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  1. Liu Junyuan

    SOLD: Danacable Lazuli Reference (Utopia, 1/4 inch single ended)

    This is arguably one of the most synergistic cables one can purchase for the Focal Utopia. I have already written much about its merits on the dedicated Utopia thread. And so have many others; its status has become legendary at this point. As such, I am only selling because I am purchasing a...
  2. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    One of my Utopia systems is fairly similar to yours. How does the Stellia pair with the 3F in comparison with the Utopia/3F? I am curious in the Stellias.
  3. Liu Junyuan

    SOLD: WTS Schiit Modi 3

    Modi 3 is sold. Thank you.
  4. Liu Junyuan

    Norne Audio (Was: Norse Audio): Feedback & Impression Thread

    I agree. Not a hint of fatigue accompanies its soaring technicalities and veil-lifting transparency/clarity. The words that comes to my mind is refinement and polish. Images are more focused. I also thought it added a hint of elegant richness to the presentation, but I will have to return to my...
  5. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I know you asked MacedonianHero, but since I currently own the Lazuli Reference, I may be able to help fill in some details. He will be in a better position to discuss its merits/shortcomings in relation to the Heimdall 2. First, many people have posted impressions of Lazuli Reference's...
  6. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    And since you are using the slightly warmly tuned GSX-mini with the Utopia, a more neutral cable probably makes more sense at this point anyway. The Heimdall was a popular cable with the Utopia, particularly in the early days of its release, as was the Kimber Axios. I don't hear much discussion...
  7. Liu Junyuan

    SOLD: WTS Schiit Modi 3

    I am selling a Modi 3, one of the best measuring DACs available. It sounds great in my system and competes with DACs several times higher in price. Perhaps my favorite thing about it is how it sounds both neutral yet non-fatiguing, its sonic versatility accommodating a wide range of gear...
  8. Liu Junyuan

    SOLD: JDS Labs Atom Headphone Amplifier

    I am selling my Atom amplifier. It is in excellent cosmetic condition and works flawlessly. Included will be all original packaging for amp and power supply. This is the US 110-120V version. The JDS Labs Atom is a highly versatile headphone amplifier that measures extremely well. I prefer to...
  9. Liu Junyuan

    Arctic Cables Discussion Thread

    I am pretty much set on getting the AC silver for my Utopia. I sent an inquiry directly through the AC website, but I was wondering if anyone else could chip in with some questions I had: On the signum+ page, there are three options for solder wire: Cardas Quad Eutectic Silver Solder, Mundorf...
  10. Liu Junyuan

    New Amp from HeadAmp - GS-X Mini

    I see you have the Utopia in your signature. If you still have it, could you please comment on the pairing? what color did you get? Any photos?
  11. Liu Junyuan

    Arctic Cables Discussion Thread

    Very helpful post. I am most surprised you perceived the AC silver edges out the Norne S3, which I preferred to the Lazuli Reference and Norne Draug Silver. Could you go more in detail comparing these two?
  12. Liu Junyuan

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    The "[H]ave you ever heard of any" argument is logically flawed. Do I really need to point this out? It's the fallacy from ignorance https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_ignorance Have you ever heard of any X? No? Well, I guess X does not exist. Do you see how that type of argument...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Both are comfortable to me. Utopia is not the same feeling as Clear. Clear are more clamped. Despite their weight, I prefer the feeling of Utopia: they have just the right clamp, and the lampskin pads feel very nice. However, I love the comfort of the HD800S and think it is more universally...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    The frame you use to evaluate the objects around you is flawed, and severely so. There is no objective flaw you can apply to my subjective enjoyment of the Utopia. Nor is it true that the Utopia has been eclipsed. The point that "no one is buying Utopias these days" is a horrible argument for...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    Well, the Utopia has been in my listening rotation since it was released in summer of 2016. It is an outstanding headphone that conveys extreme technical prowess, even to this day, especially to this day. The HD800S is another outstanding headphone. The last two times I have listened to it in my...
  16. Liu Junyuan

    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

    I love the DT1990. This is so nice with my audio chain, I must say. Modi 3 is more than sufficient as a DAC feeding the ZDS.
  17. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Can you please tell me, just to clarify, if you think the Abyss TC is objectively superior to the Utopia? I have a very difficult time understanding if you do. So I would appreciate it if you could just drop by the thread once a week and let us all know. I am not capable of searching the thread...
  18. Liu Junyuan

    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    I think he needs to figure out his preferences and then work from there. Synergy is everything in this hobby. The headphone cannot be separated from the rig that drives it, particularly at the high end.
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    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    The point of the thread wasn't to answer the question about what the best headphones in the world he should buy. I mean, we could also recommend him the Abyss Phi TC, ZMF Verite, Focal Utopia, LCD-4, Empyrean, Susvara, Orpheus. Or even go to Dave/Mscaler, Dcs Bartok, T2 stat amp, Uber Krell Rig...
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    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    HD800S are really nice headphones. I think the original HD800 are more awe-inspiring, having a greater WOW factor, but are concomitantly more finicky with sources/amps. They need mods and EQ. The lack of fatigue of the HD800S surprised me and continues to surprise me. The HD800 fatigued me...
  21. Liu Junyuan

    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    Yeah. Yggy has some fat bass. I had Gungnir Multibit A1 and Yggy A1 with ZDS, and the latter was both brighter and bassier in comparison. What version of Gumby are you running?
  22. Liu Junyuan

    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    I am enjoying this civil dialogue. I understand you are speaking from experience. But this experience does not solidify the factual superiority of estats in the face of those who experience estats differently. Empiricism works both ways. I really couldn't count the amount of people I know who...
  23. Liu Junyuan

    Best Amp + Dac for HD800 S

    I agree with your assessment of the ZDS as a unique OTL amplifier. I have had mine since 2017. I have received many personal messages from people who sold theirs off "for the next best thing" and yet regret selling the ZDS. The ZDS is for the person who aims for a balance between the experience...
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    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    I just want to point this out so others new to the hobby are not mislead. Your assumption that the HD800S is low to middle-summit fi was phrased as if it were a fact. I completely disagree, not only with your placing of the HD800S but with your terminology used for ranking in the first place...
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