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    [Limited Review] Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 In-Ear Headphones

    I recently got two IEMs to try out.  The Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 In-Ears and the RHA T10i.  I wanted something to improve upon my RHA MA750is which I really love. For other headphones I also have the Mr. Speakers Alpha Prime and the Original Audeze LCD-2s.     My whole reason for an IEM...
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    Portable Dac/Headphone combo for iPad?

    I'm looking for the ultimate USB DAC/Headphone amp to use with my iPad when I am on the road. I may use it with my Audeze LCD-2.  It would also be cook to have a line out for connecting active speakers, but I doubt I will find that.   There's the headroom products, and a few others, but I'm...
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    Replacing Nuforce NE-7M with what??

    Oh, the irony. After listening to the IEMs at RMAF, and liking my NuForce NE-7M more and more, I leave them in the hotel. So should I replace them? Or perhaps there is an even better choice under $100? I liked the Nuforces with the Comply foam best. What I liked about the Nuforce...
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    Comparison of the PS Audio GCHA and Melos SHA Gold

    I got a GCHA recently, and I have been comparing it to my Melos SHA Gold. I have been using the Senheisser HD 650s with a Moon Audio Silver Dragon cord. I also have Sensaphonic 2x headphones, a MG OTL, and a Xin Feng SM3 V6 with custom opamps. My Melos had been lightly worked on recently...
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    What does a headphone need to be happy besides gain?

    I had a specific thread below, but I would like to ask the more generic question of what does a headphone require besides simple gain to sound great? My Sensaphonincs sound good directly out of my iAudio X5, there is plenty of gain with them, but when I add my PiMeta, they sound much better...
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    Do I need an amp - Or something else?

    I got a Melos SHA-Gold today, my other amp is an ASL MG-Head II OTL. I've been starting to listen with a pair of Sensaphonic 2x. My HD650s are also an option. The Sensaphonics are very efficient, and my preamp (Shindo Catherine - all tube output) is very powerful. The combination without a...
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    Amp without volume pot???

    Since I have a very nice preamp, the thought of putting my music through the types of volume pots in most of the amps out there isn't appealing. Is there a way to use my preamp going directly into a headphone amp, bypassing a volume pot?
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    Radio interference coming through my MG Head OTL III

    My MG Head is breaking in and the sound is getting really nice! Very rich and creamy. I can't wait to get my NOS tubes and start some modding. But I am getting a faint bleed through of a radio station. Any recommendations for getting rid of this? Something to add to the circuitry? I...
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    Looking through the postings of mods to the MG Head it looks like they are all pretty much for MKI and II. Anybody have experience with the MKIII? I see a lot of room for improvement. By looking at III it seems they have licked the hum problem some were having by putting the AC in an...
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    I'm joining the ranks

    Well, I have a pair of HD 650s and an ASL MG Head DT/OTL MKIII on the way. I haven't had a good headphone since my pairs of Stax Lamba pros in the eighties! I need them to do some critical listening to some circuits we are developing, and it's a good excuse to jump in. Can anyone point me...