Tagged With "Headphone"

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UnitiLite hiss / quiescent sound

ffivaz ·
I'm new to the Naim forum, and to Naim hardware. I bought a brand new Naim UnitiLite a month ago. I enjoy the sound quality realy much with a pair of Audio Physic Classic 10, but... I'm quite annoyed by the hiss / quiescent sound the UnitiLite...
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Re: Headphone stage UnitiLite

DrPo ·
Hi adca, thanks for the response, this is indeed what I suspect as well. Now, how do you use an external headphone amp with the Uniti as source and which head amp have you tried that works nicely with the AKGs?
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adca ·
Lake People G100, there is now a successor fallend G109. it is a German brand that also sells high-end versions of their pro equipment, which are then called Violectric and mainly more expensive. before buying, I checked against Meyer HPA's and both Lehmanns. The latter were equivalent in terms of SQ (TBH slightly less neutral which was decisive for me). Funk LPA2 is an excellent sounding HPA; unfortunately it is only available for DIY, OTOH it could be integrated into existing devices. The...
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ExHD ·
Hi DrPro, Funny thing you should ask about this,.. I received a DT880 600ohm for Xmas and had the same sound issues you have with your AKG. I thought to swap them for 250ohm but after reading all possible reviews, I stuck with the 600phms. So I looked around for an Amp with the following specs = Just cheap enough to make my DT800 sing but; easy to connect with my UL; with an upgrade option for a DAC if I wanted to use it in other future setup ... I'll pass you the options (look on Head-Fi...
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DrPo ·
dear adca and exHD, thanks both for the constructive responses. I guess I will have to go for a head amp. Kinda disappointing though... hope the UL is not equally "discounting" it's performance in the other departments as well (CD, analogue..) like it does for the head stage...
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ExHD ·
I suspected you'd say that. I do not think it is the case the case. Why? 2 reasons: 1 - I called NAIM upfront once I received the DT880 and the Tech department checked and told me to go for 250 ohm max on UL. I listened to my UL with my portable MRD1 headphones and agree. They sounded much better (I will not use the specialist lingo like "more open sound-stage", "punchier bass", "better mids" or "more detailed"). to me, it just made a big difference even if the MDR1 are not "hifi"...
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Re: Headphone stage UnitiLite

DrPo ·
And I was hoping you'd say that. As I said, I am indeed enjoying the UL very much, primarily the iRadio and UpnP but had questions/concerns regarding the headphone stage (I consider based on the above responses that my suspicions were indeed well founded) and the analogue (comparing some LPs to flac rips of the same album that I have I find the flac superior, contrary to what I would expect).
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Re: Headphone stage UnitiLite

Jota ·
Can you borrow a set of headphones to see if the issue occurs with them too? It might be an idea to call your local dealer about it. He may know if the AKG's are suited or may offer to lend you other headphones to test it out.
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DrPo ·
Thanks Jota, indeed I will make a comparison with the Senns 650 but in general would like to know if the headphone stage of the UL is perceived of being of decent quality by this forum's experts.
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adca ·
Having been using the AKG K701 for a long time, I assume the cans as such are not the problem, but they definitely need some juice. In my case, switching from the built-in headphone amplifier of a Uniti1 to an external one was a huge step in terms of SQ. adca
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Re: 3.5mm headphone jack going away ?

Loki ·
Does anyone here listen seriously through an apple 3.5mm jack? As Naimites I thought we knew better for serious listening Knowing Apple, as I do, (since 1988) I am certain that it will be for the better.
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Eloise ·
The interesting question... Will the Lightning connector even survive, or will it be replaced by a standard USB-C?
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ChrisSU ·
I'm not convinced that Lightning connectors are robust enough for headphone use. I sometimes find it necessary to remove and reinsert the plug a couple of times to get a connection. With headphones they'll have to survive being shoved in and out of pockets on a twice daily commute. Maybe Beats are about to launch a new range of Bluetooth headphones and they want to generate lots of demand.
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Eloise ·
Well other places report that Blutooth would be the "default" solution with Lightning (or whatever) being an upgrade / higher quality solution.
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ChrisSU ·
That sounds likely, Eloise. Having moved to a Sony Walkman for portable use, it's not really something that concerns me too much.....although actually, the sound quality from my iPhone 6 isn't too bad compared to earlier versions.
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Eloise ·
Well if its to do with Apple... lips can be unsealed 10 seconds after Tim Cook stand up on stage and tell us the reason!
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Guy007 ·
Jon, when can you unseal them ? :-)
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feeling_zen ·
None of this is new. Apple were known for releasing proprietary standards of connectors and components and peripherals back in the 80s and then changing the standards in the next model requiring new adapters and peripherals with the old ones consigned to land fill. It was one of the main complaints cited by their detractors. There is actually less of that now than there was back then but of course they have a huge market share now so the constant changes in standards gets more attention. On...
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Stoik ·
I can't remember the Beyers that I tried at a friend's "Home Headfest" a couple of years ago, but I do remember that I liked them for their politeness and flat response, and doing it without being dull to listen at. You're right, they might turn to be a good match with the Herus. I'll add the T-70 to my "have to listen" list. The Grado are little devils... They seems to be easy to get going but they're not. You could crank them at an insane listening level with about anything, but they need...
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joerand ·
I'm a big fan of the T70 (280 ohms) and they worked great with my Headline. Not so great on the SN2's hp-out. It's been suggested here the lower impedance T70p (30 ohms) work well with the SN2 and it makes sense, but I've never heard them.
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Former Member ·
Something to chew on. The lightening to hdmi plug adapter has an arm processor in there, a bunch of ram, and it's OS is downloaded on the fly when you plug it in apparently.
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DUPREE ·
Yeah, you can't have a crappy amp with the Grado's but the 272's internal amp seems more than capable of making them achieve greatness
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Guy007 ·
If they do remove the jack, I have plenty of 'legacy' (just like my old 30 pin apple chargers) headphones, so as long as there is an adapter I won't be too unhappy. I personally don't want the device too slim as it generally means easier to damage - more sensitive smaller internal components. If it does go to a lightning connection, unless a dual charger comes in, I wonder if they are also going to move to induction charging of the phone, similar to the watch, which to Depree's point could...
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Jude2012 ·
Rumours abound. The one I like the sound of is that the iPhone will be able to output hi res audio, so an offboard and portable DAC (such as the Mojo or Dragonfl) could be used. This also relates to another rumour that Apple would bring out a hires format for streaming and downloads.
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Stoik ·
My "iPod" is a Samsung S4 --> Resonessence Labs Herus --> Grado SR-225 with 32GB Micro-SD card. 1/4" jack FTW!!! Bye.
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Pcd ·
My ipod is also a Samsung S4 and my iPad is a Samsung Tab S
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DUPREE ·
How do you like your Grado's? I just upgraded from an older 325 to the PS500e and both were amazing.. Also very easy to drive.
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Guy007 ·
Haha, maybe that will be the Android differential, a 3.5mm jack ! Grado's excel with Rock, Pop and electronic. For me anyway. I have an SR60 and RS1 ( original, no i's or e's )
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Stoik ·
Not the best match with the Herus, as the Herus likes to play with the volume bar way up (to minimize the effects of the digital volume control). I'm slowly looking for a high impedance headphone, closed cups preferred, that could beat (or at least match) the Grado's sound quality. I also have a RS-1 on a Headline in the living room. Perfect combo! And using the same SR-225 on a Hifiman EF2A on the main computer when not on the move (it's a better match than the one with the Herus). Bye.
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DUPREE ·
Yeah, Grado's are sensitive and easy to drive. I use the built in headphone amp on a NAC-N 272 in my living room with the PS-500e's and it does a perfect job. Can't really turn it up past 45ish or it's too loud... Even directly connected to an iPhone 6 they sound great but still not quite up to where an external amp would bring them.. Have you looked at BeyerDynamic T70's for closed headphones? I like the Beyer sound best for closed headphones, I use their predecessor the DT770 at work and...
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feeling_zen ·
ALAC over iTunes was piloted in Japan. Been a couple years since I gave up on iTunes though. Not heard anything about it since.
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Former Member ·
My lips are sealed. But no one has spotted the real reasons yet.
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Hook ·
Apple going for marketshare into the Bluetooth and/or Lightning-connected headphones business? Apple seeing an opportunity to sell millions of high-margin Lightning-to-3.5mm adapters?
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Geofiz ·
A move to wireless Bluetooth headphones only is most likely.
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DUPREE ·
At least from my perspective - iPhone is not a critical listening device. I listen on the go and expect nothing but lo-fi. At home nothing beats the Grado's - the PS-500e is my personal favorite but they are open and not suitable for public or mobility. At my desk I have a pair of DT-770 pro BeyerDynamic at work that keep the music from annoying co-workers. If they lose the jack on the phone it's no big deal.
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Simon-in-Suffolk ·
I have no beef with the 3.5mm jack being replaced by a more effective connector, but the Lightning Socket is not it.. recent personal experiences (nothing to do with audio) show how poor this connector is and susceptible to RFI it can be. Simon
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Pcd ·
Pretty sure I have seen an adaptor already typical Apple changing a tried and trusted format probably why I will never own another Apple product.
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DUPREE ·
There will certainly be an adapter to allow 3.5mm headphones. I am not super plussed about it, I don't really need my iPhone to be thinner, I would rather have a standard headphone jack. Although some of the rumblings say another reason they are getting rid of it is to make the phone water proof - that would actually be very nice.
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feeling_zen ·
I doubt this has much impact for those with headphones using better 6.25mm or balanced connectors. And there have been portable devices in the past that had a proprietary small connector with adapter leads. Bearing in mind that other manufacturers could have adopted Apple's data connection also but just went for the larger (but small enough) micro USB instead, I doubt this will have a significant impact on the global use of 3.5mm jacks.
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3.5mm headphone jack going away ?

Guy007 ·
So currently the internet rumour mill is going with stories of Apple's next iPhone dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, with the implication it will spread to other manufacturers.  Recently headphone manufacturers have been putting out new devices with lightning connections ( Audeze spring to mind) as they get better 'digital sound' and Sennheiser didn't seem to be phased based on a recent article. What are people's thoughts here ?  Not worried as it's portable hifi and not...
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Headline connections - a little confused

DT79 ·
Hi - I'm about to get some headphones so as not to disturb my girlfriend when she goes to bed and i want to stay up later and listen to some music. I'm intending to use the headphone out on my SN to start with but if I get on ok with headphone...
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Headphone stage UnitiLite

DrPo ·
Hello all, new to Naim (but very happy about it!) and new to the Forum. I bought myself during Xmas a UnitiLite and have been immensely enjoying the UpnP from my NAS and 320 kbps internet stations among other things (and admittedly kind...
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Headphones for Sn2 ? Will the sn2 drive Senn HD 800 sufficiently?

Macbags ·
I'm thinking of buying my first pair of serious headphones to extend my listening hours.  Currently have Grado sr 80's which are ok for casual listening but they really don't give any of the scale and dynamics of my main system ( nd5 sn2 pmc...
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Olive Headline Headphone Questions

Deltaunit ·
I'm thinking about upgrading my headphone setup with an Olive Headline but could really do with knowing some specifications for reassurance before I buy one. I've heard that the headline is best matched with high impedance headphones but also...
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shoot6x7 ·
The word on the street is that the black one is the one to have. The Olive had some volume pot issues. Mine is powered by a hicap and drives my GS-1000 Grado's beautifully ...
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Bluebeard ·
Olive is fine and 600 ohm is high impedence...I run an olive at home with a 2005 model 300ohm Beyerdynamic DT880 and at work a black headline with either AKG 271mk2 (55 ohm) or Beyer T50p (32 ohm) - both headlines are powered by NAPSC (olive). More than enough prat and driving ability with any of those combos. I prefer the Beyers and AKGs to Sennheisers and Audio Technicas because of their pratfulness and speed. You should be fine with the 240s, but as always try before you buy... regards, Giles
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Deltaunit ·
Thanks Bluebeard, whereabouts on the volume pot is it with the 300 Beyers? Has no-one experience of using a 600 ohm headphone with a headline?
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Bluebeard ·
For the Beyers at home 9 o'clock is fine if a little loud, 9.30 is just tolerable and 10 o'clock unbearable...so a fair wack of the volume pot range is still available. At work with the lower resistance AKGs and Beyers its about 9.30, 10 and 10.30 for the same results/effects. regards, Giles
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ewemon ·
Personally I am a Senheisser man myself as I have always found Grados to be a love them or hate them set of phones.
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Belinda Raman ·
Maybe you should think about dre beats headphones .
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