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  1. elisiX

    Violectric HPA V550 - Blue's Brother and the successor to the V281

    No experience as yet with the updated amps on offer, but regarding the earlier discussion on integrated DAC's, I have the V281 FE (build in DAC) paired with my RME ADI-2. In comparing the V281 solo vs. V281+RME I find the RME to be a much better pairing with the V281 than the internal DAC of the...
  2. elisiX

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    I’m sure you meant do NOT need the ACK? Just to clarify 😂
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Seems Meenova might do the trick! That said, I might try my luck with the 2go and connect directly as a hotspot as I’ve just read in the 2go thread. Seems to be the least problematic scenario for 2go. Issues mainly seem to be when setting it up for room etc. Alternatively, 2go money goes a...
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    That’s a shame. I was hoping at least you could connect via a single cable 😂 Also seems crazy that some are having good experiences with 2go while others are not. I wonder if retailers will provide a refund to those whom it is problematic for.
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    You guys are making it hard for me to go the cheaper route with Moon Black Dragon instead of the Lazuli Reference :gs1000smile: @Hoegaardener70 not at all, but I do think that upgrade path makes sense technically considering what the HMS adds.
  6. elisiX

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I’ve already got a Hugo 2 and V281. I don’t use my Hugo 2 in that pairing as it’s my office transportable solution, but I could very easily add HMS to the H2 and run it through the V281 for a relatively problem free high end solution. I suppose if I did this I could sell the RME (putting that...
  7. elisiX

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    I have my V281 matched with the RME, and for the Empyrean I just don't find it lacking in bass impact. Again it's not as dynamic as the Utopia on this same DAC/AMP pairing, but I don't feel it's an issue. Interesting that you are finding this with the use of a silver cable whereas I am only...
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    Astell&Kern AK380

    AK380 looks epic in the copper! May I ask where you purchased that case for the H2?
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    With the offer there seems to be a lot of interest in the Arche. As far as DAC’s and amps go, I’m already running an RME, V281 FE, WA2 and Hugo 2 (for office only), does the Arche make sense considering I have both Utopia and Stellia? Is it going to give me something the RME doesn’t? I feel...
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    SOLD: final D8000 - beautiful condition - includes final Silver OFC upgrade cable and Pro pads - new new price!

    This is easily the best D8K setup I’ve seen. D8K over Pro Silver cable Pro pads I’ve spent a lot of time with the D8000 and Pro, and this is the perfect world scenario.
  11. elisiX

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    We have quite similar setups, Hugo 2, RME and V281. Great combinations and I echo your comments. 😀 I use my H2 exclusively with my Stellia at my office. RME/V281 does home duties.
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    Benchmark HPA4 Headphone / Line Amplifier Impressions

    I feel quite lucky that in Australia, Sydney specifically, I have just about every headphone and every dac or amp option available for me to test, often in the same shop. I’ve done some seriously extensive A/B in the last year and the gear I mention is easily the best before you step up to...
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    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    YouTube ‘Passion for sound’ made some recommendations about these options recently. He was using the Qutest over H2, but same same. Ultimately he said MScaler gave a bigger uplift to sound with the Qutest than TT without MScaler. Obviously TT2 with MScaler trumps that again.
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I'm yet to replace my cable, but Norne cables come up a lot.
  15. elisiX

    Final Audio D8000 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Let's have a chat about your LCD4. I'm in Sydney :)
  16. elisiX

    Final Audio D8000 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Very keen to hear your thoughts!
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    SOLD! Focal Utopia (with updated drivers and four aftermarket cables)

    I had not realised an update was made to the drivers in July. Good to know.
  18. elisiX

    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    Has anyone moved from the Empyrean to 1266 TC, or own both and can provide some comparative thoughts? I've got a potential trade opportunity and curious to hear from those with experience with the two headphones. Love my Empyreans, but the 1266 TC cost is extreme without letting something else...
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Not a lot really. I only use my Stellia in my work office, where I need a closed back. I run them off different gear also (Hugo 2 for Stellia and V281 for Utopia). I should probably do an a/b comparison. I’d probably find them quite similar however I still have the need for separate use cases.
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    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I own both and the Stellia more comfortable. It’s lighter and the leather feels softer. Utopia give me a little pain on top of my head over time but the Stellia doesn’t.
  21. elisiX

    SOLD: Focal Stellia (Price Drop)

    It hasn’t been long. I’m sure they will.
  22. elisiX

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    At $999 USD or more, it better be amazing. Even the Black Dragon at $400 or so is a big ask, though worth it from my experience.
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    Any idea how this cable might suit the Focal Stellia? Would the 3.5mm ends fit? (they look like they would).
  24. elisiX

    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

    Technicality Utopia Stellia HD800S Empyrean Value HD800S Utopia Stellia Empyrean Enjoyment Empyrean Utopia HD800S Stellia
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    SOLD: Focal Stellia (Price Drop)

    Cheapest price i've seen for these headphones. My Stellia get more use than my other headphones as they are my work office solution (closed back). Coming home to Utopia, Empyrean, HD800S, I still look forward to my time with Stellia every day.