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  1. hodgjy

    Musings about Sony MDR-XB650BT

    I haven't posted much lately, but I recently picked up the Sony MDR-XB650BT and thought I'd share some of my impressions. TL;DR = with a little EQ, these are pretty darn good headphones. They make for very nice active-style headphones or for your daily commute. I was in the market for some...
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    TEAC HA-501 Headphone Amp

    The HA-501 is only an amp. The UD-501 is both an amp and a DAC. Yes, the UD is reported to be a little flat, but the HA is by far the best solid state amp I've ever heard.
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    Schiit Jotunheim Review / Preview - Head-Fi TV

    There probably won't be a MB DAC for this because they need to be on all the time. Amps do not.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

      They are decent. They have slight veil to them, but they are pretty balanced. Unlike the post above this, I found them to be the quietest of all the tubes I've used from this family.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    We may be talking about the same thing. It's common for tubes to make loud pops and pings that are audible in the headphones during warm up.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    I guess it depends on the amp design--and I don't remember what my amps did with pinging tubes because it's been a while.  They were never loud at all, so I had no worries of any damage to my headphones or ears.  They were certainly no louder than listening volume of the music.   All vacuum...
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    A few pops during warm up is normal as the materials expand from heat. If they continue for 30 minutes, then I'd consider a new tube. The pings won't hurt anything except your mind.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    I've had many Tung-Sols and Chathams, and most of them had a rattle. It seems to be more common in these brands (same tooling facility). I've never had a problem with the rattle. I even have a Chatham where the plastic base came completely unglued from the glass. Still works fine.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    I haven't. It's not a major deal---see the post above.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    It's a Woo. Some tubes are quiet, where other are noisy. I believe, maybe incorrectly, that if some tubes make no noise, the amp may be ok.   It's not a big deal because that amp rarely gets any use these days. I've significantly upgraded from it.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    I wish I had your luck. My "luck" is probably due to my amp being very sensitive to tubes (I'd say 7 out of 10 tubes make noise in it) and my extremely sensitive hearing. I can't hear tube noise when the music is playing or if there is sufficient background noise in my home, but when it's quiet...
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    Agree. 6080, 7236, and 5998A are lower noise.   The 6AS7 platform wasn't ever intended to be an audio tube, so I don't have any hard feelings towards noisy tubes.
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    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    The RCAs are nice sounding tubes--warm, romantic--sort of like the feeling you get after a glass of red wine. But, RCAs are the noisiest 6AS7G tubes I've ever experienced. They are all noisy, but these have more.
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    Schiit Owners Unite

      All DACs reclock the incoming data, which is why the whole asynchronous USB was such a huge thing--the ability to better reclock it.    I've tested many DACs, and it's damn near impossible to tell the difference between USB, optical, and coax these days since USB has greatly improved.  ...
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    The $30,000 speaker cable companies exist for a reason, too--because people will pay for it.   Galvanic isolation is great when you have ground loops. That's one reason they are in business. Another is people believe it sounds better, even if they don't have ground loop problems. The key word...
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    The difference in jitter between optical vs. usb cannot be heard by human ears, and even if it could, it's a non-issue because DACs reclock the incoming data. It's not a problem.
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    I'll also throw this out there:   Even though I'm a huge Schiit fanboy and own several of their components, it's not all rainbows and unicorns. Despite their claimed extremely low noise figures, I've found their unbalanced gear to have some of the highest noise of any components I've ever...
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    This is normal. No gear is noise-free at 100% gain.   Also, since you maxed out your computer volume and you're hearing distortion, it's probably because the amp is clipping. Turn down the computer volume.
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    How loud is the hum? It sounds like it's ground looping. Can you try feeding it into another amp?
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    If it removes the hum, go with it. I don't claim to have golden ears, but I've never heard a difference between optical and coax. While jitter can be measured, the differences in them cannot be discerned by the human ear. Anyone that claims they can hear the difference is just making it up...
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    Schiit Owners Unite

    Definitely a ground loop of some kind. Switch to optical if you can. I've used optical for years just because it breaks up electrical connections between devices.
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    TEAC HA-501 Headphone Amp

    I've been saying for a few years now it's an amazing amp and very unnoticed and underrated.  Feed it a balanced signal, and it only gets better.
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    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    Chris at Charleston Cable Company is awesome. He has made a fee cables for me.
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    JBL Everest Elite 300 Bluetooth Noise Canceling Mini-review

    You're right about some of the exaggeration due to the noise canceling and internal amplification. I've heard much worse, and these are pretty good. For the price, I can't complain.   Also, these blocked airplane noise much better than I thought it would when I flew for Christmas.
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    JBL Everest Elite 300 Bluetooth Noise Canceling Mini-review

    When I wrote this review, there wasn't a dedicate review post in the Head Gear section. I made a dedicated page for these headphones, so this thread can be abandoned if the mods deem.    The dedicated review can be found...
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