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  1. manpowre

    Focal Clear headphones

    Its 'M'-shape Aluminum/Magnesium dome, with solid copper voice coil. Compared to elear the 20khz breakup is moved to 22khz due to the new design and greater control. Edit: Also Focal Clear har 55ohm impedance, while both Elear and Utopia is in the 80's ohm. Also there are 3 types of cables in...
  2. manpowre

    Focal Clear headphones

    To me the Clear seemed more tonal balanced with the equipment that were used, both Auralic Vega G2 as dac and the HDV820 as a dac. The Utopia for me became a little too bright, while the Clear was a great sound listening, also considering the price level Clear comes in at with HDV820 while...
  3. manpowre

    Focal Clear headphones

    I listened to the Focal Clear with the Sennheiser HDV820, and that combination is damn solid.. Im impressed with that combo to be honest.!! just a thumbs up for those who consider Focal Clear. I also again - listened to Utopia, and I preferred the Clear to be honest. Seems like Focal has done a...
  4. manpowre

    AURALiC owners unite!

    I had 2 hours with Auralic Vega G2 together with my own LCD4 and the HDV820 as amp + Focal Utopia and Clear today.. I have to say, Im impresed by the Vega G2. I wish I had more time with it. Originally I came home from a Sennheiser HE-1 demo a few days ago and was confused as hell as the Vega...
  5. manpowre

    Life after Yggdrasil?

    I guess he said "At first listen, the Vega seemed hyper-detailed and in initial impressions it'd be very easy to think it out-resolved Yggdrasil", Im well aware he was talking about Vega, I heard Vega G2.
  6. manpowre

    Life after Yggdrasil?

    @Torq thanks for that excellent summary.. I believe you are spot on with what I experienced, as I wrote earlier in this thread I did experience better transparency and liveliness with my current setup than what I heard in the shop with my own music. For all the other comments about comparing a...
  7. manpowre

    Life after Yggdrasil?

    I thnk I have to audit another pair of lcd4, or mabye check out Focal Utopia at home.. and I have to get my LCD4 into the shop and review the Auralic part to check out what those modules sound like too. Its not that I dont have micro details, just the setup with HE-1 put micro details to another...
  8. manpowre

    Life after Yggdrasil?

    I thought about that to be honest. Its just like the shop owner told me - you just dont know where to start to look for improvements.
  9. manpowre

    Gustard A20H DAC (Dual AK4497EQ, analog preamp, headphone amp, all in one)

    Anybody got a chance to compare Schiit Yggdrasil against A20H ?
  10. manpowre

    Audeze LCD-4

    Did Audeze make a pad option for the LCD4 ? my local shop recommended going to a different type of pads. Some people locally say they experience improvements without me knowing what kind of improvements.
  11. manpowre

    Life after Yggdrasil?

    I listened to Sennheiser HE-1 the other day, with for some shop-reason Auralic streamer/dac going XLR3 to the HE-1. I experienced alot of micro details in the music I brought which I dont get with my Yggy - V281 - LCD4, and Im wondering why. offcourse, we cant compare a 60k system to my system...
  12. manpowre

    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    I knew about this already, and considered to include it in my post, but I didnt want to dig too deep into the technical aspects of what actually happens on decoding level, but for the average user setting the driver to 24 bit / 96khz is the closest we can get to increased quality compared to...
  13. manpowre

    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    Improvement over what are you referring to ? If its improvement over 16/44/48, MQA is definetely better variant as it has lower noise floor with 24 bits and thereby higher dynamic range. About 44/48 and 96/192 khz discussion, it extends the audible hertz from way above audible area of humans...
  14. manpowre

    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    Hi @DangerToast,    Take a look at this link for proper MQA explanation: http://www.audiostream.com/content/mqa-decoding-explained   MQA has 3 unfolding levels, 2 of them are software decoded, while last level is hardware decoded only by MQA certified DAC's.  The first level is 24/48 which...
  15. manpowre

    TASCAM UH-7000

    This is whats nice with forums, you engage with some content and get feedback, and thanks to your post, I went through my fft analyzer, and I found that the test tone was sending signal at +2 db.. I took the test tone down to -1.02 db, and that made the fft different. I have seen that...
  16. manpowre

    TASCAM UH-7000

    Heres the FFT spectrum of 11khz tone at -0.5db sent through my system to the Tascam Line inputs and recorded.   This 11khz test tone is With AES sync, sent through my DAC to analog line input of Tascam unit, recorded.     This is only with the internal clock of the Tascam unit, sent...
  17. manpowre

    TASCAM UH-7000

    I finally came to a good conclusion with my setup of the Tascam unit. About a month ago, I got a LPS (so called low noise) and its been running now stable where I had about 5-6 evenings totally focused on testing, listening and enjoying working with my Tascam unit and I felt I didnt get the good...
  18. manpowre

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Have you heard Schiit Yggdrasil ? Alot of TOTL HP owners use this DAC and praises it for its damn accuracy for live instruments and drums!
  19. manpowre

    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    What about Madonna- Like a Virgin ? that was recorded in 13 bits ! and still 13 bits on MQA.
  20. manpowre

    CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more

    Or, it means that noise floor has been lifted upwards to give bit-headroom for the different unfolding mechanisms.. Who knows what it means. Im working these days with a blog to show this, just working on the test methods for me and everyone else to fully understand it.
  21. manpowre

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    totally agree with that statement.
  22. manpowre

    Audeze LCD-4

      The guy was from California right ? we dont know what Audeze is proposing to the person on their private support chat. With the person going quiet is usually a good sign, we just get the outburst here, and then people calm down once the manufacturer does its support part. If hes from...
  23. manpowre

    Audeze LCD-4

      To be fair, the LCD4 hasnt had that many issues, as far as I can recall there were mostly one huge issue with LCD4 and that was the 100 ohm version that came out mid-2015, and got quickly replaced by Audeze with a 200 ohm version as the reliability of the diapgragm wasnt as good as they hoped...
  24. manpowre

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Did Focal change the sound signature in the Utopia since release ? I didnt see that happen - yet. I know Focal has asked the community for which changes the community want on the HP, but didnt know that they actually changed the sound signature of the can ?
  25. manpowre

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    It seems that 2017 will get some products that is going after the Amp need for heavy-to-drive headphones like LCD4, Abyss, etc.. The Amp Cavali Liquid Gold. What interest me vs the V281 is that if a IEM is plugged in to the amp, it hits the noise floor. I tried this on my V281 and didnt hear the...
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