Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Apex Glacier amp/dac review and appreciation thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apex Glacier amp/dac review and appreciation thread - Page 55

post #811 of 817

other alternatives I can think of are 

 

Cypher labs piccolo dac

Centrance mini m8

Alo international+

 

and other dac/amp's of similar form factor(probably not same class)

JDS Labs C5D

Headstage Arrow 5G

post #812 of 817

The leckerton uha6 mkii is also a great device.

post #813 of 817

anyone have any sonic impressions of glacier vs mini m8? Just for use with iems. 

post #814 of 817

Any impressions of how the Shure se846 pair with the apex glacier? I heard they are only 9ohms impedance. 

So any hiss? 

post #815 of 817

When I tested SE846 at e-earphone Tokyo, I didn't hear any particular hiss, but this is in the shop with a bit of background noise, I cannot guarantee no audible hiss in dead silent conditions.

 

Coming from JH13 the SE846 sounded bassy.  Very mid-bass centric, but this should be because of the factory black filter and olives.  Should be able to change a lot with filters and ear tips.

 

Even though I mentioned bassy, I actually found the sound quality very good overall.  Exciting and engaging.  The highs still were there and extended well enough, compared to the SE535 treble rolled off.  Clarity and sparkle is obviously not in a JH13 level, but again I think impressions can change a lot with filters and ear tips.

 

Just talking about SQ, the SE846 is among the best universals I've heard.  However personally what I don't like about current Shure IEMs is the MMCX connectors and factory cables with memory wire.  The chunky connector combined with tough memory wire, is too sturdy and creates too much force when you adjust the memory wire while having the IEMs fitted.  Anything or anybody accidently pulling the cable while fitted... I can only imagine pain.

 

That's why I strongly recommend getting aftermarket cables (light, soft cables without memory wire) to Shure owner friends.  Or even reshell or get custom molds.

post #816 of 817

Thanks for the impressions! more and more excited to try these! 

post #817 of 817

Well I got my glacier a few days ago from another member here on head fi - really enjoying it so far!

Working with all audio apps I've tried it with on android 5.0.1 on my nexus 5 too which is nice as I can still use poweramp which (imo) has a much better and smoother UI than other alternatives I've tried.

 

I can't believe the difference the apex made to my sony mdr 1rmk2's as well, improved them so much that I almost enjoy them as much as my b&w p7's which are usually my go-to portable headphones. Crazy!

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › Apex Glacier amp/dac review and appreciation thread