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I sure am glued to them today. My favorite lady cancelled because of severely crappy weather. I'm worried that I didn't protest enough. :-)

Haha! I think the ladies are not worried: they like to think they are more interesting. And we allow them to continue to have that delusion. Certainly keeps the peace. wink.gif
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What???    .....      What???     ...... Awk!  Sqawk!     Where's the Calyx M review? Isn't it about time?

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What???    .....      What???     ...... Awk!  Sqawk!     Where's the Calyx M review? Isn't it about time?

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There are reviews out but I see no point till FW 1.0 come out.
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There are reviews out but I see no point till FW 1.0 come out.

exactly... they need to fix too many things: APE support, Folder browser, battery life, less buggy UI, better sound quality USB DAC support, etc.

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APE support. That's a pun, right?  ;-)

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APE support. That's a pun, right?  ;-)

No APE support = no purchase = :mad:

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No APE support = no purchase = mad.gif
Yes, we know, you keep reminding us of that and the folder view every single page of this thread.....
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I lucked out today. I found a guy at the Hi-Fi Mall with Dale CPF 1 Watt 1 ohm resistors. (It's funny how these cable guys are. He didn't pull them out until he decided that he liked me. So the resistors I ordered from HK are now garbage. But in relative terms they actually were garbage.)

 

3.5mm extension jacks are hard to come by here so instead of creating a new adapter he installed the Dales inside the jack housing of an 18" mini to mini HP extension cable that I have using silver solder. All very professional.

 

And... it seems that a major M problem has been solved. The M now does the Ochuraku Flat-4 Kaede. My test track - the one with the obvious bass distortion when driven directly - plays clean now. Just as important, I am sitting here listening to a stream of rock n' roll and prog rock songs - the type that the Kaede was born to sing - and everything sounds just fine thank you. With the 1 ohm adapter, the M and Kaede play nicely together, a compelling blend of the smoothness of the M and the rockability of the Kaede. The bass is right where it should be on the Kaede. The M does tame the Kaede's treble a bit and there is nothing wrong with that. 

 

Based on what I have heard so far, I don't see any reason to use the Quickstep between the M and the Kaede anymore.

 

Happy.  :smile: 


Edited by cooperpwc - 8/23/14 at 2:51am
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To be clear, I am not going to use the 1 ohm adapter with the Lab1 or Heaven VI. There is nothing wrong with the M's zero impedance with BA IEMs.  

 

I still have to test it with the my FAD dynamics - 1601SC and 1602SS aka PF IX - but I expect good things. I am just enjoying the Kaede too much right now to switch. With the adapter, M + Kaede is a very nice combination, I would say about as good as I have gotten the Kaede to sound.

 

It is not my problem anymore but Calyx really should provide a 1 ohm adapter with the M for dynamic IEMs. I expect that 2 ohms would be the ideal for even greater stability.


Edited by cooperpwc - 8/23/14 at 3:18am
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Last night I tried CalyxM as source (again) after using QA360 for few days. Others might disagree but here's what I found...

 

The bass isn't as tight/fast as I hear from QA360, the mid is about on par, while the HF is a bit better than QA360. The QA360 can make PM-1 sing effortless while the M is having a bit of problem. Or let me put it this way, with QA360, I found the PM-1 is exactly as what I expected from planar headphones (from the info I gathered prior purchasing PM-1). While with M, I have to look for PM-1 sound signature.

So overall, I prefer QA360 as source.

 

Considering the M's asking price, this is kinda disappointing. But at least I found the M is great as DAP (that is without using external amp). 

 

The system was:

Calyx M/QLS QA360 -> balanced dynalo (set to dual mono mode).


Edited by bahamot - 8/24/14 at 7:32pm
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I think it is about compromise and finding the right synergy. It is surely not cheap and not perfect but sadly it is the best I have had the chance to get my hands on considering the UI and file compatibility. I am an IEM user so for most of my gear I had good pairing but yes you are right one can find a better and cheaper DAP that perhaps suits their gear better.

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