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  1. TheAttorney

    Supercharging Chord Dave's internal amplifier

    Okay, I'll have a look at that option, although I had the impression that the 4 orange caps at the output end would give a bigger SQ boost - i.e. broadly equivalent to replacing the SMPS with a Farad 3. I have a stock DAVE, and there are quite a few choices now, including an Arc6 DC4 should I...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    I think the HEK height adjustment is very important. A while back,I went rather OTT with this post Here. So OTT, that it may have put some people off trying. But I stand by what I said. The end result was a position lower than felt normal, but it did bring the ear canal closer to the widest...
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    Supercharging Chord Dave's internal amplifier

    A very interesting comparison :beerchug: To summarize, my understanding of the result is... 1. The external p/s (Farad I think) and your cap mod give broadly equivalent results, with only subtle differences in bass performance. 2. This means that your cap mod is much greater VFM and also much...
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    Zähl HM1 - Reference Headphone Amplifier

    Who is their UK rep? I haven't found any reference to a UK distributor or dealer. Only an appearance in a UK hifi show a while back. I'd like to be able to demo the HM1 in the UK.
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    Grimm MU1 - demo impressions

    I felt that 1.5 gave an incremental overall boost to SQ. On further listening to a variety of recordings, 1.5 sounded a bit more full-bodied and smoother than before. This benefited most recordings, but for those already on the smooth/warm side, then 1.5 may be too much of a good thing (by...
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    Audio Grade Fuses

    I've never noticed over-smoothing with either the SR Orange or Purple - just a more "natural" presentation. But with so many system and person variables, everyone's mileage varies. Fuse direction does affect this aspect of presentation If you specifically want a more detailed and forward...
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    Audio Grade Fuses

    The SR Orange is great all round, but the Purple is better all round. I can't quantify this in numbers, but if I was buying from scratch, I'd pay the extra for the Purple. And if I already had an Orange, I'd hang onto it for a while and wait for the next new colour that will probably be raved...
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    Grimm MU1 - demo impressions

    The USB part of your chain is significantly more advanced than mine was, so yes it will be interesting to see how the MU1 compares to that, The MU1's fuse is 5x20mm 0.6A Slow. Even allowing for SR's reputation for premature failure, I think 2A is rather high. However, it would be fine for a...
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    Grimm MU1 - demo impressions

    I replaced a tweaked NUC, M-Scaler, external LPS, ISORegen and 4 expensive USB&BNC cables, with an MU1 and a single great AES cable going into my DAVE. Full story in the Grimm MU1 thread over at AS - this is the most comprehensive MU1 thread I've come across, and essential reading for anyone...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    I don't think you should worry about any "scooped out mids" issue with the SE. I don't recognize that at all. If anything the V2's are slightly more U shaped because of their slight mid-bass bump and treble peakiness (don't shoot me, V2 fans, I said "slightly". V2 is still pretty good and also...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    I have briefly compared at a dealer's showroom, in Round 1 of a mini shootout between Diana V2, Elite, 8000Pro, Susvara, LCD-5 and my own HEKse. The Diana was easily the worst performer in this group - it just sounded a bit hollow and artificial. To be fair, it was fairly new in stock and had...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    You are talking to a group of audiophiles... patience comes down very low on our list of virtues :). As you appear to be a Member of the Trade, will your own cables be part of this comparison? Or maybe these are reference points for designing your own cables?
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    Grimm MU1 - demo impressions

    Looks like a very impressive set of equipment you have there. I've never heard of this cable company. What other AES cables did you compare it to?
  14. TheAttorney

    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    I thought Joshua's review was well presented and balanced. However, IMO the HEK SE lost nothing compared to V2. For me, the SE was incrementally better on any parameter that mattered to me, including the treble response. Everyone's mileage varies. There's no doubt though that the reduced V2...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    I'd be interested to know how the Zahl's sound stage narrowing function will work with the Elites, for that should be closer to Dave's cross-feed effect. I would expect any widening effect to further exacerbate the hard left/right panning of certain recordings. Although the Elite's sound stage...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    The hybrid pads are 25mm deep. If you have big-ish ears then they may touch the metal grill of the pads. My right ear is slightly larger than left, and it can sometimes just slightly touch the grill, but I can easily stop that by slight adjustments of the pad against my jaw line. The 30mm deep...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    Interesting findings. I agree that moving the pads, way beyond what initially seems to be right, is very worthwhile (akin to moving your listening chair and loudspeaker locations when listening to a loudspeaker system). Where I think it gets more complicated is in the need to get a perfect...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    When I briefly looked at the Vibrapods specs, DAVE's 5kg weight was in between models 1 and 2. If anything, it was closer to Model 1 (max load 4 x 1.36kg) than Model 2 (min load 4 x 1.81 kg). According to the Vibrapod website, all 5 models have exactly the same dimensions. (I'm still using...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    Agreed. The Toxic SW worked as well with the Elites as it previously did with my HEKse. It's a very neutral, universal cable. Regarding broken XLR connections and Lavricables, I re-terminated my Toxic SW myself, from 3.5mm plug for HEKse, to Furutech 4-pin mini xlr for the Elites. I'm very much...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    I have the MU1 direct to DAVE via an AES cable. Fantastic combination. My full story is in the Grimm MU1 thread over at AS.
  22. TheAttorney

    Which Tweaks have worked for you?

    Too late. If I make two changes at the same time I won't know the relative importance of each change. I've temporarily added the QSA wall socket without any cleaning. Then after a few days, I will take it out again, clean all contacts, add the Nano and then permanently fix the wall socket. For...
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    Audio Grade Fuses

    Based on limited experience a long time ago, I wouldn't bother with the SR20. I think SR Red is the minimum start point to get a worthwhile improvement, and each higher colour is better, with Purple being best. Yes they're expensive for the apparent material content, but it is what it is...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    You need to go into DAC mode by simultaneously pressing left and right buttons (see manual). Yes it's a bit obscure. This fixes the output at -3db. Leaving DAVE in preamp mode and setting the volume to -3db has the same affect, but you also have the option to adjust the output to better suit the...
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    MEZE AUDIO ELITE - The New Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone - official thread

    This was balanced out, as were all the amps I tried that day, other than Dave direct. I didn't check the voltage of the external power supply - it remained at whatever the dealer set. Such subtleties could well make a difference in longer term listening. I agree that CF2 and 3 on DAVE does...
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