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  1. Marlowe

    [FiiO Q7] Portable Desktop-Class DAC and Headphone Amplifier,3000mW output power | Fully balanced THX AAA 788+ amplifier | Dual portable/desktop power supply modes

    I just got the Q7 (a frustrating day late since the USPS carrier for some reason stated the he/she could not access the delivery location yesterday) and have a couple of operational questions if anyone could help: Is there anyway to keep the screen on all the time (I know the timeout length is...
  2. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    I'm planning on a new amp in the coming months and have pretty much decided on the Singxer SA-1 or the Burson Soloist 3X. Most reviews find that the SA-1 is decent but not as good as the Burson (except for one popular reviewer who I am ambivalent about who found the SA-1 OK but inferior to the...
  3. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Well, it's all subjective, isn't it? I've had the Arya Stealth for a couple of months and it's become my favorite headphone (and not by a small margin) even over my ZMF Aeolus. Imaging, separation and stage, in particular, are just wonderful. However, my one criticism of the Arya is that I find...
  4. Marlowe

    [FiiO Q7] Portable Desktop-Class DAC and Headphone Amplifier,3000mW output power | Fully balanced THX AAA 788+ amplifier | Dual portable/desktop power supply modes

    LOL, I'm a little confused as well. The Q7 is specifically designed to allow the user to bypass the battery--it even has a toggle switch to do exactly that! I assume it will still operate in that mode even if the battery no long charges. Was the FiiO representative addressing the actual physical...
  5. Marlowe

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    I honestly refrained from posting my honest response to your earlier post, but after this petulant response I won't. You spent almost $3K in electronics to drive a relatively insensitive $500 headphone and then complain you have to raise the volume too much when you decline to spend even...
  6. Marlowe

    ThieAudio Monarch MKII Experience

    I have both the FH9 and Monarch MKII and while I like the FH9, I really love the Monarch MKII, which is probably my second favorite among my headphones even though I am really an full size open back headphone guy. The Monarch is neck and neck with the ZMF Aeolus, but it just can't touch the...
  7. Marlowe

    Super Stable! FiiO Low Noise Regulated Linear Power Supply PL50 Is Available on AliExpress Official Store!

    Thanks for the helpful response. I feel more than a bit dumb--I misinterpreted the symbols on the power switch and was turning the unit on when I though I was turning it off. When properly turned off, the display does quickly wind down to zero and turns off after a few seconds. As I noted, I...
  8. Marlowe

    Super Stable! FiiO Low Noise Regulated Linear Power Supply PL50 Is Available on AliExpress Official Store!

    I just received a US version PL50 that I plan to use with the Q7, however I don't have the Q7 yet (and won't for a couple of weeks) so I can't check that the PL50 is working properly (I don't think I have anything else compatible). However, I did check to see that the PL50 turned on and was...
  9. Marlowe

    [FiiO Q7] Portable Desktop-Class DAC and Headphone Amplifier,3000mW output power | Fully balanced THX AAA 788+ amplifier | Dual portable/desktop power supply modes

    BTW, I was apparently wrong a few days ago when I stated that the PL50 linear power supply was not available from any US seller. I found a trusted California FiiO seller on eBay who had new US version PL50s at somewhat less than the AliExpress price and, even better, offered free shipping with...
  10. Marlowe

    ThieAudio Monarch MKII Experience

    Not sure I understand since the Andromeda 2020 (at least new) is actually more expensive than the Monarch MII (the classic version is exactly the same price).
  11. Marlowe

    Gustard H16

    I appreciate this information which explains a lot. I use the H16 in my Blu-ray TV setup and from the start I thought that I either had a bad unit or Gustard's stated power output was overstated. I expected to primarily use medium gain, but I needed high gain on everything with, depending on...
  12. Marlowe

    Massdrop x Focal Elex Review & Measurements

    I have a XLR cable for the Elex (from Periapt) and a 4.4mm (with XLR adapter) for the Hifiman Arya Stealth (from Audiophile Ninja, compatible with the Elex); with 3.5mm terminations they'd both run around 60 bucks. Both cables work well, are well made and have good feel. Also, both companies are...
  13. Marlowe

    [FiiO Q7] Portable Desktop-Class DAC and Headphone Amplifier,3000mW output power | Fully balanced THX AAA 788+ amplifier | Dual portable/desktop power supply modes

    I'm planning to get the PL50 next month when I get the Q7 (I need to wait a few weeks for funds). Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be available on Amazon, Apos (I'm planning to get the Q7 here since they don't charge sales tax), or anywhere in the US. AFAIK, it's only available in the US...
  14. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    I had this exact discussion earlier today on the ZMF Aeolus thread. I recommended the Valhalla 2 to a poster looking for an inexpensive tube amp for the 300 ohm dynamic Aeolus, but noted that it wasn't a good match for low impedance planars (like the Arya). Another poster disagreed with me, but...
  15. Marlowe

    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    But how much power does it have down there? The Arya Stealth is much easier to drive than previous versions, but it is still significantly less sensitive than the LCD-X. Schiit's website doesn't give a power rating for the Valhalla 2 at any impedance below 300 ohms, which itself is suggestive...
  16. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Thanks, I largely agree with you. I asked one reviewer (who gave great reviews to both the K9 ESS and Q7 about their relative performance without regard to form factor and he said that the K9 would perform slightly better with most headphones (unless you have something like an Abyss or Susvara...
  17. Marlowe

    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    I've primarily listened to the Aeolus on the tube hybrid Liquid Platinum, which is almost always on sale at Monoprice, and it sounds quite nice. (Though TBH I'm planning on replacing it some time next year with a solid state Class A amp to better match my new Hifiman Arya Stealth, probably...
  18. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Interesting about the FiiO K9 and the Arya Stealth, though I see you have the now discontinued AKM version. I am looking for a new amp and DAC to use in my preferred late night listening spot without moving gear or using a dongle and am currently dithering between the K9 Pro ESS version ($850...
  19. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Yep, that's how I got a brand new Arya Stealth in October. I believe Hifiman has downgraded the Arya packaging at least twice. I think the Arya originally came in in a pretty nice faux leather display box (similar to the one I got with the OG 2.5mm version of the 400i almost six years). When the...
  20. Marlowe

    Cayin RU6: R-2R USB Dongle DAC with Head-Amp

    Gee, thin skinned much? Why is it so hard to acknowledge there are different strokes for different folks and leave it at that? (And accept it that most people on a board devoted to the RU6 are unlikely to agree with you on these matters.) For various reasons, I primarily use the RU6 for...
  21. Marlowe

    Burson Soloist 3X Performance Head/Pre Amp - 8Wpc XLR with MUSE72320 volume control

    FWIW, this has been my standard procedure with all amps and headphones for years (and with no audio playing, of course). Easy to do and I haven't lost a headphone yet. And a segue: has anyone heard the new Violectric V220? That and the Soloist are my final candidates for a new amp (purchase...
  22. Marlowe

    ThieAudio Monarch MKII Experience

    I'm admit (without wanting debate) that I'm not really a believer in cables altering sound quality, but I do have after market cables for almost all my full size headphones for aesthetic reasons (and to run them balanced, of course) and have a copper XLR model from Arctic Cables for my ZMF...
  23. Marlowe

    FiiO K9 Pro Hi-Fi DeskDop DAC&Bluetooth&Amplifier,XLR/RCA/4.4/Optical/Coaxial interface

    I knew you had reviewed both amps and was thinking of posting the links in response, but you beat me to it. Both were informative reviews, and both amps have received almost unanimously good to rave reviews, but I'm seriously thinking of getting the FiiO early next year (when I get the funds...
  24. Marlowe

    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Tedious people hijacking a thread by posting repetitious post after repetitious post about their personal obsessions is not at the heart of this hobby as I understand it. I don't like being this bluntly unpleasant, but this has gone on way too long.
  25. Marlowe

    Massdrop x Focal Elex Review & Measurements

    In less than a year, three stock XLR cables failed. I finally replaced it with a cable from Periapt that has worked for several years without issue. I've had no other problems but really don't use the Elex anymore since I got a couple of headphones (ZMF Aeolus, Hifiman Arya) that I prefer.
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