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Push the volume rocker in to change the gain.

 

 

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I believe that you choose or increase your gain by pressing down on the volume knob.

 

Thanks, that's a clever mechanism however, it's difficult to tell which gain setting is currently selected.

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Just spent 3 hours listening to C5D amp section paired with DX50. So far I'm very impressed. Its detail retrieval is too damn clear and crisp without sounding artificial. It really feels like you are stitting with the band in a studio while playing. I really appreciate each instruments playing within the music and sounding very distinct and not clashing with each other. The separation is quite wider compared to say my UHA-4.

 

As far a clarity goes I think this can rival the O2. I don't like the bass boost though. The bass is already punchy, solid and very clear with JH16. The bass boost makes the music sound unnatural to me and feels disconnected to the music.

 

Will allow more burn-in time for C5D and when I get time I will do my own mini shootout between O2, C5D and UHA-4.

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Today my Schiit Lyr became just a homonym of the first word in its name... it refused to turn on.  Don't get me wrong, I love that damn amp, but imagine the disappointment after only seven weeks of ownership and just getting into some serious tube rolling.  Well, I'm sure soon enough the boys at Schiit Central will have me back (st)rolling through the tubey goodness found in the Land of Nod.

 

But how to drive the HE-500s?  Oh, hello li'l C5.  I'm not sure you're up to it.  What's that?  Give you another chance?  Well, I suppose the HE-500s are broken in and properly modded now, and there's your tiny li'l cousin, the HiFimeDIY U2 Sabre DAC, with whom you can play... WTH!  Let's rock & roll!!!

 

And so we are  :darthsmile:

 

Seriously, after my initial "test" of trying to drive the HE-500s with the C5, I was less than optimistic.  But I also love these damn cans, and it's hard to keep them off my head (just ask my wife ;-)  Random first song test, "Vital Signs" from Rush's Moving Pictures.  Yeah, that's workin'.  Now, something a little louder and harder... well, blow me down.

 

I'm not trying to tell HE-500 owners, current and future, that all you need is a C5 and forget the rest.  I'm just saying don't underestimate the power of this li'l JDS Labs masterpiece.  Now, which tubes does this sound remind me of....?

 

 

One Little Victory  :cool:

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Incredible how it can power the HE-500!
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Incredible how it can power the HE-500!

 

Yeah, I'm still a little surprised.  It struggled with a few things, e.g., parts of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)" (just finished listening), but overall a happy surprise :smile:

 

I'm really curious how the HE-500s (and Q701s & SR-225s, for that matter) will sound on the Lyr after two weeks on the C5.

 

Did I mention, two HUGE thumbs up to JDS Labs :beerchug: 

post #1641 of 2704
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I'm sure the difference will be wrote noticeable but still impressive from the C5.
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Has anyone tried C5D DAC connected to iPod classic? Does it work?
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Has anyone tried C5D DAC connected to iPod classic? Does it work?

i don't think so

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HAVE I MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE IN C5 ???

 

Hi, I just purchased a c5 slate after contemplating numerous choices of amps and dacs and a combi of both. I am coming from an E11 which had its headphone jack give me problems and i wasn't 2 happy about its build quality either. I was about to settle for the E07k for its quailty built, price and as well as portability but there was a discount for the c5 at 175usd so i took the plunge instead for that. 

 

The question is have i made the right choice ??? or will i have buyers remorse ???

 

I hope i made the right choice! I was also considering the E17, E12, E18.

 

I have the vmoda m100s and the senn Amperiors. I am currently using android and sansa clip + (and maybe x5 soon). n I'm a closet bass-head i guess.

 

Thanks.

I have tried E17, E12 and I owned FiiO E18. FiiO sound is more punchy to my ears but I prefer smoother JDS sound. To my ears the FiiO E18 has a forward and somewhat bright sounding DAC section and a punchy sounding amp section. Too much - it sounded harsh to my ears; I could'nt listen to the E18 for more than a minute.

 

I own the JDS Labs C421 now - somehow I preferred it's sound signature to the C5's. I use it together with the Stoner Acoustics 110 mk2 DAC (50$), which has the same USB receiver and same DAC as the C5D and works well with my Samsung Galaxy S3 too. One option to consider for people who already have a C421 or C5 and do not want to upgrade to C5D.

 

I would be interested in a comparison Stoner DAC & C5 to C5D. Should be pretty similar output but who knows.

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I'm sure the difference will be wrote noticeable but still impressive from the C5.

 

LOL, it had damn well better be!  ;)

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I'm now using C5D with my Beyer T1 and connected to my Macbook as the source. The DAC in C5D has superb clarity the highs are very detailed and crisp. This little amp/DAC has plenty of power to drive the T1. It definitely has plenty of room to spare, can't turn the volume all the way up coz I don't want to damage my hearing :beyersmile: 

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I found something strange I think. At low gain I can turn up the volume on the T1 to a fairly loud level but I can hear some distortion in the bass region of the music. But on high gain their is no distortion.

 

Has anyone notice the same thing with high Impedance cans? Is that normal?

 

Other amps I have simply just can't drive the T1 at loud levels on low gain but doesn't have any distortion.

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I found something strange I think. At low gain I can turn up the volume on the T1 to a fairly loud level but I can hear some distortion in the bass region of the music. But on high gain their is no distortion.

 

Has anyone notice the same thing with high Impedance cans? Is that normal?

 

Other amps I have simply just can't drive the T1 at loud levels on low gain but doesn't have any distortion.

 

Normal: C5 and C5D have higher output power at high gain compared to low gain. All published specifications are taken at high gain.

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I found something strange I think. At low gain I can turn up the volume on the T1 to a fairly loud level but I can hear some distortion in the bass region of the music. But on high gain their is no distortion.

 

Has anyone notice the same thing with high Impedance cans? Is that normal?

 

Other amps I have simply just can't drive the T1 at loud levels on low gain but doesn't have any distortion.

 

Normal: C5 and C5D have higher output power at high gain compared to low gain. All published specifications are taken at high gain.

 

C5 and C5D have a whole lotta' awesome at both gain settings. ;)

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Normal: C5 and C5D have higher output power at high gain compared to low gain. All published specifications are taken at high gain.

Ok thanks that make sense. I'm just amazed how well C5D drives my T1. I really can't justify any logical reason to get a separate desktop amp. Even the M8 now looks overkill for T1.
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