Recent content by SmilinKev
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    Suggestions for Reinforcing - or Recabling - HiFiMan RE-400 IEMs

    I just bought a set of HiFiMan RE-400 IEMs and I'm amazed by quality of sound they produce.  However, I can already see problems happening, sooner rather than later, with: (1) the extremely thin earshell-to-y-junction cables; (2) the absence of any strain relief at the point where the cables...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    +1!! When I bought my X2s, I already owned entry-level amps/DACs . . . so I tried them out with the new headphones. They made the X2s even more enjoyable. However, the X2s are still the best open-back 'phones I have ever heard for under $500, even when I just plug them directly into my laptop...
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    REVIEW: Oppo HA-2 Amp/DAC - Not Just for High-Resolution Listeners!

    Back in June, I was thinking about buying a portable amp/DAC to replace the TEAC HA-P50 I was using.  Searching for alternatives, I found the “OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC Discussion Thread” here on Head-Fi.  I read the entire thread – and I’m still subscribed and keeping up with...
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    OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC Discussion Thread

    Spent the last several hours reading this entire thread. Just wanted to mention a few things: 1. THANK YOU to all who contributed to this discussion! I have learned a lot about the HA-2 and a wealth of related topics and equipment. 2. I've ordered the Ha-2 to pair with my iPhone 6+. Should be...
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    Reply to review by 'smilinkev' on item 'FiiO L16 Professional 3.5mm to 3.5mm Short Cable'

    Very helpful review, DeeKay 10! I just ordered one of these Fiio interconnects from Amazon - and your experience with it makes me confident that it was a wise purchase. Thanks for the information and useful opinions. Keep listenin' and keep smilin', Kev
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    *Official Schiit Magni/Modi 2 ( Uber ) Thread*

    My Modi 2 Uber and Magni 2 Uber were delivered four days ago and I’ve already spent spent almost 25 hours listening to them.  I’m blown away by their ability to produce honest, involving and endlessly listenable music!   I don’t have “golden ears” and I’m not qualified to discuss the technical...
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    What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.

    Planet Pit by Pitbull, with lots of guest artists.  My favorite cut:  "Rain Over Me," featuring Marc Anthony. Since every number on this CD makes me want to dance - I mean REALLY want to dance - I never listen to it in public.  As Eddie Murphy said about white guys like me, "Y'all dance to the...
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    Some People Are Destined To Sing

    I'm writing this quick note to offer a big "THANK YOU!" to Mike for letting me/us know about Fatou.  I got her CD yesterday (ordered from and listened to it twice.  Her voice is spellbinding - and the recording is excellent.  Makes me wish I could comprehend her language directly...
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    How much are your "perfect" headphones?

    Sony MRD-V6 is my current "perfect" headphone: effortless to drive; comfortable; good isolation from external noise; sturdy; and I've yet to find a type of music that it doesn't handle adequately.  I know this headphone is a very old warhorse and, for many folks, doesn't even approach the lowest...
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    What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.

    The Best of the Thompson Twins [Platinum and Gold Collection], Arista/BMG Heritage CD 82876-50928-2, compiled in 2003.  This is one of my favorite "pop" groups from the 1980s - and this disc captures them at their best!  I always marvel at the seductiveness of the sonic world created by the...