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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

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

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

How to find the Tokyo e-earphone shop

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 orange building is on the road it is touching. It has a sign outside with the names of the shops inside, including the e-earphone one.... 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

2013 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones)

  • by judeAdministrator

Universal-Fit In-ear Monitors   Sennheiser IE 800   TYPE: Closed, universal-fit in-ear monitor PRICE: Around $900 URL: www.sennheiser.com The mighty Sennheiser HD 800 is, in my opinion, a masterpiece--one of the finest examples of modern headphone innovation and engineering. One of the key figures behind the HD 800's development was Axel Grell, Sennheiser's Product Manager High End. I had wondered in the past about what would happen if you turned... read more

Adjusting bias on Stax tube amplifiers

This is is an instruction on how to adjust bias on Stax SRM-006t/SRM-006tII/SRM-006tA/SRM-007t/SRM-007tII amplifiers and more   Some threads http://www.head-fi.org/t/48655/tuberolling-srm-007t http://www.head-fi.org/t/682332/using-nos-tubes-with-stax-tube-headphone-amps http://www.head-fi.org/t/361361/replacement-valves-tubes-for-stax-srm-006tii http://www.head-fi.org/t/415385/tube-change-biasing-a-stax-006t-ii     Quote: Changing Tubes in a STAX Tube Headphone Amplifier Originally posted by Colorado Tom  source click here The following description is... read more

List of lossless and high-res music (FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, DXD etc.) download sites

People regularly ask about where to buy CD quality or hi-res downloads (legitimately!) so here is a list of sites I know of. Please post a comment if there are any I've missed. Note that they must have music available in a lossless or high-res format available.   Format guide: CD Quality = 16 bit, 44.1 kHz PCM. Hi-res = Any of 24 bit; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192 kHz PCM. DSD = Direct Stream Digital ie: SACD-type files that requires special playback software that can convert the files to PCM on playback or a DAC that can receive the DSD data unchanged. DXD =... read more

2012 Head-Fi Holiday Gift Guide (Computer Audio)

  • by joeAdministrator

  Introduction Head-Fi Meets Don't Forget the Music Over-Ear In-Ear Wireless Gaming Amps & Other Gear Summit-Fi Power Corner Headphone Cables Desktop Audio Portable Devices Computer Audio Computer Audio   Lavry Engineering LavryBlack DA11 ($1480) DAC/headphone amp www.lavryengineering.com Lavry Engineering sent me a LavryBlack DA11 years ago to demo, and I was so impressed I ended up buying it. When I finally tired of carrying it to my office and back, I picked up a second one. Lavry gear is used in some of the most prestigious... read more

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