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post #4576 of 5050

My advice is using the highest gain with the lowest impedance output.

 

My personal taste is using treble tone +1 while left the bass tone shape in zero position, but ymmv of course.

post #4577 of 5050
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

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.


My setting is 1 notch up for impedance and gain. There's plenty of volume for that setting already but if you want more then go for 2 notch up for gain. I left the EQ alone because it sounds damn good without any EQ boost but of course that's my taste. Adjust it to suit your own taste. I don't have any experience with balance cables yet so I can't comment on that. Hope this helps.
post #4578 of 5050
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

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.

 

Tyll at Innerfidelity has a review of the M8 which shows the frequency response curves of the bass and treble switches:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/trusted-traveling-companion-centrance-hifi-m8-portable-headphone-ampdac

 

I tend to agree with his thoughts on the bass switch -- tends to make a resonant sound which I don't like.  The treble switch, though, is great.  I use it with my "classic" HD580 all the time.  One notch up in treble is perfect.  

post #4579 of 5050

I've had my M8 since November, and I have yet to touch the bass and treble switches........lol

post #4580 of 5050
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I've had my M8 since November, and I have yet to touch the bass and treble switches........lol


I'm not surprised as the M8 sounds great with the tone shaping set flat so long as you are using a good headphone.

 

I also find that although the tone controls are subtle lifts, it's more or less like any EQ where it 's sort of dependent on the source music involved.

 

Sometimes it even varies track to track within the same album. So you can drive yourself crazy with constant EQ changes, or you can just settle on a given setting for any specific headphone and just leave it that way, which is what I've done.

 

There is nothing wrong with the flat setting and I think for a majority of good headphones it would be the preferred setting.

post #4581 of 5050

The bass switch just adds a very subtle lift, which imo is useless. If I want a bass boost, I will look elsewhere. The treble switch is much worse, can't discern any minute change. However, the overall sound is well balanced and both bass and treble switch is unnecessary.

post #4582 of 5050
I like the subtle eq switches.

There are a multitude of free and paid EQ apps one can use if they want to max out the bass.

Denon audio app for one (free).
post #4583 of 5050
I've been playing with the EQ switches and I have noticed that the adjustments are more recognisable with my Custom IEM's than with the HD600.
post #4584 of 5050
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I like the subtle eq switches.

There are a multitude of free and paid EQ apps one can use if they want to max out the bass.

Denon audio app for one (free).

+1, I like what they do and at times find them useful with certain recordings.
post #4585 of 5050

I just caved and purchased a pair of TH-600s.  I'm curious how the synergy will be with the HiFi-M8...

post #4586 of 5050
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Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff View Post

I just caved and purchased a pair of TH-600s.  I'm curious how the synergy will be with the HiFi-M8...

I'd be interested in your findings once they have arrived :-)
post #4587 of 5050
Can anybody confirm whether you can connect a Sony ZX1 to an iDevice M8? I'm sure I read on here somewhere that it was possible, if so can somebody confirm how you do it....is it into the iDevice input of the M8 or directly into the USB-B input?
post #4588 of 5050
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Can anybody confirm whether you can connect a Sony ZX1 to an iDevice M8? I'm sure I read on here somewhere that it was possible, if so can somebody confirm how you do it....is it into the iDevice input of the M8 or directly into the USB-B input?

 

Rudi did it.  The only downfall he said, was it crushes the battery life of the ZX1.  And you will need that special cable...

post #4589 of 5050
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Originally Posted by Jason36 View Post

Can anybody confirm whether you can connect a Sony ZX1 to an iDevice M8? I'm sure I read on here somewhere that it was possible, if so can somebody confirm how you do it....is it into the iDevice input of the M8 or directly into the USB-B input?


I have the same question for a Galaxy Note3 & HTC One; would i be able to connect using the iDevice input or only to the USB-B input? I'm about to place an order for the M8 and want to make sure i order the right cables, thanks.


Edited by vlach - 4/6/14 at 4:30pm
post #4590 of 5050
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I have the same question for a Galaxy Note3 & HTC One; would i be able to connect using the iDevice input or only to the USB-B input? I'm about to place an order for the M8 and want to make sure i order the right cables, thanks.


I believe the answer for both the Galaxy Note, and the HTC One, as well as the Sony ZX1 mentioned in an earlier post is they will only connect via the USB-B port. You need an OTG cable which is different from a regular USB cable.

 

Only iOS devices made by Apple will run from the M8's iDevice input, which is set up to do the Apple authentication handshake for their own proprietary DAP protocol and no others. That also means the iDevice input is limited to 16/48, though CEntrance was said to be working on a firmware update that would allow some newer Apple devices to operate at up to 24/96 kHz.

 

The previous post mention of a ZX1 needing a special cable is correct, but it's not an iDevice cable, it's an OTG cable that allows the ZX1 or other hardware/firmware compatible Android devices to operate in USB Host Mode.

 

Here is a picture of an OTG cable in use with a Resonessence Labs Herus DAC, and an LG G2 Android phone:

 

LG G2 smart phone running stock music app, StarTech OTG cable into Pangea USB-PC cable, and iFi iPurifier into Resonessence Labs Herus.

 

You would need a similar OTG cable, you can even make one yourself by taking a standard USB cable and modifying it like this:

 

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/zsMl0tfJXzI/maxresdefault.jpg

 

Better yet just buy one, there are some high-end/custom choices out there, or the StarTech pictured with the Herus and G2 is all of about $ 5.60 in the U.S.

 

When pin 4 and 5 are tied together, it signals to compatible devices to operate in Host Mode, this is also how you would connect a thumb drive, mouse, game controller etc to an Android device.


Edited by MikeyFresh - 4/7/14 at 6:40am
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