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post #751 of 1989
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Originally Posted by inFormal View Post

...So you re sillently agreeing that a straight cable to the amp is a valid option to get a clear but low powered audio stream. The soundcard is set to HiFi.

I chose this 
cable
 to put on "my cart" @ amazon. (I am using the same brand for the cables that connect the avr to the subwoofer)


K702 65th Anniv is 100$ more than the regular K702 one... the difference is the collors and the (padded) headband
(during my research i have read many times that K701 = home edition / K702 = profesional edition / Q701 = special edition)

Why wouldn't it be a valid option? An iPod hooked tot the A2 would be a "valid option" also. I myself would spend more money on the interconnect than that, get a Monster Cable if you want to stay on the low end but still get something of decent quality. I recommend Kimber Kable or AudioQuest, but that's just me. I have a mini to RCA on one of my systems that costs almost $500
post #752 of 1989
Quote:
Originally Posted by inFormal View Post

...So you re sillently agreeing that a straight cable to the amp is a valid option to get a clear but low powered audio stream. The soundcard is set to HiFi.

 

I chose this cable to put on "my cart" @ amazon. (I am using the same brand for the cables that connect the avr to the subwoofer)

 

K702 65th Anniv is 100$ more than the regular K702 one... the difference is the collors and the (padded) headband

(during my research i have read many times that K701 = home edition / K702 = profesional edition / Q701 = special edition)

I would make sure that the headphone jack you are using is coming from the sound card and not the onboard sound (from the motherboard).  Don't know what your computer is so this may not be an issue...

 

In my case I have three different places to connect headphones, one from the card itself on the back of the computer, one from a break out box from the sound card mounted in a drive bay, and one integral to the case that is connected to the motherboard.  Each one of these uses a different set of circuitry to drive the headphones.  I modded my soundcard with higher quality caps and different opamps and therefore I amp connected directly to the soundcard with one set of headphones.  But I use external DAC/Amp for other headphones.

 

It all comes back to what your system from source to ears needs to make you happy.

post #753 of 1989

As far as cables go...

Monster (like Dr Dre Beats) are overrated and overpriced products.

I d rather buy from a company that is spending more on the production process than on marketing/advertisement.

From what i ve learned so far : if the core of the cable is ofc , has a good build and has gold plated tips = you good to go. 

Spending as much as 500$ for one cable is just... excentric.

 

My pc's Asus Xonar Dx audiocard... is a fdd power supplied pci-e card. It s main output is used to connect to the assignable optical input of the avr. Thus... the front audio jack is connected to the motherboard, but the system (windows audio panel) referrs to it as an Asus Xonar Headphone connection. 

 

PS. I have read that some of you have purchased the A2 and have shipped it to Europe. Do you still get the same 5 year warranty or ... not ? (I am also living/working overseas ... and i wouldn t want to have to travel back to the states for warranty issues)

post #754 of 1989
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Originally Posted by inFormal View Post

As far as cables go...

Monster (like Dr Dre Beats) are overrated and overpriced products.

Not everything Monster makes is Dr Dre Beats, they actually make some very good and well respected headphones too.  So sounds like you have it all figured out, order the A2 and be happy!

post #755 of 1989

"As far as cables go"

 

I personally like these.

 

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/index.htm
 

post #756 of 1989

A few people have made good comments about the blue jean cables and the price is really good.  I may need to buy a few and see what I think.

 

Also really like being able to specify the length I need as apposed to the few set lengths that the mass market dictate.


Edited by bearFNF - 7/13/13 at 2:40pm
post #757 of 1989

I have a pair of BJ cables RCA that I was gonna put up for sale if anyone is wanting to try them out . 

post #758 of 1989
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Originally Posted by inFormal View Post

Hey guys,

1st of all i i just want to point out that I m new to the HiFi world (meaning: i have bought my 1st ever avr one month back)

I have been looking for a headphone amp since i will want to be able to "work" (by that i am reffering to gaming and random flac music listening) on the computer... when the avr will be playing something (loud) from another source (eg: the xbox or the cable/sat)

If i m not mistaking too much (from having read this thread and the 7 reviews on amazon) the A2 (A $$ Guard II) is a solid amp for non-30$ headphones. 

At the moment i have a pair of Sennheiser HD 598 and one ATH-M50RD ... (and am planning on getting an AKG-x701... to complete a trio)


Having said all of the above i m kindly asking you (the experienced headphone geeks) to share some beginner tips before placing an order with Jason.

I'm gonna skip over the last couple pages and just give my opinion:

Since this is your first foray into the HiFi world, I say go with the Asgard 2. You're obviously not going to stop with your audio journey here, so go ahead and get something with a little headroom and that way you can have a solid shoulder to lean on when you next upgrade your headphones.

The Magni is a good choice, but if you can give up the cash for the Asgard 2, I say it's the better decision. Just my two cents.
post #759 of 1989

The pre-amp and the gain switch alone make the Asgard a worthy investment over a Magni.


Edited by OmarCCX - 7/14/13 at 1:00pm
post #760 of 1989

^^ This

post #761 of 1989
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Originally Posted by inFormal View Post


Why overkill ?
The amp should (in theory or to my imagination) automatically adjust its output power according to the plugged in headphones.

Also, i "chose" A2 because it has 5 year warranty comparing to it s little brother that only has 2. I tend to have a higher confidence in a brand that is willing to offer that to its products.

Ps. How strong/sturdy is the front jack ? (I won t be toying with it, but do take into consideration that i will be switching headphones from time to time... Mainly because the current headphones have designated users... Eg : the wife will only use the m50s)

Given you seem to be new to the hobby, I was merely suggesting you start small on your first amp.  I drove my HD590s (the predecessor of the predecessor of your HD598s) via a Firestone Audio Cute Beyond amp for years until i upgraded. Obviously it's your money and you can do w/e you want with it, I was just trying to save you some cash until you get really into the hobby given the A2 costs the same amount as your HD598s.  The A2 is a great amp though so you can't go wrong with it.

 

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Originally Posted by pez View Post


I'm gonna skip over the last couple pages and just give my opinion:

Since this is your first foray into the HiFi world, I say go with the Asgard 2. You're obviously not going to stop with your audio journey here, so go ahead and get something with a little headroom and that way you can have a solid shoulder to lean on when you next upgrade your headphones.

The Magni is a good choice, but if you can give up the cash for the Asgard 2, I say it's the better decision. Just my two cents.
Totally agree!

Edited by Byrnie - 7/14/13 at 6:28am
post #762 of 1989
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Originally Posted by ninexnine View Post

"As far as cables go"

 

I personally like these.

 

http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/audio/index.htm
 

^those are good or even some cables from www.monoprice.com

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by OmarCCX View Post

The pre-amp and the gain switch alone make the Asgard a worthy investment over a Modi.

^he means Magni


Edited by Byrnie - 7/14/13 at 7:54am
post #763 of 1989
**Consolidated my posts.**

Edited by Byrnie - 7/14/13 at 7:55am
post #764 of 1989
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

Given you seem to be new to the hobby, I was merely suggesting you start small on your first amp.  I drove my HD590s (the predecessor of the predecessor of your HD598s) via a Firestone Audio Cute Beyond amp for years until i upgraded. Obviously it's your money and you can do w/e you want with it, I was just trying to save you some cash until you get really into the hobby given the A2 costs the same amount as your HD598s.  The A2 is a great amp though so you can't go wrong with it.

 

 

Yes... i am actually new to the head-fi field... and Yes... The A2 is expensive... considering that untill now i have only spend only 400 $ on headphones (transport / taxes not included)

BUT... headphones are more likely to be changed after some time rather than a "good" amp. 

 

I m considering this as a long term investment... only time (and my ears) will tell if it was a good one ;)

 

Jason... knock, knock

post #765 of 1989
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Originally Posted by inFormal View Post

 

Yes... i am actually new to the head-fi field... and Yes... The A2 is expensive... considering that untill now i have only spend only 400 $ on headphones (transport / taxes not included)

BUT... headphones are more likely to be changed after some time rather than a "good" amp. 

 

I m considering this as a long term investment... only time (and my ears) will tell if it was a good one ;)

 

Jason... knock, knock

Cool cool man and enjoy!  My A2 arrives Tuesday!

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