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post #466 of 582
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Originally Posted by thegunner100 View Post
 

Mmm, I got it about 1.5 weeks ago. At first I didn't like how it sounded, but now it's more tolerable. It honestly wasn't worth the extra money over the nfb-10es2. I spent yesterday 2 hours comparing the two dacs using a radioshack RCA switchbox w/ asio4all so that I could quickly A/B the two. I honestly didn't notice the different between the two with at least half of the tracks that I tried at first. But then I found an absolute difference in one of my test tracks. After that, I was able to easily identify the differences in many more tracks afterwards. The gungnir is more lively sounding, and loud. It has better bass texture and rendering but at the same time, its treble is also a little bit more... splashy? Very noticeable when listening to metal or electronic music. A little bit too much energy for my liking with the hd800 and vali, but sounds VERY good with the uha-6s and uerm.

 

I also bought a Emotiva Stealth DC-1 dac/pre-amp for $500 on sale; it should arrive on Friday, just in time for my mini meet at my house on Saturday. I'm hoping that it has the technical capabilities of the Gungnir without the excessive energy. I wish it could arrive earlier for some more burn-in time, but UPS doesn't deliver on new year's eve and new year's day :(. Anyways, I am hoping to do a dac-off between the NFB-10es2, gungnir, dc-1, and concero. Best sounding dac (with my setup) with the best features will be kept, and the rest returned or sold off. A mid-range dac will do very well for a while... I don't think that I will notice much performance increase until $2k+ most likely. And even then, there's no way I can afford that as a college student. There will be a master 7 at my meet, so I will determine if it's remotely worth it over the mid-range dacs.

 

Here's the list of gear that will be at my meet, assuming everyone makes it. Things that I own are noted with a asterisk *

 

 

Headphones:

2x HD600 (One silver driver version, one black driver version)*

2x HD800 (Anax 2.0)*

UERMs*

Sennheiser amperiors

DT990/600

ATH-W1000x

ath-w3000anv,

esw11

es7000 woodie mod

TH600

AH-D600

Sony MDR-1R

Mad Dogs

 

 

Amps:

2x Schiit Vali*

Schiit Magni

NFB-10es2*

UHA-6s mkii (ADA427)*

Little Dot MK III

Aune T1

ALO continental

DNA Stratus

 

 

Dacs:

NFB-10es2*

Schiit Gungnir*

Emotiva Stealth DC-1*

2x Schiit Modi

Aune T1

Audio-gd Master 7

ODAC

Resonessence Labs Concero

Whoa! I wish I could make it!

post #467 of 582

thegunner100 

 

W3000ANV have similar sound signature to W1000X? I want to buy W1000X but I wonder if there is something better with same ''funny'' but also not midless sound. 

post #468 of 582
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thegunner100 

 

W3000ANV have similar sound signature to W1000X? I want to buy W1000X but I wonder if there is something better with same ''funny'' but also not midless sound. 


I'm not sure. I haven't heard either one of them before. Will have to get back to you on that one. 

post #469 of 582

I'll be grateful! Happy listening :)

post #470 of 582
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Did I mention? I'm getting a small speaker system for my room in Korea.

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MCR-042DG-Desktop-Audio-System/dp/B00B2IRH00/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388457074&sr=8-2&keywords=yamaha+mcr+042

Not ultra high end, but my dad recommended it to me immensely(and he paid for half of it too!). I hope it's as good as decent sub $200 2 channel monitor. Any thoughts on these? These were quite famous in Korea for having good full sound.

post #471 of 582
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Did I mention? I'm getting a small speaker system for my room in Korea.

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MCR-042DG-Desktop-Audio-System/dp/B00B2IRH00/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388457074&sr=8-2&keywords=yamaha+mcr+042

Not ultra high end, but my dad recommended it to me immensely(and he paid for half of it too!). I hope it's as good as decent sub $200 2 channel monitor. Any thoughts on these? These were quite famous in Korea for having good full sound.

Never heard of it but seems interesting! Report back when you receive them! xD

post #472 of 582
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Alright. So, I left my fiio mini-mini in the States, so I need a mini-mini asap. So I made one.

It was hard! But the sound is surprisingly very good. Not the best aesthetics, but I did use quality material(I guess)

My UE-Pelican Mini Mini.

*

DIY is hard. But it sounds really good. UE cable is indeed high quality.

post #473 of 582
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Oh, magical tip for those who are trying to DIY.

Electric Tape! Screw heat shrink. Heat shrink looks nicer, but electric tape is magical. It save my life today.

post #474 of 582
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Alright. So, I left my fiio mini-mini in the States, so I need a mini-mini asap. So I made one.

It was hard! But the sound is surprisingly very good. Not the best aesthetics, but I did use quality material(I guess)

My UE-Pelican Mini Mini.

*

DIY is hard. But it sounds really good. UE cable is indeed high quality.

Nice!! I'm planning to build an amp as well but don't know where to start and which model to build xD 

post #475 of 582
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Nice!! I'm planning to build an amp as well but don't know where to start and which model to build xD 

Lol. Try O2. O2 should be fairly easy to build.

post #476 of 582
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Lol. Try O2. O2 should be fairly easy to build.

Your the second one who voted for O2! I'm in for O2 as well but part of me is whispering to me asking me to go for CMoy and buying a fully assembled O2! However, I don't need that much amp as welll

 

Thanks for the advice! xD

post #477 of 582
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Alright. I spent this afternoon just listening to music.

 

I tried H3, RE400, SRH1540, TH600, and HD800.

 

Just my quick impression on all of them. Used AK100 and UHA-6S.MKII

 

H3: Hmmm... a V shaped iem. Not my cup of tea. Slightly lacking clarity, but great overall bass impact. Huge housing size.

RE400: Tiny yet superb. Sounds very natural, with a very small coloration in bass and mid. Loved it.

SRH1540: Whoa. Shure really changed their closed back line. I own the SRH940, the best close back they had before the SRH1540, and they are drastically different. SRH940 is bit more sharper and clearer while SRH1540 sounds much more natural and warm. I think I might like the SRH1540 bit more.

TH600: V shaped, but I still love it. Very liquid sound with great bass impact.

HD800: Yay! A very familiar sound sig! It sounds very much like UERM, except bit more laid back. Obviously, I loved it. Clarity and detail wise, I say they are on par with UERM, but HD800 does have wider and more laid back presentation. Matches well with the Leckertons.

post #478 of 582
Thread Starter 

This new mini-mini I built sounds amazing. It doesn't look aesthetically appealing, but it's sturdy. Loving it so far.

post #479 of 582
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Alright. I spent this afternoon just listening to music.

 

I tried H3, RE400, SRH1540, TH600, and HD800.

 

Just my quick impression on all of them. Used AK100 and UHA-6S.MKII

 

H3: Hmmm... a V shaped iem. Not my cup of tea. Slightly lacking clarity, but great overall bass impact. Huge housing size.

RE400: Tiny yet superb. Sounds very natural, with a very small coloration in bass and mid. Loved it.

SRH1540: Whoa. Shure really changed their closed back line. I own the SRH940, the best close back they had before the SRH1540, and they are drastically different. SRH940 is bit more sharper and clearer while SRH1540 sounds much more natural and warm. I think I might like the SRH1540 bit more.

TH600: V shaped, but I still love it. Very liquid sound with great bass impact.

HD800: Yay! A very familiar sound sig! It sounds very much like UERM, except bit more laid back. Obviously, I loved it. Clarity and detail wise, I say they are on par with UERM, but HD800 does have wider and more laid back presentation. Matches well with the Leckertons.

My impression towards the HD800 is that they have excellent soundstage and imaging, very good clairty. Something like the AKG K550 but with better resolution, warmer and wider soundstage. I am really tempted to try the SRH 1540!!!  If I like it, I might as well buy it later this year to end my 2014 purchase xD 

post #480 of 582

I wouldn't say that the hd800 is laid back with the uha-6s at all... especially unmodded :P. Once modded, the treble becomes a lot less problematic and indeed slightly laid back compared to the uerms. 

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