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post #2926 of 2931

Oh, i didn't know that other cards do not offer balanced mode. Guess i'll try out the IEM card and see how it goes from there. I'm pretty sure i'll never get my hands on one of those phantom cards you mentioned :) 

post #2927 of 2931
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Originally Posted by Lieon View Post
 

I'm pairing my JH Roxanne with the balanced card, but sometimes wished I had a little bit more control over the volume. The step increments are too large with the balanced card and now i'm considering on getting an IEM card instead. How does the SQ compare to the balanced card? Thanks. 

For me, I feel the balanced card gives slightly more details but overall details are not as nuanced or refined as on the IEM card. Case of quality and quantity. This is of coz to my ears.  

 

Also as @kkcc said, the staging is definitely wider on the balanced card with better volume control with these two being the most similar in sound compared to the rest. 

post #2928 of 2931
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Originally Posted by awry View Post

For me, I feel the balanced card gives slightly more details but overall details are not as nuanced or refined as on the IEM card. Case of quality and quantity. This is of coz to my ears.  

Also as @kkcc said, the staging is definitely wider on the balanced card with better volume control with these two being the most similar in sound compared to the rest. 

Agree with kkcc and awry: the balanced card is a bit "blunt" in its sig; the iem card still has the most refined sig and best volume control. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2929 of 2931

Thanks for the input... you guys have helped me make up my mind to purchase the IEM card lol. I've been on an audio spending spree for the past month.... not a good sign :evil:

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It does make it very interesting to have all the card options. Trying the 3rd party V1.2 discrete card right now. Excellent extension, width and depth. Shows what the 901 can do. 

post #2931 of 2931
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Is anyone having any issues downloading the new beta? I can't seem to get the 901 to update with it. 

 

Never mind. I got it to work. I had to download the zip again. 


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