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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

      I agree that a 4-pin XLR will give you more choice but it's not certain people will pay more for a re-terminated cable; some people call it "cannibalizing"...   Also, the stock Pioneer cable is not really so easy to re-terminate if you have it done, make sure the it is done by someone...
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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    Under the black sleeving, there is quite a thick, white isolation that appears to be cotton.   The cotton fibers should not break through the sleeving during normal usage and if it does, it probably means that the cable has been bent "too much" so be careful not to pull the cable if there's a...
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    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

          I really like the LAB1 and I'd probably prefer to describe them as "smooth" instead of "dark". However, how good they sound depend a lot on the tips used and the fit so I can understand that some people may experience them as "dark" sounding.   I haven't tried all the Finals but I...
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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

       Quote:     I'm whistling too ;-)
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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    I definitely prefer listening to my SEM1 compared to my HD800S. I find the soundstage of the SEM1 to be much more natural, almost live, while the HD800S make me feel like the music is generated somewhere inside my head. The bass of the HD800S is more precise but I much prefer the heavier bass...
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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    AppleheadMay's comment was related to the above statement from you that does not refer to any measurements. The craftmanship of the SEM1 is impeccable and some people's point of view may be that this alone justifies the 2500 USD price tag.
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    AKG K812 Pro

      Contact Brian @ BTG Adio (http://btg-audio.com). He's a nice guy and I'm sure he'll sort you out.   You can of course do it yourself but it's not a simple mod and there's always a risk that you end up breaking your headphones since you might have to drill out the old 3-pin Lemo connector to...
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    AKG K812 Pro

    I also don't agree that the HD800 does a better job at being a jack of all trades. Both headphones have their weaknesses but the HD800 is the more picky one in my opinion but with the SuperDupont mod, it's a much closer call...
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    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

    If you don't already have the required infrastructure and never have built IEMs before, $4500 will not get you very far...
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    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    That was not funny!             rofl...
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    AKG K812 Pro

    Sorry, I misread your post and somehow missed the part about "THE absolute perfect cable" so it seems we're in agreement   I had my K812 upgraded to balanced by Brian (BTG Audio) in October last year, also with the midnight cable. Definite improvement but it's hard to tell how much of the...
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    AKG K812 Pro

    I'm sorry but your conclusion is flawed. A cable is a passive device and it should transfer the signal undistorted so if it changes the sound, it must by definition be to the worse, it can never make it better. Compare with a window, the perfect window is a window so clear that you don't know if...
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    AKG K812 Pro

    Just a note to let you know that I very reluctantly decided to put my balanced (!) K812 up for sale here.   I think the stock K812 and the stock HD800 are very much equal (also comfort wise). However, I clearly preferred the balanced K812 to the stock HD800 and even though it was much closer...
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    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    FS = Sampling Frequency?   [Edit] In technical documentation, the sampling frequency is commonly abbreviated as FS. However, since the display on the m9xx does not support subscript, it would of course just be FS instead. I'm as sure as I can be without knowing anything for certain that...
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    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    No, the RCA output follows the volume control.
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