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  1. hardbop

    Tin Hifi P1 impressions

    Balanced out is excellent from the BTR5 to the P1 (through my silver cable). It's been the best pairing to my ears out of almost all of my portable options. Single ended, not so much. It's still a good sound, but the extra power from the balanced output pushes everything up several notches. The...
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    Right, the balanced output on the BTR5 pumps out 220mW, whereas the 3.5mm Jack only offers 80mW. That's the only reason the balanced is pertinent in this case. Planars are thirsty like that.
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    Chinese / Asian Brand IEM Info Thread

    I've had the Tin P1 planar IEMs for a few months and enjoyed them plenty, but not enough to stop me from ordering the Tin T4's out of curiosity. In the interim, I got the FiiO BTR5 to go with it and my many other IEMs and pair my Note X+. At first, the BTR5 didn't have enough power for the...
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    [FiiO BTR5/FiiO BTR5 2021] Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier, Bluetooth chip CSR8675, support up to 384kHz&DSD256 native

    The veil I refer to only occurs when using the headphone jack or USB on my Samsung phones. I think it's the way Samsung processes music, but I don't hear it any other times I use my phones as a transport. It's why I started using bluetooth headphones years ago with my Note 5 or S8. Hopefully now...
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    [FiiO BTR5/FiiO BTR5 2021] Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier, Bluetooth chip CSR8675, support up to 384kHz&DSD256 native

    @Devodonaldson @salla45 My listening for initial impressions was all done over bluetooth using my Samsung Note 10+ as a transport streaming via the Tidal app playing HIFI and master quality songs. I have long since enabled developer options on my phone and regularly adjust the bluetooth audio...
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    [FiiO BTR5/FiiO BTR5 2021] Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier, Bluetooth chip CSR8675, support up to 384kHz&DSD256 native

    I've been listening to the BTR5 for a couple days, doing some direct comparisons and settling in for normal listening. My use case will be pairing with my 3.5mm jack-less Note 10+. My previous Samsung phones all had subpar sound quality from the headphones jack anyway. With LDAC the sound...
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    Echobox Audio Explorer impressions and discussion thread

    Offline mode works fine.
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    Audiofly AF180 Performance Series Impression&Appreciation Thread

    It's a standard size stem. I swapped in Shure tips for a while, when I had those IEMs.   The barb on the Audiofly's stem never caused a problem, but I settled on Comply tips pretty quick and stuck with them most of the time.
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    Audiofly AF180 Performance Series Impression&Appreciation Thread

    I've used and abused Audiofly gear for years now and all three of my AF headphones still function flawlessly. The only wear is some slight thread loosening from the cable sheath, where the connectors are.   My AF240's are my go-to portable headphone and I carry them without the canvas bag much...
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    The Official Echobox Explorer Thread

    OH, SHHHHH!!!!   That's my Echobox!   The lyric is from:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHAHgjL0YzQ
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    ALO Pan Am desktop/portable headphone amp/DAC: Impressions and Reviews

    Mine developed a buzz when I combined it with my turntable , but only after I moved. It didn't matter which outlets I used, the noise floor would be way too high.   I tracked it down to the wall wart and the passport. There's no noise when it runs off battery, but it returns when I plug it...
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    Audiofly AF180 Performance Series Impression&Appreciation Thread

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable IEM. Enjoy them!
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    ALO Pan Am desktop/portable headphone amp/DAC: Impressions and Reviews

    The Telefunken and Cifte tubes are my go-to.
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    Is a DAC necessary?

    The 650's do need an amp and they perform better with higher quality amps. Although quality increases with price tags, it's not an even ratio. Diminishing returns set in quickly, so spending twice as much will not get you something twice as good.   To answer your main question, a DAC is always...
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    Audiofly AF180 Performance Series Impression&Appreciation Thread

    This is what my AF180's look like now. The outer shell around the connector has been trimmed down. On a stock model, there are two raised spots on either side that will prevent third party cables from seating properly.  
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    Echobox Audio LIVE on IndieGoGo!!

    @Gilly87    Does the Echobox have ALSA incorporated in the OS?   I'd like to be able to use it with the ALO Continental Dual Mono, which uses ALSA for its DAC. At one point I could connect my android phone to that amp with a OTG cable, but the phone lost that ability somehow.
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    Audiofly AF180 Performance Series Impression&Appreciation Thread

    The housing on the Audiofly IEMs have those two bumps on the connector end. The bumps are the same plastic as the shell and are designed to keep the stock cable from rotating.     You can snap the tabs off or file them down with a nail file (be sure to blow out any filings after) and your...
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    The all new Continental Dual Mono

    So I've joined the Continental Club with a red CDM (and tan Black Star bag).   I've been switching back and forth between my AK380 and my PC and I can't really tell a difference with my custom Laylas. I'm using the balanced output on the AK and USB and A/B testing with the input switch. (I've...
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    Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

    They should be coming soonish.
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    Grado Fan Club!

    I've wondered what the switches on those were for since I saw pictures of them.
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    Head-fi Austin - January 23 2016

    Thanks, @MonumentSquare and @Maxvla for hosting and organizing!    That was a great time and I had a lot of fun.
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    Need help identifying grado headphones!

    You might be disallowed from posting pictures directly due to your low post count, but I'm not sure what the rules are regarding newbies.   Upload your pictures to a third party images hosting site and link it here afterwords.
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    Need help identifying grado headphones!

    That would probably be the 325's.   You may have to host the picture somewhere else and link it here.
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    Head-fi Austin - January 23 2016

    Great day to be indoors with your ears covered and your eyes closed!
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    Head-fi Austin - January 23 2016

    You aren't required to bring anything except your enthusiasm for headphone gear. Headphone meets are one of the best places to audition gear, so bring your own Senns or listen to other people HD800 setups.     A few general tips:   Everyone should be respectful of other people's gear and...
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