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    Corsonus Kodachi - new electrostatic amplifier

    Over the past few years, I've been steadily divesting myself of my Stax collection. It started with my SR-009 and SR-404LE - two products which I loved but just didn't use all that often. Then came the SR-007mkII which was the best example of that particular model I could find (after trying over...
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    SparkoS Aries headphone amp

    I spent some time with the SparkoS Labs Aries headphone amp recently, and wanted to get a discussion going since I was highly impressed by the performance. I don't see much info around here so I figured a new thread would be a good idea. The Aries goes for $2499 in "base" form or $2999 for...
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    SOLD: rare Stax SR-4070 closed back electrostatic earspeakers

    EDIT -- these are SOLD to the gentleman from New York, thanks for all the offers/discussion everyone. I had posted an "interest check" on these but apparently that's no longer a thing around here. So here's a newly revised post following the correct rules. Selling my Stax SR-4070. These are...
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    Resolved: Can't insert pics once uploaded

    I'm using "attach files" like always, then selecting my pics. It uploads them but only rarely does it list the option to insert them as thumbnail or full size. Usually I have to then click on the file which opens the pic in a new tab. Then I copy that link, then back to my post to use "insert...
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    A Tale of Two Purifiers - iFi Audio

    I've been using these two little gizmos with great results for quite a while now, so I figure it's time for a write up. The items in question are both from iFi Audio. Both are called "iPurifier", and both help clean up noise and other unwanted junk from your audio system. Yet each has a...
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    New Violectric all-in-one: V590

    Just wanted to get a thread up about the latest from Violectric: the new V590. The front panel tells us it is a "32 bit DAC + 32 bit Resampler + Pre-amp + Balanced Headphone Amp". That's a mouthful but you get the idea. The concept is to take the V281, tweak it for improved performance, add...
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    Review: Unique Melody Maven and Mason V3 IEMs

    Unique Melody may not quite have the same widespread name-recognition as JH Audio or Ultimate Ears, but in my view they deserve a place at the table when talking about legendary OG custom IEM makers. It's been roughly a decade since I first tried their original Miracle, but I recall preferring...
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    Asustor AS6404T - NAS as source?

    I've been using a dedicated network attached storage, aka NAS, device for about 8 years now. I originally wanted one in order to easily share files between several different computers on my home network. Prior to that I had just used an external hard drive attached to my wireless router, but...
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    Review: Niimbus Audio US4+ Statement Amplifier (includes large high-end amp roundup)

    First off, I want to point to this existing thread which started about 6 months back. The threat began as a sort of preview, and the OP has done a great job of keeping the first post updated as information became available. I'm posting this here so it doesn't get buried in the many existing...
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    Combo Review: Euphony PTS - Matrix X-SPDIF 2 - Keces P8

    Here's something new to me - a cumulative review of several components together. I've done plenty of shootouts and comparisons, but never a collection of products from different brands all working as one. This stuff just pairs so well together that I figured it made sense to write it up the way...
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    Cayin iDAP-6 - versatile new desktop transport

    USB backlash! That's how I'd characterize the sentiment I've heard over the past year or so from a decent number of forum dwellers. Which I find very interesting... because if we go back maybe 5 or 6 years prior, we find people were thrilled about the advent of computer audio made easy. Thanks...
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    Keces P8 Linear Power Supply

    If you follow my ramblings here (and elsewhere), you may have noticed this device pop up in pictures on several recent posts of mine. It's just there in the background, doing its thing without calling much attention to itself. And yet, in many ways, it's the backbone of my reference system. The...
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    Massdrop x Grace Design SDAC - a budget beast

    In "traditional" high-end circles, it's not uncommon for amps, preamps, or other components in the $1k-2k range to be considered "budget" gear. I suppose it's a matter of perspective - if your total system cost is 6 figures, anything under $5,000 is relatively small potatoes. In the headphone...
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    Headphone storage - what do people use for larger collections?

    I've historically kept my current rotation on stands for easy access, while putting the rarely-used models in storage. I'm now realizing the drawbacks of this approach - those on active duty get dusty and take up lots of room, while those in storage aren't easily accessed if I do want to use...
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    Matrix X-SPDIF 2 - a Singxer SU-1 killer?

    Sorry, I totally admit that attention-grabbing headline was just there to provoke. I'm not the type to use terms like that when describing anything other than drastic improvements. As in, "My new dCS Vivaldi kills the integrated sound card I was using prior." So I'm using the wrong terminology...
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    New Matrix Audio X-Server info (and a bit about the X-Sabre 2 as well)

    Matrix Audio started things off with a bang when they launched their original M-Stage headphone amplifier. Offering killer performance at a very approachable cost, the Matrix name became well known in a short amount of time.    Other products followed. While not all of them could be called...
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    NG Audio - new high-end IEM and CIEM company with some pretty intriguing designs

    You'd never guess how many IEMs make their way through my home each year. Various manufacturers and marketing types regularly ask me to have a listen and I usually say "sure.... but I can't promise anything will come of it". And that's typically how it plays out - the vast majority of them don't...
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    New tube amp: the Cayin HA-1A MK2

      I've already discussed the Cayin iDAC-6 DAC and matching iHA-6 solid state amp around here. And I gave them both a thorough review over at InnerFidelity not too long ago. To sum it up - versatile DAC and very neutral, powerful amp, both with excellent build quality and competitive pricing...
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    Cayin iDAC-6 - Review tour (USA only for now), impressions, discussion

          This thread, and a corresponding post over in the amplification section, is to introduce some new gear from Cayin. I've been playing with both models for a while and will eventually have a full review over at InnerFidelity, but that could take a while so I wanted to get some discussion...
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    Cayin iHA-6 - US Tour and reviews

    Cayin is a somewhat well-known audio company who traditionally specializes in desktop speaker amps, preamps, and integrated amps, plus the occasional CD player. Their lineup at any given moment tends to be rather large, with a focus on tube gear (though not exclusively). They've received quite a...
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    Effect Audio cables thread

    I've discussed Effect Audio in the past - I'm a satisfied user of several models of theirs, from relatively entry-level to higher up the food chain. Their products have always appealed to me as a rather good value proposition. I consider them among my favorite cable makers along with Toxic...
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    New release - the AKG K553 Pro - featuring a killer Massdrop deal

              Roughly 4 months ago, I had a chance to demo a new headphone from AKG. Well, not exactly a new headphone..... but rather a new configuration called the K7XX, sold exclusively by Massdrop. I posted my thoughts HERE and the thread soon grew to hundreds of pages. Response from most...
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    Cancel

    Figured out a local deal.
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    Audio processing test - choose what you like most!

    Interesting little listening "test" for you.... not actually a test per se, nor an A/B comparison, but more a matter of preference. Click HERE and listen to the clip, which plays through twice. Then choose which part sounded better to you. We'll call the beginning part A and the second part B. ...
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    The AKG K7XX Massdrop First Edition Thread

        If you're anything like me, you've gone at least a few rounds with the AKG K701 and family. I've probably owned at least a half dozen of them over the years, in their various names/colors/configurations. There must be something about them that I really enjoy because I keep buying them...
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