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dat 10 year warranty doe

They have some quality kit on the site. Most of them are way over kill what I have but I have heard good things about the AudioGD 15 from Brooko. 

The dual WM8741 and beefy power supply should be a sweet sound for a great price on the Audio-GD 15. Yeah, and you can't beat 10yr warranty.
post #10922 of 19143
Thread Starter 

Nighthawk review is up.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audioquest-nighthawk-headphones/reviews/13698

post #10923 of 19143
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You wont be disappointed I haven't used any of my dedicated desktop amps or dacs. Its amazing how it is dead silent with balanced armatures. I wish I could use it with my phone or daps.

 

Is it that good? Hmm, its getting harder and harder to resist! I mainly want to get the most of my Sony Z5 so that face it plays well with armatures is good news. And you can use with phone but you have to use a y slipper USB setup with a portable battery bank. Hifiguy528 had a pic of it over at the groove thread. iPhones have always had strict restrictions when it came to how much power they allow devices to draw. I wonder if the Groove will work with android devices? I am assuming the android devices aren't as picky?

 

 

Cozoy Aegis certainly looks very cool and has a decent spec, but will come at a premium of double Astrapi's price.  Groove is powerful, but looks to be very power hungry to keep up with a smartphone connected directly and adding y-splitter with external battery makes things bulky.  Another one to add to the list is Oppo's HA-2 - that one looks like a piece of art with some serious output power, full android otg support and built-in battery (just wish it would have a transport control like E18 or A200p).  GeekOut v2+ should be somewhere around the corner, and "+" model adds an internal battery to v2, but I have a feeling it will run hot and you won't be able to strap it to your phone (GO450 I have gets extremely hot).

post #10924 of 19143
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Nighthawk review is up.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audioquest-nighthawk-headphones/reviews/13698

 

Great honest review!  The more impressions I read about NightHawk, the more I realize how you guys describing a soundsig mix between Westone W50 and W60 (Skylar Gray, the designer of NightHawk came from Westone, btw).

 

Between Vince's, Adam's, and Paul's reviews posted tonight, I see 3 new potential entries on the front page tomorrow ;)

post #10925 of 19143
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Cozoy Aegis certainly looks very cool and has a decent spec, but will come at a premium of double Astrapi's price.  Groove is powerful, but looks to be very power hungry to keep up with a smartphone connected directly and adding y-splitter with external battery makes things bulky.  Another one to add to the list is Oppo's HA-2 - that one looks like a piece of art with some serious output power, full android otg support and built-in battery (just wish it would have a transport control like E18 or A200p).  GeekOut v2+ should be somewhere around the corner, and "+" model adds an internal battery to v2, but I have a feeling it will run hot and you won't be able to strap it to your phone (GO450 I have gets extremely hot).

 

what kind of spec are we talking about when it comes to the Aegis? I would use the groove only with my mac so it would be perfect for that. With regards to the HA2 I read that it hisses with some gear (the Groove's black background is a plus) so that put me off a bit. However am looking forward to your review of it. The V2+ was number one on my list until I saw what the prototype build was like. Yuck, ugly plastic galore. Here is to hoping the final production unit looks MUCH better. Plus this is LH labs we are talking about so....yeah lol. 

 

But the balanced out is perfect for my Z5 and I will reterminate all my gear if need be, if  get the V2+ in the future. They are still trying to get their IGG backers the initial batches now.

post #10926 of 19143
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Cozoy Aegis certainly looks very cool and has a decent spec, but will come at a premium of double Astrapi's price.  Groove is powerful, but looks to be very power hungry to keep up with a smartphone connected directly and adding y-splitter with external battery makes things bulky.  Another one to add to the list is Oppo's HA-2 - that one looks like a piece of art with some serious output power, full android otg support and built-in battery (just wish it would have a transport control like E18 or A200p).  GeekOut v2+ should be somewhere around the corner, and "+" model adds an internal battery to v2, but I have a feeling it will run hot and you won't be able to strap it to your phone (GO450 I have gets extremely hot).

 

what kind of spec are we talking about when it comes to the Aegis? I would use the groove only with my mac so it would be perfect for that. With regards to the HA2 I read that it hisses with some gear (the Groove's black background is a plus) so that put me off a bit. However am looking forward to your review of it. The V2+ was number one on my list until I saw what the prototype build was like. Yuck, ugly plastic galore. Here is to hoping the final production unit looks MUCH better. Plus this is LH labs we are talking about so....yeah lol. 

 

But the balanced out is perfect for my Z5 and I will reterminate all my gear if need be, if  get the V2+ in the future. They are still trying to get their IGG backers the initial batches now.

 

Hmm, wonder if HA-2 is not the best fit for sensitive IEMs but rather meant for hard driving headphones, like a pair up with planar magnetic PM-3 or EL-8C.  Will definitely put it through test paces.  Aegis spec is here: http://www.cozoyaudio.com/aegis/  and it looks like a number of people on head-fi are getting review samples so there should be plenty of reviews.

 

I know what you mean about V2/V2+, 3D printed resin finish looks fugly.  But their sound quality is always the top, but damn GO450 gets VERY hot.

post #10927 of 19143
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Nighthawk review is up.

http://www.head-fi.org/products/audioquest-nighthawk-headphones/reviews/13698

Good read. Will avoid like the plague, lol wink_face.gif
post #10928 of 19143
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Hmm, wonder if HA-2 is not the best fit for sensitive IEMs but rather meant for hard driving headphones, like a pair up with planar magnetic PM-3 or EL-8C.  Will definitely put it through test paces.  Aegis spec is here: http://www.cozoyaudio.com/aegis/  and it looks like a number of people on head-fi are getting review samples so there should be plenty of reviews.

 

I know what you mean about V2/V2+, 3D printed resin finish looks fugly.  But their sound quality is always the top, but damn GO450 gets VERY hot.


that would explain it, as it was meant to be used with the PM-3 to begin with, so I can't fault it for not being ideal for iems. 

 

Also, for some reason the Astrapi never caught my eye but the aegis looks sexy AF. Gimme gimme lol. Whats the MSRP going to be? You slated to get a unit as well? How about the V2?

 

Edit: Is it just me, or does it remind you of the shozy alien DAP? not the same company right?

Edit 2: its for up to 100 OHM. I would need something thats good till 300 OHM minimum haha


Edited by RedJohn456 - 8/3/15 at 11:08pm
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that would explain it, as it was meant to be used with the PM-3 to begin with, so I can't fault it for not being ideal for iems. 

Also, for some reason the Astrapi never caught my eye but the aegis looks sexy AF. Gimme gimme lol. Whats the MSRP going to be? You slated to get a unit as well? How about the V2?

Edit: Is it just me, or does it remind you of the shozy alien DAP? not the same company right?
Edit 2: its for up to 100 OHM. I would need something thats good till 300 OHM minimum haha

PM-3 can be driven to high volume and sounds fine with an iPhone. It sounds better with an amp or DAP, but it's pretty easy to drive for a planar. The HE400S should be, too. Can't wait to hear HE400S, BTW L3000.gif

Pretty sure Cozoy and Shozy are the same. Not sure why there are two names, though. I bet @twister6 knows wink_face.gif

A Cozoy rep said the Aegis should play nicely with my HE400. Not sure if it's up for driving the Zen, though. Only time will tell...

As @twister6 mentioned above, the Aegis will be about twice the price of the Astrapi.
Edited by nmatheis - 8/3/15 at 11:21pm
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PM-3 can be driven to high volume and sounds fine with an iPhone. It sounds better with an amp or DAP, but it's pretty easy to drive for a planar. The HE400S should be, too. Can't wait to hear HE400S, BTW L3000.gif

Pretty sure Cozoy and Shozy are the same. Not sure why there are two names, though. I bet @twister6 knows wink_face.gif

A Cozoy rep said the Aegis should play nicely with my HE400. Not sure if it's up for driving the Zen, though. Only time will tell...

As @twister6 mentioned above, the Aegis will be about twice the price of the Astrapi.

 

oops missed that part my bad :tongue:  I am excited about the HE400s as well, seems like its going back to its OG HE400 roots.  Zen is 300 ohms, and aegis specs say up to 100 ohm, but can't say either way without hearing it first hand ;)

 

Cant wait for my loaner program PM3 to get to me. Just waiting for next person to ship it to me

post #10931 of 19143
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oops missed that part my bad tongue.gif   I am excited about the HE400s as well, seems like its going back to its OG HE400 roots.  Zen is 300 ohms, and aegis specs say up to 100 ohm, but can't say either way without hearing it first hand wink.gif

Cant wait for my loaner program PM3 to get to me. Just waiting for next person to ship it to me

Prepare yourself!!!

PM-3 is, well... maybe I shouldn't say anything... um, at least they look nice evil_smiley.gif

Now that I've offended PM-3 loving Labsters everywhere, I'm just gonna sneak out the back door here...
post #10932 of 19143
Hey, I'm back!

Speaking of planars, the HE400S looks nice wink_face.gif

Finally giving the Trinity Delta a listen in stock configuration. These've got some whoomp-whoomp along with the sparkle and shimmer. Quite energetic and fun little IEM L3000.gif
post #10933 of 19143
Reposting this from another thread since I've got some questions about the CKR9LTD'S on PM's from people here. The original question in the other thread was about difference in bass and midrange between the CKR9's and the CKR9LTD'S:


The midrange is equally forward on both and the Ltd may have ever so slightly more mid-bass but the difference is not big. The regular 9's also got a lift in the higher mids that's not there on the Ltd's.

To my ears the Ltd has the lower half of the spectrum from the CKR9's and the upper from the CKR10's if that make sense.

This results in a more airy and lively sound on the CKR9's and a more intimate sound on the Ltd's. I find bot to be free from sibliance and equally enjoyable. To my ears the CKR10's has slightly to much mid-bass, thus is fixed on the Ltd's giving them a more airy presentation as well (but not as airy as the regular 9's).

The Ltd's strikes me as the most balanced of the three since it doesn't have the lower mids hump of the CKR10's nor the lift in the higher mids that the CKR9's has.

To me the 9's and the Ltd's are perfect compliment to each other and makes a dynamic duo that's very hard to beat wink.gif

I've only had the Ltd's for the last week but I do intend to make a full three way comparison between the three when I get more time with them.

Hope this helps.
post #10934 of 19143
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It kind of made me think about what it was in the beginning that made this thread so great, which was taking the audiophile experience beyond just how something looks and sounds, and more shows where and how we enjoy our favorite audio gear.

I hope we can have more of that moving forward.
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I recently won an iCAN in an iFi sponsored head-fi competition and I just posted a photo in that thread which reminded me of @Hisoundfi 's post from a few days back so I thought I'd pop it in here as well:

 

I don't have a proper lab ATM, so this is my closest substitute. The faithful Raspberry Pi is there, as usual. But the O2 has been replaced by the iCAN. I hadn't heard any iFi stuff before this but I am now a fully fledged iFi fanboi! 

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^^^ LUCKY DUCK!!!
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