Back when I visited CanJam NYC in 2016, I got to talking to the two founding members of Bluewave, and had an extended conversation and demo of their soon-to-release Bluetooth receiver/DAC/Amp, the GET. They argued that the quality of Bluetooth has reached a point where the internal components used had a bigger impact on the final sound quality than the fact that it was wireless, and their device would have better sound quality than the headphone jack in my smartphone. I thought this was an interesting challenge, and I had to research and rethink my perspective on Bluetooth audio.
You see, Bluetooth is a digital transmission, so it bypasses capacitance and EMI factors of headphone cables. Then, the Bluetooth receiver must then use a DSP (like a computer) to decode and decompress the transmission, a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) and an Amplifier before outputting to the headphone transducer (speaker). When you buy a Bluetooth receiver, you’re also buying a DAC and an amp! With a...
Hello, to preface, I've at one point owned Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Ebony, TH-X00 Mahogany, E-Mu Teak, and Denon AH-D2000. To be honest I actually have no issue with their stock pads in terms of comfort, but the reason why I dive into this pad swap journey is because my AH-D2000 is getting old the and old pads are flaking/dying. Denon AH-D2000 is also discontinued so now I'm out of luck finding OEM pads, so I've been trying different 3rd party pads and when I do I'd try them on the other headphones too.
IN SHORT, STOCK PAD HAS THE BEST SOUND HANDS DOWN.
So if you're too lazy to keep reading, basically just stick to stock pads. But if you're curious about what other possibilities you might have (or other failures), read on. Also keep in mind that I don't own EVERY pads out there so some are just from what I read during my research, so feel free to correct me/update me if you know anything I don't know, thanks...
In light of the recent release of the Fostex TR-X00 headphones with a factory detachable cable, an update many have requested ever since the first drop, I immediately began to feel buyer's remorse and jealousy. I decided to take it upon myself to update my TH-X00 with detachable cables and bring you along through the process with pictures so that you may be better informed to endeavour if you choose to do the same.
Here's the completed assembly of what we'll be doing:
It goes without saying that doing this will void any form of warranty on your headphones. Also, you could permanently damage components of the headphones. Continue at your own risk. There are a few things I would like to cover before we go ahead with the step-by-step.
Connectors: There are many types of connectors available for this mod. I decided to go with 3.5mm jacks and plugs since these are the most readily available and easy to find parts. Pre-made cables with 3.5mm connectors are also easy...
Want better sound quality and more volume from your iPhone/laptop/MP3 player? You need a DAC.
What is a DAC?
A DAC, or digital-to-analog converter, converts digitally-stored information into the analog sound that we can hear. A USB DAC is like an external sound card that can easily be plugged into your PC, laptop, tablet, phone or other music player.
Why does a signal need to be converted at all?
The original analog sound made by our favorite bands is recreated in a digital format, for storing convenience. While computers can understand these digital signals, we humans (I'm making an assumption here about our readership) cannot, nor can your speakers or headphones. So before we can listen to it, the digital signal needs to be returned to analog. A standard DAC is built into laptops and music players. However: the better the DAC, the higher quality the conversion, and therefore the better sound you’ll hear from your speakers or headphones.
I’ve never used a DAC before, so why...
I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard a conversation about amplifier power go like this: “I hear that B&W speakers need at least 400W,” or, “I heard that Paradigm speakers are very power-hungry.”
The fact is, there IS a way to figure out how much power your speakers will need and how to pair an amplifier with the speakers you already own or are looking to purchase.
To determine the amplifier power, you will need the following items:
Speaker sensitivity specification (typically dB SPL /1W /1m)
Number of speakers you are using
Distance from speaker(s)
How loud do you want your music to sound, for general reference
70-80dB for speech only
80-95dB for light music
95-110dB for heavy music
Rules to Remember
Every time you double power or double the number of speakers, you increase the sound pressure level (SPL) by 3dB.
Every time you double the distance from the speaker, you decrease SPL by 6dB.
A speaker specification of 95 dB SPL/1W/1m means that at 1W of power, the...
Product specifications often list the signal-to-noise ratio, sometimes written as "SNR" or "S/N," but what does it mean? While the math behind SNR is technical, the concept is not, and this value can impact a system's overall sound quality.
SNR compares the level of a signal to the level of noise. In other words, it compares the ratio between the relevant (wanted) and the irrelevant (unwanted) information. It is most often expressed as a measurement of decibels (dB). Higher numbers generally mean a better sound quality, since there is more useful information (the signal) than there is unwanted data (the noise).
A decibel is a logarithmic ratio in which every 20 dB represents a factor of 10. For example, going from 80dB to 100dB means increasing by 10 times. This means that an audio component having an SNR of 100 dB will have 10 times less noise than one that has 80 dB. The chart below shows how different dB ratios actually compute.
For illustration, let's say that...
What amp & DAC, or combo would you recommend for DT 990 pros?
Looking to play games mainly. But also listen to and produce music. I’m not really looking for the very top of the line in price range btw.
also if you have a any other headphone, amp, DAC, setups I’d be glad to take recommendations!
The DROP CAN "a headphone amplifier capable of working with many different cans, but tailored to match DROP's Sennheiser HD 6xx in a very interesting way!
At the push of a button, its fully analogue EQ filter pushes the HD 6xx to the max.
Come and see us at CanJam NY! Test the DROP Sennheiser HD 6xx with and without the DROP CAN's 6xx tuning! Hear the difference.
You’ll not be disappointed. See you there."
Fostex TR-X00 Stock Cable - 3 or 4 wires at termination?
If I cut the 1/4" TRS connector off of the stock cable will I find 3 or 4 wires? Cheap cables connect the L&R ground cables in the Y splitter then run a single ground wire down to the plug for a single termination on the sleeve. Better cables have two ground cables (plus R&L positive cables) running the entire length of the cable with both grounds terminated on the sleeve of the plug. I'd like to convert the cable to balanced but that won't work if there is only a single ground wire. Has anybody actually cut off the plug and knows what I would find? Considering how Drop likes to cut corners my gut is telling me that they probably saved a few cents and connected the grounds in the splitter but I'm hoping that I'm wrong.
They seem to ship to most countries? It seems odd that Japan just isn't available on the list? I would love a pair of HD6xx. The HD650 cost 450 USD in Japan so factoring in shipping and tax it is still far cheaper to get them here.