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  1. Bodhi01

    3-way shootout; Focal Clear vs Hifiman Arya vs Focal Stellia

    Getting back to your earlier question Craig, Fyi after considering all my options, I've decided to double down on my main 2-channel audio system. So i'm not going ahead with the purchase of the Stelia cans, and will be putting all my headfi gear up for sale here in the next couple of days, incl...
  2. Bodhi01

    3-way shootout; Focal Clear vs Hifiman Arya vs Focal Stellia

    Yes, but the Utupia's are less practical in that they need a dedicated high end headphone amp to properly drive them & get the best out of them. And also, being open back, they're not practical in noisy environments or public places. The Stelia's OTOH can be driven comfortably with a high end...
  3. Bodhi01

    3-way shootout; Focal Clear vs Hifiman Arya vs Focal Stellia

    That's a fair call, though the HE1000SE's are $1kAUD more than the Stellia's in my neck and are open back. I weighed the pro's/con's of open back cans & think closed back is the way to go as i'd be able to use them on long-haul flights, on some of the long overland rail journeys in Australia &...
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    3-way shootout; Focal Clear vs Hifiman Arya vs Focal Stellia

    Thanks for your post Craig. I thought for a minute a time capsule I planted 30 years ago was just uncovered :D I returned to the store to have a second, longer listen to the Focal Stellia cans which i'm happy to say confirmed my first impressions. Unfortunately though i'm under the pump atm with...
  5. Bodhi01

    3-way shootout; Focal Clear vs Hifiman Arya vs Focal Stellia

    I went into Addicated to Audio yesterday and auditioned some headphones. TBH I was debating whether to sell my SP1000 Copper dac while it's still new/sealed & just buy a portable dac/headphone amp to use with my Iphone, reasoning that I might be able to get better bang for the buck that way. But...
  6. Bodhi01

    Need recommendations for efficient cans to pair with an A&K SP1000 Copper

    Thanks for the suggestion, though the low sensitivity wouldn't be an ideal match with the SP1000 & they are $1500AUD over my budget.
  7. Bodhi01

    Need recommendations for efficient cans to pair with an A&K SP1000 Copper

    Yeah it was clear, even in the audio store the closed back design worked very well & was the way to go. I got the impression from my sales guy that he preferred the Stellia to the Utopia. I can't comment on the Utopia's sound, but the Stellia is clearly a more usable headphone. I'm about to...
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    Need recommendations for efficient cans to pair with an A&K SP1000 Copper

    Thanks @m-i-c-k-e-y. I discussed with the guys what I planned to use the headphones for (ie: 90% at home or on the sofa & 10% travel, incl: on airplanes). They quickly ruled out open-back headphones, and said they won't work on trains/planes even at low levels. But I still wanted to audition the...
  9. Bodhi01

    Need recommendations for efficient cans to pair with an A&K SP1000 Copper

    @m-i-c-k-e-y, Thanks for the suggestion, they look unconventional! I went into Addicted to Audio today and setup a 3-way shootout between the Focal Clear, Hifiman Arya & new Focal Stellia cans. Long story short, paired with an A&K SP1000M dap, the new Stellia's were a clear winner, and were the...
  10. Bodhi01

    Need recommendations for efficient cans to pair with an A&K SP1000 Copper

    Hi folks, I'm looking for recommedations for a pair of cans I can run off my SP1000. In terms of use, It would be for headphone sessions at home, going away on holiday & train trips. As i'd like to take them away on holiday, a relatively compact semi-hard or hard case would be useful, and good...
  11. Bodhi01

    BEST CD/DAC ? Accuphase, VITUS, Esoteric, T+A... ?

    AMR is quite nice gear, but made in China.
  12. Bodhi01

    BEST CD/DAC ? Accuphase, VITUS, Esoteric, T+A... ?

    YW! Please post an update if you decide to pull the trigger on the Signature dac. Based on my experience with the SCD-025Mk2, it is very good.
  13. Bodhi01

    Campfire Audio Andromeda's + A&K AK300 portable rig

    Hi folks, after a fair bit of research & auditioning, I decided on a high end setup for 'on the go' listening. I was after a number of things which seem mutually exclusive; I was looking for excellent value for money, excellent build quality & on the DAP side, a user friendly interface...
  14. Bodhi01

    Advice needed to setup a portable head-fi rig

      Ah ok, cool :) I'll get the chance soon to audition the Harmony model soon paired with the Oppo HA-2, so that should be interesting. They look well made.
  15. Bodhi01

    Advice needed to setup a portable head-fi rig

    @jmills8 I'm just wondering if you could share any f'back re: the difference between those two models (Harmony & Forte) from your experience? Thanks.
  16. Bodhi01

    Magico S5 Mk2 speakers on the way!

      Thanks for your kind words Narayan. I think they are at the top of their game in dynamic speakers. Looking forward to putting them thorugh their paces!
  17. Bodhi01

    Magico S5 Mk2 speakers on the way!

      Thanks for your congrats Toro! I'm not familar with that particular speaker, but I do like ribbon tweeters for their speed and naturalness. Magico have definitately made some big strides in that direction with their new tweeter. I think the S5 Mk2 will be a really nice package.   Cheers...
  18. Bodhi01

    Advice needed to setup a portable head-fi rig

    Thanks for your feedback Jmills. I'll definintely check out the Forte IEM's also..  
  19. Bodhi01

    Advice needed to setup a portable head-fi rig

    Hi folks,   I am setting up an rig for 'on the go' listening based around my Iphone 6 playing lossless Alac files. I'm pretty much settled on using an Oppo HA-2 due to it's slim size, features & good dac, but am open to other suggestions. FiiO?   I'm also looking for some good IEM's. I live...
  20. Bodhi01

    Magico S5 Mk2 speakers on the way!

    Hi folks,   Although this forum is mostly for high end headphone rigs, I thought i'd share with members that I have a pair of the new Magico S5 Mk2 speakers on the way in beautiful gloss Titanium finish. My pair are due to ship some time in March, so can't wait!   I previously owned a pair of S5...
  21. Bodhi01

    Kennerton Algiz IEM's

    This company seems to be a relatively new player in the high end headphone market. I'm curious about the top-line Algiz earphones. Does anyone have any direct experience with Kennerton products, particularly their IEM's? Cheers.  
  22. Bodhi01

    Reply to review by 'bodhi01' on item 'TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik Audion '

    I just snapped up a pair of these cans. Count me impressed!
  23. Bodhi01

    BEST CD/DAC ? Accuphase, VITUS, Esoteric, T+A... ?

    SACD drives are required to spin at much higher revolutions, so the transport mechanism needs to be more solid, stable & able to accurately move the disc without introducing distortions through vibration and timing errors. If you look at the transport in the Accuphase DP-720 or Esoteric K-01x...
  24. Bodhi01

    New Member Introductions thread

    Hi folks, I have been an audiophile for 25 years, and pretty full on into high end audio for the last 8 years. I am mostly focussed on 2 channel music, but appreciate the top level cans & headphone amps and what they can do.   Cheers, Bodhi.
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