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    The Official Sony TA-ZH1ES Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier (Live From IFA 2016)

    I've been using the TA-ZH1ES for about 3 weeks now. I've run it with my balanced K812's, the MDR-Z1R, and Focal Elears. I'm probably going to stick with this as my daily driver in my office rig with Roon for the foreseeable future. Being able to connect a few different headphones and switch...
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    New Amp from HeadAmp - GS-X Mini

    Right?! I mean it's at a show too. I'm not sure how one would see the ventilation attracting dust and "other nasty stuff" lol
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    Ps audio direct stream dsd DAC

    Check out the PSA forums. A lot of people prefer the original firmware, others prefer the latest, some in between. But you can switch between versions in all of 5-10 minutes whenever you want. There's no smooth or accurate, but there are differences I've heard in terms of bass fidelity and size...
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    Ps audio direct stream dsd DAC

    Doesn't have to be PSA gear at all. They'll take anything. And I think it's better at playing redbook than Yggy and generally has more dimension and detail to the soundstage. It also delivers an integrated Roon endpoint, acts as a (good but not great) preamp, has a remote, etc. The Yggy just...
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    Ps audio direct stream dsd DAC

    With the trade-in it's about the same. And I've traded in stuff that might have been worth 200 bucks on my own that they gave me the full 1200 for. Anyway, I found a slightly used second DSJ for 2.2K. Lots of people love Schiit, but I've moved beyond them and the DSJ is definitely beyond Yggy's...
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    BTG-Audio Cable Impressions, Reviews and Discussion | Sunrise, Starlight & FitEar

    Brian did great work for me a couple years back. He balanced my AKG K812’s which is considered by some to be impossible. He also did my balanced K7XX mod and made cables of two lengths that were interchangeable with both pairs via a LEMO adapter. I haven’t had any cable needs in awhile but I...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I ordered the OCTAL-NOVIB GE-OMRON from Tube Monger
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    I feel shamed for not paying more attention to the benefits of socket savers. I'd not kept up with this thread after I got my Freya(s) last year. I'd tried a number of NOS tubes and they all ended up being microphonic, especially my Kenrad VT-231's which seemed to have the best tonality. Anyway...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I'll be glad when more of us have Vidars and can discuss and compare the quality of the music we're hearing with it. Watching a day of discussion about blown speakers and surviving lightning strikes was painful.
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    Gustard X20pro DAC (ES9028Pro)

    You don't state how you're connecting the accuphase to the x20, but as I and others have stated, some kind of USB de-crapifier tames the brightness quite a bit. I use a USB REGEN + Ultracap LPS-1 and the fatigue just drops altogether. USB is always going to have the most obstacles to overcome...
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    That seller is excellent too. Got my first pair in 3 days, the second pair was 5 days, or 3 business days. From India.
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    Schiit Freya Impressions and Tube Rolling Thread

    Can anyone tell me how they use the Freya with Ragnarok? I'm considering purchasing a Freya, but not really sure if it makes sense with my Ragnarok powering my ELAC UB5's and Elears. Is there improvements to gain with the tube preamp coupled with SS integrated? Is there added noise or distortion...
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    Focal Elear - Impressions Thread

    I was really looking forward to getting mine in today from Headroom. Instead, all the sent me was a cable. Great trolling from some obvious stoners.
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    South Bay area Head-Fi meet late 2016 + impressions - Alum Rock Library 11-26-16

    I'll be bringing: - balanced AKG K812 - balanced AKG K7XX - PS Audio Directstream Junior - Gustard X20U - Schiit Ragnarok - Cavalli Liquid Carbon
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    AKG K812 Pro

    Quality control issues (such as this model), cutting costs by moving production resulting in worse QC. I know several people who got dud K7XX and had to return them at their own expense to Massdrop, and there have been plenty of mentions of that. As far as quality goes in a larger sense, when...