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Originally Posted by ostewart View Post


For one there will be no noise. I do not have the RE-600. But the C5D doesn't really have a sound signature as such. It just make everything cleaner and more detailed usually. With a slight soundstage boost. But then if you want to change the sound you have a bass boost.

right, the no noise part sounds great :D

soundstage boost sounds really nice. but I mean, I am just looking for tiny differences. clearer and cleaner and more detailed is a 'characteristic' compared to the iOS devices I believe. that's what I was hoping for. :smile:

 

thanks! 

post #2087 of 2704
Thread Starter 

You pretty much nailed it, they are the improvements it usually brings.

post #2088 of 2704

Is there an european user using C5D with iPhone iOs 7? It's very important for me asking some questions about the configuration...I still have some problems...

post #2089 of 2704

Hi all...

 

Thinking of buying the C5D for my JH Audio Roxanne's :) So far, I have only read positive news on the C5D. Any thoughts? 

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Anyone tried to pair this with the shure 215 iems? Any feedbacks?


i'm using the shure se 215cl with c5d and ipod touch 5th gen, they sound great! i was using fiio e07k before the c5d and i really prefer the c5d over the fiio, the sub bass is just awesome on the c5d!

post #2091 of 2704

JDS can engrave a picture on your amp? Any1 can show their engraved C5 or C5D. Thanks :bigsmile_face:

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Originally Posted by Vemon View Post
 

JDS can engrave a picture on your amp? Any1 can show their engraved C5 or C5D. Thanks :bigsmile_face:

 

On C5:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/647838/jds-labs-c5-c5d-pg96-portable-amp-amp-dac-appreciation-discussion-thread/1065#post_9508984

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Is there a good way to [approximately] volume-match DACs? It's hard for me to do a fair ODAC/O2 vs C5D comparison since I have to switch the USB cable, wait for the device to be recognised, and play music. I'm just playing a 1 kHz sine wave right now and trying to volume-match that after listening to it for a good minute to get it burned into my head.

Listening to 1 kHz sine waves isn't very fun...


Bah, anyway. From general listening sessions, I find the C5D to have better synergy with the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog than the ODAC/O2 combo despite the technical differences. Technically, the ODAC/O2 has a harder-hitting bass, much better-defined instruments, well-extended treble, and is revealing of the headphone's characteristic sound. The Alpha Dog seems to have a treble peak that makes hi-hats sound artificial, and the C5D reduces that sound. It's hard to make the call on which combo sounds better though since I really enjoy the overall spacious sound of the ODAC/O2, its well-defined instruments, and easy-to-follow bass; it sounds more transparent to me with the exception of revealing the Alpha Dog's treble peak. The C5D has better instrument layering, a slightly soft treble response, a slightly more forward midrange, and overall sounds more musical. I hate using that word on the other hand since it's so vague; with the C5D, the Alpha Dog just sounds more groovy and I'm able to get into the music more. The ODAC/O2 sounds more sterile in that the music is just there.

Their overall sound signatures are roughly the same though, so I guess it's a "pick your poison" kind of scenario. XD
Edited by miceblue - 2/4/14 at 9:00pm
post #2094 of 2704
Hi mice! Do you think the C5D will be also superb when tag with the ipod 7th gen classic,ipod touch and in an iphone 5s? Headphones will be m100 and earphones use is se215..
post #2095 of 2704
^ I think the way you put it, if you want your source to be transparent go for O2/ODAC. Else, go for C5D.

I think it's not a problem on O2/Odac doesn't go along with Alpha Dogs. It just simply shows how apha dogs interpret the singnal from the source. It's good that C5D creates a good combination with Alpha Dogs. But it also tells the C5D is not transparent and somewhat colored and negates the peaks in Alpha Dogs? Maybe, using a different headphone will likely hightlight this.

My experience on C5D is mixed. Though I like the bass boost, the smooth treble as you descibe it resolves less details in the highs and compared to O2 has less bass impact, attributes I appreciate especially listening to rock/metal.

My C5D is seeing more time in storage lately than my O2 and Leckertons.
post #2096 of 2704
So you don't recommend C5D for rock and metal?
post #2097 of 2704

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Is there a good way to [approximately] volume-match DACs?

 

The output of a DAC is just a low level signal, there is no need to volume match.

 

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

It's hard for me to do a fair ODAC/O2 vs C5D comparison since I have to switch the USB cable, wait for the device to be recognised, and play music. I'm just playing a 1 kHz sine wave right now and trying to volume-match that after listening to it for a good minute to get it burned into my head.

 

Can't you just plug both devices into your comp and use foobar to switch between devices?

post #2098 of 2704
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So you don't recommend C5D for rock and metal?

Not necessarily, some people like the bass volume/amount which is provided by C5D's bass boost. It's a personal preference. I just love to hear details true to the source for all songs not just rock/metal and love the powerful slam/impact O2 produce on rocks songs over C5D.
post #2099 of 2704
Loving the C5 with the AK100 MkII/1964Ears V3's, really choice combo. The amp is a fantastic piece of kit for the price (AUD$229), nicely pocketable w/the AK100, really allows your source/IEM's to shine. Good job JDS Labs
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post #2100 of 2704

Finally, after had trying no.3 Lighting to Usb CCK cable, my iPhone 5 works very fine with C5D so I think it was a fault of the cable.

I love this Dac/Amp with EDM music...great bass boost and more detailing mids/treble.

Thanks To Jds Labs and almost to John Seaber for the help in resolving this matter.

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