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  1. Ham Sandwich

    Introducing the Audeze MM-500!

    Awesome! The MM-500 pairs really well with the Liquid Gold X amp. But get yourself a balanced cable for the MM-500. The Liquid Gold X sounds better using the balanced headphone jack. The Audeze balanced cable is $150, or you can get a third-party balanced cable. The Liquid Gold X amp really...
  2. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    At least you didn't buy a used HD800 that smelled of wet gym socks. That was a classic thread of woe back in the older days of HeadFi. Here's the thread: HD800 Story Telling Time - *Warning* Prepare thyself, not for the faint of heart - (You've been warned!)
  3. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    It's the traditional Audeze LCD midrange tuning they've been doing since they started. It's a headphone tuning that can work well for planar magnetic headphones. It's not truly neutral. With good source and good amplification the tuning works well and the brain will adapt and fill in (just like...
  4. Ham Sandwich

    Headphone Meet in Pittsburgh, PA - October 22nd 2022

    Bummer that a tube failed at a meet. Especially since the other electrostatic amp was DOA. Bummer. TubeDepot has 6CG7 RCA clear top (USA made) in stock for $70 each, the cheaper Brazil made ones are out of stock. UpscaleAudio had Mazda 6CG7 tubes two years ago. Now no more.
  5. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    Altering the quoted text of someone else's post is childish and annoying. Because their name gets attached to a quote that they did not say. Don't alter or misrepresent the quoted text. It's childish and misrepresents what that person meant and said when someone comes back years later to read...
  6. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    I've been to headphone meets in Portland OR and Seattle WA back in the 2010 era when Audeze was starting out. There were and are some serious planar headphone fans in the Portland and Seattle area. Audeze was keen to get our opinions about the early Audeze headphones. Sankar and/or Alex were at...
  7. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    I just got a MM-500. The MM-500 is my $1700 analog hardware EQ for my LCD-X (2021). And that MM-500 is the best headphone EQ I've ever heard.
  8. Ham Sandwich

    Introducing the Audeze MM-500!

    Where are you getting the idea that AKM 4493 based DACs are analytical? Have you listened to any or are you just going by reviews done by others? I have the Monolith Liquid Gold X amp that has an integrated AKM AK4493EQ based DAC, and the DAC is not what I consider analytical at all. I consider...
  9. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    The problem with digital EQ plugins is that they upsample to do the EQ processing at a higher sample rate to avoid aliasing and other artifacts then downsample back to the input sample rate. The upsamplling/downsampling methods used are chosen for CPU efficiency and low latency rather than...
  10. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    You can check the serial number to find out https://audeze.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360061746731-Info-on-the-late-2020-LCD-X-and-XC-driver-update-with-serials-and-production-dates-
  11. Ham Sandwich

    Schiit Gungnir Multibit vs Denafrips Ares 2

    If you're doing a true desktop system any gear the size and footprint of a Gungnir, Yggdrasil along with headphone amps that are just as big or bigger are not a practical option. I have all of my headphone gear in an AVR style side-by-side rack on wheels. Four tiers of shelves side by side. On...
  12. Ham Sandwich

    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Platinum - By Alex Cavalli

    :scream: That adapter cable is frightening! Using that adapter can fry a headphone amp. You can use that adapter with a few amps. But for most balanced headphone amps you cannot use it and it will damage the amp. With some balanced amps that adapter will cause the amp to immediately fry itself...
  13. Ham Sandwich

    Audeze - MM-Series - MM-500

    What I need is an Audeze with more clamping force. For me the Audeze LCD series don't clamp hard enough. They want to slide off my head if I look down at papers on my desk. If I look down to read papers on my desk the headphones break the seal behind my ears and start to slide off my head. If I...
  14. Ham Sandwich

    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    That's a good deal on the LGX. I do find the LGX to be more fussy about headphone pairings than the Liquid Platinum. Experiment with a variety of headphones to find its character. In general I find the LGX to pair better with planar magnetic headphones than traditional dynamics. So try your...
  15. Ham Sandwich

    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2

    Is the Bifrost 2/64 version direct coupled like the Bifrost 2 was? The spec page for the Bifrost 2 mentioned it was "direct coupled throughout", while the spec page for the Bifrost 2/64 does not have such words.
  16. Ham Sandwich

    Happy as a Pig in Schiit: Introducing Modi Multibit

    The Gungnir is very much worth buying if you're only going to use the RCA outputs. The RCA outputs from the Gungnir are better than the balanced outputs from the Bifrost 2. Noticeably better that makes the Gungnir worth the extra cost over the Bifrost 2. I own a Gungnir A1, Bifrost 2, and Modi...
  17. Ham Sandwich

    New!! Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson Amp

    The 4-pin jack is wired as single-ended output. Wired as if it were like a 4-pin female to TRS male adapter cable. It's a convenience jack. So you can plug in headphones with balanced cables without needing to use an adapter or swapping headphone cables. Most people with a Crimson or Glass are...
  18. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    A general loss of fidelity is a way to explain it. But I wanted to give some specifics since "loss of fidelity" is somewhat vague. Another challenge with recognizing a loss of fidelity is that to notice that some fidelity is missing you have to be very familiar with how the headphones and music...
  19. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    An issue I have with digital EQ is that digital EQ requires that the music be resampled and/or upsampled in order for the digital EQ to work with it. The digital input signal needs to be resampled and/or upsampled in order for the EQ filters to do their thing. That resampling and/or upsampling...
  20. Ham Sandwich

    LCD-X and XC Update

    Stop EQing. Buy an amp that allows the LCD-X to sing on its own. Digital EQ is the equivalent of a straightjacket on a headphone. You are never going to hear what the headphone and amp and DAC are capable of on their own if you use digital EQ. I use a Cavalli Liquid Fire and Cavalli Liquid...
  21. Ham Sandwich

    Introducing the Audeze MM-500!

    Awesome! It seems the MM-500 has different tuning than other Audeze headphones and may have a more Harmanish midrange. And that's what I'm looking for. I did buy a LCD-X a bit over a month ago. With a plan to buy another planar that has a more Harman midrange tuning to pair with the LCD-X...
  22. Ham Sandwich

    Introducing the Audeze MM-500!

    Awesome! I regret that I seem to have given you your 666th like for this post and your duty to the cause. And for hanging out with miceblue. I'm most curious about the midrange tuning for this new model and their new MM series headphone(s). Is the midrange tuned with a Harmanish target like the...
  23. Ham Sandwich

    Introducing the Audeze MM-500!

    There's a YouTube video already from NAMM that shows the Audeze booth and the MM-500. They have it running from an RME ADI-2 of some flavor. Make sure if you listen to them using the ADI-2 that they haven't cheated and applied EQ. Make sure the EQ is off so you can hear what the headphones...
  24. Ham Sandwich

    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    I just got an LCD-X. In part to find out how well it will pair with the Liquid Gold X amp. Plus because I wanted an LCD-X to use with my other amps. I'll see how this goes. If the LCD-X doesn't have the synergy I want when used with the Liquid Gold X amp then I'll looking at other options like...
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