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post #2611 of 4958
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Originally Posted by chicolom View Post
 

I was at Radioshack looking for something and happened to see the 10' black Audioquest Pipeline Cable was on clearance for $9.  I picked it up since it looks sexy and I sometimes I could use a 10 foot cable.  Feels well made and durable.  They also put a 3-year replacement plan on it too for 90 something cents though, in case it craps out. 

 

I had to laugh at some of the marketing for it though:

 

 

This cable actually has arrows on it pointing in one direction.  That has to be complete BS, right?!

 

http://www.audioholics.com/frequent-questions/audioquest-cable-theories-exposed

post #2612 of 4958

I really like these headphones, but the main thing that's putting me of is the slight midrange recession, and bloated, one-note-ish bass.

post #2613 of 4958

I hear a slight dark, grey character, but no bloated one-note bass. I do hear a lack of brightness and distortion .

post #2614 of 4958
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post
 

I hear a slight dark, grey character, but no bloated one-note bass. I do hear a lack of brightness and distortion .

 

What about the midrange? Is it lush and full?

post #2615 of 4958

What's a good portable solution for driving the X1 out of my laptop? Looking for a good dac + amp that's relatively affordable...

post #2616 of 4958
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What about the midrange? Is it lush and full?
It won't be like a hd650 if that's what you mean. There is a bit of bass bloat, but it's gone away since I started using the Starlight.
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Originally Posted by nehcrow View Post

What's a good portable solution for driving the X1 out of my laptop? Looking for a good dac + amp that's relatively affordable...
Fiio E17 works fine
post #2617 of 4958

As a listening recommendation, I think the Dredd: Original Film Soundtrack sounds fantastic with the X1's. In particular, the opening bass on the 'Mega City One' track is incredibly detailed (that's where I actually heard a difference between the using the stock cable and not). Or listen to 'Reel Ten' from Repo Man. Or, just watch Repo Man.

post #2618 of 4958
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Originally Posted by dakanao View Post
 

 

What about the midrange? Is it lush and full?

 

 

It is very wide and fleshed out...no thin "mouths in space" vocals on these.

post #2619 of 4958
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Originally Posted by s0ckpupp3t View Post
 

I've been using new cables for the X1 from Forza Audioworks (http://forzaaudioworks.com/en/product.php?id_product=34) for the past couple of weeks.  Production and delivery from Poland to the U.S. was very fast and should in no way be a deterrent to buying.  Matthew from Forza was great and promptly responded to all my questions.  

 

Very high build quality.  Looks as nice as the stock cable but the bass sounds crisper and less bloaty as should be expected from low resistance cables.  There is a small amount of microphonics when the cable rubs against itself -- more than the stock cables but not as bad as I've experienced with other third party cloth-sleeved cables like Auvio.  Cable is also very pliable.

 

I got the version with the right angle plug.  Although not shown in the pictures, lately I've been connecting the right angle plug to the headphone to avoid having the plug sticking out of the headphone so much and sometimes touching my shoulder when I turn my head.

 

I'm happy to say I'm done with my cable quest (tried stock cable, Mediabridge, Auvio (Radioshack) and Belkin).  Granted, the Forza's are pricier than the cables being sold at Amazon or Radioshack that we've all been talking about but I'll say they're well worth the money.  Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

That's a pretty good looking cable.

post #2620 of 4958

Hello again,

I was wondering if anyone has heard the x1 with the ttvj apex glacier as source (its amp dac).

According to the headfonia review of this unit this might help liven the x1 up a bit.

Has anyone been able to compare the original momentum with the x1?

Greetings, Anouk,

post #2621 of 4958

I got my X1 couple days ago, and man this thing is super comfy but I wasn't impressed with the sound for some reason. I'm anything but audiophile, my last and only headphone was TurtleBeach EarForce X41 bought it about 4 years ago, so after that I got the X1 with astro Mixamp 2013, and a Mediabridge cable to replace the stock one with the high resistance.

 

so now my setup is:

 

for gaming

Xbox -> Mixamp -> X1

 

for music and movies

MacbookPro using this Toslink-to-Optical cable -> Mixamp -> X1

 

 

So with the games it just great, I love it, and movies too.

 

but the music I disable the Dolby Digital on the mixamp and I'm not satisfied I think it need to be more refined on the mids, I tried it with and without the mixamp, you think maybe i should get an amplifier ? which one do you recommend "desktop amplifier". ??

 

PS: I'm testing with super high quality audio files.

 

 

here's picture of it with my +3000$ stand :P

 

https://cloudup.com/cqzgqz0zuFJ


Edited by pyed - 9/9/13 at 6:54am
post #2622 of 4958
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Originally Posted by pyed View Post
 

I got my X1 couple days ago, and man this thing is super comfy but I wasn't impressed with the sound for some reason. I'm anything but audiophile, my last and only headphone was TurtleBeach EarForce X41 bought it about 4 years ago, so after that I got the X1 with astro Mixamp 2013, and a Mediabridge cable to replace the stock one with the high resistance.

 

so now my setup is:

 

for gaming

Xbox -> Mixamp -> X1

 

for music and movies

MacbookPro using this Toslink-to-Optical cable -> Mixamp -> X1

 

 

So with the games it just great, I love it, and movies too.

 

but the music I disable the Dolby Digital on the mixamp and I'm not satisfied I think it need to be more refined on the mids, I tried it with and without the mixamp, you think maybe i should get an amplifier ? which one do you recommend "desktop amplifier". ??

 

 

 

An amp isn't really going to make the mids more refined. 

 

The mixamp is pretty mediocre for music.  I don't know if it's better or worse than your onboard Mac sound, but it's not great. 

 

The X1s don't need too much amp.  A little amp/DACcombo should be alright like the FiiO E17 (and I WOULD get a DAC for music listening - I wouldn't just amp your soundcard).

post #2623 of 4958
You're using the Mixamp as a music dac/amp. That's your main mistake. The Mixamp is really ONLY good for gaming/movies with Dolby Headphone. For music pourposes, you need a real dac/amp.
post #2624 of 4958

Earpad removed showing glue plus 4 pop studs



Driver housing



Soft plastic film protecting the driver.

So the only way for alternative pads is to remove this plastic film, sand down the pop studs and glue on new alternate pads eg Beyer velours.
post #2625 of 4958
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post


Earpad removed showing glue plus 4 pop studs



Driver housing



Soft plastic film protecting the driver.

So the only way for alternative pads is to remove this plastic film, sand down the pop studs and glue on new alternate pads eg Beyer velours.

Wonder if Alpha pads would be right sized for that?  Hmmmm...................

 

Thanks for the work you've done opening this up.

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