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post #736 of 1861
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Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
 

Not sure if this helps, but I use A+ with iTunes integrated. I only have a couple of DSD albums and I have added them to iTunes using A+ proxy files option.

I can use the Remote app on the iPhone or iPad to control the music remotely ...

 

Maybe not as elegant a solution as JRiver's but it's another option to try?

Thanks

I will give it a try.

post #737 of 1861

I'm really diggin' my whole AURALiC headphone setup.  

 

post #738 of 1861

I have finally read through all 50 pages.....wow. I'm very interested in potentially purchasing the Taurus / Vega combination.

 

Just a could quick questions (that I hope aren't ridiculous or have been covered already) ......

 

Project86 - earlier you mentioned that you might have a chance to hear the Fostex TH900 on the Taurus - did you get a chance to do this? If so, was it a decent pairing?

 

Reading through this thread, a few lower impedance headphones were mentioned - in general, any issues using the Taurus on these type of HPs?

 

My TH900s have the stock cable (single ended) - I'd have to figure out if it would be best to keep the SE cable based on power output (Norway's graph in the first post) or change to the balanced cable to utilize the Orfeo output module. The Fostex has to be hard wired if one wants to change. Drew at Moon Audio may have a pair with the balanced cable - he is down the road from me, might be able to compare.

post #739 of 1861
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Originally Posted by Afghan Vet View Post
 

I have finally read through all 50 pages.....wow. I'm very interested in potentially purchasing the Taurus / Vega combination.

 

Just a could quick questions (that I hope aren't ridiculous or have been covered already) ......

 

Project86 - earlier you mentioned that you might have a chance to hear the Fostex TH900 on the Taurus - did you get a chance to do this? If so, was it a decent pairing?

 

Reading through this thread, a few lower impedance headphones were mentioned - in general, any issues using the Taurus on these type of HPs?

 

My TH900s have the stock cable (single ended) - I'd have to figure out if it would be best to keep the SE cable based on power output (Norway's graph in the first post) or change to the balanced cable to utilize the Orfeo output module. The Fostex has to be hard wired if one wants to change. Drew at Moon Audio may have a pair with the balanced cable - he is down the road from me, might be able to compare.

 

 

Yep, TH900 sounds killer with the Taurus. Extremely well controlled and rock solid bass. The TH900 doesn't really demand high power like a planar magnetic headphone but rather it needs quality - Taurus has both so there's no issues there. The TH900 I had was single ended only so that's all I got to use, but it was very enjoyable.

 

That said, it makes sense to get it switched to balanced termination (simply a matter of swapping out the plug) so you could try balanced out, or just use an adaptor if you end up liking SE more. I think all headphones should be 4-pin XLR. 

post #740 of 1861

Thank you so much for that reply! Exactly what I was hoping for. :)

post #741 of 1861
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Originally Posted by project86 View Post


Yep, TH900 sounds killer with the Taurus. Extremely well controlled and rock solid bass. The TH900 doesn't really demand high power like a planar magnetic headphone but rather it needs quality - Taurus has both so there's no issues there. The TH900 I had was single ended only so that's all I got to use, but it was very enjoyable.

That said, it makes sense to get it switched to balanced termination (simply a matter of swapping out the plug) so you could try balanced out, or just use an adaptor if you end up liking SE more. I think all headphones should be 4-pin XLR. 
Oh man this is now at the top of my list to pair with my TH900s.
post #742 of 1861

And the TH900 is now top of my list for my next trip to Bangkok  :D

 

http://www.jetliveaudio.com/index.php?mo=29&keyword=Fostex

post #743 of 1861

My first post on Head-Fi. After lurking and doing a lot of reading of reviews (here and over at Inner Fidelity) I made the plunge into serious headphone bliss and purchased a Taurus mk2 and an LCD-X. Only have about 10 hours runtime on the gear, so the burn-in has barely started. Detail is incredible, bass and mids are already excellent, but the treble is a little bright. I am told this is normal for a brand new Taurus and it should settle down after about 100 hours or so. I would be very interested in the experience of other Taurus owners - was your amp bright before the burn in?

 

I am amazed at how much detail the Taurus + LCD-X combination is retrieving from a rather ordinary DAC. I am using a Simaudio Moon 100D. It's a good little unit, but not in the same league as the other components. Picking up an Auralic Vega DAC later this week, so will be interested to hear what difference that makes.

 

Also picked up a WA6 with Sophia rectifier and upgraded driver tubes feeding a HD600. Have to say how very pleasant this combination is. It doesn't have the detail or dynamics I am getting from the Taurus / LCD-X combination, but it is a very enjoyable and engaging listen. I like it a lot. Something about the glow of the tubes in a darkened room also does it for me. After burn in I will swap out the Sophia and put in my EML 274B mesh plate and see how that compares. The EML mesh plate has to be the most beautiful tube ever made - I hope it sounds as good as it looks :smile_phones:

 

I will post some pics when I am able - I think there is a 5 post minimum before I can do that.

 

My current setup:

 

iPod Classic -> Wadia I170 transport -> Simaudio Moon 100D -> Taurus Mk2 -> LCD-X

 

I am splitting the DAC output into the WA6 -> HD600 rig as well, so I can swap between the LCD-X and HD600 to compare.

 

Why go for the Taurus? Honestly, I was originally going to stop at the WA6 + HD600 combination - but I got hooked. I wanted a SS amp that could drive any dynamic or planar headphone with aplomb - and every review of the Taurus I can find says that it can do exactly that, including the HE6 (which appears to be the current benchmark for difficult to drive headphones). I wanted to hook the Taurus up to a planar headphone, so the LCD-X was on the buy list. Next I want a DAC that matches the capabilities of the Taurus and LCD-X - so on to the Vega. After that I will be stopping for a while and letting my wallet recover.

 

Anyway, a big thank you to all the posters and reviewers at HeadFi for sharing your knowledge and experiences. It makes starting out for a newbie like me a lot easier. :smile:

post #744 of 1861

Thank you very much for your feedback :) I'm looking forward to your impressions of the Vega - on its own and in comparison to the 100D.

post #745 of 1861

You will be amazed when you put the Vega into the chain. 

post #746 of 1861

Yep, the Vega is going to rock your world!!

post #747 of 1861

Should be getting the Vega today or tomorrow. It is an ex-demo unit, so will be already burnt in (if that even applies to a DAC).

 

Will post some first impressions as soon as I get it hooked up.

post #748 of 1861
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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post
 

Should be getting the Vega today or tomorrow. It is an ex-demo unit, so will be already burnt in (if that even applies to a DAC).

 

Will post some first impressions as soon as I get it hooked up.

 

Good luck!

 

You will hear the differences from the very start, you will have to do some personal burn-in too, though. Get used to the sound, it's very detailed and with great imaging, but it also makes bad sound worse and good sound awesome.

 

I don't know what's going on in my chain lately, but I'm very happy :D

And for people who say LCD-3 don't have bass are fooling themselves and under-powering the headphones themselves.

post #749 of 1861

Funny, I haven't had the bad sound worse moments, but then I have very few low bit-rate files on hand.  What are you finding that triggers this?

 

What I have found is that paired with the Cavalli a large number of conventional recordings sound binaural.  Like really sound binaural, it's really interesting to hear so much soundstage on conventional, familiar tracks...

 

The only gripe I ever have is that for some reason sometimes on the first track that I play in DSD I get a burst of nasty noise for about 15seconds, randomly in the first few minutes.  But it doesn't repeat.  Anyone have thoughts on this?  I've tried different USB cables.

post #750 of 1861
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Originally Posted by XVampireX View Post
 

 

Good luck!

 

You will hear the differences from the very start, you will have to do some personal burn-in too, though. Get used to the sound, it's very detailed and with great imaging, but it also makes bad sound worse and good sound awesome.

 

I don't know what's going on in my chain lately, but I'm very happy :D

And for people who say LCD-3 don't have bass are fooling themselves and under-powering the headphones themselves.

 

Agree with all the above. I have not heard the LCD-3, but I can assure folks that the Vega/Taurus/LCD-X setup has bags of bass. I put some AC/DC through it and it nearly blew me away. Controlled, precise bass - as much as you want.

 

My Vega is now hooked up and feeding the Taurus/LCD-X and WA6/HD600. This is after only 30 hours burn in on the Taurus/LCD-X and WA6, so I expect some change over the coming weeks.

 

Also, I don't have the XLR interconnects between the Vega and Taurus - they are next on my list - only RCA connections for the moment. Not sure how much difference the XLR interconnects can make - very interested in any feedback from fellow headfiers on this.

 

Ok, enough preamble - onto the meaty stuff. The sound with the Vega.

 

Vega/Taurus/LCD-X

The overly bright and somewhat uncontrolled treble is gone. Everything - bass, mids & treble - are utterly precise. I can now easily tell which of my source recordings are up to snuff and which are not - any imperfections are laid out for examination like an autopsy.

Detail has increased. I didn't think this was even possible, but it happened. I am hearing things, within things, that I didn't know existed. I know that sounds cliched - please keep in mind this is my first exposure to high end headfi. I have never heard anything like this before.

Soundstage - by far the biggest difference with the Vega. There is now tremendous width to the soundstage, and it also has depth and height. Instrument separation is present - not pin sharp - but it is certainly there in a big way. The Moon 100D really struggled here. Its soundstage was axial and narrow. Separation was vague and muddy.

 

Vega/WA6/HD600

Sound quality jumped several notches. In relative terms, a significantly bigger increase in SQ than with the Taurus/LCD-X. I wasn't expecting that at all. I think this shows the quality of the WA6/HD600 combination, together with the Sophia Princess upgrade. In absolute terms the Taurus/LCD-X combination shows significantly better detail and control (of course), but the addition of the Vega did more for the WA6/HD600 SQ than the Taurus/LCD-X SQ.

Soundstage also picked up markedly. Still not on the same level as the Taurus/LCD-X, but I never expected it to be.

When pushed, the treble will falter a little, and the bass lacks the precision of the Taurus/LCD-X.

However, the vocals are just wonderful. Velvety smooth and warm - I can (and will) listen to this for hours and hours.

 

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the addition of the Vega. It has done all I had expected and much, much more. It partners so very well with the Taurus - an expensive combination, but the results are impressive.

 

A special thank you to Tyll at InnerFidelity for putting the LCDs and Taurus on the Wall of Fame. Great reviews and wonderful website for headfiers.

 

I'll post an update in a couple of weeks after the burn in is complete.

 

EDIT - I was saying 'digital' interconnects when I should have been referring to 'XLR' interconnects - my bad.


Edited by TonyNewman - 6/17/14 at 11:45am
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