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    Rare Moment of Headphone Satiety

    Last night, listening to Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions with my very modest but enjoyable K240S and Little Dot II, I had a rare experience: it was perfect. I thought, "I've been contemplating a big sell-off, consolidation of headphone equity, and upgrade, but does it really need to be better...
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    PCDP for Sister-in-Law?

    My sister-in-law's PCDP recently died, and we want to get her a PCDP for Xmas. Ideally: * Most importantly, sturdy build quality * somewhat "cool", or at least less dorky * $50 or less, new or used * relatively easy to find online/ebay, etc. SQ is not a criteria at all. Remember, this...
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    Replacement cap specs for Little Dot II tube amp?

    I don't know how many of you might have been following the catastrophic saga of the Little Dot II tube amp group buy over at ipodstudio (, involving a ~75% failure rate of the amps in the group buy. (The failures start cropping up around page 22...
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    ~$100 shootout: DT531 vs. A500 vs. V6

    After discovering HeadFi, I read hundreds of posts, and surprisingly enough, bought some cans. I carefully compared my first three cans: Sony V6, ATH-A500, and DT531. Perhaps my experiences will provide other noobs with some perspective on these popular “starter” cans. Of course, my subjective...
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    How to find obscure classical recordings?

    Although I enjoyed MUSIC 1A in college, I haven't ever been a classical music enthusiast. The other night on the local public radio station, I happened to hear a great trumpet concerto. I looked up the playlist at the stations website, and found the following information: Quote: Tomaso...
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    Portishead NYC

    I've recently been enjoying Portishead Dummy. How is that 1998 NYC live disc? SQ? Performance?
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    Toshiba 4900 disappointment

    I recently bought a used, unmodded Toshiba 4900 to "upgrade" my old, undistinguished Pioneer PD-F506 25-disc changer (boasts "1-bit Direct Linear Conversion" prominently on the chassis). So far, the 4900 has been ho-hum. Piano and acoustic guitar, especially, and vocals to a lesser degree...
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    Recabling DT531's?

    I love my DT531's. But I've seen nicer cables on stock cans. Is it possible/feasible to recable DT531's? Does anyone have any experience with this?
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    My free, "dumpster" turntable

    About 10 years ago, I bought a basic $99 Sony turntable so I could shop for $0.25 vinyl at garage sales and other such places. I almost never listened to it, and recently, I've been considering getting rid of it. I really didn't understand the vinyl fans on this and other audio forums. I...
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    DVD Audio on PC?

    Will a basic DVD-ROM drive on a PC play DVD audio? Thanks!
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    Ohms and amp choice?

    Instead of asking "Which amp should I get for x cans?", I am wondering how/if to take can resistance, expressed in ohms, into account when looking at amps. If I have a 250ohm set of cans, should I be looking for a "powerful" amp? If I was looking to drive a set of 32 ohm cans, would I be...
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    I found 595's for sale!

    Yesterday I was waiting around the airport in Bangkok waiting for my flight back to CA. I noticed an elecronics shop with the standard Sennheiser tester "tree". Killed a very enjoyable and educational hour there. HD280 (ok), PX200 (wow!), HD500 (zzzzz...), HD515 ("these must be broken...")...
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    Etiquette: Posting ebay links in FS/FT?

    What is the etiquette here regarding posting links to your own or other folk's ebay auctions in the FS/FT forums? I've noticed sellers in the FS/FT forums frequently asking for offers via PM, essentially running an (anonymous-bidder) auction. It seems ebay is a way to organize "offers", and...
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    K240S vs A500?

    I'm sorry to post yet another of these threads but they seem to be tolerated, at least. I've been lurking for a long time, trying like most newbies to find the "perfect first good cans" by reading this forum (and HeadRoom, etc) . I live far from any shops where I can audition anything better...
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    Cmoy: "Enough" Amp?

    So I recently got a eyevancsu-built cmoy to go with my $9 thrift store V6's. (hey, with this rig, can I join Team Budget Hi-Fi? ) I like the amp a lot (thanks Ivan!), but I was wondering how it would do paired with the next headphones I've been eyeing. Is it "enough" amp for something, like...