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  1. Marat Sar

    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    All right. After a year of wrangling around battery export regulations -- battery rolling is hard due to laws prohibiting sending batteries across borders -- I've been able to secure four of these bad boys...
  2. Marat Sar

    The Official 64 Audio Thread | apex & tia Technologies

    Has anyone heard u18t with Orpheus? (And also, while we're at it, with sedna earfit tips -- and through a sp2000 driven c9?) It's insane how good the u18t is with Orpheus. It might be a little better even than trailli with Orpheus. I haven't gotten back to my trailli after I discovered this...
  3. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Mason Red Halo (Red Halo FE) with Newest Generation Bone Conduction System

    So today was my first day with Red Halo fs (the one w First Times cable) and my first impression is: holy wow. It isn't equally impressive with every recording, but when it works, the bone conduction 3d effect is absolutely spellbinding. And utterly unique. I thought this would be a Mason with...
  4. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    That looks great. Anyone know if this malaysian shop is the only way to get it, and if its legit? https://shopee.com.my/Oulin-%E2%80%A2-Japan-VanNuys-VE291-Cayin-C9-Dap-Storage-Bag-Palace-Level-Brand--i.296263346.8889889754 Didn't get anything else on google... Van Nuys seems to have a weird...
  5. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    I, uhm... "totally lost my mind" is, I think, an apt term... I totally lost my mind and ordered the Red Halo FS, the one with the cactus wood and the red First Times cable. You know, the unreasonably expensive one. Love my Mason FS and really intrigued what that would sound like with a more bone...
  6. Marat Sar

    Interesting machine from Luxury n Precision

    Hey, did everyone else's P6 pro come with the green case? Or did you have to buy it separately? I think mine came without it... Just the wood box and no leather case in it.
  7. Marat Sar

    The Incredible Cayin N8ii DAP with ROHM DAC and fully BAL Nutube

    Okay, tell me how can n8ii have larger soundstage than c9? (As I hear reported here). Doesn't it depend on c9 dac? When I add, say P6 pro as dac to c9 this combo is nothing too impressive soundstage wise. But add sp2000 and it's almost the size of the entire horizon of the planet on some tracks...
  8. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Mason Red Halo (Red Halo FE) with Newest Generation Bone Conduction System

    But... Both designs care called "fabled sound". :D Do I understand correctly that the red-filled cactus one that's like Mason FS is the "regular" Red Halo and the new jewel-like one with the whole cable red is the FS (fabled sound version) of the Red Halo? Incredibly complicated,
  9. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Mason Red Halo (Red Halo FE) with Newest Generation Bone Conduction System

    Anyone know what happened to this design? Final look is much different... original prototype?
  10. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Newest Flagship-- Mason Fabled Sound Special Edition/Mason Fusang CIEM&UIEM

    I really really don't mean this in an argumentative way, just explaining why people do this insanity :D I don't want a DNA Stellaris or the Verite C, because I'm always moving -- because the rental market is f-d and my landlady throws me out, or my boss fires me, and I have no long term sense of...
  11. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Newest Flagship-- Mason Fabled Sound Special Edition/Mason Fusang CIEM&UIEM

    Doing some Mason FS listening today. My sp2000 died on me (hopefully within warranty) so I'm driving my c9 with my L&P P6 pro. I don't like that DAC for the Trailli as much as I like the sp2000's immense soundstage and laid back presentation which really make the bird fly for me. When IEM's are...
  12. Marat Sar

    Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000

    My SP2000 bricked on me today. Same problem as this user: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sp2000+not+working I've contacted both seller and ak's european info. Purchase is under two years (may 2020) so should fall into warranty. Still pretty uncoool for a unit like this to just...
  13. Marat Sar

    Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)

    Duuude what's that cable on the birds?
  14. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Newest Flagship-- Mason Fabled Sound Special Edition/Mason Fusang CIEM&UIEM

    Very good fit for me with my medium sized, standard, MOR, regular human ears. My ears are really very standard size :D But the fit is incredibly good actually. They're a little on the heavier side of IEMs but that creates this nice hefty feel. Hard to explain. They feel as good as they look. But...
  15. Marat Sar

    Unique Melody Newest Flagship-- Mason Fabled Sound Special Edition/Mason Fusang CIEM&UIEM

    Extremely interesting information from @UniqueMelody, thank you. I'm totally feeling that "artwork with commercial value and not the other way around" approach in my Mason. And -- as is sometimes the case with art -- the artist's intentions can be quite informative. For example, it was useful to...
  16. Marat Sar

    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    I have five: the bird, the mason, the tzar, the noir and Layla :)
  17. Marat Sar

    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    Ooh, interesting stuff, thank you all very much. Suddenly I'm even giddier for that P6 Pro to arrive. Consensus great (or even top) source for the C9 and an amazing direct DAP for my Mason FS. Good times! Tiny note -- there's also an iBasso amp module, amp3, their 2.5 one. Probably long out of...
  18. Marat Sar

    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    So, is the N6ii Ti + A02 now the official "best cleanest line out feeder" of c9? Or is it LPGT Ti? I take it these are the two "true LO" heroes in the room? Getting a P6 Pro and I already have SP2000... :D LOL. Just can't seem to get a purist LO in my DAP arsenal. Trying to figure out if...
  19. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    Mhm, precisely. You need to turn up the volume to "fill the empty spaces", sorta. The elements of the soundstage are so distant from each other that they become too small, a little blurry (psychologically, though perhaps also there are real distortions -- the C9 at lower volumes does not perform...
  20. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    Precisely. That's precisely what I think is happening. Switching to tubes immediately destroys control. But with SS the Mason can zoom in on the surfaces of the sounds. I see incredible little hairline fractures of guitar picks, the smooth, polished jade surfaces of bass notes. It's a like the...
  21. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    Mhm, it is a very specific fit for specific ear size. My small-eared gf did not like the Mason at all, said the bass was boomy and weird and she couldn't get a fit. It just so happens to be PERFECT for my mid-sized ears.
  22. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    Just bought the Orpheus, so there's 1 left now -- hurry up Eurydices of the hifi world! I'm thinkin it might do good things for the bird. Why? I just switched out the Mason FS cable with the bird's. Interesting results. They are very similar in soundstage size and technicals (not a surprise...
  23. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    Mhm, very excited to hear that combo. Shouldn't be long 'til I get the P6 Pro. Agreed that the Mason FS falls apart on SP2000. The Trailli does pretty well on the SP2000, however, if you have the right adapter. Adapter is ery important to SP2000 sound with 4.4 cables. (PW Audio winter edition is...
  24. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    The Trailli definitely offered me a more instant sense of "oh wow, I understand why these cost 6k!" They really do sound at least 33% better than my 4k IEMs. The soundstage and treble quality are unreal. There's true treble smoothness. Trailli shows how sibilant and fragile even the best IEM...
  25. Marat Sar

    Oriolus Traillii Electrostatic Hybrid IEM discussion thread

    In other news: I got the UM Mason FS to complement the bird. The fit and tip issues had something to do with this, but I also just really liked what I heard of that IEM. It's still too early to make judgements, or even early forum yelps. Buuuuut I think they're truly special, mysterious IEMs...
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