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  1. Sebasistan

    TRI earphone impressions - I4 and I3, Starlight, NEW Starsea

    When it comes to cables, the one thing that can make something of a difference is isolation. Otherwise, differences are cosmetic or homeopathic. I buy upgrade cables for balanced plugs. And sometimes just because the sixteen core ones just look cool. But I'd never spend a lot on a cable unless...
  2. Sebasistan

    Best tubes for beginners

    I have a Loxjie P20 running off of an ifi ZEN DAC, which is a cheap and really great sounding balanced solution. But you say you don't have balanced headphones to use with those... The Loxjie P20 is a balanced amp, and the balanced end is a lot better sounding that the single ended one. Just FYI.
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    Shanling M6 Player - New version with ESS DACs coming soon

    Ah! I was not aware. Question: If two apps on the same player reproduce a tack in bit-perfect mode... They should sound EXACTLY the same, right?
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    Shanling M6 Player - New version with ESS DACs coming soon

    Ah OK. I was just wondering because AFAIK the M6 is still a high-res player (right?). But yeah if that's for a strictly outboard DAC it would make sense. UAPP also does Bit-Perfect which AFAIK the Shanling app doesn't do. Both are pretty close in sound. Shanling still sounds warmer to my...
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    Shanling M6 Player - New version with ESS DACs coming soon

    I did go ahead and just bought UAPP. Compared to other players I have tried on the M6 (PowerAmp especially) this one actually manages to sound very, very close to the Shanling app. To the point of where I'm not entirely certain if the difference in sound that I hear is not down to bias on my...
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    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    This is EVER SO SLIGHTLY off topic. I decided to get a pair of somewhat decent speakers for my PC and got a pair of the low-budget Edifier 1280T's on Prime Day. I thought I'd run them out of my ifi Zen DAC. But that didn't work quite too well. I guess powering speakers, even when they're...
  7. Sebasistan

    Looking for IEMs and dongle DAC upgrades!

    I would recommend the KBEar TRI-I3 and the FiiO BTR-5 DAC. I'm using it as a USB DAC fed from my PC and laptop, but you can also just use it with a BT connection to your iPhone. When it comes to sources, I personally don't like streaming at all. It's a really awful business model for the...
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    PC Speakers (of the kinda budget but not tin-can variety)

    I did read someone compare them and coming out preferring the RT. I don't really NEED the bluetooth and digital (now). Oh I should add: I would IDEALLY want these to be powered speakers that I can feed from my ifi ZEN DAC (or MAYBE my One Little Bear...). So the speakers in question should...
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    PC Speakers (of the kinda budget but not tin-can variety)

    My PC has been without actual speakers for a bit, and as much as I love me headphones for sound, it's getting a bit annoying over time. So now I've been looking into what PC speakers I could hook up here. After a day's worth of researching, hemming and hawwing, I have kinda zeroed in on these...
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    [FiiO BTR5/FiiO BTR5 2021] Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier, Bluetooth chip CSR8675, support up to 384kHz&DSD256 native

    So I got this thing as a strictly IEM USB DAC/AMP since my desktop setups are not suited for use with IEMs. And what can I say, as such it works pretty well. It's way smaller than I expected. I'm still taking it through the motions. Sounds pretty great with the Moondrop Starfield. I'm waiting...
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    I also wonder if this can be applied to cd vs. vinyl vs. mp3.
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Is the wrong takeaway from this to say "well, he does prove that higher bit depths have the same "amount" of music in them, BUT he also proves higher bit depths ARE superior because they have less noise in comparison!"?
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    iFi audio iTraveller - A Multi-Purpose Travel Case Designed For Portable DACs!

    Does it come with an in-built GPS locator chip, in case it gets swiped? :D
  14. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    I've been switching back and forth between the Little Bear combo using the Pro82 and the Loxjie P20 combo using the GM200. I did tried the GM200 with the Little Bear, but that honestly didn't quite do it for me. The bass became overwhelming and uncomfortable. The Pro82's mid-setting bass is...
  15. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Replaced the RCA cable and now things are working properly. Fingers crossed it stays that way...
  16. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Careful early impressions: I think the GM200 match actually quite well with my ZEN DAC / Loxjie P20 stack on balanced. Better than with the Little Bear combo, which I feel like brings a bit too much pressure overall. The Little Bear combo does however sound superior with the Pro 82. IDK if...
  17. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Hm. So the packaging slip ("manual" is a bit of a misnomer) mentions that the P10 should only be run for a few hours at a time. I do notice that if I use it for longer periods, one channel will eventually give up. Maybe it runs too hot?
  18. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Yeah, it seems the Pro82 synergize better / as well with my Shanling M6 on single-ended as they do on balanced. I did not try them single-ended with the Loxjie P20 since I keep reading that its single-ended performance is lacking, especially compared with the dual-tube driven balanced out. Will...
  19. Sebasistan

    Random Thoughts (Audio Related)

    Do you get the same result when listening to the track on, say, YouTube or bandcamp?
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    Music videos with good eye-candy/visuals?

    Weval - Someday
  21. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Bit the bullet finally and ordered the Little Bear P10 / USB DAC thingy synergy combo. And since I was in the mood added a pair of GM200's. Might as well go all in on the Pro82 train.
  22. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    Just pulled them over the whole contraption. They stay on tight without the need for mechanical fastening. It's a bit rinkydink of a technique, but it works. I've added a picture, I am aware this is not how it's SUPPOSED to be, but none the less, it works. (I do wonder now if there is any kind...
  23. Sebasistan

    Takstar Pro 82/GM200 Review, impressions and discussion thread

    So I went and got these Brainwavz velour pads for my 82 Pro. Removing the stock pads was a bit tricky and I broke one of the plastic rings. Not the end of the world, after all one of the upsides of these cans is that they're enormously good sounding AND cheap enough that it's not a major...
  24. Sebasistan

    Cowon Plenue D

    Depends on what exactly you want from a DAP. I would assume since you come from the PD, you don't need a lot of fancy features. Personally, I would recommend what I have now as my main player, the Shanling M6. It sounds absolutely fantastic for its price, way better than it has any rights to. I...
  25. Sebasistan

    Shanling M6 Player - New version with ESS DACs coming soon

    The battery life overall is pretty good, but highly dependent on what I'm using in terms of headphones / IEMs, balanced vs. single-ended, high-gain vs. low-gain, if I'm using planars or not basically. But the variation is terribly big tbh. Sometimes I get through 5% battery in an hour, sometimes...
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