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    The Stax SR-L500 and SR-L700 Impressions Thread

    The L700 have arrived! a welcome arrival to break the boredom of our lockdown (we are currently living under some of the strictest lockdowns in the world here in Melbourne, trying to suppress our 2nd wave). The L700 is now sitting right next to the HD800S and LCD-XC to complete my main home trio...
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    Which would be better: SR-009 + SRM-353X or SR-L700 + SRM-353X + Yggdrasil?

    The Koss/Drop arrived a couple of days ago, the Stax plug and the L700 are both still on the way. So far I'm listening to the Koss from the much-maligned E/90x bundled amp. At the heart of my system is an Antelope Zodiac Gold DAC/preamp, and it outputs in parallel to the Koss amp, as well as my...
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    Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...

    Work from home station almost complete (electrostats to connect and complete the system soon) Sorry for the photo quality - the light quality is very pleasant in person but looks terrible on camera! will take the next bunch of photos in daylight.
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    The Antelope Zodiac / Zodiac + / Zodiac Gold DAC Thread

    Interesting, I have no issue connecting to Windows 10, I can even upsample the USB signal to 384khz.
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    Just give it a good listen and tell us how you find it to be. I use it with my LCD-XC, same drivers, and I use it in balanced mode. In fact you can hear it in SE mode while connected in balance by switching to the SE output - and it will give you an idea of the sound difference. I think it...
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    Thanks - yes, got the Carbon Fiber headband and vegan pads, very confy! can't wait to run it through the main chain on Sunday (inc. Auralic Taurus mk 2 amp).
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    [FS] [AUS] Schiit Bimby (Bifrost Multibit)

    Selling a number of pieces of gear, as I'm trying to streamline my collection. Up for sale is a Schiit Bifrost Multibit DAC. If you're reading this ad, I'm sure you know all about the multibit DAC offerings from Schiit. It's an excellent DAC with a proper application of bit-perfect conversion...
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    [FS] [AUS] Oppo PM-1 complete package!

    Selling a number of pieces of gear, as I'm trying to streamline my collection. Up for sale is the beautiful Oppo PM-1. These are in excellent condition, kept in the wooden display box. The headphone ships with XLR, 6.5mm, and 3.5mm Oppo cables. Headphones have the updated pads installed, and old...
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    FiiO M11-Android 7.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output, Exynos 7872, Dual AK4493 DAC chips, 3GB RAM, WiFi, Two-way LDAC

    I use it all the time. I shuffle all, and if I choose to start from songs, swiping left and right will get to other versions of that same song, by other artists etc. If the shuffle starts from the albums page, swiping left and right will give you the tracks before and after the one that came in...
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    FiiO M11-Android 7.0, 2.5/3.5/4.4 Powerful Output, Exynos 7872, Dual AK4493 DAC chips, 3GB RAM, WiFi, Two-way LDAC

    Have been using the M11 for a while now. There is clearly a lot to love about it. I use it mostly with a PM3 (2.5mm) and am very happy about the sound, no bass issues with this combo. Perhaps there is a very small bump in the upper mids, not sure if others have noticed this. I have been having...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    The balanced headphone output has better soundstage and dynamics. I understand that there is a fully separate topography, and when I have a headphone plugged in balanced, I get the different sound signature if I choose unbalanced output option (it still produces the sound via the balanced...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    These comments seem strange to me. I have hooked up my DAC to the Taurus with both balanced and unbalanced outputs in parralell, so I can directly toggle between the two inputs with 1 click on the amp, and it seems clear there are no discernible differences between balanced and unbalanced...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    When I have a headphone plugged via the XLR output, and I set the output of the amp to SE, I still get sound, which sounds different than when changing output to BAL. It seems to be using the different SE architecture and feeds it out of the XLR output as well as SE.
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    Thoughts on a bunch of DACs (and why delta-sigma kinda sucks, just to get you to think about stuff)

    Well, I might be walking backwards compared to the trend, but after a couple of years with a bit-pefrect DAC (Schiit Bimby) I've decided to "upgrade"/retrograde to an older, DS-based DAC design - the Antelope Zodiac Gold. These are now popping up in the 2nd hand market for reasonable prices. A...
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    A headphone tribute goodbye to Tyll from Innerfidelity

    I hope Tyll will keep a blog from the road about his adventures!
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    Astell&Kern launches two new player lines at the High End Show 2018 in Munich, Germany

    what is the expandable space on these? is it still only 1 micro SD? not really competitive these days. I still can't see a reason to replace the 240 with any of the later models. ...I was actually hoping for an improved gen 2 Kann, I like the higher output power and incorporation of standard...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    Very interesting to read about peoples' bad experiences with the Gumby/ Iggy into Taurus Mk ii - I'm feeding my Mk ii with Schiit Bimby and never had an issue. I was thinking about upgrading to the Gumby, at least to take advantage of the balanced input of the Mk ii, but the Bimby sounds good...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    OK, I can update that: 1. The Taurus Mk ii seem to work flawlessly as a preamp to my pair of active speakers (Advance Acoustic Air 55) - no problems with gain etc. 2. Headphone XLR output appears unaffected when RCA pream output cables are connected. 3. However, listening to the active speakers...
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    AURALiC owners unite!

    Hi all, I've been using the Taurus Mk ii as a headphone amp for a while. I am about to get some active speakers, and wish to use the SE line output from the Auralic as a preamp. When I looked at the Taurus Mk ii manual, I found the following sentence: "AURALiC recommended you only connecting...
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    ~~SOLD!~~ Aeon closed (Sydney Australia)

    For sale is an Aeon closed, very low usage (under 10 hours), excellent condition, kept in the carrying case. I bought this directly from MrSpeakers. Pickup available from Surry Hills or Parramatta areas in Sydney. Buyer pays paypal fees and shipping. Cheers!
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    WTB Hifiman HE-500 XLR cable

    Hello, looking for a simple (inexpensive) XLR cable for HE-500 + shipping to Australia. Thanks
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    The Astell & Kern AK240

    Is there a good / easy way to create playlists via some computer software? or is the only way to go to individual tracks/ albums on the machine and add them to a playlist? I think the ability to make easy playlists the biggest drawback of the A&K players, compared to the playlist capabilities of...
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    The Astell & Kern AK240

    No difference to the available space. I formatted to FAT32 as this is what A&K recommend for their devices.