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    Review by 'PDC3' on item 'OPPO HA-2'

    I set out to do a very unfair comparison:  my new Oppo HA-2 from iPhone vs my Desktop of the Schiit Asgard 2 from Optical Modi from iMac 2011.  Both systems driving my fairly new Oppo PM-3, which I love, but didn’t find well-served by my SoundBlaster e5 unless I tinkered quite a bit with its DSP...
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    Review by 'PDC3' on item 'Sound Blaster E5 - 24-bit/192kHz High-Resolution USB DAC & Portable Headphone Amplifier'

    My recent audio hunt has been about getting the best possible sound out of my iPhone 5s (or 3s for 30 pin use).  Being very much in the Mac world with all kinds of devices, I’m eager to use my iPhone(s) as transports for music, rather than buy a dedicated player.   I’m rushing to post these...
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    Reply to review by 'pdc3' on item 'OPPO PM-3'

    My couple of weeks with PM-3 aligns with your fine review. I'm loving the sound, although clearly different from Senn Momentum on ear (not as U shaped), or NAD Viso (treble clarity of Oppo is better and bass is more tight). Sort of a closed back version of the AKG QJ 701 sound in terms of a...
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    Reply to review by 'pdc3' on item 'Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI Headphones'

    I heard the VI (now Sonorous VI) and the IV at my (first-ever!) Head-Fi meet, thanks to LiveSoundWave dealership.  First impression caveat applies, but I did put the VI through several "test tracks" in rock, jazz and classical orchestra because I liked them very much.  A bit contrary to your...
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    Reply to review by 'pdc3' on item 'Sound Blaster E5 - 24-bit/192kHz High-Resolution USB DAC & Portable Headphone Amplifier'

    Creative SoundBlaster e5 vs Schiit Asgard 2 + Modi Optical   Topline:  the e5 is distinguishable from the desktop system but is emotionally satisfying, delivering great value for its intended purposes.   Background   Having recently acquired the Creative SoundBlaster e6 portable...
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