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    Audio equipment thread

    Just noticed there were no thread that i could find about audio equipment so i will start one
    Feel free to add what you want...
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    I'm currently looking for wired in-ear headphones. My current one can't handle extra bass sound gets noisy as soon as i increase bass in the EQ
    So i was thinking about going for Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 in-ear headphones that seems to have good reviews, have good extra bass while keeping good sound clarity.
    I'm wondering if i shouldn't go for an amp and/or molded earplugs instead of new headphones.

    I already have very good for the price full size heaphones for audiophile listening (Sennheiser HD518) so if i had to go for new headphones it would be in-ear and wired.

    My current in-ear headphones Samsung HS330 have too much highs (can adjust with EQ) and not enough lows (can't adjust)
    HS330 Wired 32 Ohm - 20 Hz - 20 kHz

    So to sum up:
    option 1: new in-ear headphones with good bass?
    option 2: new amp with my current in-ear headphones?
    option 3: cheap molded earplugs with my current in-ear headphones?
    option 4: ??

    UPDATE:
    Got my in-ear headphones so as far i'm concerned the case is closed.
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    So what did you get?
    I've been using Westone in ear run through a JDS Cmoy amplifier as my travel rig and find it very nice.
    The Cmoy bass boost actually works without bloating the bass.

    Lately I've been looking at Custom in ear options, and again thinking of Westone
    or Gorilla Ears. would be great if I could listen to Gorilla Ears somewhere to get an overall
    idea of their sound.

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    All my music is on the pc in the cellar. Not sure how best to route it out to speakers on other floors.

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    stream it wirelessly

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    There is a audio equipment thread somewhere in Foo, but it's been several months back. skidder and I were both rocking these back in the 70's...not the most accurate speakers, but a lot of efficient bass for the $ and I'm all about value
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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
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    Oh my...you need to warn the Earthquake Hazards Program every time your turn this on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    So what did you get?
    I've been using Westone in ear run through a JDS Cmoy amplifier as my travel rig and find it very nice.
    The Cmoy bass boost actually works without bloating the bass.

    Lately I've been looking at Custom in ear options, and again thinking of Westone
    or Gorilla Ears. would be great if I could listen to Gorilla Ears somewhere to get an overall
    idea of their sound.

    Marty
    I got the B&W C5 S2 and i'm pretty happy with it. Sound is great once i found the right ear plugs to maximize bass, the right EQ and removed the buckle that hold it in place.

    Didn't know about cmoy seems interesting.
    Gorilla Ears seems great.

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    the JDS is a steal at around $60 built or you can order it as a kit from JDS labs.

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    What a ...... my new in-ear headphones Bower & Wilkins C5 S2 is broken after 1 month of use. Nearly no sound in one earpiece.

    Will go the Amp way instead with my old earpiece.
    I go back to my Samsung in-ear headphones and will use the silicone buds of the B&W C5 S2. Very expensive silicone buds


    Got the Fiio E11K amp.

    update: the in-ear headphone is working again after i opened the earpiece. It was a loose wire inside the housing.

    update 2: after playing with the EQ and adding the FIIO E11k amp, the horrible sound that was coming from the Samsung HS330 in ear headphones is now great (7.5/10). Clearness, accuracy, bass boost, soundstage...are great.
    (bass boost is 10/10 with plenty of room to push it further)
    No big improvement for the other 2 headphones with the amp.
    Knowing that the B&W C5 S2 cost more than twice as much as the Samsung HS330 + FIIO E11k combo, it makes no sense to go for the former for nearly the same result.
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    yeah I find that with good amplification most IEs sound good.
    I auditioned the Sure 840s, and for the price (3x my combo) my westone and
    JDS amp sounded just fine
    I'm seriously lusting after the Astell & Kern Jr system. I'm beginning to get into
    HD and it seems like a good intro unit (at a not so into price).

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    I'm running the emotiva airmotiv 4s and the audioengine A1 dac/headphone amp at work. That's a pretty rocking combo for under $500. When I need to get the noise level down, I just use my cans. Currently using audio technica AD700. They look kinda goofy but so do most all headphones but the SQ is pretty good. They look to run around $200 now on Amazon but I know I picked them up for around $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post

    Oh my...you need to warn the Earthquake Hazards Program every time your turn this on.
    There are 3 kinds of subs, as long as we are talking about products that can do their job.

    Subs that can't reach into the 20s, subs that can handle the 20s, and subs that can do the tens (or lower).

    That doesn't look like it could do a 20 hz note accurately.

    If you ever hear a sub that can get into the teens, you'll remember it.
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    I have 2 Sonos speakers coming fedex from ebay.

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    I have old audio equipment ....

    system 1:

    Pioneer SA-9800 amp
    B&W DM2 transmission speakers
    hitachi ssx 102k lc-ofc speaker cables
    Marantz CD63 MKII K1 sig CD player
    Silver High Breed Quintessence interconnects (made by a guy in the UK and as thick as hosepipes)

    --------------------------------------------------------

    My 2nd system (smaller system).....

    Tom Evans tweaked Pioneer A300R amp
    Tom Evans tweaked Pioneer PD-s505 Precision CD player
    Silver High Breed Quintessence interconnects
    Mission 751 speakers
    hitachi ssx 102k lc-ofc speaker cables
    connected to spotify with a beresford DAC

    both systems are very well matched and soundstage is huge (I have set the speakers up properly)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I have 2 Sonos speakers coming fedex from ebay.
    Holy cow I love this setup. Can listen to music (from the computer in the cellar) in the living room w/o having to take turns at the computer w/ the 14 yr old gamer.

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