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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Do we have an example of this amp in an aluminium enclosure? Right now I'm enjoying another amp, not terribly expensive (definitely not $800), that is comparable with no interference. Again, I don't advocate using iems with this amp. The interference was with a full blown AKG K7XX.
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Good for you, glad to hear it's working out. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a $300+ amp not to have interference on a 300 ohm headphone... but to each their own I guess. Just people should know that if you're bringing this into an office, have an IEMatch handy, even for high-impedance...
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    That's one heck of a price. For $12... I just ordered the **** **** so don't really need this, buuuuut....
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    BEST Sub-100$ BUDGET EARPHONES - Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing-REFERENCE LIST

    Thanks for the recommendation! It won't win any look awards (unlike some others' copied designs that look impressive) but these seem to get genuine all around praise. Not sure how they'd work over ear with an MMCX bluetooth cable... do you have any experience wearing these over ear? B9! You've...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Does anyone know how the Penon impedance adapters work? Does it decrease hiss, or increase? I can't tell if it's a cheaper version of the IEMatch or exactly the opposite.
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    That is for M1, correct? M2 does not have RCA's in the front. BunnyNamedCraig's side by side pictures on page 17 seem to show the V2 missing those switches, mine are the same.
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    Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier (Review added)

    Just got my Watson II - it sounds great, but has a ton of noise with even over-ears such as the K7XX and HE400S. This is the first time I've had hiss problems with these (not extremely easy to drive) headphones... I noticed you mentioned a gain control on the PCB? Where could I find this, and...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Wow! That's a bit more than I expected haha. Any reason you chose this route over getting a dedicated tube amp? I'll focus on getting the Spark first... just waiting for a sale on the site - MP offers free shipping there, and it's likely easier to get a promo too.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Love the build of that! Where did you buy it? Would it be correct to assume that the tube buffer gives the signal a tube-like sound going into the amp? Not sure what the difference would be between providing the buffer before vs after amp.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Wow, thank you! I definitely don't have the extensive listening experience you do :) All I was referring to was that some people like SS (Magni ex) more than hybrids (Vali ex). But with the ount of amps you've owned, it's definitely not that beginner difference - looks like the Spark is just...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    I guess another question... anyone user these with the HE400S? If there's anyone in the NYC area that'd be willing to loan me one for a day or two, I can do impressions vs the Aune B1 and the like.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Spark - By Alex Cavalli

    Anyone try this with the K7XX? Curious as to whether it pairs well like other "tube" amps.
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    Aune M2 | AK4490 Dac | Class A amp | Dual Crystek USA Clocks |

    I liked the M2 (sound) over Fiio's X5 3rd gen. Loads ahead of its second gen. Not sure why the X3iii is in head of the M2 in your book, but I guess we all have different opinions. I remember when the first gen X5 was getting bucketloads of praise from everyone, as did the E18. I did and still...
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    Comment by 'avitron142' in article 'Flawless Album Suggestions'

    I think it’s the variety that counts, and this list doesn’t have that. There are plenty of spacial sounding albums (Brooko’s test list has a few), so I was hoping one of those would be on here. I wouldn’t say the same thing now as I did two years ago, but this should probably be treated as a...
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    New- Zishan Z1 DSD player thread

    How do you skip folders with the Z1? Anyone know?
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    New- Zishan Z1 DSD player thread

      If it is just a partial discharge, do you think it would damage the headphone drivers?       How does it sound with higher impedance headphones (Yinman 600 ohm)? I'd like to use this with my P1 but I'm not sure if it has the driving power...
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    GIVEAWAY — MAYA by Vibro Labs

    Blue skittles for you (hopefully) 
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    Walnut Hi-Fi V2 WAV (& MP3) Player by wt - :ok_hand: screenless budget killer combo DAP/Amp :ok_hand:

    For sure! I kept the knob at very low, adjusted the digital volume, and then raised the physical knob when necessary - which, by the way, turns very smoothly, and has a very accurate level of resistance. Thanks for helping my make the choice to buy this, it's a superb DAP for sure!
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    Walnut Hi-Fi V2 WAV (& MP3) Player by wt - :ok_hand: screenless budget killer combo DAP/Amp :ok_hand:

    Yes, but they aren't BA's, they're a single dynamic driver. I just hope I'm just imagining things as I'm tired, and didn't destroy part of the drivers in any way xP They pair excellently together, and sound absolutely phenomenal, but I kind of want to also keep the headphones intact, you know? 
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    Walnut Hi-Fi V2 WAV (& MP3) Player by wt - :ok_hand: screenless budget killer combo DAP/Amp :ok_hand:

    I just got my Walnut, it's really, really good. Detail is absolutely on point, and I'm not even bothered by the slight "digitalness" (it is very slight) that the others have mentioned. It's an excellent pairing with the Pinnacle P1, and really punches way above its price range.   Only problem...
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    Walnut Hi-Fi V2 WAV (& MP3) Player by wt - :ok_hand: screenless budget killer combo DAP/Amp :ok_hand:

    No no, didn't mean to put your impressions (or experience) down in any way. The research and info you've compiled is seriously amazing, it's awesome what you've done for this thread :D Besides, I barely use anything other than the P1 these days either, just not enough time for over-ears much.
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