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post #1516 of 6849

I use my iPhone 5S with these SE846s most of the time.  The biggest improvement when I went to an external DAC/amp was that the bass is much tighter and the treble a bit cleaner.

post #1517 of 6849

still loving these. that bass adds such a fun and energetic dimension.

post #1518 of 6849

I just spent 10 minutes listen to a 30 second snippet of a song on my LG G flex powered by my Objective 2, and on my LG G flex directly (equalizing the volume using a db meter). Couldn't find a single difference. Just sharing my experiences. Lots of subtle imagined differences (sometimes I thought the phone was better, sometimes the amp) but by relistening I could see that was just a mirage.

post #1519 of 6849

I can tell a difference between any phone and objective.  Objective is very transparent.  You can hear lots more details if the iems permits it.  With objective you can actually find out if the iems are detailed.

 

On another note, I notice 535 is fever forward with the mids, the voice sound like the mike is held close, and 836 the mike is futher away with the instruments.  That's my take.  That's what I mean by 535 is more sensitive, it's more forward, so therefore louder at lower volume.  

 

836 definately needs an amp to show it's potential.  Bass is stronger and low mids tight, and much airyer.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/6/14 at 9:43pm
post #1520 of 6849
You mean the objective dac? I'm just using the objective amp alone (phone connected via line in).
post #1521 of 6849

Yes, DAC and Amp combo.  I've tried Gamma2, and objective DAC sounds more transparent.

post #1522 of 6849
Oh yeah I can tell the difference between all my dacs. I have three now.btw I think the o dac.might be a Texas instruments dac based on a pic I saw of it. I'm pretty sure mwavguy can't program and fabricate dac chips lol.
post #1523 of 6849

Nope.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/6/14 at 11:08pm
post #1524 of 6849

The ODAC uses a ESS Sabre chip...:confused:  

post #1525 of 6849

Yes it is.  :ph34r:  I guess my ears are liking the Sabre setup, but my point is, it's not just the chip.  It's the whole circuitry of the DAC.


Edited by SilverEars - 3/6/14 at 11:14pm
post #1526 of 6849

Do you guys know of any other good sources that are really transparent like ODAC/OAMP that can reveal if the headphones are good or not?

post #1527 of 6849
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Apple's iDevices are pretty good with IEMs IMO.

Ag8908: The Geek Out might be worth trying once they start shipping them, but it would be worth waiting for reviews. I'll try and remember do a 60db-level listening comparison when I finally get mine.

I disagree. When I use my Apogee One as a DAC + Amp in comparison to my iPod Touch, the Shure SE535 sounds so much better. Bigger soundstage, better bass, better balance, better separation and so on ... The same is also true on my Retina Macbook Pro,  the Shure SE535 sounds like a different IEM (much better) when using the Apogee One. 

 

I haven't been able to use the Shure SE535 with my latest iPhone 5S though since I'm still waiting for an iPhone cable from Shure. The hole in the case is too small for the standard connector. Hopefully the iPhone 5S sounds better :P


Edited by ubs28 - 3/6/14 at 11:22pm
post #1528 of 6849
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Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post
 

I've been thinking of buying this. It's a small enough price that it's not a total gamble if it does nothing.

 

http://geek.lhlabs.com/geekout/

 

Do you have any reason to believe this as-of-now unknown is better than, say, the less expensive AudioQuest Dragonfly?

post #1529 of 6849
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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post

Do you have any reason to believe this as-of-now unknown is better than, say, the less expensive AudioQuest Dragonfly?

No.it could be totally useless.
post #1530 of 6849
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

I disagree. When I use my Apogee One as a DAC + Amp in comparison to my iPod Touch, the Shure SE535 sounds so much better. Bigger soundstage, better bass, better balance, better separation and so on ... The same is also true on my Retina Macbook Pro,  the Shure SE535 sounds like a different IEM (much better) when using the Apogee One. 

I haven't been able to use the Shure SE535 with my latest iPhone 5S though since I'm still waiting for an iPhone cable from Shure. The hole in the case is too small for the standard connector. Hopefully the iPhone 5S sounds better :P

Some people don't like the sounds signature of certain dacs but that's subjective. but it's good that you found one you like. I'm still looking myself. The amp alone is almost certainly not doing anything though.
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