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    Shure SE535: Reviews and First Impressions Thread

    I definitely agree. I actually don't love the sound of them from my AK300 via my Mojo because it has to be without EQ, but just using the AK on the standard 'Pro' EQ setting works really well. So as a travel light option, that works well for me.
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    Reply to review by 'twelvebears' on item 'Audeze EL-8 Open-Back'

    Completely agree with your review. I've just retried the new 2016 version and found them to sound no better than the originals, and are disappointingly dull, so these too will be sold on.
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    So folks are noting their concerns regarding A&K's pricing, but are those concerns really justified? I don't own an AK380 but just picked up a new (other than a torn cellophane wrapper) AK300 for £630, which is basically twice what I paid for my DX80. So given that the DX80 is a typically...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    FAT32 or exFAT both work fine, I think FAT32 is only needed for the car you use to load new firmware.   Just use either Windows explorer or Mac Disk Utility to 'erase' and format the card to either format.  Makes no odds whether you choose to name the cards but I usually call them 'DX80 SD1 &...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    Good point, don't know. I did fully charge it today and vey shorty after it was down to 97% even though I'd not used it. Also it charged to full very quickly which makes we wonder if the capacity is as much as it should be
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    I've noted a few mentions of battery issues and wonder if I may have one. My DX80 is less than a year and has been very lightly used in that time. Recently I have started using it quite a lot and have been really impressed with the sound driving my HD800s. However I am not getting anywhere near...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    OK, problem solved.   I don't know why, but even though I could see both cards and their content using the DX80 as a reader, when I plugged the 'faulty' card into a standard card reader and plugged it in, my Mac said it was readable and needed formatting.   Formatted in the same way again...
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    I've just repurchased a current 2016 model, having previously owned and sold on an original 2015 pair which I found somewhat dull sounding. The new 2016 versions have a noticeably brighter sound, but not bright in outright terms, and I'll be keeping them. Yet again, I have to complement the...
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    Introducing Lotoo PAW Gold

    For any of you old enough to remember cassette tapes and Sony Walkmen, the Lotoo PAW Gold is like the Walkman Pro of DAPs - it's quite bulky and quite ugly, but it just crushes the opposition with it's engineering and audio performance. If you, like me, are a fan of form which follows function...
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    I owned an original pair of open EL8 but sold them as I found them too laid back in the treble. Is the current version noticeably different or would the LCD-X be a livelier option?
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    AKG K702 Impressions.

    As far as I'm concerned the AKG K702 is without doubt, one of the great headphone bargain buys. This a a headphone that was frequently reviewed in groups that cost much more (inc the HD800 for example) and always did well. That was impressive at its original price, but at the £120-ish ($170-ish)...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    To do that the DX80 would have to convert DSD to PCM internally so it could be output as SPDIF only for you to then convert that PCM again externally. Double conversion would do SQ no favours obviously. As I said, the best best option would be for iBasso to enable digital output over both USB...
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    I can only comment re the HD650s as I've not heard the Hifiman phones. I would say the EL-8s (open backed) are more open and offer a bigger sound stage, also have a more extended treble and tighter, more defined bass. Also the higher price of the Audeze phones is reflected in very significantly...
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    As you say, it's all relative. AKG K702s are noted for their brightness but I love their openness and sound staging enough to forgive them. I'm sure if my other cans were HD600s I'd feel differently!
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    I was lucky enough to get a pair for Xmas. Combined with a Chord Mojo and Audirvana on my Mac, they are just lovely to listen to. That said, being 44 I know my HF hearing is not what it was and the 7kHz dip did make them sound a touch dull compared to my AKG K702s Got a parametric EQ plug-in...
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