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  1. suburbanite

    Do Sound Cards Even Still Exist? No.

    Sure they do- if it's a card and it produces sound, you've got yourself a sound card, which includes your motherboard/card which has its (onboard) DAC and AMP. I think this question is less about whether sound cards exist- spoiler: they do exist- but whether anyone would bother buying one...
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    Solid state drives vs hdd drives

    At risk of being a jerk- huh?! What year is this?! You almost can't buy a notebook computer these days without getting a SSD and if you opt for one with a HDD, you'll get a lot more storage for your dollar but who uses a notebook as a storage repository, anyway? That's what the cloud is for, or...
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    Review by 'suburbanite' on item 'AudioQuest DragonFly Black'

    This review is for the AudioQuest Dragonfly "black." To disambiguate which DragonFly is which, you can read Audioquests's blurb: http://www.audioquest.com/dragonfly-series/ OK, disambiguation addressed, I'll start my review by saying that like most anyone who's ever bought a DragonFly, I...
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    UPDATE! CAPACITY RAISE! - SF meet Saturday Nov. 7th - We have a venue and date! It's really happening! CAPACITY RAISE!! WE CAN TAKE 20 MORE PEOPLE!

    CHOICE OF DAY Either Saturday or Sunday will work. I have no    GEAR I'M BRINGING I'm poor, gear-deprived and have only my HD 25-1 ii's and SR 225's to offer.
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    Forgiving, smooth earphones......

    But that also have: Good treble and bad extension Highly detailed Price? <$500 Why? I love my etymotics buy I "need" something to compliment them. Have tried some $50ish earphones from the local brick and mortars with uneuphoric results. Please help a distressed head fi'er.....
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    :sunrise: Official 2015 SF Head-Fi Meet, July 18, 2015, Doubletree San Francisco Airport

        Perfect!         OK, OK.   I screwed up.   I thought it was Friday.   Would've been nice if it was.
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    black USB soundcard for notebook

    My bad. I shouldn't have used the on-the-go acronym. I get lazy swiping on my tablet.:grin: I merely meant i need an ultra portable USB DAC/AMP. Tiny and light as possible. Budget is <$150 could get an audio quest dragon fly from my local best buy this afternoon, BUT... I want to...
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    what a direct upgrade from Sennheiser HD 558 would be

    I've had both the 558s and the 600s. and though I had the 600s about two years ago, I believe they were smoother on the upper end than the 558s. No need to buy new 600s, just check the classifieds on this site.
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    Having trouble deciding between Audio Technica ATH-ESW9 and ATH-ES10

    Since both headphones are from the same brand, you could call the manufacturer and get their feedback- tell them your requirements, etc.
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    black USB soundcard for notebook

    By "black," I mean free of any white noise, hissing, static, etc. Listening through EARPHONES ONLY, often through Etymotics, hence the requirement for blackness. Not using headphones at all, so no need to power any high-impedance full size cans. I will be using it with pc windows 7 notebook...
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    Workplace Earphones w/ Fast, Neutral Sound?

    I have found them!   They are the Etymotic MK5 earphones.   $60.   Un-blingy.   Quick ingress and egress, at least if you use them with single-flanged silicone tips.   Fast, speed-metal-friendly sound.                       Yay!
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    Best $15 spent EVER!!!!!!!!!!
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    ER4P > HF5? Are you sure?

    I finally broke down and bought the MK5's.    I'm using them as my leave-them-at-work earphones and they're great for that because if they get stolen, I won't be too angry about it (though still angry).   I'm using them with Westone silicone Star Tips.   What I can report: they came with...
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    ER4P > HF5? Are you sure?

    And... despite the contention that the MK5's outperform my HF5's, I counter that my HF5's are an overall superior product because they are more beautiful, as seen in my account avatar.  
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    ER4P > HF5? Are you sure?

        So it's the MK5's that are at issue.   If the MK5's have the clarity that you describe, they should make an awesome semi-disposable earphone that you can take to work, public transit, the library and other semi/public places where you want a sound signature of that description but you...
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    I Hate Etymotics- Please Help

    Just now got around to looking into this.   I found a sampler pack of the Westone tips for a really reasonable price. Yay!   And.... I couldn't find any equivalent from Shure on either Amazon or on Shure's site.   It Shure looks like those guys are Shure are lookin' to get paid. Nyuk...
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    I Hate Etymotics- Please Help

      OK, right after I posted my question, I did a search and of course I got like 1M hits corroborating what you said.   I'll order some of the tips you referred to.   Thanks!
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    I Hate Etymotics- Please Help

      !   So you've tried them?   You can confirm that the flanges fit over the Etymotic nozzles?   Sorry, but I have to ask these questions before I order them.
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    I Hate Etymotics- Please Help

    Actually, I don't.   I love the fast, punchy sound.   I love the fast bass.   But I hate the ergonomics of Etymotic ear tips- they're too invasive and pick up too much ear wax.   Would appreciate any suggestions for earphones that have: a fast, punchy sound single-flange silicone ear tips
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    Will a DAC eliminate EMI (humming/buzzing) noises on a PC/headhpones?

    ... But if you want to see some optical DAC amps, click on this URL: https://www.google.com/search?q=optical+dac+headphone+amp&client=ms-android-google&espv=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sboxchip=Images&sa=X&ei=OGqvVK34LobnoATKvoKABg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&biw=360&bih=511
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    Will a DAC eliminate EMI (humming/buzzing) noises on a PC/headhpones?

    Looking at post #13, I am reminded that I auditioned many headphones through a NuForce Icon DAC which was connected not via optical but instead through usb and it worked fine. No noise. Granted, it was at an audio dealer who had a fancy, super-thick, expensive-looking USB cable, but it did work...
  24. suburbanite

    HELP- RE-400 Large Tips?

    Any other suggestions?   I just want some silicone eartips that are large enough to: fit over the RE-400 nozzles seal my ear canals
  25. suburbanite

    HELP- RE-400 Large Tips?

    I've actually been using the foam cylinder ear tips with the hf5's which work well, but like many, I hate having to always compress the foam before inserting. That's why when I use my re-400s, I want to use silicone tips and to wear them cable-down- so I can just jam them in my ears quickly...
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