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  1. Liu Junyuan

    Comment by 'Liu Junyuan' on listing 'Norne Draug Silver (Utopia) and Adapter'

    Updated original post with photos of balanced to singled ended adapter.
  2. Audioquest Nighthawk Carbon (price includes shipping to CONUS)

    For sale are my beautiful pair of Audioquest Nighthawk headphones. These were purchased new from a respectable dealer in the United States and are in excellent condition, having hardly been used. I should note there is a nearly imperceptible scratch on the black plastic piece that is attached to...
  3. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I am not disagreeing with anyone else’s experienced perspectives: HEK, Z1R, TH900, Aeolus all strike me as very reasonable recommendations. I would just add to that list the Auteur, whose biodynamic driver may offer a compelling contrast to that of the beryllium Utopia. If you can snag a 3F...
  4. Liu Junyuan

    Grado Fan Club!

    Can someone who has tried them please compare the Grado hemp ($420) with other Grados, preferably those in a similar price bracket (RS2e if possible)?
  5. Liu Junyuan

    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    No, it is not. Many who find the HD800 utterly intolerable are able to enjoy the HD800S, and vice versa. Just because some people do not enjoy either does not mean they should be collapsed into the same headphone. The original review quoted on IF applies to the HD800; if one were to derive from...
  6. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Thank you. And with your music preferences, if I understand them correctly, tonal verisimilitude in the treble frequencies is particularly important. It sounds like your point here is that the rendering of treble in HiFiMAN transducers does not accord with your taste and that you perceive...
  7. Liu Junyuan

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

    One of my Utopia systems is fairly similar to yours. How does the Stellia pair with the 3F in comparison with the Utopia/3F? I am curious in the Stellias.
  8. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I agree with your characterization of the Lazuli Reference. Interesting you find the stock to be warmer. At some point, I will go back and do comparisons again.
  9. Liu Junyuan

    DNA Stellaris

    Lucky you. My money is on the Stellaris; if it were me, I would buy a separate amp for the Abyss and keep the Stellaris for primarily dynamic headphones such as the aforementioned dynamics. You really cannot get better than the Stellaris for the Utopia from a tube amp, and I would choose it over...
  10. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I highly look forward to your comparison with the Arctic Cables flagship cable.
  11. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I know you asked MacedonianHero, but since I currently own the Lazuli Reference, I may be able to help fill in some details. He will be in a better position to discuss its merits/shortcomings in relation to the Heimdall 2. First, many people have posted impressions of Lazuli Reference's...
  12. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    That helps me understand. Thanks! It sounds like some dirty power was exacerbating this--glad to hear the cable sorted this out. I would be interested in hearing about this cable (will PM to keep the thread uncluttered). Based upon what you and others are saying here, the WyWires Platinum...
  13. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Could you please explain in more detail what you mean by hardness in the mids? Also, it is too bad the Nano Platinum Eclipse is no longer available. It sounds like the Platinum remains a solid choice for those without comparable fatigue-inducing systems. I do wonder, though, whether this...
  14. Liu Junyuan

    Arctic Cables Discussion Thread

    Very helpful post. I am most surprised you perceived the AC silver edges out the Norne S3, which I preferred to the Lazuli Reference and Norne Draug Silver. Could you go more in detail comparing these two?
  15. Liu Junyuan

    AudioQuest NightHawk Impressions and Discussion Thread

    I am needing a cable replacement for my NH carbons. It sounds like Arctic cables have been reliable, though perhaps less noticeably synergistic with the NH than with the NO, according to one user. I am thinking about their OCC cable. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
  16. Liu Junyuan

    Eddie Current Zana Deux owners

    Yes. I found the synergy between TH900 and ZDS to be superb. I believe MuppetFace, who so lovingly initiated the TH900 thread here so many years ago, also used an original Zana Deux. I lost several nights of sleep listening to the combination. 5691 is indeed a good call here.
  17. Liu Junyuan

    Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO - Beyer's open-back mastering headphone

    I love the DT1990. This is so nice with my audio chain, I must say. Modi 3 is more than sufficient as a DAC feeding the ZDS.
  18. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Can you please tell me, just to clarify, if you think the Abyss TC is objectively superior to the Utopia? I have a very difficult time understanding if you do. So I would appreciate it if you could just drop by the thread once a week and let us all know. I am not capable of searching the thread...
  19. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I have never heard the VC. I am confident it is a great headphone. I do happily own a blackwood Auteur and respect Zach's work. The reverb effect is also at work in the Atticus and is one of its special charms IMO. It is what makes differences in wood more apparent. For some, it is a weakness...
  20. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Do you drive the Abyss with the hpa4 as well? I believe the VC is supposed to have that reverb effect. However, I have also read they are very open sounding, sometimes even indistinguishable from the open Verite. I appreciate your impressions a lot. The Utopia is a very well balanced...
  21. Liu Junyuan

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I am less surprised with Empyrean, a little surprised by VC, and very surprised by the Abyss. Despite what others have said, you ultimately prefer Utopia to Abyss? Can you offer more reasons as to why? I also wouldn't mind more details of comparison with the other headphones listed.
  22. Liu Junyuan

    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    I think he needs to figure out his preferences and then work from there. Synergy is everything in this hobby. The headphone cannot be separated from the rig that drives it, particularly at the high end.
  23. Liu Junyuan

    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    The point of the thread wasn't to answer the question about what the best headphones in the world he should buy. I mean, we could also recommend him the Abyss Phi TC, ZMF Verite, Focal Utopia, LCD-4, Empyrean, Susvara, Orpheus. Or even go to Dave/Mscaler, Dcs Bartok, T2 stat amp, Uber Krell Rig...
  24. Liu Junyuan

    Senn HD-800S Help me choose a full size amp

    HD800S are really nice headphones. I think the original HD800 are more awe-inspiring, having a greater WOW factor, but are concomitantly more finicky with sources/amps. They need mods and EQ. The lack of fatigue of the HD800S surprised me and continues to surprise me. The HD800 fatigued me...