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    [unboxing] KEF LS50 Wireless

    Argh!! Updating firmware on the LS50 wireless sucks!!! The speaker doesn't have an option to do a self update, the iOS app can't do it, nor is the firmware available as an image which can be uploaded from any machine using a browser via http(s) like modern / sensible systems. Nope... the...
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    Power amp recommendation

      The  Emotiva XPA-2 is a capable and neutral power amp.  A number of years ago a friend who worked for Martin Logan pointed me at Emotiva saying saying that it was the least expensive amplifier he would be willing to recommend / used when driving his speakers, and than he didn't hear...
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    Schiit Ragnarok Amplifier

    I tried to replace my headphone amp and power amp with the Ragnarok. As a pure headphone amplifier I really liked the Ragnarok, but I thought the GSX-mk2 was slightly more transparent. Driving my speakers the Ragnarok sounded kind of crappy... but I wasn't shocked because the ML Aerius aren't...
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    GOV2 vs Mojo?

    Mojo > GOV2 overall sound quality GOV2 > Mojo price / performance and for my specific needs Mojo > GOV2 functionality   More detailed summary from my post on the mojo thread.
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    Resonessence Labs Concero discussion/review thead

    The apple remote uses IR .. most smartphones don't have IR emitters so just an app isn't enough.  If you have a universal remote (used with TV, etc) then you can likely use it with the proper setup.   --mark
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

      Summary: I am not suggesting that the Mojo needs to be used with a dedicated headphone amplifier. I have no plans to use an external amp because that would change the SQ-portability and SQ-price equation that I think the Mojo delivers very well. My statements about using an external amplifier...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      The DAC in the DACport is decent.. but the amplifier is completely inadequate for the HD800.  Would you prefer portable to desktop? If you are looking for a portable all in one solution I would recommend:   Geek Out V2, $299 good Chord Mojo, $599 better Resonessence Labs Concero HP, $850...
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I only have a couple of hours on both the Geek Out V2 and the Mojo driving a pair of HD800.  My *very* preliminary conclusion Hugo > Mojo > GOV2... but this could change. First, I used the GOV2 single ended. Logic (and reviews) suggest that it's much better running balanced.  I will be able to...
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

      grudgir: owned (and sold) yggr, hugo: ~month long loan (friend out of town) mojo: several hour demo -> soon ownership (arrives monday)
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    The Centrance HiFi M8 thread

      Indeed.  That is why I purchased the HiFi-M8.  It was the least hassle way connect my iPhone and Macbook to a pair of  HD800 which were terminated with XLR for my GS-X and had a host of other connection options, power / tone settings which have let me use it in a wide variety of situations. I...
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

      To my ears Gungnir < Hugo < Yggy   and Mojo < Hugo   haven't done head to head between mojo and gungnir 
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Quote:   Yesterday spent a few hours comparing the Mojo, Hugo, and a HiFi-M8.  The HiFi-M8 was in the mix because it is the unit that I am considering decided to replace. I think there is a larger gap between the Mojo and the DF 1.2. My short summary would be that the HiFi-M8 (and every...
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    The Centrance HiFi M8 thread

      I saw this post and thought, that's odd, someone besides me compared those components?! Oh... that was my post.  I spent several hours doing a three way comparison between the Hugo, Mojo, and HiFI-M8 yesterday with a pair of HD800.  This time it was a sighted test so I am not as confident of...
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    Starting from scratch

    my preference would be hd800... but pretty much all the flagship headphones are good... it's going to come down to your personal taste.  The best thing you could do is addition them and decide which you like the best. They way I typically narrow things down is I read reviews of things I have...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Short summary... nice, but very pricy.  Longer... posted some observations on the chord hugo forum.  If you search for HD800 on the chord hugo thread, or for hugo on this thread you will find numerous posts.   --Mark
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      MacedonianHero said that  the GS-X mk2 was worth the upgrade. The difference between the GS-1 and GS-X mk2  not just running balanced, but the boards were updated to provide more power / voltage swing, and there is obviously an upgraded power supply.  While the tonal balance between the GS-1...
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    How Does Lavry DA11 Compare to Newer DACs?

    I would suggest looking at the thread ranking-of-21-dacs-and-dac-configurations-and-why-chocolate-ice-cream-must-die for a comparison of the DA11 to several modern DACs.  I agree with the summary of the DA11: it's not the best in any way... but it doesn't do anything wrong or annoying. t am...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

        +1 to the suggestion of the Headamp GS-1.  Other options that would be worth a listen (though I personally don't like them as much as the GS-1) include Violectric V200, used Bryston BHA-1 should be under $1k. It might sound funny to recommend a portable amplifier, but I also really liked...
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    Chord Hugo

      The hugo is good, but it's not magic. The details have already been thrown away through the lossy compression, no way to get them back.  To me, 44/16 FLAC or ALAC sounds different than the same music which have been encoded at 320kbits/s using MP3/Lame. I can heard the difference immediately...
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    Thoughts on a bunch of DACs (and why delta-sigma kinda sucks, just to get you to think about stuff)

      I can understand your point. First, the rankings (unless done on purely objective measures) will  personal and therefore vary person to person and you have the issue that some people have better taste than others :) Second,  as you noted,  the DAC is only one part of the system, so which DAC...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      I have heard most of those amplifiers with the HD800 except for mainline or the Liquid Glass). None would be a mistake. At that level it's going to be a very personal preference. My favorite have been GS-X mk2 because it just gets out of the way and lets the HD800 do all it can, plus is...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      I agree that I would rather have the HD800 + m-stage hpa/dac (or several other budget dac/amp combos) over the HD650 + better electronics, but I draw the line at driving the HD800 from a cell phone... that's just too painful.  The trick is to select components that don't do things really...
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    The HeadAmp GS-X and GS-X MK2 Thread

    The GS-X unleashes every headphone I have listened to on it (with the exception of the HE-6 which needs more power and obviously electrostatic which need a very different driver) to fully realize it's natural potential (or at least get to 99% of it's potential) without adding color. You hear the...
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    The HeadAmp GS-X and GS-X MK2 Thread

    pre-amp is active. There is a switch which controls the pre-amp out so you can de-activate the output when wanting to use just the headphones.   I used mine for about a year feeding a Chord SPM-1200A power amp which is driving Martin Logan Aerius speakers.  I stopped using he GS-X as a pre-amp...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    My experience with all headphone is that once you get into a decent DAC (AQ Dragonfly, Meridian Explorer, CEnterence DACport, etc) you are at the 90-95% of the sound quality you are likely going to get. e.g. you are into the world of diminishing returns where you typically spend ever...
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