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post #796 of 930
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Originally Posted by audiofreakie View Post

@Soren, so what your plan if you in my position? I really need to upgrade from my source.
@SkyBleu, you know I can't biggrin.gif, that's my first setup (minus the e11) to the "audiophile" world, Clip+ paired with GR07 biggrin.gif

I have the DX90 firmly in my sights, possibly with a topkit upgrad for the PB2 as well. Or, you know, you could upgrade your headphones ;)

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I have the DX90 firmly in my sights, possibly with a topkit upgrad for the PB2 as well. Or, you know, you could upgrade your headphones ;)


I would go for headphone upgrade as well. Headphones makes up a huge difference in the signal chain. Even an iPod classic will sound good with a good headphone.

post #798 of 930
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I would go for headphone upgrade as well. Headphones makes up a huge difference in the signal chain. Even an iPod classic will sound good with a good headphone.


According to a friend of mine, IPC+RB, with correct EQ settings, 1+2 can sound heavenly.

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According to a friend of mine, IPC+RB, with correct EQ settings, 1+2 can sound heavenly.


Lol took me a while to decipher that code :beerchug:

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Lol took me a while to decipher that code :beerchug:


Oh I am sorry mate, my bad.

 

Ipod Classic, Rockboxed, equalizer, Tralucent Audio 1plus2 :happy_face1:

post #801 of 930
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Oh I am sorry mate, my bad.

 

Ipod Classic, Rockboxed, equalizer, Tralucent Audio 1plus2 :happy_face1:

I didn't even have to do a double take, I just read it.

 

I spend waaaaaaayyy too much time in here.

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I didn't even have to do a double take, I just read it.

 

I spend waaaaaaayyy too much time in here.


At the beginning I was also becoming confused pretty often and even now there are things I am quite newbie at, still it is a never ending process. I agree though, I also spend waaay too much time in here.

 

Nevertheless, enjoying good music is the best hobby ever.

post #803 of 930
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I have the DX90 firmly in my sights, possibly with a topkit upgrad for the PB2 as well. Or, you know, you could upgrade your headphones ;)

I will be geeeting a DX90 as well, right now though im really enjoying my DX50 with the Ibasso D42, what a great combo! Also, I will get to audition the X5 which will be awesome, but have strong hopes for the DX90, maybe I will have to get both. Dam this hobby!!!

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I have the DX90 firmly in my sights, possibly with a topkit upgrad for the. PB2 as well. Or, you know, you could upgrade your headphones wink.gif

Thank you Soren, so I decide to sell my DX50-PB2-HD25 and other stuff to buy new "headphones". Will buy Stax SRS005MK2 system soon...
post #805 of 930
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Thank you Soren, so I decide to sell my DX50-PB2-HD25 and other stuff to buy new "headphones". Will buy Stax SRS005MK2 system soon...


Wow, that's a complete change :happy_face1: Good luck on purchase then, hope that it fits your taste.

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@AmberOzl, thank you, all stuff has been sold out, I hope it so biggrin.gif
post #807 of 930
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Now that you have good experience with pb2 and quickstep,
What is really the diff between the active balance and the normal?
Is it really worth changing all your cables? (Im talking about me, i dont have any balanced cable)
post #808 of 930
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Now that you have good experience with pb2 and quickstep,
What is really the diff between the active balance and the normal?
Is it really worth changing all your cables? (Im talking about me, i dont have any balanced cable)

Well, it depends. With the R1 I got a very nice sound with a weighty low end. Not bass boosted per se, but the bass had some serious muscle behind it. Soundstage wise it was lke being in the first row at a smaller venue. The Quickstep, on the other hand, had less muscle behind the bass but the soundstage and separation was better. Like sitting 2-3 rows from the stage in a larger venue, giving you a better overview of everything, allowing you to accurately place the sounds. 

 

The PB2's single ended output was much like the sound of the Quickstep, but with the soundstage of the R1. Balanced output, however, is great. I get the muscle of the R1 (even on low gain...) with an amazing soundscape. Soundscape, not soundstage, because things are now happening around me, not just in front of me, like I'm on the stage with the band. Everything has it's clear place in all directions (on good recordings) making it easier to pick up details since the sounds aren't falling over eachother to get to your ears. 

 

The gains depend on the rest of your chain. With well-made recordings and my highly resolving ciems (that were already doing VERY well in the soundstage department), the gains are worth the trouble. I also recently picked up a used set of HD595's for use at home and reterminated them to 4-pin mini-xlr:

 

Then I just use whatever adapter I need, Hirose or 3.5mm, depending on what I use them with. The 595 is a nice and comfortable headphone, but the gains from going balanced are less than they are with my ciems. I actually find the R1 amp to be the most enjoyable pairing with them.

 

Conclusion: With good source material, a good source and resolving headphones, going balanced is worth it (to my ears).

 

Keep in mind that I solder all my own cables so I only have to worry about the cost of the parts - $10 Hirose connectors, $4 Mini-Xlr...

post #809 of 930
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Well, it depends. With the R1 I got a very nice sound with a weighty low end. Not bass boosted per se, but the bass had some serious muscle behind it. Soundstage wise it was lke being in the first row at a smaller venue. The Quickstep, on the other hand, had less muscle behind the bass but the soundstage and separation was better. Like sitting 2-3 rows from the stage in a larger venue, giving you a better overview of everything, allowing you to accurately place the sounds. 

 

The PB2's single ended output was much like the sound of the Quickstep, but with the soundstage of the R1. Balanced output, however, is great. I get the muscle of the R1 (even on low gain...) with an amazing soundscape. Soundscape, not soundstage, because things are now happening around me, not just in front of me, like I'm on the stage with the band. Everything has it's clear place in all directions (on good recordings) making it easier to pick up details since the sounds aren't falling over eachother to get to your ears. 

 

The gains depend on the rest of your chain. With well-made recordings and my highly resolving ciems (that were already doing VERY well in the soundstage department), the gains are worth the trouble. I also recently picked up a used set of HD595's for use at home and reterminated them to 4-pin mini-xlr:

 

Then I just use whatever adapter I need, Hirose or 3.5mm, depending on what I use them with. The 595 is a nice and comfortable headphone, but the gains from going balanced are less than they are with my ciems. I actually find the R1 amp to be the most enjoyable pairing with them.

 

Conclusion: With good source material, a good source and resolving headphones, going balanced is worth it (to my ears).

 

Keep in mind that I solder all my own cables so I only have to worry about the cost of the parts - $10 Hirose connectors, $4 Mini-Xlr...

I can do my own cables too but I have never done a full cable for headphones (main heads at the moment are k240mk2, HD25 and W4R). ICs and adapters are way easier.

 

Back on the amp. I do like A LOT a bass boost! but I know that there is a small number of good+portable amps that have it.

So in order to go full balanced I need at least 2 custom cables (HD25/W4R)...

 

This is why I was hopping the Qstep will be 95% close to full balanced.

post #810 of 930
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I can do my own cables too but I have never done a full cable for headphones (main heads at the moment are k240mk2, HD25 and W4R). ICs and adapters are way easier.

 

Back on the amp. I do like A LOT a bass boost! but I know that there is a small number of good+portable amps that have it.

So in order to go full balanced I need at least 2 custom cables (HD25/W4R)...

 

This is why I was hopping the Qstep will be 95% close to full balanced.

The QStep is very good and it does give you a better soundstage than any other single ended portable amp I've tried. The PB2 might be just 5% better but sometimes those 5% really make a difference - like icing on a cake, just the final touch. 

 

Honestly, had the QStep been in the same boring shape as the PB2 and R1 and had it been rechargeable like those, I probably would have stopped chasing the perfect amp right there. 

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