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  1. mkarikom

    Comment by 'mkarikom' on listing 'Ether 2 (under warranty until 02/2022)'

    new, id say 200+hrs since last jan when I got em
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    fix for DCA ether 2 headband slip?

    love these cans, but I have to re-adjust the headband often because it keeps slipping up the wires. anyone have a fix for this?
  3. mkarikom

    a Dan Clark Audio wireless Ether 2 could be ~350 g...

    Now that the Ether 2 has reached sub 300g weights, I wonder if Dan Clark has any plans to issue a full size wireless model? The facts: 1) at 16 ohms, the Ether 2 requires minimal power to drive 2) DAC/AMP/Batt at similar scale to the Ananda BT adds a mere 60 g Without a cable, the...
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    --edit-- Tried to delete this, but couldn't find an option to do so... Mods if you read this, I heard back from the vendor and they allayed my fears.
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    In general, Im a huge fan of global supply and manufacturing, but in the current age of political irrationality, things we never used to have to think about are becoming relevant, and not just for audio. A year ago, made in China = affordable, reliable, fast, and (in most cases)...
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    Also there may be variation across models.
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    Anyone know which of the US ciem manufacturers actually build their pieces stateside? 64, JHA, Sensaphonics? With the current trade situation I feel like that info is key to even remotely predictable pricing and turnaround time.
  8. mkarikom

    Finger nails of death! ; accidental bumping of IEMs during removal/insertion

    My multi-driver IEMs stick out a bit from my ears.  This means they are very prone to small accidental collisions with finger nails during insertion/removal.  These impacts (or impacts with any rigid object) cause ear-splitting thumps inside my ear canals.  Has anybody experimented with...
  9. mkarikom

    HE-400 VS HE400i VS Fidelio X2 (Need Input)

    You are probably right.  I guess I should have said that the 400i is so weak in the low end that it sounds rolled-off at normal listening levels.  In any case the X2 clearly beats it in terms of value at this price point especially given its all around greater efficiency.
  10. mkarikom

    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    My EDM litmus test is Alarm by Boys Noize.  This is a really thick and heavy track and the LCD-2 simply nails it with detail and slam.  Ditto with stuff like deadmau5' 4x4=12.  On those tracks my Fidelio X2's, which are great for cases where I need something that works without a desktop stack...
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    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    Close, but actually just trying to offer respite from the stodgy rhetoric of people ****ting on the LCD-2, which is the best headphone.
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    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    O to the Z to the O to the N to the E
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    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    When necessary, I apply EQ with iZotope Ozone 7 as an AU plugin.  Audirvana allows you to apply multiple AU plugins and even tweak the mix position during playback.  Don't be afraid to EQ the LCD-2, it will do what its told :)
  14. mkarikom

    Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread

    Thats great news and exactly what I was hoping. That stock cable is a week spot but in my opinion the LCD-2F does not need any tuning :)
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    Amp recommendations for Audeze LCD-2

      It totally rocks with the LCD-2F.  That said, I'm in line for the Pass Labs HPA-1.  If I buy that then I'll sell you my V200 :)
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

      I don't really listen to them much anymore, but I'm having trouble letting my X2's go.  I vastly prefer the LCD-2 tuning, but there is a certain brand of EDM out there that seems EQed for bass-boosted dynamics with poor low-end control.  Just in the last couple weeks I've been checking out...
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    Traditional Japanese Music

    Well-recorded taiko is a great way to make your planars sing.
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    Tidal vs Spotify

    In an age where we can carry a month's worth of music in a pocket transport, the primary function of radio is music discovery.  I have Tidal HIFI and Spotify and I get way more use out of Spotify.  At 320kbps, mp3 sounds fine out of my portable rig.  Yes the difference is audible, but $1-5k gear...
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    [REVIEW]: Noble Audio Kaiser 10: 10-driver Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor

    Yeah I figured there must be a bench somewhere with a Teton and a prototype Teton-Junior sitting on it :)   It seems like the glacier is not for sale anymore through TTVJ so I'm looking into a used one with decent battery life.   Do you use an external DAC in your stack?
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    ADEL Technology - Discussion Thread - Update: March 27, 2016: Please Read 2nd Post of the Thread

    I considered the A12, but having missed the kickstarter train and being unable to stomach the current $2k price tag, I went for the K10 SLA, which I love, especially for its resolution of punchy low-end production elements and consider a great value at $1400.  I'm just curious about your...
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    Pads for Sennheiser PX 100-II

    These little cans have served me very well over the years.  I initially got them back when I used a lot of uIEMs and suffered occasional otitis.  I don't use them much anymore but I broke them out the other day and was surprised when one of the foam ear pads just sort of fell off when I looked...
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    'Listen through' solution for bluetooth

    When I'm out and about, my favorite solution is a wearable bluetooth amp, cIEMs and phone.  I've never been into the traditional stack, and this allows my phone to be handled in an unencumbered way.  This solution leads to frustration when I'm forced to dig my IEMs out for impromptu...
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    Cure for loose USB mini-B socket on the HRT Microstreamer?

    Ended up trying a blue dragon A -> mini-B cable based on Moon's suggestion that the monoprice stock cable just wasn't up to spec.  The blue dragon ended up fitting less tightly than the stock.  In the end I think the only solution is to go with something that uses a different connector, such as...