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  1. BlackstoneJD

    FS: Bryston BHA-1 Balanced Headphone Amplifier - Silver - Mint Condition

    $1,350 including shipping and paypal. Unit is absolutely mint. Current MSRP on this unit is $1999. BHA-1 Original Box Original packing. Balance of warranty per manufacturer. (Approx 18 years left on warranty)
  2. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    Don't get me wrong I use JRiver myself! Love it.
  3. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    I don't doubt at all what you are saying about PC. I think relatively speaking there are probably much better sources but I would not call my PC a rotten source. It doesn't sound rotten. The Melco is probably a big step up. From what I have heard it beats even the most meticulously crafted audio...
  4. BlackstoneJD

    The Future of Audio pops up in New York City

    Do you mean the Occulus Rift headset? Is it on display. That would go great with a pair of HE-1s!
  5. BlackstoneJD

    PS1000 Impressions Thread

    My dad is balancing his PS1000e this week I think. When he does he will probably bring them over to compare with my PS1000 on the Ayre QX-5 Twenty. I expect to be jealous at that point.
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    PS1000 Impressions Thread

    AIFF tagging never worked for me. I always had problems with transfers.
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    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    You are entitled to your opinion. No need to apologize. For that kind of money you should just love it. It is all subjective. A wise man once told me, if you can't hear the difference between two units get the cheaper one. There are days when it all seems like nonsense. Codex is positioned...
  8. BlackstoneJD

    Sennheiser HE-1 (Orpheus) Demonstration (Chicago)!

    I did hear this system last night for a few minutes. It was a strange experience. It is hard to describe the difference between this system and the dynamic headphones I am used to. It was very different. It was a more well rounded, bigger presentation than you would expect from a headphone...
  9. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

      You need to identify specifically what drivers you are referring to before making claims like this. Also, what makes you think using this driver "closes the gap" between Codex and QX-5? Wouldn't the use of these drivers on QX-5 also improve its performance? Further, what you are describing...
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    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    Music Man what is the version number? of the Streamlength driver you are talking about?
  11. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    Music Man have you heard the QX-5?
  12. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub DAC/Headphone Amp

    You should demo the QX-5 first, no doubt. It will be some time before anyone does that shootout.
  13. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    I posted on the QX-5. I heard it in what I think was a $60,000+ system. It was redonkulous good. It certainly was not beyond human hearing. Don't listen to it if you like what you have! The analog circuitry and proprietary digital filters make the Ayre magic happen. Also the headphone output on...
  14. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub DAC/Headphone Amp

    Bump. No interest in this magical gadget?
  15. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    Note Jriver might have some features designed to avoid this. Like "play silence to avoid clicks/pops".
  16. BlackstoneJD

    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    YOur m2 drive should not take longer to boot than your spinner. That 950 m2 is like one of the fastest drives on the market. The Samsung Magician Utility has a function called rapid mode that tremendously increases the performance of their drives. Also it has performance optimization utilities...
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub DAC/Headphone Amp

    I heard it. The upshot is it was one of the best systems I have ever heard, speaker and headphone both. I know the DAC was a big factor because I compared what I heard through the speakers with the on board headphone amplifier and a lot of the same attributes were there.   Here is my post from...
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    Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp

    Did you power cycle the dac? Unplug power cord for like 30 seconds and then plug back in? If the issue is hardware related I am sure they will address it. I am wondering if when you added the power supply thing what really resolved it was power cycling the unit. Even the most expensive devices...
  19. BlackstoneJD

    New headphone amplifier from Bryston

    Have any of you guys found that when you switched from using the single ended output for an extended period of time to the balanced output that the unit needs "break-in" on the unused balanced output. I recently balanced my Grado PS1000 cans and I am finding the sound a bit more fatiguing. It is...
  20. BlackstoneJD

    PS1000 Impressions Thread

    One last comment. I am suspecting the balanced output on my Bryston BHA-1 amp needs some "break-in" but I could be wrong. Generally I don't evaluate components until 200 hours of break-in. I don't know if running balanced requires additional break in but just to take it out of the equation I...
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