amp

 

strictly for music listening only. I found them all to be good from reviews.What do you think would give me the best output, preferably not too neutral? Price is not a constraint for any of the above as all are reasonably priced. Thanks!

The HP100 isn't hard to drive, well recorded music is more important as it's not very forgiving to lousy recordings.  A cheap portable amp will suffice imo.  Now if you plan on getting a harder to drive headphone in the future you can invest in a desktop amp/dac.  The NFB-15 has gotten a lot of good reviews.

post #915 of 946
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Originally Posted by rajeevrn View Post
 

I just bought the soundmagic hp100 based on recommendations from the honored members here on head fi. My thanks to them. I really like it...even as it sounds out of my iphone. Need to pair it with a good and cheap USB DAC/headphone amp and bypass the bad sound card on my desktop. The options I have are:

 

AudioEngine D1

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6

Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2

Audinst mx1

Maverick Audio Tube Magic D1 DAC Head Amp

 

strictly for music listening only. I found them all to be good from reviews.What do you think would give me the best output, preferably not too neutral? Price is not a constraint for any of the above as all are reasonably priced. Thanks!

I found that a good setup will make quite a difference (contrary to what seems to be the consensus). Being that I almost always have a bag my (none-too-user-friendly) setup is a Galaxy Note 8.0 => FiiO E18 => HP100's. I find that to be a huge improvement out of the Galaxy. I love it because it can be connected to quite a few devices (including the iPhone 5s with CCK according to Head-Fier Coq de Combat). Anyway, I find the E18 -> HP100 a very good match, it's portable, and it can connect to your desktop. My 2 cents on the subject. Ijust got my ODAC back from a friend so I'll let you know how ODAC => cMoyBB v2.03 => HP100 compares to the E18 sometime (soon I hope), and I'll do the same with ODAC to E18 amp section, for good measure.

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