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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Meze 12 Classics'

    INTRODUCTION   I want to thank Meze for giving me a spot on the 12 Classics tour. It's been fun giving these a listen!   This is the second time I've had the opportunity to review Meze products, and I want to make sure I say a few things about them before moving on with the review. The first...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Meze 12 Classics'

    Adash: "@wolfjeanne I haven't heard the 11 deco but I've heard the 12 Classics and from your description I assume they sound similar. The treble in 12 is very recessed and the detail retrieval is poor even considering the price. I wasn't expecting anything close to the wonderful 99 Classics but...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Revamp Acoustics TeriPlayer G1 Hi-Res DAP'

    Lol, @twister6. I'm hoping @tjstyle will put this little guy back into production with an updated battery for increased playback time. Adding in at least MP3 and FLAC decoding would be nice, as well. Gapless won't happen for the original G1, but I've expressed my keen interest in gapless support...
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Revamp Acoustics TeriPlayer G1 Hi-Res DAP'

    Hi all! I'm back from a reviewing hiatus as I settled into a new job with more responsibility at a newer company. It feels good to be at the point where I can tell you about some of the cool, new audio gear I've found lately. The absolute most interesting audio gear I've had the pleasure of...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Advanced AcousticWerkes Q'

    Can you try Q with a mid-tier DAP, such as Cayin N5 or Shanling M3 or M5? I ask because I just got AAW Nebula One and Two in for testing, and out of my phone they both had hot / harsh highs. Switching over to my Cayin N5 immediately tamed the highs, changing the listening experience for the better.
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'JDS Labs The Element'

    Photo courtesy of JDS Labs.   INTRODUCTION I've been looking around for a pair of full-size cans, and one of my Head-Fi buddies was raving about his new pair of ZMF OMNI. In fact, he's so in love with them that he wanted to share the love and ended up loaning them to me for a couple weeks...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'FiiO AM2 - Medium Power Amplifier Module for X7'

    Seems like this might've been a better choice for the default amp module. What do you think, Paul?
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Meze Audio 99 Classics'

    November 2016 Update ​I wanted to come back to these and let you all know that I bought my very own pair of Walnut and Silver 99 Classics at RMAF. I also had Maze send me the new, deeper pads. I'm so impressed with how Maze has responded to the community here on headfi. I'd suggested a less...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'HIFIMAN Edition X Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones'

    Thanks @Sil3nce. I'm listening to ZMF OMNI right now and am quite enjoying them. I might talk to Zach...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Meze Audio 99 Classics'

    Damn, Bruce. I love your reviews. Short, to the point, and injected with great, great humor. Head-Fi needs to keep feeding you gear!
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'LZ A2'

    INTRODUCTION I first heard of LZ-A2 from @RedJohn456 and @Hisoundfi. They were both talking about this Chinese DIY triple hybrid that had amazing bang for your buck. At that time, I was deep into the FLC8S (still am, by the way - LINK), so I didn't think too much about LZ-A2 and went about my...
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'HIFIMAN Edition X Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones'

    INTRODUCTION I'm a HiFiMan HE400 owner. They were my introduction to both planar and higher-end headphones. Yes, I know HE400 isn't really a high-end headphone, but at the time I bought them it was the most headphone or IEM I'd purchased to date. I've given the old HE400 a lot of love over the...
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Jays q-JAYS v2.0'

    Image courtesy of JAYS     INTRODUCTION Hi guys. I recently got a chance to listen to the new q-JAYS courtesy of @shotgunshane and thought I'd let you know what I thought of them. Prior to this, I'd heard of JAYS but had no experience with their IEM, so I started looking into them a bit and...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Soundaware M1 Esther'

    You're welcome @drbluenewmexico. I'm glad it was helpful and look forward to your thoughts on the M2s!
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Soundaware M1 Esther'

    Thanks @sonickarma. I know you're a fellow Esther user. Does my experience mirror yours?
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Soundaware M1 Esther'

    *** SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE: SOUNDAWARE M1PRO *** Thanks to Mary at Soundaware, I recently had the opportunity to audition the Soundaware Esther M1Pro. I thought it would make sense to update my original review of the Esther Analog since there are so many similarities. The user interface is...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'SHANLING M2 HiFi Portable Lossless Musicl Player DSD Player'

    Thanks for the review!   Just a couple points for clarification.  1. The wheel components and front case are indeed aluminum. 2. Shanling is conservative in stating what capacity cards the M2 will take. I used 128Gb cards in the M2 with no problems.   I'm not sure if Shanling will be able to...
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    Review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Venture Electronics (VE) Zen V2'

      *** I originally posted this review under the VE Zen listing, but since a VE Zen 2.0 listing was created after my initial review I'm reposting here. ***   INTRODUCTION Upstart Venture Electronics has been making quite the name for themselves around Head-Fi in 2015. It seems like everybody...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Chord Electronics Mojo'

    @howdy: Your X5 Classic would make a great 400Gb transport for Mojo! Just sayin'...   One of my uncles is an avid bow hunter. Mostly Elk. Seems to have a lot of fun. Are you a hunter or just shoot shoot for fun? Training to be Arrow or Hawkeye?
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Venture Electronics (VE) Zen'

    @Lorspeaker: No Hisoundaudio LiVe for me yet. Should I? I've heard the VE lineup. Other than those, I own 9Wave, Blox, Senn, and Yuin buds.
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Aune B1 (2016 Version)'

    You don't live far. Come try it! Or you could always sign up for the TOUR Aune is sponsoring for B1 2016 Version + M2.
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Aune B1 (2016 Version)'

    Say what @swannie007? Any reason why Aune switched to those plastic jobbers? If you don't know, I'll ask my contact at Aune. I need answers, lol!
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'FiiO X7'

    Thanks for clarifying that @Vividcard. I swear I was clicking all over the place trying to drill down but missed that somehow. Since there was already a (barely visible) play icon, the most intuitive place seemed to be the Album Art. I really wish FiiO had gotten an English translation of the...
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Sennheiser MOMENTUM In-Ear'

    Thanks for reminding me of that. I specified the filter in my notes but forgot to include it. It was the stock, gunmetal filter, and the review has been updated to reflect that.
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    Reply to review by 'nmatheis' on item 'Dunu TITAN 5'

    Thanks! Now the fun part - TOUR!!!
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