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I've got a light harmonic geek on preorder with the 9018k2m and I'll be comparing the two side by side once it arrives in January. 

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Has anyone tried Herus with HD650? Thanks.
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so far just A/B ing  BifrostUber + Vali vs. Herus (solo).   using macbook pro + Audirvana, alternative and rock tracks of 24/96 and 24/192-

Very surprised how close the Herus can be at times to the Schiit combo. 

 

Actually I'm not soooo surprised by your statement , I don't have an Herus myself but I've put my money on a portable combo Concero+627x and honnestly my HRT microstreamer is very close to this

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Actually I'm not soooo surprised by your statement , I don't have an Herus myself but I've put my money on a portable combo Concero+627x and honnestly my HRT microstreamer is very close to this

 

Indeed the Herus may get close to transportable setups, but for me it was highly dependent on headphones.

it sounded "close" when listening on SRH840, and maybe depending on source material with HD600,

if I could get accurate volume control dialed in which was easy to do on laptop but harder to control on IOS devices.

 

my Herus did have some "airy" but not loud background hiss which wasn't expected with UM3X,

yet as expected the lack of power did hinder the HE-500 sonic potential.

so it all depends which headphones you have IMHO.

 

these tests further cemented my enjoyment and keeping HiFi M8 as my portable unit, due to sonic quality, more versatile power and features.  even at the slight inconvenience of not being small enough to fit in my pocket.  ha!

post #110 of 258
The CanOpener iOS music player will give you precise volume control but only from the screen, not from the volume buttons.
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Indeed the Herus may get close to transportable setups, but for me it was highly dependent on headphones.

it sounded "close" when listening on SRH840, and maybe depending on source material with HD600,

I think you are perfectly right and I forgot to mention that very important point.

With my HP100 or Mad Dogs, there are no difference, I start to notice some very small changes with my HD700. I still need to try with my HD600 though

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Has anyone tried Herus with HD650? Thanks.
Yes and a bit disappointed tbh, takes the warmth and laid back nature away from the HD-650 and makes it a bit bright. Almost as if the HD-650 can't keep up with the music. The Herus work very well with JH13 pro though really adds weight and depth to the sound. Probably the HD-659 impedance is to high for the Herus to drive properly.
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Yes and a bit disappointed tbh, takes the warmth and laid back nature away from the HD-650 and makes it a bit bright.

 

The more I listen to the Herus, the more I realize that it is fantastic as a DAC but not completely perfect as a headphone amp.

 

With headphones that are known to be difficult to drive, I find Herus makes them somewhat thin and bright. In comparison to the similar contenders like the Audioquest Dragonfly or Meridian Explorer, Herus definitely feels the most thin and lightweight. Some people might find it "detailed" and "analytical", but Herus definitely doesn't sound as rich and powerful as the big powerful desktop headphone amps.

 

Personally I found the Herus really shines when it was simply used as a line level DAC and connected to a big powerful headphone amp (like my Lehmann BCL), but that kind of defies the point of having a pordable USB device...

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You would have thought a DAC/Amp would be designed for optimum synergy. It seems like the amp is not up to it.

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Well, to be fair it's not really an amp. It's just a dac that feeds line level voltage out but utilizes digital volume control, with under 1 ohm OI, to use as a stand alone unit.

I would expect that adding very good stand alone amp section to the chain will see improvement, but then you lose your extreme portability. I've experienced great, good and so-so synergy with every piece of kit I've tried.
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Well, to be fair it's not really an amp. It's just a dac that feeds line level voltage out but utilizes digital volume control, with under 1 ohm OI, to use as a stand alone unit.

I would expect that adding very good stand alone amp section to the chain will see improvement, but then you lose your extreme portability. I've experienced great, good and so-so synergy with every piece of kit I've tried.


To my knowledge HERUS has hedphone amp/line driver, this one: MAX97220A. It's worth mentioning, that Mallinson has software that tells OS layer that HERUS can do its own volume management, so Windows crappy layer is bypassed and used only for graphic interface. Vol. level has to be managed somehow eventually :biggrin: I guess it's better than mounted vol. control on HERUS.

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Yeah, I assumed it had line out chip. I wondered how the volume was managed, thanks for the info.
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So what USB cables and 1/8" adapters do you guys recommend to go with the Herus?
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So what USB cables and 1/8" adapters do you guys recommend to go with the Herus?


Anything will do :veryevil:

 

Though twin headed USB wires and batteries is something I'll try soon.

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Anything will do very_evil_smiley.gif

Though twin headed USB wires and batteries is something I'll try soon.

I'm trying out the Ww Starlight 7. So far so good.. smily_headphones1.gif
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