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  1. Chord Hugo boxed DAC

    Chord Hugo 1 portable DAC & amplifier, boxed with original power supply. Absolutely superb condition, works perfectly as new! I had Chord install a brand new battery in November 2021, so battery life is great now too, 9+ hours easily. I have the receipt from Chord as proof of the service is...
  2. mainguy

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    That seems odd. Generally the fewer engineering constraints the better the sound. For instance open back headphones remove one big engineering constraint and thus sound improves measurably. However headphones still have some big constraints. Geometry and driver size. Speakers eliminate these...
  3. mainguy

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    It's not a price change, $400 in 2016 is equivalent to $4800 in 2022 give or take. Why do head fiers forget inflation exists so often?
  4. mainguy

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Utopia is better technically. The timbre difference is pretty much objective, Stellia sounds more natural. Resolve & Convince me Audio have confirmed this fact
  5. mainguy

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 noise-cancelling over ear headphones

    if its like the pi5-pi7 it could be dramatic. For B&W to launch another tier i think it will be a big difference personally. The P9 was considerably better than the P7.
  6. mainguy

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    It's a tough one. Utopia was such a home run for Focal critically that they may be hesitant to stray, they'll want to keep that flagship top level, and Utopia is still at the summit alongside Susvara etc. That said they did experiment with the Clear, MG is quite different. So they could switch...
  7. mainguy

    The Closed-Back Headphone Thread (Plus Comparisons & Reviews)

    P7 wireless are a tonne of fun for rock can confirm. P9 too, just dial bass down a few dB
  8. mainguy

    Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless - The Official Thread

    Ewww the new design with that fabric headband looks bad, to be frank. The M2 was the best, nice materials and look.
  9. mainguy

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Let's be real, all of us lot spending this much on headphones could do with more than ten minutes of existential musing
  10. mainguy

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    those cables are godlike. My house is now full of them and virtually every device I have is universal. Total game changer if you have lightnjng/UsB c/USB a
  11. mainguy

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    Yeah, the competitors just haven't pulled away. And where they have they have still made compromises in sound. Pi7 for instance, vs Airpods Pro, the Pi7 have the deeper bass and wider stage, but also less energy in the midrange and treble. I think with the present market, if you're on iOS, all...
  12. mainguy

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I'm very happy with my Hugo and the Stellia. For reference i don't think the super pricey stack eeks that much more performance out of Stellia, for me anyway.
  13. mainguy

    Masters & Dynamics MW75 New Headphones

    Interesting, indeed maybe they learn their lesson, outsourced the headphone as you claim and just worked on the design and marketing (which they can do). Is there good evidence they have the same driver as the ML 5909?
  14. mainguy

    Masters & Dynamics MW75 New Headphones

    I owned the MW65 for a bit and they were truly a poor headphone, I even swapped for another unit I was so appalled. Just legitimately awful compared to Airpods Max. I have also owned their MH40, which was better but still nowhere near competitors. After looking into the company it seems like a...
  15. mainguy

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    It was a crazy stack, Holo audio May, Orr, I think overall like a 15k stack?
  16. mainguy

    AirPods Max

    The language makes it sound like the APM or lower tier headphones are garbage. 'Blow away' suggests the other thing is destroyed, wrecked, useless. However I really do thoroughly enjoy my APM despite listening to Focal Stellia's daily. I'm totally happy with them. The Stellia are better...
  17. mainguy

    AirPods Max

    Depends what you mean about 'blow away'. Language can be misleading. I have a pair of Focal Stellia's, also closed back. Are they clearer and more detailed than APM? Sure. It doesn't make the experience some kind of otherwordly one, it's the same music, with the same lyrics, and the same...
  18. mainguy

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 noise-cancelling over ear headphones

    It could be fantastic. I have the P9 from B&W in my stable, and they are brilliant. Focal Celestee levels of good, I sometimes choose P9 over Stellia for my listening which says it all. If B&W can replicate the P9 in wireless form they will blow people away. It'll be a gigantic chasm from the...
  19. mainguy

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    can you guys compare them to any other tws you have?
  20. mainguy

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    thanks mate, only thing is I want normal ones so I can use them in standard scenarios too :) defo pondered the linkbuds though
  21. mainguy

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    Would someone be able to recommend some buds other than airpods pro with a great transparency mode for running/cycling while listening? Thanks!
  22. mainguy

    iFi audio GO blu - Super small. Super light. Super Sound.

    The comparison of Go Blu to Gryphon really interested me here. I'm using Go Blu with Stellia and it is mindblowingly good for its size, but the reviewer mentions Gryphon is a really nice upgrade over Blu, especially in staging. Might have to be the next purchase
  23. mainguy

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 noise-cancelling over ear headphones

    The PX7 do yeah. Does anyone else here have the P5 wireless? I genuinely think the P5 wireless sound better than these (and bout every other bluetooth headphone). Some thing about the P5/P7/P9 gen of bowers headphones is just amazing
  24. mainguy

    LETSHUOER S12 - Next big planar? (Impressions & Discussion)

    Sure, I'm happy with my S12. I've said that. Just because we like the iems doesn't mean we can't point out the obvious faults of the product...Could be useful for Shuoer besides as it might be an easy fix that doesn't raise the cost per unit.
  25. mainguy

    LETSHUOER S12 - Next big planar? (Impressions & Discussion)

    There's two people accross the last two pages here. I also saw someone on reddit. Are we really going to debate whether chinese iems fall apart? Countless cases of blessing 2 doing so, no suprise S12 is. Doesnt mean its a bad iem.
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