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    ZMF Verite

    After a few days listening to my new VO Blackwood non stop, my first impression is how absolutely different it sounds than my Clear Mg. I never thought I'd say this about the Clear, but the VO makes the Clear sound a little thin by comparison. The Clear definitely has more sub-bass and punches...
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    ZMF Verite

    Look what just came in the mail! The African Blackwood looks amazing with the rose gold. I'm so impressed by its ability to change appearance based on angle, from black black to brown. Also, I'm surprised there hasn't been much talk about the new metal-matched cable connectors! I got them on...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    Thanks for sharing your journey, I feel like these need more burn in than most due to how much driver excursion they have. Within Focal it sounds like you're looking for that Utopia sound, which I've heard has less bass/ slam but more detail. I recently got the Arya v3s (stealth magnet) and...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    Yes it's unit specific. I got a unit with this same ultrasonic issue and it made my ears bleed. I got a replacement and the current one I have is A-OK! I would love to see what this reviewer would think if he got one without this problem. Hope you can get a good one!
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    For a fun project, I tried my hand at leather and made headband protector just to see if I could. Realistically I don't think I'll use it but it was fun to stitch together.
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    ZMF Verite

    I just ordered the Blackwoods with brass. My only concern is that the brass will tarnish over time - does anyone have experience with this? I would expect the rods are easy to clean if needed, however the grille looks tricky to shine up with all of its complexities. (I believe they're non...
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    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    miniDSP EARS - just bought it because I wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy and could prove what I was hearing. Not sure what's with the dip, it shows up on all of my headphones so I assume I need a compensation curve to normalize it. I do find it's still accurate relative to the L/R balance...
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    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    With a heavy heart I've returned my Arya (v3). I have been through two now and both had channel matching issues. My the right channel was noticeably louder on both pairs, at different parts of the frequency range. This threw the soundstage off completely and once I noticed it it ruined the...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    I've yet to see any headphone described as having more punch/ slam than the Mg. As far as I'm aware it's currently the king of slam.
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    ZMF Verite Closed-New Closed Back ZMF Flagship.

    That's very helpful, thanks for the thorough description. Seems like an overall upgrade for the types of music I listen to most. One follow up question, how does the VC present poor recordings? For example, I feel like the Aria presents static/ imperfections as just peripheral snow, it doesn't...
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    HIFIMAN Arya (& 2021 Stealth Magnet version) - Impressions Thread

    Just got them (V3 with Stealth Magnets) in! I immediately threw them on the EARS rig and that was the result. I measured multiple times and even swapped them around to the other mics which produced the same result. What's with that 3.5hz dip on the left channel? -6db vs right...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    For sure - I should have been more clear in my last post, that was the process I did to remove inconsistencies. Above is the graph of an average of all of my tests thus far between repositioning them and swapping pads back and fourth, result is about the same. 2-3db is definitely noticeable at...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    I've swapped the pads several times now, measuring each time. In the swapped configuration the 1db difference narrows in the low end. However, in all of the tests I've run in different positions and different pad configurations - the right channel is always 2db higher at 2k, 3.5k, and 4.5k. As...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    EARS rig, 1db per line - I measured my 6xx and MA900s and got much closer readings by comparison (only showing 20-200hz because it got cut off): The 2db difference in the 2-2.5k range in my measurement of the Clears is the most noticeable part. Shifts the stage to the right.
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    Speaking of QA issues... just got an MG and the last few weeks with it I felt like the stage was slightly shifted to the right. It bothered me so much that I ordered a measurement rig to find out for sure. Just measured today and sure enough.... I love these headphones enough that I'll play...
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    Focal Clear Mg Review & Measurements

    I love the iDSD Signature. It has such a satisfying form factor and the features are great to have. I got it for the portability. Sonically it sounds sounds the same as my JDS O2 + OL Dac, which is great because that sounds perfect.
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    iFi audio iDSD Signature - The saga continues!

    Does the iPurifier3 offer any benefit at all to the Signature? I've heard some conflicting statements that the Signature has the iPurifier built in - but haven't seen much proof. Is the zero jitter tech about the same as the re-clocking?
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    iFi audio iDSD Signature - The saga continues!

    I've read through the last couple dozen pages but haven't found a clear answer to this, apologies if I missed it: As of the new 7.2 update, there is no GTO filter and the 3 filter switches work as advertised? Is MQA removed via 7.2 as well?
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