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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    You shouldn't make such assumptions. The Z7MK2 is still listed on the Sony USA website and Sony's main Japanese website. The UK website is also missing recent products such as the MDR-MV1 open back headphone. It's doubtful Sony would discontinue a product without there being any news on a...
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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    What are you yammering on about?
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    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    My last two pictorial posts are intended to demonstrate the respect that the Sennheiser HD600 headphones commanded among engineers, composers and conductors within the rarefied domain of classical music. There may be more expensive, if not better, headphones on the market today but the HD6x0...
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    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    Photo: composer Arvo Pärt and conductor Kristjan Järvi on the set of a Sony project to record the composer's orchestral music. Both wearing the HD600. Photo from 2010.
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    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    First Photo: the late American composer George Crumb (1929-2022) reviews a score during a recording session at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania while wearing a pair of HD600. Second Photo: Crumb wears a pair of HD600 during a recording production with Bridge Records.
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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    What you need to do is search Sony Encompass for the part numbers. Each ear pad, left and right, have a unique part number. In recent years Sony discontinued the original ear cushion parts and reissued new part numbers. Sony Encompass will have the new numbers. Then you have to do some more...
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    XDuoo XD-05 Portable Dac/Amp Introduction - Impressions

    That's money down the drain. Discreet opamps are the ultimate snake oil.
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    Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphone Thread

    Some of my best listening experiences have come while laying down. While the music plays my mind can drift off into a space somewhere in-between full consciousness and sleep. Distractions are minimal and the music is the focal point. Occasionally, it can be transcendental.
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    LG V20 Sound Quality

    The OEM batteries were not that great. I had two of them and they had to be retired even sooner than the aftermarket batteries.
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    Sony MDR-Z7M2 Headphone Thread

    The speaker analogy is on point. The original Z7 had two strategically placed ports on along the sides of the earcups. Reminds me of a typical speaker's design.
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    Qobuz Lossless Streaming Service Thread

    I always avoid the official app and use Bubble or UAPP as the frontend.
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    Qobuz Lossless Streaming Service Thread

    I rather discover new music on my own rather than leave it up to an algorithm that has the pitfalls of circular logic and relies and solidifies group-think.
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    LG V20 Sound Quality

    I still marvel at how beautiful music sounds out of this phone when paired with a pair of Sony Z7 headphones. The Sony high end headphones are synergistic match for the V20.
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    Sennheiser HD800 Appreciation Thread

    A pair of HD800 headphones and other Sennheiser equipment being utilized in the studio by audio engineer Morten Lindberg of 2L (Lindberg Lyd), a Norweigen based audiophile music label. Seated to the left is composer Maja S.K. Ratkje who is wearing a pair of HD700...
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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    This is a great time to order genuine OEM replacement ear cushions for the Z7 from Japan. The Japanese Yen has been in free fall for several months and now trades at levels not seen in nearly 20 years. I was able to order a pair for about $60 including shipping through ZenMarket. The price for...
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    Topping NX4

    Has anyone found a suitable replacement battery pack for the NX4? I'm also curious what connector type is shown in @sinquito's photo. It looks like a standard 2 pin JST connector. But they come in various sizes as the following image illustrates:
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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    Been 5 years since I purchased my Z7. The cushion material in the headband has undergone some compression. The headphone still feels comfortable atop my head. I wonder how long the headband can reasonably last. One thing I notice is that the solid portions of the headband which are right and...
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    Sony's new flagship 2014 - MDR-Z7

    Does anyone know what Japanese website (s) sell replacement parts for the Z7 such as the headband?
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    Qobuz Lossless Streaming Service Thread

    I wonder how Tidal can afford to offer their lossless service for $1 for 90 Days through Bestbuy. Nowadays, the promotion runs every other month. I mainly use Qobuz but keep rolling these $1 Tidal subscriptions, one after another, to fill in catalog gaps.
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    The Fiio A5 thread: an upgrade of E12A, MUSES02+LME49600, 800mW, 19Vp-p, 12 hours

    Has anyone here found an alternative to the A5? I've given up on the search. When Topping released the NX7 last year it looked promising but an Amazon customer left a devasting critique of the device. These days my mobile listening is mainly through some Sony Bluetooth headphones with LDAC...
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    Qobuz Lossless Streaming Service Thread

    Yes, it was the e-Onkyo acquisition news. I'm hoping that this could help improve global access to music from Japanese labels. Many of them don't distribute or stream internationally.
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    LG V20 Sound Quality

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    Qobuz Lossless Streaming Service Thread

    I think I read somewhere recently that Qobuz is planning to sell or stream DSD files (DSF/DFF).
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    The Fiio A5 thread: an upgrade of E12A, MUSES02+LME49600, 800mW, 19Vp-p, 12 hours

    I have never used the xCan. It has a good reputation for sound quality but not for build quality or longevity. A person on Reddit shared with me his ordeal with the iFi and a dying xCan battery. After iFi refused to send him a replacement battery he had to resort to doing his own DIY battery...
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    The Fiio A5 thread: an upgrade of E12A, MUSES02+LME49600, 800mW, 19Vp-p, 12 hours

    Two problems. 1) the battery in the xCan has a reputation of failing within 2 years of purchase. iFi refuses to sell or ship replacement batteries to customers with failing batteries. iFi intentionally uses a proprietary wire connector jack on their xCan PCB that impedes the ability of owners to...
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