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  1. rage3324

    Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?

    I got the Airpods Pro (never owned airpods prior to this) and I was immediately impressed by the ease of set up and use. Very impressive. The build quality is great except for the tips. I find the tips to feel a little cheap and a little tough to get off (I feel like I am going to rip them)...
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    Mac OS X Music Players - alternatives to iTunes

    What's the word on Plex for Mac? It appears to be to Direct Playing but tough to tell if it is manipulating the signal at all. As a Mac, Plex and Tidal user. What is my best player option? I know Roon is the answer but that is too much $$$$$$$
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    DACs that are on the same level as the Dacmini CX

    I currently only use my Dacmini CX as a dac, so I've decided to go down the road of selling the Dacmini and acquiring a dedicated DAC that is equal or better in performance. I would love some recommendations.
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    Chromecast audio - can anyone comment on sound quality?

      Right. Any idea why I can still control the volume via plex on my phone? Is plex acting as a pre-amp somehow? Plex says it is doing direct play
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    Chromecast audio - can anyone comment on sound quality?

    When hooking up the chromecast via optical to a DAC, I don't see the dynamic compression setting anymore. Is that normal? Is there anyway to confirm that audio is not being resampled?   Currently I am using plex on my iphone to cast flac audio, but oddly, I can still control the volume from my...
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    DNA Stratus 2A3 amplifier - first impressions

    Just received my Stratus loaner (in queue for July delivery). I'm absolutely floored. I don't even know what else to say.. I feel like I lost my virginity all over again
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    Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners

      Turns out my dad had a 2230, had to snag it. I'm with you regarding headphone pairings with the 22x0 series. I want to say the 2220/2230 prefers high impedance headphones but i'm not positive. My HD800 sound great. My DT770 600 ohms sound okay. I have not tried any of my Grados yet but plan...
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    Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners

    I acquired a Marantz 2230 for my Thorens turntable and I have to say my HD800 sound fantastic out of the 2230. I have yet to try my Grado's..   What is the general consensus around here regarding headphone impedance and older Marantz stereos?   I'm considering adding my Woo Audio WA7 or DNA...
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    WOO-HOOOO... WA7 "fireflies"!!!

    Wow, great info guys! I am definitely considering selling the WA7 and WA7tp (and dacmini) for a better dac as an option. Or perhaps moving the WA7 and WA7tp to the bedroom or living room to be used with my home theater for movies, music, and games.    Can someone describe how a pre-amp impacts...
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    Audirvana Plus 2.0

    I am not knocking audirvana as I do love it. BUT, is there another program of equal audio quality that offers a few more user friendly features like:   1. Recently Added Music 2. Visual artist browsing similar to iTunes --- Nothing again the "power-user" interface of audirvana. It works and...
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    WOO-HOOOO... WA7 "fireflies"!!!

    Thanks, I will give this a shot. I turned the amp back on after having it off for just over an hour and it sounds normal now. Odd
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    Chicago Area Meet - Saturday April 25 - Part of the Ear Gear Expo at AXPONA 2015

      I wouldn't wear them in public :) I still use them for gaming out of my Nintendo DS when I am out home and for watching movies. They wipe the floor with my DT770 in terms of soundstage. I only grab for the DT770 if it is late at night. I recently compared them to my HD800 and the soundstage...
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    Chicago Area Meet - Saturday April 25 - Part of the Ear Gear Expo at AXPONA 2015

    Is anyone planing on bringing a DNA Audio Stratus or Zana Deux SE? I would love to check these amps out
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    DNA Stratus 2A3 amplifier - first impressions

    Any Grado RS1i or PS1000 users here? Is the Stratus a good pairing? Seems to output more than enough power with a low output impedance. 
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    Eddie Current Zana Deux owners

    Any Grado RS1i or PS1000 users here? Is the Zana Deux SE a good pairing?   Anyone thinking about selling their Zana Deux SE? If so, let me know
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    PS1000 Impressions Thread

    I believe the PS1000 highs are smoother than the GS1k in general. Anyways, I use the WA7 which is known as being a very smooth tube amp and I have 0 issues with the highs. In fact, I am now using the dacmini as my dac, which is known as a slight bright dac, instead of the internal WA7 Dac and I...
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    WOO-HOOOO... WA7 "fireflies"!!!

    I use Hi-Z, but the reason I asked is because of the 1:8 ratio rule. The WA7 definitely has enough power to drive 300 ohm headphones using the lo-z setting. Anyways, judging from this review:    http://kenrockwell.com/audio/woo/wa7.htm#z   The output impedance does not change much between...
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    WOO-HOOOO... WA7 "fireflies"!!!

    HD800 owners -- Are you using hi-z or lo-z when listening to the HD800?
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    Pick an amp for HD800 - DNA Sonett 2 vs Decware CSP3 vs Zana Deux SE

    I have narrowed it down to 3 amps under 2k that I am considering for my HD800:   DNA Sonett 2  Decware CSP3 Zana Deus SE   Potentially considering the Woo Audio WA2   *The Zana Deus SE is out of my price range new, but within my price range used.   I need help choosing an amp. I am not...
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    DNA Sonett 2

    So you have the Sonett, not the Sonet 2, correct? I believe Donald created the Sonett 2 with the HD800 in mind.
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    If you had $1200 (with money available for upgrades later) to spend on a used or new amp for the HD800, what would you purchase?
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    Grado Fan Club!

    Two technical questions:   1. What is the real world advantage of driving Grados with an amp that can do more than 1W at 32 ohms? For example, there are amps out there that can do 2-4W at 32 ohms   2. Why do Grado's "defeat" the impedance 1:8 ratio rule? For example, most tube amps designed...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Yup, I did. Thanks!
  24. rage3324

    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    How long does the frequency response graph usually take to receive?
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