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  1. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

      I agree that a 4-pin XLR will give you more choice but it's not certain people will pay more for a re-terminated cable; some people call it "cannibalizing"...   Also, the stock Pioneer cable is not really so easy to re-terminate if you have it done, make sure the it is done by someone...
  2. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    Under the black sleeving, there is quite a thick, white isolation that appears to be cotton.   The cotton fibers should not break through the sleeving during normal usage and if it does, it probably means that the cable has been bent "too much" so be careful not to pull the cable if there's a...
  3. thomson

    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

          I really like the LAB1 and I'd probably prefer to describe them as "smooth" instead of "dark". However, how good they sound depend a lot on the tips used and the fit so I can understand that some people may experience them as "dark" sounding.   I haven't tried all the Finals but I...
  4. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

       Quote:     I'm whistling too ;-)
  5. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    I definitely prefer listening to my SEM1 compared to my HD800S. I find the soundstage of the SEM1 to be much more natural, almost live, while the HD800S make me feel like the music is generated somewhere inside my head. The bass of the HD800S is more precise but I much prefer the heavier bass...
  6. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    AppleheadMay's comment was related to the above statement from you that does not refer to any measurements. The craftmanship of the SEM1 is impeccable and some people's point of view may be that this alone justifies the 2500 USD price tag.
  7. thomson

    AKG K812 Pro

      Contact Brian @ BTG Adio (http://btg-audio.com). He's a nice guy and I'm sure he'll sort you out.   You can of course do it yourself but it's not a simple mod and there's always a risk that you end up breaking your headphones since you might have to drill out the old 3-pin Lemo connector to...
  8. thomson

    AKG K812 Pro

    I also don't agree that the HD800 does a better job at being a jack of all trades. Both headphones have their weaknesses but the HD800 is the more picky one in my opinion but with the SuperDupont mod, it's a much closer call...
  9. thomson

    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

    If you don't already have the required infrastructure and never have built IEMs before, $4500 will not get you very far...
  10. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    That was not funny!             rofl...
  11. thomson

    AKG K812 Pro

    Sorry, I misread your post and somehow missed the part about "THE absolute perfect cable" so it seems we're in agreement   I had my K812 upgraded to balanced by Brian (BTG Audio) in October last year, also with the midnight cable. Definite improvement but it's hard to tell how much of the...
  12. thomson

    AKG K812 Pro

    I'm sorry but your conclusion is flawed. A cable is a passive device and it should transfer the signal undistorted so if it changes the sound, it must by definition be to the worse, it can never make it better. Compare with a window, the perfect window is a window so clear that you don't know if...
  13. thomson

    AKG K812 Pro

    Just a note to let you know that I very reluctantly decided to put my balanced (!) K812 up for sale here.   I think the stock K812 and the stock HD800 are very much equal (also comfort wise). However, I clearly preferred the balanced K812 to the stock HD800 and even though it was much closer...
  14. thomson

    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    FS = Sampling Frequency?   [Edit] In technical documentation, the sampling frequency is commonly abbreviated as FS. However, since the display on the m9xx does not support subscript, it would of course just be FS instead. I'm as sure as I can be without knowing anything for certain that...
  15. thomson

    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    No, the RCA output follows the volume control.
  16. thomson

    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    I agree. The difference between the Mojo and the m9XX was negligible to my ears. I decided on the m9XX mainly based on ergonomics.
  17. thomson

    The legendary FINAL LAB I earphone returns – VERY limited production run.

    To my ears, the Lab1 is more similar to the H8 than the H7. However, after a direct comparison of the Lab1 and H8, I found the Lab1 to be vastly more enjoyable and I was never able to enjoy the H8 in the same way again
  18. thomson

    The legendary FINAL LAB I earphone returns – VERY limited production run.

    However, the K10U and the Lab I are two completely different beasts. The sound signatures are not even remotely similar (IMHO) so apart from that most of us cannot afford both, having one of them does not in any way exclude the other one. This is the really scary part...
  19. thomson

    Pioneer's First Hi-End Headphones: SE-Master 1

    Measurements may be objective but that doesn't automatically make all measurements accurate and as far as I know, measurements have only been done on a small number (or only one?) SEM1 so there is also the odd chance that the measurements are not representative of all the other SEM1s (and since...
  20. thomson

    Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp Review: First Impressions

    I hope it's not "Pure Sine Wave" since USB is 5V DC (Direct Current) only and not AC (Alternating Current) so check that it says 5V DC.
  21. thomson

    ☯️ Cavalli Audio's Liquid Carbon... a $599 Cavalli amp???

    It could have been worse, you could have used both CAPITALS AND BOLD FACE ;-)
  22. thomson

    ☯️ Cavalli Audio's Liquid Carbon... a $599 Cavalli amp???

    The original question was about how to connect the Mojo and since the Mojo only has single ended out, the easiest way (which in this case probably also is the best way) is to connect it to the LC with a short cable with 3.5mm TRS connectors in both ends.
  23. thomson

    MrSpeakers ETHER C Review / Announcement - A New Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Flagship from MrSpeakers

      Any possibility of a comparison to the TH900 as well....?
  24. thomson

    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

    I picked the Heaven 8 instead of the Heaven 7 just because they sounded more similar to the Lab I to my ears. Not too concerned with the "bling factor" of the gold H8's since they seldom leave the house...
  25. thomson

    MrSpeakers ETHER C Review / Announcement - A New Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Flagship from MrSpeakers

    Hmmm, the Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon soon being released, people saying that it pairs very well with the MrSpeakers Ether and then the Carbon coming out almost at the same time sounds like a conspiracy to me... Anyway, I'm hooked and I'll bite the bullet and I'll get both (Just don't tell my...
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