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  1. cpurdy

    Audeze Euclid Closed-Back Planar IEM

    Where were these $399?
  2. cpurdy

    MrSpeakers Ether CX - $899 from Massdrop

    A friend of mine with the CX also does the pad rolling (mostly with the kit provided by DCA). He's also a big fan. I still have the factory setup on mine. I'm almost afraid to change it, because I like it so much.
  3. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    The story behind it is amazing. His first album. One take. i.e. The first take. Played half the album without stopping, took a quick pee break and came back and recorded the other half. Just him and his soon-to-be manager, and a tape recorder and a microphone. He's considered by many guitarists...
  4. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    Sorry. I rewrote my answer a few times before posting myself, because I didn't want to be "that guy", a.k.a. a jerk. But I probably still failed, and it probably still came across as asinine, and for that, I apologize. It's just so troubling to me (and I know that I shouldn't take it so...
  5. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    (Edit: Warning: I should have taken a chill pill before writing this answer. While my answer was technically correct, it wasn't conducive to the enjoyment of this hobby, so I'm going to try to edit it to dial down the acerbic wit, or lack of wit, or whatever.) OK, I'll look. Let's see ...
  6. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    In theory, you may have a less noisy electrical environment, since cheap DC power converters can (at least in theory) make some noise on your mains. The power supply that came with your Cisco network switch is designed to meet the requirements of the Cisco switch and/or the switch is designed...
  7. cpurdy

    MrSpeakers Ether CX - $899 from Massdrop

    Sounds like the new Dan Clark Audio "Stealth" is targeted at you ... there's a link here somewhere to a review with lots charts.
  8. cpurdy

    The Final Audio D8000 Pro Collector’s Edition is now available for pre-order at Headphones.com!

    I'm not going to keep them in my Singapore apartment, or my Tokyo apartment, but they should do fine in my Barcelona apartment.
  9. cpurdy

    The New AEON 2: It's The End Of MrSpeakers

    I don't have either the Aeon or the Aeon 2, but the thing about open headphones is that there are a lot of good ones. I personally have at least half a dozen pairs that are near enough to perfect that I can choose among them based solely on size, weight, and comfort (e.g. which ones will I take...
  10. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    This is all technically correct. As I've said before, there's nothing wrong with splurging on beautiful cables, and if you think that your music sounds better with better looking cables, then that's (usually) a relatively cheap upgrade that will make you happy. I personally think good looking...
  11. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    You got most of the terms wrong, but I almost kind-of follow what you're trying to say. And at a low level, there are no ones and zeros; there's just voltage. And for the last 20 years, it's not even about off vs. on (e.g. 0v vs .5v). Rather, there are multiple values encoded into a wave. So...
  12. cpurdy

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    I would not describe it as a "reference IEM". Laylas are more like a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport: ridiculously overdone, expensive, and fun. When I think about a reference IEM, I'm thinking something that I wouldn't generally want to listen to anything on, unless I'm actually doing production...
  13. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    Ethernet cables don’t carry audio. Let me repeat that: Ethernet cables don’t carry audio. If they did, then you might have a point.
  14. cpurdy

    Ethernet cables, Switches and Network related. Based on listening is it worth to buy more expensive ones? Share your listening experience.

    I assume that you have had friends help you blind test these? As in, you had your friends randomly switch those ethernet cables (or not) without you seeing it happen, and then you were able to reliably determine which cable was being used after each "cable switch"? If so, please do not change...
  15. cpurdy

    Review by 'cpurdy' on item 'JBL CLUB 950NC'

    I didn't expect much, other than a decent Bluetooth headphone implementation from a brand (JBL) that usually doesn't suck. But I have to admit to really liking these headphones far more than I expected to. If I were designing a pair of consumer Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones with a few...
  16. cpurdy

    DENAFRIPS Terminator: the King of R2R dac

    TBH I wasn't trying to get that deep ... politics here in the states have been brutal for the past 4+ years for some insane reason.
  17. cpurdy

    DENAFRIPS Terminator: the King of R2R dac

    When steel got so cheap that they were paying people to take it, it made business sense to export as much as they could.
  18. cpurdy

    MrSpeakers Ether CX - $899 from Massdrop

    The Ether-CX is not bass heavy, but it's bass true. If you're used to Beats, you'll hate the Ether-CX (save some money and get the Monoprice M1060C ... I love their bass!) The Ether-CX is as close to perfect as a closed back headphone has come for me. I keep buying more, but I can't find...
  19. cpurdy

    The New AEON 2: It's The End Of MrSpeakers

    First time that I've seen this company (awesome!), but I actually standardized years ago on the same idea, the 4-pin mini-XLR. I've made a few, and had a few more made custom for me. I wrote up the basic design here...
  20. cpurdy

    ZMF Pendant SE Pre-Order Ending

    I'll check them out. I was asking a serious question. Oh, I get it. I have several hand-made amps built in the USA, including from Ray Samuels and Woo Audio. That's why I was asking. There's a ton of stuff imported and priced as if it were made by hand in the USA. Cool. I've never seen any of...
  21. cpurdy

    The New AEON 2: It's The End Of MrSpeakers

    @mrspeakers - any comments or suggestions on this?
  22. cpurdy

    ZMF Pendant SE Pre-Order Ending

    I don't mean to sound picky, but an unbalanced headphone amp for $2k ... that's quite a stretch. Are these actually made in Chicago, or made somewhere else and imported? I thought at first that you were selling it for $200, which sounded pretty amazing (too good to be true, obviously), but it's...
  23. cpurdy

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    I did not notice any hiss. Undesired noises are a hallmark of tube amps, of course 🤣 The WA5-LE is pretty tight overall, though. Hiss has never been an issue, even with Grados (and I have a few). I am not at the office so I can't test right now, but I was super happy with the combo when I used...
  24. cpurdy

    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    Yes. Woo WA5-LE. Love the combo. However, the Laylas are primarily for travel for me ... and the tube amp is not.
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