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  1. BenF

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    There is a 4$ coupon for Pro 82 v2/GM200/BTR3K in the first post of this thread.
  2. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    If you are really impressed with IE600, it may be best to go with IE600, then make a different decision based on other people's preferences.
  3. BenF

    The Stax Thread III

    You can also audition Staxes and other electrostats with BHSE at HeadAmp - after all, Justin builds them. You can call Justin and arrange a visit. He is a really nice guy, pleasure doing business with him. https://www.headamp.com/
  4. BenF

    Fostex TH900 Impressions & Discussion Thread

    Hopefully out of concern for our retirement savings :jecklinsmile: I guess no one is safe yet...
  5. BenF

    Fostex TH900 Impressions & Discussion Thread

    Sad news - the video that lead me (and many others) to purchasing TH900, is now "private": https://fostexinternational.com/docs/products/TH900.shtml I guess it was too sexy... Hopefully, this move will make some wallets safer.
  6. BenF

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Of course they are not using TH900's drivers - they are not even the same size. Takstar was trying to model a new headphone after TH900, but they have wisely identified the problems with TH900 and tried to improve SQ. First, Takstar puts out Pro 82 v1 - a more audiophile version of TH900 MK2...
  7. BenF

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    If you are talking about coupons specific to the TakstarAudio store, it's a very simple 1-step process: 1) You ask them As for the generic Aliexpress coupons - I find them posted elsewhere on the Internet, sometimes on Aliexpress itself. GM200 is definitely an improved version of the hugely...
  8. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    Canon sounds wonderful on BTR3K both wired and wireless, balanced and single-ended. Moonlight has the same impedance, so should work fine as well. BTR3K for 66$ (4$ coupon is in the first post of the Takstar Pro 82 thread) - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000849710696.html I really like this...
  9. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002621141830.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005003280584958.html In my experience, using them usually does reduce SQ somewhat. You'd be better off using an SE cable.
  10. BenF

    AKG's New Flagship IEM - N5005

    I don't remember the market being flooded with 1000$ IEMs in 2018 - at least not from mass market brands such as AKG. Even today, $500+ are mostly from niche players, and are not sold in electronics stores, only in dedicated audio stores.
  11. BenF

    AKG's New Flagship IEM - N5005

    There is a reason why these are discounted 75% - they never took off... So don't feel too bad about this. Check out Yanyin Canon - currently can be had for 320$, sometime during sales goes below 300$.
  12. BenF

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Can you please post a youtube tutorial on replacing Pro 82 pads?
  13. BenF

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    These don't look like the stock earpads - I don't think Takstar sells them. Plus, they are really hard to install. If not too late, you can start cleaning them properly: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/takstar-pro-82-gm200-review-impressions-and-discussion-thread.849965/page-262#post-16243542
  14. BenF

    AKG's New Flagship IEM - N5005

    Also here: https://www.akg.com/Headphones/Earbuds/AKGN5005BLK.html?ged=off
  15. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    There is a phone number on the box.
  16. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    You are complaining about service you are getting from a proper online store, and suggest instead to buy it from your friend, who doesn't have a store or even a price list, and requires people to contact him directly? How is he going to provide worldwide service from Russia? I can't think of a...
  17. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    BA-only (Bellsing drivers) IEMs for $200+ ? No, thank you. I have ~300 headphones/IEMs/earbuds, and even expensive ones sometimes have faults. Nothing is 100%. Your problem is with the store that ignores you, not with Yanyin. P.S. It's looks incredibly bad that you are complaining about...
  18. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    Canon's SQ at 100$? I think you are confusing cost of materials with cost of the product. Running business is a lot more complicated than assembling IEMs. Maybe the seller sent you a Canon that was already returned once? Seems like refund is the best way to go.
  19. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    Those are the risks of buying from China. Nobody is going to send you a replacement 300$ IEM without getting the original back.
  20. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    You should probably return it for a refund
  21. BenF

    Yanyin Discussion thread

    Couldn't agree more. "000" is the most natural sounding one, it's like an improved version of UM Mest JP. Sometimes I do enjoy the extra bass on "100", but "000" just makes everything sound good. How would you compare Canon on "000" with Moonlight? You wrote your review before switching to...
  22. BenF

    Hiby R3 Pro Portable Bluetooth DAP

    Headphones - Takstar Pro 82 v2 (see the dedicated thread for a genuine v2), Takstar GM200 (same thread), Stax 009 IEMs - Yanyin Canon, AKG 3003
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