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  1. PTom

    DAC for IE800

    I'm looking for recommendations on a good DAC to pair with the Sennheiser IE800 to get the most out of them. Using them right out of my MacBook pro (mid 2015 model) the highs sound a little harsh. I'm looking at the audioquest dragonfly red as an option though I note some reviews mention that...
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    Sub $500/£350 IEM: Good Isolation, Comfort, Well Behaved Treble

    Could someone give me a list of the best sub $500/£350 universal fit IEMs with good isolation and comfort. Something that is good for listening for extended periods of time i.e. not harsh, sibilant or with wild treble spikes. A balanced neutral sound signature would be ideal but a slightly warm...
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    Best Isolation Amongst Listed Headphones

    I am looking to get one of the following closed back headphones driven with the O2/ODAC combo. Any suggestions for which will give the best isolation even during quiet scenes in movies or parts of songs? I want to block out noise from my housemate (who has a very deep voice that travels...
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    Can the O2 amp fully drive the Beyerdynamic T1?

    My question is: can the O2 amp fully drive the Beyerdynamic T1 at typical listening volumes (i.e. without clipping etc.)? Here are some resources I've looked at to try and figure this out:   Resources:   - Measurements of Beyerdynamic T1 (impedance seems to reach a peak of 1400 ohms!):    ...
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    DAC/Amp for Beyerdynamic T1

    I'm looking to get an amp/DAC for a pair of T1s I recently bought. I don't want to be spending extremely large amounts of money. I'm looking into the following (I've included the prices I can get them for in the UK):   Amps:   - O2 Epiphany Acoustcs (£77) - FiiO E9 (£100) - Matrix M Stage...
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    Upgraditis: A HeadFi Induced Psychological Disorder?

    2 1/2 years ago I bought my first HDTV, a 26" 720p Sharp HDTV. I got it for a bargain price of £130 (around $200) and I've been enjoying it ever since without even the slightest thought of upgrading.   2 1/2 months ago (ok I exaggerate for effect it's actually 3 1/2 months ago :D) I bought my...
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    HD600 + Extended Bass + Larger Soundstage = ?

    I think the above equation "sums" up my question.   Regarding budget, I'm assuming improvements on the HD600 will require entering Summit Fi territory. The LCD3/HD800 are the most expensive headphones I'd consider buying.   Depending on which headphone comes closest to the sound signature I...
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    Output Transformerless vs Transformer Coupled Output Tube Amps

    I'm quite confused regarding the effect of output transformerless and transformer coupled tube amps on the sound quality. Maybe someone can explain a few points for me:   1) For driving high impedance headphones, I've heard people mention that output transformerless tube amps are better than...
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    DAC/Amp for Fidelio X1: Ratings and Recommendations Compilation Thread

    Below you'll find the results of a survey I conducted. I asked HeadFi members who own the Fidelio X1 to rate and comment on the sound quality of the X1 when used with different DACs/amps, portable music players etc. The ratings given are from a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the sound quality of an...
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    DAC vs External Sound Card

    I've read that people recommend getting an external DAC because the integrated sound in most laptops/PCs aren't very good but why is it that I don't normally see people recommending external sound cards as a way to improve SQ of headphones? Are DACs generally better value for money and/or higher...
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    Amp/DAC for Fidelio X1?

    I'm getting a Fidelio X1 and I was wondering if I should get an amp/DAC for it and if so which one. I'll be using it with my Macbook Pro (late 2011 model) for watching TV series or movies at home.   I was recommended to get the FiiO E10 but how much of a difference would this make compared to...
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