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  1. Sophonax

    Noble Audio Holiday Giveaway! & Fire Relief

    1) 121,934 2) 124,847 3) 128,023
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    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

    I find the DT1990 and DT880 similar in the amount of ear space they have -- my ears rest just a bit against the foam in front of the driver. If the DT880 bothered you, the DT1990 probably would too.   The T1 is definitely one of the best Beyer headphones for ear space, since it has the angled...
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    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

      I had the same problem with the DT880 -- always had to extend it out as far as it would go. The DT1990 extends about three clicks further on each side than the DT880 did, by my estimation.
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    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

      I'll post some impressions today of the DT1990 with both the A20 and the Asgard 2. Unfortunately impressions with the Valhalla 2 will have to wait -- it's currently back at Schiit to repair/replace a buzzing transformer. Hopefully I should have it back in about a week or so.
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    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

      I actually just bought this bundle -- should be arriving via FedEx sometime today. I had been looking for a decent deal on the DT1990 since I heard it at RMAF, and this one was finally compelling enough for me to bite. Separately, these components sell for $1100, so $700 isn't bad. They even...
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    ☯️ CAVALLI AUDIO ➜ Liquid Carbon Final Production Run!

    Received my Liquid Carbon 2.0 today -- to anyone who has received theirs, can you tell me how you got the Amarra Hifi software that was supposed to be included? I checked through all the contents of the box and I haven't been able to find the software or license or anything...   Sounding good...
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    Noble Audio Wizard Savanna Giveaway!

    1) 113,113 2) 120,021 3) 129,536
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    2016 CanJam RMAF Impressions - Denver

    I was out in Denver for a long weekend visiting family, and I had the opportunity to check out CanJam on Friday. Since I only had the one afternoon at the show, I focused on the things that were of most interest to me (headphones) and didn't pay much attention to anything else (electronics).  ...
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    Mr. Speakers Ether Flow Impressions and Discussion

      You would want to terminate the headphone cable with a 4-pin XLR and then use a 1/4" adapter. The other way around doesn't work -- you don't want to plug a single-ended (i.e. 1/4") headphone into an amplifier's balanced (i.e. 4-pin XLR) output, as it can potentially damage the amp.   In...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

      Are you talking about the ones provided by Sennheiser? They're still being provided -- but in digital form. The personalized measurements are on a USB flash drive included in the box with the headphones.
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    Mr. Speakers Ether Flow Impressions and Discussion

    Ugh, I was really going to try my best to hold off on buying any new audio gear until after RMAF. The Ether Flow is making this really difficult...I had been considering the Ether earlier, but this update makes it even more interesting. It's got @purk's attention? His attention has gotten my...
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    Focal Utopia General Discussion

      That impedance peak is due to back EMF at the mechanical resonant frequency of the driver. All dynamic driver headphones will exhibit this resonant behavior, since the driver is basically a simple spring-mass-damper system. Just from watching Jude's video, I'm guessing that the Elear's...
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    Focal Elear - Impressions Thread

      Tyll posted one for the Elear at InnerFidelity earlier today, here.
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    Grado e Series

    Joining the club -- just got an RS2e today. I had been away from Grado for quite a while, but after reading all the good things about the RS2e, I figured I'd give it a shot. So far, I'm glad I did!   My first impression: these smell way better out of the box than Sennheisers do!    They were...
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    ZMF Ori (Omni) - Upcoming Semi Open Flagship

    The Cocobolo has landed!  
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

      Out of curiosity, did you ever hear the original LCD-2 Rev 1? That was the only headphone that I've tried that I found to be much too dark, with not enough treble. The Rev 2 was much better in that regard. Just trying to get a better idea of the Elear's treble quantity, as lack of treble is a...
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

      That's a point I don't see brought up very much about the HD650 these days -- the micro detail retrieval. I thought the HD650 was outstanding in this regard -- and with its smaller, more intimate soundstage, I might even dare to say that the HD650 at times seemed more resolving of sonic...
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

      Nope, not proprietary, but like @bfreedma I've never seen them used in any consumer headphones (or any other consumer product for that matter). I use them a lot where I work, where a lot of the instrumentation cables have LEMO connectors. From my experience, they fasten and lock securely and...
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

      Thanks for the impressions! It's good to get some more opinions from end users into the conversation. Taken in total, so far impressions on the Utopia seem universally positive but not overwhelmingly so. It's sounding like the Utopia is yet another high-end option presenting a different...
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

      Thanks for the impressions! In what way did you find the Utopia more refined than the HD800S?   Also, what amp did you use with the Elear?
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    Focal Elear and Utopia Review / Preview With Measurements - Head-Fi TV

    Man, these manufacturers are pricing me out of the market -- $4k is too rich for my blood. Fortunately my HD800S sounds pretty much perfect to me, so there's no temptation. Even if I were tempted, I'd definitely wait at least a year for the hype to die and a consensus to form before considering...
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    Is the Head Fi Market missing Retail Stores? (in the US)

    I'd personally love to have a place to go listen to a wide variety of headphone gear. I think the best thing most of us have are the meets and trade shows, and even then those are only annual events often with less-than-ideal listening conditions. Here in Michigan I've got a local shop that...
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    ZMF Ori (Omni) - Upcoming Semi Open Flagship

    I just finished my week with a set of Oppo PM-1s as part of their loaner program, and I enjoyed them quite a bit. Has anybody heard both the Omni and a PM-1/2? How do you think they compare?
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    Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphone Impressions Thread

    Just thought I'd drop by with some impressions on the PM-1, from the loaner program:   http://www.head-fi.org/products/oppo-pm-1/reviews/15857   TL;DR: I really liked these headphones, though I think they may be just a little bit expensive for the level of sound quality on offer. I'd...
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    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    Just thought I'd stop by to toss my impressions into the ring. I recently participated in the PM-3 loaner program and wrote up the following review:   http://www.head-fi.org/products/oppo-pm-3/reviews/15864   TL;DR: I really liked the sound of these headphones, but sadly I couldn't wear them...
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