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  1. The Monkey

    Reply to review by 'the monkey' on item 'Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 Closed Studio Headphones'

    My solution was to get rid of them years ago and get better headphones. Your solution sounds interesting though.
  2. The Monkey

    Reply to review by 'the monkey' on item 'beyerdynamic Tesla T1'

    iirc, Luxman p1-u and a β22 built by a friend.
  3. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Sennheiser HD 595 Headphones'

    Overall a very solid headphone.  Can be used unamped, which may be a deciding factor for some.  HeadRoom got it right when it described a little "grain" in the presentation, but this headphone doesn't have many other faults.  At the same time, it doesn't have much to distinguish it from the...
  4. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Stax SR-007 "Omega II" Open-Back Electrostatic Earspeaker'

    Headphones simply do not get better than this.  The first time I heard the O2 mk1 was at the First National Meet.  I was blown away.  I had no idea that headphones could sound like...that.  They simply melted away.  It some ways, they ruined that meet for me because they were among the first...
  5. Esoteric D-70 DAC

    Esoteric D-70 DAC

    D-70 Digital / Analog Converter * Overview The D-70 is an advanced D/A (digital-to-analog) converter that can handle multiple 2-channel linear digital source signals. When 176.4 kHz or 192 kHz is used, 2 XLR inputs are used simultaneously to enable stable transmission. (AES 3 standard.)...
  6. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'JH Audio JH13 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors'

    The JH13 is not just the best IEM around, it's one of the best headphones around--period.  The impact, detail, speed, agility, and body of these phones are simply amazing.  The full-sized can I find myself comparing them to is my O2 mk1.  That's about the highest praise I can offer a headphone...
  7. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones'

    A pair of headphones I wish I kept.  Great bass, excellent highs with the right equipment.  Scales with the best of equipment.  Everyone should own a pair at least once.  
  8. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'AKG K701 Studio Headphones'

    LISTENED AT MANY MEETS   I never did get it about these phones.  I think they sound tinny and boring.  The only time I have ever heard them sound somewhat decent has been out of the big HeadRoom amps.  There's something to that combo.  Otherwise a real snore.
  9. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'beyerdynamic Tesla T1'

    BORROWED FROM A FELLOW MEMBER   Wow, did I want to love these headphones.  And I just don't.  They're fine.  They don't do anything horribly wrong.  But the also don't do anything extraordinary, and for the price being charged, they should.  I think the HD800 is better.  However, it is a...
  10. Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)

    Audioengine A5 Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Black)

    Audioengine 5 is a full size speaker system in a bookshelf-sized package. Internal power amps eliminate the need to connect the Audioengine 5 to a bulky stereo receiver or power amplifier. And with built-in subwoofer ports, the Audioengine 5 adds incredible low-end bass without the need for an...
  11. Quad 9L Active Deep Black

    Quad 9L Active Deep Black

    The Quad 9L Active Speaker has been designed for today's lifestyle to relect the need for ease and convenience in our homes. For all but the most hardcore enthusiast, simpler is better, less boxes and less fuss The Quad 9L Active Speaker contains its own amplifier perfectly tuned to deliver...
  12. Quad 11L Active

    Quad 11L Active

    The Active L-series are powered versions of our famous L-series loudsepakers. The 2 models, the '11L active' and the '12L active' both feature not only one amplifier, but two amplifiers per speaker, each tailored to perfectly match its drive unit. Use with PCs, network media clients, iPods -...
  13. Quad 12L Active Gloss Cherry

    Quad 12L Active Gloss Cherry

    The Active L-series are powered versions of our famous L-series loudsepakers. The 2 models, the '11L active' and the '12L active' both feature not only one amplifier, but two amplifiers per speaker, each tailored to perfectly match its drive unit. Use with PCs, network media clients, iPods -...
  14. TTVJ Portable (Slim)

    TTVJ Portable (Slim)

    TVJ Portable Headphone Amplifier Features: • Stepped Attenuator - No cheap volume control pot here. Small potentiometers are notoriously bad - they mis-track, get noisy, and break. So the TTVJ portable uses a microprocessor-controlled analog stepped attenuator. Each of the 32 steps changes the...
  15. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones'

    An expensive, technically proficient headphone that has no soul.  Does mate well with the Luxman P-1 or P1-u, but at that point, why not go electrostatic, which is what these are trying to be in the first place.  Kudos to Senn for innovation, but these are just too steely for my tastes.
  16. Electrocompaniet ECD 1 DAC

    Electrocompaniet ECD 1 DAC

    The ECD1 is a 24Bit 192KHz upsampler DAC accepting 16 - 24Bit input and upsample it to 24Bit resolution. The ECD1 is a 24Bit 192KHz upsampler DAC accepting 16 - 24Bit input and upsample it to 24Bit resolution. This will give app. 10dB more headroom by lowering the noise floor, with more details...
  17. Audioengine A2B Powered Multimedia Speaker System - Black Finish

    Audioengine A2B Powered Multimedia Speaker System - Black Finish

    The Audioengine 2 is a great introduction to high-quality audio and the perfect upgrade for your computer or select play. The Audioengine 2 (A2) is about one-third the size of Audioengine's flagship Audioengine 5 system and is an excellent computer audio upgrade or small room speaker...
  18. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 Closed Studio Headphones'

    A bass lover's phone for sure.  Can be fun with the right music.  But the bass is of the one-note "whump" variety and that gets boring.  Still, can be good with rock.  I've noticed some pretty sucked out mids, though, so vocals suffer.  And for a bass-head phone, the highs can get pretty...
  19. The Monkey

    Review by 'The Monkey' on item 'Neko Audio D100 DAC'

    DISCLOSURE: I received a loaner D100 as part of the Neko Audio D100 loaner program.  Wes Miaw, the man behind Neko Audio put together the loaner program.  All outgoing shipping was at my expense.  The loan was not contingent upon a positive review.  However, Mr. Miaw did ask if I would post my...
  20. Neko Audio D100 DAC

    Neko Audio D100 DAC

    The D100 stereo digital to analog converter is the sum of our quest for true audio fidelity. By combining the highest quality components with a solid scientific foundation, the D100 produces music that is free of coloration and true to the source. Digital audio is processed by a Wolfson WM8804...
  21. PS Audio - PerfectWave DAC

    PS Audio - PerfectWave DAC

    The PS Audio PerfectWave DAC will change the way you think about digital-to-analog converters. It accesses high-resolution digital audio data from multiple sources such as a CD transport, CD player, computer, network, or the Internet, and converts the data to natural sounding, highly musical...
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