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Fix-up adaptor with ER-6?

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post, so let me first express my grateful thanks to all the contributors to this site. I have learned so much from all your remarks, reviews, and rants .

This is a wierd one: does anyone have both the fix-up 75-Ohm adaptor (ER-4P -> 4S) and an ER-6? How much less sensitive would the ER-6's be with the adaptor attached?

I guess I'm one of the bizarro listeners who occasionally listen to their Senn 600's at very low volumes. How low? With my TA, the dial sometimes never gets more than 45-degrees past the zero mark (!), esp. with dynamically compressed pop/rock CD's. The ER-6's being much more sensitive, I was hoping to lower its sensitivity a bit without significantly altering its sound.

Before someone suggests it, I do own the Radioshack volume cable, but I don't like to use it since it doesn't sound very good -- loss in dynamics, mostly.

James
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Re: Fix-up adaptor with ER-6?

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Originally posted by James
This is a wierd one: does anyone have both the fix-up 75-Ohm adaptor (ER-4P -> 4S) and an ER-6? How much less sensitive would the ER-6's be with the adaptor attached?
Welcome to Head-Fi, James. I just did a quick A/B comparison of the ER6 with and without the Fix-up adapter. The adapter does attenuate the volume slightly, but there is also a dramatic loss in quality. The sound without the adapter, when adjusted to compenstae for the difference in volume, is much more dynamic. The adapter rolls off the high end substantially and the sound is dull. At least that's what I heard. Hope this helps.
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Re: Re: Fix-up adaptor with ER-6?

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Originally posted by joelongwood

The adapter rolls off the high end substantially and the sound is dull.
Thanks a lot, that's exactly what I was looking for! It also might explain the loss of dynamics in the RS cable, although I do not know the resistance range of the pot.

Followup naive question: by how much is the volume reduced if you use the fix-up adaptor between the CDP and amp?

James
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I believe the RadioShack volume adapter's pot is 1k. This is from a slightly hazy memory of when I measured it in January 2001.
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