I am thinking of getting a whiplash hybrid v3 cable for my 846 and dx100.
will it be better than the pure silver cable?
Hey Spook, (in search of a source that matches the 846 as well as my Galaxy S1 does my E5c), I've ordered the Sony ZX1. If that doesn't work, I think you know what's next (your favorite, the AK240). This time I'm putting you in my Will.
I appreciate the advice, Spook. I really do, but I'm going to go kicking and screaming back to a stack.
I last charged the Note 3 Friday night and right now I have 20% battery remaining. I remember the E11 use to just die because I would forget to turn it off. I then bought the Headstage Arrow 4G because it would automatically turn off one minute after the music stopped. It would go for a long time but there's never a good time (on a 10 hour ride) for an amp to need charging.
I'm not lacking in background quietness and certainly not power. There is plenty of room to turn things up (in both V4A and Poweramp). And I'm not (necessarily) lacking in the ability for good imagining. Poweramp won't do the imaging like the Maven Player and Maven won't do the sub-bass and clarity like Poweramp.
I'm essentially going thru the motions with players like the HM-802 (and soon the ZX1) just to be sure. Even though, the ZX1 is an Android device, I'm not going to install V4A on it or tinker to much in a 30 day trial. I will install my favorite music apps and see what it can do.
I spent an hour today with the HTC One (M8). It had the disadvantage of only having the stock Music Player app (and Google Music Player) on it so it was behind in every category (but the potential is there, I think). How much potential, I couldn't tell in one audition.
I was (most likely) joking about buying the AK240, but (who knows) curiosity might get the best of me one of these days.
It all started with a joke, I end up blowing a big hole in my wallet this year and it all started with a few jokes.:)
Another ominous sign in the "joke", is that when I moved some money (to cover the ZX1), it was $3000. That's going to either cover a few small bills for years or.....
Spending a grand on an IEM is "sane", but I'd have to be crazy to spend $2500 on a DAP, right?
Well, the ak240 is unbelievable. The shape of the player looks terrible to me, but it wasnt too uncomfortable to use or hold. Sound quality was simply stunning. So perfectly clear and neutral that you forget about the SQ and just hear the music. On another, $2000 cheaper note, the new DX90 for $420 is just blowing me away right now. UI has been working fine, dual sabre dac's are amazing, and the internal amp is much improved over the dx50...so much so that I dont even mind leaving my RSA Shadow at home when I want to travel light. Best part is, it just gets better when you add a good amp to it. I cant say it is quite as good as what I heard from the ak240(which was playing dsd, so not a totally fair comparison), but I would say this little dap rewrites the law of diminishing returns.
Initial Comparisons after 12 hours of listening: SE500 --> SE846
Listening to a variety of popular music: Oasis, Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Adele, Guns N Roses... Not an audiophile at all and just enjoying music straight from an iphone5.
SE846: the separation of instruments is incredible, I am picking up new details on minor instruments which i never noticed before. Soundstage is great! Acoustic guitars resonate more... bass has a strong and firm foundation to support the rest of the music. Better lows and high bring a much more layered approach to the music. Mids sound smoother than the SE500 but retain that warmth, with less rolloff on the highs. Definitely not fatiguing like the ie800s i sampled.
These iems really excel when played reasonably loud. They are so engaging that I literally feel physically affected (slightly sweating from the impact/emotion of the music! The overal response and speed of the iems make them a big step up and bring alot of excitement and dazzle to the music.
Comfort: undecided on the memory wire. A bit troublesome as i wear glasses and they are a bit thick there. Overall, ergonomics are on par with SE500 and 100x better than the ie800. Crazy planning by Shure. the iphone in-line mic has such a long cable that it's not practical to use that in conjunction with the SE846.
Burning them in now... won't try the other filters until later.