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  1. gken92

    Kaldas Research RR 1 Conquest ($500 Electrostatic)

    Nothing can produce timbre as good as Hd650 unfortunately. Not even sennheiser’s own dynamic flagships
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    Kaldas Research RR 1 Conquest ($500 Electrostatic)

    Just got my hands on these. initial impression: they sounded really good for the price. I have to agree with some others’ comment about the sound being almost like a planar but with estats highs. Decent bass reproduction (in estats world, they r great). As detailed as Stax L300 but with...
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    Massdrop x Eddie Current ZDT Jr. impressions thread

    Im planning to buy this 2nd hand since the amp hasnt been up for sale on massdrop for about half a year. However, massdrop's warranty policy is that only the original purchaser/account owner can request for after service support for products sold on massdrop. Is there anyone that I can be in...
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    iFi ZEN DAC discussion + impression

    just bought a unit. hopefully will arrive in 1 week time. :) my intention is to use this as a transportable amp/dac without needing to carry power plug and not needing to worry about battery life. :)
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    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

    Unlike HD600/650, HD58X does not scale well with better amps. Magni 3 is more than enough for the HD58X.
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    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    Got my ZMF Aeolus earlier this week. Pic side by side with my Hifiman Arya. Aeolus if I want warm, natural sound. Arya if I want neutral, bright-ish sound. :) Great build quality, surprisingly lightweight. Thanks to Mr. Zach and his wife who have been promptly responding to my emails during the...
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    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    nice. im currently no. 3 on the list. i did receive a reply from mr zach recently stating that my aeolus order will be posted before the end of the month. finger crossed :)
  8. gken92

    HIFIMAN Arya - Impressions Thread

    I am currently owning a pair of Hifiman Arya for about a month now, and have been listening to them extensively. This is a very linear sounding pair of headphones. This means that while nothing really stood out, everything in the frequency response feels very balanced. The build quality could...
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    WORST headphone you ever heard?

    The worst that ive ever owned was the Beyerdynamics T1 (first gen). Bought it 2nd hand because it was cheaper than HD800 (both were TOTL cans during that time). Received it from a mail man, unboxed everything and hooked it straight to my amps (which were idsd micro silver and also jds labs o2)...
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    HIFIMAN Arya - Impressions Thread

    Just placed my order on Arya from chinese site taobao. I have a pair of HD800S which will be sold in near future. I like the HD800S especially when EQ-ed but they still sound a tad thin for majority of my music listening (modern songs). Excellent on jazz/classical songs, a bit 'meh' on others...
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    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

    I love the HD58X. Not the best in technicalities like bass/treble extension and detail retrieval and etc., but this is a pair of headphones that just works for every musical genre. Ive owned higher end headphones like the stax, audeze, hd800s, focals before, but all of them have some big...
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    NEW! SENDY AUDIO AIVA Impressions?

    They can sound very loud with my Magni 3 and my handphone output but obviously not to their full potential. The difference between the Magni 3 with better amp that I have like the Gilmore Lite MK2 amp is pretty noticeable. Treble is less harsh, resolution goes up a notch, mids have a bit more...
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    NEW! SENDY AUDIO AIVA Impressions?

    Only by a couple of dB before it gets muddy. I will say, the Aiva's bass response is typical to that of a dynamic headphones in the sense that they give more midbass than subbass. So there's a satisfactory level of impact when you're listening to modern songs like rap. If you're okay with that...
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    NEW! SENDY AUDIO AIVA Impressions?

    After owning Aiva for almost a week, I can safely say that they are one of my fav cans under usd1k. The detail retrieval, transparency and resolution are the biggest selling points for Aiva. Loaned the unit to my friend who owns Stax L300LE + SRM 353x combo and he was equally as impressed...
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    NEW! SENDY AUDIO AIVA Impressions?

    Just got mine today. First impression, they have great resolution. The treble is definitely the focus or should I say the main attraction for this headphones. Very detailed treble without being too splashy. Mids a bit uneven, so im playing with my EQ to 'fix' it (using Peace GUI). They seem to...
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    NEW! SENDY AUDIO AIVA Impressions?

    Ordered a unit from taobao a few days ago. Probably will be receiving it by the end of next week. Will post some impressions here later. Had the Audeze LCD2C before. Not gonna lie, was disappointed with the bass impact (bass extension is great but it is very linear) as I liked my previously...
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    Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread

    TH900 for movies definitely. Listen to the first 10 mins of Blade Runner 2049 and u will realize how dark the LCD2C is when compared to TH900. Or any movie soundtracks for that matter. The darkness makes the soundtracks sound almost like an ambient noise rather than the star of the show (for...
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    Your favorite sub-$1,000 closed-back headphones?

    TH900 is pretty light. The most comfortable headphones ive ever owned (even better than HD800) with the earpads swapped to Dekoni lambskin earpads (recommended since the earpads themselves do tame the sharp highs a bit).
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    Your favorite sub-$1,000 closed-back headphones?

    A used Fostex TH900 for sure. Everything is detailed, and the supposedly sharp highs can be tamed using EQ without sacrificing too much of the original sound signature. Female vocals are great, male vocals are decent (U shaped signature so that is to be expected). The bass slams deep into the...
  20. gken92

    Best options for closed back portable headphones

    Campfire Cascade is a great pair of closed back headphones and they are portable. Excellent build quality, and the sound is pretty balanced overall, with a bit of emphasis on the bass.
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    Gilmore Lite Amp Owners Unite!

    speaking of power supply, what about the Aune XP1? https://www.auneaudio-europe.com/index.php/aune-xp1-external-linear-power-supply-black.html?___store=auneeng&___from_store=aunenl anyway, im loving the combination of gilmore lite mk2 with audeze lcd2c :) however, there's a pop sound from the...
  22. gken92

    Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH) - Dropping Monday

    Would u recommend pairing LCD2C with CTH? or does the magni 3 sounded better? Thanks :)
  23. gken92

    Audeze LCD-2C Classic - Impressions Thread

    Read a couple of good feedback regarding combination of LCD2C with massdrop's CTH. Hoping to read more good reviews regarding this combo before pulling my trigger n ordering them both :D Or should I go for Audio-gd R2R11 instead? (or any other suggestions with similar price point that have good...
  24. gken92

    Cascade Headphone by Campfire Audio

    I wonder if I should buy this instead of the LCD2C. For reference, i love bass. I love Fostex TH-X00's bass but i hate their sibilant highs and recessed mids.
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    Focal Elear - Impressions Thread

    yikes. my left driver failed on me out of sudden. tried to swap the left/right cable position and the left driver still does not produce sound. jeez. is this a common problem? also, is there serial number range that is problematic or not problematic? thankfully mine is still under warranty, so...
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