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    New Dali iO-12 ANC Headphones – Impressions Thread

    I always use a DAP with my BT headphones but only for three practical reasons that have nothing to do with sound quality: 1. My DAP has more volume steps than my phone. 2. My music collection is stored on SD cards and my iPhone has no card slot. 3. I avoid draining my phone's battery.
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    T+A Solitaire T Wireless Headphone

    It's a DX260, my commuting DAP. Impressions will have to wait as I just got it.
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    T+A Solitaire T Wireless Headphone

    Got a shipment from Lavricables today. It's exactly what I hoped for in terms of ergonomics. And the color is a nice match as well.
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    T+A Solitaire T Wireless Headphone

    I've ordered one myself but only because of the ergonomics. I have the Audiophile Ninja and I find it to stiff and unwieldy for portable use. I hope that this cable might finally let me use the Solitaire T as a portable wired headphone.
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    Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000

    The Solitaire T was originally designed as a portable wired headphone. The Bluetooth capabilities were added later on. In BT mode with ANC on I would say it sounds good but not great. You will find more impressions in the dedicated thread...
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    Meze Audio introduces LIRIC 2nd Generation - The Art of Evolution

    I owned the OG Liric for a long time but sold it because I found it too dark for classical music. Can any Liric 2 owners comment on how they work with classical?
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    Astell&Kern A&ultima SP3000

    I use this combo occasionally in wired mode. It's not the final word in sound quality but the Solitaire T folds up nicely, so it's easy to bring on a business trip for instance.
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    New Dali iO-12 ANC Headphones – Impressions Thread

    I own the 5909, Bathys and the Solitaire T. The 5909 I no longer use because the headband has disintegrated (a common problem with this HP), the Solitaire T I use mainly in wired mode. In Bluetooth mode I find that the volume is a bit too low on the ST (I have the newest firmware version). I'm...
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    It’s for Android I think. The iOS version was released before May, so I’m not sure if it’s compatible with May.
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    You have to download the app from Moondrop’s site.
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    HiBy RS2: dual card slots, Darwin R2R, FIR, NOS, MQA 8x--news and impressions thread

    The NX7 is an excellent choice but once you’ve tried it you won’t go back to using the RS2 only.
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    How do you measure sound stage?

    Much of the traffic in this subforum is generated by questions from people coming from the gear-focused parts of Head-Fi. The regulars here rarely start their own threads. Maybe you can come up with an interesting topic that doesn't involve the usual dacs, amps and cables?
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    Vinyl having better sound imaging?

    There's another option: treat him with normal decency.
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    Vinyl having better sound imaging?

    I think you are being too harsh. He loves the sound of vinyl just like some people are crazy about birdwatching. There’s nothing wrong with that.
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    Vinyl having better sound imaging?

    I admire your enthusiasm but your approach to audio seems to involve a lot of effort, money and technical know-how to get you where you want. When someone dives so deep into a subject that you have done, is it even possible to reach a point where you are satisfied with your setup (call it...
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    How do you measure sound stage?

    In another thread I read the following description of a dac: "The dac sounds "digital", diffused, grainy, lacking macro and micro dynamics, lacking resolution, sound stage shape, placement and depth, lacking weight. Compared to my other dacs, this one sounded like AM radio." It's like...
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    How do you measure sound stage?

    I don't take them seriously and I don't want to spend $10K to find out what they mean. But it's interesting to observe the conflicting opinions on the subject of dacs, both sides being equally opinionated. Your Elgar recommendation, on the other hand, I take seriously because I know you are...
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    How do you measure sound stage?

    So why do people spend thousands of $ on dacs? There are people on this forum who claim you haven't lived until you've heard a $10K dac. BTW, here's an interesting case for you: https://goldensound.audio/2023/12/03/ta-dac200-review-two-dacs-in-one-box/ Two dacs in one (expensive) box. The...
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    Matching headphones and amps. Is it a scientific process?

    On the subject of headphone amps: I was told in another thread that my amp (Ferrum Oor) is not resolving enough for my headphones. I would need something far more expensive + a dac in the $10K+ range to fully understand what my headphones are capable of. My question may come off as naive but...
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    Apodizing filter

    Payed for and downloaded your app only to find out that it works for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Turns out that it is subscription based. I would have liked to know that before my purchase, not after. I have already uninstalled Hi-Player as I much prefer Audirvana Origin that comes with...
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    Grado Fan Club!

    I did something crazy today. A Grado dealer in my country celebrates 20 years in existence and offered 20% off everything and I bought a SR325X on impulse. Grado is a brand I know next to nothing about, except for the non changeable cables. It was a jump into the unknown, so wish me luck :)
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    What exactly are those QC issues?
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Hm, I've actually owned the TT2 but was not a fan, so I sold it. I think it sounded dry and lifeless for lack of a better description. I'm quite happy with the Ferrum stack and I think I would rather buy another high end headphone than upgrading my chain.
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I struggle to understand this. From the balanced out, medium gain I find the Oor/Hypsos almost too powerful with the Utopia.
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    Evolving the UM Reference: A New Chapter for the Mason Series—Mason Nuit Étoilée & Soleil Tombé

    My post wasn't meant as an "appeal to authority". I'm simply pointing to the fact that Head-FI has its celebs who can make or break an IEM. It's part of the group psychology here. I've jumped on a quite a few expensive hype trains with respected head-fiers in the locomotive. I ended up selling...
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