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    PC Speakers (of the kinda budget but not tin-can variety)

    My PC has been without actual speakers for a bit, and as much as I love me headphones for sound, it's getting a bit annoying over time. So now I've been looking into what PC speakers I could hook up here. After a day's worth of researching, hemming and hawwing, I have kinda zeroed in on these...
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    Pairing Zen DAC with a (tube) amp - Remove hiss with IEMs?

    So I recently got myself an ifi Zen DAC, which is really the bee's knees and I enjoy it quite a lot. But that enjoyment is limited to full sized cans. The Zen turns out to be quite hissy with IEMs. I was wondering, if I add an amp, possibly a tube amp, just because I want to try that, would...
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    The Synthwave Corner

    I would assume sythwave / retrowave / whatever we want to call this electronica subgenre is not terribly well regarded in audiophile circles. Too much artifice, there's artists a dime a dozen, and let's be honest, most of them just aren't very good. Too many tracks that are just haphazardly...
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    USB Headphone Dac/Amp - Where to begin?

    Since I'm spending a lot of time in front of computers, might as well look into this... But I have absolutely no clue where to begin looking or what to look out for. I have several laptops and a big gaming / workstation PC. Should I go for basically a dongle? Or something more substantial /...
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    Head-Fi vs. Hi-Fi: Physical sound vs. all the details?

    So, here's a thing I've been wondering... I know this is HEAD-Fi, and there's a whole bunch of websites and stores that specialize in dealing with portable audio with little to no overlap with non-portable audio. I guess the overlap is that there's dedicated desktop "non-portable" headphone...
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    Windows 10 music player apps / programs - Which works best?

    Ever since jumping on to the DAP bandwagon, I pretty much stopped using any of my computers as music players. But there's still things I need a windows music player app for, especially in terms of organizing, tagging and creating playlists. The latter is kind of important. I am an old school...
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    Storage Space vs. Sound Quality

    OK so I am approaching a conundrum. Thanks to going overboard on Bandcamp sales and Groupees.com bundles, my music collection is growing too fast for my poor little *ahem* 512GB micro SD card. This is because I suffered from that audiophile delusion of grandeur that told me to get all the music...
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    Full Size Chi-Fi?

    So the IEM field is now shot through with a great selection of super inexpensive often times great sounding Chinese offerings. There's also brands like Shanling and others in the DAP market that could arguably fit under the Chi-Fi umbrella (which, granted, the overwhelming amount of any...
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    IEM aftermarket tips - Foam? Silicone? What else?

    So my ear canals are a) differently sized between left and right and b) fairly small, so most standard tips just end up hurting, with a few exceptions (the KZ AS16 star shaped tips are actually good, the OneMore Triple Driver silicone tips are good as well, as were the smallest tips that came...
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    Semi-lateral upgrades from A&K SR15 - Where to go?

    I have been using an Astell & Kern A&norma SR 15 for the past year or so. It's my first "serious" DAP that goes beyond entry level CoWon's. Now I'm wondering, if I want to get another one, where to go from here? I don't really want to go for a $1000+ device. But looking around it seems every...
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    Please advise: What DAP to get for ~$500

    So apparently THIS is where a thread like this belongs, so my apologies for crossposting this. ANYWAYS... I'm looking for a new DAP now, and there are a lot of them out there at this prince point, and well, I don't quite know where to go. Back in the good old days I started out with an iAudio...
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