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These aspects appeal to me more since I like the idea of transparency more than the Marantz 'sound.'  Both would likely satisfy me, but I chose the S16 for its aesthetics and hipster qualities (undiscovered).
So you found the Marantz to be significantly better than the Aune S16?  I prefer the way the S16 looks, but don't have the option to try either out.
I have the Beyerdynamic T90 and am trying to decide between the Marantz and Fostex HP-A8.  I read this post, but am unsure as to how the differences would apply to the T90.  I don't find the T90 to be too bright, but wonder if the Marantz would make them so.  I prefer the Fostex's aesthetics, but the Maranz is cheaper and I can't try out either unit.  I don't care about DSD or HD Tracks since the majority of the music I listen to is not available in these formats.  Both...
A specific suggestion would be nice, though I will likely never listen to Diana Krall and they did pass 4/5 of my sibilance tests.  I don't find them harsh when listening to female vocals or content with lots of symbols.  In fact, I find them less harsh than my K712s which are also less clear, bassy and have a smaller sound stage.  I guess veiled is the most accurate adjective I can think of to describe the K712s vs T90s.  The T90s also don't require as much power to drive...
After picking the AKG K712's over these two years ago I could not handle wondering about the quality of these anymore.  I was put off by the sibilance reports since I hate sibilance and found the DT 880's very sibilant, but have not had an issue with these after trying the tracks which the DT 880s ruined (Be Your Sound by Emma Hewitt and Explain by Faunts).  They also require far less volume than my AKG K712's and are far bassier than the 880's. Almost all of my of my...
My nearly two year old phones started to suffer from the dreaded bass rattle when connected to both of my sources (SBZ and Denon 1713) so I will be sending them in to AKG/Harmon Canada. I chose these over the T90's since I disliked how sibilant the 880's were, but want to actually try them out.
PFE 122 w/ grey filters sound noticeably better when connected to my new Fiio X3 vs. my Sansa Clip Zip, still need to compare the Fiio to my SBZ though.
Returned Beyerdynamic DTX 102 IE's for Audeo Phonak PFE 122's which sound amazing with my Sound Blaster Z, and much better than the DTX's with my Sansa Clip Zip, but know I need a better portable source.  The PFE 122's sound significantly better than my AKG K712's as well which is nice.  Guess I need to buy a Fiio X3 or X5.
Replace Denon D2000's with these.  Planned on getting Beyerdynamic T90's but the sibilance reports and my  DT 880 600 ohm experience put me off.  Was after a mostly neutral phone without to much base or recessed mids, the K712's seem to work.  These are so much more transparent compared to the muddy and overly-bassy D2000's.  Vocals aren't as clear as the 880's (Faunts Explain) but are very close and the last minute of Explain (Apple Loss-less)=sibilance fest on the 880's...
Am I missing something?  Most AMP's such as the Asus Xonar Essence Muses only have 1x optical, 1x coaxial and 1x usb inputs plus analogue connections.  It seems either manufacturers expect customers to switch inputs (not hard) or only own one device with an optical input.     I'd like to see an all-digital AMP with 4x optical (PC-MS Console-Sony Console-Apple TV/PVR).  Why doesn't this exist? Optical to coaxial converters retail for around 20$ and most newer motherboards...
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