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  1. zachary80

    The Stax Thread III

    Thank you for posting this mod. I love that the Stax actually has some bass now (I did it to my L300 Limited). Have you experimented with different gaps in the seal? I am hearing some slight boominess/bloatedness in the upper bass or to midbass on some tracks. It just doesn't sound as clean as...
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    Albuquerque, NM meet - June 29 2019 Impressions

    Thanks again to everyone who made the meet happen, I had a great time and it was a cool environment with a lot of teaching and guiding thorughout. Highlights for me were finally hearing some of the ZMF headphones for the first time, the LCD-X, and of course the Stax 007A mk2, which to me was...
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    Schiit Fulla 2 Impressions Thread

    Have you double-checked your wiring paths? Cables should cross perpendicularly if possible. I've heard what you describe (with other hardware), and I don't think changing your PSU would fix it.   My suggestion would be to try a different mouse, a choked (ferrite bead) USB cable for your...
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    Amp/DAC options up to ~$500

    Interestingly, with actual testing, I've found that the volume output of my Audeze headphones is actually closer to my hd650. I assume that is due to the unreported sensitivity rating.   At the same time, I am leaning more towards the Modi Multibit to just compliment my M3 rather than jumping...
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    Amp/DAC options up to ~$500

    Ok. Thread consensus seems to be the Chord Mojo. It's not the form factor I was looking for but I'm coming to believe it may fit my needs the best. I may end up seeing how it works out in my mixed up use cases, then add a Fulla 2 / Modi Multibit to my M3 just so I'm not taking the Mojo with me...
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    Amp/DAC options up to ~$500

    Thanks, I'm comparing that to the compiled list in my last post. The only question is with the Audeze headphones, but I'm not sure where they get their upper range to be at 4w (EL-8) and 1w (Sine). Since they don't seem to overpower my M3, they should be fine in practice with the Mojo or similar...
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    Amp/DAC options up to ~$500

    Part of the reason this is becoming complicated for me is that I have 4 different setups that I'm trying to figure out how to allocate everything between. In my original search, my X-DAC was still alive. Its death shuffled everything around.   Setup 1: Home theater. Gaming/Movie use...
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    Schiit Fulla 2 Impressions Thread

    Maybe I don't understand your issue, but I don't believe you need OTG implementation if your phone has USB-C. I use a simple Cable Matters USB 2.0 Type C (USB-C) to Mini B (Mini USB) to connect my Fiio E17 to my Pixel.
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    DAC Dying/Dead?

    My latest setup has my Musical Fidelity X-Dac connected to my PC over S/PDIF, and has been working fine. Yesterday when I powered up my headphone amp (the DAC is always on from the included wall-wart power supply), I heard a moderately loud buzz/hum with distorted audio, similar to whenever a...
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    Recommend me some closed cans, up to £600

    Any luck? I'm looking for something similar. I really like the sound of my open EL-8, but the reviews on the closed are very negative
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    Looking for a more comfortable SR-60e replacement

    Was really hoping I could justify the Vixen as that seems like an awesome idea. Then got to the price...$450...started to feel like I shouldn't. Oh and that doesn't include the drivers, so we're actually looking at headphones that start at $685. Too bad. I'd need a lot of time with them to...
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    Looking for a more comfortable SR-60e replacement

    Many years ago, at a head-fi meet far far away...   I left with the impression that- Grado sr60 were sufficiently different and awesome from most of the show Sony Qualia / mdr-sa5000 were super comfortable, and almost sounded different enough from what I had to justify the price My...
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    FiiO E17 "ALPEN" - First Impression + Final Thought

    Quote: Did you get this worked out? I haven't ever had problems running it from my PS3 slim via optical. Are you sending video over hdmi? If you need me to I can hook it up again and look through all my settings.
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    FiiO E17 "ALPEN" - First Impression + Final Thought

    Received a new E17 Monday and so far, I am pretty impressed with it. Sound quality is good (can't say any more without listening longer), and I love the flexibility -- I'm using it mostly to replace my Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro which was adequate enough for usb->optical, and also for...
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    Seeking Budget HT Advice

    Quote:   I've had them in 4 different setups - different rooms, 7.1 in the bigger two, 5.1 in the smaller. I do measure and try to set it up based on my constraints, using information like given...
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    Seeking Budget HT Advice

    I started with an Onkyo HT-R550 htiab setup, moved to an HT-R360 plus those original speakers. I'm looking to upgrade my home theater, which is not normally used for music, probably 65/35 games/movies. Newegg has a sale on the Polk Monitor60 towers (with matching center), which seem well...
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    Soundcard with quality 5.1 optical out

    My motherboard is pretty basic, only analog audio out.   Here is another question: How well do the ATI Radeon cards pass audio over HDMI? If my receiver is decoding the signal anyway then a soundcard might be redundant
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    Official Team BEER-FI (Beer Appreciation Thread!)

    Quote: I'll try to update when I try a Lolita. Might open one tonight. I never bought a Rare but did share one with a friend; great beer, but to me it was only a little bit better than regular BCS, which is more of a compliment to regular than a knock on Rare. I've spent a lot per...
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    hulu plus; worth the monthly fee?

    I've had probably 4 months of Hulu+ total, but do not have it now.   Hulu+ has never been worth the monthly fee for me. The shows I like have gradually been decreasingly available on hulu, and often they are on the non-plus if they are at all. Several shows I wanted to watch on console often...
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    Official Team BEER-FI (Beer Appreciation Thread!)

    Quote:   I completely agree with you daigo. For a standard stout or porter, Founders Porter is by far my favorite. Once they get a little stronger or start adding unusual ingredients things get more interesting the lines begin to blur
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    Official Team BEER-FI (Beer Appreciation Thread!)

    Quote: I loved Brunch Weasel, a great coffee stout. Unfortunately the bottom of the bottle splashed black nuggets into my second glass....which was made worse by the whole weasel/kopi-luwak thing.   Tonight I had another one of my New Glarus Black Top oatmeal stouts. It's actually...
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    Soundcard with quality 5.1 optical out

    Quote: You've confused me with respect to DTS/DD support on this card; from a practical standpoint, does it matter which it supports? I'm pretty ignorant on the matter. AFAIK, different sources change as I'm consuming media, my receiver takes them, and I get sound, but don't notice an...
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    Soundcard with quality 5.1 optical out

    I've been out of the loop for a while and am looking for help upgrading at least my desktop HTPC sound card. Right now I'm thinking a soundcard with solid optical out would be most beneficial to my setup. I'd like it to be able to send at least 5.1 to my receiver for movies/games, and have the...
  24. zachary80

    The death of the DAP?

    That explains why I didn't see any hardware refreshes. Right now I'm decently happy with my iTouch 32gb. Still want something over 120gb though to hold a decent amount of my collection
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    Elpac WM080-1950 Replacement

    I've searched the forums quite a bit but can't find a consensus on this one. What is a good replacement power supply?
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