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  1. marhol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    On the positive notes 1) a lot of audiophiles around the world (including me) have waited several YEARS for light weighted flagship Audeze headphones with supposedly more balanced overall tonality. Now waiting for few weeks more seems like a bargain. 2) Although it is still a very expensive...
  2. marhol

    Sennheiser HD650 & Massdrop HD6XX Impressions Thread

    Hi, my first post in this generous thread. Another happy and proud owner of the legendary HD650 headphones here. I have to say these headphones absolutely deserve all the accolades and are still, rightfully - after all these years- a true reference headphones in every sense of the word. When...
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    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    +1 on Dynaudio speakers. I have Focus 110A active speakers and I can confirm its a great pairing with Chord Dave and it was great pairing with Lumin A1 player as well. (my previous DAC/network player). I bet 110A would sound great with TT2 as well. I dont have experience with newer Dynaudio...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    So you are trying to say that - to avoid thermal cycling (which is supposedly disserviceable to electronic devices like Dave) it is much better to choose standby mode instead of complete shutdown ? I'll admit I am not an expert here but common sense would suggest that electronics should be...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Me too. I don't perceive sonic benefits either. So I always switch my audio devices off. But my set up is quite simple - Dave + active speakers/headphones.
  6. marhol

    HiFiMan Susvara

    And it is also truth vice versa: HP and cables and power supply sound good because they are expensive. :-)
  7. marhol

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Thank you for your replies ! I hoped some cables with proper adapters could do the job. DX90 with my stored audio files and user friendly control would be an ideal option as a transport at late evening listening.
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Couple of weeks with DAVE and I have to say I´m really impressed with this DAC/amp/preamp. I feel that all superlatives have already been mentioned but still I would like to express it definitely met my high expectations based on head fi and other online forums. What I like most on DAVE is...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    If anybody is thinking about purchasing an expensive cable I´m giving two simple advices how to save some money: 1) Get a proper daily regime. Enough rest/sleep, enough water intake etc. 2) Clean your ears properly before listening You may find out it brings similar benefits as some fancy...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    Thank you for your information ! I was particularly curious as Dave is currently my targeted DAC/amp. Very interesting findings, which seems to be consistent with what others have said.
  11. marhol

    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    Certainly. Hifiman headphones are usually very good (regardless of price) concerning driver imbalances but one can never be 100% sure... Assuming you are living in Germany - EU there is a possibility to send these headphones to Sonarworks for proper evaluation(if you eventually buy them)...
  12. marhol

    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    This is a post from @franz12 regarding the subject. According to aforementioned email communication it seems they have not measured HEK SE yet. Or try to ask @franz12 for more details.
  13. marhol

    Hifiman Ananda

    HE1000 frequency range from https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/headphones/measurements/hifiman/12890-2/ graph is definitely V2 not V1. I agree that V1 vs V2 are not particularly different regarding FR and overall tonality. I would say HEK v1 FR is nearly the same as HEK v2. HEK v1 FR is...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    Thank you for your feedback. Yes synergy (DAC/amp, cables, power supply etc.) is very important when we assess sound of one component. I do not have problems with stock cable and thats why I havent tried other options yet. I´m glad people report about their experience with various stuff like...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    OK, I get it, HE1000 SE is the smoother sounding headphone. I was particularly wondering about sibilance which is one of my minor issues with HEK v2 taking into account certain recordings and certain DAC/amp combinations. As far as I know male sibilance is mainly centered around 3-7 kHz and...
  16. marhol

    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Hi, does anyone use TT2 with HE1000 v2 (or HE1k series) ? I´ve seen very few or almost none impressions on head fi regarding TT2 and HEK pairing. Or could anybody comment on TT2 vs DAVE in terms of synergy with HEK (v1, v2 or SE). Thanks
  17. marhol

    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    Thank you all for your impressions ! I´m glad you like these new headphones. I havent heard these headphones yet but the manufacturer and his company is to my liking. From what I read (impressions) and saw (photos) about Empyrean it really shows these people put a lot of heart to make something...
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    Meze EMPYREAN - the First Isodynamic Hybrid Array Headphone

    I think in future probably top flagship headphones will be similar in this approach to Empyrean. I mean Emyprean with alcantara pads looks pretty neutral, at least according to Judes measurements. I suppose with leather pads they may offer more of a "fun" or a slightly different signature. I am...
  19. marhol

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Thanks for the tip.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Thanks a lot for a very quick reply Yoga ! I bought Lumin A1 in late 2017 and it has been my favourite audio device. Indeed very analogue sounding with added weight in low end, very smooth but still detailed and dynamic, especially in upsampling mode. I was wondering if Lumin + V281 would go...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Hi folks, does anyone have experience with Lumin A1 network player + V281 combo ? Or possibly other Lumin models e.g. D1, D2 or S1 ? I know head fi member @Yoga used to have v281 + Lumin A1, but he hasnt been here (on head fi) from Jule 2018... Thanks
  22. marhol

    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    Well, it is subjective but also reflective in regards how I perceive value in headphones. For me headphones like HE400i or HD 650 are really high value products because of their sound quality/price ratio. When I compared HE400i vs HE1000 v2 (purely in terms of sound quality) my conclusion was...
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    Hifiman HE1000-SE

    I agree completely.Went from He400i to HE1000 v2 after 3 happy years with the former which is still an excellent headphone and my favourite from HFM family. IMO HE400i is around 90-95% as good as HE1000 V2 or Utopia.
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    Hifiman HE-6SE and HE-1000SE announcement-

    IMHO original HE-6 wasnt worse than LCD-X (dont know about LCD-3 I havent heard those). Regarding build quality of LCD series they are certainly sturdier than anything from Hifiman but at the cost of heaviness. I like that newer offerings from Audeze contain carbon fiber and suspension headband...
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    Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Headphone

    I´m glad you like these headphones. When entering this hobby (and head fi) I told to myself that if I ever paid more than 2000 € for headphones it would have to be close to perfection. Not only in regards to sound quality but also in terms of ergonomics and design. For me HE-1000 V2 is as good...
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