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  1. Sonic Defender

    FiiO Q5, Flagship DAC/Amp, an Dual DAC, USB/Optical/Coaxial/Line in, share the same amp module with X7.

    It will be the jack. Have you confirmed that the headphone cable isn't the issue with other devices? Should have nothing to do with the Bluetooth.
  2. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    No, you can use single ended with your headphone. If that is what you were asking about. The connection between the amp and DAC does not constrain the headphone connection to the amp.
  3. Sonic Defender

    Astell&Kern A&futura SE200: First DAP With Multiple DACs - Head-Fi TV

    It is the actual jack that benefits from the larger tip of the 4.4mm connector. Unless I am misunderstanding what I have read. The jacks are supposed to be more stable due to better internal contact force during the connection. Considering that the DAC itself should be transparent it would seem...
  4. Sonic Defender

    Astell&Kern A&futura SE200: First DAP With Multiple DACs - Head-Fi TV

    It is an open standard. It isn't like A&K invented the DAC or any other component in their gear so why would this particular choice be so problematic. Eventually they will learn.
  5. Sonic Defender

    Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless - Impressions Thread

    It does sound like a possible battery issue. Good thing about the wired connectivity being well done. That is my one concern with wireless where the batteries aren't easily replaced. It becomes an environmental issue if people are just getting three or four years out of them and then discarding...
  6. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    I wouldn't go so far as to say Nirvana, just very happy and at almost $400 I also wouldn't say cheap, I would say affordable.
  7. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    Yes that is what I said. Seriously, come with an argument worth making. For the record I used to spend money on DACs, I had the NAD M51 which is a solidly engineered piece of kit. I am quite glad that I sold it and the Chord Mojo at the same time. My SMSL M200 sounds every bit as nice, has more...
  8. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    We will agree to disagree. You use speakers and headphones, or even DSP to provide colour. DACs that noticeably colour the sound are poorly designed, no question about it. I would never invest in a DAC that colours the sound, but that is just me. A DAC has only one purpose, and a very simple...
  9. Sonic Defender

    FiiO AM3D-FiiO Releases the THX AAA Powered Headphone Amplifier Module AM3D

    Once you reach the level of audible transparency it doesn't matter and we arrived there with DACs and amps (properly designed ones) several years ago. It is possible that in the output stage between the two devices there is an audible signature difference, but that in itself has nothing to do...
  10. Sonic Defender

    SONY WH1000XM3 - better than QC35 in noise cancelling?

    Any thread is ok to talk about related information in and I appreciate the perspective. There is a relationship between driver size and ability to generate bass so that smaller driver will struggle with reproducing deeper bass and it either rolls it off aggressively or it distorts. If you find...
  11. Sonic Defender

    Watches - another passion of ours, it seems...post your pics!

    If I could I am sure I would spend foolishly on these wonderful devices. By the way, the jewels are always synthetic corundum (Ruby) not actual rubies. At least since man-made alternatives have been available.
  12. Sonic Defender

    Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)

    The flatter the impedance response of a headphone the less effect any possible impedance mismatch with an amplifier will have. Typically planar designs have decent impedance responses. I have heard the Verum One driven by the 4.4mm input on my AM3D module, but if I remember the output impedance...
  13. Sonic Defender

    Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)

    Thanks for the feedback. No I haven't heard the Drop +, that is why I said it was an educated guess. I like to hear many impressions about a headphone. I can't tell you how often I read that person x thought headphone y was sub par and that headphone b was better than headphone y, but when I...
  14. Sonic Defender

    Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)

    I think the very best experience you will ever have, and the most convenient, is to get a great Bluetooth headphone, such as the Drop + THX Panda. First be very confident because this is true, well done Bluetooth sounds as good as any wired connection. Bluetooth technology and headphone designs...
  15. Sonic Defender

    SMSL M400 is coming around at a concessional rate! ---MQA DAC AK4499 Full Balanced aptX-HD Bluetooth5.0

    Waste of time for all concerned. In all my years here I have never met a subjectivist who is willing to actually test their assumptions. They just want to believe what they want to believe, proof and science are meaningless. Objectivist folks are also never going to bend and believe in the...
  16. Sonic Defender

    FiiO AM3D-FiiO Releases the THX AAA Powered Headphone Amplifier Module AM3D

    I'm sure someone has, but likely very few people. Should sound pretty much the same if level matched I would think.
  17. Sonic Defender

    Klipsch High End Over Ear-your input appreciated

    If you get a chance well worth the time to get a parametric equalizer to play around with. Not that a graphic equalizer can't be useful, but it offers a much less nuanced approach, kind of a blunted tool by way of comparison to a properly done parametric equalizer.
  18. Sonic Defender

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    Great follow-up information, certainly suggests that you know how to go about tailoring your sound. Have you considered getting a parametric equalizer plugin? That way you can also adjust the spread of your frequency attenuations. Cheers.
  19. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    To be fair today's cars are way more aerodynamic so design is more about efficiency than pure aesthetics.
  20. Sonic Defender

    Schiit Modius discussion - $199 balanced AK4493 DAC

    It should be very, very, very difficult to tell DACs apart unless they are intentionally designed to have a signature which would be a terrible approach. Really the DAC should be transparent and just get out of the way. Virtually every report when you hear people tell you about the differences...
  21. Sonic Defender

    Klipsch HP-3

    I found the HP-3 to be quite comfortable right from the beginning so it will depend on your head. Hopefully you will not find the HP-3 uncomfortable. It isn't the last word in comfort, but it certainly is comfortable.
  22. Sonic Defender

    Klipsch HP-3

    The HP-3 is a signature that is very deliberate and those who tuned it clearly had to decide where and how to optimize the HP-3 and nothing comes with a free lunch. The HP-3 would not be the best choice for music like Mr. Kitty, and I am quite certain the designers are good with that trade off...
  23. Sonic Defender

    FiiO AM3D-FiiO Releases the THX AAA Powered Headphone Amplifier Module AM3D

    All the more reason the Q5s is so darn compelling. You can use the very advanced Android builds typical in good smartphones as your source, either with Bluetooth or USB. I know that for myself as I am not an active social media person and I generally use my phone as a camera, music player or...
  24. Sonic Defender

    FiiO AM3D-FiiO Releases the THX AAA Powered Headphone Amplifier Module AM3D

    No, AM3D has never been standard issue. I don't think FiiO has a stable supply of the required components to make the AM3D. Clearly FiiO could sell a great deal more of the AM3D which strongly suggests that if they could offer more for sale, they would. I am so happy that I picked up an AM3D...
  25. Sonic Defender

    help! no Headphone socket on my hi fi

    The Naim would almost for certain be a stunning headphone amp. I have used my M3 as a headphone amp exclusively for years.
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