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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Anybody compare V281 with Soloist 3X GT with Super Charger 5A PSU? Now with black Friday sale, this combo is at 2,240$ on Burson's website. Wondering if there will be major improvement if I replace the V281 with the Soloist 3X. In particular, is the Burson has warmer tone than the V281? Which...
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    The Brise Audio Japan Cable Thread

    Just received my Yatono Ultimate yesterday for my Susvara. Cable is very nicely built and has reasonable weight (as opposed to my Dana Reference which is very heavy). So far... burning it in along with the headphones.
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    My long-awaited upgrade cable, Brise Audio Yatono-HP Ultimate, just arrived. A bit pricey but very nicely built. Sounds a lot better than my Silver Dragon and Stock Cable (I don't have any other cables to compare with).
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    I have a question about general robustness of Susvara's drivers. I've seen many people claiming their pairs due to driver failure. My tube amp sometimes sent out moderately loud thumps/pops when turned off. It's transformer coupled design so it shouldn't be DC that caused this. The level of this...
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    Sure... I will send you the owner's email via PM. He's familiar with overseas customers as I believe his main business is export sale of Silk Transformers to US/EU. You can exchange words with him. Normally, you tell him what you want, and he proposes a few options, and then the amp is made...
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    Just picked up my amp today. It's fully-balanced KT120-based amp. At around 20W into 60Ohm it drives the Susvara flawlessly. Abundant deep bass and great sound stage. I want it to act like a power amp with my V281 as a pre-amp. This way, I can use my V281 with less demanding headphones (Utopia /...
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    I'm joining the club gang! Today the Susvara just arrived and it joined my current collection. I don't like having too many headphones and might sell the Empy soon as the Sus with the right amp, should out perform the Empy in every way. I still like the VC's timbre and the Utopia dynamic and...
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    Thanks for reaffirming this point. Although I set aside sufficient fund for a good power-(speaker)-amp to drive the Sus (with V281 as a pre-amp), I can rest assure that when I'm looking for "that" amp, I can still get decent music out of the Sus with my V281.
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    DENAFRIPS Terminator: the King of R2R dac

    In my experience, between BNC and I2S cables, I can hear sonic improvement much more clearly with the I2S cable. Upgrading the BNC cables, in my case, improve the sound in a lesser degree. I had to switch from a pair of Canere 75Ohm, to SR cables because the SR could help lessen...
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    DENAFRIPS Terminator: the King of R2R dac

    Thanks Blake Yes I have the excellent QB9 Twenty to use in TP’s place if I have to send in the TP. Regarding your problem, I know it’s unrelated to this thread but would that Dac that has locking problem be your Holo? I’m about to buy the May KTE and get rid of the TP so this information is...
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    DENAFRIPS Terminator: the King of R2R dac

    Guys... Has anyone experienced any static noise / distortion with your T2/TP? I posted my question in Denafrips group on FB, and now my post has 200+ comments. Various people have this issue with their units. I quote below my post... in summary, it started with faint noise on left channel and...
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    Old "King" of R2R DAC Is Dead? Denafrips Terminator-Plus / Terminator+ Arrives

    This video was just released yesterday, in which Alvin explained differences between Gaia and Hermes. Apart from cosmetic / case material / weight, the only difference seems to be the better quality OCXO inside the Gaia. He went on to say that if the DDC is synced with the T2/TP, OCXO in the...
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    Old "King" of R2R DAC Is Dead? Denafrips Terminator-Plus / Terminator+ Arrives

    As said in my last post above, I2S A/B/C works fine with clock out. I myself am using the I2S-A with clock out now and it works great! When you get the unit and watch setup video you will have clearer understanding but for now you can relax as I’m sure it should work fine.
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Really nice ZMF collection you have there!
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Sounds like Empyrean Elite for me haha. Would love to hear the Phobos but not possible where I live.
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    Old "King" of R2R DAC Is Dead? Denafrips Terminator-Plus / Terminator+ Arrives

    Yes I'm aware that the 45Mhz one is for 44.1Khz (plus its multipliers), and the 49Mhz works the same for 48Khz. Too bad my library contains in equal proportion both CD-Rip / DSD which utilize 45Mhz, and 24/96 Khz and up which utilize 49Mhz. So I have to have them both.
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Thanks... I wish my N100H were in black. Too bad the seller didn't have the black one when I bought it few years ago.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Irony, isn't it? In general sense, things that measure well should also perform well technically, but when it comes to audio(phile), many things don't seem to work as expected. This is also true with DACs and many headphones I've tried. Maybe it's the way we perceive sound?
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    My current rig (details in sig). VC is not in pic. Too bad I can't place the DDC on the center of the DAC because of the very stiff I2S cable (purple). I don't want to stress the cable by forcing it too much. So DDC must be off-center to give the cable some slack.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I also tried the Benchmark HPA4 once with the Empyrean / HD800s and Hifiman HE1KSe and I couldn't finish a song with it as it sounded so bright and piercing (I'm extra sensitive to sibilant). Of course, when I check... it measures superbly! ASR even gave "Strongest recommendation... It doesn't...
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    ZMF November is here! Release Schedule and Time-line

    @zach915m So in this November 2021 batch, you introduced the VO Stabilised for the first time? I guess it should have similar sonic trait as VO hardwood (e.g. Ironwood), is this right? Will you plan to offer VO Stabilised in the future batches along with the VC? I mean, if I miss this November...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Any suggestion on comfort? I'm using the Lazuli Reference which is quite heavy. It pulled the headphones against the top of my head. Now, I'm using this headband cushion, but it doesn't seem to be sufficient. I even stack them X2, but it's still painful. Any tips? I'm aiming for ZMF's...
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    Old "King" of R2R DAC Is Dead? Denafrips Terminator-Plus / Terminator+ Arrives

    Thanks for the reply. So you made the Isolation Transformer yourself? That's great! My current unit (1500VA) was bought 6-7 years ago, and when I chatted with the maker, I was told that the unit should not be left on 24/7 and it is advisable to turn it off once in a while. In worst case scenario...
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    Old "King" of R2R DAC Is Dead? Denafrips Terminator-Plus / Terminator+ Arrives

    For all Terminator and Terminator Plus owners, do you guys leave the Dac on 24/7? I initially intend to do so, and planned to leave it with my isolation transformer, but the maker of the transformer said it's not a good idea for the transformer (he didn't speak for the dac) to be left on all the...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    How likely it is for these Dekoni pads to also end up melting like those from Focal? I should receive my Elite Fenestrated early next week and I'm curious to know. May drop an email checking with Dekoni (if someone hasn't done this already).
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