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    A little help for a beginner :)

    That is an analog to digital converter for guitars. You have a very strange collection of stuff.
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    The Gjallarhorn’s description sounds interesting. Give us a report when you get them. They look easy to drive and have high sensitivity.
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    The Topping is an amp and a DAC. You should experiment with the equipment you have in various combination. Learn how to connect them, and judge differences you observe.
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    The description of the M-12 is off-putting. They are designed to studio monitors... be extremely revealing... for a music lover this translates into emphasize the high frequencies to show mastering, venue and details. So, in particular if you have less than stellar equipment driving them it’s...
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    I think everyone is trying to be helpful here. High end audiophile headphones costing $1,300 are made to be connected to a big expensive rig designed to power them. Many of us here have them and are aware of the pitfalls of really good headphones without the associated gear. So it brings up the...
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    OK. What happens in the 'breaking in' period? The sound becomes less crisp, more natural. The bass tightens. The noise floor drops which makes the soundstage open up. Many of the sounds become smooth sounding instead of rough.
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    @Strayngs ”THe sum of the story is they both sound amazing fed with high end stuff....I just find it fascinating that your system makes them them sound so similar And in mine they are so different.” Yes, both headphones do sound amazing. When I swapped the headphones around all the different...
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    @stayngs “Curious if you mean there is not much difference in the treble or in the sound all together. I find that the Utopia is a vastly different headphone than the 800s. Anyways you give great advice to the OP” I was surprised myself. Basically every aspect... except the soundstage was...
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    I have to agree. In general, desktop DACs are much better than even very high end DAPs. I have a A&K SP1000 and it is good for travel but all my deskops have been better.
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Whether to use USB or AES/ SPDIF varies from system to system. Since USB has the DAC re-time the bitstream and the others use the bitstream as it comes from the streamer, the component with a better clock (over Simplified I am sure) is likely to sound better. For instance my Aurender WE20se AES...
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Sounds like you really have a challenge... sounds like the components may not be synergistic as you said. I would like to suggest that when possible to acquire a good streamer. I highly recommend an Aurender. I own a couple... I used to own an Auralic Aries G2. while this is easier to advise...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Thank you, you are correct. I moved it.
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Sorry to hear how disappointed you are with the DAC. Since a DAC is a low power device you don’t need to spend on a large current design, but do want a cord with noice reduction. A friend of mine reached out to Shunyata and the actually talked him out of a very expensive cord and into this one...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I have used my Utopias with a bunch of different amplifiers. While because of their efficiency they sound good with my high-end A&K SP1000 (with the add-on amp), they sound a bit sterile. Put a tube amp behind them and they sound a lot more natural, put a massive solid state amp and slam...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I agree. I have never heard of such a thing. There would quickly become a mater of replacements when they change models. Then they would have to keep a large inventory of old drivers for potential warrant. I have worked in high tech manufacturing for 40 years. It moves on..
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