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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    In my experience, and I don't want to start anything or go into some off-topic tangent here, arrogance knows no socioeconomic boundaries. I've met arrogant people from the homeless level to the tens of millions level and humble, good natured individuals from both tiers as well; and about in the...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    First, your comparison of the two in the MEST thread helped me decide to try the MEST so thanks! And yes, as your above mentioned comparison highlighted, these are very different tunings imo as well, and I agree exactly with what you listed above (and in the MEST thread). I listed some...
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    Unique Melody MEST/mini MEST Announcement and Impression Thread.

    I am now using the L Final E tips and have gotten a great seal. When I pull the MESTs out, it's like I'm extracting them lol. However, the bad news is that with this deep fit I'm having some ear soreness and tenderness on the outer ear even after 20 to 30 minutes of listening (and I'm going...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    You're very welcome! Please note that those are very preliminary "first couple hours of listening" notes without any direct A/Bing with the Solaris 2020. I will attempt a much more in-depth overview of the MEST and compare/contrast them with the Solaris after much more listening. I can...
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    Unique Melody MEST/mini MEST Announcement and Impression Thread.

    My smaller tips are not working for me; they just won't seal. I don't think I can insert IEMs deeply into my ears; I had this problem with the Blessing2's as well. Thanks for the tip on tips (haha) though! Yes, that sealing at the canal entrance is very important. I'm looking at the AZLA...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    I will, but I'm not the best at describing sound. If, after awhile, I find that the MEST also has significant (for me) limitations, I may just go ahead and get the Odin (and hopefully there will be more reviews and a consensus by then) or some other top top tier (lol) IEM to see how it...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    I get all the above re overpricing, perpetual sales (because of over markups), etc, but l also put all this in context: for 2k one can now attain simply an astonishing level of SQ with a mid tier DAP and low-level flagship IEM, and also access to all the music in the world via streaming services...
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    flinkenick's 17 Flagship IEM Shootout Thread (and general high-end portable audio discussion)

    I agree with this with the important qualification that l would buy an ugly (imo at least) IEM if it sounded great (hell, my CFA Solaris 2020 is just meh looking to me) although that would somewhat detract from my overall enjoyment of the product. However, yes, some of these images are...
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    Best IEM for me in the $700 to $1400 range?

    EDIT: I normally take a long time (weeks to months) to weigh my options with an audio purchase. In this case, I went ahead and ordered the UM MEST due to the recent sale. I have, however, looked hard at that IEM ever since it came out and almost ordered it over the CFA Solaris 2020 back in...
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    Empire Ears - Discussion & Impressions (Formerly EarWerkz)

    Question: is the Hero similar to the Odin in terms of overall tone/timbre? I have no way to demo and would like to get a sense of what the Odin might sound like overall before spending that much, and there's also a good chance I'd be satisfied with the Hero enough to save the extra 2k. (I do...
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    Unique Melody MEST/mini MEST Announcement and Impression Thread.

    Thanks for the info; I thought I'd worry about size later, but it's probably best to think of it first. I have medium sized ears and no problems fitting the Solaris 2020's. The Blessing 2's fit fine as well, although they do stick out far. There are so many great IEM's in the $700 to $1500...
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    Unique Melody MEST/mini MEST Announcement and Impression Thread.

    MEST vs CFA Solaris 2020? I have the Solaris 2020 and before I bought it took a good look at the MEST universal (I posted earlier in this thread actually). I really went for the Solaris 2020 mostly due to more reviews/consensus of it being as it was less new at the time. Now the MEST has...
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    Flux Lab Acoustics FA-10, FA-10 Pro, FA-12, FCN-10 & FA-12s Amplifiers - Summit-Fi for the People?: Reviews, Impressions & Discussion

    So I have been conversing with Vitaliy from Flux via email and he confirmed that different color face plates are available "for any ordered amp" (currently bright yellow, red, space grey, light green, silver and classic black; see attachments). I'm just trying to decide if the FA-10 would...
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    Flux Lab Acoustics FA-10, FA-10 Pro, FA-12, FCN-10 & FA-12s Amplifiers - Summit-Fi for the People?: Reviews, Impressions & Discussion

    Thanks to everyone for all the helpful input. I contacted Flux so I'll see what info/advice they give me and then I'll report back with it.
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    Flux Lab Acoustics FA-10, FA-10 Pro, FA-12, FCN-10 & FA-12s Amplifiers - Summit-Fi for the People?: Reviews, Impressions & Discussion

    You know, I actually wondered about that just a bit ago because those amps look the same size, but I only saw the color option on the FA-12S. Yea, going to check with them and then probably order the FA-10. Thanks!
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Platinum - By Alex Cavalli

    EDIT: Disregard. I have decided to get a Flux Lab Acoustics amp.
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Thank you shafat777, very helpful! :thumbsup: I'm tempted to just order the LP and Espressivo Mark II, compare and contrast, and keep which one I like best. It does seem like the LP is the safer bet, but for one thing I just don't like its looks too much, while I love those of the Mark II...
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Which do you prefer for the Auteur? The LP or Elise? I would think the Elise would have the same in-house sound as the lower tier models, but this is not always true. Sort of like I would think my Gilmore Lite Mk2 sounds similar to the GS-X Mini.
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Well, if anyone remembers me, I've decided to simply wait on any amp purchase. I still have yet to really rotate the amps I already have with the Auteurs for one thing. I've only listened to them with the Gilmore Lite Mk2, Woo Audio WA6, and RME ADI-2 DAC FS out. They all sound significantly...
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    Best DAP for my purposes under $500

    Surprised to still see replies to this thread; I bought the DX160 awhile ago and am very pleased. Sounds great with the CFA Solaris 2020's if the presentation is a bit "in your face" or fatiguing (I enjoy it as an exciting alternative to my main set up). Thanks for all the input!
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Hello all: I just wanted to pop in here and thank everyone for all their helpful input on amps, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, shortly after I last posted, I became ill so I haven't felt like replying, much less researching amps. Hell, I haven't even been listening to music that much...
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    Thanks guys, good input already! I've looked at the Liquid Platinum and at Schiit stuff. In fact, I have a Schiit Vali and Schiit Asgard 2 from awhile back. But the Vali quit after about half a year and just sounded ok and the Asgard I regard as so low-mid-fi that I haven't even listened to it...
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    So I've had the Auteur's for about a month and I'm still pretty blown away, even after a lot of listening. The best compliment I can give them is that they have redefined what I thought phones were capable of, and I'm not really missing listening to my main 2 channel setup as much (I've always...
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    ZMF Auteur Thread

    My Auteur came on Thurs. Stock maple with brass. Really looks great in person. My first ZMF anything, and my third crazy expensive phone after the Arya and CFA Solaris 2020. Initial listening is positive, which is good, as usually if I don't like the sound of a piece of gear within literally...
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    What book are you reading right now?

    A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes Picking this up again for lighter, more "summer reading" for when I'm too tired for more demanding material (like when I'll be dozing off at the dock on our lake property this weekend). Still, of course, very...
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