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    iFi audio EarBuddy

    Hey H2O! It's been a few years. I have the IEMatch, and my experience with it has been alright. I will say that I do think it changes the bass on the 6XX paired with the Elemental Watson II (which unfortunately is hiss prone when there's lots of electronics, such as at the office). It's good...
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    Wow... so I'm back from a hiatus with the audio game. It looks like there's been A LOT going on since I've been out. The first page is very helpful, but also a bit out of date. Anyone want to share their impressions of the newer major budget brands/models they've liked? I'm hearing all kinds of...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    So the iematch makes this silent to my ears. Wiggle the tubes, don't try pulling them to take them out. After switching out tubes (taking off the glass cover also helps with this), I'm definitely liking the Jan 5654W's - lean sound that sounds great with the 6XX's and HE400S's, and good with the...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Hmm, thanks for the help - I appreciate it. I'll be patient with pulling it, and maybe there's some dust or otherwise making it hard taking it out for the first time. I really do want to switch out tubes and see if there's a less-noisy type I can substitute instead with good sound. If I get...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    I'm actually still on the EMW II, not the P20... But I was hoping to change the industry-noisy 6AK5 tubes with something more clean. I'll accept the risk as it is, I just hope the tubes are removable and that tube rolling is possible on the Elemental Watson II. What steps did you take on the...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Have yo How did you switch out the tubes? I can't seem to be able to take them out... do you also take out the white piece the tube is in? I'm a bit upset, to be honest. I can't use these with headphones without it sounding like vinyl from the 1920's.... In 20 pages of posts, I would expect...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    I'm getting a lot of noise with my K7XX and HE400S. It's possible it's just the tubes though (AK's are noisy). I should be able to swap tubes and work with an IEMatch this week, so I'll let you know if I get the background black somehow. From what I can tell, the sound is definitely different...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Cool! Thanks. I'm just worried the IEMatch may not be enough - the source I have is very hissy. Tube amp putting 2W per channel, even over-ears are crackling.
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Ah, alright, didn't realize you've tried the IEMatch already. Thanks! Stellar budget for me is a combination I can live with, and not want more. It's the version of "endgame" that lacks refineness, but makes me happy regardless. Asgard 2 for example is a good amp... but it doesn't make people...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Not that it's bad! But that I can get a CTH for $145, and got a Watson for $150. Anyway, I wasn't super wow'ed by the CTH... so I'm hoping I like the Watson. I tend to like budget kings, the CTH was good, but not incredible for the price for me. I like expansive soundstage, and a strong sound...
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Just bought the Watson II, along with a matched pair of GE JAN 5654W and Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV's (mine is coming with Western Electric 6AK5 default). I'm really hoping that this will be an upgrade from the Aune B1, I'm just hoping this isn't worse (by much) than the MCTH. Anyone have some...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    I just ordered one, what have I done... Impressions will come as soon as I receive it.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Would this just be the difference between a solid state and tube amp? Or do they sound similar, just the Spark better?
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Has anyone compared these to the Vali 2? I've seen them against the Magni 3 but perhaps the Vali is a more comparable option.
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