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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    I second the sentiment on pure tube amps. And I do find the claim that OTL's and planars to not synergize well to be untrue, at least in my own journey. My best value amplifier which sounds incredibly well with the HEK-SE is the La Figaro 339 with upgraded tubes; TungSol 5998. The low end is...
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    HiFiMan Susvara

    To me, if you're a vocal/mids preference type listener, the Susvara is one of the best in terms of sublime, liquid mids and vocals that's euphoric to listen to. It is phenomenal in that regard. Paired with the May DAC and the right amplifier, and you'll be listening to hours on end which is...
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    I think the 2 main reasons for this are; 1) Both the Cayin and Envy run 300B tubes which in many circles are the "endgame" for tube amps; the tubes not the amps hahaha 2) Cayin and Feliks are both pure tube amps and thus those in the market for such would typically ignore hybrids such as the Pathos
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    SPL Phonitor X / Phonitor E impressions and Discussion thread

    The thing with the Phonitor that alludes people is that the Phonitor is absolutely transparent to the source. It'll sound almost exactly like your DAC, Turntable, CD player. That's the double-edged sword of the Phonitor I suppose.
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    It really depends but I usually would look towards my DAC first, then amp as the DAC is the one that can really "hear" the enhancements
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    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (and headphone amp)

    I actually prefer USB from my dedicated core into the MMT than from the Ethernet. Subtle differences but that's my preference on my gear and music. Also, MMT does upsample everything internally prior to PWM and thus any upsampling in the preceding chain probably won't have the desired effect as...
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    When I got the Pathos, I already had the Puritan PSM156. I haven't tried any others though I was tempted by the Denali, but couldn't due to cost reasons. And the Denali with UK outlets are really expensive locally. I live in Malaysia, so all my outlets are UK. I started my journey with UK...
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    I actually own the DPS4.1 with FI-50 Rhodium + FI-UK NCF + Synergistic Research Orange fuse. It is an excellent cable pairing to the Pathos BUT it is DAMN heavy and unwieldy. I used to use the MCRU Ultimate Power Cord on it but this is so much better. Apparently the MCRU no.77 power cord is the...
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    My input as follows. My current stable consists of the following amps; Pathos InPol Ear, ampandsound Mogwai SE, bespoke SuSy Dynahi and beta22 powered by external sigma power supply. I've owned and sold SPL Phonitor XE, ECP DHSA-3F, Pathos Aurium, ALO Audio Studio Six, La Figaro 339. Out of all...
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    1101 Audio custom crafted headphone amps

    That's because of your nickname lol
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    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (and headphone amp)

    For sure if that's the direction you're going for. Heck I have a friend who "downgraded" to a Naim Uniti for his work desk and couldn't be happier. Horses for courses as one could say. I have been lucky enough to move my stuff into it's own space (for now; kid needs his own room soon hahah) And...
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    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (and headphone amp)

    Well, to be fair, in my country, the MU2 goes for almost triple the price of the MMT. However, the MMT is really something special that I've owned. To me, in terms of DAC preferences from ownership experience with my musical preferences (I listen to all genres but mostly leaning towards...
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Sorry, this made me lol because that's exactly what he's been doing when the hum gets removed. Anyway, as many have mentioned, it's a grounding issue and you'll need to identify the culprit in your chain.
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    Oh, the DHLabs stuff looks fairly affordable when compared to the LessLoss cables hahaha Worst is when converted to MYR for me...............*faints* Do you have an impression between the Reunion vs the others you've tried?
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    I think your biggest problem would be logistics. Shipping rates are crazy expensive right, especially for something as heavy as the InPol
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    To be totally honest, this is fairly subjective and mostly depends on the individual. But this will typically be how it'll play out; Scenario A: You like the sound right off the bat. After 10 hours, you still like the sound. After 100 hours, you still like the sound. Scenario B: You don't...
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    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Their immediate reply "I'll be Bach"
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    SPL Phonitor X / Phonitor E impressions and Discussion thread

    I meant that the XE sounds exactly like the source you plug into it. It doesn't add or remove anything from the source signature. So it'll sound exactly like the Hugo2 or Holo May or RME, as if you're plugging it directly into them. Some amps, for example, the Violetric V2xx series, they might...
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    SPL Phonitor X / Phonitor E impressions and Discussion thread

    To me, the XE has almost Zero sound signature. It's the most transparent to source amp I've owned.
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    Chord Mojo(1) DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Did you check the Discord settings for the output device? Discord is rather picky and sometimes needs the output to be defined, else if you use default, it may not go through the Mojo. Happened to me a few times before.
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    As a previous owner of both the HEKSE and Susvara, the vocals on the Susvara are just sublime and euphoric.
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    From my own experience of having owned the HEKSE, for vocals, you can consider the following "side-grades"; Spirit Torino Twin Pulse Ragnarr, Final D8000 (non pro), Solitaire P-SE. I've owned all before and I find these side-grades to have better rendition of vocals whilst still being able to...
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    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    @DJJEZ ,This here is the stack of dreams for many (myself included). In my country, this stack alone can purchase an SUV lol Which of these amps were your favourite pairing with the Valkyria?
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    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    @simorag is like the Roon Radio for classical works. Always love your recommendations as they become mainstays in my listening library. @DJJEZ , thank you for your impressions on the Valkyria. I do agree on the electronic music sounding totally off on the Valkyria. Recently listened to some...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    The HM-1 is USD8k
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