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post #1996 of 3790
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 

Great write up mohdkhamsya! Pretty much how I feel about the Emotiva.:D


Thanks! It does sound awesome. I do hope this will keep me from upgrading in the near future, although I have a creeping feeling that it won't. :confused_face:

post #1997 of 3790

I am really intrigued with the Emotiva mini-X, especially at $169.  I admit I haven't gone through all pages of this thread so please forgive if this was discussed previously but I was wondering if anyone has any experience in using Vinyl Flat's Can Opener ( http://vinylflat.com/canopener.html ) with this amp?   It just seems a really elegant solution to connecting your headphones to the amp without re-cabling etc.  Not sure if introducing the Can Opener into the signal chain changes any of the positive benefits people are experiencing.  Thoughts, experiences anyone?

post #1998 of 3790

There are other devices like these:

 

ART HeadTAP

Rolls Headphone Tap - Rolls PM52

Rolls Headphone Tap - Rolls PM57

HIFIMAN - HE-ADAPTER for 4pin XLR balanced headphones

 

These usually have resistors to limit power and can effect SQ but I am reading that some just directly connect headphones to the amp and that is the way I am going to try.

Not sure if the "Can Opener" is using any resistors.


Edited by john57 - 10/25/13 at 6:55am
post #1999 of 3790
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Originally Posted by goaliedad39 View Post
 

I am really intrigued with the Emotiva mini-X, especially at $169.  I admit I haven't gone through all pages of this thread so please forgive if this was discussed previously but I was wondering if anyone has any experience in using Vinyl Flat's Can Opener ( http://vinylflat.com/canopener.html ) with this amp?   It just seems a really elegant solution to connecting your headphones to the amp without re-cabling etc.  Not sure if introducing the Can Opener into the signal chain changes any of the positive benefits people are experiencing.  Thoughts, experiences anyone?


You don't need that box for the Emotiva with HE500.  I asked the same question long time ago and some of the answers were "don't".  The volume pot on those boxes might degrade SQ and totally unnecessary for what we are using the Emotiva for.

post #2000 of 3790
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Originally Posted by goaliedad39 View Post
 

I am really intrigued with the Emotiva mini-X, especially at $169.  I admit I haven't gone through all pages of this thread so please forgive if this was discussed previously but I was wondering if anyone has any experience in using Vinyl Flat's Can Opener ( http://vinylflat.com/canopener.html ) with this amp?   It just seems a really elegant solution to connecting your headphones to the amp without re-cabling etc.  Not sure if introducing the Can Opener into the signal chain changes any of the positive benefits people are experiencing.  Thoughts, experiences anyone?

Since the mini-X has common ground output (right and left negative speaker terminals are connected) it's very easy to make an adapter cable to connect single ended headphones to the mini-X's speaker terminals. Simply purchase a headphone extension cable and cut off the male end. Then strip back the cable to expose the two center conductors which are L+ and R+ and the shield which is the combined (common) L- and R-. You can twist the shield strands into two wires to connect to the mini-X's negative speaker terminals. You also have the option to put banana plugs on the wire ends if you want.


Edited by robrob - 10/25/13 at 6:38pm
post #2001 of 3790

Mini-X in da house.  

 

Man, right off the bat, it sounds fantastic.  I am kicking myself for not getting this sooner.  It has gobs of clean power and it mates very well with my stock Transporter.

 

In the past, the Transporter paired with my Headroom Balanced Desktop amp made for a too-neutral, kinda dull combination feeding the LCD-2.  (I blame the source, as that amp is quite good with current DACs such as the Dragonfly.)

 

Now, the combined synergy of the Transporter / Mini-X / LCD-2 is just glorious. I love what I'm hearing.

 

Also happy to say that (compared to my Denon 3804 AV receiver's speaker taps) the Mini-X is near silent with the LCD-2s.  

 

I'm currently going RCA outs from the Transporter, but I'm curious if going balanced out, then to RCA adapters will impact SQ or noise floor.

 

Amazed and slightly depressed to think that the Headroom amp is more than 6x the cost of the Emo, yet the latter handily outperforms the former in all SQ metrics.  Then again, balanced amp options were considerably more limited 6 years ago.  Ah well, there's virtue in the journey.  

 

I run the Mini-X shy of 9'clock.  I wish the pot was a bit stiffer, as mere millimeters of movement impacts volume.

 


Edited by deadie - 10/25/13 at 2:07pm
post #2002 of 3790

^  +1.  Gratz and welcome to the Emotiva club.  You no longer think it's a hype, right?  :beerchug:

post #2003 of 3790
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

^  +1.  Gratz and welcome to the Emotiva club.  You no longer think it's a hype, right?  :beerchug:


Lol, you gotta promise me you'll say that when I get the Emotiva. And I really wanted to tell him that, but then I realized that I'm not even a part of the club yet! D:

 

Can't waaaaiiittt


Edited by Nimzerz - 4/13/14 at 4:13pm
post #2004 of 3790
Looking at all the Emotiva owners makes me sad. They're impossible to find in oz
post #2005 of 3790
In eu as well
post #2006 of 3790

Emotiva doesn't ship internationally??? I thought they do. 

...Nvm, they do.  Does it just become too much by the time you pay for shipping and import tax over there?


Edited by koiloco - 10/25/13 at 2:39pm
post #2007 of 3790
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Emotiva doesn't ship internationally??? I thought they do.


I've been reading a lot of places that people are disappointed because they don't ship internationally, so I'd guess that they don't.

post #2008 of 3790
They do, but there's vat and customs along with shipping. I'm kinda thinking I can get something better for those money, just don't know what.
post #2009 of 3790
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

They do, but there's vat and customs along with shipping. I'm kinda thinking I can get something better for those money, just don't know what.

Will this work?

I buy it for you from Emotiva and ship it to you declared as a gift so $0.  Will you still have to pay vat?

post #2010 of 3790
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Originally Posted by deadie View Post
 

 

Also happy to say that (compared to my Denon 3804 AV receiver's speaker taps) the Mini-X is near silent with the LCD-2s.  

 

I'm currently going RCA outs from the Transporter, but I'm curious if going balanced out, then to RCA adapters will impact SQ or noise floor.

 

Amazed and slightly depressed to think that the Headroom amp is more than 6x the cost of the Emo, yet the latter handily outperforms the former in all SQ metrics.  Then again, balanced amp options were considerably more limited 6 years ago.  Ah well, there's virtue in the journey.  

 

 

 

Glad to know someone else is doing this! 

 

Good information to have on the LCD-2s

 

Using XLR-->Adapter --> RCA inputs won't affect the noise floor, since the noise floor is coming from the amplifier itself

 

Your comment on price is something that really surprised me as well. Even with my little dot MKVI+ the emotiva definitely won me over using the HE-6 and HE-500. I was basically set on getting a Schiit Mjolnir, but I don't really see the point of it anymore. 

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