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Eric_The_Red4

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About Eric_The_Red4

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Rhode Island
  • Interests
    Saxophone, jazz, computers, audio

System

  • CPU
    Intel i5 6600k @4.7ghz
  • Motherboard
    Msi z170 Gaming m5
  • RAM
    16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V
  • GPU
    Msi GTX 1070 Gaming 8g
  • Case
    NZXT s340
  • Storage
    480gb Sandisk ssd plus and 1tb Western Digital Caviar Blue
  • PSU
    EVGA Supernove G2 850 watt
  • Display(s)
    LG 27UD68 4K monitor
  • Cooling
    NZXT Kraken x61
  • Keyboard
    Redragon Kumara Mechanical Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
  • Sound
    Sennheiser HD 598 SE headphones, NHT SuperOne speakers, Teac ai-101-da speaker/headphone amp/dac combo
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 home

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  1. If you can afford the extra $50 I'd go for the hd 6xx. The two are very similar and the hd58x is a bit more neutral (hd6xx is slightly warmer). They're both great and if you want to save $50 you're not missing out on too much. Personally, I like the hd 6xx a bit more.
  2. Yes the k7xx has more treble which can get fatiguing fairly easily. Words and voice would definitely sound much better on the hd6xx. The hd 6xx has a bit more detail in general without the harsh presentation of the k7xx. The k7xx would probably have a wider soundstage but the imaging would probably be similar between the two. I use my hd6xx for gaming and they're pretty great for gaming (hearing footsteps, etc). Hd 6xx sounds good with any genres and any application. K7xx would be good for classical and audio monitoring/mixing but genres that benefit from a slightly warmer signature like jazz, rock, etc. Sound better on the hd6xx
  3. Sparkle would be when a treble sound (like a cymbal crash on the drums) is pronounced and detailed without being harsh.
  4. Neutral would be a flat sound signature meaning no boost in the bass mids or treble, just balanced all the way. Fuller would be warmer sounding meaning a slight boost in bass and mids, giving the sound a bit more body at the risk of sometimes losing the sparkle of the highs.
  5. ok I might do that but the problem isn't that bad so I might just live with it.
  6. Oh so you need an amp/dac combo then or an amp and a dac? Just a dac does not have anything to plug your headphones in. Dac plugs into amp which you can plug your headphones into. In which case, I recommend the schiit modi and magni combo (latest versions, once again). Total comes to $200 and they are both great value products.
  7. Hi all, I just got a pair of KZ ZST IEMs and I am very impressed with how good they sound for only $20. However, I've noticed that when I use them with anything but my phone that there is quite a bit of static noise. I have tried using it with my LG G6 phone, Scarlett solo headphone out, teac ai101da headphone amp, and fiio e17k headphone amp. All the external amps have built in dacs. On my Teac it sounds more like a ground loop buzzing than static. I have tried my HD 6XX with all of these sources as well as my NHT superzero speakers and they do not have the same issue. At first I thought it might be that the impedance might be too high on my external sources (the LG G6 phone doesnt have the static problem) but that can't be true since the fiio e17k has an impedance of only 1.1ohms and the impedance on the KZ ZST IEMs is 10ohms. Anyone know what the problem is?
  8. Schiit modi (whatever the latest version is) is a great dac and you won't get anything substantially better until hundreds of dollars more. It's probably the best dac for its price
  9. Sennheiser x Massdrop HD 6XX without a doubt over the AKG7XX. HE4XX are planar magnetic which generally have a warmer sound than dynamic headphones, and sound fuller, with the risk of sounding muddy sometimes. I prefer Dynamics but many prefer planar magnetic so it really depends on what you want. If you want super detailed and more neutral, go with the 6XX, if you want warmer, fuller, possibly more "fun" sound, go with the 4XX. to elaborate on K7XX vs HD6XX, HD6XX are more reliable to sound good with anything. The K7XX can be fatiguing sometimes since they are more neutral than 6XX (6XX are slightly warm). The 6XX sound better on less than perfect recordings and don't point out the imperfections as much without compromising on detail
  10. Thank you so much for the reply. My recording would be mainly with alto and tenor saxophone. I am leaning toward the NTK however in the seller's listing he said at one point a previous owner may have been a smoker. I'm worried as to whether this may affect the performance of the mic. Would you know anything on the subject? Thanks!
  11. The shock mount won't fit your mic. It's 43-46mm and the at2020 diameter is 52mm. And no you shouldn't have any quality problems with any of the products. However, the audio interface is very cheap and not very good audio quality. If you can spring an extra $25 you can find a focusrite Scarlett solo used on eBay for around $50. I just got one today and it's perfectly working and in good condition so you should have no problem finding one. If not, the one you chose should be fine for the time being at least. And yes, the at2020 should be a bit better quality than the yeti, with better upgradeability considering it is xlr and not USB.
  12. I've tried them both, but don't remember them that well. If my memory serves me the pxc550 were more neutral and had better clarity than the hd1. Soundstage is pretty small on both. Noise cancelling is pretty much the same. They're both comfortable I don't remember preferring either one in comfort. Hd1 are a bit bassier if that's what you like. I'd go for the pxc 550 unless you like bass, then id go for the hd1
  13. I am looking for a microphone to get me into the world of home recording for my saxophone with a budget of $200 for the mic. I have found some great deals on ebay where I could potentially get an at4033 or a rode NTK within my budget. The NTK is priced very aggressively in an ebay auction (starting bid $125) so there is a chance I will not be able to get it depending on how much interest it gets. I understand the at4033 and NTK are very different mics, but I was wondering if anyone knew which one would record a saxophone better. The NTK is obviously more expensive but I know that doesn't always mean everything. Thank you!
  14. I've heard pretty great things about the akg k550, but some not so great things about the hd599, specifically muddy bass. Id recommend the k550 over the hd599. However, for the price I'd go for the massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6xx for $200 usd if international shipping with them isn't a pain. They are incredibly good headphones and in another league than the other two in terms especially in terms of clarity and imaging(placement of audio subjects). I use them to game and it's very easy to hear enemy footsteps approaching and has saved me quite a few times. In terms of the fiio, I wouldn't spring for it just because you have the Asus Maximus ix hero which already has pretty good audio and you won't hear much difference. I'd recommend just saving that money for better headphones. If you can spring for them, the monoprice monolith m1060 are even better than the 6xx, though they might need an amp. I'll get back to you later with more info.
  15. If you are perfectly satisfied, there isn't much point in getting better gear,but if you want to see what higher end audio is all about, you can't go wrong by getting a pair of cans like the Sennheiser HD 6xx from massdrop ($200). If the HD 58x ($150) come back, they could be a good deal too, I haven't tried them but I've heard good things about them. I wouldn't really recommend getting an amp until you get to some higher end headphones because while both those cans definitely benefit from one, the audio interface should power them fine and it's better to invest that money in new headphones instead. Or you could just get an amp to have some nice eye candy on your desk ?.
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