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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

In my last post, before I forget, I meant the JVC FX700 being the IEMs I don't understand why people like. I don't listen very loud at all, between 70-80dB most of the time. 

 

It is?!? I remember it was the old 99 and 100 (I forget the letters) that bothered me considerably. It just so happened that there was an AT called the 90PRO on the rack, so I tried it as well. Why the heck they have two ranges I don't understand. Actually, I'd say that with the XBA series being the exception, I don't understand why manufacturers have all these confusing product names.  One letter followed by one number should be enough.


I figured as much. Just not feasible to listen to them at 70 to 80dB without the horns coming out... evil_smiley.gif

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

In my last post, before I forget, I meant the JVC FX700 being the IEMs I don't understand why people like. I don't listen very loud at all, between 70-80dB most of the time. 

 

Well, 80dB isn't quite low either. My favorite local jazz club's PA is leveled at a max of 80dB, and I have to agree that the FX700 are too V-shaped for that sound level.

 

But if you wear them with a loose seal and listen at lower volume, they're one of the most amazing IEMs for classical, their timbre being only equaled by the Sony EX1000 and Widing ME-10EX imo.

 

I have the XBA-3 too and no doubt, these are better allrounders than the FX700. But for classical at low to medium volume, I'd pick the JVCs over them 9 times out of 10.

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Well, 80dB isn't quite low either. My favorite local jazz club's PA is leveled at a max of 80dB, and I have to agree that the FX700 are too V-shaped for that sound level.

 

But if you wear them with a loose seal and listen at lower volume, they're one of the most amazing IEMs for classical, their timbre being only equaled by the Sony EX1000 and Widing ME-10EX imo.

 

I have the XBA-3 too and no doubt, these are better allrounders than the FX700. But for classical at low to medium volume, I'd pick the JVCs over them 9 times out of 10.


I agree 80 dB isn't low volume but it's considered safe volume listening. I tend to alternate between low volume listening to acceptable. At times I'll go above safe volume listening but not for long. Maybe a song or two.

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wink_face.gif I usually have far more to express than what occasionally gets posted. But, being all in during the present moment and sharing in another's joy is a wonderful thing.

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So I just got back from a couple of friends' wedding.  The bride's mother's partner is from Puerto Rico, and I talked to her son for a long while about Puerto Rican music and culture.  A good time was had by all.

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^ Sounds like fun.

 

I've been trying to keep my Spanish from getting too rusty, so I've been talking to some people I know in their native language and watching Mexican and Cuban television channels. Exposure to pop culture is really the best way for me to get a feel for languages (though sadly this doesn't work with dead languages so well...).

 

Since half of my family lives in Spain, I'm used to people lisping a lot more when they talk, and the inflections are harder for me to get when people are talking so damn fast. What is it with Latino television and having to talk as fast as humanly possible? It's like listening to the Micro Machines announcer when I was a kid.

 

Another interesting thing about it is their censorship is a lot more relaxed. They'll show dead bodies (even children!), people getting hit by cars, women wearing almost nothing. I almost feel like I'm back on the Internet since so much of their news coverage and variety show material is basically taken from Internet clips. Kinda surreal in a way.

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I've really taken a liking to the Resonessence Invicta.

 

DACs on this level (ie. "more than most sane people would ever consider spending") tend to be more similar than dissimilar to my ears. With a few exceptions they all tend to sound pretty good, and differences are more a matter of one flavor versus another. A bigger issue at this price point lies in feature sets, I think. Some USB implementations for instance are much better on some DACs than others, so if one is going to primarily run the DAC via USB, I'd definitely suggest some models over others (or recommend something like the Off-Ramp 5).

 

The Invicta is a flavor I really like. It's incredibly resolving, but it's also slightly relaxed. By that I don't mean it's dark or veiled or anything like that, but rather that it doesn't scream in your face. "Effortless" is how I like to describe sound like this. It's natural but still retains enough of that energetic snap that makes for an involving experience. It has a bunch of filters that work really nicely, some of which give a more relaxed presentation while others dial up on the resolution and crispness, though most of them still sound "correct" to me. This is where the Invicta takes the lead for me compared to some of the other DACs I've tried: that sense of naturalness and effortlessness. Having briefly auditioned the NAD M51, I'd say that it's a close second pick for me (and would be an easier recommendation at half the cost of the Invicta), but it sounds a little tight-arsed in comparison. Presentation isn't cavernous on the Invicta --- it's actually spacier on the Onkyo DAC-1000 --- but imaging is great, with a very clear placement of constituents on the soundfield. Compared to the Onkyo instruments have a better sense of weight, with a better delineated contrast to the sense of air between them.

 

USB 2.0 sounds good on this DAC. I've heard from some folks that it tends to work better with the Mac due to the drivers, so that's something to keep in mind (I'm using a MacBook Pro myself). I'd love to try it out with the Off-Ramp 5 to see how much improvement I could glean. The Invicta's UI is pretty intuitive and easy to pick up, and accessing the various filters and settings is straight forward. It's a little annoying that the amp can seemingly only be put into stand-by mode using the remote however. Aside from that, I like the way using this DAC feels. The SD card slot is also a really neat feature, one I'd probably take advantage of. In fact the DAC can be used as a stand alone unit without any other source or amp since it has a headphone amp built into it and can just read high-res files from SD cards. Interesting, the sound quality from SD slot is even slightly better than USB. I could keep files on SD cards to use with the Invicta, and then when I go out, I could simply take the SD card and use it with a DAP like the AK100 for a seamless transition.

 

The headphone amp built into the Invicta is actually pretty good, too. Usually all-in-ones mean compromise. This amp sounds better than a lot of stand alone amps, however. When you consider all the features packed into the Invicta the $4k pricetag is a bit easier to swallow. Or at least chew on. Om nom nom.

 

Of the four DACs I'm primarily considering, it's actually the least expensive. The three competitors in this case are the Berkley Alpha Series 2, the Meitner Audio MA-1, and the Resolution Cantata.

post #10418 of 21761
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post  Since I have your attention and we're both Heir 4A owners I have a question for you. In your opinion would you class the bass of your 4A's as a textbook neutral sounding bass? Unlike everyone else on the Heir thread for whatever reason I'm hearing the bass on my 4A's as 1 or 2 db accentuated. I'm not really complaining it's just I'm curious what you would classify as textbook neutral bass. I'm more used to leaner sounding gear so maybe it's just my brain needing more time to further acclimate?

 

I think that's a fair assertion. The 4.A is a fairly standard "+6" on the low end type of monitor. I tend to like my own bass anywhere from +3 to +4. There is a also gentle hump between 150-200 Hz that makes impact "feel" more thumpy than the rest of the bass shelf.

 

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post  Well, 80dB isn't quite low either. My favorite local jazz club's PA is leveled at a max of 80dB

 

How do they do it? Do they have a sound dosimeter sitting in the centre of the club?

 

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I've been trying to keep my Spanish from getting too rusty, so I've been talking to some people I know in their native language and watching Mexican and Cuban television channels. Exposure to pop culture is really the best way for me to get a feel for languages (though sadly this doesn't work with dead languages so well...).

 

Since half of my family lives in Spain, I'm used to people lisping a lot more when they talk, and the inflections are harder for me to get when people are talking so damn fast. What is it with Latino television and having to talk as fast as humanly possible? It's like listening to the Micro Machines announcer when I was a kid.

 

Another interesting thing about it is their censorship is a lot more relaxed. They'll show dead bodies (even children!), people getting hit by cars, women wearing almost nothing. I almost feel like I'm back on the Internet since so much of their news coverage and variety show material is basically taken from Internet clips. Kinda surreal in a way.

 

I learned Spanish watching Destinos... I miss PBS.

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How do they do it? Do they have a sound dosimeter sitting in the centre of the club?

 

Tbh, I've never thought to ask. But all venues here are required by law to constantly monitor sound levels and make sure they don't exceed 93 dB, so they must have some sort of equipment for that. I'll ask them next time and report back.

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Originally Posted by MuppetFace View Post

I've really taken a liking to the Resonessence Invicta.

Of the four DACs I'm primarily considering, it's actually the least expensive. The three competitors in this case are the Berkley Alpha Series 2, the Meitner Audio MA-1, and the Resolution Cantata.
As I have zero experience in home setups, I wanted to ask you: do these iems nicely or is it overkill ? At a lower price point Gavin had mentionned the Violectric stuff but I am curious if this integrated system accomodates iems. Thanks
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Originally Posted by tomscy2000 View Post

How do they do it? Do they have a sound dosimeter sitting in the centre of the club?

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Originally Posted by james444 View Post

Tbh, I've never thought to ask. But all venues here are required by law to constantly monitor sound levels and make sure they don't exceed 93 dB, so they must have some sort of equipment for that. I'll ask them next time and report back.

 

A decent live mixing board should have a mic input line. I've seen some that have a gooseneck with a microphone built in. Even if it's not for SPL measurement, it will be for the benefit of sampling the sound that the speakers are delivering into the room so the mixer can hear it over his monitors. Patching an SPL meter into it shouldn't be a big deal.

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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


As I have zero experience in home setups, I wanted to ask you: do these iems nicely or is it overkill ? At a lower price point Gavin had mentionned the Violectric stuff but I am curious if this integrated system accomodates iems. Thanks

 

Depends on what you mean by "overkill" I guess. Personally I wouldn't spend $4k on the Invicta just to power IEMs from the integrated amp, though you certainly could.

 

I'm not especially familiar with Violectric stuff. Are you looking for a home setup specifically that can also work well with IEMs, or are you just looking for a top notch solution for portables?

post #10423 of 21761
Speaking of a solution for portables, did you ever let the cat out of the bag in regards to that awe inspiring portable(tube?) amp Romy?
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Speaking of a solution for portables, did you ever let the cat out of the bag in regards to that awe inspiring portable(tube?) amp Romy?

I'm rather curious about that myself. Is it going to be released soon or is the manufacturer, whoever they may be, still in the early testing stages?
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Speaking of a solution for portables, did you ever let the cat out of the bag in regards to that awe inspiring portable(tube?) amp Romy?

 

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I'm rather curious about that myself. Is it going to be released soon or is the manufacturer, whoever they may be, still in the early testing stages?

 


My understanding is that it's still in the development stage but coming along. I'm not sure when exactly it'll be ready, but it wont be too soon. Maybe a few months? When I can talk more about it, I'll let you guys know.

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