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    Benchmark DAC3 HGC (w/ ESS Sabre 9028PRO)

    I have. HDV820, DAC3-B, HPA4, Aune S7 Pro, THX 789, and a few others. The DAC3-B is a nice DAC. The HDV820 is a decent amp. Running the DAC3 into the HDV820 instead of using its internal DAC... there is a slight difference. Maybe everything is a little clearer and slightly more separated. That...
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    Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier - Impressions Thread

    Sounds about right. There shouldn't be a tonal difference between the two. One is just slightly louder than the other.
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Oh it would've been an either/or thing for me. I would use the Element X as an all-in-one, not as a dedicated DAC into the HPA4.
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I struggled long and hard trying to decide on what DACs and amps to get. The RME was on my list, as was the X-SABRE Pro. I shied away from RME because of how complicated the menu systems and options are. Not a bad thing, but I'm the kind of person who would sit there messing with every little...
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Just received tracking info for the HPA4 and DAC3. Should hopefully be here within a week. THX 789 arrived already.
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    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Can you go into more detail on how the Verite closed compares to the HD820? I have the 820 and I really like how it sounds, with one caveat. The seal is not great. If I put slight pressure on the cups with my fingers, then the 820 sounds amazing. The low-end becomes much better, more punchy. But...
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    Massdrop x THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier - Impressions Thread

    Increasing gain also increase your noise floor. So you want to use the least amount of gain as possible to get the volume you need. No more. If your noise floor is at -120dB and you increase your gain by 20dB (just an example), you also increase your noise floor by the same amount and now it's...
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    Benchmark DAC3 HGC (w/ ESS Sabre 9028PRO)

    Currently using HD820 and a few others, but I really like how these sound. The new album is a great sonic experience for sure.
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    Benchmark DAC3 HGC (w/ ESS Sabre 9028PRO)

    I presume you're a fellow Tool fan? Your setup is good for metal? What headphones?
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Sennheiser HD820, Focal Elear, Sony Z7M2, Meze Empyrean. Planning on trying Focal Utopia once I move some current gear. None of them are particularly hard to drive. Current amp is Sennhesier HDV820 and I think it sounds pretty good. So I'm looking forward to comparing it to the 789, Benchmark...
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    Well I bit the bullet and ordered the DAC3-B and HPA4, as well as got a good deal on a THX 789. Hopefully they all arrive soon. Will know tomorrow what the lead time from Benchmark is. Last I heard it was like 10-15 days, but that was before I placed my order.
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    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    Have y'all tried any other amps with the Empyrean?
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    Violectric HPA V280 - balanced headphone amp - impressions and discussion thread

    Weird, because the frequency response specs listed by Violectric are different.
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    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    Currently listening to Empyreans through Sennheiser HDV820 and they sound great. Amp's output impedance is a little high, so I'll reserve final judgement for when I get a new amp/dac. But these cans sound fantastic. I'd put them up there with Utopia and Abyss 1266 TC (which I A/B'd together with...
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    Reply to review by 'FourT6and2' on item 'Keces S3 DAC / Headphone Amplifier'

    Ok, you've basically tested all the gear I'm considering. Trying to decide between the S3, Element X, and Brooklyn DAC+ as all-in-ones. Or... Benchmark DAC3 with THX 789 or Aune S7 Pro or Cayin iHA-6. If you had to cheese between the S3 by itself, or the DAC3 + THX 789, what would you do? My...
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