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post #2731 of 2835

Tried my Qnktc\Henry Audio Dac that i normaly use with my Hifi systen (vienna acoustics speakers with an xindac 6950 amp). This is an usb dac just as the fiio, but without the build in amp that the e7k have. Connected this to the fiio e9 docking/amp, Wow, what a difference, Tighter bass, more forward vocal, and more treble...or airy/sparklig treble, that i missed in my Fiio e7k. what i did not like was the background noise i get from using the analog input on the e9 amp,so maye i also need a better amp.

 

The background noise dissapeard when i disconnected the usb connection to the E9 amp (only in use when e7k is docked), so now the background noise is gone :)


Edited by dopus - Today at 2:48 pm

 

if this is a double post, then delete it. I think i managed to delete the original post when i  was editing it because of wrong spelling of words.

post #2732 of 2835
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Originally Posted by dopus View Post
 

Can anyone recommend a good dac for the hp50. I use a fiio e7k with a e9 amp. but i think the headphone sounds a little dark/not crisp enought. I am wondering if this is because of my dac/amp or if this is the signature sound of the headphone. I am considering Shiit modi2 or the 0dac, but open for suggestions. Anything that can make the headphone sound a little bit crisper. Mabye it is the headphone that just sound that way.

 

Using mostly Wimp HIFI as music source

as @Deni5 wrote, these fiios sound dark, warm. i have a denon da-300usb and that's much more neutral sounding. the hp50s will sound warm/neutral with most sources, though. they are far from being bright.

post #2733 of 2835
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Originally Posted by dopus View Post
 

Can anyone recommend a good dac for the hp50. I use a fiio e7k with a e9 amp. but i think the headphone sounds a little dark/not crisp enought. I am wondering if this is because of my dac/amp or if this is the signature sound of the headphone. I am considering Shiit modi2 or the 0dac, but open for suggestions. Anything that can make the headphone sound a little bit crisper. Mabye it is the headphone that just sound that way.

 

Using mostly Wimp HIFI as music source

 

I'm using a Shiit Modi 2 (non-uber, I didn't need the extra inputs, and my motherboard has dedicated clean power to the USB port the Modi is plugged into) with my HP50s, previously through a Perreaux solid state amp, and now through a Schiit Vali 2 with a "Philips" (really EI) PCC88 tube. 

The Modi 2 & HP50 sound with the solid state was very good, but the sound with the tube is fantastic. It cleans up the HP50's mid-bass/midrange heavy presentation without losing any of the sweet roomfeel sound, and adds a great soundstage, seperation, and sparkle on the treble when the recording calls for it. It won't add anything that isn't there, but good recordings of acoustic guitars and such sound really clean, almost "delicate", yet not veiled or masked.

Considering that Shiit themselves admit that the next major step up from the Modi 2 is the upgraded version of the Bifrost, the multi-bit, and the Modi 2 is only $99, I'd recommend it to anybody in a heartbeat.


Edited by Skarecrow77 - 2/8/16 at 5:12am
post #2734 of 2835
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Originally Posted by dopus View Post

Can anyone recommend a good dac for the hp50. I use a fiio e7k with a e9 amp. but i think the headphone sounds a little dark/not crisp enought. I am wondering if this is because of my dac/amp or if this is the signature sound of the headphone. I am considering Shiit modi2 or the 0dac, but open for suggestions. Anything that can make the headphone sound a little bit crisper. Mabye it is the headphone that just sound that way.

Using mostly Wimp HIFI as music source

Tidal ...IPad2 ... CCK ... 5v powered hub ... Meridian Explorer2 ... HP50s.

Very nice SQ, with clear edges around acoustic instruments. Plenty of power for the HP50s.

Also use the Explorer2 as my DAC into my tube amp and speakers. Delightful.
post #2735 of 2835

My first setup was like this: mp3s/flacs (mp3s at 320k) => foobar2000 (WASAPI) => Audioengine D3 => HP50

It sounded pretty good, with a solid body to the sound. The HP50 however tended to show the slight congestion in instruments and vocals of the D3. The D3's sound signature made the HP50 sound a bit more warm (I would say around 10%).

New setup goes like this:

Mostly flacs (some of them 24/96) => foobar2000 (ASIO64) => Chord Mojo => HP50.

The Mojo does really bring the HP50 up to another level. Not that it was worse before but you know the difference a DAC makes.. ;)

post #2736 of 2835

Just pulled the trigger on a set of these for the office and they arrived today. Very excited to get to know them, but I will say that they'll be replacing my B&W P7s.

 

EDIT: ehhhh I'll keep both for now.


Edited by thefitz - 2/19/16 at 8:03am
post #2737 of 2835
Is there anyone who has listened both the Beyerdynamic dt150 and Nad viso hp50?
post #2738 of 2835

Hi,

 

Is there any way to authenticate NAD HP50 Headphones & make sure of its originality?

 

Thanks in advance

post #2739 of 2835

Anyone know where PSB and NAD headphones are made?  I have both, the NAD VISO HP50 and the PSB m4u4 iem, although the company is Canadian, it doesn't state anywhere on the box where these headphones are made.  Any ideas anyone?  Not that it mattered too much, as I'm in love with the PSB sound.  I'm really more curious than anything else because it is not often you see a packaging with no indication of where the product is made in.

post #2740 of 2835
99.8% sure my m4u2's said China made - but dont have them around anymore to verify. Almost positive though.
post #2741 of 2835

How is the sound isolation on these vs Oppo PM-3?

 

Looking at these two as a potential travel/portable option (plane rides included).

post #2742 of 2835
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How is the sound isolation on these vs Oppo PM-3?

Looking at these two as a potential travel/portable option (plane rides included).

I have owned the PM3 for a month now. On my larger than average head, the Sound Isolation is better than the HP50. For example, I have missed a call, not hearing the phone ring in the next room. But, the PM3 are nowhere as good as sound cancelling phones, such as the Bose 25s, however the sound quality is an order of magnitude better than the Bose.

YMMV, because it depends on how well the cups fit over your ears. The PM3 cups are slightly larger then the HP50, so they are more comfortable, and isolating for me.

The PM3 are now my favorite portable/travel phones. On the plane, I use the Shure in-ears, with foam tips for sound isolation.
Edited by peterinvan - 2/21/16 at 6:07am
post #2743 of 2835

I have no clue where I measure on the "how big are your ears" scale, but I do know my head is slightly large based on my hat size: 7 and 3/8 in baseball hats. I think I'll try the PM-3 with Amazon Prime and see how they work on a plane -- I've got a trip within the next 30 days. I wish they offered the steel blue color on Amazon.

post #2744 of 2835
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Originally Posted by brent75 View Post

I have no clue where I measure on the "how big are your ears" scale, but I do know my head is slightly large based on my hat size: 7 and 3/8 in baseball hats. I think I'll try the PM-3 with Amazon Prime and see how they work on a plane -- I've got a trip within the next 30 days. I wish they offered the steel blue color on Amazon.

I placed my order on the phone with Oppo. Great service, and 30 day return policy.
post #2745 of 2835

Cool. Maybe I'll see if I can talk them into a discount if I order the PM-3 and the HA-2 at the same time. :-)

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