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    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    The bag is really only good for dust protection at home. Useless for travel. I think I lost mine because I never had any use for it--I just use a Slappa hardcase.
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    Is there a general rule about what makes a particular headphone " low impedance". And possibly tough to drive with a particular amp?

    Dynamic drivers always have an impedance spike corresponding to the resonant frequency of the voice coil/diaphragm system. Planars, on the other hand, always have ruler flat impedance (I couldn't tell you why, but it's easy to verify through graphs on headroom or innerfidelity).  The output...
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    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    It definitely has a deep, focused soundstage with excellent layering and separation. Small soundstage, yes, but very different from no soundstage.
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    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    Everyone hears things differently, so dont let me influence you too much. I think the PM-3 sound is also tough to categorize. Its best to hear them yourself. Oppo's tour program might still be going on too.
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    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    Yeah, i think the PM-3s soundstage clearly improves with better recordings. I wouldnt say the shoutiness is limited to poor recordings though. More like a particular frequency range, especially in complex passages. They have a good amount of xepth, but i still thought they could get congested...
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    NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S

    The ESP-950 can also be had new for $600 on Amazon at times (usually the Christmas season).    If you're considering the 400s, HD600/650, and X2, the ESP-950 may or not be up your alley. It's very smooth and clean sounding and probably has more detail than any of those 4. It also has very nice...
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    NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S

    Buzzing is most likely caused by a hair or other fiber glued to the diaphragm, which is a well known QC issue for Hifiman. Interesting thing about that extra hole is that it matches the correction location of the bottom hole on the left side. Almost as if they only manufacture the left side...
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    Sennheiser HD600 vs HIFIMAN HE400i : what is the most relaxed ??

    The HD650 is more relaxed than the HD600. Both the 600 and 650 are more relaxed than the HE-400i too, but it's not a huge difference.
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    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    The Vali has more than enough power. It may just have a softer bass presentation than what you're looking for. I'd try EQing up the bass a bit and if that doesn't work, try a solid state amp.
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    Chicago Head-Fi Meet - August 8th 12:00 to 7:00 pm at Tweak Studio

    Alright, I'm coming this time. Regretting not coming to the June meet. 
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    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    IMO the leakage claims are over stated. I use them at work every day; with typical office background noise, they are completely silent from a few feet away. In a place with no background noise like a library, bedroom, etc., then yes, there is a little leakage, on par with Apple earbuds maybe...
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    Chicago area Headphone Meet JUNE 27th 2015 "ChiUniFi 9"

    It is the last iteration of the original version.
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    Chicago area Headphone Meet JUNE 27th 2015 "ChiUniFi 9"

    Ill be there and ill have these stuffs: Fiio X3ii Agd DAC 19 DSP Nuforce HA-200 HE-400i TH-600 Maybe some other headphones
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    Instructive and sad story about LCD-3 modification attempt

    This is really interesting. I can't believe this attention to detail isnt included in the $2000 people are paying to Audeze.
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    ZMF Ori (Omni) - Upcoming Semi Open Flagship

    Here's some fuel for the hype train. I got to hear two Omni prototypes last night. Zach is still deciding on the final tuning so I wont be too specific but... The Omni sounds really good! It (obviously) has the ZMF house sound, though I wouldnt necessarily say it sounds more like the Vibro or...