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post #661 of 1981
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Yeah, Audio Technica's prices here have been getting pretty cheap lately, sometimes even lower than Japanese retail prices. biggrin.gif

My case looks pretty similar to yours, except that it doesn't have the moulded part inside and the front of the case has the word 'audio-technica' instead of just a logo. I'll try to post more pictures of the case on Wednesday.


Yeah, know what you mean, I got some CRK9LTDs from SG earlier this year for a steal! Thought it was a one off thing but I guess I will be keeping an eye on prices there and timing purchases with trips to SG :P

post #662 of 1981
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Yeah, know what you mean, I got some CRK9LTDs from SG earlier this year for a steal! Thought it was a one off thing but I guess I will be keeping an eye on prices there and timing purchases with trips to SG :P

That's a good plan! beerchug.gif
post #663 of 1981

Just occurred to me that from your description of the case, sounds like an ANC7 case...but bigger I guess so that it can fit the MSR7 lol. ANC7 case just nicely fit the ES700

post #664 of 1981

Any ideas on how the Fiio E11K Kilimanjaro2 would enhance the sound of the MSR7's? I would have purchased a Shiite Fulla, but it doesn't have an internal battery and I want to use it with my phone, on the go.


Thanks 

post #665 of 1981
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Originally Posted by LonghornTech View Post
 

Any ideas on how the Fiio E11K Kilimanjaro2 would enhance the sound of the MSR7's? I would have purchased a Shiite Fulla, but it doesn't have an internal battery and I want to use it with my phone, on the go.


Thanks 

 

What is your source?  The sound enhancement will depend on synergy between your source and amp (and of course headphones).

 

Btw, if you checkout my review of X3 2nd gen: http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x3-2nd-gen-ultraportable-hi-res-dap/reviews/12774 - I have a very detailed section toward the end where I tested X1, X3 2nd gen, and X5 in different combinations with E11k and E12A using ONLY MSR7 and wrote down my impressions.  That's probably what you are looking for.

post #666 of 1981
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What is your source?  The sound enhancement will depend on synergy between your source and amp (and of course headphones).

 

Btw, if you checkout my review of X3 2nd gen: http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x3-2nd-gen-ultraportable-hi-res-dap/reviews/12774 - I have a very detailed section toward the end where I tested X1, X3 2nd gen, and X5 in different combinations with E11k and E12A using ONLY MSR7 and wrote down my impressions.  That's probably what you are looking for.

Maybe you can just help me directly.

 

I am looking to get the most out of my MSR7 without spending over $100, if that is at all possible. 

 

I want to be able to play music from my laptop (dell xps13) and phone (LG G3). I am considering buying FLAC audio files, unless you think that is not useful. 

 

Thanks

post #667 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

What is your source?  The sound enhancement will depend on synergy between your source and amp (and of course headphones).

 

Btw, if you checkout my review of X3 2nd gen: http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio-x3-2nd-gen-ultraportable-hi-res-dap/reviews/12774 - I have a very detailed section toward the end where I tested X1, X3 2nd gen, and X5 in different combinations with E11k and E12A using ONLY MSR7 and wrote down my impressions.  That's probably what you are looking for.

Maybe you can just help me directly.

 

I am looking to get the most out of my MSR7 without spending over $100, if that is at all possible. 

 

I want to be able to play music from my laptop (dell xps13) and phone (LG G3). I am considering buying FLAC audio files, unless you think that is not useful. 

 

Thanks

 

Laptop will definitely benefit from USB DAC, and I still prefer Schiit FULLA over everything I've tested and it fits your budget with $79 price tag.  But since you throw LG G3 into the mix, FULLA is a PITA to get to work with a smartphone and I wouldn't recommend it even with a hassle of splitter cables and external batteries.  But there is a brand new solution you might like, works flawlessly as USB DAC and smartphone USB OTG DAC, HRT dSp: http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=1675 - though they are well known company, this one was on their KS campaign which just ended.  I got my review unit about a week ago, and it's a solid performer!!!  Will retail soon for $70, no need for any drivers or OTG adapters or special apps.  Pure plug'n'play into your laptop or Android phone, lots of power, and it sounds damn good!!!

 

 

post #668 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Laptop will definitely benefit from USB DAC, and I still prefer Schiit FULLA over everything I've tested and it fits your budget with $79 price tag.  But since you throw LG G3 into the mix, FULLA is a PITA to get to work with a smartphone and I wouldn't recommend it even with a hassle of splitter cables and external batteries.  But there is a brand new solution you might like, works flawlessly as USB DAC and smartphone USB OTG DAC, HRT dSp: http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=1675 - though they are well known company, this one was on their KS campaign which just ended.  I got my review unit about a week ago, and it's a solid performer!!!  Will retail soon for $70, no need for any drivers or OTG adapters or special apps.  Pure plug'n'play into your laptop or Android phone, lots of power, and it sounds damn good!!!

 

 

You are awesome! Thank you for all of this. That dsp is very intriguing! It's so tiny! Can you compare the sound quality between the dsp and the schiit fulla? I would imagine the Schiit to sound much better, what do you think?

 

Also, what sort of file formats do you listen too when you listen to music on your laptop or cell phone?

 

Thanks a lot!!!

post #669 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Laptop will definitely benefit from USB DAC, and I still prefer Schiit FULLA over everything I've tested and it fits your budget with $79 price tag.  But since you throw LG G3 into the mix, FULLA is a PITA to get to work with a smartphone and I wouldn't recommend it even with a hassle of splitter cables and external batteries.  But there is a brand new solution you might like, works flawlessly as USB DAC and smartphone USB OTG DAC, HRT dSp: http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=1675 - though they are well known company, this one was on their KS campaign which just ended.  I got my review unit about a week ago, and it's a solid performer!!!  Will retail soon for $70, no need for any drivers or OTG adapters or special apps.  Pure plug'n'play into your laptop or Android phone, lots of power, and it sounds damn good!!!

 

 

You are awesome! Thank you for all of this. That dsp is very intriguing! It's so tiny! Can you compare the sound quality between the dsp and the schiit fulla? I would imagine the Schiit to sound much better, what do you think?

 

Also, what sort of file formats do you listen too when you listen to music on your laptop or cell phone?

 

Thanks a lot!!!

 

I listen mostly to 320kbps mp3s and sometime FLACs if I can get album in that format (I'm EDM-head, so choices are limited).

 

FULLA soundstage is wider/deeper and it has a bit more transparency, a little brighter, a bit more detailed.  This is all relatively speaking, and also due to a higher quality dac and amp used in FULLA.  But its build has sharp edges, hard to get to volume knob, and it uses outdated mini-usb connector.  dSp sounds pretty good, better than E10k or Dragonfly DAC, probably on the same level as Astrapi.  In my opinion, dSp has the best price/performance ratio.

post #670 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Laptop will definitely benefit from USB DAC, and I still prefer Schiit FULLA over everything I've tested and it fits your budget with $79 price tag.  But since you throw LG G3 into the mix, FULLA is a PITA to get to work with a smartphone and I wouldn't recommend it even with a hassle of splitter cables and external batteries.  But there is a brand new solution you might like, works flawlessly as USB DAC and smartphone USB OTG DAC, HRT dSp: http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=1675 - though they are well known company, this one was on their KS campaign which just ended.  I got my review unit about a week ago, and it's a solid performer!!!  Will retail soon for $70, no need for any drivers or OTG adapters or special apps.  Pure plug'n'play into your laptop or Android phone, lots of power, and it sounds damn good!!!

 

 

Running the Fulla off your mobile phone - does the phone provide enough power to the Fulla, and how badly does it kill the battery?

 

post #671 of 1981
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Originally Posted by q2klepto View Post
 
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

Laptop will definitely benefit from USB DAC, and I still prefer Schiit FULLA over everything I've tested and it fits your budget with $79 price tag.  But since you throw LG G3 into the mix, FULLA is a PITA to get to work with a smartphone and I wouldn't recommend it even with a hassle of splitter cables and external batteries.  But there is a brand new solution you might like, works flawlessly as USB DAC and smartphone USB OTG DAC, HRT dSp: http://www.hirestech.com/product/?pid=1675 - though they are well known company, this one was on their KS campaign which just ended.  I got my review unit about a week ago, and it's a solid performer!!!  Will retail soon for $70, no need for any drivers or OTG adapters or special apps.  Pure plug'n'play into your laptop or Android phone, lots of power, and it sounds damn good!!!

 

 

Running the Fulla off your mobile phone - does the phone provide enough power to the Fulla, and how badly does it kill the battery?

 

 

I said that I can't run FULLA from my phone.  You need a separate splitter with a power feed, external battery (like from Anker), and OTG usb adapter.  And I still couldn't get it to work off my Note 4.  Gave up on it.

post #672 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

I said that I can't run FULLA from my phone.  You need a separate splitter with a power feed, external battery (like from Anker), and OTG usb adapter.  And I still couldn't get it to work off my Note 4.  Gave up on it.

Oops my bad - i thought that was a Fulla, was wondering why it was red heh

post #673 of 1981
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Originally Posted by twister6 View Post
 

 

I listen mostly to 320kbps mp3s and sometime FLACs if I can get album in that format (I'm EDM-head, so choices are limited).

 

FULLA soundstage is wider/deeper and it has a bit more transparency, a little brighter, a bit more detailed.  This is all relatively speaking, and also due to a higher quality dac and amp used in FULLA.  But its build has sharp edges, hard to get to volume knob, and it uses outdated mini-usb connector.  dSp sounds pretty good, better than E10k or Dragonfly DAC, probably on the same level as Astrapi.  In my opinion, dSp has the best price/performance ratio.

Good, I will buy dSp when it comes out. 

post #674 of 1981

Another option (more cables though) - Check out Stoner Acoustics UD120 (USD50 I think). It works off my Z1 Compact without additional power/drivers/apps. Current pairing for me is UD120 + E12A + MSR7, but then again, I did get a walkman because of the bulk of typical "audiophile" setups....lol.

So potentially..UD120 $50, E11k $70 (from mp4nation) = $120. slightly over budget but I think the UD120 is a solid investment that will scale up as you get more funds in future.

Cable wise will need OTG cable for the UD120, and a 3.5 to 3.5mm from UD120 to amp..PLUS the UD120 kinda dangles a bit too. But fwiw the UD120 gives a nice clear sound compared the an E17, can't speak for other dac-amps.

post #675 of 1981

Hmmm, with all the DSP and Fulla talk I see here for use with a phone,

why not just get a decent portable dac/amp,

its not much more expensive,

and they are much more proven and reliable.

Try a JDS lab C5 or any Fiio product if your budget is limited.

Heck, even try the new Aune B1 if you can get hold of it and don't mind the size.

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