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  1. willsw

    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    Zbell contacted me and I might be able to help him out, but I also referred him to @HiGHFLYiN9 who runs Zynsonix out of Baltimore and has much more experience when it comes to headphone modification and recabling. Mentioning it here because he's a good resource for DC-area folks to be aware of...
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019 Impressions!

    @jtnt is Nicholas, LTA's go-to guy and the reason we were able to bring some neat stuff and it wasn't just me showing up from the train with my HD650s in my bag. Thanks again to @blacktone for the great space, the various organizers, and a big thank you to @lcasadonte for generously providing...
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Last minute arrival: we will have the Hifiman Jade II.
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    DENAFRIPS 'ARES' R2R discrete ladder DAC - close up view

    I've had a lot of experience dealing with Alvin from Vinshine, including purchasing and dealing with warranties, and have always had excellent experiences and quick shipping. I'd recommend ordering directly from Vinshine over anything else.
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    DC Area Meet - December 15th, 2019

    Tim from Kitsune has generously let us hang onto the Holo Audio Spring 2 KTE for the meet. That also means that we'll have it in the shop until then, so anyone interested can also come by in the next few weeks to listen to the DAC with any gear they'd like to bring. We'll be sure to bring an...
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    This is true. If more than two people email asking about the same thing, it will usually at least get a mention to management.
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    Is anyone an active member of the DC Audiophile Facebook group? I don't know if they have a booth or anything at CAF this year, but it seems like utilizing that group for the poll could be useful.
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    As mentioned, CAF has had inconsistent results with headphone vendors in the past. The core organizers are great but have no time to expand their reach to headphone stuff. They really need someone willing to put in the effort to contact headphone-related companies, get them to commit to the...
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    I just found this out and was happy, as I had been meaning to ask you about this. Looking forward to the setup! The Denafrips Ares II just arrived, I have it settling in using NOS mode and the slow roll-off filter (OS mode and sharp filters are the other options). It's a satisfyingly dense...
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    DC Area Head-Fi Meet Planning (ongoing)

    As far as I know, there was no planned headphone area and Headamp will be in the atrium with the "marketplace" crowd. I'd like it if more headphone companies came. LTA talked to Gary last week and is organizing a small area near the ballrooms into some kind collection of headphone-related...
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    WTB: Inexpensive (older?) DAP

    I have need for one or two players that can play in on an infinite loop, are simple enough to operate (Fiio X3 Gen.1, I love you, but I don't need another quirky diagonal button array), and can play while plugged in to charge. Fairly simple requirements. Superficial condition and accessories...
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    Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia Head-Fi Meet - May 18, 2019 - Gaithersburg, MD

    It feels like a long time since I've been at a meet or around a bunch of great audio gear, and it was nice to see everyone again and see what has and hasn't changed in a year. I mostly wandered around with my HD650s listening to things and enjoying most of it, wanting to spend more time...
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    Do you mean that the wiring pinouts should be provided? I like to see detailed spec sheets and get info on how things are wired, but I've also spent a lot of time learning what I can and, more importantly, cannot assume from certain specs. From my experience from many angles within the hobby...
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    Felt like making a cable so I made this for MJ2. I don't have an MJ2 to test it with but a multimeter says it's all good. PTFE-coated silver-plated copper.
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    It's a pretty straightforward wiring setup, there's no automatic detection. Both sides are simply wired for stereo - you could use it as an AUX splitter cable, if you ever needed one. This means that it doesn't matter what is plugged where, but it also means that there is an unnecessary wire...
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    Eitr + Wyrd + Custom 6V AC for either

    Still available. Remember, prices include shipping and PayPal fees.
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    Eitr + Wyrd + Custom 6V AC for either

    As my system falls to pieces because of irresponsibility, rent, and other fun things, I've decided to simplify the part where my computer sends stuff to the DAC. As I currently don't have a DAC other than a Dragonfly, it seems the right time to do it. At some point thought that if you really...
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    DC Area Meet - August 18th, 2018

    I just realized that my Saturday schedule changed and I now work through the entire meet. So I will miss yet another. Bleh.
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    DC Area Meet - August 18th, 2018

    It's likely I won't be able to make it until around 1:30pm, but I'll be there. I'll see what I can bring. I bought the new $60 Fiio Bluetooth receiver if anyone wants to try that out. I'll certainly bring the amp I've been playing with and HD6XX + HD600M. Some cables. I'll see if anyone from...
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    Headstage Arrow 4T

    Up Arrow.
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    Headstage Arrow 4T

    SOLD Reluctantly selling this amp because it just lives on a shelf these days. The 4-series Arrow is the last one before a DAC was added. Slim and compact, this amp has always seemed like the perfect form for portability. Features: Analog adjustment of bass, treble, crosstalk, and gain. Two...
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    As I said, I don't have the headphones, so I am not able to compare cables. The source matters because a change in cable typically results in a very small change in sound, if there is a noticeable change at all. The source and the headphones both matter in how much difference a cable change...
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    I don't know of any other headphone wired to both cups that uses TRS plugs wired for stereo on both sides to avoid needing left and right markings. When made for right and left sides, the two sides are wired differently. Here's a 5' cable I just made using 24awg, PTFE-coated silver-plated...
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    Mitchell & Johnson - Electrostatz, 2 way hybrid, Headphones Appreciation and Impressions Thread!

    I have the V20 and it was a a very big step up from the phone I had when I last tested the MJ2. I don't know of anyone selling cables for the MJ2 and JP1, as they do have that unique pinout. I have no more of that braided cable I used in the other, but I could see how some other wire I have works.
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