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I use good old $3 pc power cables. I can't see the benefit from hyper expensive power cables being anywhere near worth it. =/
I was of the same opinion until I broke down and purchased one (Zu Birth).

I can only speak towards applying the power cord to the DAC (source) ... as I had a very tough time hearing any difference when applied to the amp ...

But regarding application to the DAC: the difference was as dramatic, or more, than switching IC's.

I was stupefied. Really. I'm a notorious skeptic (just ask my roommate about the use of "feet" on equipment! ) and even though my mind could not process it (did not even *want*) to process it ... the difference between the Zu Birth and my standard PC cable was freakish.

Much clearer back ground. Better soundstage. The mids backed off a bit and the bass was punchier/taut (like moving the middle three sliders on an EQ down a bit).

...

@Gollie:

I like the Zu Birth but I prefer the sonics of the Audio Arts Power 1 a bit more. It's not as punchy sounding as the Zu Birth but it's a bit cleaner and the "EQ" setting is back to flat.

For the money, though ... (you can probably get a Birth off ebay, new, for around 40 to 50 bucks) ... you can't go wrong with the Birth cord IMHO ...

Good luck.

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More details.. what dont you like?
Well the first thing I noticed is the top end in general is entirely too bright, almost to the point of being harsh and brittle like. I am hearing a lot of sibilance on most singers S’s & T’s. Anything from Pantera to Celine Deion to 2 Pac. I have tried three different sources and the only way I can get rid of it is by cutting the eq bands 10-12DB’s between 5K-14K. Another thing I noticed (and I hope this is just because of the lack of power as the phones are still pretty new) that the bass is NOT deep and impactful; it’s hardly present unless I again kick the bands up and induce massive amounts of distortion. The mids seem to be more in the background and a bit covered up. I will say that the separation and stage width is outstanding, even when using inadequate sources like my â€Creative inspired†laptop (which does seem to have quite a bit of power outputted to them),the Logitech 5500 controller and my Denon AVR-5803 H/T receiver. Again I hope this is all due to the sources being used and not the headphones themselves.
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To be or not to be ... that is the question ...



So today I emailed MHDT Labs about various options for keeping the Havana DAC they sent me for demo.

These options included full payment (over time) as well as one wild hair idea I just threw out on the chance they were in a really good mood:

They donate me the Havana DAC and I donate the Paradisea+ that I bought from them a few months ago to a lucky OCN Headphone Club member.



That'd be pretty dang toot'n cool, eh?

It's not every day folks give away 650 dollar DACS (or near 1000 dollar ones either).

So anyway ... I'm keeping the Havana, even if I have to pay full price for it ... but I'm hoping we get to go with the more fun option.

I'm sure they'll most likely go with my return the Paradisea+ and pay the difference option ... but there's always a slim chance ...

It's happened before you know ...
    
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fun option sounds like fun
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@Gollie:

I like the Zu Birth but I prefer the sonics of the Audio Arts Power 1 a bit more. It's not as punchy sounding as the Zu Birth but it's a bit cleaner and the "EQ" setting is back to flat.

For the money, though ... (you can probably get a Birth off ebay, new, for around 40 to 50 bucks) ... you can't go wrong with the Birth cord IMHO ...

Good luck.

.joel
I've got a Birth on the Paradisea now and it sounds good but I am looking at a cable for under $300 for my amp. There was some good Zu Mother's for sale on Audiogon but the only one left is 2m for $375 which is more than I want to pay.

I would go with a Bok but Markl bashed the cable in his review...
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I've got a Birth on the Paradisea now and it sounds good but I am looking at a cable for under $300 for my amp. There was some good Zu Mother's for sale on Audiogon but the only one left is 2m for $375 which is more than I want to pay.

I would go with a Bok but Markl bashed the cable in his review...
how about DIY? power cables are easy to build, harder to build right... but nonetheless there are some nice guides online. I've played around with a couple different designs and hope to have a different design soon... I've got the Furutech plugs sitting in a drawer just begging to be used
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I would go with a Bok but Markl bashed the cable in his review...
Neither Markl's opinion nor anyone else's is the final word on any piece of gear.

Personally, I use green-dot certified, hospital-grade power cords on both my DAC and amp that I bought for like $15 together. Considering these are near-identical in both build and specification to the Iron Lung Jellyfish, I think I got a good deal. I'm not a cable-believer though, so I think $300 for a single cable is a bit much.

Just make sure you can return whatever you buy with relative ease, in case you don't like what you hear.
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Well the first thing I noticed is the top end in general is entirely too bright, almost to the point of being harsh and brittle like. I am hearing a lot of sibilance on most singers S’s & T’s. Anything from Pantera to Celine Deion to 2 Pac. I have tried three different sources and the only way I can get rid of it is by cutting the eq bands 10-12DB’s between 5K-14K. Another thing I noticed (and I hope this is just because of the lack of power as the phones are still pretty new) that the bass is NOT deep and impactful; it’s hardly present unless I again kick the bands up and induce massive amounts of distortion. The mids seem to be more in the background and a bit covered up. I will say that the separation and stage width is outstanding, even when using inadequate sources like my â€Creative inspired†laptop (which does seem to have quite a bit of power outputted to them),the Logitech 5500 controller and my Denon AVR-5803 H/T receiver. Again I hope this is all due to the sources being used and not the headphones themselves.
i think it might be the D2000's. the more i listened to my pair i felt the same way. i like deep, impactful [some people call this drowning and muddy bass] sound but thats what I like. Thats why when I toned down my headphone collection the D2000's were the first to go. If you think the D2000's has way to bright mids, stay away from HD555s or HD580's. I doubt its your source, if your Denon AVR is sounding harsh and brittle too, it just might be what your taste.
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Neither Markl's opinion nor anyone else's is the final word on any piece of gear.

Personally, I use green-dot certified, hospital-grade power cords on both my DAC and amp that I bought for like $15 together. Considering these are near-identical in both build and specification to the Iron Lung Jellyfish, I think I got a good deal. I'm not a cable-believer though, so I think $300 for a single cable is a bit much.

Just make sure you can return whatever you buy with relative ease, in case you don't like what you hear.
that's because S1rrah got bumped up on the 'demo' list due to the meet... it's only a matter of time!
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that's because S1rrah got bumped up on the 'demo' list due to the meet... it's only a matter of time!
Lol, yeah we'll see what happens...

The new ic's look frickin gorgeous btw Jacob .
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