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  1. mike138

    Reply to review by 'mike138' on item 'ZEN by DUNU'

    "Soundstage: Big for an iem for sure, but there are iems in the lower price ranges that are a lot bigger......" Which IEMs at this price point or lower do you like for soundstage? I tend to prefer soundstage over other sound qualities....
  2. mike138

    HIFIMAN HE-R10 Closed-Back Headphones Discussion & Impressions

    Isn't he the guy who posted the Saigon execution image when people were criticizing him here? Or was that someone else and I'm confusing them?
  3. mike138

    Reply to review by 'mike138' on item 'Sennheiser HD 559 Open Back Headphone'

    This review made me dig out my Senn 558. Those were my first headphones that weren't just whatever Best Buy had in the store. Always loved the soundstage on these.
  4. mike138

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

    Years ago, one of my first jobs was working in the acquisitions department of a collectibles auction house. My responsibility was to try and get collectors to consign through our company. It's a solid, well-run place to do business with, but it made me feel gross that I wasn't allowed to just...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Jesus Christ, you guys. *unsubscribes from thread*
  6. mike138

    FiiO Q1MKII- Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

    I have the F9 and the Q1mkII. I've spent time with both the balanced and regular cable, and I honestly can't tell a discernible difference between the two. To me, the balanced output was more of an "icing on the cake" feature; it will be great with harder-to-drive headphones (where people tend...
  7. mike138

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

    I'm quite happy with my entry level Audio Technica turntable that was around 100 bucks or so.
  8. mike138

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

    I probably started reading CNET's reviews around 2012 or so. I only ever remember Steve crapping on one piece of equipment and that was the Pono player. Actually, I only found out about Schiit because of Steve's reviews. I don't live in an area where there are brick and mortar stores selling...
  9. mike138

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

    Agreed. He's an audio reviewer for an overall electronics website, not a specific, audiophile-oriented website like Head-Fi. His writing isn't meant to go in depth with terminology most people wouldn't care about. It's meant to act as an intro to a product and talk a little about how well it...
  10. mike138

    FiiO Q1MKII- Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

    It's not that they can't make the DAC/AMPs work with Android, it's all the proprietary crap companies layer on top of Android. I have four different Android devices at home, and they all handle Host Mode differently. You essentially have a different version of Android for each device family...
  11. mike138

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

    Because despite Jason issuing a press release explaining why they won't support, MQA, people still ask why they won't support MQA. And because I'm a little salty today.
  12. mike138

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

    Licensing fees and insight into the device manufacturing. And like I said, this is all the same nonsense people said about DSD. Even if MQA is somehow better, and that's far from established, the cost of converting music to MQA probably won't be worth it for the handful of audiophiles who want...
  13. mike138

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

    Don't get me wrong. I subscribe to TIDAL, just not for MQA. Their catalog is really good and the software lets me save music to my devices.
  14. mike138

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

    TIDAL has 1% of the market share of paid streaming music as of January of this year. And don't forget they have two plans, one of which doesn't include MQA. There just isn't the possible customer base that would make it possible or attractive to a price-disruptive company like Schiit. Companies...
  15. mike138

    FiiO Q1MKII- Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

    Today it showed as available on the Amazon site, so I snatched one up. Supposed to arrive next week. i just have my fingers crossed that it will be compatible with one of the four Android devices I have laying around, even though they said they can't guarantee Android.
  16. mike138

    FiiO F9, F9Pro-Detachable MMCX connector,Hi-Res Audio Certified,2.5mm TRRS/3.5mm audio cable

    I got the best fit/sound with Comply foam tips. I do have differently shaped ear canals though, so it would make sense that the foam would suit me better than the typical tips. Your mileage may vary, of course. I can agree with the above sentiment that these are a friggin' steal for $99. I like...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I think that no matter what it's destined to be a niche product at best. When a new format comes along and becomes dominant, it's because it either provides an easily identifiable improvement in sound quality (CDs) or an easily identifiable improvement in convenience (cassette tapes and mp3)...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    One of the main company philosophies is to provide equipment for the music people already have. Which is why I want them to make a price-disruptive CD transport.
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    FiiO F9, F9Pro-Detachable MMCX connector,Hi-Res Audio Certified,2.5mm TRRS/3.5mm audio cable

    My budget-friendly KZ-ATE have a lot of that kind of pressure, but for $12 I can live with it. As near as I can tell, there are two holes in the housing on the F9. These don't have the same airiness that I love about the 1st gen EX-1, but the sound is a lot bigger and fuller without...
  20. mike138

    FiiO F9, F9Pro-Detachable MMCX connector,Hi-Res Audio Certified,2.5mm TRRS/3.5mm audio cable

    I ordered mine from Penon Audio and got it in a few days in the US.
  21. mike138

    FiiO F9, F9Pro-Detachable MMCX connector,Hi-Res Audio Certified,2.5mm TRRS/3.5mm audio cable

    I found my F9s a little uncomfortable at first too, but I've gotten used to them now. I found adding Comply tips helped, and I like the sound better. Now I'm just waiting for the Q1 mkII to come out. That has a balanced output, so added to my phone I can have a pretty good portable rig with...
  22. mike138

    FiiO Q1MKII- Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

    Is there any timetable for when this will be available?
  23. mike138

    FiiO Q1MKII- Native DSD Support, XMOS USB DAC chip, DAC AK4452, 20 hours

    I got my F9 from Penon Audio in China. Free shipping to the US, and it got here in a few days.
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