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Where is the weakest link in my setup, and is an upgrade worth it?

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Home setup: 

Mid-Tier HP Laptop with v0/320 mp3s > e07k > DT 770 Pro 32 ohm (with velours).

Where is the weakest link? I'm thinking the amp portion of the e07k correct? Wondering if an upgrade would be worth it? Sell and buy e17? Add an e09k to my setup? It may not match well with the low impedance of my headphones. Sell and Buy a Modi and Magni stack? But then I still need a portable amp for my Portable setup with my IEMs (see sig).

I use the 6db gain on my e07k, but the 0db can get loud enough. Should I be using the 0db? The 6db gain sounds better to me somehow even though the no gain would theoretically give me a cleaner signal, right?

​I also use the headphones for gaming/movies on my ps3 by connecting them to an amped headphone jack in the logitech z506 system which is connected to my ps3. Buying an e17 would let me connect via optical in, but I don't care about bit perfect sound in this setup that much.

I am probably going to buy an open headphone in the future, likely the HE-400. Not sure if I should wait out for an upgrade til that point. I just don't want to be under-utilizing the dt770 right now. 


edit: oh and music is 90% rap. 


Edited by thug behram - 2/23/14 at 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by canuckavelli View Post
 

Home setup: 

Mid-Tier HP Laptop with v0/320 mp3s > e07k > DT 770 Pro 32 ohm (with velours).

Where is the weakest link? I'm thinking the amp portion of the e07k correct? Wondering if an upgrade would be worth it? Sell and buy e17? Add an e09k to my setup? It may not match well with the low impedance of my headphones. Sell and Buy a Modi and Magni stack? But then I still need a portable amp for my Portable setup with my IEMs (see sig).

I use the 6db gain on my e07k, but the 0db can get loud enough. Should I be using the 0db? The 6db gain sounds better to me somehow even though the no gain would theoretically give me a cleaner signal, right?

​I also use the headphones for gaming/movies on my ps3 by connecting them to an amped headphone jack in the logitech z506 system which is connected to my ps3. Buying an e17 would let me connect via optical in, but I don't care about bit perfect sound in this setup that much.

I am probably going to buy an open headphone in the future, likely the HE-400. Not sure if I should wait out for an upgrade til that point. I just don't want to be under-utilizing the dt770 right now. 


edit: oh and music is 90% rap. 

 

Rap isn't known for exquisitely mastered recordings.  Upgrading your system will not make the rap sound any better.  In fact, it could make it seem worse since better systems show every flaw in the recordings.  You have a decent system for your music collection. 

post #3 of 6
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I don't know about that.

- modern rap production is similar to most electronic music. Lots or layering, very dynamic, deep bass notes. Having a setup with a large soundstage and great bass reproduction helps a lot.
- older rap - early 90's mostly, has a very minimalistic but airy sound to the production and recordings. Open headphones sound great with this.
- hip-hop at its very core is sample-based so its comprised of many diff genres. If the samples arent replicated well, the entire song isn't.
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Fair enough.  But, let me elaborate.

 

IMHO, rap doesn't rely on subtle soundstaging and imaging like other genres of music, which better systems can highlight.  Also, the mastering of rap is highly compressed and doesn't require the same dynamic range, which better systems can highlight, as other genres of music.

 

All audio is a law of diminishing returns, but I honestly think rap maxes out much sooner than orchestral music does. 

 

Just my thoughts.  Feel free to disagree.

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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Fair enough.  But, let me elaborate.

IMHO, rap doesn't rely on subtle soundstaging and imaging like other genres of music, which better systems can highlight.  Also, the mastering of rap is highly compressed and doesn't require the same dynamic range, which better systems can highlight, as other genres of music.

All audio is a law of diminishing returns, but I honestly think rap maxes out much sooner than orchestral music does. 

Just my thoughts.  Feel free to disagree.

No I see what you mean, I listen to other genres too and rap, electronic, and pop are the easier to sound great as opposed to metal, rock, and classical. Electronic-based music vs instrument-based. I guess I'm just itching for something new, maybe the e17 is a good idea just so I don't hear a hiss when using the ps3.
post #6 of 6

I get upgrade-itis all the time.  Feel free to get some new toys, which is what this hobby is all about.  That's the fun part.  I was just hinting a little that your current system will play your music very well and a higher-end system won't be night and day better. 

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