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Aura, thanks. I changed my order and I am just getting the Arietta. I really don't need to spend that much money and was feeling a little guilty for doing so and questioning if it was worth it. Your input kinda of sold me on that right now it really wasn't worth it for me.
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Put me down with HD555 w/ zalman mic.
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Aura, thanks. I changed my order and I am just getting the Arietta. I really don't need to spend that much money and was feeling a little guilty for doing so and questioning if it was worth it. Your input kinda of sold me on that right now it really wasn't worth it for me.
Put the cash you saved into a standalone DAC . I suggest taking a look at one of the Denon DA500's for sale here.
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If possible, I would like FX66B to be added to my headphone list

Initial impressions are - as stock - that they are worse than modded Marshmallows. They're very muddy compared to them, but they also have a much better boom (which might have something to do with them having larger earpieces than the ones I used on the Marshmallows).

I'll get around to modding them later.
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Aura, thanks. I changed my order and I am just getting the Arietta. I really don't need to spend that much money and was feeling a little guilty for doing so and questioning if it was worth it. Your input kinda of sold me on that right now it really wasn't worth it for me.
Good Choice i also own the Arietta and its a very good amp for the price.
post #6506 of 37823
In case anyone is interested in a free Zu Firemine 75ohm Coaxial cable...

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f44/fr...1/#post5589262

FYI.

BTW: if your not a member of Head-fi.org but are a member of the OCN Headphone club, then just ignore the "conditions" ...

    
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I'm quite interested . And it looks like I just meet the post requirement you have.
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I definitely think that it's really cool of you to give that away!

On the other hand, maybe I'm missing something, but I'm having a hard time keeping from laughing at the descriptions on their site and the reviews of their cables. Any decently shielded coaxial cable will sound the same. It transfers a series of 1s and 0s. There is NO WAY that the cheapest of cables will affect the tone/color of the sound transmitted through a digital signal. You could get a glitchy sound if the machine on the receiving end can't read it, but if you hear music, it's going to sound just like it would on any other cable. I've never even heard of anyone actually having interference problems with a digital cable either... Maybe if you had poorly shielded cables and lived next to a radio station or something?

And what do they mean by burn-in? They're cables! I noticed that they said one of their digital cables might sound harsh when it's new... Either the electronic pulses show up as 1's and 0's so that they can be decoded as sound or they don't and your DAC spits out whatever it wants; probably a pop, random tone, silence, or it takes it's best guess at what the bit was supposed to be.

I'm sorry but their cables are pure marketing. They look like quality cables, but in the realm of digital transmission, they make no difference other than looking cool... Then again, I try to hide my cables.
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I definitely think that it's really cool of you to give that away!

On the other hand, maybe I'm missing something, but I'm having a hard time keeping from laughing at the descriptions on their site and the reviews of their cables. Any decently shielded coaxial cable will sound the same. It transfers a series of 1s and 0s. There is NO WAY that the cheapest of cables will affect the tone/color of the sound transmitted through a digital signal. You could get a glitchy sound if the machine on the receiving end can't read it, but if you hear music, it's going to sound just like it would on any other cable. I've never even heard of anyone actually having interference problems with a digital cable either... Maybe if you had poorly shielded cables and lived next to a radio station or something?

And what do they mean by burn-in? They're cables! I noticed that they said one of their digital cables might sound harsh when it's new... Either the electronic pulses show up as 1's and 0's so that they can be decoded as sound or they don't and your DAC spits out whatever it wants; probably a pop, random tone, silence, or it takes it's best guess at what the bit was supposed to be.

I'm sorry but their cables are pure marketing. They look like quality cables, but in the realm of digital transmission, they make no difference other than looking cool... Then again, I try to hide my cables.
there's a bit more to it than that.... but it is something you really do HAVE to hear to believe so I won't press the point here.

I will say that I don't agree with most of the 'audiophile BS that is thrown around about cables and other tweaks (mostly by manufactures I might add). Just because the words sound good and the cable looks pretty doesn't mean it will sound good, or be neutral, which is the ultimate goal of an interconnect.
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I definitely think that it's really cool of you to give that away!

On the other hand, maybe I'm missing something, but I'm having a hard time keeping from laughing at the descriptions on their site and the reviews of their cables. Any decently shielded coaxial cable will sound the same. It transfers a series of 1s and 0s. There is NO WAY that the cheapest of cables will affect the tone/color of the sound transmitted through a digital signal. You could get a glitchy sound if the machine on the receiving end can't read it, but if you hear music, it's going to sound just like it would on any other cable. I've never even heard of anyone actually having interference problems with a digital cable either... Maybe if you had poorly shielded cables and lived next to a radio station or something?

And what do they mean by burn-in? They're cables! I noticed that they said one of their digital cables might sound harsh when it's new... Either the electronic pulses show up as 1's and 0's so that they can be decoded as sound or they don't and your DAC spits out whatever it wants; probably a pop, random tone, silence, or it takes it's best guess at what the bit was supposed to be.

I'm sorry but their cables are pure marketing. They look like quality cables, but in the realm of digital transmission, they make no difference other than looking cool... Then again, I try to hide my cables.
I totally agree with you in principle ...

But having demo'd several different 75ohm digital coax's ...

It's my opinion that different materials and construction approaches do in fact yield different sonic qualities.

For instance, the Firemine which I'm giving away, sounds much more warm and soft and lush than did a CryoTweaks silver digital coax ...

I spent days testing them and even double blind tested with my roommate ... the difference was undeniable and I could pick one or the other each time.

Why is this?

Can I hear things you can't? Despite double blind proof, is it still all just in my head? Who knows... I certainly can't explain it.

True ... it's 1's and 0's ... but in the end, those descriptors are being communicated via energy/power and said energy responds differently (I think) from one conductor to the next ...

So anyway ... not being too huge of a Zu fan in regards to their standard RCA Stereo interconnects ... or their power cords, really ... I've still not found a digital 75 ohm IC that pleases as much as the Firemine ...

In fact, if the new Zu Ash 75 ohm'r doesn't please me as much as the Firemine, I'll be giving it away instead ... ... The Ash is a freebie from Zu, for some local vendor research I've done for them of late ... but unlike the Firemine, it's 100% silver based (and quite a bit more expensive than the Firemine) ... but it may in fact not synch as well with my rig ... so I'll be giving away whichever I like less ...

The cable argument is never ending, yes?

    
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