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  1. LakeOfTheWyles

    Schiit Jotunheim 2 - Impressions Thread

    I have the jot2/bifrost2/64 combo and a good number of iems. I have yet to hear any noise from the balanced hp out. I don’t have any super sensitive sets like andromeda though. The jot2 is hard to beat for the price. It’s not as powerful, but the xduoo ta-20 plus would be worth considering...
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    New ES9039MSPRO DAC: SMSL VMV D1se2 ES9039MSPRO MQA-CD Bluetooth DAC With Remote Control

    I’ve found the d1se2 to be a better match with the violectric v222 than the Bifrost 2/64. Both the B2/64 and v222 are a bit forward. The combo can be a little abrasive. The d1se2 (tube 3 filter) and v222 combo sounds more natural and smooth. I’d say the d1se2 and Bifrost 2/64 are of a similar...
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    New ES9039MSPRO DAC: SMSL VMV D1se2 ES9039MSPRO MQA-CD Bluetooth DAC With Remote Control

    I picked one up for a good price last week. Haven’t had a chance to really get a feel for it. I’m pretty impressed and find it’s a good compliment to my bifrost 2/64.
  4. LakeOfTheWyles

    NITSCH x Schiit Pietus Maximus Release/Impressions Thread

    Would interested how it stacks up to the Geshelli A3 pro. Same price point
  5. For Sale / Trade  Xduoo TA-22 w/ set of Gold Lion 12au7 tubes

    Price
    330.00 USD
    Condition
    Excellent/Like new
    Negotiability
    Or best offer
    Ships to
    1. United States of America
    Xduoo TA-22 desktop DAC/Amp in great condition for sale. I purchased it from Apos in March of 2023. For the price it’s hard to beat its versatility and sound quality. The internal DAC uses a pair of ES9038Q2M chips and sounds quite good. It also has XLR/4.4 inputs and RCA inputs/outputs...
  6. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    From what I’ve seen, the ta-32 will probably have the new es9039pro chip. Implementation is key, but it seems like the 9039 is at least comparable to the 4499ex, and plenty musical.
  7. LakeOfTheWyles

    Aune S17 pro

    seems like a similar internal layout to the Schiit Jotunheim 2, but on a bigger scale. Similar power output too. Would this be a step up from the jot 2?
  8. LakeOfTheWyles

    Geshelli j2

    Have there been any j2 4499ex and bifrost 2/64 comparisons?
  9. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    Will be interested in your take on the ta-20plus. Seems to be a solid upgrade all around from the ta-20 (except for power output).
  10. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    It was on Zeos’ desk for his Seeaudio Neko review. Guessing the noise floor must be decently low. Hopefully we’ll get some reviews soon. The ta-22 has more power, a DAC, and it’s slightly cheaper. I’m expecting this to be a step up in SQ for that price
  11. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    They both use dynamic drivers so you could get an OTL tube amp. You’ll get a great synergy with the 650. Either the xduoo ta-26s or dark voice 336se would be good reasonable options. What’s your budget? OTL amps have high output impedance and aren’t as versatile. If you think you’ll ever get a...
  12. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    What headphones do you have? The last few years has seen some good improvements to budget and midfi gear. There’s a lot of options
  13. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    https://shenzhenaudio.com/collections/headphone-amplifiers/products/xduoo-ta20-plus-headphone-amplifier
  14. LakeOfTheWyles

    XDUoo XD05PRO

    Linsoul has it on sale for $703
  15. LakeOfTheWyles

    Topping A70 Pro - impressions

    Have read some reports of the a70 pro being forced into protection/fault with low impedance/low sensitivity headphones over at ASR. Seems to be more than just a couple. Maybe that’s why we’re not seeing more reviews. Should be one coming from iiWi reviews soon, and I’ve seen it on Zeos’ desk.
  16. LakeOfTheWyles

    Topping A70 Pro - impressions

    For all the attention the a90d got, this seems like a step up in all most every way for a $100 less. Power, power delivery, display, noise floor. Even has higher input impedance. I guess it’s way more power than most will ever need. I’ve been looking to put together a reasonably clean sounding...
  17. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    I have not, but I haven’t used the 6.3 much. I found the output impedance to be higher on the xlr though. I’ll listen again
  18. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    I have a ta-22 too. I’m happy with it. I’m tempted, but I’ll probably wait for reviews to make a decision. Curious about the DAC section. I know they’ve been developing DAC modules using akm, ess, and rohm for the xd05pro, which should release very soon too. I doubt we’ll get replaceable...
  19. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    Yeah, the guards remind me of the ta-30, maybe ta-32?
  20. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    Certainly not the ta-20 plus. Looks like another DAC/amp. From xduoo’s facebook. I bet this is what the Apos ad is referring to.
  21. LakeOfTheWyles

    XDUoo XD05PRO

    Yeah, at some point I grabbed the Shanling h7. If I remember correctly they started teasing the xd05pro in September ‘22, almost a year now. I’m guessing production issues, but I can appreciate them taking the time to work out the kinks before release. More often these days I feel like we get...
  22. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    I mean, it doesn’t magically make my headphones sound 2,000 dollars better, but I’m still satisfied. I don’t have any headphones that expensive yet, but it does justice to the few I have (XS, t60 argon, e-mu teak). It plays to the strengths of the Teak and Argon’s somewhat better than the XS...
  23. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    yea
  24. LakeOfTheWyles

    Schiit Jotunheim 2 - Impressions Thread

    The Geshelli Archel 3 pro could be a good choice, but I have not heard it. It’s a hefty price, but the the Burson Soloist 3xp is a solid upgrade. the soloist has more detail, bigger soundstage, and punchy low end. It has more power too. You’re looking at $1000+ though. I currently have the...
  25. LakeOfTheWyles

    Xduoo Amplifiers

    I found this audiofools article helpful. While I had the mt-602 I tried the 6AK5 Sylvania. I thought they sounded great. It’s still hybrid amp so don’t expect huge changes
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