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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    My left driver failed last week. Today I returned them to my dealer for a warranty repair. Can somebody tell me - what is this process like? How long until they come back? Do they repair or replace? Mine were made Oct 2016 and purchased Dec 2016. Has quality control improved (or declined)? Has...
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    Comment by 'ab_ba' in item 'clearaudio concept turntable'

    Thanks! What did you end up going with? There's a philosophy that "dollar for dollar, vinly and digital are equivalent." I'm not sure I agree. I just moved up to a Clearaudio Performance table, and I really love it.
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    Comment by 'ab_ba' in item 'clearaudio concept turntable'

    The ideal cartridge for it is probably a Concept MC. I put a Talismann cartridge on it. The upgrade was wonderful, but then I decided the Concept was not getting the most out of the Talismann, so I traded in the Concept for a Performance talbe with a Tracer tonearm. The combination is...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Thanks Fried. That makes perfect sense (of course). The adapter has been tossed in my bin of bad ideas.   And, for the low price of $15 and a little public embarassment, I've learned firsthand the principles of audio comparisons: (1) Volume-match with an SPL and a test tone before you try to...
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    Pittsburgh HeadPhile Meet!

    22nd works for me! Earlier in the day is better. 
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    JH Audio Customer Appreciation Event- 24 HOURS ONLY!

    I'm so happy with my JH-13's. It's very tempting to take this opportunity to upgrade...
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    Pittsburgh HeadPhile Meet!

    Hey Pittsburgh Headphiles,   I just posted my review of the Focal Utopias, if anyone is interested.   http://www.head-fi.org/products/focal-utopia/reviews/17726   Purchased, of course, at MTME.   -Aaron
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    Pittsburgh HeadPhile Meet!

    Hey frankbunny,   Those are JH-13 (Jerry Harvey). The artwork is the album art from Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. They did a great job with the look, not to mention the sound!   -Aaron
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Hey all,   I've just undertaken some MAJOR rig upgrades. I bought a Clearaudio Concept turntable, a Violectric PPA V600 phono stage, AND, a pair of Focal Utopias.    My V281 is still the centerpiece, but these updates have brought me to a whole new level of musical delight.    I just...
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    New Loaner Program - Moon Neo 230 Headphone amp and DAC

    http://www.head-fi.org/products/simaudio-230had/reviews/17728   Pros: Smooth and integrated sound presentation Cons: None, at this price-point I can give this amp a solid “buy” recommendation, if it is in your financial sweet spot. Better amps cost a lot more, and the 230HAD sounds better...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I have been VERY happy with the balanced cable I bought from ebay seller Venus Audio:   http://www.ebay.com/usr/venus_audio   The price was great, it has a nice weight and texture, and it's been really durable. Just be aware they can be slow sometimes.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I've heard the Abyss, and I have LCD-3's. I have not heard the LCD-4. I would not get the Abyss if you are interested in female vocals. Get the Abyss if you're into 80s hair metal. I do like vocals on the LCD-3, but I prefer them on my HD800. I'll bet they'd be even better on the HD800S. I...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Hey PleasantSounds, I agree! My V281 works wonderfully as a preamp. I just figured out that you can configure it to bypass the volume knob and provide a line-level output, if your amp has a volume knob. To do it, hold down the "line" button for a couple seconds till it flashes. Then, press "XLR"...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I’ve been enjoying keeping up with this thread, but I haven’t posted anything in a while. I figured it was time. I’m about four months into owning my Vio, using it every day, and loving it only more and more.    A month ago I set up my V281/V800 stack as my stereo preamp. It’s working great...
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    Introducing Violectric (by Lake People) Cables

    It’s nice to see this thread exists. I grabbed a pair of XLR cables when I bought my V281/V800 stack a few months ago. It just felt wrong somehow to just use my Monoprice cables with my fancy new gear.   I’m definitely on the fence about cables. On one hand, it doesn’t make much sense to the...
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    [DISCOUNT EXPIRED] New Chesky Release, Dunnun Kan

    Thanks for this suggestion! I followed it, and I'm glad I did. Up Close is a great album, and the sonics are really immersive. I'm also enjoying Dunnun Kan. How long I wonder till we can each get a HRTF of our own?
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    [DISCOUNT EXPIRED] New Chesky Release, Dunnun Kan

    I just purchased this album (got billed) but I've been unable to download it.    I am on a mac, running OS X 10.11 (beta.) Whether I use Safari or Chrome, I get an error message that says “there is no application set to open the URL hdtracks://Run".   Just a warning to anybody else trying to...
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    Big Sound 2015

      Details at http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/big-sound-2015-lets-get-some-ears#lGUq308YECSqEpPo.97   Dates are limited, and first come first served.
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    Big Sound 2015

    My current setup is a Violectric V281 amp and V800 dac, driving LCD3 and HD800 (both balanced.)    When I'm visiting Big Sound 2015 I'll be wondering:   - Do the HE1000s *really* sound like an ideal mix of the LCD3 and the HD800? - Where are the Abyss on the price-to-performance curve? (I...
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    Big Sound 2015

    Reserved. This thread will be edited to be a list of links to posts people share about their impressions after visiting Big Sound 2015. That will make this thread more useful as an archive. 
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    Big Sound 2015

    Tyll Hertsens at InnerFidelity is inviting some of us regular folks to visit his Big Sound 2015 rig. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity, and I'm grateful to Tyll, and to the good people at Stereophile, and of course to the companies that loaned their gear for this. I signed up to visit...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Hey has anybody else taken the plunge after reading John's review? It sounded like a few people were right on the verge... what did you decide?
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    Pittsburgh, PA --Saturday, March 14--Impressions Thread

    Hey folks,   (I hope somebody's still got a subscription to this thread.)   On a whim last week, I searched for "Pittsburgh" on head-fi. It was bittersweet to discover that I'm not the only one in town who cares about headphones, but that I had missed this event.   I headed out to Music To...
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    McIntosh MHA-100 headphone amplifier review

    >> I am testing the HE-1000 later this month and I have high hopes for them with my MHA100. <<   Hey musicman,   That's exactly my current "dream combination". Will you have a chance to demo them together? If so, please please let us know what you think!
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