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  1. hoshiyomi

    LG Quadbeat 3 Impressions Thread

    I have both qb3 and qb3akg, and I prefer sound from the regular qb3 over akg tuned. I find the peak at 4k more bothersome on qb3akg, and qb3 just need a bit of low shelf to cut down on the bass, but even as it, it is quite tolerable. Sort of reminds me of Zero Audio Tenore.
  2. hoshiyomi

    REVIEW: Vivo Xplay 3S + XE800 Mobile audio perfection

    [Beware this mod changes sound significantly] I have taken a leap of faith and punctured the far front vent as you described, and it resulted in a significant amount of bass being released, perhaps a bit much even! It also affected the pair to which I sabotaged the back, which implies the back...
  3. hoshiyomi

    REVIEW: Vivo Xplay 3S + XE800 Mobile audio perfection

    Would you consider modding and measuring a pair?   I took a sewing needle, held it with a pair of pliers for grip, and firmly driven the tip through the back shell (poked at the dot over letter "i" so it doesn't look out of place) From experience back porting tends to add bass, and I think it...
  4. hoshiyomi

    REVIEW: Vivo Xplay 3S + XE800 Mobile audio perfection

    I am inclined to think the cheap ones off Aliexpress are real, I have 2 samples from 2 different sellers, and they are on par in terms of excellent channel matching, low distortion, and generally similar neutral but bass light sound signature. The tuning makes them feel rather reserved, and I...
  5. hoshiyomi

    Creative Sound blaster E5 - Headphone amp + USB DAC with OTG + Toslink + aptX + recording + more.

    A coupl A couple of thoughts: 1. What is your Default Format set at under Playback Devices? I suspect the SRC can be avoided on most media by setting to 24bit/44.1khz 2. While I have not setup a RMAA rig with a resistive divider on the input to verify, you may be seeing input clipping due...
  6. hoshiyomi

    REVIEW: Vivo Xplay 3S + XE800 Mobile audio perfection

    so which one if any other than the $99 ones are genuine?
  7. hoshiyomi

    Creative Sound blaster E5 - Headphone amp + USB DAC with OTG + Toslink + aptX + recording + more.

    I only wish the windows e5 control panel thing can manage the e5 over bluetooth like the android app can.
  8. hoshiyomi

    Review on HtC 10 and Sound quality (AQstic Dedicated Integrated DAC)

    htc has been using wolfson since non Qualcomm m9-ish variants like a9, and they measured significantly better than m9. so not a surprise if 10 uses wolfson too.
  9. hoshiyomi

    Dunu TITAN Series (new for 2019: Titan 6) [Page 196]

    Just found a way to make rubber tips more "comply", and it sounds awesome! Take a some memory foam isolating earplugs and cut them into small discs, trim to size and punch a small hole in the middle, then stuff this ring onto the insides of large bore stock rubber tips and viola, comply comfort...
  10. hoshiyomi

    Zero Audio - ZH-DX200 Carbo Tenore | ZH-DX210 Carbo Basso (Carbon & Aluminium IEM) thread

    Tenores definitely sound better than ed9. There is a sense of roughness with ed9 that make them sound exciting for some, where as tenore has very smooth frequency response and relatively low distortion. Fidue might be good if you are looking for somethimg with a darker presentation.
  11. hoshiyomi

    LG Quadbeat 3 Impressions Thread

    seeing the quadbeat3 akg edition costs more on ebay, would the original quadbeat achieve the akg response once the vent is sealed off? seems quite plausible.
  12. hoshiyomi

    Creative Sound blaster E5 - Headphone amp + USB DAC with OTG + Toslink + aptX + recording + more.

    EQ is digital and anything that comes in thru line-in has adc->dsp/digital attenuation->dac, and adds distortion. Check Soomal for measurements, it's measurable but not terrible.
  13. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Just wondering, when you removed the original anv backs, did you notice any increase in bass? I am comtemplating on whether to drill the back of stock anv shell to see if porting helps.
  14. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    The ANV without foam reminds me of a capable fullrange speaker that exibits an upward tilt in freq response, just too much treble to be neutral.
  15. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    ANV just became superb with a chunk of foam stuffed in the tip!   I used foam from the KZ box, cut out small squares and fitted as much as I could into the tips, now the tonal balance resembles that of Dunu Titan 1. It lacks the bit of sub-bass rumble that Titan 1 carries, but shares similar...
  16. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    from the design's point of view, getting pass-thru while doing a bi-amped active crossover system would be very difficult. I doubt that's the case.
  17. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    agree on the bass.   I find it slightly exagerated and starts to loose steam towards 30hz, but rumble / decay is good below with just a little bleed into mids. I find them to be an improvement compared to ED9 as that they are cleaner sounding, in the sense that ED9 appear to have poor power...
  18. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    How does one open the back of ED9? I tried a flat screwdriver and a clothespin and so far no luck. Upon further testing there seems to be a driver mounting problem on one channel, I think it should be easily fixable if I can access the back. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  19. hoshiyomi

    Xiaomi Pistons 3.0 Impressions Thread

    how do they compare with the top KZs? Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  20. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/100-Original-KZ-ANV-Grade-Fever-Linear-Equalizer-Ear-Earphones-Monitor-Headphones-Perfect-Sound-Dynamic-Structure/32317811425.html?spm=2114.32010308.4.2.DIOdZW KZ ANV for $10.35, good price?
  21. hoshiyomi

    "The Lab"

    If the gain switch is indeed a gain switch in the feedback network of the headphone amp, and not a input pad that reduces input level. Then the increase in closed loop gain reduces open loop gain by the same amount, which may improve stability of the amplifier when driving complex loads. While...
  22. hoshiyomi

    "The Lab"

    There is a chance that hi gain setting improves the amps stability by compared to low gain, and therefore sounds better. Sent from my One V using Tapatalk
  23. hoshiyomi

    Best Smartphone for audiophile

    Supercurio (dev for voodoo sound), as well as a measurement someone from erji forum did with emu 1616m on his note 3. This is purely a software issue (or design decision), so there can potentially be software fixes and rom version variations. BTW are you on lollipop? I recall google...
  24. hoshiyomi

    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Even though I've yet to receive any Kzs, let me chime in on the vents. Vents in front of the driver has 2 purposes, one is to relief pressures when inserted as to avoid driver flex (especially important for dynamic drivers), two it acts as a low shelf eq cut, and the bigger then vent the more...
  25. hoshiyomi

    Best Smartphone for audiophile

    From memory I believe Samsung has decided to implement mandatory sample rate conversion to 96k (or is it 192k?) Since the s4, and same applies to note 3 and beyond. While the resampling algorithm is pretty good and doesn't show up on THD figures, its visible when comparing distortion graphs...
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