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    [Review] Wolf Ear Makoyi: Canadian Tubey Goodness!

        This has been a bit of an odd review for me to write, because the character of this amp changes quite a bit with the tubes being used. So I will offer some bits and pieces, but then the rest is just going to devolve into a short tube diary.   Here's the webpage with information and...
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    Essence HDACC - an interesting dac with HDMI

    I stumbled across this dac while randomly browsing audio stuff...       product page: http://www.essenceelectrostatic.com/product/hdmi-dac-blu-ray/   some reviews: http://www.soundandvision.com/content/essence-hdacc-dac-headphone-amplifier...
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    [Review] Nuforce HA-200 - affordable class-A monoblocks

    What is it?   A thing that makes the music louder Class A, single ended, BUT two units may be configured as monoblocks for balanced operation Constant-Current Output       So why monoblocks? Is it for the cool factor? The increased power? For the reduced crosstalk? The separate power...
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    [review] NuForce uDac-3

      Some may accuse me of being a bit of a Nuforce fan, and to be fair I sort of am given the amount of their gear that I have owned and/or reviewed. I have enjoyed their products for many years, and their customer service has been excellent for me. That said, I don't give glowing reviews just...
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    [mini shootout] Desktop amping solutions for the HE-6: Nuforce Icon2, STA-100, and CEntrance DacMini PX

        It's no secret that those seeking to amp the HiFiMAN HE-6 will veer towards speaker amps. However, it seems the more recent trends have been moving towards beastly current driven 100W monstrosities. That's cool, I've got no problems with that. I've played around with my fair share of...
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    [ortho transplant] Fostex T50rp drivers into a Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

    They say idle hands are the devil's playthings...     Look what arrived the other day. Feature of note: variable bass vents! This should be interesting.      Why yes, I think I will...   blah blah blah, I didn't actually read any of it   hello my pretty, I will be...
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    [review] NuForce HP-800: "Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go round!"

    Nuforce HP-800   Spec table from nuforce.com     Packaging   The box for these headphones is really quite pretty. And big. Slide off the outer box and you'll find... another box! Open that one up and you'll find your headphones inside tied down to a plasticky shell. Underneath...
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    1-1-2-3-5... aka using the golden ratio to control my head-fi spending

    edit: Wow I was sure rambling there wasn't I? Note to self, do not try to write when hopped up on codeine. So anyhow, the TL;DR version, this is how I originally allocated my headfi spending:    1:2:3 - which are the relative ratios of money spent on dac/amp/headphone   After expanding...
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    Chrome tabbed browsing showing improper tabs

    So this has been happening about a week now.    Usually when I browse the forums I have one tab on whichever subforum I'm reading, then open up threads in new tabs. When I move to a new tab for the first time, it displays the wrong screen. Usually it displays a tab that I had previously...
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    mod: Monoporice 8323

    Plenty of talk of this little $30 wonder here... http://www.head-fi.org/t/569239/monoprice-hi-fi-dj-style-headphone-review   Generally considered a great value, particularly if you're looking for something bass heavy.   Here's my little mod experiment. This is a fairly standard treatment...
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    and this is why you can't trust those double blind shenanigans...

      source: http://amultiverse.com/2012/05/03/two-scoops-of-truth/
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    modded Urbanears Plattan - surprisingly competent and bass heavy

    So my friend borked the cable on his Urbanears Plattan and asked me to fix them. This necessitated recabling the entire thing, and I figured while I was in there I could have some fun.   I didn't take too many pics of the Plattan while I was in there, but enough to get the gist. They are...
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    #&%@ speed trap

    Okay, so I accept that it's my fault for not reacting to the signage quickly enough, but frak it these things are just blatant money makers for the city. I was driving down the street which is mostly an 80 kph limit, except for one short section that turns to 60 before the road ends that I...
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    [review/comparison] Beyerdynamic DT1350, T50p, Sennheiser HD25-1-ii, HD25-13-ii, Pioneer HDJ-2000, V-Moda M80, Aiaiai TMA-1

    I've decided to do a shootout amoung a number of popular cans: Sennheiser HD25-1-ii Sennheiser HD25-13-ii (600 ohm version of the above) Beyerdynamic DT1350 Beyerdynamic T50p Pioneer HDJ-2000 Pioneer HDJ-2000mod...
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    Pioneer HDJ-2000 bass boost/extension mod

    While I really like the HDJ-2000, comparing it with other DJ style cans you can notice a bass rolloff that starts off a little sooner than the others. When playing heavy bass sounds, I could feel vibrations emanating from the cup and into the first arm segment. Going by the age old audio mantra...
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    iBasso D-Zero: slim dac/amp

    Just when I was thinking that it's been a while since iBasso has released a new toy, it looks like we've got a new player in the ultraslim portables market...     http://ibasso.com/en/products/show.asp?ID=73   That's some very competitive pricing too. I look forward to hearing...
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    Bryston headphone buffer

    So I was randomly browsing about and wandering around the Bryston website and came across their schematics section. Lookee here at the B100SST, in the schematics zip file there's a headphone buffer. http://bryston.com/BrystonSite05/BrystonDocs.html#sstamp   I'm not well versed enough to...
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    [ortho transplant] Fostex T40v1 driver into Phiaton PS 500 (many pics)

    One of my amps blew and burned out (literally) the drivers on my Phiaton PS500. Later that week I happened upon a vintage pair of orthodynamic Fostex T40v1. Put two and two together (drivers that is) and you get the following experiment.     So here's the Fostex T40v1, pads removed.  ...
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    1 new message

    Lately headfi has been randomly telling me I have "1 New Message" when there isn't one, though at least I don't get the little popup window. More peculiar though is that there's no consistency to it. As I'm browsing, sometimes it says "1", othertimes "0". I can refresh a page and it will change...
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    [review/comparison] Phiaton showdown: MS 300 -vs- MS 400 -vs- PS 500

    Well after an angry adventure with UPS and customs, look at what I've got sitting in front of me...     Gorgeous packaging: MS 300 & PS 500   side by side: MS 300, PS 500 (note the huge size difference)   side by side (front view): PS 500, MS 300   side by side: PS...
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    [easy mod] a shiny red PX100

    Well we all know what the Sennheiser PX100 looks like...   I tentatively had it up on the forums for trade until I decided that it would make a good birthday gift for the gf. She's always teased me that they never make red headphones, so therefore...       This was the easy part...
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    [review/comparison] Shure SRH 840, Audio Technica ATH-M50, M-Audio Studiophile Q40, Pioneer HDJ-2000

    I've owned these three studio/dj cans and have taken various notes, so I thought I'd share my impressions with you guys. There are plenty of threads on the 840s vs M50s, but not too many that compare the Q40s against them.   I'm going to write some more later, but for now I'm just going to...
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    [Review] Ortofon HD-Q7

    This little powerhouse is almost unheard of here on headfi, which is a shame. Reviews online are practically nil*, and to the best of my knowledge ALO Audio is the only distributor in North America. edit: Headfonia posted a review a couple weeks ago: http://www.headfonia.com/ortofon-hd-q7/  ...
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    review: Phiaton MS 400

    Phiaton MS 400 (Moderna Series)   from http://www.phiaton.com/           Construction and Appearance My initial impression upon taking them out of the box was "meh, plastic", but within seconds of handling these headphones you'll realize the quality of construction...
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    review: Focusrite Saffire 6 USB

    So this here was what I finally settled on after searching for a usb sound card with dual (4 channel) or more outputs and balanced connectors. Details and specs here: Saffire 6 USB Audio Interfaces The parts that would mainly interest us (the outputs): Quote: Analogue Audio Outputs 1-2...
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