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  1. penguindude

    Used Headphones Price Watch

      Quote: I do believe theyre discontinued. But as always, u can get them used for cheaper.
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    Used Headphones Price Watch

    Quote: The ones quoted are the SR225 not the SR225i.
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    Stuck between HD595 and D2000

    If you listen to electronica, get the denon instead, mainly for its more pronounced bass.
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    HiFiMAN HM-801 Portable Player / DAC Review: Part One of Two

    Seems like bad QC. Or perhaps ask the handlers put on some gloves?
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    Starting audiophile needs some help

    Hi nick, first thing first. Get rid of your Bose equipment, and test out some Sennheiser stuff if you prefer a more laid-back, darker, full-house sound. If you prefer a forefront, quick sound, then test out an Alessandro MS1 or Grado SR60 like someone mentioned. At the same time, get a dedicated...
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    Xonar Essence STX and Sennheiser HD650 - gain setting

    I think the answer is in your experience. I'd go for the High setting.
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    PC vs Mac

    Windows 7 + Foobar2000
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    EMU 0404 USB - really the best?

    Quote: Originally Posted by jruser It was a hypothetical question. I have been considering buying this to use as a stanalone DAC, but can't find any specific information about how it works, other than that it is possible. DAC means digital to analog converter, which means you...
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    The Xonar Essence STX Q/A, tweaking, impressions thread

    Anyone knows how the 1792A (STX dac chip) compares to the AK4396 miracle DAC chip?
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    EMU 0404usb owner survey: Which quality cans?

    The headphone-out on the 0404usb is not sufficient to drive high-end headphones. The 0404usb is known for its dac-lineout and not for its headphone amp.
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    REVIEW: Sennheiser HD 800

    Definitely a great review, Skylab! Very detailed and set with the aim to be neutrual.
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    Cowon S9 now has gapless!!!

    If only the S9 has wi-fi capability, then it would be perfect.
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    Sennheiser HD800 Updates!!!

    Quote: Originally Posted by pompon If you buy electronic / computer ... they loose 20% of their value per years ... After 5 years, your stuff worth almost nothing. Heaphones it's not same thing. Speakers don't loose value much with time. HD800 are not build to be a mass...
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Quote: Originally Posted by younglee200 Wait, how does that work? does that mean I should get the AD8397 for like 22 bucks AND the BUF634P for 45 bucks as well? No need for the BUF634P if ure getting the AD8397.
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Quote: Originally Posted by zombieDave I've been keeping my eye on this thread and this page has me a bit confused. According to the PD website, they claim you do not need the separate buffers (BUF634) if you use opamp AD8397 because this particular opamp has a built-in buffer. If...
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Just an update, rolled in the AD8397 opamp, kept the BUF634P buffer, the sound felt like a total upgrade! The harsh treble associated with the OPA134 and HD600 was totally gone. The AD8397 handled treble sibilant much much better than the OPA134. Bass is a touch less, just a tiny touch, but...
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Quote: Originally Posted by HK_sends Thanks for the replies. I have used practical Devices amps before and while not being extremely high end, I like their sound, ruggedness and portability (and the whole customizing deal). Never used a DAC before, but it does seem a decent place...
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Quote: Originally Posted by HK_sends Would you say this would be a nice amp to accompany a laptop on trips for watching movies and listening to music? -HK sends There are many portable amps out there on the market. It all depends on your budget. But yes, the XM5 would be a...
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Quote: Originally Posted by swanlee Nice review how did the Treble and bass boost effect the sound quality especially with both enabled? Any degradation or issues? Ah, forgot to mention those in my review! Like all equalizers, they tend to muffle the sound to a certain degree...
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    E-mu 0404 USB owners

    I wouldnt buy the EMU0404USB if its mainly used for gaming. For gaming, ure better off with a soundcard that does EAX and all those kind of stuff. The processing chip on those soundcards will take a load off ur CPU and thus increase ur fps.
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    Practical Devices XM5

    Hey all, my review of the XM5 is now up! Here's the direct link: XM5 Review! I found the DAC of the amp to be very competent, but it was still not as good as I'd like, especially driving the HD600. When coupling the XM5's amp with an external dac (emu 0404 usb), i heard some drastic...
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    Help choosing gaming headphones

    Quote: Originally Posted by Dr_Vinegar Sorry, sounds too fishy. Headphonic offers a 20 day "trial" period for headphones, so if you don't like them you can return them for store credit. Can anyone else back up the statement that the AD500's are more comfortable than the HD555's...
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    Exclusive: LD MKVI Reviewed!!

    So what he meant was if i regulated my power to under 110V there would be no hum?
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    Exclusive: LD MKVI Reviewed!!

    Quote: Originally Posted by Lil' Knight Moreover, David changed the transformer to suit US voltage so there's no longer the hum. Seriously? Wow, that's nice then. I wasnt informed of this until now.
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    Exclusive: LD MKVI Reviewed!!

    Sorry, I have been away from home (and my LD6) for 3 weeks, but will be back this weekend. I will further look into the hum issue. I will probably try to plug it into eletrical isolators and such. As for comparison, if you can tell me which manufacturer sells a complete balanced tube amp for...