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  1. Caruryn

    SONY NW-ZX2 DAP

    You would need a TRRS 3.5 plug for improved sound though
  2. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I wouldn't.I use the 4pin with Arche and it's pretty good.
  3. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    If the amp has standard 4 pin xlr you're ok with the stock balanced cable.
  4. Caruryn

    iBasso DX300 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core 6GB RAM 128GB ROM NEW Firmware 09/29/21 1.04.305 !

    Got my AMP12 and listened with the Stellia and HD660S for 20min.Burn in is definitely real.After hearing a fellow headfier 200h+ burned in AMP12 for 2 days the sound out of the box is more rough in the mids,more fuzzy in the treble,more dry tonally and instrument separation is not there.As a...
  5. Caruryn

    New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

    Man as much as i love the Roon support the SQ has taken a hit.Went from smooth and natural with previous fw to grainy especially in the mids.Magic is almost gone with my Stellias.
  6. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    The first cable i bought was the PK10 Palladian which i connected to a cheap power supply and the stock Arche cable from the wall.There was a very noticeable increase in detail,musicality and separation but the sound was on the warmer scale and the highs a bit rolled off but it was a big...
  7. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    For me my ideal combo after almost half a year is KK PK10 Palladian-AQ Niagara 1200-AQ Tornado-Arche-Heimdall 2 USB-PC.Everytime i put them with Stellia it's love at first sight or hear all over again.Arche alone sounds ,thin ,dull and lacking in dynamic range in comparison although there is...
  8. Caruryn

    Sennheiser HD660S... Finally a successor for the HD650?

    Best i've heard them on a non desktop system.Wide sounstage with very good depth,mids incredibly layered,detailed and natural without harshness,extended and airy highs with good information and timbre to die for.The tonality is perfect,very good synergy and the dap is still fresh,just 20h...
  9. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Finally completed the desktop.Cable management suckss but my god the performance more than makes up for it.Power conditioner combined with the power cables takes Arche to a whole other level.It's like you're in a live concert here,no restrictions,dynamic range from top to bottom,blackest...
  10. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Haven't heard it but usually yes.Each company has their own house sound and you will see many manufacturers having separate dacs and amps that work well together but sound weird when used with a different company,that's why it is good to audition first to see if you like the tonality.
  11. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Figured.If you can spend up to $4000 get a dedicated Dac/Amp like Hugo 2/TT2/Arche e.t.c.I've found that Daps don't gel well with desktop Amps.As good as your Stellia sounds balanced from Sony you may not like the added character a desktop Amp will bring.I've found the same with many daps when...
  12. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Just for the Amp? What Dac will you be using?
  13. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Topping A90 is a good start for low budget otherwise sky is the limit.
  14. Caruryn

    SONY NW-ZX2 DAP

    There are various ways of disabling the sound adjustment and some have better sound results than others,i just do the basic,settings-all apps disable sound adjustment but you need to lower the vol,have a song playing and once you hit the button the volume increases suddenly,that's how you know...
  15. Caruryn

    SONY NW-ZX2 DAP

    Yes,it's easy to hear when the music is not playing for a couple of seconds and then it dies down. Congrats on your Zx2,still a great dap especially for Andros just make sure to do a couple of tricks found on this thread to improve the sound like turning of sound adjustment off.
  16. Caruryn

    SONY NW-ZX2 DAP

    I still use mine with my Andromeda S even though i have more expensive dap and the synergy is superb.It will probably die on me before i let it go.
  17. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I prefer the voltage mode,low gain with Stellia.You hear the dynamics,detail and treble of a $3000 HP.Stellia mode is too soft,too warm and vocals too pushed back for my liking even if it's a bit more musical and colored.
  18. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    We're talking oranges and apples here.Unless we have the same exact equipment we might as well be talking about a different can altogether.Stellia sound vastly different with different gear,maybe it's the low impedance that messes the tonality with different amps and can go from very bassy and...
  19. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I have to say i am mightily impressed with this nordost usb on Arche.I was a bit disappointed at first as it was too dry and there was noticeable lack of details for that kind of price,everything sounded blurred and unrefined especially compared to Arche's coaxial output on daps.Gave it a lot...
  20. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Arctic silver cable with the new carbon fiber copper rhodium plated connector in the house.That is one beautiful cable! Special thanks to Roy,he's been very communicative and helpful especially with the whole lockdown situation everywhere.Between this and the heimdall 2 usb for Arche,there is a...
  21. Caruryn

    New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

    They should sound great with SP1000M if they are warmer than my Andro S.
  22. Caruryn

    New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

    SP1000M is not clinical but it is a trebly dap,it gives emphasis on clarity and excitement.I am not sure how it would pair with Khan which i read is an iem that focuses on high mids and treble can get edgy and fatiguing with wrong pair up.I would suggest an audition if possible with SP1000M if...
  23. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Great post and pics! Is there a shop in EU we can order this cable or is it for US only?
  24. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    I like them a lot with my Drachenfels amp.Big soundstage,clarity,good detail and slightly on the warm side which is good for Stellia and good energy up top and no hiss.The Dac portion i use line out with my daps but there is a USB Dac new module with this amp for around $1000 and i would...
  25. Caruryn

    Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

    Listening to them for the first 15 min they sound very neutral and coherent out of the SP1000M balanced but a bit too smooth.Imaging is spot on and soundstage decently wide to have each instrument occupy its own space with no overlap but depth is very good.Vocals are a bit pushed back, bass has...
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