My two cents below, I am starting in this world so I can only recommend you in the Android side.
Originally Posted by caableguy
My apologies for the derail, l liked the work done on the cables, again sorry. So hopefully this is not another derail. I inadvertanly did the verizon update trying to shut the phone up as emails were coming up in the middle of the night, so this turns into a multi part question.
1. Am I screwed now on rooting?
This is not an iPhone, in theory you should still be able to root. It is possible that the root solution is still not available (I don't know because I don't own the Verizon version), but in any case, you could revert your update through odin and equally root.
2. I run my audio out usb to my Amp/Dac, and I'm not sure what the whole Voodoo is. Is Voodoo for the 3.5 headphone out or does this effect the usb out too?
Voodoo gives you more control over the internal DAC of your phone. If you are using an external DAC that it might not be worthing it, but you don't loose anything in trying it. You could revert to stock in any case, and you will get higher volumes through the 3,5mm jack and the possibility to pre-EQ the signal for all the audio outputs (not by app). In my opinion the upgrade is great. I will report back a comparison when I get my Fiio E17.
Regarding the USB output I think Voodoo doesn't have anything to do with it, but Voodoo is only a driver that comes with the kernel. The kernel itself can benefit you in other ways (undervolting, overclocking, etc). One of those upgrades can affect your USB audio output, in a positive or a negative way. You have to check the kernel before flashing it. Each kernel is different.
3. Currenetly I have a FIIO E5,6 and a D-Zero. This is ok. I am far from being an expert.
4. Headphones are 15 year old HD580 stock, still sound great, 20 year old MDR V6 with Beyer Velour Pads, Ety HF3, and stock Triple Fi's. I suppose this is ok as well
5. Class 10 Sandisk 64Gb card. This is very sweet! ^^
I've always ran PowerAmp until this phone, now I'm using Neutron player. Much less hiss. I was using an OTG cable and Monster Mini USB cable. Now I've got a Micro-Mini OTG cable.
What would be your upgrade with a $200-250 budget, keeping the Note 2 as the DAP? Better Amp, Triple Fi cables, HD cables? With my Nexus the D-Zero made a difference; I'm not hearing much of an improvement with it on the Note 2. I carry a 2nd gen 32Gb Touch, and a 3rd gen 8Gb Nano with a FIIO LOD.
I want to carry one source and Amp, Dac. I will carry different cans as needed for the enviroment to hear surroundings or block them. I've been th9inking of different cables for both the HD's or the Triples. I want my Note to sound it's best.