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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I posted the case I use in the HiFiM8 V2 thread, and I have two for my M8 V2 and Ampersand. The elastic band is starting to stretch out and loosen though - it still works unless I try to put something much smaller in the case and then it's too loose. I'm going to look for something that can hold...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I don’t use my desktop DAC and amps much either. I just tend to carry my BlueDAC or my HiFiM8 V2 around the house with me to where it is needed. I was more often using my MacBook laptop than I was a using desktop computer, but last summer I built a gaming PC and I keep my HiFiM8 V1 connected...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I think you meant to respond to ChrisLN, as I was saying something very similar.
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    Yes, those LEDs are definitely very helpful in tuning the input level that we feed it, so that we don’t overdrive the input. I find that it can accept fairly high input levels before the meters go red and you hear distortion.
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    So, it seems that I don't have any headphones that this Ampersand cannot drive well, with more than enough power for even the Original HiFiMan HE-6. However, as a "wire with gain" it sounds just like whatever source I use. So, if you pick the wrong source then the ampersand can sound as bright...
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    Review - Audioengine D2 Wireless Hi-Res USB/Optical SPDIF DAC & Transport

    D2 with Wi-Fi has lossless transmission for hi-res music. But AAC, and even apt-x HD, are lossy transmission codecs. I believe that there is still some form of conversion of the audio into the apt-x codec, But a USB receiver chip sending signal to the DAC is not converting the ones and zeros...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I had to go out of town for a few days, and should be back home tomorrow night, and then I can finish trying all those other headphones I mentioned with the Ampersand. I really don’t expect to find any surprises.
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    So I’m pretty sure that I have a dual 3-pin to four pin adapter, but I would need gender changers, because it lets me plug a headphone cable with dual 3-pins into a 4-pin headphone amp.
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I certainly will not forget all the late night sessions we spent chatting on the phone and in messenger, to make sure that this product was perfect when completed. I have to tell you it’s a job well done and I can’t think of any way to make it better. Well, except maybe if it also had tone...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    So I caught a typo in what you quoted from me that I’m not gonna go back and fix. But I also caught where I mistakenly said dual 3-pin into single 4-pin, and I actually meant to say dual 3-pin into 4.4 mm male, which is the input into the Ampersand. I have adapters to let me use 4-pin XLR...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I would like to add that the sound signature does not seem to change, to my ears, when switching between high gain, medium gain, or low gain. I have experienced sonic changes with some amps in the past when changing to a different gain level, but not this one. The only amp to come to mind right...
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    CEntrance Ampersand balanced portable headphone amplifier

    I just received a sample of the Ampersand today. I and my son HeadFanatic are both extremely impressed with it! All of our listening today was via the 4.4mm and 4-pin balanced outputs. I listened to an Alpha version last year and prefer to forget about that one, LOL. I’m using it with a...
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    The CEntrance Hi-Fi M8 V2 Thread

    Nice - my 4-part review is buried in this thread somewhere, and it was compiled and republished at https://www.headpie.net/2020/06/centrance-hifi-m8v2-detailed.html as one long rambling review. One of my favorite quotes, "The M8 V2 balanced amp section with the Roxanne simply blew me away the...
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    Review of the NuPrime Audio Hi-mDAC portable USB DAC/amp for computer and mobile devices

    The Hi-mDAC works with the iPhone and Penon Audio lightning to USB-C cable in this link (I only have tried the straight cable, not the 90 degree). Type-C to Lightning Silver-plated Cable
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