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post #886 of 3294
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Originally Posted by p a t r i c k View Post

 

The mini XLRs really look horrible to solder. Ages ago I bought some suitable mogami cable and mini XLRs with a view to soldering up a longer cable for my K702s however the prospect of soldering the mini XLRs has lead to procrastination :)

 

I remember when I got my first mini-xlr I bumped it and accidentally soldered a wire on at an angle! Whoops. Then when I tried to fix it the tiny metal pin fell out. A good rule is to buy two or more just to be safe.

A $10 pair of "Helping Hands" from Amazon is useful and it even includes a magnifying glass. A vise is handy too.

 

Using a Wal-Mart $5 soldering iron is a bad idea too! I need to invest in a good one. Lately i'm so sick and tired of soldering though. I keep saying it's "fun", but to me it's about as fun as raking the leaves..

I'm just glad I learned how to solder.

 

The Sennheiser Cardas plugs are much easier as long as you use the flux they give you.

 

I love Mogami because no sleeving is required. Just some heat shrink tubing near the Y-split for dual entry connections.

post #887 of 3294
Anyone knows where to get this headphones with reasonable price?
 
Especially in Hongkong?
post #888 of 3294
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Originally Posted by Roger de Ceiba View Post

 



I've heard that you most likely want to keep your amp/dac separate so I'm not too keen on such products.

 

The integrated nature of this device shouldn't keep you from considering it.   The DAC section provides a lot of flexibility to change the sound character via tube rolling, and the amp section is very good for it's price (certainly provides enough power to drive the Annies in a way that makes me smile).  

 

You can always use the line-out to another amp if you like, but unless you're going to run a set of HE-6 or Audeze LCD-2s -or- hook up a pair of speakers there is absolutely no reason to.   It definitely beats out the Schiit Magni/Modi stack or any of the FiiO products for SQ in this price range and as I mentioned, it has appreciable synergy with the Annies.   From my personal experience and what I have read, AKG 70x cans LOVE tubes.

 

Note: I haven't tried the O2/ODAC so I can't speak to that setup, but I am confident the Aune can compete with it.

post #889 of 3294
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

 

The integrated nature of this device shouldn't keep you from considering it.   The DAC section provides a lot of flexibility to change the sound character via tube rolling, and the amp section is very good for it's price (certainly provides enough power to drive the Annies in a way that makes me smile).  

 

You can always use the line-out to another amp if you like, but unless you're going to run a set of HE-6 or Audeze LCD-2s -or- hook up a pair of speakers there is absolutely no reason to.   It definitely beats out the Schiit Magni/Modi stack or any of the FiiO products for SQ in this price range and as I mentioned, it has appreciable synergy with the Annies.   From my personal experience and what I have read, AKG 70x cans LOVE tubes.

 

Note: I haven't tried the O2/ODAC so I can't speak to that setup, but I am confident the Aune can compete with it.


Thanks for the 411. I'll definitely look into it.

 

One more question: would you recommend any particular tube of the ones you mentioned over another?


Edited by Roger de Ceiba - 1/22/13 at 12:51pm
post #890 of 3294

Why dont you try Ebay US, dont think they will refuse your offer or THIS one from Australia.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mild555 View Post

Anyone knows where to get this headphones with reasonable price?
 
Especially in Hongkong?
post #891 of 3294
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Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

 

I remember when I got my first mini-xlr I bumped it and accidentally soldered a wire on at an angle! Whoops. Then when I tried to fix it the tiny metal pin fell out. 

 

Using a Wal-Mart $5 soldering iron is a bad idea too! I need to invest in a good one. Lately i'm so sick and tired of soldering though. I keep saying it's "fun", but to me it's about as fun as raking the leaves..

I'm just glad I learned how to solder.

 

 

The mini XLRs are on my list of hardest things to solder. Incredibly hard to get done right. Then the wires all have to line up through the boot without too much effort, whew! 

 

I always think soldering is going to be fun, until I get into it, and things go wrong. Then I just get very irritated. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

 

The integrated nature of this device shouldn't keep you from considering it.   The DAC section provides a lot of flexibility to change the sound character via tube rolling, and the amp section is very good for it's price (certainly provides enough power to drive the Annies in a way that makes me smile).  

 

You can always use the line-out to another amp if you like, but unless you're going to run a set of HE-6 or Audeze LCD-2s -or- hook up a pair of speakers there is absolutely no reason to.   It definitely beats out the Schiit Magni/Modi stack or any of the FiiO products for SQ in this price range and as I mentioned, it has appreciable synergy with the Annies.   From my personal experience and what I have read, AKG 70x cans LOVE tubes.

 

Note: I haven't tried the O2/ODAC so I can't speak to that setup, but I am confident the Aune can compete with it.

 

 

What's nice about have separate components is they are interchangeable. If you want to upgrade your amp, but like your dac, not a problem. Sell your current amp, and buy an upgrade. In my experience with these all-in-one boxes, is that generally one portion (the amp or the dac) usually is inferior to the other and acts as a bottleneck. 

post #892 of 3294

@elwappo99 Yeah, true enough, but there is a line out on this guy, so it can be used with a better amp if needed.   Also, it's not like there are a ton of better tube based DACs at this price point anyway other than going the DIY route.

 

@Roger De Ceiba I only have the 6N23P (favorite so far), 6211 (stock tube, not that great) & 6N23P-EB (similar to 6N23P but with more output -- YMMV but I don't like this tube at low volumes, it loses some definition in the low end, but it sings at higher volumes) at the moment.   I'm expecting a shipment of the other two tubes tomorrow or Thursday, and I will post a blurb about them when I have had some time to do some critical listening in the Aune T1 thread.

post #893 of 3294

What amp do people like most with the 702s? Been looking at schiit Valhalla but those guys told me the lyr or as guard would be better. Wondering if there was a good one people are happy with. Specifically looking at semi portable amps

post #894 of 3294
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Originally Posted by toschek View Post

@Roger De Ceiba I only have the 6N23P (favorite so far), 6211 (stock tube, not that great) & 6N23P-EB (similar to 6N23P but with more output -- YMMV but I don't like this tube at low volumes, it loses some definition in the low end, but it sings at higher volumes) at the moment.   I'm expecting a shipment of the other two tubes tomorrow or Thursday, and I will post a blurb about them when I have had some time to do some critical listening in the Aune T1 thread.

Alright, looking forward to it.

post #895 of 3294
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Originally Posted by dcfis View Post

What amp do people like most with the 702s? Been looking at schiit Valhalla but those guys told me the lyr or as guard would be better. Wondering if there was a good one people are happy with. Specifically looking at semi portable amps

The Valhalla isn't ideal for low impedance, current hungry cans. It's made for high impedance cans like 300/600ohms. The Lyr is better suited.
post #896 of 3294

Anyone using a budget amp on these, like the Magni (I think I read about one person who was) or maybe others? What do you like? I've got a chance to buy a pair for a great price but I've got nothing to amp them with, besides the Soundlab. Any chance anyone on this thread is using the portable Neco Soundlab V3 with them? 

 

Has anyone been concerned about this specification? Are there any amps over that i should stay away from? 

Max. input power 200 mW

Edited by imackler - 1/22/13 at 2:24pm
post #897 of 3294
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Originally Posted by dcfis View Post

What amp do people like most with the 702s? Been looking at schiit Valhalla but those guys told me the lyr or as guard would be better. Wondering if there was a good one people are happy with. Specifically looking at semi portable amps

The Valhalla isn't ideal for low impedance, current hungry cans. It's made for high impedance cans like 300/600ohms. The Lyr is better suited.
I don't mind that but then it goes to op amps and not class a like the asguard

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post #898 of 3294
I've heard the Asgard isn't a good pairing with the K702. I'd go with the M-Stage, which I heard IS a good pairing with it.

Well, personally, the A-GD stuff is perfect for the K702. High power at low impedance, and neutral to slightly warm sound sig.
post #899 of 3294
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I've heard the Asgard isn't a good pairing with the K702. I'd go with the M-Stage, which I heard IS a good pairing with it.

Well, personally, the A-GD stuff is perfect for the K702. High power at low impedance, and neutral to slightly warm sound sig.

so the m stage and agd? any specific one? I see they have a wide range

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post #900 of 3294
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I've heard the Asgard isn't a good pairing with the K702. I'd go with the M-Stage, which I heard IS a good pairing with it.

Well, personally, the A-GD stuff is perfect for the K702. High power at low impedance, and neutral to slightly warm sound sig.

just got my m-stage in the mail yesterday to use with my 702's. I love the pairing, it gives the lower end just a little more oomph that it needs, and makes for a great listening experience imo

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