Yet another headphone thread

Thin_J wrote:

The Lyr is kinda like having all the advantages of the Asgard and the Valhalla without the (admittedly small) downsides of either.

They're pretty good about customer service. I wouldn't think it would be a big deal.

Cool! Well, email has been sent, so I'm sure we'll get it worked out. It's not like I'm in a hurry. I happily listened to Blackstar with my Modi and Magni, and it was awesome. I can continue to do so for awhile.

They were able to just cancel the order and let me re-place it with the Lyr. I'm looking forward to trying the setup out! Also looking forward to having something 100% reliable.

Can't wait to hear what you think of that combo, Tuffalo. Been eyeing those myself.

jonnypolite wrote:

Can't wait to hear what you think of that combo, Tuffalo. Been eyeing those myself.

I wouldn't spend the money, but I'm hoping these are well made and will last me 20 years at least apart from having to replace tubes if I want the Lyr to run as a tube amp. It is more expensive than my last setup which ran me $500-$600 or so, but I wasn't happy with the build quality, and yeah, there was that annoying channel dropout thing.

There's a Pathos Acoustics Aurium i've been looking at over at Echo Audio, it's a hybrid too and sounds great. Almost pulled the trigger a couple of times, but the Schiit stuff has been on my list too, just haven't had the chance to audition. Hope it works out for you.

This seems like the best place to put this.
Due to the headphone ports for the built in sound card no longer working on my Desktop, I recently bought a Xonder DGX sound card to use with my Sennhesiser HD555 cans. It worked great for a few days and then developed a loud static in the left channel, that persists even with no sound playing, and starts as soon as the computer powers on, and before windows has loaded. The static is only there when the headphone amp setting is on, i.e. if you switch to speaker mode it goes away. I switched the PCIe port and that fixed the problem temporally, but then it came back after a few days. I ordered a replacement from Amazon which I installed Sunday, but when I came home from work today the static has returned.

Am I doing something wrong, or did I end up with 2 bad units?

I found a thread online with two people that said this:

Goes away when disabling "Headphones" in Xonar Audio Center and selecting "2 channels".

Fixed it for them, though I don't know if that imposes any limitations. I have a DGX somewhere, I think, but I haven't used it since converting entirely to external audio gear.

Thin_J wrote:

I found a thread online with two people that said this:

Goes away when disabling "Headphones" in Xonar Audio Center and selecting "2 channels".

Fixed it for them, though I don't know if that imposes any limitations. I have a DGX somewhere, I think, but I haven't used it since converting entirely to external audio gear.

Yes, that does "fix" the issue, but then I can't use the headphone amp which I liked.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
boogle wrote:

Got some brainwavz earbuds off massdrop for the bus.
These things f*cking bump.

The ones I got after the Wirecutter recommendation just aren't comfortable for me.

So, I went looking for that review and then found an updated one. I'm going to be commuting regularly now and want to have some iems for my 3DS, Vita, and phone. Since I'm a big AKG fan, I jumped on these right away. Got the grey version.

So, I've used them a few days now, and the AKG Y20Us are amazing for $25. They are a bit tinny compared to what I'm used to, but they have a surprisingly great soundstage, very clear mids (great for podcasts), and the bass is there but not overpowering.

All that said, the main thing is that they are comfortable and perfectly engineered for what they need to be. The elbow plug is perfect. The super simple and quick carrying case is perfect for being on the go. Everything about them is perfect from an ergonomic standpoint. They are so comfortable in your ears. I imagine they're basically comfortable for everyone given that wirecutter article which says they were comfortable for everyone on the staff.

IMAGE(http://www.hirschgift.com/photos/zoom/akg-y20u.jpg)

So! Very, very highly recommended for some cheap, on-the-go, in-ear headphones. I like these much better than all the other in-ear headphones I tried back in the day from Shures to Ultimate Ear headphones. I'll be getting these from now on whenever my current pair dies.

I saw those, and have thought about ordering a pair. I've been using Xiaomi Piston 3's for a bit as my cheap audiobook headphones that I beat around in, and they sound pretty good for the money. I am waiting for the slow boat from China to bring me the newer dual driver hybrid model (getting mixed reviews at headfi).

Might try some of these if I wear out my others. I don't take a lot of care of this type of IEM, which is why I get cheap ones. But I still like a good fit and decent quality.

My ears really like the Klipsch IEM fit more than anything. That small barrel with a medium ear tip is my best fit. So I'd love to find more like that. Else I'll keep looking for good sales on the Klipsch when my current pair breaks and the generous warranty has run out

(I do have box of broken ones I keep meaning to try my hand at soldering new plugs on...)

Well, Klipsch and AKG are my two favorite speaker/headphone brands. Try these out! I'm really curious what someone else on here will think—especially the more picky persons in regards to fit. They're only $25 which to me is just worth trying them out to have as backups.

WizKid wrote:

Yes, that does "fix" the issue, but then I can't use the headphone amp which I liked.

Try the front panel -- I have the same card and it will apply the amp to the front panel as well. (I know it says it won't but it works.)

I had a similar problem with whistling in both ears. Strange that it's only your left channel though, have you tried switching cables? What ultimately fixed it for me was moving the card to an x16 slot a space away from the graphics card.

I also recommend the UNi Xonar drivers paired with Xonarswitch for making profiles and a cleaner interface to the various settings.

Also, are you using Dolby Heaphone for gaming? It's mind-bogglingly amazing (for me at least). Just make sure you set your windows speaker settings to 7.1, with all speakers full range and use the "Luis U's positional layout "(or just drag the rear left and right to the actual left and right).

Oh good. A headphones thread.

Can I get these NT-II Minix wireless headphones to work with my PC via a wireless router (it's a Linksys EA6100)? If this is impossible, is there a component I can buy that will allow my PC to talk to my headphones? Or should I return them and pony up for another headset?

They're Bluetooth. So assuming your PC doesn't support Bluetooth already, you'd need something like this. I don't think the brand matters, but I'd go for one that advertises a 100m range. Being able to walk around your house while listening to your PC is pretty cool.

complexmath wrote:

They're Bluetooth. So assuming your PC doesn't support Bluetooth already, you'd need something like this. I don't think the brand matters, but I'd go for one that advertises a 100m range. Being able to walk around your house while listening to your PC is pretty cool.

Thanks! That really helps. Hugs and kisses are being stuffed into a box (despite human rights abuses) as we speak.

complexmath wrote:

They're Bluetooth. So assuming your PC doesn't support Bluetooth already, you'd need something like this. I don't think the brand matters, but I'd go for one that advertises a 100m range. Being able to walk around your house while listening to your PC is pretty cool.

So, I've decided to return those headphones and instead bought these Logitech wireless headphones. They are not as boomy as my wired headphones but they sure are convenient. And they come with a Bluetooth USB thing which makes them instantly recognizable by my PC.

I got the Bifrost and Lyr 2 hooked up this evening. Been listening to a lot of varied stuff with the AKG K7XX headphones, and it sounds great. I dunno if it sounds much better than my last tube headphone amp and DAC, but the build quality and style is a hell of a lot better. The build quality is also a lot better than the original modi and magni that I have. I like the setup a lot and plan on using it to the end of my days.

My only "complaint" is that they stuck with the tiny stick on rubber feet that you have to place yourself. I feel like they could have done something a little nicer for something at this price point. They seem like they'll hold, but I didn't get them placed perfectly aligned in the corners. I think they probably do it this way because it's easier for them to package and ship without any rubber feet.

Got the headphone preamp running out to a receiver with my speakers. Sounded good for the brief minute I tried it. It's tied to the volume knob. Seems like it should bypass that and have single level. Should I put that at halfway when it's in preamp mode? That's about where I have the headphones at. Sounded fine when I did it that way, but I don't know much about that.

I do like that it auto switches to the preamp when you unplug the headphones. That'll make switching back and forth easy.

This song sounds so good with the new setup.

This is another crazy fantastic song to listen to with good headphones:

I have a CD FLAC rip, but you get the idea:

I love The Mars Volta so much.

For pushing speakers, this track is a pretty good start:

Also, his more recent track, Signals, is good for mid-high range.

While I don't particularly appreciate the music, I see how those tracks are good for testing speakers. They sound great through my new setup preamp-> Klipsch Bookshelf Speakers.

I don't know if the youtube recording is up to snuff, but Terminus has crazy sub-range sweeps. My laptop definitely can't tell. It's not my favorite of his material just for listening though, despite my being an avowed Photek fan. As for my preferences in general, I really like minimalist music, and Photek tends to do that in spades. Throw too many instruments in the mix and it tends to become kind of a jumble to me. Though I make an exception for punk rock, particularly if it's silly covers of classic tracks.

complexmath wrote:

I don't know if the youtube recording is up to snuff, but Terminus has crazy sub-range sweeps. My laptop definitely can't tell. It's not my favorite of his material just for listening though, despite my being an avowed Photek fan. As for my preferences in general, I really like minimalist music, and Photek tends to do that in spades. Throw too many instruments in the mix and it tends to become kind of a jumble to me. Though I make an exception for punk rock.

Be sure to check that Tame Impala track I posted earlier. It's kind of the perfect song to test rock/pop. I'm still amazed listening to it through headphones/speakers.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

This is another crazy fantastic song to listen to with good headphones:

I have a CD FLAC rip, but you get the idea:

I love The Mars Volta so much.

It took me a while to realize this is Cassandra Gemini VII on my CD/FLAC rip. If there's one thing I miss about the band it is not their naming conventions. Good song though!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
boogle wrote:

Got some brainwavz earbuds off massdrop for the bus.
These things f*cking bump.

The ones I got after the Wirecutter recommendation just aren't comfortable for me.

So, I went looking for that review and then found an updated one. I'm going to be commuting regularly now and want to have some iems for my 3DS, Vita, and phone. Since I'm a big AKG fan, I jumped on these right away. Got the grey version.

So, I've used them a few days now, and the AKG Y20Us are amazing for $25. They are a bit tinny compared to what I'm used to, but they have a surprisingly great soundstage, very clear mids (great for podcasts), and the bass is there but not overpowering.

All that said, the main thing is that they are comfortable and perfectly engineered for what they need to be. The elbow plug is perfect. The super simple and quick carrying case is perfect for being on the go. Everything about them is perfect from an ergonomic standpoint. They are so comfortable in your ears. I imagine they're basically comfortable for everyone given that wirecutter article which says they were comfortable for everyone on the staff.

IMAGE(http://www.hirschgift.com/photos/zoom/akg-y20u.jpg)

So! Very, very highly recommended for some cheap, on-the-go, in-ear headphones. I like these much better than all the other in-ear headphones I tried back in the day from Shures to Ultimate Ear headphones. I'll be getting these from now on whenever my current pair dies.

I got mine in. Haven't had a ton of time, but they're probably better than average at this price. I prefer the Klipsch's I get on sale at Woot for sound, and even the Xiaomi Piston's sound better. However, these are comfortable in my very particular ear holes. They don't seal nearly as well as the Klipsch, but they're almost as comfortable.

Since I'll use them mostly for spoken word (audiobooks and podcasts), not having perfect sounds and not fitting well enough to really seal up isn't the end of the world for me.

Someone talk me out of buying this Mpow Muze headset!

Dakuna wrote:

Someone talk me out of buying this Mpow Muze headset!

But why when you can look this happy! IMAGE(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61MAWCl3veL._SL1000_.jpg)

Does she come with the headphones? If so, you're doing a terrible job of talking me out of it.

Dakuna wrote:

Someone talk me out of buying this Mpow Muze headset!

I wouldn't buy wireless headsets period, let alone some with all those controls built in. Too much that can go wrong. And at that price point, I'd have a hard time believing they sound anywhere near as good as they claim.

AnimeJ wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Someone talk me out of buying this Mpow Muze headset!

I wouldn't buy wireless headsets period, let alone some with all those controls built in. Too much that can go wrong. And at that price point, I'd have a hard time believing they sound anywhere near as good as they claim.

You have no clue what you are talking about. I've had wireless headphones for a couple years now and they are great. I bought the sony gold wireless ones.