Recent content by kevnin
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    Can I do better than HD800?

      I had the HD800 and HE6 driven by mjolnir2 at one point. The HE6 does beat the HD800 in bass extension, but other than that their bass performance was much more similar than I expected it to be. Impact/slam is about the same. And the HE6 is just generally a little worse otherwise - not as...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

      Seemed about the same to me. I didn't have comfort issues with either of them.
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I went up to The Source yesterday and compared the Utopia to my modded HD800, and briefly to the HE1000. I was using a WA5 with a QP1R as source/dac.    It is a smoother/lusher sound than HD800, but I thought it was better than HE1000 in this regard, which I view as too soft/smooth/polite. The...
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    Please Help - Closed cans, circumaural, good soundstage, around $300

    Fostex/Massdrop TH-X00. Great sound quality, bass heavy without being boomy or bleeding into the mids, and soundstage on par with open headphones. Isolation is not as good as other closed headphones though, if that is a concern.   If it's out of budget, or you need more portable or more...
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    The Stax Thread III

    @zolkis have you heard the 007 through an SRD-7 pro? I want to get an 007 but am wondering if I can get away with running it through an SRD-7 at least for a while before I move to a dedicated stat amp.
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    :sunrise: CanJam SoCal 2016 (March 19-20, 2016)

    I'll be heading up tomorrow. My first CanJam - should be fun.    @warrenpchi - that Cavalli room sounds pretty cool, I'll probably be camped out in there for awhile.   PS - I'll have a TH900 for sale if anyone's interested.
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    Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings

      Finally got my replacement QP1R. This one works and plays all files (the first one would only play DSD). It came with fw 1.04 and I haven't had any crashes so far.   The wheel on the new one is much better also. The first one was essentially unusable, this one actually turns. Sonic...
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    Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings

    Appreciate the response. I pretty much tried all that (I let it sit off overnight last night). Guess I could try more unplug and play/pause cycles on 1.0.2. I went to the 1.04 from their site, thinking maybe the one it came with was a beta, but nothing changed. Then I found that it will play DSD...
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    best full soundstage headphones with appropriate bass

    A top-tier headphone like the HD600 sounds good with any type of music. Don't run it with a Fiio though, get a Schiit Modi2+Vali.   Edit: Just noticed it's your first post. Welcome to head-fi! Sorry about your wallet 
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    First pair of closed back headphones

    I think the ATH M50x are overrated as well, unless you want boomy bass.   Do you want a basshead type headphone even if it's a little boomy, or do you want a more neutral sound signature?   If the latter and you can stretch to $250, I recommend checking out the NAD HP50. To me it has the...
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      There's a transaction number in the confirmation email, and also displayed on the page after I paid.
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

      Same here, got mine now back to sleep!   I ordered the instant I could when it went live and I'm about 100 numbers later than you.
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    Schiit Mjolnir 2 Listening Impressions

      I wouldn't recommend trying to reduce the harshness with tubes. Good tubes are pretty transparent. The harshness comes from a 6KHz peak/resonance that can be nicely mitigated with a simple mod. Google "Anax 2.0".
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    Is it worth buying an external DAC to listen to 256kbps AAC?

    I'd definitely say the fact you use 256AAC/320MP3 is by itself no reason not to get an external DAC. These formats still sound very good and the difference vs lossless is quite small.   I'd recommend the Schiit Modi2, although the ODAC is probably a good choice also (I haven't heard it). IMO...
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    Schiit Mjolnir 2 Listening Impressions

      Hey, looks like we're in the same boat - I recently got Gumby and Mjolnir2 and asked about those same tubes in another thread!   I was advised to look at E188CC as they are the higher quality version of E88CC. They can be found on ebay for cheaper than those E88CC's, though ebay has some...