You’ll have to excuse my ignorance here as I’m really new to higher-end audio. It started with picking up the 58X Jubilees and I love the open-back nature of it (never experienced open-back before). It’s also exactly in line with what I prefer in audio, though I can’t describe it, maybe good clean bass without losing detail in vocals and trebles. Just clean in general.
I come from daily driving HyperX Cloud Flight, which definitely isn’t bad, and has the wonderful convenience of wireless. If only I could make the 58x wireless…
You can probably guess where this is going: enter the BTR3K. I love this little thing. My motherboard has built-in bluetooth with AptX so it’s perfect, and I can just plug it in as a USB dac for no latency. Even got it set to automatically switch to bluetooth when it’s unplugged.
But, I’ve seen forum posts and reddit threads talking about how the BTR3K doesn’t bring out the best in the 58x, BTR5 has better quality audio, or you’d be better off with a proper amp, etc.
So to try this out, I also picked up the BTR5 and the JDS Atom Amp. My motherboard (Maximus XI Hero) has a real decent dac onboard, fully shielded, so figured I didn’t need an external dac, but I also picked up the SoundBlaster X3, G6, Micca OriGen, basically stuff with return policies just to try out.
Here’s the problem for me: I can’t hear the difference… with any of them, like maybe with the G6 but I felt that’s because the bi-amp was throwing off stereo imaging for me and I didn’t like it.
Anyway, main focus is the BTR3K on USB vs the Atom amp off onboard audio. These sound identical to me while using the 58x (and the starfields which I also picked up). BTR5 also sounds identical to the BTR3K for me, but has way worse range so that’s a no-go.
Am I high? I feel like I just simply don’t have the ears to pick out the differences. I’ve also heard both the BTR3K and Atom described as “transparent” so maybe they both just have extremely similar sound profiles.
Sorry for the long post but I suppose I also wanted to share my audio journey. I want to say the BTR3K is plenty for my needs, so maybe help convince me one way or another, or advice in picking out the differences. Thanks for reading