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    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31786800/
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    Hifiman Ananda

    Yes, I was thinking about replacing it with the style of headband my 560 originally came with. Don’t understand why HFM messed with what was such an easy system to replace the headband. But at least it can be done if you’re correct.
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Harman research found that there is a subgroup of 21% of listeners who preferred more bass than the Harman target. This cluster of people tend to be younger, male, less experienced, and, as Oliver says in the interview, more aggressive (“testosterone”). Basically, we have a minority of bassheads...
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    Hifiman Ananda

    It also projects a relatively tall image, which might make it seem narrower than it is.
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    I guess that’s two votes for portability (even if not al fresco). The portability makes sense to the extent that Stealth are closedback (though not noise canceling, which people will prefer on airplanes). I might be odd man out since I hardly ever listen to headphones outside the house, while I...
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    That Stealth has a folding mechanism was a bit of a head scratcher. Do people usually carry or travel with $4,000 headphones? I rather they had focused on making them even more comfortable.
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    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    “Classical“ is ambiguous, referring to both a certain period and an entire genre. “Soft Landing” I would classify as a cross between jazz and world, “For Luis” as jazz, and “Think” as pop. These boundaries are fluid though and I’m sure I‘m pigeonholing. “This is supposed to be enjoyment.“ Not...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    I don't have a balloon that can be popped, just as I don't have a tail to tuck between my legs. However, it's true that I've left here disgusted at the hostility of some on this thread. They're like chimps trying to rip off the face of anyone who enters their territory. But some of those same...
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    The Koss ESP950 thread (ESP owners, please contribute! :)

    I experienced the same issue. Bought mine new from Drop a few months ago, and now I'm returning my unit for the fourth time, once to Drop, and this will be the third return to Koss for warranty repair. I finally got the noise issue fixed. But earlier today I was listening to them when suddenly...
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    KOSS ESP-950 Thread

    What I like about the 95X is that they are very easy to listen to, very inoffensive, no fatigue. Having said that, this has easily been the worst experience I've ever had with an audio product. The first unit I received from Drop had noise issues from the left driver. Sent it back for another...
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    KOSS ESP-950 Thread

    Sent the 95X to Koss to fix the noise issues. $25 to mail, took 3 weeks to get them back, and Koss returned them without having fixed the problem. Worse, there is now a channel imbalance. What good is the warranty if they don’t repair the headphones? To sum up my experience with Koss: purchased...
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    Hifiman Ananda

    I have the 2.5 jacks. If it doesn’t refer to the one with the wood cups, v1 must refer to the one with the old connecters. Unless the 2.5 are still considered v1. DavidA did tell me that the old ones were different. This is what he wrote me some time ago: “Does your HE560 have the back plate? My...
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    Hifiman Ananda

    All headphones are a series of tradeoffs. With Ananda, the FR is slightly v-shaped, tilting toward the bright side of neutral. Not a headphone for people who want a dark or warm sound. The treble is very smooth, though. The soundstage is big and tall but a little narrow. It's fine for listening...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Correct but in the end it makes no difference if, for whatever reason, they're going to degrade the sound on the redbook compared with the master as recorded. I don't imagine it happens very often though.
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    To be fair to the person who wrote what I quoted from, I think the ”possibly not even audible” is in relation to the rare instances where the high resolution master was tampered with when dithered/downsampled to CD specs. He provides the following example: ”If you’re able to get the exact data...
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