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    Show Us Your Vipers Nest!

    Thank you very much!
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    Official HIFIMAN HE1000 Impressions Thread

    Hi Doc, thanks for the review/impressions of V1 vs V2, they seem to be more or less in accord with what others are reporting. I'm leaning toward not getting the upgrade and chalking up the whole V1 as a lesson in the HIfiman way of doing business and dump the V1 along with two other Hifiman...
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    Official HIFIMAN HE1000 Impressions Thread

    I'd really like to know myself as I too use a MZ2.  I'm not so lucky to "win" the upgrade, so I'm a bit bitter with Hifiman's handling of the HE1000 (the beta testing leading to no changes and then V2 coming out soon after; kinda like they knew but did nothing and then launch V2).  I'd just as...
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    Anyone use a tube preamp with solid state headphone amp?

    I have not heard the SLP 98, but did hear the SLP 05 a while back and it was about as good as you are going to get as a dedicated preamp goes even against an Audio Research REF5se which is more expensive. Both the SLP 98 and SLP05 use the same driver tube and both were designed by Dennis Had...
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    Anyone use a tube preamp with solid state headphone amp?

    Hmm, I would stay at around $1000 to start.  But if you know the sound you want you are better off looking at/over $3000, which at this point all preamps start pretty much sounding the same, regardless of tubed or solid state, although tubed costs less.  These prices are used/preowned prices...
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    Inspire IHA-1 tube headphone amp

    Not for me.  I also tried the HE560 and no go either.  Before 12:00 on the volume level it sounds pretty good, but after just doesn't get louder/dynamic.  And no, I'm not a "basshead."  The IHA can't even drive the HP1000 to satisfying levels, but utterly fantastic with other Grados and AKG...
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    Meridian MQA firmware updates for the Prime and Explorer2

    Where are you guys getting the MQA encoded music from?
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    Sadly, I think Amazon removed all Beryerdynamic phones.  But what a deal this would have been (was).
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    Is there a trick to getting MUSIC20OFF to work?  Perhaps, the deal if off already.
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    Grado Fan Club!

    I suppose this begs the question of whether we will see authorized/long-time dealers of Grado being allowed to discount other Grado headphones.  
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    Closed Headphone for ~$500

    HE560 for open.  For less $$$ but not as refined, and if you can get past some of the sonic quirks then Grado PS500.  However, if you like HD650 you are probably are on the other side of the fence.      Price is not always commensurate/proportionate with performance.  LCD-XC overall is...
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    Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon Now Available

      Only Mr. Cavalli knows for certain. 
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    Cypher Labs C6iem

    What size are you using?