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  1. Hansotek

    Sennheiser IE300 Review & Measurements

    If you absolutely must have a single DD IEM, I'd say your best options for metal are: Low/Mid price: Periodic Beryllium High Price: Campfire Vega BUT only with a balanced cable and Azla SednaEarFit tips - otherwise you won't get the mid presence you want here. Any other configuration will be an...
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    Sennheiser IE300 Review & Measurements

    I will add the Azla SednaEarFit tips sounded pretty great on the IE 300 as an aftermarket option. Earfits give it a more balanced sound - widening the stage, Increasing separation, bringing out the treble and the upper mids. Still a bit V shaped, but gives a lot more life to the other frequencies.
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    Sennheiser IE300 Review & Measurements

    I agree, there’s really no excuse for this cable. I bumped it with the zipper on my shirt the other day and it was so loud, I blacked out for 20 minutes. All kidding aside, the fact that the cable is so bad and they built this recessed jack so it A.) doesn’t work with your existing cable...
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    You’re going to have to be more specific about what genre of metal.
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    Next ZEN CAN Signature edition! Which headphone's EQ Curve??? You decide.

    I’m going to say the Fostex TH-X00 series headphones. These perform especially well when paired with an amp with a beefy power supply, in my experience, for whatever reason. They don’t need a ton of power, but maybe they can pull a lot of current or something... I’m not an engineer. Those amps...
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    Whiskey-Fi (Audio and Whiskey Pairings/Musings)

    I’ve been sipping on this Hibiki lately, which I found to be clean and detailed. Me thinks STAX are the ideal pairing here, and wouldn’t you know it, my KGSSHV Carbon is sitting off in the background...
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    I third the recommendation of the RAD-0, if it is within budget. That would cover that whole catalog about as well as anything ever could.
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    The Reference 6J5 Thread (L63, 6C5, 12J5, 6P5, etc.)

    Oh don't worry, I took the liberty of cyberstalking your amp already. :)
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    The Reference 6J5 Thread (L63, 6C5, 12J5, 6P5, etc.)

    Drooling all over myself. Love that design @leftside
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    Yikes. If it makes you feel any better, I'm pretty sure the South Americans have it far worse, as far as buying audio gear goes.
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    You’re not wrong. The Hifiman Susvara and HE-6 do things dynamically that other, more sensitive headphones simply cannot when they have the juice behind them. Susvara through a great amp is difficult to knock in any substantial way.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    I don’t really know how to answer this, honestly, because I’m detecting we have different definitions about what constitutes “toe-tapping/head bobbing”. To me, the GLite Mk2 and GSX mini are very fast-paced amps - they are very dialed in on the attack and decay factor. The Cavalli stuff is more...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    I don’t have a timeline. Obviously there are some complications right now with COVID-19, so we’re all a little short on answers as far as the timelines go.
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    Headamp Gilmore Lite Mk 2 Monoprice Liquid Platinum Schiit Mjolnir 2 If you're patient, a Glenn OTL basic build
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    They are a huge upgrade over the BE. Honestly, the FH7 is my favorite metal IEM at any price point. The difference between the FH7 ($499) and the UM Mirage ($1099) is probably smaller than the difference between the FH7 ($499) and the Periodic BE ($299). Tuning, dynamics, detail-to-dollar...
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    Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution

    This is pretty legit. I would add the Campfire Cascade to the $500-$1000 group and crown it the top choice for metal in that tier. I would add the HE-6se and Stax L-700 to the $1,000-$2000 category. And I would add the Abyss Diana and AB-1266 and the Stax SR-009S to the $2,000+ category. IEMs...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    I'll answer all of these in the full review.
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    I had a pair of early 60's Miniwatt 188CCs in there for this particular comparison (there is additional commentary which has been omitted in the context of this post, but will appear in the full review). I wanted to push the platinum up as close as it could get to the Gold X - it still doesn't...
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    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Gold (X)

    Sorry, I got completely sidelined with work, but I have been progressively gathering impressions the whole time. I pulled most of the review together last weekend, after returning from my company's annual conference, which pretty much wiped out all my free time in January and February this year...
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    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    That’s a sick roll, right there.
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    Stax SR-L300 Impressions Thread

    The SRD-7 could use a little soldering/maintenance. Because of that, I ended up selling the Topping when I got the SRM-1. I have too much other gear to listen to and not enough time to do it anyway. This all happened like 5 years ago. A lot has changed since then. I still think that's a...
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    Lampizator Amber III Impressions

    You don't really notice "issues" with a DAC unless you have concentrated exposure to a new DAC and then you switch back. In my experience, the best way to test a new DAC is to switch it into your system for a week or two and then switch back to your old one. From there, you'll notice any areas...
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    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    Another good example of something pretty mathy in a completely different genre (jazz) is the Bad Plus. Youtube link complete with the transcription showing the shifting times. Humble brag - I actually chatted with these dudes about Meshuggah when one of my old bands opened for them about 15...
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