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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I've been through several amps - including a GS-X mk2, Moon 430HA and a few others. Listening to a v281 with the 128 step and remote now and I consider it to be one of the best ss amps I've heard. There's isnt a headphone i've owned that doesn't sound good with the v281. Its got a touch of...
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    SPL Phonitor X / Phonitor E impressions and Discussion thread

    Congrats. Let us know how you like it, after the honeymoon period :wink:
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    Considering GSX Mini and Benchmark HPA4..

    Sure. There are also measurements that contradict it. -1db at 30hz and -2 at 20hz per innerfidelity. Even then, you're not going to hear anything below 20hz and even at 20hz you may not hear it on your headphones anyway. In any case, I dont make purchase decisions based strictly on a chart. I've...
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    Considering GSX Mini and Benchmark HPA4..

    Best is based on synergy with my system, how neutral an amp is etc. Massive coloration ? Have you even heard the v281 and 430HA. Because the general consensus is they considered neutral or as close to neutral you can get. I certainly haven't heard anyone refer to these as massively colored...
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    Considering GSX Mini and Benchmark HPA4..

    I never understood why the Moon 430HA isn't celebrated more here. But again, there are some amazing products (eg: RME ADI-*, Ultrasone Signature Pro/DJ) which dont get a lot of press for reasons I don't want to get into. The moon 430HA and the v281 are two of the best solid state amps I've...
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    Considering GSX Mini and Benchmark HPA4..

    I had a gs-x mk2. Was looking at getting a HPA4 but decided not to. While reviews are generally great and it seems like a technically awesome amp i also read reports that its a bit cold, analytical sounding. I got a great deal on a Violectric v281 with the relay volume and remote. While i...
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    Closed back Headphone recommendations needed please?

    Another vote for the Ultrasone Signature DJ and Pro. Excellent headphones that dont get a lot of mention here (as they dont have marketing folks here unlike some of the other brands). Seriously good closed headphones and nothing comes close in the price range.
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    Phonitor is not a good amp?

    I have the Z1R and just went through a similar decision process myself. I have two great dacs (Kitsune spring L3 with singex and RME ADI-2 Pro FS BE). Just sold my moon 430HA (which is actually a great great amp) just to try something new. I dont enjoy analytical hyper-detailed amps. I value...
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    Ultrasone Signature DJ

    I took a chance and purchased a brand new pair. Have been listening to them for sometime. These are wonderful headphones and are here to stay. They are my portable/office headphones. The 300hz dip was offset with the RME ADI-2 excellent eq. The sound quality on these is absolutely superb. Bass...
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    Ultrasone Signature DJ

    Thanks. I've read that the aftermarket options change the sound signature. I didnt proceed with the used pair with the worn out pads. Found a brand new pair that I purchased so dont have to worry about the pads for sometime now.
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    RME ADI-2 DAC Thread

    I'm trying to connect the unbalanced 1/4" mono output from the RME to a single ended portable amp that accepts a 3.5mm mini. Is anyone familiar with a good quality cable. I can make one but wanted to see what you folks out there use.
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    Beyerdynamic DT-1770: Product Info, Discussion and Impressions

    I dont think the bass is slow, nor do I think these have "epic" bass. They have mid-bass but not low bass. The treble peak ~8k is definitely troubling. I returned mine and back to using the TH900 mk2. Speaking of bass...
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    RME ADI-2 Pro - DAC, Headamp, an a lot of more stunning features

    The RME dacs are such a good value and give dacs costing 2-3x a run for the money. They dont have a marketing machine on head-fi like a few other popular dac brands do. I enjoy the RME ADI-2 Pro. Such an amazing piece of gear that punches above its price point. I love the look of the upcoming...
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    Beyerdynamic DT-1770: Product Info, Discussion and Impressions

    Update. After a few days of burn in, I gave these a critical listen and sadly I won't be keeping them. It has plenty of mid-bass but it doesnt render sub-bass well in my listening. The mid bass also bleeds into the mids. The treble also bothers me. I was hoping to use these as my work cans. I...
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    Beyerdynamic DT-1770: Product Info, Discussion and Impressions

    Received the Dekoni leather pads and I really like what its done cosmetically and functionally. Isolation is great. The headphones look great with the pads !