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    got a new music cd, in bluray format. how to listen on highest quality ?

    As much as people who plug expensive headphones into the onboard analog output on a desktop computer's motherboard. Look, it honestly doesn't matter to me what you do. Do what you please and enjoy your music. But I want to tell you one basic fact I discovered when I bought my first decent...
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    Wired Headphones is Dead the future is wireless

    Like how having to charge smartphones every day stopped them from taking over from conventional phones?
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    Wired Headphones is Dead the future is wireless

    Sorry to necro but I just had to say for posterity and dignity's sake, that video is complete bunkum and pseudoscience, and it's embarrassing to have it in any thread on this forum. Even a dead thread. That's all.
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    I'm not sure the Lightning->USB->DAC setup would even work, is an Apple phone gonna support an external third party DAC? It's a pretty specific device. They're plug and play on Windows computers but I dunno about Apple computers, much less phones. You'd want to have someone on record saying...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    I presume mine is too, but to be perfectly honest, I've always been a bit 'hmmm' about the output levels. Like maybe it was a duffer. It works well enough for my purposes, but on the K702s I need it past the 2 o'clock position on high gain setting to get comfortable. Maybe that's just the k702s...
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    Wired Headphones is Dead the future is wireless

    S'alright, by definition I doubt any of us are in a terrible rush or concerned with brevity. I get Viqor's point but I also think bfreedma's point trumps it. The only real limitation is how small and efficient you can make an amp, how well you can isolate a DAC against interference, and how...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    +1 thank you for this info, it certainly correlates with the way my older audiophile friends approach headphones and monitors, i.e. buying several on ebay over time, gambling each time on getting one that performs slightly closer to their ideal sound. One chap I know owns about 5 pairs of the...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    So basically they're making silent upgrades to these things every time they build a new batch, and not distinguishing between them on the customer end?   That's pretty annoying. I'd like to know what I'm buying.
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    Wired Headphones is Dead the future is wireless

    I'm pretty new here, but why not? Surely a high enough bitrate and a stable enough connection would make the two literally identical to human senses? Or is it just that you can't get the kind of bandwidth on a wireless connection that you need to replicate CD quality? (Freely admit I don't know...
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    Wired Headphones is Dead the future is wireless

    Subwoofer, it is on-topic, don't worry. And it isn't impossible, and I for one won't say that it's impossible - history tends to make fools of people who confidently assert what cannot happen. But based on what we do know so far, the odds of it being caused by EM wireless signals are very low -...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    They've appeared on an Amazon UK Warehouse deal for £108, but I'm really really wary - I've heard very mixed things about Warehouse Deals, and the Warehouse 'seller' account on Amazon Marketplace has like 86% positive feedback -_-
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    WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BUY A EXPENSIVE HEADPHONE THAT HAS A TERRIBLE WARRANTY?

    I suppose the model of extended warranties is designed to give us the best of both worlds: keep the cost down if you're not bothered, or pay the premium price for the peace of mind if you are. But I've only seen it offered on phones and laptops, really, not on audio gear.   I must say, it...
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    Reply to review by 'boiledelephant' on item 'JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier'

    Good review. I've found mine very transparent and excellent, but the rechargeable cells used in mine (made by the now-defunct Epiphany Acoustics) are rubbish and degraded significantly after a few months. I could easily replace them (the housing just pulls apart) but for how often I actually...
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    Reply to review by 'boiledelephant' on item 'iFi iPurifier 2'

    I'm dubious this can offer any benefits but if it does, since you're talking about noise levels and digital signal outputs, shouldn't it be easily demonstrable with actual signal analysis - waveforms, graphs and such? Someone needs to math the heck out of this. Intuitively it sounds as...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    I was stalking the prices on both Amazon and ebay and in the last few weeks they climbed steadily - from £126 at one point on Amazon to something daft like £190. Then they disappeared. Ebay turned up fewer and fewer models and the last one I noticed sold for over £160.   I don't think it's...
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