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post #901 of 2816
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Originally Posted by thor777 View Post

I sprayed mine with clear gloss acrylic bought from Walmart to make the red have more pop and also provides some protection against minor scratches.  I've already had some scratches and the gloss coat did come off but the anodized red coating was not affected.  I'll probably reapply the gloss coat in the future if it gets more scratches.

 

 

Interesting - I think, though, I'd rather have something that's removable.

 

 

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Originally Posted by rckyosho View Post

Will this do? Dimension for the case 100x65x15mm (LxWxD) while the C5 dimension is 99.5x61.5x14mm(LxWxD)

 

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Yes, looks OK, at least for starters - where does one find this item?

Makes me think I should be looking in a well stocked camera store (B&H, perhaps) at

cases for small point and shoot cameras.

 

Or pouches/cases for cell phones.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

 

EDIT - sorry, just noticed your bright red print was a link to the item on eBay.


Edited by zazex - 4/29/13 at 3:11pm
post #902 of 2816

Here's my setup if anyone is interested:

 

If I carry my earphones, I carry my amp and vice versa...

 

I also keep a few useful adapters and cables as I'm commonly around friends and family where I might share music or record instruments and need monitoring with my earphones.  I bought a waterproof plastic case from Big Lots (yuck) for $1.25.  Yes, for you sweet-hawt, a dollah-twin-tee-fyve!  Sorry...  Anyhow, it is very portable and fits great in my small sling bag, but is also very easy to carry with one hand.

 

 

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I used the adhesives on both sides (8 total).  One side for protection on the surface it lies on the other side to protect my amp and ipod touch so I can lay them bare on each other.

 

 

Call me particular, but I love my custom APP "paint job." :-P  So, I found a small computer component bag from some expansion card or something lying around and I put the C5 in that so things don't scratch it in the case.

 

 

The amp and 1/4" adapter fit "perfectly" in the case with enough room to remove the device but it doesn't really wiggle at all once everything is in the case and it's shut.

 

 

Plop the line-out cable and a headphone splitter in there...

 

 

Throw in them old etymotic er4s-ums....  Sometime I put the 3.5 monster cable in there as well if I wrap it around the er4s just right, but I don't always take that...

 

 

Snap that baby shut...

 

 

Voila!  Portable music entertainment system.  You can see it's about the size of my hand.  I have pretty small hands too.  Most male's fingers extend about half an inch beyond mine. :-o

 

 

I don't put my ipod in the case, because I always have it in my pocket.  I use it for other things than music as well and need it readily accessible.  There's also the little apple lightening adapter that fits in there perfectly, but I forgot it in my car. :-P  Anyhow, that's one option for storage if anyone else has a similar need.  It works perfectly for me...


Edited by luisdent - 4/29/13 at 8:29pm
post #903 of 2816

lusident,

I like the practicality and economy of your traveling solution.  It's interesting what people come up with.  The eBay camera case looks great for the C5 only.  If it had more room (let's call it height), and could accommodate a married C5-iPod, I'd be all over it.  For years I've been using an old Case Logic portable CD player pouch for my DAPs (deceased iRiver; now iPod Classic).  It has two compartments (top and bottom; bottom being the main, roomier one for the player; top holds cables, adapters, SD Cards, thumb drive, kitchen sink wink.gif )  And I just discovered it has a little rain hoodie behind the third zipper!  Just like my LL Bean jacket.  LOL.  Good know.

 

Here are some pix

 

 

 

 

 

post #904 of 2816
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

lusident,

I like the practicality and economy of your traveling solution.  It's interesting what people come up with.

 

Thanks, I thought maybe I was the only one that carried all this stuff around everywhere I go.  :-P  I don't know anyone around here that even has nice earphones let alone an amp. :-P  People see them in my bag and ask what they are and think I'm weird.  :-/  hehe.  Oh well.  At least I'm enjoying incredible music everywhere I gooooooo! :)


Edited by luisdent - 4/30/13 at 10:26am
post #905 of 2816
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post

 

Thanks, I thought maybe I was the only one that carried all this stuff around everywhere I go.  :-P  I don't know anyone around here that even has nice earphones let alone an amp. :-P  People see them in my bag and ask what they are and think I'm weird.  :-/  hehe.  Oh well.  At least I'm enjoying incredible music everywhere I gooooooo! :)

 

Their loss smily_headphones1.gif

post #906 of 2816

On the topic of their rigs, I like the size of the C5. I think a thinner amp would just feel weird to me, and a larger amp like the E12 feels too large. With the iPhone 4, the size of the C5 seems "just right" in my opinion.

post #907 of 2816
Don't worry.....you guys are not the only ones that carry around gears to enjoy music everywhere(one of the main reason why I married the C5,UD100 and the S3 batt all in one very portable C5 case with cables all attached) and with the rugged and foldable M-100 headphones with my S3 phone I too do the same and currently fufill all my mobile needs biggrin.gif.Though I just shoved everthing in my sling bag when transporting it.

Those removable strap velcros you see are double purpose to protect it and to attach my S3 with.Happy listening all!
post #908 of 2816
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Originally Posted by rckyosho View Post

Don't worry.....you guys are not the only ones that carry around gears to enjoy music everywhere(one of the main reason why I married the C5,UD100 and the S3 batt all in one very portable C5 case with cables all attached) and with the rugged and foldable M-100 headphones with my S3 phone I too do the same and currently fufill all my mobile needs biggrin.gif.Though I just shoved everthing in my sling bag when transporting it.

Those removable strap velcros you see are double purpose to protect it and to attach my S3 with.Happy listening all!

Not to get off topic, but can I ask what sling bag you have? I'm looking to upgrade and can't find a good one...
post #909 of 2816
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post


Not to get off topic, but can I ask what sling bag you have? I'm looking to upgrade and can't find a good one...

Sorry to barge in, but have you tried carryology.com?

post #910 of 2816

can anyone report back on how the C5 sounds with the w4r? i just bought the C5 and a new LOD the whiplash micro lod.....currently using a ALO Audio pure solid silver lod and the c421 8620 sounds great. eager to hear the differences the c5 has to offer......i hope all for the better.

 

to me there are alot of other amp companies out there making good amps. but jds labs seems to create amplifiers for about half the price of some amps and sound just as good or better. than their counter parts at 2 or 3 times the price.

post #911 of 2816
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post

can anyone report back on how the C5 sounds with the w4r? i just bought the C5 and a new LOD the whiplash micro lod.....currently using a ALO Audio pure solid silver lod and the c421 8620 sounds great. eager to hear the differences the c5 has to offer......i hope all for the better.

to me there are alot of other amp companies out there making good amps. but jds labs seems to create amplifiers for about half the price of some amps and sound just as good or better. than their counter parts at 2 or 3 times the price.

I'm not sure how it would compare to your setup, but my w4r with the c5 gives a small but noticeable improvement over the iPod headphone out. There is more space between instruments, the overall sound is tighter and crisper without being brighter in the treble sense, and things just sound a bit more real. I can't compare to the other amp however. Sorry.
post #912 of 2816
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post


Not to get off topic, but can I ask what sling bag you have? I'm looking to upgrade and can't find a good one...

I'm using the so called "Tactical Molle Utility Gear Shoulder Sling" like below...

 

 

It comes in 3 sizes and colors....amazon or ebay should have these available.

post #913 of 2816
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Originally Posted by luisdent View Post


I'm not sure how it would compare to your setup, but my w4r with the c5 gives a small but noticeable improvement over the iPod headphone out. There is more space between instruments, the overall sound is tighter and crisper without being brighter in the treble sense, and things just sound a bit more real. I can't compare to the other amp however. Sorry.

:o( wow really only a small improvement over a ipod geesh.

 

are you using any kind of LOD or just a 3.5 to 3.5mm? 

 

also are you still using the stock cable with the w4r or any kind of upgrade cable?

 

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UPDATE: mail just came delivering the C5. initial impressions vs the c421, i see what you are saying with the crisper sound. i noticed the high seem to have more clarity and also like you said more space between instruments. with the short listening i did, i found the vocal and sound decay to be excellent. both male and female voices seem to dift off into nothingness, if you close your eyes and really just listen to the vocal decay it seems like the voice just hangs and floats away. really gives you a sense of width to the sound, to give you that length of trail to sound. 

 

i also noticed which i like, coming from the shure se530 and 535 to the w4r is with the c5 it has a slight bump in the mids, and the bump in the mids seem to work in conjunction with the highs.

 

on the build quality i find it to be excellent. its like they took the already great build quality of the c421 and took it farther and made it better. love the placement of the in and out  for headphones and LOD or mini to mini, i find the placement of the in and out on the c421 to be troublesome if you are looking to use a right side out LOD with a right angle plug its too far over on the right which makes everything off center as far as the amp/lod/source with the c5 placement its better suited for LOD's of that design. LOVE the volume. i like a knob but this style of volume control feels great,accurate and gives a lower profile. i totally forgot you push in for volume gain, at first i was like ok bass boost check, wait no gain, then remembered lol. i love how they utilized the volume for both volume control and gain control, its like hiding features within features which i feel is space conserving and utilizes a cleaner look.

 

another thing i like about the C5 vs the C421 is the fact that at very low volumes theres no channel imbalance like there is on the c421, Although at the volumes that the imbalance occurs with the c421 its extremely low and you really wouldnt be trying to listen to music at that low of volume. but still its a plus the c5 doesnt have that.

 

so those are my initial feelings of the c5. overall very pleased with both sound and build quality


Edited by Mooses9 - 5/1/13 at 8:24am
post #914 of 2816
Thread Starter 
Another happy C5 owner.
In my review on he first post, what do you think about my comparison to the same C421 you have?
post #915 of 2816

yes your review between the new C5 and the c421 is very much on key.

 

the c5 highs have more clarity and more detail vs the c421 

 

the mids of the C5 are SLIGHTLY forward but its a nice smooth forwardness i feel between the clear highs and the slightly forward mids gives the c5 a audiophile sound.

 

i definitly see what u are saying how the C5  is slightly more intimate on the soundstage (although it will depend on the iems or headphones you use as to how intimate the soundstage sounds) the C5 with the westone 4r gives the iems a slightly intimate sound while still maintaining its signature wide soundstage. kind of a interesting combo.

 

the c421 does sound congested even though the soundstage sounds wider than the C5, BUT the C5 even wide a slightly intimate soundstage, it seems to have more space between the sound giving the sound more clarity and more depth.

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