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    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Speaking of the "lesser" models, I own the Twin Pulse Ragnarr and I find that it's better than the D8000 and HE1000SE for some genres that I listen to. Quite underrated
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    Pathos Inpol Ear Headphone Amplifier

    Nice, I use the exact same power cord as well and I always worry about the weight and stress on the connector. I pad it up with some extra isolation feet I have.
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    The filter outputs are intriguing. Would definitely love to hear your thoughts on this.
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    Yeah, it looks HUGE but it's the most routable power cable I own. Compared to the DPS4.1, the InAkustik feels like a difference between a Yoga Master vs Mr Universe in terms of flexibility
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    Another cable maker I'd recommend besides Arctic (whom are awesome since their eBay days) is Forza Audio Works.
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    1101 Audio custom crafted headphone amps

    I have the exact tube combo on my La Figaro 339 lol
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    I used to own the HE-1000SE (HEK) and still own the HE-6SE (HE6). While I had them both, here are my findings in no particular order; HEK was more versatile and easier to drive HEK was slightly more comfortable because of the shape HE6 slammed harder when driven properly HE6 was more intimate...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    In my own experience, the silver being brighter is somewhat true to a certain gauge (cable thickness). Once you go above a certain gauge thickness, the pure silver cable actually provides the benefits of both silver (clarity, airiness) and copper (body).
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    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (and headphone amp)

    After moving up onto Aries Cerat Helene, I sorely miss the Tambaqui's small form factor and weight lol
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    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (and headphone amp)

    My fav Lagavulin
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    High End Cables Thread (digital, analog, power)

    I'm running their power cable 2404 using Furutech Rhodium IEC and Furutech Rhodium NCF UK plug to my DAC. Previously I was using the Furutech DPS4.1 with the same connectors and the InAkustik is so much better with routing lol Sound wise, on the DAC it didn't make much of a difference but I...
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    For me, the basis of upgrade for the DAC was the pursuit of a more realistic reproduction of strings and piano. Depending on your budget, you might consider going the R2R type or discrete DAC route.
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    At the time I got the LCD-5, I was using the Holo Audio May, then onto the Mola Mola Tambaqui. Later I upgraded to the Soulution 560 and now I'm on the Aries Cerat Helene.
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    It's a big step up in the power delivery and control. The Aurium is well regarded in those areas for its price point but the InPol just does it better. Of course diminishing returns kicks in and at that point, it's almost impossible to rate it by value but more towards what you're comfortable...
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    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    I'm pairing it with the bigger brother, the InPol Ear and it sounds fantastic on it. I used to own the Aurium and it's a great little amp too. At the time of owning the Aurium, I also bought the SPL Phonitor X which is also a really transparent amp. I preferred it to the Aurium because of the...
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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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