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    Good USB or PCIe soundcards for bit perfect optical and ideally line out

    The Musiland 03 looks ideal. Bit perfect, USB, switches bit rate automatically when WSAPI exclusive mode is used.
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    Noise cancelling headphones that are comfortable with a pillow

    I have a couple of pairs of noise cancelling headphones (both Audio Technica) and find they don't work very well when I try to lie back in my seat with an inflatable pillow. One ear always ends up too near the pillow for them and they come off.   I'm not a huge fan of in-ear monitors in terms...
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    Sennheiser HD800 Appreciation Thread

    Thanks for the tips guys, sounds like a different amp is required. At the moment I have a HA5000 and Kasuga KA-10SH (tube) that I primarily use and they both work well with my 495s. It's so hard to buy 'phones like the HD800s because of this requirement and being unsure if you will need to...
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    Sennheiser HD800 Appreciation Thread

    I have been looking at getting some HD650s and kept seeing the 800s, so decided to give them a listen. I have to say I was not that impressed. The amp was a Black Cube Linear and I tried various 70s rock and some jazz tracks. They were damn good, don't get me wrong, but worth four times as much...
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Okay, some initial thoughts on the sound after a few hours listening. The amp has around 90 hours burn-in on it. Source is FLAC files played in Foobar with bit-perfect optical out via an Onkyo PCI 200 series card into a C.E.C. DA53 DAC. The DAC is set to x1 oversampling (i.e. none), soft digital...
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Yes it is output transformer coupled. I am going to give it some serious listening this evening and tomorrow now that it has as reasonable amount of burn-in on it. I had a listen to the demo one in the shop though and thought it was pretty good, so I have high hopes.
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Here is the schematic and translation of the text accompanying it.     I will be going back to Kasuga next month and am thinking about getting another tube amp kit, and maybe the upgrade Alps volume pot for this one.
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    Quote: The problem I have with that sort of thing is that there is no way to compare before and after directly since you have to send the speakers off to be modified. With cables although I have not got around to double blind testing I have used one type for left and another for right...
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    Well I am quite sceptical about cables generally speaking. There is a difference between the cheap ones and reasonable quality ones, but not between good £10 cables and £500 cables. My suspicion is that a combination of poor soldering and low grade plugs is what ruins the cheap ones. The quality...
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    I have been experimenting with different kinds of solder for use in audio. My experiments have all been on cables but presumably it affects PCBs as well.   I mostly use 60/40 leaded solder. IMHO all the lead-free stuff is crap, takes too much heat to flow properly and make a really good join...
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    The next step - an ear spa!   http://www.instructables.com/id/EAR-SPA/   I know many of you jest, but I'm serious about this. Your ear canal is the last step of the way.
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