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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by PETERCALV View Post

Hello again,

 

have you tried going directly from your Mac to the DP1 using the latest Amarra?

 

No I haven't. I suppose I could, but the computer is upstairs while my listening is down. I could use my laptop possibly. That would cut out the SBT and possibly offer a better sound. Have you used a SB Touch and did you notice a large difference. I suppose having less in the chain is always better.

 

But for practicality, for me, the SB Touch is the easiest and best solution.

M

post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 

Hey Mcullinan, I think you should try the HD600 perhaps (I'd go with the new production, using silver screens).

The HD650 do very well with the DP-1. You still need to like HD650's  thick sound.

I am not a fan of LCD2 unfortunately, while I haven't had a chance to try the HE-6.

If you have the money, Grado HP-2 would definitely be worth trying. I haven't yet, myself, but I keep being very curious.

post #18 of 29

Thick as in congested? Well the HD 600 will be on my list then. Its tough to hear all the different headphones, the only ones Ive heard on the Eximus are the Beyer T1, but only for a few minutes. Id say they give a classic tube amplifier speakers sound, warm, almost lush. Maybe too much but I don't know.

 

I did hear some lower end Beyers too, but they seemed to strip out the detail.

 

I heard the Grado PS1000 and really liked them on a Woo Audio amp, but they were pretty uncomfortable.

post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 

Personally I am not a fan of PS1000... to me they sounded weird... like a more U shaped HD800, furthermore, with worse build quality.

 

The T1 could be a good match.

post #20 of 29

The HP-2 is probably out of my budget range. Its overwhelming all the different choices. lol..

post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Hey mcullinan, the choice becomes less and less overwhelming with headphones (especially dynamics) as soon as you become more capable of making assertions on the sound you are looking for: then the group of choice will become far more reduced!! For example, if you cannot stand sibilance, you like vocals and a bit forward midrange, and the bass to be not overabundant, there are only few alternatives you'll be left with (in my case, the 'bunch' is limited to AD2000, RS1 variations, certain Thunderpants, HD600 / 650, HP-2... perhaps K1000, K340; perhaps, but over my budget, ATH-L3000). It's not so many after all!! :D There are more (especially in percentage) among electrostatics, and IEM's. Best regards, Tony
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by mcullinan View Post

 

No I haven't. I suppose I could, but the computer is upstairs while my listening is down. I could use my laptop possibly. That would cut out the SBT and possibly offer a better sound. Have you used a SB Touch and did you notice a large difference. I suppose having less in the chain is always better.

 

But for practicality, for me, the SB Touch is the easiest and best solution.

M

Hello again,

 

no, I haven't tried a SB. I originally had a custom designed dedicated music PC using a SOTM USB PC Card and JRiver feeding my Cyrus DAC X and Rudistor amp .

 

Simon Lee at April Music recommended I tried using Amarra and a Mac, as he had determined this to be the best combo. I was very dubious of this, but thought I would give it a go. I borrowed a friend's Mac and installed a trial version of Amarra. He was spot on. I found immediate improvement with this thru the Eximus. A couple of days ago, I tried it again using Windows/JRiver and it is definitely better (at least to these old ears, anyway). I just think that if you have access to a Mac it is worth a try.

 

I have since bought a Macbook Pro and stripped it bare so it is a dedicated music player. All music files are kept on a separate 2TB Firewire drive, and I have upgraded the USB cable to an Audioquest Diamond. All of this has improved the sound even more.

post #23 of 29
It might be worth a try. Perhaps with a Mac mini, idk..
M
post #24 of 29
Antony,
I think I am going to start off with the Hd650s and see how it goes. I love my HD497, and like warmth and what people have described of their sound.
Thanks.
post #25 of 29

The HD-650 with the DP-1 sounded ok when I had the 650.  Nothing spectacular, what made the 650 shine is a tube amp.  In my opinion the DP-1 drives lower impedance cans better than higher ones.  By that I mean 300-600ohms. 

Lately been using some orthos with the DP-1 and its really something to behold.  I guess if you like dark sound signature, the HD-650 is your phone,but if your looking for neutral give some orthos a try. 

post #26 of 29
Hmm which ones would you suggest. I'm really getting nowhere ime in headphone overload... Lol So between 300 and 600 I will try and use that as a guide.

I tried the Eximus as a preamp vs my Supratek pre, it's good, just not as good as the Supratek. The Supratek has tubes and the Eximus has a Solid State sound as a pre.
M
post #27 of 29

Look at the DP-1 as a DAC with a amp as bonus.  Its very good in some sense with high efficient phones.  But in my experience the higher power LD does better with phones that need power.

I hope the new Schiit amp Mjolnir truely can drive any phone so I can replace the LD with it. 

As of any recommendation for amps with high impedance phones you should read the forums on what amps mate well with it.  I had great result with a Bottlehead Crack with speedball upgrade.  Then got the LD mk6 and a 4pin xlr Zu audio Mobius cable for the HD-650 and it was the best I heard it.  Not so dark and laid back anymore.  It truely opened the HD-650 soundstage more, the instrument and voices didnt had the added weight that it use to have.  To sum it all before=warm and dark, with LD and 4pin cable=between warm and neutral with better soundstage.

post #28 of 29

Hi anthony, nice review!  Thanks.

Do you still have your Eximus DP1?

post #29 of 29

Hey Anthony, enjoyed reading your review on the Eximus. My question to you is how does it compare with the AMR 777? I want to use as Dac & pre amp mainly.

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