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post #1861 of 2628
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Originally Posted by dbdynsty25 View Post

Silly, simple question:  can you adjust balance left to right with either the C5 or C5D?

I'm realizing that I have a slight hearing deficiency in my left ear when I use my full sized (well compact) headphones...and I'd like to be able to shift the balance slightly to the left while using an amp.  I picked up a C&C BH2 to see if maybe it was an issue with my E12, but alas, it's my ears and not the equipment.  So just wondering if either model supports that...I would assume not since I've read most of this thread and I haven't seen anything mentioned, nor does it have a display of some sort to know where you stand.  I'll probably end up having to go back to the e17.
What source are you using? Can you not adjust the balance on there?

Also, couldn't you have tested whether it was your ears or your equipment just by turning your headphones around? : P
post #1862 of 2628
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Originally Posted by Zenthelld View Post


What source are you using? Can you not adjust the balance on there?

Also, couldn't you have tested whether it was your ears or your equipment just by turning your headphones around? : P

 

Multiple sources.  On my X3 I don't use an amp and I can balance it out.  On my iPad via line out to my e17 or my BH2, I cannot do any adjustments.  Same thing with my Nexus 5...no adjustments.

 

The weird thing is I don't notice the imbalance of my hearing on IEMs...only on headphones.  My Philips L1, my M100 and my M50s...all feel like they are louder in my right ear.  So maybe it's just how my ears adjust to the full sized cups that surround my ears, but I shot that theory down when I tried a Monster DNA and a M80...both of which were similar, and they are on-ears.  Who knows.  I'm a mess.  :)

 

And yes, I've tried to turn the headphones around and the same issue persists...which is why I am pretty confident it's my ears.

post #1863 of 2628
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Originally Posted by dbdynsty25 View Post

Multiple sources.  On my X3 I don't use an amp and I can balance it out.  On my iPad via line out to my e17 or my BH2, I cannot do any adjustments.  Same thing with my Nexus 5...no adjustments.

For your Nexus 5 you could download the PowerAmp app. It's an awesome player and includes the ability to adjust channel balance. I'm sure plenty of other players have it as well, but PowerAmp is my favourite.
Does a similar app not exist on the iPad? I don't know as I'm not an Apple guy.

That is weird about IEMs being fine. Have you seen a doctor?
post #1864 of 2628
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Originally Posted by Zenthelld View Post

For your Nexus 5 you could download the PowerAmp app. It's an awesome player and includes the ability to adjust channel balance. I'm sure plenty of other players have it as well, but PowerAmp is my favourite.
Does a similar app not exist on the iPad? I don't know as I'm not an Apple guy.

That is weird about IEMs being fine. Have you seen a doctor?

 

Most of the time I'm streaming Google Music, so using an extra app/player is not the answer.  But for locally stored music, that's a great idea.

 

As for the doctor...the imbalance is so slight, it's not worth the time.  If I adjust the balance on the X3 or one of the Fiio DACs...it's one or two clicks to the left...that's it.  In fact, if I listen to a headphone for over ten to fifteen minutes, I get used to it and it doesn't bother me as much.  I just don't think there is a good answer...I'll just have to stick with the DACs and sources that have the adjustment possibilities.  

 

Thanks for the ideas!

post #1865 of 2628
Thread Starter 

Listening to the C5D with my laptop and some Alessandro MS1 I recently got, sounds really good. The MS1 is not at all bright (as some think), the C5D is brilliant with them.

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So I'm pretty much sold on the C5 amp, giving me good results with my cans and IEM's. I'm demoing C421 next week and will decide which one to purchase. I also have Leckerton UHA760 on loan but I need  more time with it to form any real opinions, I'm not terribly blown away with all pairings only a few in particular stood out. I'm finding C5 to have solid control and refinement, also gives a nice boost in detail plus it sounds clean, also seems to have a certain timbre that I like the sound of. 

I'll tune in further once C421 arrives.

post #1867 of 2628
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 

So I'm pretty much sold on the C5 amp, giving me good results with my cans and IEM's. I'm demoing C421 next week and will decide which one to purchase. I also have Leckerton UHA760 on loan but I need  more time with it to form any real opinions, I'm not terribly blown away with all pairings only a few in particular stood out. I'm finding C5 to have solid control and refinement, also gives a nice boost in detail plus it sounds clean, also seems to have a certain timbre that I like the sound of. 

I'll tune in further once C421 arrives.

 

Keep note - it's the 2227 edition you'll be listening to. ;)

post #1868 of 2628
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Originally Posted by White Lotus View Post

Keep note - it's the 2227 edition you'll be listening to. wink.gif

Yes! I keep forgetting.
post #1869 of 2628
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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post
 

So I'm pretty much sold on the C5 amp, giving me good results with my cans and IEM's. I'm demoing C421 next week and will decide which one to purchase. I also have Leckerton UHA760 on loan but I need  more time with it to form any real opinions, I'm not terribly blown away with all pairings only a few in particular stood out. I'm finding C5 to have solid control and refinement, also gives a nice boost in detail plus it sounds clean, also seems to have a certain timbre that I like the sound of. 

I'll tune in further once C421 arrives.

I am looking forward to reading your impressions. I compared the C5 to the C421 2227 too and there was one winner for me.

I am using it every day now, great little thing - I will tell you later which one I kept and why :bigsmile_face: 

post #1870 of 2628
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Originally Posted by zachgraz View Post

I am looking forward to reading your impressions. I compared the C5 to the C421 2227 too and there was one winner for me.
I am using it every day now, great little thing - I will tell you later which one I kept and why bigsmile_face.gif  
I looked into your profile, and I know exactly which one you kept, and probably why. wink.gif
post #1871 of 2628
The c5 is "clearly" better. Pun intended.
post #1872 of 2628
I'm confused with the whole C421 thingamabob. Were there physically different versions, or was the op-amp the only thing different? I'm usually against "op-amp rolling" since a circuit for op-amp A might not be optimised for the same circuit for op-amp B.
post #1873 of 2628
Thread Starter 

Just a different opamp, i had the AD8620 and loved it.

post #1874 of 2628

Posted part one of my in depth c5 review...

 

http://handtokey.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-video-review.html


Edited by luisdent - 1/12/14 at 9:39am
post #1875 of 2628
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Originally Posted by zachgraz View Post
 

I am looking forward to reading your impressions. I compared the C5 to the C421 2227 too and there was one winner for me.

I am using it every day now, great little thing - I will tell you later which one I kept and why :bigsmile_face: 


I have C421 (OPA2227) with me, I'm really liking the sound it's giving me with my headphones. It seems to lean a touch cooler in tonality and clarity, sounds clearer than C5 in comparison, soundstage seems wider. However it doesn't seem to have quite the same (close) refinement/control as C5 though overall I like C421. Until....I plug my 10ohm Dunu DN-1000 hybrids into the amp. The high 10ohm (roughly) output impedance of C421 caused some rather obvious problems. My Dunu sounded hollow like someone sucked the mid range out or like the singer was coming through a tunnel. Go back to my fullsize headphones I really enjoy it.

So I guess this will depend on a few factors which I decide. I think what C421 does to my headphones is worth the purchase as it sounds great, however losing the ability to pair with a majority of my IEM collection kind of takes away the glory. I'll pair C421 up with ER4S this afternoon once it's charged again and consult this further.

So in a nut shell C421 great with my full-size headphones better than C5 to my ears minus some refinement but the high output impedance is really a bummer.
 


Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/12/14 at 8:25pm
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