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guys, please dont kill me but...  im spoiled by the FX40 treble.    confused.gif    

Dont get me wrong,  this S500 sound awesome but i miss the sparkle and brightness of the FX40.

 

Those pads will add some sparkle?


Edited by rickdohc - 9/4/12 at 5:25pm
post #1037 of 8096

Fortunately, my wallet is already empty.....lol.

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I just can't believe how great this sounds from this $90 DAC. I knew it would sound good but I had no idea.. I am going to have to re listen to all my tunes with all my headphones using this.. It is that substantial. I know more than a few of you guys will get these. Believe me this thing is going to change how you hear your tunes. If it was $500 or something but @ $90 and $15 shipped. That is a fart in the wind for this level of sound I am hearing. Just amazing.

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Now you got me curious. What input are you using? Optical? USB? 

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Just USB for now. Crazy freaking sound just from USB. It has Optical I will try out soon as well.

Audio nirvana from a $90 DAC and $50 headphones. You guys now know why they call me.


Edited by Dsnuts - 9/4/12 at 5:41pm
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

I just can't believe how great this sounds from this $90 DAC. I knew it would sound good but I had no idea.. I am going to have to re listen to all my tunes with all my headphones using this.. It is that substantial. I know more than a few of you guys will get these. Believe me this thing is going to change how you hear your tunes. If it was $500 or something but @ $90 and $15 shipped. That is a fart in the wind for this level of sound I am hearing. Just amazing.

 

So what is it about this DAC that sounds so good........describe please?  What is it being compared against?  I have an Audio-GD NFB2, that is a few years old......but new technology at a lower price may be an excuse!!!!!

post #1042 of 8096

The components are unheard of in this price range. The more I read, the more excited I am for mine.

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The components are unheard of in this price range. The more I read, the more excited I am for mine.

 

Found this comparison to PCM1794....anyone heard them both?

 

"CS4398 vs PCM1794

"I´ll try to describe it in short words.
CS4398 Rock n´roll PCM1794 HiFi"

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I just looked up the chip, and it's the same one used in the $800 Marantz NA7004. It has unanimous 5 star votes almost everywhere.

 

Ordered

Wow!!

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Well Try n keep my space not so cluttered with sound equip so I have been just using my Titanium HD in my desktop for music which has a nice Burr-Brown PCM1794 sound chip. Does the job and I have not had reason to upgrade much as I also use this card for gaming which is still the best card for gaming imo.

 

So while I was happy I know there is much better sounding chips out there in audioland and I also keep a laptop with an external Crative card for a burn in station. I decided to leave that set up alone as it does the job perfectly which lead me to this Fire Phoenix.

 

I don't know what it was about Kiteki's post and wanting to try a newer DAC that had me get it but I bit.

 

So what's the sound difference from my Titanium HD?. The Titanium HD sounds nice enough but I wouldn't consider it to be hi fi by any stretch. This Fire Phoenix? I am not surprised this sound chip on this is used in much higher end DACs. What I am hearing right now is Hi fi for certain..From the same HA-S500 that I have been using just the instant change in SQ is as follows.

 

Bigger stage for one. Much bigger sense of stage especially using the ATH velours. These now do sound like a higher end semi open phone more than anything closed. Sound has much more space to work with.. Better textured. Tighter bass, tighter much more defined mid section with 3D image like layering. Much better articulated highs. Some of the best I have ever heard ever from any headphone and that is from the same HAS-500..The instrument separation is perhaps the most shocking. Think FXD80 but much grander scale. It does sound like I am standing in the middle of a room full of high end speakers. I would try out my FXD80s on this but it is on loaner right now. Timing. lol.

 

Vocals have so much depth and fullness. Everything sounds simply more high end. Like going from a Cassette to a CD..I told Kiteki on a PM that I would give this a go. I might as well. Wow am I glad I did.. I give huge props for finding this one. This DAC is not just a little leap in sound from my previous set up at my business but a big one..Props to you Kiteki!.

 

Stop wondering what a 50mm Carbon Nantube driver in a semi open headphone would sound like. IT would sound like my HA-S500 using this DAC.. This just sounds stupendous and the thought of this sounding even better in about a weeks worth of time is blowing my mind right now.


Edited by Dsnuts - 9/4/12 at 6:27pm
post #1046 of 8096
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Originally Posted by Dsnuts View Post

Well Try n keep my space not so cluttered with sound equip so I have been just using my Titanium HD in my desktop for music which has a nice Burr-Brown PCM1794 sound chip. Does the job and I have not had reason to upgrade much as I also use this card for gaming which is still the best card for gaming imo.

 

So while I was happy I know there is much better sounding chips out there in audioland and I also keep a laptop with an external Crative card for a burn in station. I decided to leave that set up alone as it does the job perfectly which lead me to this Fire Phoenix.

 

I don't know what it was about Kiteki's post and wanting to try a newer DAC that had me get it but I bit.

 

So what's the sound difference from my Titanium HD?. The Titanium HD sounds nice enough but I wouldn't consider it to be hi fi by any stretch. This Fire Phoenix? I am not surprised this sound chip on this is used in much higher end DACs. What I am hearing right now is Hi fi for certain..From the same HA-S500 that I have been using just the instant change in SQ is as follows.

 

Bigger stage for one. Much bigger sense of stage especially using the ATH velours. These now do sound like a higher end semi open phone more than anything closed. Sound has much more space to work with.. Better textured. Tighter bass, tighter much more defined mid section with 3D image like layering. Much better articulated highs. Some of the best I have ever heard ever from any headphone and that is from the same HAS-500..The instrument separation is perhaps the most shocking. Think FXD80 but much grander scale. It does sound like I am standing in the middle of a room full of high end speakers. I would try out my FXD80s on this but it is on loaner right now. Timing. lol.

 

Vocals have so much depth and fullness. Everything sounds simply more high end. Like going from a Cassette to a CD..I told Kiteki on a PM that I would give this a go. I might as well. Wow am I glad I did.. I give huge props for finding this one. This DAC is not just a little leap in sound from my previous set up at my business but a big one..Props to you Kiteki!.

 

Stop wondering what a 50mm Carbon Nantube driver in a semi open headphone would sound like. IT would sound like my HA-S500 using this DAC.. This just sounds stupendous and the thought of this sounding even better in about a weeks worth of time is blowing my mind right now.

 

Thanks for the impressions.....well done!  I may have to give this one a go!

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Is that a gateway P-series I spot in the background?

post #1048 of 8096
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Yes It is P-7805u my back up Laptop I keep at my Shop just in case my main PC takes a poop.

 

@cute I was wondering if this Fire Phoenix DAC will be worthy.. You guys can rest assured. I can't stop listening to my music using this. It sounds especially fantastic using the HA-S500. Brings out all the SQ of the DAC for certain. Seven Steps to heaven now sounds live instead of a recording. Lol!


Edited by Dsnuts - 9/4/12 at 7:03pm
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Yes, I think Dsnuts is actually employed to get the economy moving by encouraging consumer spending on Head-Fi.

 

I tried my S500's with a Dragonfly that is getting excellent reviews. It definitely improved it some, particularly in the details in the bass, but not enough to warrant me keeping a device like that. A $100 DAC is tempting though. I wonder if it's sound any better than my little Maya U5 external sound card?

beerchug.gif LOL.. I think so too! LOL

post #1050 of 8096

Update on the S-400's after overnight burn-in, bass has settles down and is more impactful rather than flabby and treble seems to have opened up a bit. Absolutely adoring these things!!

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