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I would actually like to throw my hat in on this one. I am not a big fan of DAPs in general because I tend to use my iPhone with a couple apps and Tidal.   That said I love the C5Dac.... And it's not practical to keep an amp strapped to my iPhone 24/7. The C5dac has turned my iFi, ALO Audio, Fiio and Dragonfly units to professional dust collectors so I am curious how the i5 DAP compares sonically to the C5Dac tethered to an iPhone.   My personal info is as...
For sale is one of my long standing favorite headphones... This is the LCD2 Rev 2 - pre fazor version. I just have too many expenses stacking up and as bomb proof and wonderful as it is... It doesn't get  enough use.   I just purchased new pads, a new headband and long bars for the yokes from Audeze so it looks damn near brand new. $230 invested in the refresh.     Comes with Wood treatment wax (some has been used), Pelican type travel case, 2 headbands, 2 pairs of...
For sale is an outstanding condition Gen 1 Beyerdynamic T1. This is a later model T1 with serial number 19110 and so is well beyond the early peakyness, QC, and driver mismatching issues from the beginning.   Sound signature is probably a little warmer with more bass and a little less air than HD800 (I have both) Comes with stock cable, a cable wrap and aluminum box, no retail cardboard.   I've been on a bit of a spending glut and am now having to trim my collection...
I know. And I completely understand that it's an unfair comparison to stack a portable amp no matter what model it may be, against desktop units that MSRP out the door for $1300 and $2900 respectively.   I was just trying to add a counterweight because a couple people specifically asked about "what amp should I buy?" and I wanted to throw another viewpoint out there. Since the Elear itself probably isn't going to spend much time out and about in the world, a desktop rig...
I listened to the Mojo with my iPhone last night via of friend of mine in Lakewood. I don't disagree that is has enough output power to play the Elear loud and the DAC is definitely superior to the iDSD, but I still hold to my original position. The Elear sounds good with it, just like it sounds good with the C5. But stacked against a full size amp like the Stello HP100 it sounds noticeably thinner. Not nearly as bad as the iDSD but stil... I'm sure I'll get more...
I tend to think so. Like the Mojo, I've not heard the Elear with the the QP1R, but the QP1R is pretty obviously designed for easier loads direct from its headphone socket.   It won't sound bad per se.... It just won't sound anywhere near as good as it could.            
I was listening to the Elear last night for about 4 hours with the C5 (dac version) and it sounds pretty good with the bass boost switch engaged. Without the bass switch engaged the sound is fairly lean compared to what the Elear sounds like out of a full sized amp. I think that is something people need to be aware of with this headphone. Focal's design intent is/ was very clearly for home use, through full sized equipment. No 3.5mm adapter, a massive cord, no travel case,...
Yeah my Luxman amp is a tube amp and the Elear sounds absolutely glorious through that thing. Good to know I am not crazy.My Stello (Solid State) sounds a bit thin when connected direct but adds a good helping of body and that dynamic richness back when I use the analog filter. Maybe falls just short of what I hear on the Luxman deck. I don't think I've ever seen a headphone that is so sensitive to upstream components.I don't think even the HD800 is.... The HD800 is more...
I know right?I am pretty stunned by Elear.... The Utopia must really be something special if it is a significant improvement over the Elear.
You know I just hooked up the iDSD to handle USB to SPDIF duty to feed my other dac which feeds the Luxman rig, so I could switch between the Luxman and iDSD and the difference is really something. The iDSD really sucks all the life out of it.   I wonder if because the Focal driver has the ability to perform relatively long excursions (by headphone driver standards), if amplifiers with too low of output impedance end up overdamping the driver and hamstringing it in some...
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