It's All Greek to Me
As with any expensive electronic product, doing research and reading reviews on headphones is a good way to reduce the risk of buyer's remorse. Physical characteristics such as the build quality, comfort, and accessories are easily described and understood, but when it comes to describing how something sounds - that's a whole other ball game. Understanding the frequency range of sound and how it affects the music is a great running start towards understanding your own preferences and what sound signature of headphone is best for you.
When deciding what headphones are best, we have to start with frequency response.
The Spectrum of Sound
The deep rumbling of a bass guitar. The lively tweeting of a piccolo. Both of these sounds begin as vibrations, carried through the air from the instrument to your ears. As the speed of vibrations is directly correlated to pitch, the low notes on the bass guitar vibrate the air slowly as compared to the higher...
Im new to the community but ive been watching z reviews and Joshua Valor and ive searched in lots of forms but nobody explains what i need to hook up or connect a amp or dac i have a tv some iems and hd700s
Can someone explain what i need to hook up a dac or amp with
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...
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...
I think Drop would do nicely to get us an MFI-certified portable DAC/Amp.
Those with the power output like FiiO Q5/Q5S, IFI xDSD, or any of the better ones at less price. I'm sure there are a lot of DACs out there with MFI certification but a portable that we iPhone users can take advantage of might be something Drop would be interested in.
Don't you think?
How do you stream music from an iPhone/any phone to a DAC/Headphone amplifier???
HELP!!! I am fairly new to advanced audio, and the connections necessary are driving me nuts. Can someone PLEASE give me a short tutorial (or where to look) about the connecting cables required to hookup an iPhone/iPad to a DAC with various input.
*1. What I have learned so far is it requires an original lightning adapter to work on an iPhone 6S Plus. Even then the charging capability is "sometimes it works, sometimes not". The non-Apple adapters do not work. So that is the Apple MK0W2AM/A Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter. It works with iPhone 6S Plus using a standard USB 3 plugged into the adapter into the USB input of the DAC. The other port is for a standard lightning charge cable and that allows for charging while using the phone to stream music. I believe in later iPhones they took off the headphone jack and now you can only stream via lightning adapter.
*2. The next connection is the OPTICAL IN connection. That I believe only works if you have an optical out on your...
Hi, I am new here and I am about to get the HD58xs as well as an amp with balanced 2.5 out and a single out 3.5 (Fiio BTR3K or BTR5). Sorry for a newbie question: Are HD58x headphones balanced? How do I merit by getting the balanced cable?
I have both elex & HD6XX & while I really like the elex for how engaging, transparent, balance & detail & HD6XX for the smoothness & mids.. I want something that is wide, smooth & buttery while also having a frequency range meaning top & bottom extension & detail just relaxing, what headphone is it?!?