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  1. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amplifier'

    ampsandsound has made quite a name for itself in the last few years. I remember the first time I saw pictures of Justin's classic designs and honestly, based on looks alone, assumed they'd never be in my realm of affordability (and in seeing some of his more recent releases, still aren't lol). I...
  2. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Audio-gd R2R 11'

    I'll be very honest. One of my favorite sub-hobbies in the grand scheme of head-fi is auditioning and discovering giant-killing gear. To me it's pretty fun putting much less expensive gear up against bigger, fancier kits to see how well the David compares to the Goliath. For those that like to...
  3. Audio-gd R2R 11

    Audio-gd R2R 11

    SUMMARY •Discrete DAC single ended headphone- and preamplifier •True NOS , R-2R discrete ladder DAC •Built in pre- and headhpone amp •Built in 2 groups DA-8 R-2R modules with 450MHz ultra speed CPLD •Unique noise process technology will remove any digital artifact •DSD native , DXD, PCM up to...
  4. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Neko Audio D100 DAC'

    (This is my first time writing a review on the site's new look, so bear with me...) Ah, the Neko. A DAC that's been around for a little while now, but only recently have I heard about, much less owned it. Stumbled across it online while looking for a new DAC, and after reading reviews and a...
  5. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'MHDT labs havana'

    Can anyone offer a comparison between this guy and the Chord Mojo? I realize that functionally they are quite different, but I'm just looking for sonic impressions/comparisons.
  6. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Teac UD-503-B Dual-Monaural USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier Black'

    @MattTCG Thanks man. Just trying to keep it real.
  7. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Teac UD-503-B Dual-Monaural USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier Black'

    I'll admit Teac is a brand that flown relatively under my radar since I began my head-fi journey. Seeing as how their gear rarely get's dedicated appreciation threads, major reviews on the usual head-fi websites, or a dedicated fan club, I'll admit I assume the gear they produce was just so-so...
  8. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Emotiva Stealth DC-1 | Balanced 24/192 Fully Differential DAC'

    The Emotiva DC-1 Stealth DAC is frankly, an incredible value. The only other products I can think of that offers such a complete and capable skill set for such a low cost are the Koss KSC75, SennGrado, Chord Mojo, and Cavalli Liquid Carbon. Here's why:   The Breakdown:   The Chain: MBP...
  9. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Grado Labs PS500e'

    I don't suppose you've heard the GH1 to compare to the PS have you?
  10. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon'

    Great review! Glad to know that others are experiencing the LC/Omni (or Prime in my case!) pairing! Thanks!
  11. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Grado PS1000 Headphones'

    Just got a pair of chromed PS1k myself! Very impressed. I've always been a Grado-head and I don't feel like it can get more Grado. Wide soundstage, rich bass, crystal mids, and detail for days. What else do you need!?
  12. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Grado SR325e'

    Agreed on all accounts! Thanks Bob!
  13. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Brainwavz BLU-200'

    The BLU-200 from Brainwavz is an update to their first foray into Bluetooth listening, the BLU-100. The 200 features a new tuning, some welcome ergonomic upgrades, and as per usual, a healthy accessory package.     The Breakdown    Test Songs:   "Light Up the Sky" - The Afters - Light Up...
  14. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Venture Electronics (VE) Zen V2'

    Great review. Just pulled the trigger on these bad boys!
  15. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'PETEREK-Modded T50rp'

    Sorry, I've not heard the LFF, and you'll have to message PETEREK about projected prices.
  16. PETEREK-Modded T50rp

    PETEREK-Modded T50rp

    New T50rp from PETEREK.
  17. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'FLC Technology FLC 8S'

    Great review. I suppose I'm onboard the hype train now... crap.
  18. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'Grace Design m9XX compact USB DAC with integrated headphone amp'

    Great review! Thanks 86, now the GAS is kicking in again and I just got it to stop!
  19. Audioengine D3 24-bit Digital to Audio Converter & Headphone Amplifier (Silver)

    Audioengine D3 24-bit Digital to Audio Converter & Headphone Amplifier (Silver)

    The Audioengine D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) allows you to bypass your computer's headphone output and send music directly through a USB port for noticeably improved fidelity and a higher output. The D3 is a powerful yet portable converter with performance and features...
  20. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Brainwavz Angled HM5 Pads - Suitable for Many Over-Ear Style Headphones'

    The HM5 Angled Pads are an affordable, versatile, and comfortable pad for the Brainwavz HM5 and most large circumaural headphones. I was offered a review sample from Brainwavz and have the following to say regarding these and their stock counterparts:   1. Comfort: Both the pleather and velour...
  21. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'GUSTARD H10 High-current Discrete Class A Stage Headphone Amplifier'

    The H10 from Gustard is the best solid state amplifier I've heard that retails for under $500. It's better than most that retail for under $1000. This thing deserves a quality review so here it is!   The Breakdown:     Test Songs (all ALAC either 16/44 or 24/96):   Limit to Your Love -...
  22. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth IEMs'

    Brainwavz continues to step up their game. This time it's in the realm of Bluetooth! The BLU-100 is a budget-priced IEM that is very well-designed and offers very good sound for anyone that needs serious mobility without compromising sound quality. Check it.     The Breakdown    Test Songs...
  23. JoeDoe

    Review by 'JoeDoe' on item 'Baldoor EarBell E100 MK1'

    Just like the Koss KSC75 and the Fiio X1, the E100 Earbell from Baldoor (and Mrice) represents a phenomenal value. This little $14 wonder has done two things for me: 1. It has renewed my faith in earbuds and 2. Has proven yet again, that top tier sound can be had for bottom tier prices - you...
  24. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'HiFiMAN HE-500'

    Yessir. Focus pads are leagues better in comfort than either stock pad. Not a huge change in sound, but I'm no longer distracted by the discomfort, so I can enjoy my music more!
  25. JoeDoe

    Reply to review by 'joedoe' on item 'HiFiMAN HE-500'

    To each his own. To my ears, the LCD 2's have more bass than what occurs naturally. Same for a slight treble roll-off. I do agree that they are more comfortable however. Can't have it all I suppose!
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