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  1. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Not really. I don't really believe in preference curves anymore, too many things that point to good sound cannot be measured and can only be heard in practice, even when it comes to something as basic as correctness in tone.
  2. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Portable Audio Touchdown Tour Part 2: A whole assortment of IEMs and then some I I will fully admit, I have been completely and utterly been out of touch with the IEM world, and then some, over the last year. I make no pretenses about attempting to cover every single IEM of note in that...
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    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    I did not bother comparing 4.4mm to 3.5mm, my experience with Sony players in the past has been that 3.5mm is an afterthought, and I treated such as the case here. Likewise with the DSP settings, I dislike their sound so I never use them, not on my player nor on the players I demoed. The IE600...
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    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    I would have my doubts. Firmware plays an important part, but cannot correct the inherent sound of specific components or the sound of an OS' audio stack, especially when that OS is Android and not custom.
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    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Portable Audio Touchdown Tour Part 1: The NW-WM1AM2 and NW-WM1ZM2 The WM1A is the DAP that I've used for the last 3 years. It's probably the single longest surviving audio product in my collection, I've sold everything I brought prior to it in one form or another. One of my fondest memories in...
  6. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    I was not aware of new DDs from Dita. While I am interested in the new FAudio, they are notoriously difficult to find distribution of. The only reason I ever got to hear the Minor was because I was in Shanghai at the time, and I don't think I ever released my review of the Major due to concerns...
  7. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Not sure if you read my updated Wavelight review, but I did briefly mention the comment about lack of tactility here. But to save you the time of reading yet another lengthy review, the tactility issue was indeed down to firmware. If there's one thing I can't fault the Studio Jr./B WD Sig...
  8. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    I've mellowed quite a bit over the years since I started this thread, so I don't quite feel as comfortable just openly taking a crap on expensive stuff. I mean, I'm still willing to, which is half the appeal of this thread really, but perhaps not as directly and not as uncalled for. So allow me...
  9. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Even with the Starlett I'm not wholly convinced you're getting the most performance for your money. It has like a year long waittime (I know someone who ordered one and that waittime was the subject of much mockery, albeit mostly lighthearted. Ended up cancelling before Donald could build his...
  10. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    The Matrix stuff I've heard really didn't impress, not particularly engaging and it had the capacity for moderately offensive treble. Granted, that was with BHA-1 (which isn't really well known for having great treble either) and Utopia, so it was bad synergy, but I'm still not sold on it. Mytek...
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    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Forgive me for asking, but competitive with what on what terms? The Susvara in terms of price? Funny you mention the Bifrost, because the Bifrost 2 was what originally disillusioned me with portable source gear. Granted, I've heard a lot more since then and I'm well aware of what it does right...
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    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    The two main factors I see that lead source equipment to simply not matter as much in IEMs are that portable source gear simply isn't very good and that IEMs themselves are neither very good nor scale particularly well. Actual good sounding equipment is already rare enough at a desktop level...
  13. Eddie Current 2A3 MKIV/II/445

    As the title says, looking for an Eddie Current 2A3 MKIV/II or 445 amp to purchase. Please PM me if you are even slightly interested in letting go of yours and we can definitely work something out. Not looking for Studio Jrs, Aficionados, etc. etc.
  14. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Yep, dated is dated. Of course, I can't speak at all to how their new stuff sounds, but at the time of writing their lineup was legitimately just one kilobuck flagship and a bunch of throwaway stuff which definitely did not impress me from 1 year ago.
  15. aminus

    Aminus hates everything (Or, Aminus rants and reviews stuff)

    Afraid not, I haven't heard any new IEMs in nearly a year now. No access to them. That situation may change in a few months, but I won't promise anything unless I'm absolutely sure, and regardless I'm uncertain if I'd be interested in attempting to catch up with every semi-relevant IEM that's...
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