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  1. bzippy

    How do you all use your graphic EQ?

    I have a Schiit Loki on my desktop system and it's so easy for me to get great results with just 4 knobs: 20Hz, 400Hz, 2kHz, 8kHz. My HD600 needs just a little boost on the 20Hz knob and I'm happy. Hifiman Ananda, a little trim of the 8kHz knob and I get the smooth, clear top end that i love. I...
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    If burn-in is a real & significant thing . . .

    then why is it always reported to have a desirable result? I assume some people love the sound of their new headphones right out of the box, in which case burn-in could conceivably have an undesirable effect, right? But I don't remember anyone ever reporting such a thing. Just a thought. I...
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    Poweramp - Is there a way to play over my LAN to my receiver?

    After years of running a long line level cable from my phone (through a Sabre usb DAC) to my Marantz AVR when playing Spotify, I just discovered that the AVR is able to do Spotify itself direct from network and I can use mobile devices to control it. It's really great (and it's not bluetooth...
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    Planars: Ok, I finally get it.

    I have been a dedicated dynamic driver guy since I started this hobby nearly 8 years ago, and never considered planars. I listened to an expensive set one time a few years back (Mr. Speakers I think?) but wasn't really impressed -- too smooth, too big, too heavy. I was on a quest for as much...
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    Colorful design, over ear, closed, for approx $100?

    That still sound decent. For my 10 year old daughter. She's currently using a set of Noontec Zoro II HD, which I think sound pretty great. But they're on ear and start to hurt after a while. I looked for about 20 minutes and haven't found much yet. I tried sell her on the Senn HD 280 Pro as it...
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    What's the best service to ship a small package to FiiO in China?

    My X5ii is acting up and they offered to address it for me (awesome). I just have to cover shipping it there. They said it should be a service that includes tracking for the whole trip, including the China bit. UPS and FedEx are closest to my place, but I can also get to a USPS office without...
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    Which equipment specs are responsible for separation, soundstage and imaging?

    I have an idea that it's maybe a combination of low distortion and high dynamics, but I really have no idea. The reason it's on my mind is because I just got my first desktop amp rig (Schiit Modi3/Magni3) and I wasn’t really expecting much difference compared to my JDS C5 portable amp. But wow...
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    Let's say I had $350 to spare . . .

    . . . I have a kid and live in DC on a professor's salary, so I don't. But say I did, which should I choose: 1. Magni/Modi/Loki stack 2. Hifiman Sundara What I have now: Headphones: HD 600, V Moda XS, Senn Amperior Amp: JDS C5 (portable) Source: FiiO X3 (1st gen) Obviously it's a very modest...
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    A new Sennheiser Amperior thread?!? Yep.

    [This ended up being a lot longer than I expected. Sorry. I haven’t posted in a while. ] I've been very happy with my current headphones for a few years now (HD600 and V-Moda XS), but I had a little itch last week and I started doing some reading (even though I really have no spare cash right...
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    Any FiiO Q5 lovers ever had the JDS Labs C5?

    Hello, all. It's been a while. I've been so content with my little rig for so long that I simply haven't felt the itch and fell out of touch. [ FiiO X3 (1st Gen!), line out --> JDS Labs C5 --> Sen HD600 ] But I just noticed that JDS Labs isn't even making a portable amp anymore. So I started...
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    Seriously, is there anything better than the JDS Labs C5.yet?

    [Extremely biased fanboy post warning] Clarity, clean power, smooth voice and perfect bass boost. I just don't feel the tug to look for anything else yet after almost 2 years now. At this price point is there anything else that comes close? Post all your C5/C5D rants or raves.
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    JDS Labs C5 vs Fiio E12 v1 - My impressions

    There is surprisingly little talk comparing these two amps, and no dedicated threads that I found, so with the following wall of words let me be the first. Let’s hope this starts a fun debate.     I've been very happy with the E12 v1 for about a year now and during our time together it has...
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    What's the deal with Hardware vs Software EQ

    since reading about the FiiO X3 and getting one myself i have been introduced to this topic. it seems that some say hardware is better for some reason but i don't know why. the X3 appears to have both kinds. i don't use any EQ in the X3 itself but a few of the systems i plug it into have...
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    What do you think of these two HD600 cables?

    I'm curious about trying a cable 'upgrade' for my HD600's but am limiting myself to $50. I need 3.5mm connectors.   From lunashops.com:   99.777% OCC http://www.lunashops.co.uk/goods.php?id=3306   Silver plated OCC http://www.lunashops.co.uk/goods.php?id=3307   These were the only two...
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