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post #181 of 10626
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Originally Posted by HoodedSoldier View Post

I did a search on the headphones and found that the review is from ign in 2001.

and? like i said, i've been using them for almost 7 years, and they've been great to me.
post #182 of 10626
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Originally Posted by formulanerd View Post

and? like i said, i've been using them for almost 7 years, and they've been great to me.

I know i was just showing everyone where the review was coming from. I seriously want a pair of headphones before halo and i'll have my copy on friday which is really making me search. I think i'll go down to jnr tomorrow and try a few pair out since they have some on display to try.
post #183 of 10626
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Originally Posted by oceanjumper View Post

I find myself constantly checking out this damn adapter so in anticipation of my impulsivity I started searching the web as well. Best price I found so far remains buy-com: $92.99 with free shipping and $10 discount if you are new to Goole checkout (which you will be when using a different email address every time you buy -- so I hear...).

By the way, is the JVC adapter the only one that provides Dolby Headphone 5.1 using a portable adapter? I only found one other reference (here) that mentions a Philips unit... Yet, I did not find any further details on it.

No there are more.. You can do a google. I know Amazon has a refurbed JVC for 70.00 or so.. Or they did..
post #184 of 10626
Digital trends JVC review.. For full review click here.... http://reviews.digitaltrends.com/rev...main17723.html

"I moved on to a ThX-based Dolby Surround Test AAC file. It's supposed to sound like a helicopter flying from behind you, to around you, to in front of you. With the adaptor off, it sounded like a bunch of helicopter noise, but when you turn on the adaptor and use the Movie Pro Logic II setting, it works like a charm. You can hear a helicopter in the distance behind you fly in and circle around you as if you're about to be attacked. I'm very surprised it sounds so real from a cheap pair of headphones and a little adaptor from JVC."



"Lastly, I put on a DVD of the original Matrix film. What better way to test out 5.1 Surround Sound then with a bunch of action and gunfighting? JVC has done it. This little device pumped out insanely realistic, high-quality Surround Sound at me. The scene where Neo and Trinity fight the officers in the lobby is spectacular and sounds like people are shooting behind you, in front of you, and in every single direction. Sounds are what you'd expect from Dolby and you almost can't tell you're using regular 2-channel headphones."



"Although the market for Dolby 5.1 Sound is huge, not many companies out there have successfully emulated it on non-5.1 devices such as headphones. JVC is able to do it efficiently and correctly with the SU-DH1 box. The device is portable, powerful, and produces ultra-rich sounds that bleed quality."
post #185 of 10626
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Originally Posted by formulanerd View Post

and? like i said, i've been using them for almost 7 years, and they've been great to me.

Yeah.. Age has nothing to do with the quality of a headphone if they are good to begin with.. I have a 30 yr old headphone that sounds great.. & most drivers will last you a life time..
post #186 of 10626
Anyone know anything about these? Sony MDRDS1000
post #187 of 10626
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Originally Posted by HoodedSoldier View Post

Anyone know anything about these? Sony MDRDS1000

I know that Sony doesn't use the Dolby headphone DSP technology for SS.. Sony has their own DSP for SS. From what I hear it's not as good, but still effective.. Seems like a good option for 85.00..
post #188 of 10626
Scratch that. I found a review.. http://www.onheadphones.com/product-...dr-ds1000.html

Review said the SS decoder on the Sony made very little difference.. & a amazon reviewer gave them 1 star..
post #189 of 10626
If anyone has money to burn these are hi end 5.1 headphones..

http://www.audiocubes.com/category/H...+Surround.html
post #190 of 10626
For those considering making a move to the JVC surround sound adaptor, or another Dolby Headphone capable receiver, the Dolby website has some demos of the Dolby Headphone technology.
http://www.dolby.com/consumer/technology/headphone.html
The links to the demos are under "Hear Dolby Headphone In Action"
post #191 of 10626
Does the JVC adapter only run off batteries? Thanks
post #192 of 10626
Same question I'm waiting on confirmation from HaD3K when he receives his unit. I dl'd a manual which I mentions an adapter (SU-DH1-J). It was from the Canadian web site and the manual is in english and french so I'm hoping...

How about a 5.1 set of headphones that uses RF and not IR for those of us whose equipment is located outside of the room. I would have ponied up the cash for the pioneers if they were RF. If I have to run an optical wire into my room for the IR receiver I would rather save the money and just run an extender wire for my headphones.

*Edit*
O.k. I went back and looked at the manual and now I can't find any mention of the adapter. I know someone mentioned earlier that the Japanese version had one.
post #193 of 10626
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Originally Posted by G-Bull View Post

For those considering making a move to the JVC surround sound adaptor, or another Dolby Headphone capable receiver, the Dolby website has some demos of the Dolby Headphone technology.
http://www.dolby.com/consumer/technology/headphone.html
The links to the demos are under "Hear Dolby Headphone In Action"

But not as impressive.. Sounds better while listening with the actual gear. Least that was my experience.
post #194 of 10626
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Originally Posted by shepP View Post

Same question I'm waiting on confirmation from HaD3K when he receives his unit. I dl'd a manual which I mentions an adapter (SU-DH1-J). It was from the Canadian web site and the manual is in english and french so I'm hoping...

How about a 5.1 set of headphones that uses RF and not IR for those of us whose equipment is located outside of the room. I would have ponied up the cash for the pioneers if they were RF. If I have to run an optical wire into my room for the IR receiver I would rather save the money and just run an extender wire for my headphones.

*Edit*
O.k. I went back and looked at the manual and now I can't find any mention of the adapter. I know someone mentioned earlier that the Japanese version had one.

Yes. I believe only the Japanese version has one.. You could always get a voltage converter if you really need a adapter.
post #195 of 10626
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Originally Posted by tacos View Post

Does the JVC adapter only run off batteries? Thanks

J&R Electronics says right in their product description "uses 2 AA batteries, supports power from an AC adapter"

Of course, it could be a misprint or otherwise incorrect.

http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4103785
post #196 of 10626
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Originally Posted by KBI View Post

I know that Sony doesn't use the Dolby headphone DSP technology for SS.. Sony has their own DSP for SS. From what I hear it's not as good, but still effective.. Seems like a good option for 85.00..

Sony have two versions of surround headphone. None of them uses Dolby Headphone technology. The cheaper version is no good. The expensive version (>$800) is better than Pioneer Dolby Headphone from a review I read.
post #197 of 10626
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Originally Posted by shepP View Post

How about a 5.1 set of headphones that uses RF and not IR for those of us whose equipment is located outside of the room. I would have ponied up the cash for the pioneers if they were RF. If I have to run an optical wire into my room for the IR receiver I would rather save the money and just run an extender wire for my headphones.

The problem with most RF based wireless headphone is that they are all pretty noisy from the RF interference. IR is better. Digital IR used by Pioneer headphone is even better. No noise what so ever.
post #198 of 10626
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Sony have two versions of surround headphone. None of them uses Dolby Headphone technology. The cheaper version is no good. The expensive version (>$800) is better than Pioneer Dolby Headphone from a review I read.

I heard it is very good too. Think it came out in 03.. Unless they upgraded it..
post #199 of 10626
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Originally Posted by G-Bull View Post

J&R Electronics says right in their product description "uses 2 AA batteries, supports power from an AC adapter"

Of course, it could be a misprint or otherwise incorrect.

http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4103785

...however...
The user manual from the JVC America website does NOT mention any AC adaptor support. It only mentions batteries as the only available power supply. I'd guess J&R's description (from my previous post) is incorrect.
http://resources.jvc.com/Resources/0...T0055-001A.pdf
post #200 of 10626
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Originally Posted by SamuraiXmas View Post

Specifically for Halo 3 sessions late at night, I'm thinking about getting some 5.1 headphones. Like alot of people, I'm stuck between the Turtle Beach Headphones, the Triton Headphones or the Razer headphones. All of them have nearly identical specs, and I have no way of testing them before I buy. I've already got a pair of closed Beyer headphones for stereo, but I'm specifically looking for a pair that can do the 5.1 (without having to simulate).

Trust me, the simulated 5.1 with Dolby Headphone technology is far better than so called true 5.1. I've tested many of them including Zalman's version. Non of them is anywhere near the effect of my Pioneer. To get true 5.1 with multiple drivers, rear channel drivers have to be behind your ears, not inside.
post #201 of 10626
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Originally Posted by KBI View Post

I heard it is very good too. Think it came out in 03.. Unless they upgraded it..

Recently Sony announced a new one which is only around $300. So I don't think it will be as good as the older version.
post #202 of 10626
If my headphones weren't in a balanced configuration I'd just get the JVC adapter..
post #203 of 10626
I'm considering the 595's & clip on mic for XBL... however I've got a fundamental question:

Assuming I don't route through a receiver, what is powering the audio? Even if I use the JVC adaptor, it doesn't have a volume control... so can the 360 alone drive the headphones or would I need an amp?
post #204 of 10626
ummmmm I think the JVC had volume control...
post #205 of 10626
Hi,

I ordered a 20$ headphone amp. It is small and ac. I also ordered a two rca to stereo 1/4" cord. When I get it, I will let you know how it sounds.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...965617-5826429


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Originally Posted by A.C View Post

I'm considering the 595's & clip on mic for XBL... however I've got a fundamental question:

Assuming I don't route through a receiver, what is powering the audio? Even if I use the JVC adaptor, it doesn't have a volume control... so can the 360 alone drive the headphones or would I need an amp?
post #206 of 10626
Thread Starter 
For those looking for an ac adapter for the JVC 5.1, I read on another forum -which I can't remember now, but think it was on headfi.com- that the Japanese ac adapter made "crackling noises" when used... Just a head's up...

Looking forward to hear fresh impressions on the JVC and Mindwarper's amp...
post #207 of 10626
one cool amp option appears to be the diy "CMOY" design. a couple to choose from on ebay & headphone trade forums. most <$50

post #208 of 10626
Just received my Senn 555s today. Wow. To be honest I've never experienced such clear sound through outer ear phones. Hooked them up to my Cowon D2 player, and I was in heaven. I also own VModa Vibes, IE phones which I normally use on my D2, but these new Senns will most likley take over whenever I'm listening in the house. My music sounds more like a live experience now, rather than one in my head. I can't wait to hook these bad boys up to my 360. I can't think of anything else to say atm so feel free to ask some questions. I will say that these are definitely worth every penny, and if your a gamer you'll probably find yourself spoiled silly.

I'll have impressions with the JVC adapter and the 360 probably late Friday. Those should be way more detailed and hopefully I can take some pics of the whole kit and caboodle. Till then......

EDIT: Mad props to electr0n for helping me finish the 360 headset swap!
post #209 of 10626
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Originally Posted by A.C View Post

I'm considering the 595's & clip on mic for XBL... however I've got a fundamental question:

Assuming I don't route through a receiver, what is powering the audio? Even if I use the JVC adaptor, it doesn't have a volume control... so can the 360 alone drive the headphones or would I need an amp?

The JVC has a volume control.
post #210 of 10626
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Trust me, the simulated 5.1 with Dolby Headphone technology is far better than so called true 5.1. I've tested many of them including Zalman's version. Non of them is anywhere near the effect of my Pioneer. To get true 5.1 with multiple drivers, rear channel drivers have to be behind your ears, not inside.

I know, but ppl are stuck on the simulation part, instead of the 'real' thing.. To be frank, theres no such thing as 5.1 headphones to begin with.. None come remotley close to a good 5.1 set up. But DD 5.1 headphone does a admirable job of giving the illusion of 5.1 sound with headphones.. & does sound great..

Had3k
"Just received my Senn 555s today. Wow. To be honest I've never experienced such clear sound through outer ear phones. Hooked them up to my Cowon D2 player, and I was in heaven. I also own VModa Vibes, IE phones which I normally use on my D2, but these new Senns will most likley take over whenever I'm listening in the house. My music sounds more like a live experience now, rather than one in my head. I can't wait to hook these bad boys up to my 360. I can't think of anything else to say atm so feel free to ask some questions. I will say that these are definitely worth every penny, and if your a gamer you'll probably find yourself spoiled silly."

I really hope the JVC coupled with the 555 astound you since I been advocating it so much on this forum. I just really believe in it.. & I hope all who bought the JVC & or headphones based on my recommendation really love them. & what you say is true. The music becomes real & the artist are now live.. With my set up it's like the artist is singing just to me.. Whispering in my ear, or I'm with them in the studio watching him/her record the music.. & you don't need to spend as much as I did to get there, which is scary..
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