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How to find the Tokyo e-earphone shop

July 2014: e-earphone moved their shop to a larger premises, so this will be updated once I get a picture of the entrance:       I think I need to make a video guide on how to get to e-earphone. The difficulty is finding the entrance to the building which has their orange sign.     The red writing on the road across the middle says "Chuo Dori". It's the huge main road. The train line on it is a subway.  The small orange box is the building e-earphone is in. The big pink building to the left of it is the very large, black building.  The entrance to the... read more

Headphone Buying Guide

((This post will constantly be in a work in progress, the headphone world is constantly changing with new competitors and my goal is to keep this up to date with as much detail as possible. This will be no easy goal and I'm asking your help to correct any information, or add any as needed! A PM will yield best results when looking to change anything here.)) Before reading this thread I want everyone to realize that sound is subjective. Something that one person may find to be a great headphone may in-fact sound terrible to the next person. We all experience sound... read more

The Best BASS Headphones ( a Head-Fi Wiki)

Under Construction           Group 1  "Cannons"   Cannons are headphones that produce an excessive to enormous amount of impact that can be felt from the cups to the ears  and beyond. They vibrate the skull, they vibrate/tickle the cheeks, upper neck and cause physical sensations. This physical sensation can and does interfere with the accurate delivery of what are widely referred to as good response curves. The "mids" as they are the adjoining range are most affected by the over boosted low frequency. The "V" shaved EQ slope is applied to create an illusion of... read more

Brooko's Test Tracks

So I can keep them in one place - and refer to a list (by link) with my reviews, I've compiled a list of the test tracks I use.  Some are definitely for a set purpose (eg Amber Rubarth's Binaural "Tundra" for imaging and sound-stage), whilst others are simply tracks I know well - and use so that I can cross check headphones for a wide range of suitability across genres. Still others are there simply because they reflect my eclectic taste in music   All of the music listed I do actually own - most on CD, converted to FLAC.   Over time I'll try and keep the list... read more

Woo Audio: FAQ and Product Troubleshoot

All Woo Audio products are tested individually prior to leaving our New York facility.  However, we know that occasionally things may become loose or damaged during shipping.  Our troubleshoot recommendations are to help you find a resolution with minimum down-time.  And to avoid shipping the product back to us and then to find out there is nothing wrong with it.   This happens all too often.  We want to help track down the cause so we hope this WiKi article will help you resolve the issues you are experiencing with your Woo Audio product.     If you are more... read more

Describing Sound A Glossary

The following list is a compilation of terms commonly used by Audio buffs to describe sound and sound equipment. Credit goes to fordgtlover for creating the original list which can be found here. These are not terms or definitions based on any individual's point-of-view.but rather information that is already available in the public domain. As such, the virtue or accuracy of any of this information can not be guaranteed It serves only to help and inform. I'm sure that this list is not exhaustive, but it is a pretty good starting point. Audio Glossary Audio... read more

Glossary Of Terms

This is a work in progress. Please help us by fixing any glaring errors and writing useful and easy to understand definitions.   ACSS - An acronym for  "Audio-gd Current Signal System" which is a variation on the CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) circuit design developed by electronics manufacturer Krell and other similar concepts.  It is a means of coupling individual gain stages (either within a component or between two ACSS-connected components), which minimizes the audible effects of interconnect cables and potential impedance mismatches, as well as the need... read more

Mac OS X Music Players - alternatives to iTunes

The original thread discussing this article is here.   There seems to have been an explosion lately in "audiophile" music players for Mac OS X lately. Though iTunes wiped out the need for competition when it was introduced, it has become a huge, multimedia and store program, leaving many people wanting something simpler.  For a while, that was Play and one or two others, but then Amarra came on the scene. Offering higher-quality playback, it has become famous among audiophiles, alongside its biggest competitor, Pure Vinyl (and now Pure Music).  As those two have fought... read more

Ibasso DX50 FAQ

The Ibasso DX50 is a $239 baby brother to the $830 DX100. Smaller, less powerful, with less onboard storage (8gb vs. 64gb) and using a Wolfson WM8740 24Bit DAC Chip opposed to the ESS Sabre 9018 desktop-class DAC chip in the DX100. However, with a nice onboard amp and a crystal clear analog lineout, the DX50 is quite a bargain and flying off the shelves. Lots of owners means lots of questions, answers and useful tips. This FAQ is created as an attempt to answer some of the most common questions without having to dig through (at the time of this writing) 338 pages with... read more

What is The Correct Way To Turn On Tube Amps With Headphones

Speaking of contacting the manufacturers, I got a response back from Jack of Woo Audio. I want to thank Jack for getting back to me in a timely manner and taking time to answer my questions. Anyways, here's his response to my questions regarding WA6: 1) What's the proper way to turn on WA6 with headphones? I ask this because I've read some stuff about it being harmful to the tube amp to turn it on without headphones in? Is this true? So far, I've turned on the WA6 without any headphones inserted (when I turn it on with headphones in, it gives the loud startup tube hum... read more

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