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  1. Pickaxe

    New Inear Prophile-8

    I'll be getting my PP8 soon. I have not tried them before buying (unfortunately). The wait is pretty hard. Now, I'm pretty confident that their sound signature will be what I'm looking for. The one thing that's worrying me right now is that, despite all the raving about how comfortable they...
  2. Pickaxe

    Magaosi K3 PRO impressions and discussions thread.

    Nice cable, one question though - in your experience, does the clear cable turn green (due to oxidation)?
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

      Personally, I would never buy foams again. Yes you can finally get them for reasonable prices now because China doesn't care about Comply's patent monopoly. But they still end up splitting in half after as little as two days. That's completely unreasonable.
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Thanks, I own several balanced headphones and like them a lot (notably the HD600)
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    What is the best >100$ Chinese IEM with a neutral sound signature?   I wanted to get the Magaosi K3 Pro but the frequency response is rather v-shaped. I've had too much experience with v-shaped IEMs and headphones to know that I don't like them.
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    Magaosi K3 PRO impressions and discussions thread.

    How's the sound leak on these? Not more than average?
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    I have an annoying problem with my almost-faultless X2, maybe someone can help - so I won't have to play the replacement lottery.   the right cup does not seal perfectly. as a result 1) when I have the headphone on my head the right side feels noticeably loose. it's annoying and ruins...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    @turbo911  Damn, nice job. This was the exact pad discrepancy that I've been complaining about. I got the thicker pads (the ones you describe as Woox) and I dislike them quite a bit, comfort-wise. I was watching a lot of reviews and I could instantly see the pads I got don't look like the pads...
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    KEF M500/M200 Impressions Thread

    So, has anyone used the KEF M100? People keep talking about how the M200 sounds great but is poorly designed, surely this more conventional design would be the first thing to try
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    Thanks everyone who posted pictures of their earpads. I seem to have confirmed that my pads are considerably thinner. That is consistent with how it feels to wear them, since the pads barely compress when they sit on my head. The weight distribution is completely off thus the clamp is pretty...
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    There is absolutely zero audible difference between FLAC and 320kbps. As for background hiss, it's indeed an issue with your source.
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    Philips Fidelio X2?!

    Can anyone recommend a cable about as cheap as the Mediabridge, but with cheap/free international shipping?
  13. Pickaxe

    SoundMAGIC HP100/HP150 Review and Impressions Thread

    I have a big problem with the comfort of HP150, maybe someone can help. Simply put, the bottom of the left cup simply doesn't press firmly against the head!   The right side presses just fine, but on the left side only the top half of the cup presses against the head. This makes it hard to get...
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    KEF M500/M200 Impressions Thread

    Woah, new KEF headphones announced! Looks like I came back to this thread just in time. Sucks to see that the M400 is basically M500 in Beats colors. Nice rendering of how a black M500 would look like, pretty slick (the blue one is horrid). Also looks like the audio jack is at the bottom of...
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    Soundmagic HP150/HP151 Impressions Thread

    Been using the new memory foam ("thick") HM5 on my HP150s for a few days and here's a bullet-point review:   Though they may be smaller than the HP150's cups and are oval rather than circular, they're pretty easy to put on, because the size of the lip is  generous. First stretch the lip over...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand Info Thread (Headphones, IEMs, Amps, DACs)

    I've read so many pages in this thread that I've gotten a headache. What would you guys would say are the best bang-for-the-buck IEMs with a microphone?
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    New Sennheiser Momentum In ear

    I'd buy these on impulse because they look damn good (aesthetically), but I've lost hundreds of dollars on IEMs with non-replaceable cables over the years. Too bad.
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    Focal Spirit One S

    Wow these look awesome. Same cup size as the Professionals with a less analytic sound and without the Classic's ugly (to me) brown color or ridiculously long cable.   But... how much do they cost? The reviewer forgot to mention this. If they're no more than 200$ (which they should be, based on...
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    Kef M500 or Bose qc 15?

    This thread only serves to demonstrate how extremely subjective 'better' is when it comes to HiFi, rendering these questions fairly pointless.   Often the suggestion you get depends more on whichever member replies to you first than anything else.   That is not to say that the Mikros or the...
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    Manners of Dispute

    Why is it the seller's fault that the item is stuck in customs? C'mon. Contact the customs and check what's going on.
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    The hate on beats, why?

    Please stop being so reasonable in a Beats-bashing thread 
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    The hate on beats, why?

      Actually, I don't recall saying that at all - but thanks for extrapolating! (you might want to look at my previous post in this thread a few pages back to see just how off you were, lol). I said you are being silly because the 2013 Studios certainly aren't in a league of their own compared to...
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    AKG new headphone K545?

      I'm sorry to come off as authoritative, but 320kbps (and even lower bitrates for better/newer encodings) are absolutely transparent. People may think they hear a difference, but I'll wager a guess that they won't be able to tell one from the other in double-blind AB tests.
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    Creative Aurvana Live! 2

    I got the CAL! 2 a while ago and I find it a little overrated, like almost every "miraculous bang-for-the-buck" piece of audio equipment that I've ever bought based on this site's recommendations.   It sounds quite nice (a little too dark and bass isn't tight enough). Build quality is...
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    KEF M500/M200 Impressions Thread

    So is the hype for the M500 completely dead at this point, or...?