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Thank you all for the info. I will give some local hifi stores a try for a decent branded cable to avoid waiting for the amazon one. Otherwise i will get the amazon basics one.
@Shawnb99 i had no idea. I will do some homework on upgrading the headphones cable. Is it noticeable and worth it the upgrade ?

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Optical is a digital signal, so don't fret over those too much. Avoid super thin ones and ones that just look 'dollar store' cheap and you're set.

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Grabbed a pair of Fidelio X2s, should be here Tuesday. Saw them hovering around the $220 mark for a while and they dropped to $179 yesterday and then again today to $169 on Amazon so I grabbed a pair.

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
Grabbed a pair of Fidelio X2s, should be here Tuesday. Saw them hovering around the $220 mark for a while and they dropped to $179 yesterday and then again today to $169 on Amazon so I grabbed a pair.

Hopefully they make me retire my SHP9500s
Sounds like a sweet deal, prices here in Europe have been steadily going up since last year.

This seems like a trend with Phillips, they seem to axe sales on models over here quicker than they do in the US, usually just before the model goes EOL entirely.

So I think you got the last of Philips high-end headphones at the right time, because it'll probably be EOL soon, and it doesn't seem like they intend to continue making any SHP/Fidelio headphones.
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Just received my new magni3 and modi3 i set it up using a toslink and not usb. I grabbed a very cheapy toslink cable which i will upgrade soon. Its still too soon to give my opinion, but i want to say kudos to asus for the onboard souncard. Comparing it to the 250€ stack its not that much worst. I have the magni set to hi gain and the volume knob at 9 o'clock. Max i can go on most of the music i played, starts being too loud around 11-11:30 o'clock. There are few though that can go even at 3 o'clock on high gain. What i have found, that i first thought that was an issue of the onboard soundcard , is that there is a lot of hishing noises on the background . The issue persisted with the stack. I am using music bee set to exclusive wasapi. The hishing is there on spotify and flacs. From my flacs, there were only a couple that had 0 hishing. The intensity of the hishing scales proportionally with the volume knob. Is it just a poor mastering issue since a few of the flacs have 0 noise and hishing ? I also tried streaming master quality from tidal hi-fi and the few i tried were also hishing-free.

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Optical is a digital signal, so don't fret over those too much. Avoid super thin ones and ones that just look 'dollar store' cheap and you're set.
I would recommend spending a few dollars on an optical cable that uses glass fibers and not plastic, and I would make sure its a thicker cable so that it can tolerate being handled. Cheap optical cables can cause all sorts of random issues that could take you forever and a day to diagnose.
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Thank you all for the info. I will give some local hifi stores a try for a decent branded cable to avoid waiting for the amazon one. Otherwise i will get the amazon basics one.
@Shawnb99 i had no idea. I will do some homework on upgrading the headphones cable. Is it noticeable and worth it the upgrade ?
If you have k702s, I would forget upgrading the headphone cable. AKG is one of the few companies that uses really high quality stock cables.
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I'll get a new cable asap, i just purchased this cheap one today from a nearby shop just so i could try the amp and dac. I can find locally the audioquest pearl optical toslnik-toslink for 25€. https://www.audioquest.com/cables/di...-toslink/pearl
It seems like a good choice. I dont know if this will be okay or i should go for something around 45€ like https://www.audioquest.com/cables/di...toslink/forest . Spec-wise i dont see any difference.

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I would recommend spending a few dollars on an optical cable that uses glass fibers and not plastic, and I would make sure its a thicker cable so that it can tolerate being handled. Cheap optical cables can cause all sorts of random issues that could take you forever and a day to diagnose.
Hmm, where does one get these glass fiber optical cables? Or are these glass fiber cables the thin ones?
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