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  1. twelvebears

    Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)

    Need to take some pics but my portable set up (and I'd call it portable rather than mobile cos it's quite a lump) consists of a Chord Mojo in the proper case, sandwiched by an Astell & Kern AK300 and a Anker PowerCore 13000. I don't walk around listening but do a lot at work or in hotel rooms...
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    Astell&Kern Announces the AK300 and AK Recorder (5.6MHz DSD Recorder) at Tokyo Headphone Festival

    Ah, right. Thanks. I'd been used to DAPs that had separate high and low gain options
  3. twelvebears

    Astell&Kern Announces the AK300 and AK Recorder (5.6MHz DSD Recorder) at Tokyo Headphone Festival

    I may be being stupid but the Gain setting on my AK300 is set on low and is greyed out so I can't set to high. What am I missing?
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    Have you tried swapping the cards? That is to say, are you sure it's the slot and it the card?
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    I've got a weird card issue which I would appreciate any help with.   Two different micro SDXC cards 128GB each, one Sandisk one Toshiba. Both formated as FAT32 MS-DOS on a Mac using Disc Utility. Both visible as external disks in Finder with the DX80 plugged in as a card reader and both cards...
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    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015

    Just the usual for any open vs closed versions of the same phone really. Bigger sound stage vs slightly deeper, tighter bass mainly, but it's more down to how and and where you will use them, and whether the sound isolation is important.
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    Review by 'twelvebears' on item 'Audeze EL-8 Open-Back'

    So I treated my myself to a pair of EL-8 OB for Xmas and had really high hopes given the Audeze pedigree.   There are many really positive aspects to these headphones. They are beautifully put together (I experienced no issues with the connectors), very comfortable to wear for log periods and...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    Regarding 'noises' when starting, stopping and skipping tracks.   As I stated in a previous post, on FW 1.1.4. with FAT32 formatted cards loaded with ALAC files, I have no issues or noises whatsoever when playing audio to headphones from the DX80 directly.   However, when the DX80 is...
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

      My understanding is that DSD output requires a USB connection, it cannot be done via PCM (optical or electrical SPDIF), so this would require the DX80 to also be able to do digital out over USB, which as far as I know, it cannot.
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    iBasso DX80 . . impressions and reviews. . and discussion NEW FW: 1.6.0 ** link . . 1st page . . .

    So my new DX80 arrived yesterday and I've been having a play. Unfortunately an Xmas/NY bug has caused an ear infection leaving me temporarily deaf in one ear, so SQ comments will have to wait - for now this is just my experiences regarding GUI and usability in light of previous posts regarding...
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I'd be interested to know if anyone has tried pairing the Mojo with an iBasso DX50 - size-wise looks a perfect match and would side-step the limitations of the DX50's DAC and amp.   Also now they are discontinued, there are some good deals on the DX50 to be had.   Thoughts or experiences welcome
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    It can put out 4volts, which is as much as the Lotoo PAW Gold. Unless you want to go deaf or own a pair of Hifiman HE-6s I don't think you will short of volume.
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I dug out an old 32Gb Nexus 7 which I wasn't using and which was annoyingly slow for general use. Also worth mentioning that sound from the Nexus itself is dreadful - you really wouldn't want to listen to it on its own. Figured I had nothing to lose, so I cleaned of all the apps and junk I...
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I'm finding the Mojo a very addictive listen and it's got me exploring albums I've not tried for ages and discovering loads of new detail.
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    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    I've been doing more and more headphone listening over the last few months and had been 'making do' with my old CEntrance DACport (original) and DACport Slim, driving a pair of AKG K702s   The pending Xmas present of a pair of Audeze EL-8 OB phones had me think of something better and originally...
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    Reply to review by 'twelvebears' on item 'CEntrance DACport Slim'

    I own both the Slim and original DacPort because my original developed a fault (which Centrance are dealing with without charge outside the warrantee period) and I had to nab the Slim at the silly Massdrop price of about £78 inc postage. While the Slim handles higher res files, I think the amp...
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    Reply to review by 'twelvebears' on item 'Beyerdynamic T90 Premium Stereo Headphone'

    MarcoGV - yes very much so! I only recently got the DACport as it has become so much more affordable in the UK. Basically my Dragonfly is now redundant as the DACport is far better (to my ears). The combo with the K702s is excellent.   potatoe94 - I did actually wonder if I had a faulty pair...
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    Review by 'twelvebears' on item 'AKG K 702 Headphones'

    So I have essentially re-p[purchased a pair of K702s, in as much as I previously owned and sold a pair of K701s   I had got rid of the K701s because I just wasn't using them much, due to the fact that I'm basically bald and found the bumps on the underside of the headband quite uncomfortable...
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    Review by 'twelvebears' on item 'Beyerdynamic T90 Premium Stereo Headphone'

    In two words, hugely disappointing. I was looking for an open-back 'phone to use as an alternative to my AKG 550s and having owned Sennheiser HD 600s and AKG K701s previously, I thought I give Beyerdynamic a try and I was REALLY hoping I would like the T90s The T90s have plenty of positive...
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    The point of an amped iDevice? (And external SS amps in general)

    I think the reason I've now very much recognised, which I was not aware of before, is that an external amp CAN solve the very real problem caused by a major mis-match between device output impedance and headphone impedance on mobile devices.  So we're talking situations where the output/load...
  21. twelvebears

    ACS T1™ Classic Triple Driver In-Ear Monitor - Another positive review!

    Quote:   Agreed.  Although a bit like a favorite restaurant, part of me doesn't want them to be too successful....  There's a very personal aspect to the service ACS give that is unlike any big manufacturer, and I wouldn't want that to be lost if they because massivley successful.  ...
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    Review by 'twelvebears' on item 'ACS T1'

      So Chaps I just wanted to spend some time putting down in words a recent purchase and experience which has been 100% positive, even with the amount of money involved. First a picture of the little blighters. b Sorry but I nabbed this picture from a review because Susy's out with the...
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    IEM / Earphones while in bed

    The only obviously safe and comfortable (but not cheap) solution would be Customs from someone like ACS who's full ear molds are both flush finishing to the ear and made of flexible silicone rather than hard plastic.
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    Why aren't portable amp makers more open about output impedance?

      Quote: Thanks Greg.   This just demonstrates what nonsense this all is.  Beyer's approach to using the 120 Ohm 'standard' that was never really a standard in any way that means anything (i.e. actually being adopted consistently), is very odd indeed.  And the 100 output impedance...
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