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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    For sure, it depends on what you're comparing it with, and also the music, headphones, and other particularities. It could be that you already have a great source for your listening setup and don't need the improvement that I find. My comparison is with basic iTunes playback, but from the same...
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    Thanks for the correction! After learning my mistake, I've done a bit more reading on the HD-AMP1 today, and it seems to have many differences in architecture. As such, I wouldn't expect it to be very similar to the HD-DAC1. I've never listened to the HD-AMP1, which also has a dedicated...
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    I've had the Marantz HD-DAC1 on my desk since 2014. It is a lovely little device, provided you know what it is intended to be, and to do...and what it is not intended to be, and to not do. This isn't meant as a be-all end-all reference HP amp, nor is it even a be-all end-all DAC. And it is an...
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    Audio Technica ATH- ES 10 Impressions Thread

    I'm listening to Tool Undertow right now on my back-up pair of ES10s, plugged into a Marantz HD-DAC1 coupled with Audirvana+ on MBP.   Simply awesome...   Yes! I'm listening to Tool Undertow right now on my back-up pair of ES10s in the office, plugged into a Marantz HD-DAC1 coupled with...
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    Audio Technica ATH- ES 10 Impressions Thread

    Anyone use the Sony PHA-1A with the ATH-ES10?
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    Audio Technica ATH- ES 10 Impressions Thread

    Dear All,   My ATH-ES10 with ES11 lambskin pads have been holding up well the past few years. The headband pleather is flaking off, but not enough to be uncomfortable. I suppose I should try to replace it, but not a priority. I have been kind of spoiled lately, listening to a pair of Maestoso...
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    Tough headphones for 4 year olds

    I just received them, for my 4-year-old daughter...she is using them with the iPad as I write this, and seems to be happy. I also ordered another pair for her best friend (birthday present). I will report back here for posterity, so that anyone else searching the forum can find out how the...
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    Tough headphones for 4 year olds

    Thanks all for suggestions, the problem with in-ear on young kids is that they just can't stop fidgeting with the cables (twirling, pulling, wrapping around arms, fingers, other body parts, etc.) while they're listening. They keep yanking them out every couple minutes, meaning that a parent must...
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    Tough headphones for 4 year olds

    I'm looking for a decent pair of headphones for a 4 year old girl. Here are the parameters: -Volume limit (to protect the little ears) -It needs to be pretty tough and not easy to tear apart. -Over-ears preferred to in-ears, but need to snugly fit a small head. -Decent sound isolation in...
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    Audio-Technica ATH-A900X: Impressions, Reviews, Mods, etc.

      Basically ears right in the middle, thought I have a big head and this may be easier for me.   I have zero channel imbalance, would have returned them immediately if I did.
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    Audio-Technica ATH-A900X: Impressions, Reviews, Mods, etc.

    Sounds like you might have a bad used pair. My own pair (bought new in Tokyo) have none of these issues, and zero channel imbalance...it is a risk of buying used.
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    Audirvana Plus vs. BitPerfect vs. Fidelia

    I've been using Audirvana for over a year, and the SQ is great. I have a MBP that I've used for serving up music, DVD, iTunes movies, Hulu, etc., and I have to say that it does get annoying when Audirvana gums up the other software. I often need to quit and start up other software, change...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    A nice video, but no, it doesn't explain my question.   The 16-bit vs 24-bit discussion thus far focuses entirely on the recording and digital mastering product. I completely agree with the main argument that 16-bit is more than sufficient as the mastering product. I have an advanced...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Great thread, not at all surprised to hear that the folks who made the CD standard knew what they were doing. Of course, this requires some care in the ADC and post-processing that are the final steps in digital audio mastering.   I know it is a somewhat different topic...but curious to hear...
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    Audio Technica ATH- ES 10 Impressions Thread

    Amp-wise...this is mostly true in my experience with the ES10 (~1 year, these are glued to my head where ever I go and I also have a new back-up pair ready to go). There are only a few tracks I might regularly listen to in which the bass digs very very deep and my iPhone5 built-in amp struggles...
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