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A nice upgrade from the Modi/ODAC

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Pros: Lots of inputs (COAX, USB, Optical), AC powered! Amazing with the HD-650/Q701

Cons: none yet

This is a really tough review because to my ears this DAC doesn't really have it's own signature. So the best I can do is compare it to my old ODAC and Modi, but all based on memory.   First off, Headroom had stopped selling their own brand of gear so I just HAD to buy this. Headroom should reconsider and hire a marketing guru. The small size and plain design doesn't help much. They're built like a tank though and not made out of plastic! Their stuff is much better than all the other Schiit. I skipped it for over a year because I thought it'd just be a side-grade to what I already had. WRONG! Since the Headroom Micro Amp + Astrodyne is the best solid state amp ever made under $500,...
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Near perfect and good with everything

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Pros: Small, Transparent but not cold/analytical, Smooth treble, RCA AND 1/8" input

Cons: No power switch, Somewhat narrow soundstage, Price could be $50 lower, Weird switch labels

This will be a short review based on maybe on 12-15 hours of use. If you think that's not long enough you can skip it.   I was a bit worried that this would be some cheap gimmicky toy amp because of the name. This is instead a seriously good amp! I love it.   Sounds great with ALL my headphones and does not add any major coloration to any of them. It works equally well with the HD-598, HD-650, K400, DJ100 and modded Q701. It sounded especially good with the hard to drive K400! All my headphones and music sounds as it should. Sounds transparent but it's not cold/analytical/thin sounding. There is a subtle touch of warmth in there. It will be nice for even a DT-990 or...
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It's OK

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Pros: see review

Cons: see review

Sounds great with the modded AKG Q701. Nearly as good with that as my main amp that originally cost $350. Impressive! In fact, the Vali added nothing to the sound of the modded Q701, which is perfect. I would say the resulting sound is similar to that of the O2 but with very very slightly fuller mids and very slightly smoother treble. We're talking maybe a 2% difference. The Vali sounds dead neutral to my ears with the Q701. I also tried my K400 and the Vali added nothing.   I then tried the HD-650 and Koss Pro DJ100. Sounded terrible and no better than an E9. On both the bass was too sloppy and uncontrolled. Any recordings with bass would put a haze over the sound. The problem I...
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As good as the modded Q701

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Pros: warm sound, neutral, comfortable, more bass than stock Q701. Good all-rounder.

Cons: slightly forward sound overall

6-7 hour impressions. I will update/edit this more as I listen to it more. If you don't like this please GET OUT!!!.   These are only impressions vs the bass port modded Q701.   Slightly fuller sounding in the mids than the Q701m. Barely audible. K712 adds some slight warmth to recordings that are already warm. The Q701m does this less. K712 to me sounds slightly more forward in nature than the Q701m, especially in the low mids. The Q701 low mids are leaner but still nice and full without being too forward. The soundstage of the Q701m is slightly more open/spacious/airy. The K712 is still really very good in this area. On warm recordings the soundstage is noticeably...
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Waste of my time

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Pros: Weighs a ton, Very good build quality

Cons: Fuzzy/congested/blurry sound. Very colored. Too warm sounding.

Got the unit in and on day one it randomly sounded OK and then would crap out on me. In total I wasted probably 6 hours of my day off trying to fix issues I thought were a fault of my computer. I kept thinking that I had fixed it and then the issue would come back. First I thought it was interference with my ethernet port, bad usb cable, bad hub, noisy power etc. I tried every combination I could find. I even attached the amp to different wall outlets and with and without noise filtering on my surge protectors. In the end there is NOTHING wrong with my setup.   On day one the sound would randomly feel as if all the weight of the music was being sucked out. No life at all to it....
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Sounds good

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Pros: Nearly everything, CHEAP!, Build Quality

Cons: Slightly lacking very low bass. Don't really care.

Mids are nice and full sounding. Not thin or lean at all. If they are it's due to a poor amp match or supposed to be that way in the recording (yeah really). I've even gotten good results with an O2, E9 and Micro Amp. Not much else yet. They sound natural to me. To me this headphone really excels with female vocals. They're very slightly forward sounding. I would say the low mids are more neutral. They're not as forward as those of the Anniversary and I like that. With some recordings the Q701 can sound nearly as warm and full sounding as my HD-650 (try Buena Vista Social Club). You can also have the Q701 change into an AD700 with some tinny/harsh recordings.   Treble is not harsh...
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Better than I expected

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Pros: Fairly balanced sound, not too dark, clear sounding

Cons: painful

This won't be an in depth review, just a few short impressions. Scored these for $90 at Radioshack. I always wanted to try a V-Moda headphone that wasn't too bass heavy.   Since all my portable players were dead I used my O2+Modi (transparent IMO). The low mids were shoved in my bass and these were too bassy. Well guess what? The cause was my powered USB hub crapping up the sound and with the amp/dac and these headphones I was able to detect it. Problem fixed!   They have a slight mid-bass emphasis and I was surprised that the low bass extension is very good. The mids are no longer shoved in my face. These actually don't sound dark at all and managed to have very...
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Sounds good with everything I own

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Pros: Transparent (duh), Not bright/thin/cold and requires no specific type of headphone

Cons: don't like the inputs on the front

Just a few impressions since nobody really reads these:   All my headphones work well with it. Everything sounds just like it should. Garbage tracks actually still sound like garbage. Very revealing (yes, I know) and if my recording sounds tinny/harsh/thin it will sound like that (unless I'm using the HD-650) without any change Doesn't sound bright (if it does, it's the recording or headphone) and doesn't require a specific type of headphone for good "synergy" (IMO so far). Doesn't sound cold/thin etc. It's warm (sounding) if the recording or headphone is. Some recordings sound like they have all the warmth sucked out. Sounds crystal clear really. It actually might sound...
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Pretty OK, but not worth more than $350 (IMO)

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Pros: Slightly fuller sounding than Q701

Cons: Less treble and upper mids. Sounds too dark almost.

Compared to Q701: (most of this has already been mentioned in other reviews)   More forward sounding and upfront, except for upper mids (and most female vocals) Warmer and fuller sounding than Q701, but not by much. Sounds slightly more muffled and not as clear. Imaging seems better. I think my brain is just fooled due to flat pads and a warmer sound signature. Way less treble and upper mids took a nose drive. Sounds darker than MY HD-650. Weird. Soundstage seems much smaller and the sound is definitely less airy. The deal killer for me is that most female vocals often sound much more distant. Q701 sounds more balanced to me. So does my...
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Better than expected

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Pros: see review

Cons: see review

This review is mainly for the DAC part only with L7. Mostly in comparison to my Schiit Modi. Just a few random things to note:   Sounds flat with a touch of warmth. Actually, just slightly more than a touch. It wouldn't be my first choice as a budget DAC if I was using just an HD-650. It seems OK for the K702 Anniversary. Based on memory, the HRT MSII seemed warmer sounding. Everything is nice and full sounding in comparison to my Schiit Modi (doesn't mean it's better). The Modi is a bit thinner, but clearer and with a larger soundstage. Detail seems about the same. Sometimes it sounds very very slightly muffled in comparison to the Modi. Possibly just placebo or...
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