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  1. SmilinKev

    If you still love Etymotic ER4, this is the thread for you...

    Can I interrupt the ongoing "regularly scheduled programs" in this thread in order to share my enthusiasm about my new ER4S? If that bothers you, then just skip this comment. No offense taken - and, please, accept my apology for interrupting the ongoing flow of exchanges about other subtopics...
  2. SmilinKev

    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    Congratulations on your purchase and "Happy Head-Fi Anniversary," Hammy! I hope that your experience with the X2s develops like mine has: it just gets better and better. I'm currently having lots of fun listening to some of my all-time favorite tracks, first with Sony MDR-7506s (to get a...
  3. SmilinKev

    FREE: "Like New" Yamaha EPH-100 & Shure SE215 IEMS

    I have owned Etymotic IEMs for several years.  Last spring, I began an online search for other mid-priced universal IEMs, with different sound signatures, that would seal with my (apparently freakishly large) ear canals and stay put when I moved around. This week I completed my new collection...
  4. SmilinKev

    Noble Audio Wizard Savant Giveaway!

    My unicorn used his horn to write the winning answers in the sand: 101,476 104,372 106,846 [Great idea for a promotion/giveaway!] Keep listenin' and keep smilin'! Kev
  5. SmilinKev

    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    Bearing in mind that I am using the NAD as a CD transport, rather than using a PC as my signal source, I can report that using the coaxial connection on either of my Moda 2 Uber units produces music that occupies a slightly larger soundstage (in all dimensions) that is also slightly less dry...
  6. SmilinKev

    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    I have been following this thread for quite a while and, three weeks ago, I got my X2s delivered from Amazon.  Thanks to all of you for convincing me – through the information and insights you’ve provided – to pull the trigger.  I’ve been “burning-in” my X2s (and my brain’s response to them) by...
  7. SmilinKev

    The ATH-CKS1000..

    After reading this entire thread, I just want to say, "THANK YOU!" Dsnuts, especially, really went lots of extra miles to keep it rolling along - and I'm especially impressed with his patience when responding to the same questions over and over again (from folks who hadn't read what had already...
  8. SmilinKev

    OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC Discussion Thread

    FWIW, this afternoon I posted a long review of the HA-2 in our "Portable Headphone Amplifier" subforum.  I had promised to do one earlier in this thread (June 28, page 106, Post #1581) - and I've kept my promise. I moved the review to a separate thread so that it wouldn't eat up space in this...
  9. SmilinKev

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    What bugs me the most about my current systems? No decent portable CD players available. I've got a couple thousand of those archaic shiny discs to choose from when I want to listen in my living room, but can't take 'em with me to use with a modern update of the venerable Sony Discman. There are...
  10. SmilinKev

    HD598s.. Magni2Uber vs Vali

    I'm 6 days into using my new Magni 2 Uber / Modi 2 Uber stack with a set of HD 598s - as well as several other cans - and I can honestly say that I have NEVER heard anything better at anywhere near the stack's price. I'm sure the more expensive Schiit is also a tremendous value and superb...
  11. SmilinKev

    Review: Fournier HTA-1 hybrid tube amp.... excellent budget amp!

    "Thanks!" very much for starting this thread and offering your clear, straightforward and useful review, follow-ups, and photos, Project 86. "Thanks!", too, to all of you who extended his insights and comparisons.  On the basis of what I've read here (and elsewhere, but this thread is clearly...
  12. SmilinKev

    Are CDs still a worthy investment?

    Perplexed, I'm not sure that choosing any one medium is a way of trying to build a "future-proof" collection of music.  At the risk of seeming to be rooted firmly in the Middle Ages, I have to look at my own experience with collecting music.  I began in the late '50s (that's 1950s!) by piling up...
  13. SmilinKev

    Your Favorite Local Record Store

    Plaza Records in Carbondale, Illinois.   No, that's nowhere near Chicago.  Carbondale is four hours south of the Windy City; it sits in the midst of the Shawnee National Forest and seemingly endless acres of farms that have been in families for 150-200 years; and it is the home of Southern...
  14. SmilinKev

    What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.

    The Black Keys, El Camino.   The most fun my ears have had in months!   The best thing that has happened so far to Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, as far as I'm concerned, is their collaboration with Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton (who produced El Camino and also had a hand in the...
  15. SmilinKev

    Any inexpensive way to enhance the soundstage from a Teac CD-P650 + Sony MRD-V6 combination?

    I am new to Head-Fi and the wallet-clearing world of headphones (and related components).  My budget is very limited and that's probably a very good thing, since I also have miserable hearing (as a result of military service).   I just put together - on the basis of information and guidance...
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