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post #616 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The Shadow footprint is sure nice but over time I found it a bit too forward sounding and a little too much bass emphasis for my taste. Plus wasn't crazy about the volume control.

The Pure II is more laid back and relaxed with very wide stereo separation. I'm hoping the Picollo more matches the Tera's presentation.

I remember liking the Pico Slim with it in previous ownership but the turn on thump is off putting. The Meier Quickstep was very nice but a bit too big overall.

I fully agree on the volume control, after powering on I adjust it once to just before hiss kicks in and then only use the Tera's control.

I haven't heard the Pure II with the 846 because i didn't own them at that time. Your comparison sounds tempting actually but my current aim is to find my optimum sound without an external amp. Simply just don't want the hassle.

Have never heard the other amps you mention and (bit of topic) just ordered a Hifiman HM-802... :-)
Edited by ThaPapper - 1/13/15 at 3:35pm
post #617 of 2244
The best pairings I've heard with an external ampless Tera are the Tralucent 1+2, Earsonics SM64 and the Aurisonics ASG-2.5.
post #618 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The best pairings I've heard with an external ampless Tera are the Tralucent 1+2, Earsonics SM64 and the Aurisonics ASG-2.5.

 



+ 1...Tralucent Ref.1
post #619 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The best pairings I've heard with an external ampless Tera are the Tralucent 1+2, Earsonics SM64 and the Aurisonics ASG-2.5.

 

Thanks for your advice.

 

I don't want customs for 3 reasons;

- Some 35 years ago I was in an accident which (amongst some others things) damaged one of my ear canals. All custom hearing protectors for driving motorcycles have failed so far.

- I tend to get sensitive to the highs freqs so these bother me pretty fast. I'm probably one of few who uses the 846 with the black filter permanently (Grado GR10 is for sale :-)).

- So should a custom IEM fail indeed, it's harder to resell afterwards.

 

All this leads me to stock IEM's and meanwhile wanting to hear them before buying it.

Might try eighter the Earsonics SM64 or the Aurisonics ASG-2.5 right after my Hifiman 802 experience though :-)

post #620 of 2244
Thread Starter 
I am curious to know how Westone W60 sounds straight out of the Tera Player if anyone have tried.
A big fan of Westone here,and like their build and sound signature.
W4R was great out of Tera but not a big soundstage.
post #621 of 2244
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If it's not too much trouble it would be great if your IT guys can briefly summarize and pass along what exactly they did. For example, which size was wrong and how exactly they fixed it (which command they ran to format the disk and with which parameters).

 

So what they did was very simple and straightforward. On a PC, they selected FAT32 and set the Allocation Size to Default.

 

I took one of the Sandisk cards (32Gb SDHC Extreme 60mbs) that was reformatted by the above mentioned method, which worked with Tera, and reformatted in on a Mac using Disk Utility, to MS-DOS format (the only other options are exFAT and the rest are for Apple). I did the same thing to a Kingston card (32Gb SDHC 30mbs), which was working on a Tera, and after reformatting on using Disk Utility on a Mac, it ceased to work on the Tera.

 

So for starters, I guess there is no difference between the Kingston and Sandisk cards, which I erroneously thought otherwise earlier.

 

Then I took both the Sandisk and Kingston cards and formatted them again on a PC (a different one from the IT dept), settings on FAT32 and Default Allocation Size (btw, the size shown on that field was 32Kb, which was probably automatically set by Disk Utility on the Mac). Then I copied the same tracks in the same format/directory to the cards, and guess what -- they both DIDN'T WORK! When I checked the settings, the default Allocation size was 16Kb. So I tried again, this time I manually selected 32Kb as the Allocation size to 32Kb and reformatted the cards again. Still didn't work.

 

I tried the same with yet another PC. Didn't work. Downloaded the Gui Format and followed Pappers' instructions. Didn't work. Recalled the IT guy who did it the first time and asked him to do what he did for me. EVEN THAT DIDN'T WORK NOW! What is going on?!?! In the end, I left the cards and Tera with him to figure out overnight. Hopefully I get some answers tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

post #622 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

The best pairings I've heard with an external ampless Tera are the Tralucent 1+2, Earsonics SM64 and the Aurisonics ASG-2.5.

Between the Earsonics and the Aurisonics, which one did you prefer and for what reason?
Thanks in advance.
post #623 of 2244
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Originally Posted by efftee View Post

So what they did was very simple and straightforward. On a PC, they selected FAT32 and set the Allocation Size to Default.

Very strange, this first step already should have done the trick.
Thanks for your research and very curious where this ends...
post #624 of 2244
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Originally Posted by ThaPapper View Post

Between the Earsonics and the Aurisonics, which one did you prefer and for what reason?
Thanks in advance.

On the Tera, the sm64. It was buttery smooth. On any other dap is prefer the ASG-2.5 for its spacing and imaging. Both are bassier than my preferences on any other dap though. But with the Tera, both improve.

Btw, the apple earpods are surprisingly really good on the Tera.
post #625 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post

On the Tera, the sm64. It was buttery smooth. On any other dap is prefer the ASG-2.5 for its spacing and imaging. Both are bassier than my preferences on any other dap though. But with the Tera, both improve.

Btw, the apple earpods are surprisingly really good on the Tera.

Thanks, if I recall correctly the ASG's lows can be tuned on them so that should be an advantage but first then will have to decide which one will be my main DAP and I'm a sucker for depth, absolutely love it.

About the earpods, after reading this before bought them and indeed they sound very nice, especially for their price, but..... They don't stick on my ears unless I practically stop breathing :-)
post #626 of 2244
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Originally Posted by ThaPapper View Post

About the earpods, after reading this before bought them and indeed they sound very nice, especially for their price, but..... They don't stick on my ears unless I practically stop breathing :-)

 Earskins will help hold them in your ears:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO86V3Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

post #627 of 2244
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Originally Posted by shotgunshane View Post
 

 Earskins will help hold them in your ears:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO86V3Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Read about them and didn't believe they'd really help but will try, thanks.

 

About the ASG-2.5, once owned a Fiio X3 and considered the resolution too low but loved the stagedepth of the Wolfson WM8740 with that circuitary and the overall warm SQ.

Since the HM-802 uses the same DAC(s) and as I was kindly informed also has a kind of warm sound, with nice stagedepth, it might suit me better.

Reading your opinion about the ASG-2.5 on other DAP's and the adjustable bass, could just make the combo mouthwatering for me.

(owned the AKG K3003 once and didn't dislike the combination of balanced and dynamic drivers).

 

Should that be the case I'll be in trouble though :-) Ibasso DX90 can go, no problem but the Tera with all it's aspects and most of all the great story, ehhh........

But (meanwhile) €3,3K. in my "mighty closet of not used objects" just for the story, I might have a luxury problem :-)

post #628 of 2244
Thread Starter 
I know personality how expensive the Tera Player is,but in the long run is well worth it!
Who is coming to the Headfi meet in April in Cambridge and want to listen to my Tera is more then welcome to bring his own sd card with WAV files to try it out:-)
Happy Tera listening everyone!
post #629 of 2244
I hate listening to tera because tera is the true love which i can't reach.
post #630 of 2244
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Originally Posted by puskuruk View Post

I hate listening to tera because tera is the true love which i can't reach.

 

So far (with my Shure with black filters) I found the Ibasso DX90 with official firmware 2.0.5 and gain on medium closest to the Tera's SQ.

Mind you I haven't heard all available DAP's though, so other peoples may be able to help you better in this direction.

A/B-ed them for sometime and although SQ it not 100% the same it's not too far off, Ibasso being a bit more bassy, bit more fluid and less organic.

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