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  1. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    The U18 added to the X18 is not a night and day difference, let me make this very clear lol. The U18 basically increases all the stuff you like about the X18. Soundstage especially appears more deeper and holographic. More separation and airyness. Everything sounds crystal damn clear lol. I...
  2. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    Haha...it's funny you mention fuses. As someone who owns both the X18 and the Gustard U18 DDC....I'm gonna copy this wall of text I wrote in another thread right here below: Guys, Something has happened to my Meze 109 Pros. I barely post here much cause I've been so happy and content with...
  3. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Guys, Something has happened to my Meze 109 Pros. I barely post here much cause I've been so happy and content with these cans since I purchased them in October of last year. Now, I'm not even sure if this is the best place to post this...even though on paper, it appears to be. The only...
  4. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    All that you liked about the X18....the U18 turns all those things up a notch. I'm not gonna exaggerate and tell you it's a night and day difference lol but...there is a difference...especially with how 3 dimensional everything sounds all together. The depth of the soundstage is quite notable...
  5. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    lol your impressions on the X18 mirror mine EXACTLY. As an X16 owner also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the substantial difference in treble extension and quality going from the X16 to X18. I never knew that there could be such differences in DACs but hey lol 🤷‍♂️
  6. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Hi mate, You can rock up at Audio Sanctuary and use your DAP for long listening sessions. If you plan on staying for an hour or 2...get there in the morning as early as possible when it's quiet and you should have no problem. It's also a good idea to call them beforehand to introduce yourself...
  7. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard H16

    Hey @Pharmaboy thanks for your impressions! Regarding your H16 comparison to your V81...I know this is "snake oil" territory for many people but to possibly get almost the last ounces of texture and dynamics in your H16...I would suggest in "upgrading" the fuse in your H16 with Gustard's own...
  8. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Just watched these 2 reviews of the 109 Pro and wow...you'd never believe that these people are reviewing the same headphone lol...they both have very different opinions in some areas apart from both agreeing on the Meze's having really good mids. I'm honestly shocked by Michael's (from...
  9. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Nice impressions, thanks very much for sharing. May I ask what you're using to drive your 109 Pros? Not sure if you believe in this stuff lol but have you given your 109 Pros time to burn-in? Whether anyone believes in it or not....even Meze themselves recommended burn-in of at least 70 hrs, I...
  10. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    So I've had mine for 15 days now. Just approaching 360 hrs burn-in! My pair have also appeared to have turned a little warmer but not too much. Hehe...yeah, they are definitely much different now to how they sounded compared to day one lol. Mainly...it's all the technicalities that have...
  11. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    You are 100% correct. It's not so much a case of the 109 Pro being so bright. For me, it's the Focal Clear that sounds very warm/a bit dark because there is a recession in the 4-5khz range. Couple this with the mild lower mid bass boost/bloat which slightly intrudes on higher frequencies...this...
  12. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    :grin: I secretly want/wanted an Arya Stealth...I just couldn't justify the price at this moment in time. I heard it briefly at Canjam London this year although it was a noisy environment. Despite the less than ideal setting...the Arya shocked me (in a good way) with it's bass presence and...
  13. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    So, I weakened and caved into purchasing the 109 Pros. 🤦‍♂️ Bought them 11 days ago actually and have burned them in heavily for more than 240 hours so...here is my updated impressions/mini review... I won't go into build/comfort as I'm sure most of you are well aware of how godamn beautiful...
  14. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Yeah, I actually remember one of the staff members at the store telling me that they have been run in a little. This is probably why I had zero issues with the treble!
  15. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Little disclaimer...at Canjam London this year I briefly heard the Clear MG but this was in a noisy environment so please feel free to take my advice with a grain of salt. All the feedback I heard of the Clear MG prior to listening to it aligned perfectly with what I heard. If you look at...
  16. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    As the Clear MG is a little warmer than the OG Clear...I'd say it's a better comparison towards the OG Clear. As I've had my OG Clears for more than 2 years....I'm obviously well versed with them lol. There are similarities such as both being dynamic as hell...but maybe giving the edge to the...
  17. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    lol nope...it doesn't have a headphone out. Doesn't need one! Forget about the X16. Save up and wait if you have to but it is worth going for the X18!
  18. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    I couldn't help you with that buddy as I don't have Tidal/MQA. I'm sure someone else here can help you with that. As an update to my previous early(ish) impressions of the X18...man, the stage really is quite deep. Some songs that I'm very familiar with sound completely different to how I heard...
  19. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Thank you kindly @kRed! @Quadfather cheers buddy :sweat_smile: It's a great hobby but also a bloody expensive one dammit :grimacing::grin:
  20. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Haha...I'm due to go to Spiritland soon but no...this was at Audio Sanctuary in Surrey! This is one of the songs I used for testing. I love this track and it has great dynamic range/punch! Great test for headphones with good dynamics :sunglasses:
  21. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard U18

    Excellent, thanks a lot Martin
  22. Cuthbert 80

    Meze Audio 109 Pro

    Had a long a$$ listen to the 109 Pros today at my local(ish) dealer...like...for more than an hour lol. Easily...EASILY one of the best deals out there for what you're getting. The tuning is just beautiful...actually it's better than my OG Focal Clear. :thinking: Very open sounding headphone...
  23. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard U18

    @MartinWT could you please recommend a decent power cable for my U18 under £100 from the UK...if that exists?! Cheers
  24. Cuthbert 80

    Can you hear a difference between DAC's?

    Hi @Corti I really like the idea of blind testing/level matching different DAC's to remove any confirmation biases. I don't have the equipment to do this but I think it's a great way to scientifically look for differences. I have a Gustard X16 DAC and recently upgraded to the X18 which costed...
  25. Cuthbert 80

    Gustard X18 ES9038 DAC

    I recently acquired a Gustard X18 DAC. Already had a Gustard X16 DAC so was very reluctant to "upgrade" to the X18 cause: 1) It's £620. (X16 cost me £380) 2) Most DAC's don't normally have huge gains for sound quality improvements....or so I've been led to believe. To summarize the difference...
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