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  1. thyname

    Integrated Amp / DAC for ~ $2,000

    As the title says. Does it exist? Preferably with built in streamer too. Major requirement: has balanced operation and balanced Headphones jack. My headphones are Focal Utopia (not difficult to drive) Thanks!
  2. thyname

    Sennheiser HD800 vs. HD800s

    Hi,   I have an SDR-modded HD800, but I am wondering what all the fuss is about the HD800s.   I know that HD800S was supposed to address the treble spike on the HD800, but if one has the SDR mod done on the HD800, is there any advantage left on owning a HD800S?
  3. thyname

    Music Discovery

    Hi everyone. I use Tidal Hifi as a music service. Works great with Roon integration, very good sound quality, plus the MQA library. So I don't see myself switching to something else. Having said this, their new music discovery features leave something to be desired. So I was wondering if...
  4. thyname

    Before I buy Valhalla 2...

    About to try tubes amps. Before I pull the trigger on the Schiit Valhalla 2, is there anything else from other brands that I should consider instead? On that price range and up to $500+ Preferably able to handle HD 800 and with Balanced headphones jack Thanks!
  5. thyname

    Before I buy Valhalla 2...

    I am about to enter the world of tubes amps. Before I pull the trigger on a Schiit Valhalla 2, is there anything better out there in that price range, and even higher than that? Looking for something able to handle HD 800, and preferably with Balanced headphones jack. I appreciate any help I...
  6. thyname

    Is there any headphones better than Audeze EL-8 Titanium for...

    ....closed back headphones that is?   I have two setups for headphones: one in the living room with Sennheiser HD800 (with SDR mod), and one in the bedroom with Closed Back Audeze EL-8 Titanium.   I am so spoiled with my main setup and HD800 that I can't get myself anymore to listen to my...
  7. thyname

    Unbalanced DAC with Balanced Amp

    If my Amp has Balanced headphones jacks, and Balanced inputs, does the DAC must have balanced outputs for truly Balanced setup?
  8. thyname

    MQA-capable DAC?

    I only know of Mytek Brooklyn (about $2,000) that is MQA capable. And some expensive Meridian DACs.   Does anybody know of anything cheaper that is MQA-capable? Hopefully Roon Tested or Ready. And, hopefully includes Amp.   Thanks!
  9. thyname

    "Crisp" headphone?

    Probably not the right to describe it, but is there such thing as "crisp" headphones?   What I mean, is a headphone that have the following:   1 - Great soundstage    2 - Sound very crisp on the highs. Something that I cannot describe, but I hear on my home audio system, and fail to hear a...