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  1. gradofan1

    POLL: Reshelling Universal IEM's for Reasons Other Than Fit....

    So fortunately, my ears, though small, fit almost every universal I've come across, even the hefty UE TF10's... Was wondering about some opinions, since I recently sent in a W4R to be reshelled just for fun...   Does reshelling, for purposes other than fit, really affect the sound quality, and...
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    QUICK 6922 TUBE EQUIVALENT QUESTION -- SCHIIT LYR Telefunken PCC189 work with my LYR?

    Will a pair of NOS Telefunken PCC189 work with my LYR? I misread ECC88 as E88CC, can anyone explain the difference?  
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    New to tube rolling -- Schiit LYR Tubes?

    Hi all,   I don't consider myself really a newb to the audio world, but I am when it comes to tube amps -- I've been using a combined Solid State DAC/AMP for the past 6 years..    A few questions:   1) Do tubes actually make a BIG difference (I know they make a difference, but how much?)...
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    Sennheiser Momentum Specs (drivers, freq. response graphs, sound signature, everything) - On Ear vs. Over ear

    I'm debating whether go get a on-ear or over-ear momentum... I'm sure this is a question that has been asked many times before, so I apologize.    I want a portable closed on-ear, so I'm leaning towards it, especially since I disliked the P5.   Are the drivers in the on-ear and over-ear the...
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    5.1 Compact System WITHOUT dedicated amplifier for Computer setup?

    Hi there!   As noted in my profile, I'm almost as into computer speakers/home theatre speakers as I am into headphones...   I want to set up a 5.1 system in my room, but it has to be relatively compact with NO dedicated amplifier (i.e. the subwoofer has to have an integrated amp to power the...
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    Quick question: Impedance -- is it in the drivers in the cable? Recabling a pair of Ultrasone ED8's. ALSO: high quality 1/4" jack to 1/8" jack cable recommendations?

    Hi HF,   I'm a little embarrassed to ask this question, since I've been a long time audiophile and have so much gear, BUT...   Does the impedance of a headphone depend on the internal drivers or the cable? That is, I'm thinking of having my Ultrasone Edition 8 Recabled either by Moon Audio...
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    The elusive WIRELESS HD580/HD600's (aka. the Sennheiser IS850's)

    Just got a pair today man they are amazing! Completely blew me away with the lossless sound quality. Blindfolded, I compared it to a wired HD600 unamp'd and I couldn't tell the difference.   The Sennheiser IS850 has an internal DAC/AMP on the headphone itself!! And the run on rechargable AA...
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    The Elusive Wireless HD600 (aka the rare Sennheiser IS850)?

    Just got these they are INCREDIBLE. Integrated AMP and DAC on the headphones themselves. Have to place the transmitter high because it's infrared (which is lossless, unlike Bluetooth, Kleer, but has static problems sometimes).   They had a European Plug, so I had to buy a step-down transformer...
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    Balanced Single 4-pin XLR to Dual 3-pin XLR adapter -- Does it keep the phones, amp, and DAC still balanced?

    Simple noob question from someone who's trying to switch from regular to balanced amps.    If I connect a Single 4-pin XLR (from a headphone) to a Dual 3-pin XLR Adapter, and put that adapter into my dual XLR Amp, is it still balanced?   I'm asking this because I can't find an amp with 1/4"...
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    HIGH END - Wireless headphones possible? Sennheiser MX-W1, RS220, IS850 (Wireless version of HD600 w/ integrated DAC/AMP)

    I've been through 30 pairs of headphones in the past few years, and all the wireless ones (especially BT) sucked. Is there any chance of a high-end (HD600 to HD650-like quality) wireless headphone?   I've read that the reviews of Sennheiser's current flagship wireless cans, the RS220, suck...
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    Cheap balanced amp?

    I'm in need of a cheap balanced amp. In terms of a regular amp, I have a HDP and a Headroom Ultra Desktop Amp ($1600), so I'm fine there. But I wanted to give balanced headphones a try because I've heard so much hype about them.   Does a balanced amp <$400 even exist? Maybe used, idc? Or does...
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    Opinion on the computer speakers ever? Harman Kardon GLA-55?? Other opinions?

    I'm really into computer speakers, perhaps even more so than headphones *gasp*. Haven't seen a thread on speakers so I think I'd ask around.   I've owned:   Focal XS 2.1 Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1 Klipsch Gallery G-17 Bowers and Wilkins MM-1 Bowers and WIlkins Z2 Bowers and Wilkins A7...
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    How to fix a pair of "broken" shures easily (one side muted)...

    Recently I ran into a problem with both my SCl3 and SE315 -- both were muting from one side and playing loudly on the other.   Sometimes this can be because there's water in one side (i.e. sweat after the gym), but this lasts only a day until the water dries out and the earphones become 100%...
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    HifiMan HE400 on Sale $299! (also HE500: $549)

    Title says it all. Hifiman's NEVER go on sale. Go to Razor Dog Audio and grab one today. Hifiman HE-400 for $299 with FS.   They also have coupons, but they don't work on Hifimans. Then I got an email saying that I could take off $50 to get a new HE500 for just $549 (MSRP $699, Sale $599)  ...
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    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Look at chinese "amazon" before buying on eBay/online! FAKE HEADPHONES

    As my first post, I figured I'd make a PSA and warn about fake headphones, which can be confusing especially when buying online...     I was about to shell out $399 for an IE800 and I thought this was GREAT deal (on ebay). Even though the seller was from China (had 290 feedback 100%), I never...
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