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  1. prismstorm

    New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

    I have the SP1000Cu and playtime on it is below 50 hours, I find it not one bit harsh, is this due to my version being Cu and not SS? I have owned the AK120II and RWAK380 before and this DAP is a significant improvement over those two in soundstage, fullness, details and sound density. I mostly...
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    Review by 'prismstorm' on item 'qdc Balanced armature type (BA type) 3SH (QDC-4024)'

    In my self-imposed haughtiness and superiority, I have always told Alfred and Martin that I will be the high-end reviewer for this blog, and that they should be responsible for more budget options (because I am such an egotistical, narrow-minded gear whore who equates quality solely with price)...
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    Reply to review by 'prismstorm' on item 'Astell&Kern JH Audio Siren Series Layla'

    Thanks @EagleWings, check out accessibleaudio.co for more reviews!
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    Reply to review by 'prismstorm' on item 'Astell&Kern JH Audio Siren Series Layla'

    Thanks @PinkyPowers, Hope you are still enjoying your Angies immensely!
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    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

         Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm 1.8 prime    Thanks, it's relatively flat but I think you have shown before that it's clearly not 'dead flat' as it's marketed to be, yep I found the Laylas responsive to amping too, but all I had was the AK380 amp.
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    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    lol, typo, corrected now :) 
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    JH Audio Layla Impressions Thread

    Hello all,   I've posted a review of the JH Layla 1 here   http://www.head-fi.org/products/astell-kern-jh-audio-siren-series-layla/reviews/16995   Here are some of the photos of the Layla as well:      
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    Review by 'prismstorm' on item 'Astell&Kern JH Audio Siren Series Layla'

      In 2013 JH Audio announced the Siren Series of in-ear monitors, with each piece named after a famous rock song about women. Roxanne was the first, with sisters Layla and Angie joining thereafter, and Rosie being the latest addition to the growing lineup. Priced at a prohibitive $2499 USD...
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    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

        I often pick up a constant monotonous buzzing sound like a computer CPU at work that nobody else hears, or is bothered by. When I talk on the phone I hear an 'inner ear reverb' that seemingly comes from inside my head (not an external sound). I find loud environments intolerable and am...
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    I really like what they have done with the main menu, now you have the freedom to dedicate more of the screen to album art, instead of having to tolerate the 'Store' and 'Genre' buttons taking up screen real estate for example. The 'Store' doesn't even work where I live, the firmware is a...
  11. prismstorm

    Astell&Kern AK380

    I think that translates to they never meant for the firmwares to bring any changes to the sound then? At least they are not consciously doing it? Don't really understand why the software not touching any of the audio codes or the EQ  would result in sound differences. 
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    I remember reading before on AK manager's Facebook timeline that someone commented on sound changes after an update, then the manager was like 'there shouldn't be any, let me relay this to the sound team to confirm'. Lol. A possible indication that it's all just placebo. 
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    1.25: you can slide down the main menu to hide one row of icons to reduce redundancy, adds USB out so you are not confined to optical anymore, I don't see the balanced / unbalanced toggle anywhere though, don't know what's 'operational stability'.   Don't know why there are constant reports of...
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    Hi Jalo, below are all changelogs since the release of the AK380:    [1.25] USB Audio function added Balance output indication added Home Display New GUI applied Other operational stability improved   [1.24] Improved Operation Stability   [1.23] When transferring...
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    where I live there are no more MK1s and the MK2s are the same price as when the MK1 came out
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    Thanks for the impressions, I must admire your bravery for buying this almost guaranteed-to-fail product with much of its cost gone to branding and marketing lol. The bass is seriously good fun though, and the form factor and comfort can't be beat. But seriously, your Angie would have much much...
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    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    Hi Dan,   - will you be at the Soundwave booth in the afternoon of 6 August? - is the Ether Flow available only for demo at the expo, or will there also be stock on site for purchase?   Hope to see you then......
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    Yes a few pages back I was raving about AKT8iE MkII + Westone bluetooth cable + AK380 bluetooth aptX pairing. Possibly the best sounding 'luxury portable bluetooth setup' balancing reasonably good sound quality, extreme comfort and ease of handling on the go. I'm hesitating because of the hefty...
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    how do you like the combo? Is the sound any worse than wired and will you change back to cable anytime soon?
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    Campfire Audio - Introducing 2 new models Hello Andromeda and Nova

    My K10 CIEM is in the making so your comments are worrying! In your opinion is it better than the K10? (I'm sure treble already is) .   Kind of waiting to compare this to the Katana, just to be thorough, but the lower price and superior construction of these are tempting.    So the 846 is...
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    The reliability issues seem to not be surfacing yet so far, a good sign for the MKII......I'm very close to getting this with the Westone Bluetooth Cable for the ultimate 'luxury audiophile bluetooth earphones'. 
  22. prismstorm

    Campfire Audio - Introducing 2 new models Hello Andromeda and Nova

      Ken did say there's no mkII andromeda coming, only some minor cosmetic modifications like the 2 facets on the CNC casing. I'd be really disappointed if the next batch IS bumped by in price because it's a 'new variant'. 
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    Campfire Audio - Introducing 2 new models Hello Andromeda and Nova

    So impressions of the Noble Katana are gradually coming in, the general consensus is that bass is less than the K10 and it is more neutral and focused on treble and imaging. Sounds similar to the Andromeda's strength and focus to be honest, only the Andromeda is almost half the price of the...
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    Astell&Kern beyerdynamic AK T8iE Review (First Impressions from IFA 2015)

    I'm still tempted to get these, but they are quite new (only started going on sale this month) and there's no telling whether the QC issues, MMCX fragility, drivers dying issues are all taken care of. The super tiny and comfortable form factor and the idea that something this small (smaller than...
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    Campfire Audio - Introducing 2 new models Hello Andromeda and Nova

    Demoed my friend's pre-ordered Andromeda and it really shined in the upper mids / highs, where it has endless extension without sounding harsh or sibilant once, and also had astounding clarity up top, and very unique separation of instruments that I've never heard before. However although the...
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