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    SOLD: Mod House Audio - Argon MKIII

    I suspect it would be around the $30 mark - but I couldn't guarantee you wouldn't incur some import duty, I'm unsure how that works for the US. For interested US buyers, I'd be happy to take $360 inclusive of postage (FedEx or UPS, 3-5 day delivery). It's likely not the best 'deal' for US...
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    SOLD: Mod House Audio - Argon MKIII

    A spotless pair of Argon MKIII's I ordered these on 9th January 2020, they were delivered to me (UK) on 18th April 2020. I listened to them for perhaps 4 - 6hrs after 150hrs burn-in (continuous dub and electro at moderate volume). They are phenomenal and sounded great with my Naim DAC V1...
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    Sold: Naim DAC-V1 Pre-amplifier, DAC & Headphone Amplifier

    Naim DAC-V1 Pre-amplifier, DAC & Headphone Amplifier - Superb Condition. Complete with original box, Naim cable and remote. There is no manual but this is easily available online and via the Naim website. Used very successfully with the following headphones: Audeze LCD-X, ZMF Aeolus, Argon MK3...
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    Sold: Very Rare Telefunken E88CC (1) / 6922 Gold Pin (matched pair)

    That is a nice offer, thanks. However, I have no use for 6N23Ps at the moment. I've been focused on clearing some debts, otherwise, I'd hold on to these given they will only appreciate over time as scarcity increases.
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    Sold: Very Rare Telefunken E88CC (1) / 6922 Gold Pin (matched pair)

    This is a matched pair of Telefunken Gold Pin E88 CC 1 - which are exceedingly rare now. Purchased from a private collector (NOS) for use with my Pathos Aurium. They have less than 100 hours on them. I've now sold my Pathos, so letting these go as well. Upscale Audio retail these for $700 for...
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    SOLD: Audeze LCD-X

    I purchased these from Scan back in February (see image). This is the 'Creator' package i.e., no travel case and no balanced cable. Condition is immaculate, as new - about 150hrs very careful use.
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    At the risk of sounding combative, harsh brightness isn't something associated with neutral, in fact having a harsh or bright signature (imposed by the DAC) would qualify as colouration and is the exact opposite of neutral. A truly neutral DAC will not lie to you about harshness or brightness...
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    In terms of DAC suggestions, it really depends on what you like, the aspects and sound profile you're looking for in a DAC. Personally, my preference in a general sense is for R-2R and tube DACs. I like a little warmth, a little colouration, sweetness etc., for many people these aspects may be...
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    As a former owner of the HD-DAC1 and a fan of the unit in many regards, I wouldn't advise buying it if your long goal is to use it purely as a DAC - there are just significantly better options for €550 (you're very close to s/h RME ADI-2 money, there, or a Denafrips Ares II - those two DACs are...
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    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    Great write-up @Pharmaboy Out of interest, what source are you using and is the V281 running DAC duties as well as amplification? In terms of the Verite, what have been your observations vs Aeolus? You mentioned it was your 2nd favourite, would you mind summing up what you perceived the...
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    [SOLD] RME ADI-2 fs DAC (v2 December 2019) + Remote

    Hello, Purchased in December 2019 (receipt included) - this is the revised edition with the new remote. I am the second owner, the first owner fell on hard times and had to sell all his audio gear. Given the condition, I'm not sure he'd used it much at all. I'm having a clear-out of gear to...
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    Marantz HD-DAC1

    Yes, they're regularly on the s/h market in the UK. It seems a lot of people start with one and move elsewhere once their tastes have changed or they're a bit more aware of what type of sound they want. For a £400-ish outlay (s/h) it's hard to beat (if you're looking for sweet/warm qualities). I...
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    TOTL System suggestions for metal music

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. I was in AMS a few weeks back, my first trip there and I found it a very interesting city. Had a great evening in one of the brownstone (I think that's what they call them) pubs - quite like an English city pub with a focus on food etc. I digress...
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    TOTL System suggestions for metal music

    I can't comment on the differences between X and 4, I have not heard the 4, but I do listen to a lot of metal - it's my main genre. I really enjoy the X with metal, my only reservation is that given their analytical nature and that most of the metal I listen to is poorly recorded/produced it...
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    Solid-state DAC/amp with tube sound? (And powerful)

    A hybrid tube amp may be the direction of travel. Opinions may be divided on the hybrid Pathos Aurium (some love it, some absolutely hate it) - it's not sweet or warm and might be an option. Listening side by side to my Naim DAC V1 which is pure solid-state (Class A), when I feed the Aurium...
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    Newcomer to this hobby!

    Lots and lots of choice at this price point. For the budget The Philips Fidelio X2HR would be on my shopping list - they're easy to partner/drive and sound excellent. I have a couple of $1000+ headphones but my X2 still gets use and are a very enjoyable listen. They also scale with gear...
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    New Amp from HeadAmp - GS-X Mini

    I'm not entirely sure that road has an end - beyond what might be imposed by financial constraints. The hobby that keeps on giving and taking, not always in equal measure. I'm also interested in the GS-X Mini, to compliment my tube setup. I've got a Naim DAV V1, but I'm interested to compare...
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    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    For the benefit of others reading my previous post and scratching their head regarding my use of veiled when comparing the Aeolus to the LCD-X, I wanted to expand on that description using a single track, to further convey the differences in these two headphones and try to articulate what I...
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    ZMF Aeolus Impressions thread

    I can understand why some people might describe the Aeolus as muffled. I think this is down to three things: Amp pairing, familiarity with bright headphones and/or unfamiliar with a smooth and balanced presentation. On my Pathos Aurium, the Aeolus can (at first listen) sound a little...
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    Can't change avatar > Please read your welcome PM.

    Right!   Got caught by this one also .. I did see the references in the welcome PM regarding profile changes, but as the system allowed me to upload an avatar at signup (I then deleted that one as it was the wrong dimension) I thought I'd be able to just upload another after deletion.   ...
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    Looking for amp recomendations for Audeze LCD-X

    knopi,   Thank you for your feedback and comments, much appreciated. Out of interest, which AN DAC did you try out?   I'd love to find the LCD-X thread but when I searched in the 'Full-size Headphones' forum for 'Audeze LCD-X' I got 980 threads returned. Is there a thread in particular that...
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    Looking for amp recomendations for Audeze LCD-X

    Hello!   After auditioning a large selection of headphones from Beyer, Hifiman, Mr Speakers, Sennheiser, B&W, Oppo and others, including other Audeze offerings (including the XC's) the LCD-X's just had it for me, I kept coming back to them again and again. I auditioned them on an Oppo HA-1...
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