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  1. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    KZ ZEX First Impressions Received the KZ ZEX courtesy of KZ themselves yesterday. Had a listen for about an hour (out of Sony NW-A55). First impression notes: Good build, good stock cable, white Starline tips are nice Above-average isolation Easy to drive, fairly comfortable Bass lacks rumble...
  2. kmmbd

    Final Audio Design Impressions and Discussion Thread

    Unfortunately no, not enough. These will get the E5K loud (outta 2.5mm balanced) but they'll lack the bass control and slam you get from sources like Apogee Groove, Cayin N6ii, Questyle Qp1R, Cowon Plenue R2 etc.
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    Lotoo Paw 6000 (2019)

    *raises hand* The pairing between LP6K and Cayin C9 is absolutely otherworldly IMO. I can see myself using it as a desktop replacement unless you have super power-hungry cans like HE-6/Susvara/1266TC. What stands out the most in this combo is the super bass rendition/control/slam/texture and...
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    Lotoo Paw 6000 (2019)

    I've compared the LP6K side-by-side with the WM1A (MrWalkman firmware installed). LP6K is more resolving and has better bass/treble rendition. I do like the midrange on the WM1A (modded) more, and Sony's staging is touch wider/deeper. But really, it's a sidegrade between them (at best) rather...
  5. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    I have the Moondrop Quarks and the Etymotic ER2XR, so I guess I can give you some idea about the differences (and a specific similarity) between both of them. Also both being dynamic driver IEMs, the comparison is quite interesting indeed. Without further ado: Build: ER2XR>>Quarks. This one oes...
  6. Shanling Q1 (As New) DAP For Sale

    A Shanling Q1 for sale. Opened it up once and used it for less than an hour or so to see if things are working. Shipping in EU. Price includes paypal fee, shipping is on buyer. Please PM if you need more details. Photos are as below.
  7. kmmbd

    Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)

    Sony WM1A (MrWalkman mod) + Final FI-BA-SS. One of the best pairings I've heard till date.
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    Oh. So. PRO. All New DUNU ECLIPSƎ Products: FALCON PRO & ZEN PRO

    I literally stood by the side of the roads to pick up this package lol. Can't wait to listen to the Falcon Pro.
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    Oh. So. PRO. All New DUNU ECLIPSƎ Products: FALCON PRO & ZEN PRO

    The air-damping scheme on the Falcon Pro seems very interesting. The vents kinda reminds me of the OG Titan 1. I wonder if the isolation would take a hit though since that is often the case with such vented designs (the Titan 1 had an open presentation at the expense of isolation). Other than...
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    Reply to review by 'kmmbd' on item 'ORIVETI O400 - Premium 4BA HiFi IEM Headphones'

    Lovely read mate. I'm also going through my honeymoon phase with the MEST and as I was reading the comparison section I could almost see the future haha
  11. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    The Unique Melody MEST is one of the best chi-fi IEMs I've yet experienced. It belongs in the same category as the likes of 64Audio U12t/qdc Anole VX/Sony IER-Z1R and such IMO. Each of these ace their particular "TOTL sound" vision and shall provide long-term value for the buyers, but the MEST...
  12. kmmbd

    Campfire Audio - Holocene and Mammoth

    Mammoth bass is cleaner and the mids more upfront. Staging/imaging is also superior. Highs aren't better really, they have a bit more focus than on the Honeydew but you won't get good extension/airiness on either. The Campfire Holocene is the one with airy treble.
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    Precog's IEM Reviews & Impressions

    All of this is hearsay (but there was a thread on reddit about this if I'm not mistaken), but Bellsing drivers are apparently 1:1 clones of Knowles BA since one of the engineers (rumor has it) stole the blueprints for the entire catalogue and sold it off to Bellsing Inc. (which again is owned by...
  14. kmmbd

    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    I finished my review of the Cayin C9, and it is pretty much one of the, if not the best portable/transportable amp out there. It plays along with the big boys like Headamp GSX Mini and the ifi Pro iCAN (in terms of absolute sound quality), and the only amps that I found better than the C9 for...
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    The discovery thread!

    New MrWalkman firware is out for the Sony NW-A55 (and other variants). However, there's a surprise: it's the firmware that basically mimics the sound signature of the Sony WM1A/WM1Z. You can download it from the following link: https://www.mrwalkman.ml/p/midnight-v2-for-a50.html I installed it...
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    Cayin C9: Dual Nutube, Fully Balanced Class A/AB Portable HeadAmp

    Well, to me, the C9 sounds better than the Cayin iHA-6 and performs at a similar level to the Headamp GSX-Mini. It also pretty much blows every other portable DAC/Amp I've used till date (including WooAudio WA11 Topaz the Chord Hugo 2). I will share more such comparisons in my full review which...
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    Sony NW-A50 Series

    Thank you so much for this. The Midnight modded WM1A is one of the best DAPs out there. Getting to enjoy that sound on the A55 - dream come true.
  18. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    IMO, the Xelento is still superior to the Fiio FD5/Final E5000 (overall resolution is better on Xelento but I love the bass on E5000 when paired with the right source). The likes of Dunu Zen, Moondrop Illumination, however, are superior IEMs in 2021. I am also looking forward to the upcoming...
  19. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    I haven't auditioned the IMR BC but the Xelento I have tried multiple times. The bass on Xelento is slower and the microdynamics are worse. The Xelento also has somewhat of a bass-bloom where the mid-bass thickness somewhat encroaches into the upper-bass and masks over subtle details when...
  20. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    I guess removing the filter on the Aria would also introduce some resonance peaks in the upper-mid/treble region since those are usually smoothed out by such filters (alongside keeping earwax out etc.). Variations doesn't need that since the bass is already separated by the crossover circuit (so...
  21. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    Unfortunately I've not tried that yet but to my knowledge the LCP DD on the Variations isn't too different from the one used on the Moondrop Aria, which I've reviewed and found to have a nice bass response. However it's not even close to Final E5000 in terms of bass texture and such, so I don't...
  22. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    I am yet to find another IEM in the <$1000 range that has bass quality similar to Zen, and I've gone through the "basshead dreams" like Final E5000 (not as fast as Zen's bass), IMR R2 Aten/Rah/R1 Zenith (lacks the density of Zen's bass), Sony EX800ST (gets too much with vent mod and distorts...
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    The discovery thread!

    I presently have both in front of me (just took the photo before writing this haha), and I can say with absolute certainty that the Holocene is a step down from the Dunu Zen in every aspect barring soundstage width and upper-treble extension. The bass on the Holocene lacks the physicality...
  24. kmmbd

    Dunu-Topsound Studio?

    Sony A7iii and the Laowa 100m macro, I guess? Pretty much as good as it gets for macro/product photography then, fantastic rig.
  25. kmmbd

    The discovery thread!

    Ditto that. The Fiio FD5 for example didn't excel in... anything at all. The bass wasn't the best in the price bracket, nor the mids/treble, neither the technicalities e.g. resolved detail/imaging/staging (staging was wide but lacked depth). I really hope that they come up with a better tuning...
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