The Headphones / In-Ear Monitors Thread (Merged)

Discussion in 'Musicians and DJs' started by macxchange, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. jlconferido

    jlconferido Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys. Is the Apple Light-3.5 mm adapter good enough for high res lossless in Apple Music?
     
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    As far as I know, that dongle only supports up to 24-bit 48kHz lossless. You would need a lightning to USB dongle connected to a Hi-Res DAC to be able to do high resolution audio in Apple Music.
     
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    It's a cold and wet afternoon. So I decided to take these out for a spin.
     

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    jlconferido Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your reply. I will stick with my dongle and wait for the for the AM library to be cataloged in hi-res audio then will get one of those DACs. Are Bluetooth DAC/amplifiers good? I am eyeing the iFi hip dac, is this good to buy for lossless noobs like me? Can you recommend a DAC/amp that will not break the bank?
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm…for lossless/hi-res lossless, it has to be wired setup, from source to dac to earphone/headphone. Looking at the specs alone, the iFi Hip Dac is very competitive (notable is balanced output with the 4.4mm output). For something much more portable, I am using the Lotoo S1 amp/dac with my iPhone 12 Pro Max. It also has 4.4 mm balanced output and comes with the lightning to usb C cable (iOS bundle). I can confirm it works with the iPhone. Order it from Jaben Singapore. SGD 277.00 DHL shipping inclusive.

    https://theheadphonelist.com/lotoo-paw-s1-the-swiss-army-a-usb-dac-amp-review/

    Lazada and shopee ph Lotoo S1 looks sketchy. Avoid.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely look at it. Thanks again.
     
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    You can try the Xduoo link 2, it supports AM hi-res lossless. Bought it and was surprised at how good it is.
    https://shopee.ph/xDuoo-Link2-DAC-for-mobile-i.2667654.9169283613?position=0
     
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  8. jai bautista

    jai bautista Active Member

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    Finally got my "end-game" pair! (even though I am very much aware that end-game doesn't exist :ROFLMAO:)

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    Surprisingly, with proper PEQ'ing (c/o the RME ADI-2), these can be neutral-to-warmish cans (but not HD650-levels-of-warmth). I also couldn't hear the dreaded 6kHz peak (thanks to PEQ); they also don't sound boxed-in or resonant (that's why I'm still contemplating whether to buy the official SDR mod kit; maybe i'll have to give them a few more weeks of listen time).

    I'm 12 years late to the party, but what a journey it has been. I can now "retire" from the hobby and call it a day (until the ears itch again for the next upgrade, but I hope that day doesn't come since my wallet is already complaining :cry:).
     
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    Is it as comfy as it's reputed to be?

    I've been thinking of joining the HD8XX drop for months now but can't bring myself to pull the trigger. :p
     
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    Mm…the HD 800S is better.
     
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    Since my head is relatively larger than my height (hahahaha), yes, they are very comfy (i can wear them for 2+ hours straight without having to adjust or take them off). They're quite light, plus the weight is evenly distributed (this, despite the headband and the earpads being very thin and essentially non-existent compared to other headphone brands/models at this price point).

    Re: the HD 8XX, even though I haven't heard them, I am with @raypin on this: the FR graphs suggest that the HD 800S may sound better than the HD 8XX. If you want to save money but you don't want to pay Sennheiser's asking price for the HD 800S, I would highly encourage you to look for 2nd hand HD 800 units (since they're already discontinued; that said, you can still buy them bnew from Amazon US and other US-based retailers) and mod (SDR kit, ~USD30/pair) and EQ the heck out of them :D
     
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    Mm…from my experience, no comfort issue with the 800 family (800, 800S and 820). Supremely comfortable.
     
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    After selling my older unit before to purchase another DAP, decided to buy another unit after I was told that the suking audio shop received a few brand new and sealed units from the official local distributor:

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    Hopefully I am not mistaken as carrying a dangerous weapon when I'm out and about! :ROFLMAO:
     
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  15. supahdende

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    I currently have a Philips SHP9600 that I run at the line out of my PC. This is my first open back headphone (previously using wired in-ears and wireless earbuds). I was able to haggle with my kumander to get something for myself this coming Christmas. I am currently eyeing an AMP, DAC and a midrange headphone. The thing is I can only get one.
    -Topping A50s
    -Topping D50s
    -Hifiman Sundara

    Which should I get first? Based on the reviews, the Sundara will fit the sound signature that I like (neutral with punchy bass). However, I am not sure if it can be driven by my PC - I'm running the SHP9600 at 30 volume only so maybe my PC can drive it? I am not sure if the Topping combo is the best deal for their price. I do prefer getting these locally for warranty purposes. I will be using them at home only but I'm okay with a portable one.
     
  16. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm..using the HP with a laptop is very limiting even for home use. Better get a DAP or player for more mobility. Get an amp dac for your laptop because laptops/desktop PCs are noisy and compromise sound fidelity. A DAP eliminates both problem (mobility and noise). Sundara is easy to drive at 37 Ohms so a portable DAP can readily drive it to its full potential.
     
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