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post #316 of 6492
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

PredatorZ, I have been seriously thinking about the Oppo BDP-105, with Ric Schultz's (Electronic Visionary Systems--EVS) mods.  As I had mentioned before, I am very pleased with the way the Mikros 90 sound when paired with the Fitz-improved Bada PH-12 (hybrid) headphone amp.  Like you, I am curious to find out what (more!) these fine, fine headphones are capable of doing.

 

What kind of cable are you interested in from Toxic?  Have never tried, but have always been interested in the (Toxic) cable.

I like Silver cables, for me the added sparkle in the top end is worth it, at least for me that how I "hear"  them, I have a few silver LOD's and I like how they sound.  Frank at  Toxic has the Silver Poisons, I'd like a custom 14 inch and a 4 foot version, or possible just an extension that I can add on for home. I was wondering, because of the single cable input that a balanced cable may not be a very good solution, unless you heavily modified them to have a input on each cup, but that would be crazy. perhaps single ended is the only solution ? 

  I checked out the oppo mods, the photos of all the surface mount stuff looks like my job, I have worked on several Headroom PCB's, my company builds a lot of small run boards for medical and aviation; mostly customers in the North West. The idea of taking a factory fresh board and modding the hell out of it with some spendy parts sounds like my dream job (rubbing his hands together in a fiendish manner). All my customers get class 3 work, regardless how our sales people quote something, I make every solder joint Ideal, perfect like jewelery. Class 3 if you are not familiar is the highest standard for IPC soldering, reserved for critical systems, that cannot fail. Like space shuttle connections, or a marines field radio(former marine tech:) ) Class 2 or 1 is what you see in most consumer gear.

post #317 of 6492

PZ,

I wish I had your expertise/know-how with circuits and soldering.  Maybe I would venture to do some building/modding.

Am looking into a HeadphoneLounge silver cable, but may have a copper one made, too.

ToxicCables add just a little bit of gold, too, right?

 

pataburd


Edited by pataburd - 1/19/14 at 4:08pm
post #318 of 6492
Mind is being blowned by the resolution and speed and bass and the whole sound in general 😲
post #319 of 6492

mochill,

Welcome to the "select" group of discriminating Mikros 90 users!  : )

post #320 of 6492
Thank you for converting me 😜😎
post #321 of 6492
I just ordered myself the fiio rc-mh1 cable as an upgrade 😎
post #322 of 6492
The hype for these is outrageous. I'm not site how long I can hold on. I saw these a while ago but they looked so ugly I didn't give them a second look...until now.

Good thing is the investment isn't huge. Ooo, I'd love to compare them to my ES FC300 which IMO sound damn there better than all of the closed cans i've bought (including the 1r, ws99, momentum, m500, p7, fs1, Fidelio l1, esw9a, and so on).
post #323 of 6492
Do it!!!
post #324 of 6492
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Originally Posted by pataburd View Post
 

PZ,

I wish I had your expertise/know-how with circuits and soldering.  Maybe I would venture to do some building/modding.

Am looking into a HeadphoneLounge silver cable, but may have a copper one made, too.

ToxicCables add just a little bit of gold, too, right?

 

pataburd

Appears so, here is an excerpt from his web site ,

"The wire used for this cable is something very special and made only for me. Pure OCC Silver with Pure Gold injected into it to cover and microschopic gaps the silver might still have. This gives the signal an ultra smooth surface with no crystal boundaries. The gold also add a touch of extra punch in the low end frequency response that is often found a little wanting in silver cables. The total wire diameter is 26awg.  After a great deal of R&D this is a configuration I have found supplies a suppior sound when used with this OCC silver cable."

 

And thanks, even though I might have the soldering skills, the rethinking of a circuit and suggesting sonically superior parts that will all work together is some pretty impressive re-engineering, IMHO !!

post #325 of 6492
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

Do it!!!
I should. If I do, I'll have them by Thursday.
post #326 of 6492
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

I just ordered myself the fiio rc-mh1 cable as an upgrade 😎


 Keep us posted on how you like the cable when you get it, as much as I like the sound of the pipeline cable, is is a bit stiff and the braided cloth cover is very micro-phonic, which can be a bit distracting, but so far well worth the superior sound it provides. For the ML's with they're incredible sound it would be a shame that the cable is the weakest link in the chain. So exploring a better cable solution is definitely a  journey I am willing to take to get the most out of these.

 

http://www.fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000047199928&MenuID=105026014

post #327 of 6492
Ugh... The more I read this thread the more hype I read, ugh it's impossible for me to resist.
post #328 of 6492
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

I just ordered myself the fiio rc-mh1 cable as an upgrade 😎

Let us know if the input plug barrel on the fiio cable fits the Mikros 90.  Some of us have had difficulty, for example, getting the Pipeline ET-4 to fully connect without first whittling/filing/sanding down the plug barrel.  According to ML's specifications, the input plug barrel diameter on their stock cable is 1/4 inch or 6.5 mm.

 

Once it is connected, let us know how the fiio cable compares to the stock cable.

 

Glad to hear that you recognize the potential in these portable gems.  But watch out: the Mikros 90 will show you the relative strengths and weaknesses of ALL your gear and you may be propelled along a lengthy upgrade path.  : )

 

Have you amped them yet?


Edited by pataburd - 1/19/14 at 6:12pm
post #329 of 6492
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Originally Posted by mochill View Post

Thank you for converting me 😜😎

Don't thank us.  Thank the good folks at Martin Logan for making this ground-breaking product available.

(and always thank God)  : )

 

Another Satisfied Customer.


Edited by pataburd - 1/19/14 at 7:02pm
post #330 of 6492

Just wanted to mention that I have been tube-rolling with the Fitz-improved Bada PH-12 and the Mikros 90.

 

Had been using the Sylvania 6SN7GTB as input and two Tung-Sol 6SN7GTB as outputs.  Nice full sound, with big bass.

 

Swapped out the Tung-Sols for two quality Russian 6H8C and changed the input to one of the Tung-Sols.  Soundstage shrank somewhat and the pace felt constrained.  There's just something about practically every Russian tube I've tried on this amp that makes things sound like they're on an over-wound spring.  There is this sort of "gorged", over-pressurized quality to the music.  Did not like this tube configuration at all.

 

Swapped the Tung-Sol for the Sylvania and things got really snappy and detailed.  Soundstage opened up a bit.  All the frequencies came across as-if athletically streamlined and "buffed".  Lee Ritenour's "The Sauce" pounded with an uncommonly pinpoint intensity.  Haven't decided whether I like this configuration yet.  Maybe a more open and laid back input tube would work better with the Russians (am thinking "Brimar").

 

Will make one of the Russians the input and re-install the Tung-Sols as outputs to hear what happens (tomorrow, Deo volente).

 

Can't wait to rummage through my box of 6SN7s when I get back to the apartment!

 

What was the point of this message?  To underscore the fact that the Mikros 90 serve as an excellent diagnostic tool in your head gear train, alerting you as to exactly what sonic changes--positive or negative--accompany your specific equipment changes/changeovers.

 

With the MLs you seem to get a "different" set of headphones for every different system configuration you put together.  They remain faithful to your sources (read: "High-Fidelity"), letting you know exactly what you have and--somewhat dangerously--what you now wish you could have with some system improvements.  They will stimulate the impulsion or compulsion to upgrade (as you may have already noticed in earlier posts among users who are awakening optimistically to the Mikros 90's vast potential).  


Edited by pataburd - 1/20/14 at 3:38am
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