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  1. ajreynol

    Eleven Audio XIAUDIO Formula S Headphone Amplifier

    Hey guys, I hear a very soft buzz when I move windows around on my PC or am displaying a mostly white screen, audible through the headphones when no sound is playing. It can be heard through USB or optical when connected to a different source. Very clearly some sort of interference, but unsure...
  2. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Yea I would expect that bass heavy + high volume would lead to distortion at some point on even the best cans. That said, I know these cans are lauded for their bass performance in particular, so I expect them to at least match my LCD-4's without any distortion issues at similar volume levels...
  3. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Thank you for the additional 281 data point. Yea single vs XLR in are pretty different apparently. Half the power? With single input it doesn't generally need max gain (maybe +6), but I run it with a preamp of -6 to -9 depending on EQ, so it takes advantage of the max gain in those scenarios...
  4. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Thanks for the reply. No EQ is running. Gain is +18 on both channels, as expected. Distortion is clearly audible at past 11am on the dial (v281 starts at "7pm" and maxes at "5pm"). Distortion is present regardless of gain level, I find, when approaching similar volume levels. I've also tried...
  5. Wanted: XI Audio Formula S + Powerman

    On the hunt for an XI Audio Formula S + Powerman. Price is negotiable, but I expect to land in that ballpark. If you have one up for sale, please contact me.
  6. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Q: How much would an out of warranty driver repair cost? Just making sure I know what I need to know for my decision tonight. :D
  7. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    they do get more comfy over time. Can attest.
  8. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    If I might ask, how long have you guys owned your cans? Thank you for the insight. I haven't ordered my first pair yet. Just getting a lay of the land and making sure I understand all the possible pros and cons before jumping into TC land.
  9. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Getting ready to order my pair. Could anyone speak to rattling? I was reading that some people have experienced rattling in the bass at certain volume levels. I experienced this as well on my broken pair of 1266's, so I assumed that was all there is to it, but looking back in the thread, I noted...
  10. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Thank you for the insights. You've given me some things to think about for sure. I'm going to have to look into that DAC. I've been very happy with my 2Qute, but if something affordable sounds better...I don't mind making a move. edit: oh, not affordable. lol!
  11. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    oh you have a TC! How do you like it? How much do you use it vs your LCD-4? Do you find they complement each other or overlap? I was looking to buy a TC next week and I'd definitely appreciate your thoughts. Interesting. Will try. I really would like these LCD-5's to work for me if possible...
  12. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Can't say that was my experience on my system listening to my genres. What genres are you listening to? 5db is not a realistic generic recommendation for all music and volume levels in my experience. Or perhaps better said, 5db seems fine if your intention is to stay at low to medium volume...
  13. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Thank you for the insights and the time you spent putting together this post! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one walking or that has walked this path. I don't disagree at all. Having all of them would be optimal though my wallet would probably protest. As such, part of the challenge at the...
  14. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    *takes notes* I'm hoping to be able to do so, if Audeze is game for letting me hold onto both and A/B them. Given no poster, YT reviewer, or review article has suggested that the 5's have more or equivalent bass to the LCD-4's, I assume it's just going to give me less on the same equipment...
  15. ajreynol

    ZMF Verite

    BRUH! Is there any way he makes more with this material? This is too pretty.
  16. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Agreed. I have no complaints about the 5's really; it's just been a question of how they stack up to what I listen to and what makes sense in terms of sacrifices. In the end, I decided to go with the 4's. Ideally, they may be willing to slide me my 4's back for a brief A/B test. I proposed as...
  17. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Update - All issues have been cleared up with The Cable Company and they're taking care of me. I'm still hurting about not being able to A/B them with the LCD-5's, but oh well. I'll be making a decision on the LCD-5's today but almost certainly will be ordering the 1266TC's by end of year.
  18. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Thank you. Yes, I definitely see a path for keeping the 5's AND 4's, as they do quite a few things differently. If the 4's and 1266TC's overlap in signature, then the 5's + TC's are a possible path.
  19. ajreynol

    Audeze LCD-5 Review, Measurements, Interview

    Welp, decision day for me. Keep LCD-5's or go back to LCD-4's. LCD-5 - Why I'd keep it. This is going to be a hard decision for me. I enjoy the refinements made to the new flagship LCD-5 in resolution and detail. Somehow the highs are airy and crisp without ever being fatiguing, and I am...
  20. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    I hear you, but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. If it's all the same to you, I'll be buying directly from Abyss should I decide to pick up a pair. It's not the mistake (mistakes, actually, given I didn't even receive the correct version of headphone), it's the...
  21. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Thank you for the confirmation. Wait, what? So not only did The Cable Company fail to send me a working pair for my ~$300 "rental fee", but they also failed to send the correct version of the headphones? I'll be requesting a full refund from them and I'll be sure to recommend others avoid...
  22. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    Yea, I just got off the phone with The Cable Company (these were from their loan program) and he mentioned they had some repairs of some sort in the past. They are completely unusable and I'll be sending them back tomorrow. I can hear the potential even through the issues, but I don't know if...
  23. ajreynol

    The JPS Labs: Abyss AB-1266 Impressions Thread

    So I just got a pair of TC's (I know, I know), but I'm finding bass sounds like farts. Like, really bad. Treble and mids sound fine. I'm also hearing a metallic vibration in the frame that triggers when the right tone is hit in the right ear. Don't know how to describe it but it's like something...
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