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    DUNU DK-4001 --- Discussion & Impressions Thread

    Note: This post will be updated regularly with the latest information and commentary. Changelogs summarizing the edits will be posted periodically. Please keep in mind that the information presented in this post is a mixture of information provided to me from DUNU, as well as bits and pieces of...
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    Custom Art's First Foray into Acrylic CIEMs: Ei.3

    **Note: NOT an April Fool's Announcement**   I'm a big fan of Custom Art. I have both the Music One and the Music Two silicone CIEMs. To me, they represent some of the most well-rounded silicone CIEM products on the market. The company itself, begun by fellow head-fier @piotrus-g in Warsaw...
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    DUNU DN-2000J -- More Than Evolution?

    DUNU DN-2000J, shot on Canon EOS 6D with EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Single gridded reflector shooting into medium-sized white foam core overhead, with white reflector fill cards.   Introduction   Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity of having renewed contact with...
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    Celsus Sound Companion One, 32/384 USB, iOS/Android, 24/192 Wi-Fi DAC/Amplifier

    Celsus Sound Companion One   This is an exciting product --- I've been testing out this portable DAC all-in-one for the past few weeks, and it's pretty darn cool, with all the bells and whistles a portable DAC can possibly have. The digital heart is an ES9018K2M found in many portable devices...
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    Dunu TITAN Series (new for 2019: Titan 6) [Page 196]

    Table of Contents   Foreword Characteristics of "half in-ear" earphones What DUNU might bring to the table... Visit to DUNU Headquarters, 01/21/2015 Upcoming TITAN Series Models Impressions/Review List External Links     Foreword   I'm a longtime fan of "half in-ear" designs for...
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    In-Depth Comparison: Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitor & Noble Audio 4C (Wizard Design)

    Full Disclosure: Notice on Photography and Media:   "Part of the human condition is that we sense care." --- Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple Inc.     Introduction   Care. Attention to detail. Hallmarks of excellence. For those of us looking for a custom in-ear monitor, it is these...
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    Notes: FiiO E10K & E11K (based on pre-production/beta engineering samples)

    In recent months, as part of FiiO's internal testing programme, I've been privileged to test out revisions to FiiO's well-received E10 and E11 products, the E10K and E11K, respectively.   The E10K and E11K, despite being named 'K' revisions of the original models and thus might connote minor...
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    Marvalve Tube Headphone Amplifier

    UPDATE, 2014-10-30   Looks like they've come live with a nicely polished website: http://www.marvalveaudio.com/index.php   Some design features it claims:   Innovative circuit design No-feedback circuit design for pure sound and better transient response.   Sounds pretty good to...
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    Livezoner41: Italian CIEMs - Impressions/Appreciation Thread

    Today, I managed the privilege of listening to some demos of CIEMs from a company on the eastern coast of Italy, largely unknown to the head-fi community, called Livezoner41.   I first heard about this company from the Japanese, who are incredibly adept at finding new and unique CIEM...
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    Astrotec AX60 | Thoughts, Reviews, and Tour Impressions

    INTRODUCTION   TBH, I haven't been the biggest fan of Astrotec --- they always seemed to have great potential, but again always seemed to deliver just short of that promise.   I've also not been a great fan of hybrid dynamic/BA IEMs. However, ever since the AKG K3003 released in 2011, it has...
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    REVIEW | CustomArt Music One --- Klasyczny!

    This post is a review of the CustomArt Music One single-driver, silicone-molded CIEM. Piotr Granicki (aka piotrus-g), proprietor of CustomArt, originally sent me the Pro 100 for review (see the second post of the thread). Recently, because of canal fit issues, I had the Pro100 model remolded...
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    CustomArt's "Copper Two" 8-Braid Cable | Pride of Warsaw

    CustomArt Copper Two   I don’t know much about Poland; the only things I knew were antiquated truisms --- that it was the gateway to the eastern bloc and that it had a relative abundance of kielbasa. Other than that, I was pretty much clueless. However, ever since joining head-fi, I found out...
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    Portable Amplifiers from the Far East: Firestone Audio Fireye HD & Tralucent Audio T1 (Lots of Pictures!)

    Portable Amplifiers from the Far East...     I would like, firstly, to declare that my experience with portable amplifiers has been limited. I’ve heard my fair share of them, but have never made them a priority, primarily because I didn’t like carrying them around, regardless of how...
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    CHART | Balanced Armature-Based In-Ear Monitors & Technical Characteristics

    NOTE: Please PM me before requesting to be a contributor for the chart, or else I won't know who you are just by looking at your e-mail address. WANTED: Assiduous individuals to help add to and perform maintenance on the database! I don't pay as much as Apple (in fact, I can't pay you at all!)...
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    FitEar TO GO! & Universal Series --- Suyama's custom IEM, made universal!

    Suyama FitEar, Japan's foremost custom IEM maker, has come out with a universal fit version of their flagship monitor, the MH334. As denoted by FitEar's naming scheme, it's a three-way, three-receiver, four-driver earpiece, denoted to be 'Mastering Grade' as it was tuned by recording engineer...
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    REVIEW | TDK BA200 | 'BACK TO BLACK'

    REVIEW | TDK TH-ECBA200BBK     For those into photography, all my photos are taken with an ancient (by digital camera standards) c. 2006 Canon PowerShot S3 IS. It only has a 1/2.4” CCD sensor and has an 36-432mm (35mm equivalent) lens, so dynamic range isn’t great and high contrast edges...
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    [Review] Hisound AMP3-M

    A while ago, I received the Hisound AMP3-M, along with a few of their earbuds (Living, PAA-1 Pro, etc.). I finally got around to taking care of this review, only recently.     Design & Function The AMP3-M is a small and simple DAP. Approximately the size of two third generation iPod...
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    TDK BA200 Thread

    This is the Appreciation Thread for the TDK BA200. Although formerly plagued by poor distribution and marketing outside of Asia, the BA200 is steadily becoming recognized as a remarkably mature-sounding, high-fidelity offering from recording media veteran TDK, with a smooth but revealing...
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    Final Audio Design moving down-market? New 'Adagio' IEM line

    It looks like FAD, known for incredibly pricey universal IEMs, is coming out with a budget friendly line, called 'Adagio'.   They look to be based around an 8mm dynamic driver, and the three models confirmed so far are the Adagio II, II, and V, priced at 3980¥ (~$51), 5980¥ (~$77), and...
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    Final Audio FI-BA-SA 'Heaven C' ??

    I was just randomly browsing the FAD website when I noticed that they recently introduced a new 'Heaven C' model... a simple Head-Fi search didn't yield any results; does anyone have any information regarding it, especially compared to the SS, SB, and A1?   My non-existent Japanese language...
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    [Review] Hisound Earbuds (HiPhone Line, PAA-1, Living)

    Hisound Audio is a Chinese audio manufacturer with aspirations of being a leader in the enthusiast/audiophile segment of portable audio. Its products are no stranger to Head-Fi, namely their media players --- the AMP3 and the Studio variants. However, Hisound as a company is still an unknown...
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    Cleaning Yellowing Cables

    My friend has a pair of ADDIEMs and he says that the cables are yellowing, and thus wants to get them cleaned. I told him that maybe acetone would work, but I've never actually tried cleaning cables before. Has anyone tried cleaning yellowing cables before?
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    Comparison -- Russia-China Showdown: DBA-02 vs. GR07

    Two IEMs have arisen on Head-Fi lately as products that offer top-tier sound quality for mid-fi money --- they’ve received very high marks from several veteran reviewers and have gone on to become hot topics of discussion, including the age old question of “Which should I buy?” This comparison...
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    Which Hifiman to get?

    Hifiman has long been a darling of Head-Fi and while I've read much about its various products, I've never had an opportunity to listen to any of them. I'd pretty much decided that the next time I return to the States, I'd order a pair, but I can't seem to set myself down for a pair that would...
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    Question: Looking for USB 24/96 DAC

    My laptop's music library is quickly filling with hi-res music, so I'm looking for a decent, budget (<$250) DAC that can receive a 24/96 signal over USB.   Currently, I mostly use the Fischer Audio DBA-02 and Superlux HD668B, neither of which require much amping, if at all, but are both...
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