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  1. whitedragem

    iFi audio NEO Stream - Sweet Streams!

    I'd use 'Sony' as an example to best qualify what happens when selling into 'world markets'... Based on years of looking at their cameras, home hifi and TVs and other 'consumer tech' etc... As consumers buy based on 'price points' and retail consumer mindsets, based on years of psychology and...
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    Mid-Fi guy took viewers (chewyoube) through a comparison of various headphone amps paired with various DAC (topologies). His verdict was that the clinical detail retrival focused 'thx' amp was a great pairing with the Denefrips (and that Valve took the R2R 'too far' down the 'relaxed' pathway).
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    re: filter, NOS vs '1x' mode seems to be the considerations, yes? some reviewers prefer one or the other (or 'based on genre'/disk),.. I have seen in action that 'various medias' preferred one or the other,.. (please play) Regarding new/'out of box' sound quality- noooooooooooo Leave something...
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    iFi audio iDSD Diablo - A portable reference done our way!

    also (OCC7N~) The stereo image has not changed from the balanced view, there are still some “missing” in the upper mids(recessed). Elite adds lowest low but the highest highs(after the recessed upmids) is very interesting, its from here you will notice how deep/bass it sounds. Brilliant: I'd...
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    iFi audio iDSD Diablo - A portable reference done our way!

    That is the strength of 'S-master'; somewhere around the year 2000, paying for patents and 'rising costs of a competitive' home theatre market, the head engineer @ Sony was tasked to build a FLAGSHIP SURROUND AMP using CLASS D amplification... "you're joking right?!" (not verbatim) The...
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    iFi audio iDSD Diablo - A portable reference done our way!

    "ancient" DAC chipset; (?!) being sarcastic- 'yes', cause designed for mass market that favours 'esoteric sampling rates' and 'long battery life' as features greater than tuning (top priority) being absolute SOUND QUALITY, flavours the NEW MARKET CHIPS towards measuring well. I seriously...
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    Which Tweaks have worked for you?

    Not a solution, but rather a tennis game of me 'playing on the same court' (albeit with different equipment).. I have found with a beaut Burson Conductor V2+ (headphone amp/preamp/DAC unit) that depending on WHERE in the house I put it, it has differing 'noise' qualities. eg beside the bed, the...
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    iFi audio iDSD Diablo - A portable reference done our way!

    reflection on BOLD text: This was a test I DID run for many many hours.... Using a Chord Hugo (as an example of the Chords' method of "handling digital"), the high tap count 'filter' method that Chord uses plays with localisation information (the 'edge' of sound if you wish...) and was...
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    but ‘more so’ following on from the earlier post….. I believe the Ares II is the best gateway (certainly by price point) for the factors you are seeking. My experience was all the things you are seeking were the areas it had exceptional performance (vs a range of well curated DACs).. Its only...
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    [FiiO Q3/Q3 MQA] THX AAA amp technology, 2.5/3.5/4.4mm Output

    Dang nabbit (non rude ‘swear word’) That survey will generate a lot of false information… Under the headings ‘weaknesses’ (and possibly the ‘strengths’ questions too); a “none”/“none of the above” option should also be included. Users will be hesitant to say “I don’t know”/”I have no opinion...
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    First dac and amp suggestions.

    “I wanted to take a step back and spend time with/‘enjoy’ the equipment…..” Yep Do not underestimate the power of this statement… This is crucial. Kinda the ‘why’ of being apart of head-fi (either casually reading OR with an active membership!). I’d say ‘don’t get worried too much about ‘hi...
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    iFi Diablo - DAC and headphone amplifier -=review=-

    Doing an actual review now (my first three attempts to post a true review, were wiped from existence, two were cut n paste foibles, the other was a web page glitch- I took these signs as ‘the universe’ sayying “not yet”..) Will get the framework in place (multimedia coming from three different...
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    Common BS from audio companies?

    FOTM =/ “easter egg” Easter eggs come at easter. (more than a year after product launch = ‘missed Christmas’, and in some cases missed easter, ‘twice’) ;-)
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    Meze 99 Classics Discussion + Impressions Thread

    I have ordered some Dekoni pads via Addicted to Audio (these are my ‘local’ (Australian) head-fi store). as the last few posts have mentioned; apparently these are the best to replace to (comfort and close to orig sound sig). Any feed back from team iFi about the tuning on the Meze ‘tweaked’...
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    coffee-fi

    further reading on the topic suggests that using a ‘hemp’ material to couple the equipment, whilst aligning the output lines towards Sirius, will restore sufficient high level energy. JB hifi has the breville Duo boiler going for 1050$(Australia) (this is like half price)- the problem is I know...
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    iFi audio NEO iDSD - The Performance Edition is here! (INFO: Post 837, Page 56)

    Deric- quite possibly the problem with text is ‘no tone conveyed‘ with my words.. I enjoyed the video, my post wasn’t to try to critique ‘them’ (I am positive towards what they do!) I kinda used a tactic to inject some interest from anyone who may have skipped watching the video, and gave...
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    @sajunky ‘yes’ (glad you are raising awareness of what is involved with USB, and I would say you speak with rosey coloured glasses, and WANT USB to be ‘all that’..) For me, happy to not debate the things I have learned along the way, I use a nice simple FiiO M11+ as a transport. It easily...
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    Are you a console or PC gamer?

    As a PC tech of ‘many decades’; I just quietly shut the service shop down well after Win10 came to market.. it was too anticonsumer.. Getting banned from the Forza forum for helping people get their PCs to work (on the most intentionally crippled game ever released) (for 245+ years no less)...
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    Nintendo switch.. still worth it?

    They are totally different devices.. (same form factor) and if we consider gaming as the target, same ‘ability’. Nintendo OWNS the console war (number of hardware units in field), next is the Playstation 4 .. (technically both those consoles might have similar total number of hardware sales...
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    Yep;; but that second video is an huge cost in time and money… (!) (vs the first video) just do it… certainly good tricks to employ.. Nice when people share knowledge.. A lot of the ‘more premium’ hifi parts I have come to love have sub chassis and ‘exotic materials’ (sub chassis).. and...
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    coffee-fi

    I have read that ‘dampening’ in this way can kill the ‘highs’.
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    Is sound stage size an artifact or on the recording?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^ The notion that the grade/‘total capability of the equipment’ (think absolute ability to render the ‘microdetails’ (such as subtle echos that tell our brain how to interpret these ‘spacial cues’)) IS VERY MUCH important when hearing what is recorded by the upstream ‘wizards’. This...
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    iFi audio NEO iDSD - The Performance Edition is here! (INFO: Post 837, Page 56)

    I can be ‘a little slow’ on information uptake sometimes.. It took me awhile to get around to processing that video; but a few take aways from it have prompted me to post a subjective take on DAC reviewing (certainly around this pricepoint) Elephants in the room; the team didn’t have a familiar...
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    Is sound stage size an artifact or on the recording?

    perhaps different kit up front.. (and I can only probably just fortunate / been playing with top tier gaming soundcards since they first came to market, and ‘evolved with the tech’ (a lot of ear training and appreciation for headphones that render correct soundfield ‘shape’ and required...
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    Comment by 'whitedragem' on listing 'Ultrasone Edition 5 Unlimited'

    bargain; (i already ‘ave a set); they take 1500hours to get their sound (metal drivers).. from hours 200-800 are ‘very hard to listen too, around hour 1200 they become ‘good again’. i went with alo silver; i’d take these over senn hd800s…. (detail/clarity), they have an incredible soundstage for...
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