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    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    A couple years in a row, Amazon Prime had a large ”cash back” discount on Shure products (I believe it was 20%) at Christmas time. I was considering the KSE1200 at the time, but didn’t pull the trigger.
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    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    Ugh, there's the usual game of Tidal requiring a new email address. I wonder how many million of gmail accounts have been created just to take advantage of Tidal trials. Their service isn't good enough, and their customer support is bad enough, that it's not worth actually subscribing to their...
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    The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

    The Tidal deal is still active. I pulled the trigger myself. I’ve gotten various other deals on the Hi-Fi subscription over the past couple years, but usually with gaps in service in between. I think $100/year for the service is reasonable, so I thought I’d buy it at that price. Sometimes I...
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    No, the cable is fine. I suspect one of the connectors were accidentally wired the wrong way. Considering these are hand-assembled, that's the most likely explanation (rather than a problem in design). I didn't want to void the warranty to open them up to verify though. We'll likely never...
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    Yup. I hoped to avoid making this their problem, as they're a great dealer (and a great guy on this forum) - Bloom Audio. But luckily they have a policy of free returns.
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    Ah, sadly I received a response from CA and their customer service sucks. They said I need to pay for return shipping and insurance, and "Once we receive your shipment, we'll inspect the product and get to work." Sadly, this is going to become a problem for their dealer, as I'm not playing...
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    I did further testing with other audio test CDs I have, and online tests. Also, I swapped cables and DACs as a sanity test. The difference is night-and-day obvious: when the track is in-phase, the Ara sound diffuse without a clear center image; when the track is out-of-phase, the Ara sound...
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    Sennheiser takes over Drop!

    I’m still a fan of Sennheiser, owning all the 6XX series from 580 through 660, the 800S, along with many other products. That said, these “deals” are very minor and I’ve gotten better deals from normal retailers without any special sale. Every product listed in the “deals” I bought cheaper...
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    Thanks for that, Expat. It sounds like Ara isn't a bass monster, but it's no slouch either. I'm leaning towards pulling the trigger, though with still another two week wait until they ship :frowning2:
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    Thanks, Expat! In the graphs in the unspeakable forum, it appears there's only a couple db's difference between bass levels from highest to lowest (Andromeda, Solaris, Ara), and I thought some people have even said subjectively the Ara had more bass than the Solaris. My concern from the graph...
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    Campfire Audio New IEM release

    Now we’re cooking with fire. The review and discussion shed new light on the Ara and has sparked my interest in potentially getting a pair.
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    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    I received my U12T today and so far they seem ideal; I could immediately hear the difference from my other TOTL IEMs; greater clarity and balance. I ordered a 4.4mm cable to use. What eartips are popular with the U12T? I don’t like the stock ones; SpinFit are a little better, but wondering...
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    Drop + JVC HA-FDX1 Dual Carbon IEM...available in the US!

    I dunno, guys. It took me a few days for the FDX1 to grow on me, then a few more days to lose interest - and I haven’t been tempted to listen to them in near a month. The mod for them seems like polishing a turd. Yeah, it makes them sound better but they’re heavy, fiddly, not ergonomic. And I...
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    Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphone Thread

    They charged my credit card and Order Status changed to “In Stock, Order Sent To Warehouse”.
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    Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphone Thread

    For anyone that got in on the B&H deal over the holidays, it looks like they’re getting ready to ship. MDR-Z7M2 for $298!
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