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Any plans on seeling the mini v3 ?

moving on D:

haha but yes! i have completed the first part of the guide to gaming headphones! of course, its v1.0, so any suggestions, comments, whatever the first post is welcome! IM STILL IN THE PROCESS HOWEVER, of editing the list of actual headphones. It has 1-50$ list up and running, what do you think of the first list of head-phones? I'm thinking about adding the PX100's to the list, what do you say?
He already sold his Mini^3 to schubie. =/
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Any plans on seeling the mini v3 ?
it is mine
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So.

I'm looking at upgrading to the MHDT Constantine in a month or two, in light of the fact that it's one of the few DAC options in my price range ($400-ish) and because of Joel's glowing praise of its big brother, the Paradisea. However, from what I have read, the USB implementation is pretty bad, and using optical/digital coax is a much better way to go. My motherboard's onboard sound has both optical and coax out, so what I want to know is if there would be any advantage to getting a sound card as a transport. Would there be better sound quality? It seems like it shouldn't, since the Constantine would be doing all the converting, but the idea of using anything onboard is icky.

Another option is the opus, but I'm still not sure about that.
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OPUS, in my opinion would be the better buy, although the Constantine definitely requires no assembly, the OPUS should out perform it for that price.
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OPUS, in my opinion would be the better buy, although the Constantine definitely requires no assembly, the OPUS should out perform it for that price.
But it's not quite that simple, the cost of all the add-ons adds up quickly. I'd need both the USB and S/PDIF input boards, (there's $260... I could get by with just the S/PDIF, if I knew that the onboard's digital out is the same quality as a sound card's would be) plus the "ballsie" balanced-to-single-ended converter, and that puts us at $335 in parts. Then add in case, jacks, casework and labor and you're well over $400. Plus there's the pain of finding and deciding on a case that works and the other decisions that have to be made. There are people that enjoy the DIY stuff, I do not yet understand enough about the technical aspects to be one of them.
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So.

I'm looking at upgrading to the MHDT Constantine in a month or two, in light of the fact that it's one of the few DAC options in my price range ($400-ish) and because of Joel's glowing praise of its big brother, the Paradisea. However, from what I have read, the USB implementation is pretty bad, and using optical/digital coax is a much better way to go. My motherboard's onboard sound has both optical and coax out, so what I want to know is if there would be any advantage to getting a sound card as a transport. Would there be better sound quality? It seems like it shouldn't, since the Constantine would be doing all the converting, but the idea of using anything onboard is icky.

Another option is the opus, but I'm still not sure about that.
FWIW: I've found my Prelude's coax out to sound significantly better than my CD player via optical. I've A/B'd very extensively. I like both, but the coax is just a bit richer and a bit more extensible in that I can try a wide variety of cables and plus have the benefit of EQing via the Asio driver.

Also, I too am not much in favor of using the USB output of my DAC; I've done quite a few A/B sessions between USB out to the Paradisea versus Coax out to the Paradisea and coax is quite a few notches up in sound quality, IMHO. I enjoy having the USB handy, though, on the chance I ever *must* use it (trips/meets/etc.). It's not bad (USB output), def better than the line out of my soundcard, but it's not as good as coax to my ear.

And again, I love being able to try a wide variety of cables.

So far, I've got a Zu "Firemine" digital coax and a CryoTweeks Pure Silver coax and I slightly prefer the Cryotweaks thus far.

I will say I've noticed far less of a sonic difference, cable to cable, when testing coax options versus swapping my main interconnects (between DAC and AMP). The sonic differences are subtle with the different coaxial cable changes but quite dramatic when testing different main RCA interconnects.

I even found swapping power cables to produce a more discernable sound change than I have found swapping digital coax cables to make.

Anyway ... a few thoughts ...

...

I'd personally like to hear a Constantine myself ... one prominent review goes into quite a bit of discussion of the Constantine vs. Paradisea sounds. The reviewer praises both DACs highly and says the Constantine "provides a sharper sonic image" while the Paradisea is a bit better regarding timbre and bass image.

Here's the review I'm referencing: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazin...ratory_dac.htm

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Good luck finding something ...

    
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I read through that review, and was very impressed with the comparisons, and it looks like an exceptional DAC. I'm actually starting to think it might be better to upgrade the DAC first, since I'll be able to upgrade sooner () and will confirm my chosen upgrade path.
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What gets me through my days:



~~~

I realized that I never officially provided impressions for how this can sounds.

- Highs/Treble. Not as pronounced as my Denon or Grado, settled more inside the rest of the music (I would describe this as supplementing the midrange and bass). Completely luscious with really wonderful decay on cymbal hits and crashes. Never harsh in any manner.

- Midrange. As it has been described before, it is a little funky. Often characterized as "dry", because the lower mids are not very present. This makes vocals (and on occasion, percussion) feel slightly higher-pitched and narrower. It is an odd presentation that I do not even notice if I have not listened to the Denon the very same day. It is natural and organic, just not a style of midrange that you will find in any other headphone that I know of.

- Lows/Bass. Incredible. It is the bass I have always wanted. Accurate, very deep, detailed, resolving. It never feels bloated or overpowering, which is so impressive because it still has phenomenal impact and range. The control that JVC was able to create in the low frequencies is a work of art. I cannot imagine finding better bass in a closed headphone, as I prefer the lows of the DX to even the Sony R10, and by a large margin at that. The only competition would be from the Audio Technica L3000 which I have not yet heard.

~~~

While this heaphone is not neutral in any sense and exhibits a presentation that, for some, would take quite some time to get used to, I adore it. Every genre sounds superior to my Denon. It seemingly finds the artistic nuance in every song and brings it forth in a way that makes me smile every time I pop in a new cd. It is nice to be able to listen to music in an extremely critical and observational sense, but what the DX1000 does for me is make music fun again. At a certain point I was totally lost in trying to find exceptional analytical quality in my headphone selection. That is not what got me interested in headphones in the first place. The JVC brings me back to the joy that I had the first time I put on my AKG K81DJ last fall.

Want a final example of my faith in the JVC? I say with full confidence that it has 90-95% of what the R10 exhibits. I a/b'd between both pairs on my own rig, and while the Sony is exceptional, as I listened to it I kept thinking to myself "good lord, I cannot believe how close the JVC is, and for $5,000 less". IMO, the JVC is more of a mini-R10 than the Denon D5000 Markl (I heard a balanced version of the MD5000 the very same day).

It is a keeper for sure .
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forget to shave there buddy?
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forget to shave there buddy?
Until I remembered that I had to attend a meet the next day, yes .
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