Steve Z

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  1. Just as a follow on to my last post, a few days ago I decided to get a pair of inexpensive noise cancelling headphones to use outdoors to help alleviate the wind noise problem I noted with my Lindy HF20 s. After quite a bit of researching reviews on Youtube and Amazon I decided to get a pair of Vankyo C751 headphones, although I'd never heard of the brand before I thought they'd be worth a punt at only a little over £40 considering they appear to be very well liked. I've had the C751s now for almost a week and can report that they are extremely impressive for such a low price. Build quality is far better than you would expect for the price, they are extremely comfortable and can be used for hours on end, best of all they sound very good, they use Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless listening and can be used wired too which lifts the sound quality a little. The Active Noise Cancelling is pretty effective particularly reducing low frequency external noise very well. Also nice that they have USB-C connection for fast charging. There is a noticeable difference in sound signature with ANC on or off, with it off the sound is a little dull and veiled, switch the ANC on and the sound becomes much cleaner and clearer, I've certainly heard headphones costing twice as much that don't sound this good. I find the sound very balanced to my liking but anyone wanting loads of bass would find them wanting as there's not much in the way of weight and slam. They also fold for storage and are supplied with a nice semi hard case. Overall I think they're a great buy for the money. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Choosing headphones can be a bit of a minefield, unfortunately auditioning them now because of CV is impossible so the only guidance you have is reviews and tbh they can be very variable as they’re subjective and can depend on the viewers taste. As to the K550, I owned a pair for a couple of years and found them to be extremely well balanced, I only parted with them as they heated up my ears/head too much, I AB’d them against a friend’s Sennheiser HD600 which were more than twice the price and preferred the AKGs, yours may have been sub par, it also sounds like the clamping pressure had got a bit tired as they sounded better when you applied pressure. I went upmarket a bit to the Hifiman HD400S which were fabulous for £250 as well as being easy to drive for a planar magnetic, no good for you as they’re open back. I’m not a serious headphone user now and only use them when I’m out walking with my Fiio M3 Pro DAP, I currently use a pair of lightweight Lindy HF20s which cost just £20 and sound astonishingly good and very well balanced for something so cheap, only criticism is they let in wind noise in anything other than still air as they are on ear rather an over ear phones, as I’ve been so impressed with the Lindy phones I’m considering moving up to their NC60 over ear active noise cancelling phones which are just £50. At least these days when choosing headphones you can always get them from Amazon and if you don’t like them you can send them back and get a refund in 30 days. Best of luck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. The frequencies coming from the sub are so low as to be non directional, it's above about 150-200hz where directionality is apparent. With the setting I'm using there's very little output from the sub above 100hz. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Just posting this as a bit of an update, still loving the sound of my Frugelhorn Lites which has improved steadily with more use over the last couple of months. Good as the FHLs are I've found their only drawback is a lack of bass weight particularly when not playing them very loud, so I decided to supplement the low end with a subwoofer. Recently a friend of mine upgraded to larger speakers and his sub was up for grabs so I snapped it up. The sub is a Velodyne Microvee, probably the smallest sub you've ever seen, measuring 9"x9"x9.6" with a 6.5" aluminium cone driver and 2x 6.5" passive radiators, the sub packs 1000watts of Class D amplification so more headroom than I'll ever need. Being small, and with a small driver it majors on speed, transient punch is superb. The sub has both speaker level inputs and outputs as well as line level inputs. I've tried both inputs with the FHLs, the speaker level inputs suit the FHLs better as the input filters the frequencies under 120hz at a 1st order 6dB/octave which improves the LF power handling of the little Alpair 5.3 drivers by several dBs, if I used the speakers at loud volume very much of the time I'd use this method. As they are only used at moderate levels in the bedroom I've decided for simplicity to use the line input. After a little experimentation I've settled on setting the sub filter at 70-80hz with the sub volume at barely 25%. Running a frequency sweep the bass response is fairly even from 100hz down to about 35hz with just a slight lift at 40-50z which I get the feeling is a room mode. The combination is now very well balanced and it is close to rivalling my Q Acoustics Concept 40s in my main setup. I've gone slightly away from convention by placing the sub on a stand, mainly to minimise cable lengths and because the sub is too cute to hide away, wonder what everyone thinks ? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks for all the comments guys, it looks as though there are opinions at both ends of the spectrum, not sure if I'm very clear how to proceed based on them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Be interesting to hear from any forum users who have experience of the Ifi low noise PSU particularly if they can comment if it gave an audible improvement when powering an external DAC. I have a Topping D30 and I have seen it mentioned online that it can benefit from an improved PSU. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. If you don't need very high power the Amptastic Mini 1 takes some beating. If you want digital inputs and Bluetooth as well the very well reviewed Tangent Ampster at £150 might fit the bill. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Back in the 1980's I owned both KEF R103s and the R102s with the Kube active equaliser, although the R103 was an exceptional speaker for its time, and although it was suggested that it could be used stand or shelf mounted I seriously doubt it would work on a shelf, although the FR was measured as within +/-2dbs from 200hz to 20khz by Hifi Choice there was a pronounced hump of 4-5db at 100hz, put them anywhere near a wall and the mid bass was overpowering, I had mine on stands in the open but there was still a little too much mid bass. The R102s were a nice balanced speaker but in equalising a small speaker to produce low bass they were problematic as bass distortion climbed dramatically with the boost applied, I remember reading a review at the time which stated with the Extend button engaged on the Kube the distortion at 40hz measured over 10% at normal listening levels and even at 100hz it was over 5% not really what you'd call high fidelity, at normal listening level I left the Extend button switched out, just occasionally using it for late night listening at low levels. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Decided to bite the bullet and I've ordered a new D30 from Amazon, coming direct from Hong Kong no doubt it will be quite a while. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Bump ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I've been using an Echo Dot in my 2nd tier setup in the bedroom for almost 18 months and find the sound quality more than acceptable playing Amazon Music, best £24.99 I ever spent. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Have had these speakers from new for just short of 2 years they have been used in my second tier setup in the bedroom. The knowledgeable among you probably know they are multi award winning speakers and are highly rated across the board. The speakers are in mint, totally unmarked condition, they come with original boxes and packaging, manual and foam port bungs, there are also solid bridging links for the bi wire terminals, these have never been used as I’ve always run them bi-wired. Looking for £170 inclusive of carriage. If any interested parties require more close up photos please let me know I’ll take some and post them on the thread. Payment by bank transfer or PayPal gift.
  13. Come on guys, surely there's someone who has one they want to move on. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk