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  1. killaHz

    Hello from Hapa Audio: New Sponsor

    I don't think it's true that the best wireless gear is competitive in terms of sound. Certainly it's nowhere near the example I provided of the luxury wristwatch, where tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of wristwatch engineering--whether quartz or mechanical--has zero prayer of hanging...
  2. killaHz

    DEVA Pro with Bluemini R2R--Combining the Best of the HIFIMAN Latest Developments

    I hope this new R2R approach finds its ways into products that can be used with other headphones.
  3. killaHz

    Astell&Kern A&ultima Series Players Receive Roon Ready Certification

    Huh. That's interesting. Still: I'm saying that Roon should do the work, because right now they ship an Android client that undercuts one of Roon's main selling points--the high-res sound quality--when played on devices that can actually showcase that selling point. "Roon Ready" wouldn't really...
  4. killaHz

    Shanling M6 Player - New version with ESS DACs coming soon

    Thanks. I've decided to blame Roon for this one. There's a way to make it work, and they can't be bothered.
  5. killaHz

    Feedback by 'killaHz' on listing 'Shanling M6 2021 BLACK Digital Music Player MINT CONDITION'

    Pretty much the best seller ever. Responsive, fast, knowledgeable, good packing job, you name it.
  6. killaHz

    The launch of our newest flagship - 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐧

    I'm not a guy who thinks there is such a thing as "too expensive" per se. But I do believe in the rule of thumb that you should put the bulk of your money into your transducers. And this cable, all by itself, costs more than virtually every IEM on the market, making compliance with that rule...
  7. killaHz

    Feedback by 'killaHz' on listing 'FiiO BTR5'

    Easiest transaction ever. Quick, with no miscommunications or games. Transact with confidence.
  8. FiiO BTR5

    This BTR5 is in great condition. I got it shortly before quarantine, and although I've used it quite a bit, I took every precaution to preserve battery life (so I haven't noticed any degradation) and I got lucky and never dropped it on anything hard. Because I no longer have a desktop setup, I...
  9. killaHz

    CanJam SoCal 2021 (September 25-26, 2021)

    I'll never be able to top 2019 (I won a pair of 64 Audio A18t!), but I still look forward to it big time.
  10. killaHz

    A Vote About the Headphone Jack Position of Bluetooth DAC/Amps

    I will say this, FiiO: I'm listening to the ES9219 right now, and you shouldn't hesitate to let the price go up a little to incorporate it. It's really nice. I won't be surprised if it is regarded as the most desirable portable DAC chip once word starts to get around. Also, please turn on the...
  11. killaHz

    A Vote About the Headphone Jack Position of Bluetooth DAC/Amps

    I'm with you. To flip that around, though: because 2.5mm makes such a good modular termination, it hardly matters what jack is on the amp. There are these really nice, ultra-low profile adapters from ddhifi that turn my 2.5mm cables into whatever I want, and it's all nice and compact.
  12. killaHz

    Shanling UP5 - Our new flagship portable Bluetooth DAC/AMP

    Huh. I had been super tempted by the M3x, but it would be a lot better for me to use something like this with my phone instead. Same basic output circuit as the M3X, I guess. How well does the current output stack up to the task of driving low-impedance planars?
  13. killaHz

    A Vote About the Headphone Jack Position of Bluetooth DAC/Amps

    I have had two Bluetooth receivers, one with the jacks on the side, and the other the current BTR5. Neither arrangement guaranteed that I would be able to find a good way to attach it to whatever I was wearing. My choice of where to clip it would change based on whether my shirt was button-down...
  14. killaHz

    FiiO's Crown Jewel of Portable Music Player M11 Plus LTD Is Officially Released!

    No, the "Pro" designation goes on gear for people who listen to music for a living. Every audio manufacture follows this rule scrupulously.
  15. killaHz

    dCS Ring DAC - A Technical Explanation

    Does the DAC “know” which components are falling out of spec as it occurs, and compensate accordingly? Or is it just always running the same pattern, and over time the pattern proves useful in ameliorating the errors that slowly start to crop up?
  16. killaHz

    iFi Micro iTube Tube Buffer

    The two bolded statements above are difficult to reconcile. Are you seeking to disavow all warranties except for the sound quality?
  17. killaHz

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I think this is true of lots of boutiques where the rich are expected to part with vast sums in exchange for luxury goods. They want the shopping to be luxurious, too.
  18. killaHz

    Astell&Kern Launches USB-C Dual DAC Cable

    With a 2 ohm output impedance, the use cases narrow considerably.
  19. killaHz

    Astell&Kern Launches USB-C Dual DAC Cable

    A&K probably shouldn’t bother trying to make stuff in this price range—wait, forget “probably.” I just noticed that there’s no 2.5mm jack on this thing. A&K should never release a product without their own jack format represented. They would have been better off going higher in price, and having...
  20. killaHz

    Astell&Kern A&ultima Series Players Receive Roon Ready Certification

    I think it’s gotta be. Having an Android app doesn’t let you put Roon Ready on something, does it? If it did, I’d think FiiO would have been all over that.
  21. killaHz

    Astell&Kern A&ultima Series Players Receive Roon Ready Certification

    Alright, bring it to the lower end of the product line and we’re talkin’!
  22. killaHz

    New Default 2-pin THIEAUDIO Legacy 3 Giveaway

    I hadn’t even realized Thie Audio used anything but 2 pin .78.
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