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Nov 27, 2021 at 11:10 PM Post #49,696 of 50,673

movinIron

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I’m curious, what does everyone here do in terms of listening to a wireless-only device?

For example, I have an Apple TV 4K box, which I use for all my TV and movie watching. The Apple TV box does not have a headphone jack, so when I want to watch a movie/show with headphones, I have to use something wireless, like my AirPods Max.

What if I want to listen with my Grados?
What about using a Bluetooth Receiver?
I cut 2 feet from the RS2e‘s garden hose, originally for the use with the A&K Jr. Later I switched 3.5mm TRS to 2.5 TRRS for use with the KANN. For my seldom ‘TV‘- and slightly more often tuner-use with headphones I switch between A&K XB10 (neutral, more powerful) and Fiio BTR (warm, darker).
The Audiolab M-DAC Nano works by (detachable) upsampling to 32 bit/384 kHz which sounds impressive.
Try to connect them with ‘Audio Share‘ to the Apple TV 4K.
(Haven’t heard the Ifi GO blu yet, but the xCAN was great with Grados.
The cut 2 feet now serve as 2.5 - 3.5 Adapter.)

Is there any better setup I’m not thinking of, in terms of how I should go about using my Apple TV with wired headphones like my Hemp and 6XX?
Possible to use SPDIF/USB out from the TV/Beamer?
 
Nov 27, 2021 at 11:55 PM Post #49,697 of 50,673

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~ Out of curiosity, I plugged the Grado RS-1x (nominal impedance: 38 ohms) into the Woo Audio WA2 - an OTL tube headphone amplifier with a presumably high output impedance (the actual value is unavailable). I did not expect much compatibility…
~ Surprise, Surprise! The pairing sounded great! There was no massive FR deviation due to impedance mismatch. There was no bass “bloat” which bled into upper bass / lower midrange. Air, detail, extension we’re all there! and with fuller stronger bass. What I heard was akin to what the ZMF Atticus delivers.
~ This fun research will continue with different recordings…
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Nov 28, 2021 at 12:09 AM Post #49,699 of 50,673

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~ Out of curiosity, I plugged the Grado RS-1x (nominal impedance: 38 ohms) into the Woo Audio WA2 - an OTL tube headphone amplifier with a presumably high output impedance (the actual value is unavailable). I did not expect much compatibility…
~ Surprise, Surprise! The pairing sounded great! There was no massive FR deviation due to impedance mismatch. There was no bass “bloat” which bled into upper bass / lower midrange. Air, detail, extension we’re all there! and with fuller stronger bass. What I heard was akin to what the ZMF Atticus delivers.
~ This fun research will continue with different recordings…8D624C28-4909-4108-90C4-02D28C4DBF43.jpeg
Very nice
 
Nov 28, 2021 at 1:46 AM Post #49,700 of 50,673

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I have an old pair of SR80s, pre letter, that are my favorite headphones.

Is the change in the x models a significant improvement? Is it worth it do you think to get some SR80xs, or is it so similar I should just stick with what I’ve got?

Would getting a somewhat pricier model make much difference, like 125x or 225x? The 225x is about as much as I can justify spending. Or are these all so similar that the 80xs would be the best choice value-wise?
 
Nov 28, 2021 at 4:07 AM Post #49,702 of 50,673

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I have an old pair of SR80s, pre letter, that are my favorite headphones.

Is the change in the x models a significant improvement? Is it worth it do you think to get some SR80xs, or is it so similar I should just stick with what I’ve got?

Would getting a somewhat pricier model make much difference, like 125x or 225x? The 225x is about as much as I can justify spending. Or are these all so similar that the 80xs would be the best choice value-wise?
225 is the best you can buy in the prestige series
 
Nov 28, 2021 at 5:27 AM Post #49,705 of 50,673
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But I have to say that my iFi Pro iCAN really does fill these out!
Setting are; Tube mode, low gain, volume around 9:00, 20Hz bass boost and just a little bit of 3D fun.

Thanks! Also, with Grado GH2 these would be pretty much my settings minus 3D. I like their imaging just the way it is :wink:
 
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Nov 28, 2021 at 5:32 AM Post #49,706 of 50,673

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I have an old pair of SR80s, pre letter, that are my favorite headphones.

Is the change in the x models a significant improvement? Is it worth it do you think to get some SR80xs, or is it so similar I should just stick with what I’ve got?

Would getting a somewhat pricier model make much difference, like 125x or 225x? The 225x is about as much as I can justify spending. Or are these all so similar that the 80xs would be the best choice value-wise?

If you can only justify spending for an SR225, you might not be on the right message board.
 
Nov 28, 2021 at 7:24 AM Post #49,707 of 50,673

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I have an old pair of SR80s, pre letter, that are my favorite headphones.

Is the change in the x models a significant improvement? Is it worth it do you think to get some SR80xs, or is it so similar I should just stick with what I’ve got?

Would getting a somewhat pricier model make much difference, like 125x or 225x? The 225x is about as much as I can justify spending. Or are these all so similar that the 80xs would be the best choice value-wise?
I’d say it’s worth to make the jump to the 225x or 325x or maybe get a used 325e that’s like new.
 
Nov 28, 2021 at 8:18 AM Post #49,709 of 50,673

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I’d say it’s worth to make the jump to the 225x or 325x or maybe get a used 325e that’s like new.
Yes. 80e is ok, but 325 or 225 is much better. Worth the extra money.
 

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