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    Comply Professional alternative (longer foam tips) for wide-bore IEMs?

    I really like the Professional series from Comply, and I’ve often wondered why they insist on producing it only in the narrow bore 100 size, when most IEMs (besides Shure and Westone) use a wide bore design these days. Seems really odd, since if you spend some time browsing their site, you...
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    Should I get the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser or the Kaiser Encore?

    My favorite full-size can is the Focal Clear... To me, it sounds like an unveiled HD650 with better detail, a larger soundstage, and deep, impactful (although not fatiguing) bass. It’s perfect for me. From what I’ve read, both the original Kaiser (now a Massdrop exclusive) and the Encore are...
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    Looking for true balanced 4.4mm out with MQA compatibility... Anything?

    Anyone know of a portable or semi-portable rig (battery powered) that offers a true balanced out via 4.4mm, and can decode MQA? Larger than a true portable is fine, since this is for desktop use... But due to the location, it must be battery powered. It will be pushing the Focal Clear and...
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    Are there far less Tidal Masters tracks then they claim?

    So after a long hiatus, I recently went back to Tidal. Mostly because their “Masters” selection sounded interesting. Tidal claims to feature “over 170,000 tracks from major labels, our TIDAL artist owners, and key independent labels.” To access these 170,000 Master tracks, Tidal states: “In...
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    Who Else Experiences “Bass Fatigue”?

    Seems like every time I read a review or impressions thread, people talk about excessive treble or particularly sibilant treble as being the sole factor responsible for fatiguing headphones. Personally, I’ve never found this to be the case... If a headphone expresses those traits, I stop...
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    Any HD660S with Mojo impressions?

    Picked up the HD660S when it dipped to $400 on Amazon Prime the other night. Then yesterday, the Chord Mojo dropped to a low(ish) price as well, but more importantly, was temporarily being fulfilled by an out-of-state shipping center, meaning no sales tax... So I grabbed that too. Reading this...
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    Question about twin 3.5mm balanced outputs and headphones with 3.5mm connectors...

    So if an amp has double 3.5mm outputs for the balanced mode, like the Sony PHA-3 or the Pono Player, and a headphone uses 3.5mm connectors, like the Sony MDR-Z7/Z1R... Can you just pick up two 3.5mm cables and connect the right balanced port to the right headphone connector, and the left port...
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    Codia T1 Aluminum Headphone Stand

    Full aluminum, like three and a half pounds... Seems like it would be sturdy. Anybody own one? Thoughts? Other than the fact that $160 for a stand is crazy? https://cdn-s3.touchofmodern.com/products/000/209/633/49cb3e7ecd1bbaaa4414eb8cf1ed6619_large.jpg?1429655385
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    Any way to download high-rez files directly to your iOS device?

    So I've been using my iPad Pro exclusively since my laptop was damaged some months ago... It's my main "computer" these days. I have some high-rez albums (a hodge-podges of AIFF 192/24, FLAC 192/24, 96/24, etc) that I downloaded onto my iPad via iTunes, and play via the Onkyo HF Player and an...
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    Peachtree Audio Shift + SE846... Any hiss?

    Based on the Shift's specs I'd expect some hiss with the SE846, but I've been surprised before... Anybody (with sensitive ears) have any experience with this combo?   I'm a huge fan of the Peachtree sound,  but I can't do hiss... Even a little bit.
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    Audeze offices were robbed...

    Anybody seen this? Thought I'd post it here... Beware of deals that seem too good to be true... https://www.audeze.com
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    Moon Audio Dragon & Shure SE846... Black vs Silver

    For all you SE846 users out there who've listened to it with either the Silver or Black Dragon cable from Moon... What were your impressions? Trying to decide between the two. I'm aware of the changes to sound quality silver vs copper will impart, and based on that I think I have an idea of how...
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    Comparison Review: IFI Micro iDSD and Ressonessence Labs Concero HP

    Both these units seem to be attracting a lot of attention lately, as far as smaller desktop-slash-portable DAC/amp solutions go. Having owned the Concero HP until recently, and now owning the Micro iDSD, I thought I'd post a comparison review comparison. Right off the bat, these are both...
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    Noble Audio universals isolation?

    Does anybody have experience with one of Noble audio's universal fit IEMs? Trying to get some info on their ability to isolate... Is it basically Shure/Westone levels of noise blocking? Or less? Also, if anybody has experience with Noble 5 Wizard (or the regular Noble 5 for that matter), I'd...
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    School me on iOS sources... iPhone vs iPod vs iPad

    Coming from the full-size speaker world originally, I'm pretty informed with regards to hardware. When software, various computer devices, etc. are thrown into the mix, things can still get a bit fuzzy for me...   What I basically want to know is this:   Assuming a device can hold a hi-def...
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    Alternatives to Comply foam tips?

    Does anyone know of an alternative to Comply, particularly something in a larger bore for DITA, Audio Technica, etc? With some headphones, Complys are simply too short, and sit too shallow in my ear to provide the best isolation possible. They also aren't the nicest foam... They are a little...
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    So it's 2015... Anything have better isolation than Etymotic?..

    Looking for the absolute best isolation I can get. Naturally, I'm looking into the various Etys. But seeing as how the Etymotic design is veeeery long in the tooth at this point, I was wondering if anything else has come along that surpasses it in that specific capacity? Not too interested in...
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    Apple Hi-Def Music Not Happening Anytime Soon?..

    What a letdown the Apple announcement was today. It seemed like all signs were pointing to hi-def music coming to an iTunes player near you, but I don't see it happening, unless they announce it in the fall with the iPhone 6... Which would be strange, as it would have to be a feature of iOS8's...
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    Ditch the Peachtree DAC•iT X for a Resonessence Labs Concero?

    Advantages of keeping the DAC•iT X   I'm very happy with the sound, for the most part   Around $200 cheaper   Being silver, I guess it matches my Woo WA3 better. That might matter to my girlfriend. Not much to me.   Advantages of switching to the Resonessence Concero   While I'm happy...
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    Why is there radio-silence on here regarding the Arcam rDock-uni or drDock? Do they just suck?

    Plenty of users here use iPods or iPhones as their primary source. So here's a well-respected audio company that produces a dock/DAC combo. For only $299. So why does a search reveal basically zero results? In fact, even if they DO suck, why aren't there a bunch of threads with people voicing...
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    The Best (Almost) Free Major Amp Upgrade

    1. Buy three brass speaker spikes and some epoxy (I did say almost free).   2. Glue the spikes to the bottom of your amp.   3. Sit back and enjoy deeper more articulate bass, better detailed mids, smoother highs, and a larger soundstage.   4. (Optional) Kick yourself in the ass for...
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    I might prefer the DT880 250 Pro to the 600 Premium... Am I crazy?

    Been listening to the DT880 250 pro for almost a week and love it... Things did take around a day or two to settle in sound-wise, but now it's amazing. Took delivery of a pair of the 600 premiums today, and initially I'm not too excited. Right off the bat I prefer the clamping force of the Pro...
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    Astell & Kern AK10 Review and Product Info

    BELOW IS PRODUCT INFO, RANDOM THOUGHTS, DETAILS AND IMPRESSIONS... FULL SOUND REVIEW TO COME   I noticed there isn't a lot of info about the AK10 out there, so I thought I'd order one and remedy that. It arrived today, so these are just my initial ramblings...   Basic technical info (this is...
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    B&W P7 for free VS Sennheiser HD700 for $50

    UPDATE- As I'm more of an in-ear guy, I enquired about the similarly-priced (to the HD700) Sennheiser IE 800, and am able to get those for shipping cost... So I'm going that way.   ______________________________________________________________________________________________________   It's a...
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