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  1. durwood

    Audio46 Product Tour - Questyle CMA Twelve DAC Headphone Amp (Names Announced)

    Let me first thank Audio46 for the opportunity to test this out in my home sanctuary. This is outside of the realm of equipment I usually consider so not a whole lot of equivalent equipment to compare it to. Cosmetic Package The Questyle CMA Twelve (how dare anyone substitute a 12) DAC and...
  2. durwood

    TRN impressions thread

    TRN STM budget hybrid just showed up today, and I am impressed. I forsee this will be a budget favorite IEM. Not a fan of faceplate but they did good on the tuning and driver quality. The bass is nimble, treble is exciting but not sibilant, vocals not too recessed, clarity, and staging is good...
  3. durwood

    BQEYZ in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    Yeah they brought that area to life on the Spring 2 over the Spring 1. I have had them since early July and my take is on the blog in my signature if anyone is looking for another comparison between old and new.
  4. durwood

    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I am really struggling with the CCA CA16, I will say I was ready to put them back in the box with the included eartips. For me the eartips really ruin these. Foams help but there are still some problems. Yes they are more balanced than the typical releases. Review is coming soon, doing my best...
  5. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    By relaxed you mean the top end? It's a little funky looking but the Toneking Ninetails I think would fit that. It is enjoyable for long listening sessions and it has various tunings that actually do make changes.
  6. durwood

    TOUR CLOSED - US Head-Fi Tour: Fearless Audio CIEM Tour - Starting May 2019

    Glad to hear they made it safely, I liked the S8P over the S8F as well, the S8P was my favorite of whole bunch.
  7. durwood

    TOUR CLOSED - US Head-Fi Tour: Fearless Audio CIEM Tour - Starting May 2019

    Just wrapping up with the tour kit, While the S8F and S8P are fairly close, I actually prefer the pro version- to my ears there is a slight improvement in clarity in the upper registers where cymbals sound cleaner. S8 pro is my favorite of the bunch. For the price I thought S8P/S8F > S6 Rui...
  8. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    If you have a Home Depot nearby they sell something almost identical to that small parts organizer. I have several, not just for IEMs. I also have a Stanley version that is a bit larger that fits the basic IEM cases...
  9. durwood

    BEST BUDGET EARPHONES THREAD- Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing+PERSONAL RANKING LIST

    Another recommendation for KZ ED9, KZ EDR1 given that you are in Serbia and finding a Sony Mh755 and recable it might be difficult.
  10. durwood

    BEST BUDGET EARPHONES THREAD- Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing+PERSONAL RANKING LIST

    Isolation figures are interesting because they never state at what frequency. Most likely it achieves 30db at 1khz, but the reality is isolation varies with frequency. Bass frequencies are hard to block. Here is an example of a Shure SE215 Here we have the ETY ER4XR
  11. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    I have several 2 pin IEMS that static electricity from the cable is still transmitted to the IEM.driver. The shell of the IEM is metal in both cases.
  12. durwood

    LG V30

    Nevermind.
  13. durwood

    Sony budget earphone discussion thread (MH750, MH755, MH1C, EX300, etc)

    This is the cable I used on mine, I like the mic just because I like to change tracks or pause without taking my phone out. I only found a white version of the same cable on ebay once, but the mic is plastic. The black one from this store is the same as ones used on TRN cables...
  14. durwood

    Sony budget earphone discussion thread (MH750, MH755, MH1C, EX300, etc)

    Bummer. Was trying to be hopeful. No idea if this guy still has them, but they are up at his store. It was reported by others to be genuine back at the start of the year, but not sure if that is still the case. I think this was the spassear seller on ebay because the addresses both originated...
  15. durwood

    Sony budget earphone discussion thread (MH750, MH755, MH1C, EX300, etc)

    That ali seller is out of stock, the pictures look the same as all the other suspect ali sellers. I have a question for anyone who has bought ones from aliexpress, how are the tips compared to known legit ones? Do we have a list of non-legit sellers? Does it make sense to make a list to avoid or...
  16. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Actually, that is NOT the usual chifi 2-4khz peak where you have a peak at 2k and 4k. From what I see the peak is centered at 3Khz and drops quite rapidly as it rises, looks more like Etymotic (diffuse field) tuning with sub-bass boost and bit more energy in the upper treble. Looks interesting...
  17. durwood

    NiceHCK Earphones (Thoughts and impressions)

    Looks like he found a way to reduce inventory of unwanted colors, make everyone buy all the colors and therefore there is not an imbalance of say left over red ones while the more neutral silver color sells better. I wonder how much added to the cost of having 3 faceplates. I might be interested...
  18. durwood

    NiceHCK Earphones (Thoughts and impressions)

    Just don't buy it on first release, wait for the hype to slow and buy it discounted or wait for the revised model to make it past the initial hype. M6 was > $105/110 with initial discount at $96, now you can buy it at $76 on 11/11 a year later. It is annoying though, similar to buying an album...
  19. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    The in your head feeling is pretty much all headphones/iems unless listening to binaural music because it was recorded the same way. Match the playback to the recording method to get the best experience. Normal everyday hearing/brain is used to crosstalk in lower frequencies tapering off >1.5khz...
  20. durwood

    The Fragrant Zither (TFZ) Reviews and Impressions Thread

    Are any of these the ones? https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33013780676.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33057237543.html https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32841305766.html
  21. durwood

    TRN impressions thread

    Yeah, the TRN V90 is definitely a recommendation for 2019 for me, and totally agree with the pricepoint comments. The 100-150 price range is only marginal improvements and I have to think longer about picking a few of those models which is not a bad thing. I've zoned in on my preferred signature...
  22. durwood

    The discovery thread!

    A pair of Pioneer S-910s fell into my lap from my buddy's electronic recycling heap. The woofers were blown/missing and one ribbon tweeter shot. Found a replacement tweeter and had a pair of woofers laying around. Has that 80's sound but the beryllium ribbon tweeters seemed to be one of the cool...
  23. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Agree, the V90 is a good one at 33 (cheaper than I bought it for with coupons in the last sale), just putting the finishing touches on another review for the blog. Should be up next week and after that another take on the KZ ZSX will it defend or be defeated?
  24. durwood

    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    I keep trying to figure out what is going on with the bass, to me they are bipolar. On some songs it is a little slow sounding (not M6/DMG slowness but still...), sometimes it floats in front of the rest of the mix, and other times it sounds just right. I find it sounds a bit tubby or boomy most...
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