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Any audible upgrade from JDS Labs Atom?
More power! Balanced inputs and outputs. Single ended it should be very similar.
Ordered. I could cancel before August if I change my mind.
Do keep in mind, if you choose to cancel, depending on the stage that the drop is at, you may or may not get the cancellation. I mean, for something like this, I guess that's not a big deal since you can always sell it on ebay or something. But for future reference, do be aware of that so you don't buy something, try to cancel, but since the drop is over you couldn't get the cancel approved.
No! If you don't need balanced, opt for the JDS Atom. I've had one for 7 months and it's great! 4-layer board, solid engineering, and superb support right from the designer. I chose the Atom over the THX and put the money into better headphones!
Probably not. The Atom and the THX 789 are known for how quiet they are. I use the Atom with high impedance phones: HD 6XX, HD 600, AKG K240 Sextett; lower impedance
phones: Grado SR60, MEZE 73 Classics, Superlux HD 681 EVO, and the Atom works quite
well with each of them. The THX 789 comes in handy with really power hungry headphones, where its balanced mode really shines. Otherwise it's overkill.
The THX 789 is still a bargain at $400, however, it's being flipped on Ebay
for upwards of a grand at times, which is no longer a bargain IMHO.
From a practical standpoint, the Atom is very tough to beat for the price.
I already have the Atom. But I keep switching the cable of 6xx from SE to balanced whenever I want to listen to the Loxjie P20 (tubes) and vice versa. Both P20 and Atom are simultaneously fed by an SMSL SU-8. The 6xx connectors are getting worn out (inherent to design), unlike the Elex connectors. What better headphones do you suggest on top of my 6xx, Elex, 1060, etc? I have to admit, I'm noob with headphones.
Don't switch the senn cables repeatedly, they will start to lose solid connection. Buy/make a balanced to SE adapter and just leave the balanced cable attached to the headphones.
Great idea. Any suggestion for balanced to SE adapter (which I could buy at Amazon)?
Well, as you know, it's a personal thing but here's what I've gone through over the past 6 months:
- Audeze LCD-2C: Loved them but the weight... the weight! The open back became a challenge too... limiting.
- MD 58X: Love them for rock. Best bang for buck out there. Bending the metal eases the clamping pressure.
- MD 6XX: Love them too but a bit too polite for me. Great build on both Senns.
- AKG K275: Was very curious. Great forward midrange. Cups too large and became a problem with glasses - lost bass response due to seal break. Great value for clean playback.
- Audeze SINE: Loved them. Just not forever cans and they become uncomfortable after a while. Just superb build and design. If they improve in these, the portables to beat.
- Sennheiser HD-1's. Ha, on these, I've owned two sets and got rid of them. The irony is that I have a 3rd on the way as I couldn't pass up the brand new $81 deal! Good travel cans if you're not a fan of noise cancellation which I dislike.
- Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir: Couldn't get rid of these fast enough - see my review if interested. Most overrated can's I've owned. They do look great.
- Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX: Overrated. HD58X much better option. Poor build quality (look it up, HiFiMan has a crappy reputation for build.
- Audio Technica ATH-50X and 50XBT: Hated these. Both versions. Bloated cardboard bass. Big plasticky stupid V-shape cans. Overrated. Buy Beats or Vmoda instead as at least they look nice.
- Koss PortaPro: what better when out walking the dog!
Any of them should be fine but damn if they don't cost more than they should. Neutrik xlr would be nice (the connector on the balanced side)
Thanks! I bought that same item at Amazon (US) yesterday $5 off (because I beat the last minute Prime shipping cutoff I guess :-) I visited the same page again, there is no indication of discount.