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post #1936 of 4585

Hello folks,

 

So I've decided to get the Pono and am looking to upgrade my open headphones from Grado sr80s to what I've narrowed down to a choice between Hd 650s and Fidelio X2s.  I was hoping some of you might be able to weigh in on their sound on the Pono (I've read about 650s and Pono but not X2s and Pono).  I was leaning heavily towards the X2s but the possibility of playing the 650s in balanced mode has me rethinking...  The 650's are about 50 euros more, plus the cost of balanced cables, and their high impedance makes me a bit nervous.  The X2s are low impedance but can't be easily modded for balanced use as far as I know. 

 

Thanks for any input as to this choice relative to the pono.

post #1937 of 4585
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Sounds like your rationalising tongue.gif

So it's worth $400 without using balanced mode? Am sure someone on here said its only worth it in balanced mode...

I'm surprised it didn't do DSD64 out of the box, let alone dsd128 and 32bit/3XXkhz that the ESS 9018 chip can do, an does in Sonys pha3 dac/amp that came out about the same time as Pono!

But that's overpriced at $1k.... Still want one tho... Am sure I'll get it for less than retail (new, I might add)

Seeing that Pono tear down video on YouTube, and how the battery is only 70%the internal length/space. There could be an easy battery mod.

As 8hours is pushing it, and I'm sure in balanced mode it will be a couple hours less!


I'm getting the feeling you just want to argue.  So, we are done.

post #1938 of 4585

With balanced cable I'm getting close to or about the same battery life as without.  I'm using iems, so very easy to drive.  

post #1939 of 4585
So, as I've mentioned, haven't used the DX90 since I got the PONO. Well, yesterday, after listening a whole lot (had time off, had to clear snow, hear new music), my battery ran out. I generally listen while I walk my dog, so, dug the old DX90 out. It isn't bad, but it is as if there is a layer of mist compared to the Pono. It's missing clarity, detail, less involving. And, I really liked it until the Pono spoiled me. The Pono is for real. If I can ever decide which headphones to get cables for, have to try it balanced. Already so good sounding, kinda scary...
post #1940 of 4585
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Can a PONO owner with a balanced configuration chime in and verify this?  I'm on the fence of balancing my EM5813 if I was to get a PONO, but 3-4 hrs balance mode wouldn't be enough for my preference.

It doesn't look like it playing hi res.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/737093/the-ponomusic-ponoplayer-impressions-thread/150#post_11174136
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I'm also noting a fairly rapid power drain - I can probably get 4 or at most 5 hours playtime, or is this standard (The litrature said 8 hours)
post #1941 of 4585

Am I the only one who's never heard of Neil Young?

post #1942 of 4585
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Am I the only one who's never heard of Neil Young?


Yes.

post #1943 of 4585
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So, as I've mentioned, haven't used the DX90 since I got the PONO. Well, yesterday, after listening a whole lot (had time off, had to clear snow, hear new music), my battery ran out. I generally listen while I walk my dog, so, dug the old DX90 out. It isn't bad, but it is as if there is a layer of mist compared to the Pono. It's missing clarity, detail, less involving. And, I really liked it until the Pono spoiled me. The Pono is for real. If I can ever decide which headphones to get cables for, have to try it balanced. Already so good sounding, kinda scary...


I agree that the level of detail is very impressive with the Pono.  I thought that my X5 was really good, and then the Pono rocked be back on my heels.  

 

You've got a lot of earphones in your profile.  Good luck making the choice for which gets a balanced cable.  As far as I can tell, the balanced adds bass and timbre.  And a bit of width to the soundstage.  

 

 :smile:

post #1944 of 4585
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Am I the only one who's never heard of Neil Young?


You're in for a treat!

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Am I the only one who's never heard of Neil Young?


You're in for a treat!

Ask the members of many punk bands out there if they know Neil Young, you'll be surprised how many will tell you he was a big influence, and HE ROCKS!
Edited by doctorjazz - 1/28/15 at 8:21pm
post #1946 of 4585
(and, he's the reining master of the 1 note guitar solo
post #1947 of 4585

:popcorn:

post #1948 of 4585

"Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers" :)   Live Rust is one of the best live albums in all of Rock n Roll.  "Sugar Mountain"  ahhhh

post #1949 of 4585

After the Goldrush if you want to mellow out...

post #1950 of 4585
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Am I the only one who's never heard of Neil Young?


You are. How could you not even once listen to Heart of Gold as an audiophile? Blasphemy!..

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