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    Holy Grail of Hi-Fi

    A picture is worth a thousand words...
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    The Stax Thread III

    Sounds more and more like I may have to revise my initial assessment to the energizer being the source of your issue rather than the earspeakers. As the amp plays longer, it would seem as if the current output to one channel is decreasing slowly. It may be time to call in the big guns and...
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Of course there could (and should) have been workarounds. Just as the company should have had the decency to inform its clientele that it was shutting down. It's not as if they were selling cheap products that would never require servicing or updating after all. This is what leaves such a bad...
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    Reply to review by 'capetownwatches' on item 'Meier Audio Corda JAZZ-ff'

    I would buy it anyway. Put it away until such time as you have some space! Judging by the path the company has declared it is taking going forward, there may not be a Jazz available for that much longer. But here I speculate. Considering the price, which most would consider falls into the...
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    Reply to review by 'capetownwatches' on item 'Meier Audio Corda JAZZ-ff'

    I have a Corda Swing, which immediately preceded the first iteration of the Jazz. Mine dates to 2011, so likely one of the last to be produced. It may be 10 years old but embodies many of the characteristics of the current Jazz-FF. As you rightly say, "...a very engaging and analogue like...
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    The Stax Thread III

    https://www.pelican.com/us/en/product/cases/protector/1500
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    At the moment a Benchmark DAC1 USB mostly and has also transformed my trusty Audio-gd NFB11.32! An upgrade waits in the wings though...
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Thanks, let's hope so. I seldom use it as a pure DAC any longer but it's a very fine DDC and that's its current role in my main rig.
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Alas it is not. Disappeared almost overnight with nary a by your leave. I gotta hope my Concero stays healthy. Thankfully firmware was fully updated before they folded.
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    I think it has more to do with the fact that the cable I was using prior was junk...:stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: At that point in my development I was cable agnostic. Some reviews mention that the port is galvanically isolated but I don't recall seeing this on their now defunct website or in...
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Agreed. The Concero is a really well engineered little box though and, in my experience, does not benefit from additives. Apart from a high quality USB cable that is. :) I found that adding a Wireworld Ultra Violet made a small but audible difference to definition.
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Give it a few days and listen to well known music. Then remove the iFi device and try and tell if you miss it being there... Sighted impressions are really difficult to confirm. Differences, if there are any, are incredibly small.
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    Try the different permutations and trust your own ears. I'd be interested to hear your impressions.
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    New to Head-Fi seek advice for Amp

    You would be doing yourself a distinct disservice by not considering Audio-gd in your price range. A 2017 NFB11.32 has been doing DAC duties (primarily DSD) in my second rig, powered on pretty much since I got it. Not an issue at all to date, and a very capable headphone amp too when necessary...
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