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Table of Earphocalypse

   [[SPOILER]]    Bass Treble (14 khz) Acoustics Quality Detail Separations Sound Size  Audio-Technica CKS77 3 3 3 4 4 4  Koss Plug (y) 3.5 3.5 3.5 4 3.5 3.5  Vsonic VSD3 3 2.5 4 5 3 3.5  Moxpad X6 3 3 2.5 3 3.5 3.5  Audio-Technica CKS1000 ~ 3 3 3.5 4.5 4 4  Brainwavz Beta - - - - - -  Audio-Technica CKS90LTD 3 2 3.5 4.5 4 4  Audio-Technica CKS55 ~ 3 3 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5  Koss RUK30 2.5 3.5 2.5 4 2.5 3.5  Moxpad... 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

FiiO X3II DAP firmwares with custom themes

The last regular firmware version of the FiiO X3II digital audio player is 2.0 at FiiO's site. An interesting previous version is 1.4, the last with OTG support (adding storage on the USB port, which is not officially supported but works for most).   FiiO allows the firmwares to be customised with alternative images and graphical properties (colours, font sizes...). FiiO shares instructions on how to customise a firmware, how to install a firmware, and its own large text font firmware. Here are some public firmware variations shared on Head-Fi:   Off the shelf... read more

Chord Mojo FAQ

I'm creating this to answer all the repeat questions in the main Mojo threads. Power Q. My Mojo gets noticeably warm while charging and playing music. Is this OK?Yes. The Mojo uses 1.7W of power, so it will get comfortably warm during use, and has thermal cut-outs that prevent it overheating, even if charged at the same time.Quote:Originally Posted by Mojo ideas Mojo actually has three independant thermal cut outs a special high temperature battery and very sophisticated charging circuitry . Picking up on an earlier post Mojo actually does not dissipate a lot of heat... read more

Flawless Album Suggestions

Well, I think it is safe to say anyone reading this article is an Audiophile, Audiophile wannabe or somewhere between the two. I also think that the threads on this website are a great resource for any grade of audiophile to mine for new and excellent music to discover. One of the threads I found to be interesting and very helpful is the Flawless Album Suggestion thread. What is a "Flawless Album"? Well here is the definition as laid out in post 1 of the thread   "The criteria is simple: Original albums only, no live album, no greatest hits album, no Classical album... read more

Mac OS X Music Players - alternatives to iTunes

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 it out in the commercial arena, the developer of Play... read more

Top Tier Universal Iem Comparison Chart And Information

Will enter the info in table format in the near future.       IEM MSRP Street $, US What it does Better Than Others Strengths Weaknesses Sound Sig Ergonomics/fit Notes DAP/amp synergy Chart Reviews Supporters EarSonics SM3 (Triple BA) $395 $425 Most true to life/accurate/realistic music reproduction; dynamics; instrument separation/ presentation; transparency Speed; detail; very deep bass with ultimate power; great overall space; very resolving; very transparent; liquid presentation   Warm,... read more

The Best BASS Headphones ( a Head-Fi Wiki)

            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 balance. The... read more

The Audiophile Scene in a Third World Country - FUN READ

This will be a cathartic experience on my part since I haven’t written for a while after leaving The Huffington Post.   A little background, I live in NYC but was brought up in Bangladesh (used as a representative third world country among many others). Those who have not heard of the place – open up a world map (do they still have those – or has Google Maps killed it already?) – and look to the right side of India. I sort of proudly say to all that I am Bangladeshi even though “officially” I’m from Wisconsin. But this article (or whatever you want to call it) is about... read more

Syncing music and making playlists work with the Astell & Kern AK100 or AK120 and a Mac.

I figured out how to create playlists on my Mac and put them on the original AK100. It's a bit of a PITA but it works.   October 30, 2015 update: New method NOTE: This has issues with what happens when files are dragged into the terminal and needs a bit of tweaking to work properly.   1. Export playlists of music that you want on your AK100 or AK120 from iTunes. Select a playlist and go to File > Library > Export Playlist... for each file and put them in a single folder (directory) with no other files. This is important.  2. Create a folder (directory) where you... read more

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