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    SOLD!: Q-Audio cables for Audeze LCD series headphones (unbalanced)

    These were made for me by Steve Eddy when he still ran Q-Audio. They have the Audeze mini-connectors on the headphone end and a 6.3mm phone plug on the other end. They are made in brown "French Silk" with a soft braid that is easy against your skin and not microphonic (unlike my original...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I'd recommend the Fostex cans.  I'm currently playing with a set of the Massdrop Fostex TH-X00's and liking the combination with my Ear+ Super.  The Fostex have a bit of U shaped frequency distribution with a ton of bass and a fairly bright high end.  The MAD amp nicely fills in the missing...
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    I see MassDrop has a new drop for Dekoni ear pads.  Has anyone seen or preferably listened to X00 headphones with the Dekoni headphone pads (either the base or the lambskin variant)?   For those who have, how do these compare to the stock earpads?
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    (off topic) I curse Waterbury every time I drive through from Danbury to Hartford.  Anyway, local to me.     I often go to NY or Philly meets.  Maybe see you sometime.
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      Another Mapletree Audio fan here.  I tried my X00 Mahogany's with several head amps and found the V-shaped response a bit deficient in the midrange.  The MAD Ear+ does a nice job of filling in the midrange and rounds out the highs a bit as well.  Very pleased.
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Agree ^^     With the MAD amp, I like my HD-600's better than HD-650's that I bought & returned a couple of years ago.  I had some discussions with Dr. Lloyd P. about it at the time, and he claimed many of his customers were happy with either Senn on his amps.  At that time, I don't think he...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've never heard any Sonys except the legendary R10's.  Which are sublime.  A bit thick sounding with the MAD amp, nice with a dual-differential Beta.  Your SONY's are a different animal from what I've seen.  I do think the Fostex has a much more "fun" profile, so you should try to hear some...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've built a couple of OTL amps => you're always fighting with the problem of tapping power directly off the output tubes.  The usual solution is to parallel a lot of tubes, which reduces the output impedence and increases power, but at the cost of a lot more complexity and an increased need to...
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    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

      I own both the LCD-2's and TH-X00s, have heard the Nighthawk under meet conditions.  I'd be a bit cautious about going to LCD-2's unless your headphone amp is fairly robust.  Both the Nighthawks and X00s are a doddle to drive, whereas the LCD-2's can be pretty picky and definitely reward good...
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      I agree completely that the HM5 pads don't work, at least for me.  Took 2 people to get them on the white plastic mounting ring, one to hold progress and the other to keep sliding the lip of the fabric over the mounting ring.  After that listening...  Boy are they comfy!  The pressure point...
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    Reply to review by 'deadears' on item 'Fostex TH-X00 Massdrop exclusive'

    Good job on the review.  I think you did a nice job of characterizing the sound.  (I'm reminded of the saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture...).  I've been running my Fostex TH-X00 for a couple of weeks now and agree with your observations for the most part.  These...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    You have to really love rich, dark sultry and romantic for the gen 1 version of the LCD-2's.  Fortunately, I do!  It's too much of a good thing with the MAD amp, except for chamber music, where it's spectacular.  My sister was a professional musician for years, so I love it when a system gets...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    I've heard good things about the ZMF stuff.  I've never heard any, although I'm interested in the ZMF Omni's.  I like, but don't love the LCD-2's on the WA6SE.  I feel the same way about the HD-600's on the MAD amp.  The Fostex is more fun by far than the HD-600's with the MAD amp.   I see...
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    MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.

    Another nice pairing with the MAD amp is the Massdrop Fostex TH-X00 headphones.  The Fostex is notorious for having a U-shaped response curve, but being relatively easy to drive.  Turns out that the MAD amp's luscious mid range does a great job of filling out the depressed Fostex midrange.  The...
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