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Posted 06 February 2018 - 08:04 PM
Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:42 AM
Project coming together slowly but surely. Going back to aircooling for this. Roughly half the custom parts are fitted. Test board mounted for taking more measurements. I'm still undecided on case fans, but I've narrowed it down to the Noctua S12A, Bequiet Silent Wings, or Noiseblocker Eloops. Leaning on Noctua since the color scheme would work for once.
The finalized pieces so far. There's about a dozen major parts left to design, which I can't start unless a couple more parts arrive.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:09 PM
So when it's April, it's been 4 years since I have been using my good old GTX780 and for 2 f*cking months I'm waiting for the GTX1080Ti to get its prices back to normal.
Now it's out of stock and prices have gone up to €1100, GTFO. Cryptocrap are digital cancer.
i just hope my 1080 last long enough for crypto to go up in flames, either that or its just better to pre-order the GTX1280 today
I know what you mean. This is total bullsh*t and puts us gamers in dark times when we want to upgrade to better and faster GPU's.
It's a f*cking joke.
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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:13 PM
Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:54 AM
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:14 PM Edited by Dealux, 10 February 2018 - 03:52 PM.
Looking at some Innerfidelity graphs, it seems that the K550 has deeper bass and less roll-off but it varies quite a bit more when you move the earcups around compared to the K712. The K712 has better pads with larger interior space.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:28 PM
The K550s do the best job of sounding open backed of any reasonably priced over-ears I've ever tested. By "reasonably priced", I mean under about £500.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:23 PM
Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:48 PM
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:09 PM
Frequency response graphs look interesting. The K550 look like they have some sub bass boost. I didn't feel like the K712 were lacking in that regard, especially for an open back. I reckon they are usable as low as 40 Hz for mixing and are pretty audible as low as 32 Hz or even lower, which is something you can't get with speakers unless you have a big sub or some really expensive monitors.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:23 PM
They are quite position sensitive- this you can see from the charts above. That's a foible of them being closed-back but designed in such a way to permit an open soundstage.
I would hazard that most people who experience issues with bass response are either a) struggling to drive them properly, b) not wearing them right, or c) a combination of the above.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:57 PM Edited by Dealux, 10 February 2018 - 06:58 PM.
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:26 PM
Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:40 PM
Posted 10 February 2018 - 09:07 PM Edited by Andreaz1, 10 February 2018 - 09:09 PM.
Couldn't believe it after the praise I've read about them everywhere online.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:05 PM Edited by Dealux, 10 February 2018 - 10:10 PM.
I think the K550 are relatively efficient so the amp\source shouldn't matter so much. I can literally drive my K712 off of a phone and they still sound great and plenty loud and they are one of the harder to drive AKGs. I'm really considering pulling the trigger on a pair of K550s this week.
If they sounded crap to you maybe the music you were listening to was poorly recorded or something. I know some older stuff sounds kinda plain on my current AKGs but very rarely harsh or anything like that unless the mixing for the song was done as a joke essentially. Modern EDM stuff for instance (or pop music) sounds the best because it was made on more modern gear and stuff. It took me a while to adjust to the more neutral sounding sound signature but in the end it made sense because there's so much detail to hear everywhere. The other reason why I can't listen to in-ear headphones is that I don't like the bloated bass sound anymore. I'll trade bloated bass for deeper and more neutral bass any day.
Edit: If you're a bass head (but not to an extreme extent) and want to upgrade your phones, the OPPO PM3 are a good upgrade but definitely not cheap. I would have loved to save up for a pair of these planar magnetic headphones but they don't have the best highs and soundstage is narrow. However, the bass is pretty much a straight line all the way down to 10 Hz and the mids are pretty good as well.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:16 PM
Posted 10 February 2018 - 11:56 PM
Kinda sucks since I paid $300 for the interface lol but maybe my hearing isn't the best atm and I'm making sure the source is not the weak link in my audio setup by using an expensive portable DAC.
Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:43 AM Edited by Noale, 13 February 2018 - 03:44 AM.
There's someone selling a ASUS Prime Z370-P board with a Corsair H60 cooler for $50USD on ebay if anyone is looking. Not sure if the board is any good, but it seems cheap for a board + cooler.
Edit: Forgot to add, it's an auction with about 6 days left I believe. 0 bids at the moment.
Posted 14 February 2018 - 03:10 PM
lol at this getting compared to an HD800. I might be on the lookout for one of these as well but have nothing to power them with atm. I ordered the K550 yesterday and I'm eagerly waiting for it to arrive.
Posted 15 February 2018 - 02:19 PM Edited by Matrelith, 15 February 2018 - 02:20 PM.
After three weeks of not being able to give me an ETA on the graphics card, I decided to remove it from my order and look elsewhere. I knew that I wouldn't be able to find another GTX 1060 for under €300,-, but €400,- was my maximum limit. I ended up with the MSI GTX Geforce 106 Gaming X 6G for €380,-. A solid investment in my opinion.
The rest of my PC should be done by Monday, then I can finally game.
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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:46 PM
Noctua says their fans can't be disassembled without destroying it. So I disassembled it.
Now I put it back together and it still works, however it's slightly noisier. It looked like there was no fluid left in the bearing, and I have no fluid here at home. Apart from engine oil, the closest thing to lubricant I have right now is olive oil. How stupid would it be to use that as bearing fluid?
Will it decrease the noise? Is it going to leak? Will it make my PC smell like an Italian restaurant? Regular or extra virgin?
Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:49 PM
I'd guess it depends on the viscosity of the fluid; too little and it'll not spin at optimal speeds/run dry and kill the motor? Too much and again it'll not spin at optimal speeds and could potentially leak/chuck olive oil around the rig. You not got any hair clippers or whatever? They tend to come with oil for the blades. Not really the same thing but a year or two back my friend gave me some bicycle bearing oil, I used it on skateboard bearings and it royally f*cked them.
Posted 19 February 2018 - 11:36 PM
I'm going to try grease on that fan.
In the mean time, I've taken apart another one of my newer Noctuas.
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 04:58 PM Edited by Dealux, 21 February 2018 - 05:29 AM.
Got my K550 MK2 today.
Overall I'd say the 550s have about 80% of the dynamic depth of the K712s, and probably 90% of the perceptible soundstage. Accuracy? Pretty much bang-on. They absolutely blew me away when I first tried them.
Comparing them to the K712 it's very obvious that the K550 aren't as good but your estimation was pretty spot on. They do have about 80-90% of the detail of the K712 (it sounds like an older version of the driver). The soundstage is big for a closed back and somewhat accurate but the K712 is obviously better (you can pinpoint the direction of sounds much easier). The K550 sounds a bit confused in terms of directionality.
I'm happy to report that there is definitely not a lack in bass response. In fact the sub bass response on the K550 is a bit unreal for a headphone, quite a close match to my studio monitors. However, to my ear the K712 still has a bit more refined bass and I honestly kinda prefer the roll-off on that as opposed to the straight line like bass (or perhaps slightly above neutral) of the K550. Mids and treble are quite good on the K550 as well but not as refined as the K712 but perhaps more neutral leaning (the K712 is known for its somewhat colored sound). Only complaint I have is that the sound overall is a bit treble shy. The K712 definitely sounds more airy and detailed in that regard as well. Vocal performance on the K550 is good but the K712 can almost make you cry at times with its vocal clarity and sharp imaging both in the center and at the sides.
Overall I'd say it's a great headphone, well worth the $150-200. Perhaps the pads could have been a little higher quality but otherwise the comfort is good once you get them settled properly on your head but they can get a bit sweaty in a warm environment.
Edit: Drivers seem quite a bit different between the two. The K712 membrane is more exposed which probably explains to some extent why it outputs so much detail.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:21 PM
Small update: my PC is finally finished! The rest of the parts did arrive on Monday, so I spent the day carefully installing my graphics card (first time doing that) and making sure everything is order. S'all looking good. Installing the card was a bit tricky, but everything went really smooth. Now I can enjoy playing with what is basically my first real game PC. With all the cryptomining f*cking over the graphics card market, I'm glad my build is at least finished now.
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Posted 03 March 2018 - 07:52 PM
What I really want is a 1440p G-sync monitor for when I decide to buy another GPU for my PC and since Xbox is planning to bring 1440p support to the One X it will work well both for a PC and the X. However, G-sync monitors are way too overpriced from what I can gather.
Posted 03 March 2018 - 08:20 PM
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