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Originally Posted by Francisk View Post

Looks like a balanced cable for the HD598 too, right?

 

Hmmm, looks to me like Mikeyfresh has a CMB version of the M8. That means he's got the HD598 plugged in single ended. For balanced, he would be using both the front ports. 

 

That silver thing would then be an adaptor for a 1/4 inch to a  3.5mm. 


Edited by NZheadcase - 3/29/14 at 9:15pm
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Double post

Edited by NZheadcase - 3/29/14 at 9:14pm
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WTH! sorry guys. Browser is messing up.
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Thanks for pointing out NZheadcase
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

Hmmm, looks to me like Mikeyfresh has a CMB version of the M8. That means he's got the HD598 plugged in single ended. For balanced, he would be using both the front ports. 

That silver thing would then be an adaptor for a 1/4 inch to a  3.5mm. 

You got it, 1/4" TRS plug single ended cable into one of the two Neutrik combo jacks, on this version of the M8 both XLRs are used for balanced, one per channel.

Yes, the silver thing is a Furutech F63(G) 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter.
post #4566 of 5034
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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

That's a beautiful setup! Have been able to compare CCK-out FLAC with USB-out ALAC copies?
I hear no difference between the same track at the same resolution, whether encoded as FLAC or ALAC. In each case if the tracks are greater than Redbook resolution, I use the CCK and USB cable into the M8's USB input.
For Redbook files, I use the M8's iDevice input and an ADL ID-30PA 30pin dock cable.

Travel rig "large", or when size matters... needs bigger cans though.
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Originally Posted by MikeyFresh View Post


I hear no difference between the same track at the same resolution, whether encoded as FLAC or ALAC. In each case if the tracks are greater than Redbook resolution, I use the CCK and USB cable into the M8's USB input.
For Redbook files, I use the M8's iDevice input and an ADL ID-30PA 30pin dock cable.

Travel rig "large", or when size matters... needs bigger cans though.

 

Porcupine tree (red-book)>Hifi M8< to...those are beyerdynamic 501's right? 

 

Looks (sounds) like fun times!

post #4568 of 5034
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Originally Posted by MikeyFresh View Post

I hear no difference between the same track at the same resolution, whether encoded as FLAC or ALAC. In each case if the tracks are greater than Redbook resolution, I use the CCK and USB cable into the M8's USB input.
For Redbook files, I use the M8's iDevice input and an ADL ID-30PA 30pin dock cable.

Travel rig "large", or when size matters... needs bigger cans though.
Why not "downconvert" to ALAC?
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

Porcupine tree (red-book)>Hifi M8< to...those are beyerdynamic 501's right? 

Looks (sounds) like fun times!
Yes those are Beyerdynamic DTX 501p, quite good for a cheap closed back 'phone and they fold up for travel.
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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

Why not "downconvert" to ALAC?

I'm not sure what you mean by "downconvert", but I actually use ALAC exclusively and have only used FLAC files as a brief comparison.

ALAC works well for me as the file format I download from HDtracks, and rip both my CD and DVD-Audio discs. It's iPod friendly, and also works on both my Mac running Audirvana+, and workplace Windows 7 PC running JRMC19.
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Sorry--I meant to ask why you wouldn't "downconvert" all of your "HD" music to 16/44.1 for portable use.
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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

Sorry--I meant to ask why you wouldn't "downconvert" all of your "HD" music to 16/44.1 for portable use.


I do have Redbook (16 bit) versions of my hi-rez albums, I put ALAC encoded versions of those on my iPod for efficient use of it's 120GB storage space. In almost all cases they aren't downsampled versions of the hi-rez file, they are CD rips and thus likely a different mastering etc... but I won't stoop to MP3 or any other lossy compression in order to fit the whole library. I have a different solution for that.

 

The iPad2 is a different story in that it is the 16GB model, so not much of my music library will fit in that limited storage space anyway, even at 16 bit ALAC file sizes.

 

With the iPad2 I tend to load a handful of hi-rez albums at a time, and then swap them out for something fresh once listened to. I also do that just to experiment with some of the newer apps like CanOpener and Onkyo HF Player, as well as the CCK into an outboard DAC.

 

In the event I need maximum carry bag space for other items or I'm traveling the very lightest possible, I just use my Nokia Lumia 822 smart phone to stream files from my home library using the excellent Plex app. However that involves Plex transcoding to MP3 by default in my case, because Windows Phone 8 doesn't support ALAC or FLAC files. That's my full library solution, the files aren't resident on the device at all.

 

And that's OK too, the price paid for packing light, and still similar resolution as offered by Pandora One for instance, it'll have to do in some cases.

 

Or if I have the room and inclination to carry the iPad2, it also has the Plex app and it does support ALAC files, so long as there is an adequate WiFi or 3/4G connection available I can access the full library in lossless 16 bit resolution with no transcoding that way (but Plex doesn't currently support hi-rez files).


Edited by MikeyFresh - 3/30/14 at 10:03am
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Thanks for the write-up, Mikey--it's always nice to see what others do. How am any albums can you usually squeeze on your iPad?
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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

Thanks for the write-up, Mikey--it's always nice to see what others do. How am any albums can you usually squeeze on your iPad?


I assume you mean hi-rez albums?

 

The answer varies, because not every album is the same length in running time/minutes, or the same sample rate.

 

The higher the sample rate the far bigger the file sizes get, so there isn't an easy answer to your question, how much I can fit depends on the length of each record and the sample rate.

 

But because I'm not trying for a huge chunk of library with the iPad, it's usually only 4-5 albums at a time.

 

Other times I'll construct a playlist of individual tracks, say 30 or 40 songs, no full albums at all, just that playlist gets exported to the iPad.

post #4575 of 5034
Just taken delivery of my Sennheiser HD-600 :-)

Can anybody confirm what settings they tend to use with their HD600/650? At the moment working from the switch under the USB-B socket I have the switches set as.......1 / 2 / 2 / 1.

Just waiting for delivery of my balanced cable now.

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