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Oh, a comparison of the two would be great.

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post #587 of 3613
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Originally Posted by Anda View Post

I would go with xlr as it seems to me like a safer solution. The Emotiva mini-X has common ground but afaik not all amps are made like this.

How exactly is the xlr safer?
post #588 of 3613
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Oh, a comparison of the two would be great.

 

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Here is a link to my initial comparison of O2 and Emotiva with HE-500 that I did a while back: http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/hifiman-he-500-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project/405#post_8974233

 

I will add/update to this initial review to see how my view has changed over time. I have had the O2 for 6 months and Emotiva for about 2 months. I'll post a final review in the next month sometime (Hopefully). I want to spend a bit more time with the Emotiva and then go back to O2 and then increase the frequency of changes near the end of the month. I just want to make sure that when I give my final verdict on this, I am completely sure of everything and I have solid consistency within my experiences.

post #589 of 3613

In that future updated review, I'm also going to throw in the LCD-2 Revision 2 along with the HE-500 for O2 vs Emotiva, for those that might be interested.

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In that future updated review, I'm also going to throw in the LCD-2 Revision 2 along with the HE-500 for O2 vs Emotiva, for those that might be interested.

I'd be interested. Seems the hifimans have stellar results with the mini-x, but the LCD's didn't get quite the "wow" from it. I think the mini-x is a stellar amp, and I think preproman had a little review where he hooked up a ton of headphones and got really good results. Makes me think....

post #591 of 3613

It's still a speaker amp.  IMO has to much gain for sensitive headphones.  Not much volume knob play.  The Emotiva will take the closed in and congested sound right out of the LCDs. If you thought it had that in the first place.

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In that future updated review, I'm also going to throw in the LCD-2 Revision 2 along with the HE-500 for O2 vs Emotiva, for those that might be interested.

Yes, very interested.

post #593 of 3613
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

It's still a speaker amp.  IMO has to much gain for sensitive headphones.  Not much volume knob play.  The Emotiva will take the closed in and congested sound right out of the LCDs. If you thought it had that in the first place.

 

What about if one had a preamp in their dac function

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Hi Anda,

 

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I can't seem to find what I'm looking for - Maybe you guys can help. I'm looking for a product similar to the one in the pic below, but it seemed more refined. As I recall it had 3 outputs with different gain and no volume knob. It is meant to be connected to the outputs of an speaker amplifier.

 

 

Are you thinking of the APPJ Headphone Adapter that I discussed on page 24 of this thread?

 

It seems that ALO is no longer carrying the product.  The link I provided in that post is now dead and searching the ALO site just now, I can no longer find the product, but I've updated that post with another source you might try.  

 

Mike

post #595 of 3613
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

 

What about if one had a preamp in their dac function

 

Then I suppose your bump the gain down to what the preamp gain is confused_face_2.gif  Haven't tried that with the a-100 though.

post #596 of 3613
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Hi Anda,

 

 

Are you thinking of the APPJ Headphone Adapter that I discussed on page 24 of this thread?

 

It seems that ALO is no longer carrying the product.  The link I provided in that post is now dead and searching the ALO site just now, I can no longer find the product, but I've updated that post with another source you might try.  

 

Mike

 

Excellent information, Mike, Thank you.

Edit: Does not appear to be available for ordering.

 

KP


Edited by TheKillerPiglet - 1/22/13 at 7:00pm
post #597 of 3613

hum....

 

JL_XB-CLRAIC2-SW.jpgManhattan 6 inches Stereo Splitter-3.5mm Jack to 2-RCA Jacks Audio Adapter

 

KP
 

post #598 of 3613

Wow!  That's an easy, inexpensive solution!  

 

It's viable because the Emotiva has a shared ground between the speaker taps (internally).  

 

Here it is at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/JL-Audio-XB-CLRAIC2-SW-High-Level-Connection/dp/B002F58O88

 

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Searching for other sources, I've just stumbled onto another possibility, at Crutchfield:  http://www.crutchfield.com/p_136XDCLR2S/JL-Audio-XD-CLRAIC2-SW.html

 

 

This could be used with or without the gender benders, depending on what else you have with which to connect your single-ended or balanced headphones.

 

And from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-inches-Stereo-Splitter-3-5mm-Adapter/dp/B0009JFF7A

 

 

Mike

post #599 of 3613
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

It's still a speaker amp.  IMO has to much gain for sensitive headphones. 

 

Absolutely true.


I just tried my balanced Denon D5000's on the Emotiva setup. I had to drop my EQ by -20db to even begin that since I'm not using a pre-amp to do it manually. And the noise floor is there on a headphone that sensitive. The Emotiva should definitely be used with high impedance and/or headphones with low sensitivity. I could listen on my Denon's, but the gain is very noticeable on something with only 25ohm impedance and really high sensitivity.

 

Very best,

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