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  1. Noobmachine

    Best dynamic driver IEMs?

    They're similar enough that it isn't much of a comparison, if I recall the Xelentos are brighter, but they're both essentially the same.
  2. Noobmachine

    Best dynamic driver IEMs?

    I've only ever heard the Oriolus once before and wasn't quite impressed with the whole package, the bass sure was good, but as a whole package the big chunky shell plus the less than coherent sound, especially when compared to the Xelentos. If you do enjoy the sound of BA mids and highs then I'd...
  3. Noobmachine

    Best dynamic driver IEMs?

    Basically I've been using nothing but DD iems, I'd have to say the Lyra II, DITA Dream, and what I use personally which would be the Beyerdynamic Xelentos. Quite honestly there isn't much selection when it comes to DD iems, and the DITA is so painfully difficult to drive, and the Lyra and Vega...
  4. Noobmachine

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I usually use the AK to Mojo, rather than my phone as I have a larger music collection on the AK, and I think that the sound is a bit better, since you get very minor EMI while using the phone and Mojo, but not with the AK.
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    Ortofon e-Q8 Impressions Thread (new 2014 successor of the e-Q7 / e-Q5)

    Of course it is rather subjective,(this entire hobby is shrouded in subjectivity) and I won't say that it is THE player for the EQ-8, but as someone who happened to pick up the S6, I was pleasantly surprised by the pairing, considering my own experience in driving the EQ-8. (YMMV) Of all the...
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    Ortofon e-Q8 Impressions Thread (new 2014 successor of the e-Q7 / e-Q5)

    Small note to people who may use the EQ-8 with their smartphones; The EQ-8 pairs very well with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 line of phones. I am currently using them on my S6 edge and they sound even better than when driven out of my AK100ii
  7. Noobmachine

    Analog Squared Paper Discussion Thread.

    Please do let me know how they sound with the DITAs, I'm personally very anxious to hear how the combo sounds, as I'll be using that primarily.
  8. Noobmachine

    Analog Squared Paper Discussion Thread.

    Basically the same deal, except I'm running it in low impedance, current mode (which basically kills battery life) and double battery capacity. I'm currently trying to see if I can get a recharging circuit built in as well.    I'm still not all that familiar with the SIT stuff, I'd love to...
  9. Noobmachine

    Analog Squared Paper Discussion Thread.

      Same here, my unit is #012, and should be done by mid April (I hope...) 
  10. Noobmachine

    DITA - The Answer (Truth Edition).

    Well, they fit so perfectly that I can sleep with them on, and they never hurt my ears, regardless of the tips.
  11. Noobmachine

    Pen-Fi (FPs, RBs, BPs, etc...) [56k Warning]

    Is it scratchy in any way? I own a Spencerian nib from Mr Mottishaw and without flexing the tip out it tends to be a little grainy/scratchy.
  12. Noobmachine

    DITA - The Answer (Truth Edition).

    This is the bottom line right here, if your source isn't up to par, the Truth will sound far flatter and less engaging, with the Answer doing far better, and on superior sources (I'm currently using an AK100II) you can really tell the difference. I have actually tried to do double blind testing...
  13. Noobmachine

    DITA - The Answer (Truth Edition).

    I use the standard medium bore tips, but I've got Ortofons on the way. Fit and sound are fine, but the comfort after 3> hours is less than perfect.
  14. Noobmachine

    Do I need a DAC?

    If youre just starting to get into amps and DACs, i recommend looking at the Schiit gear, namely the ever popular Modi and Magni combo. It is just a hair under $200, for a very capable DAC and amp combo, and if you do want to upgrade you can do so incrementally and one component at a time.
  15. Noobmachine

    Brand Spanking New A&K AK120II and AK100II

    Only the older AK models don't work with USB 3.0, the new revisions are perfectly compatible.
  16. Noobmachine

    AK120 or AK100ii

    The old AK120 is more "analog" sounding, less detail, more smooth/richness to the sound, and it runs on a more primitive UI. The AK100ii has a more clean and neutral sound signature with greater dynamics and detail retrieval, and boasts a more advanced UI. I had the same decision to make a while...
  17. Noobmachine

    Brand Spanking New A&K AK120II and AK100II

    Ditto here, looking for a good case for my AK100ii, and all I can find is the polyurethane ones or the croc leather buttero ones.
  18. Noobmachine

    Ortofon e-Q8 Impressions Thread (new 2014 successor of the e-Q7 / e-Q5)

    That would the second version, the one rectangular silver one with the same UI as the 240. I wouldn't know how it compares to the original, but it drives most of my gear very well, with no noise at all. 
  19. Noobmachine

    Analog Squared Paper Discussion Thread.

    Since it seems that no-one around here has any real impressions about the Tr-07hp, I've decided to jump the gun on one, and have just placed an order with Shikada San! Will be sure to share impressions once I get my hands on them
  20. Noobmachine

    Brand Spanking New A&K AK120II and AK100II

    Just curious, can you still use the dock with the case on? Or is does it get in the way?
  21. Noobmachine

    DITA - The Answer (Truth Edition).

    I've seen a few Truth IEM cables floating about recently.... Wonder what that's all about ;)
  22. Noobmachine

    Ortofon e-Q8 Impressions Thread (new 2014 successor of the e-Q7 / e-Q5)

    Just curious, but what exactly would you recommend to drive the EQ 8s, and how similar are they in presentation to the GR10? I've recently come into ownership of a pair of GR10's and I'm finding myself enjoying them on some very surprising songs and genres, and would love to push them to their...
  23. Noobmachine

    DITA - The Answer (Truth Edition).

    Will probably bite the bullet on the Truth IC if I were to buy a portable amp anytime soon, I couldn't imagine using any other cable with any other IEM! In other news, I'm currently doing a nice little write up about both the Truth and Answer versions, since I'm currently still in possession...
  24. Noobmachine

    Brand Spanking New A&K AK120II and AK100II

    Good to hear your player has arrived and hope to hear your impressions soon! I've been transferring whole 20GB chunks of music at a time via USB/2.0 and never really noticed the player being slower than any standard Android device (phone tablet), and all that storage space means no more micro...
  25. Noobmachine

    Recommendation for the best value CIEM?

    If you're looking for "value" the Fitear IEMs are NOT them, they're EXTREMELY expensive, even if they do sound good, there are plenty of options that sound just as good for far less. A good pick for performance and value would be Noble Audio, namely the 4C and K10. Another worth looking at would...
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