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    Ultimate Ears UE 900 Discussion and Impressions Thread

    Are these a good deal for $265? Or are there better headphones in that price range for around that price?   I'm looking for something that has less sibilance than my Dunu DN-1000's without killing all the detail in the high end.
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    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    Hmm, you might be right. In your case the virtual surround would be through SBX Pro Studio, not Dolby Digital/DTS.   However, I still stand by my initial statement that he is wasting money on a DAC with optical input. He gains very little from outputting via optical vs. just using the onboard...
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    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    Unless your DAC can decode Dolby Digital/DTS and create virtual surround sound, you won't get surround sound through your SBZ optical out because it simply encodes the surround sound signal and passes it through. The SBZ is effectively removed from the equation (apart from its role as an...
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    Creative Sound Blaster new series Z, Zx & ZxR

    I know this is an audiophile forums, but honestly, you don't need to buy an external DAC/amp.   I also have HE-400's that I use with a Sound Blaster Z for music and games. It sounds great. The SBZ does virtual surround for gaming which actually works pretty well with the HE-400.   The amp on...
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    Tom's Hardware Hi-Fi equipment test

    Makes sense, you can only be "so good" at converting a digital signal to analog. If a $2 chip can do it without significant distortion, it won't sound worse than a $200 chip.
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    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    I'm kind of curious... is there a particular method to use a pre-amp? Or is it kind of just equalizing every frequency?
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    **Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**

    I have the HE-400 (looks like rev 2 with white frames). I did the jergpad mod, and while it seems to have helped the treble a bit, I still get too much sibilance for my liking.   Has anyone EQed these down because they hate sibilance as much as I do? I'd be interested in what EQ settings you...
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    = Hifiman HE500 & HE400 Jergpad Mod v2.5 =

    I would be very interested in a comparison. I think a lot of other people would be as well. From what I've read the Fidelio has been pitched as great jack-of-all-trades type headphones, so I'm interested in seeing how it compares to a modded HE-400.
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    = Hifiman HE500 & HE400 Jergpad Mod v2.5 =

    Thanks for the great explanation. I'm actually thinking now that I don't want to the vent mod - I'm trying to get rid of sibilance and don't want to boost the treble with the more V-shaped response. I also don't want to detract from the mid-range.
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    = Hifiman HE500 & HE400 Jergpad Mod v2.5 =

    Also, I am wondering if this mod makes the HE-400 superior to the Fidelio X1
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    = Hifiman HE500 & HE400 Jergpad Mod v2.5 =

    I'm a little new to the audiophile scene... could you describe what I might hear differently with the back vent mod and without? I'm not sure what "sub-bass extension" is...
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    = Hifiman HE500 & HE400 Jergpad Mod v2.5 =

    Is there a downside to the back vent mod for the HE-400?
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    SoundCard/DAC/Amp for the Swans M10?

    Quote:   I love my M10's. I don't actually have them hooked up to my PC, they are being used with my TV. I've always had a sound card with my current PC (an X-Fi XtremeGamer before my Z), so I can't speak to how it compares with my onboard audio.   However, a Xonar DX or Sound Blaster...
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    Skullcandy PLYR 1 vs Logitech G930

    Anyone have a chance to test out both of these? I've heard good things about both. The G930 is quite a bit cheaper currently, but if the PLYR 1 is better I'd spend money on that one instead. Primary use is gaming, with occasional music listening.
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    SoundCard/DAC/Amp for the Swans M10?

    I have the Swans M10, so I can speak a little from experience.   There is already an amp built into the speakers, so you don't need one. Generally you only need a separate amp if you are driving large headphones, or if you are buying standalone speakers. The Swans M10 is a complete 2.1...
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