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post #1321 of 1525
Anyone use a portable DAC with the K545 and iPhone 4s?
post #1322 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi Guy View Post

Anyone use a portable DAC with the K545 and iPhone 4s?

 

I've only used the Vamp Verza on my 5s...  Warms up cause of the DAC.  It does improve it though. 

post #1323 of 1525

I'm using the C5D with a usb connection so I can use the dac.

 

Aside from reduced noise from the dac, I'd say the amp also helps out with bass extension and widens the separation a bit (but whether that really means anything to you is purely ymmv). Honestly I have no way to truely A/B blind test so it's very possible that I have bias towards wanting to hear something from the C5D.

 

The greatest advantage of using the C5D is that you get a nice 260 dollar hand warmer.

 

The headphone itself is really easy to drive so it really doesn't need an amp at all but a dac would really help out to eliminate noise (of course if you're going to be listening to these headphones outside, there's going to be other outside noise factors as well).

post #1324 of 1525

Got these recently and I'm very impressed.  Comfortable and light on my head, long listening sessions would be no problem!  Sound is great, I intend to burn-in at least 200 hours.

post #1325 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Semont View Post

I'm using the C5D with a usb connection so I can use the dac.

Aside from reduced noise from the dac, I'd say the amp also helps out with bass extension and widens the separation a bit (but whether that really means anything to you is purely ymmv). Honestly I have no way to truely A/B blind test so it's very possible that I have bias towards wanting to hear something from the C5D.

The greatest advantage of using the C5D is that you get a nice 260 dollar hand warmer.

The headphone itself is really easy to drive so it really doesn't need an amp at all but a dac would really help out to eliminate noise (of course if you're going to be listening to these headphones outside, there's going to be other outside noise factors as well).

I was looking at this combo and I'll probably get it after I get bored of my sound. Does the CCK make it inconvenient to carry around?
post #1326 of 1525
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

I've only used the Vamp Verza on my 5s...  Warms up cause of the DAC.  It does improve it though. 

If I had $500 to spend I'd have this in a heartbeat. Lol is it really worth it?
post #1327 of 1525

I'm using an android phone so I use the Fiio L15 usb cable. It's just as much hassle as the Fiio L8 aux cable.

 

The only problem so far is the location of the usb ports because my phone has its port on the bottom left side (Motorola 925) while the C5D has its port on the bottom side. This causes the cable to stick out awkwardly but I keep one rubber band around them and then enclose them both with a Koss porta pro bag.

 

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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi Guy View Post


I was looking at this combo and I'll probably get it after I get bored of my sound. Does the CCK make it inconvenient to carry around?

 

So after a week of use, I've finally got the comfort and seal pretty well down. The sound is great as usual and I'm finding that outside noise cancellation is actually quite good. In fact good enough to block out nearly as much sound as an IEM would. The only real annoyance that I find from these headphones is that the paint wears off really easily. I treat my headphones very lightly so this really comes off as a surprise for me although this IS my first headphone with a construction mostly composed out of metal.


Edited by Semont - 3/28/14 at 1:23pm
post #1328 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi Guy View Post


If I had $500 to spend I'd have this in a heartbeat. Lol is it really worth it?

 

It's a warmer, more musical DAC, definitely brings out a little more out of the K545.  Whether its worth 600 dollars is subjective though :/ 

post #1329 of 1525

I hope Apple improves the iPhone DAC in their next phone or at least makes it so companies don't need a license from them.

post #1330 of 1525
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi Guy View Post
 

I hope Apple improves the iPhone DAC in their next phone or at least makes it so companies don't need a license from them.

 

The DAC in the iPhone is actually a good DAC. 

 

As for the licensing, it is actually only put in place to ensure that the product works properly with the 30-pin/8-pin connectors that Apple uses.  In order to obtain the license, you have to hit certain standards (which will then allow you to put the "made for iPhone/iPod" tag on your product).  That tag simply means that it has been tested to meet Apple's standards so it won't lose support if Apple updates the software for whatever reason.  Certain software updates have been known to break unlicensed hardware, and it isn't always intentional (or known why it happens). 

post #1331 of 1525
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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post
 

 

The DAC in the iPhone is actually a good DAC. 

 

As for the licensing, it is actually only put in place to ensure that the product works properly with the 30-pin/8-pin connectors that Apple uses.  In order to obtain the license, you have to hit certain standards (which will then allow you to put the "made for iPhone/iPod" tag on your product).  That tag simply means that it has been tested to meet Apple's standards so it won't lose support if Apple updates the software for whatever reason.  Certain software updates have been known to break unlicensed hardware, and it isn't always intentional (or known why it happens). 

Thanks for the info man. 

It would be nice for them to be cheaper though. lol 

post #1332 of 1525
CCK works too actually.

+1for budget friendly DAC for iOS xD
post #1333 of 1525

Hey guys, Great News!

 

For those that are interested in the HM5 earpads, they are back in stock at mp4 nation!

I just bought 4 today so if you want them I suggest you hurry before they are sold out again.

 

Here is the link:

http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-earphones/brainwavz-hm5-spare-earpad-1pc

post #1334 of 1525
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Originally Posted by eym215 View Post
 

Hey guys, Great News!

 

For those that are interested in the HM5 earpads, they are back in stock at mp4 nation!

I just bought 4 today so if you want them I suggest you hurry before they are sold out again.

 

Here is the link:

http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-earphones/brainwavz-hm5-spare-earpad-1pc

Just ordered these :beyersmile:

post #1335 of 1525

I recently created this thread, and I was recommended the AKG K545's, so I figured I should come here and ask actual owners if they meet my requirements.

 

After hearing about the AKG K545's and what they sound like, I became very interested in them, but I got turned off by the fact that the plug for the headphones is 1.5mm instead of 3.5mm. Because of that, I'm strongly considering purchasing the AKG K845's. As far as I know, they have the same sound quality as the original, and can take a 3.5mm jack into the cup, rather than having the smaller jack.

 

Is this true? (I've only seen a video that shows the cable, and it seems both ends are the same size)

 

What about isolation/leakage? Are they as good as the ATH-M50's? (The headphones I am replacing.)

 

If someone could confirm these impressions for me, I think I'm ready to make my purchase. 

 

Thank you in advance. 


Edited by BRSxIgnition - 4/4/14 at 11:18am
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