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  1. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Munitio PRO40 High-Performance Headphones'

    @fearafter I would call them a decent buy at $115. Still, you can find a used M50 around there which would be superior.
  2. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'Noontec Hammo S Over Ear Headphone Audiophile Sound Stylish Looking Votrik 50mm Driver SCCB technology High Definition Portable Foldable Comfortable ('

    Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/771679/   Here are my closing thoughts from my review:
  3. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'OPPO PM-3'

    Mini review of the Oppo PM-3   Build quality is very nice, and unless you look really close you wouldn't even notice the difference from the PM-1/2. The pads are different though, and not nearly as nice or comfortable as the PM-1. They're good pads, but the PM-1 pads are extra comfy and real...
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'NuPrime uDSD Hi-resolution USB-powered Portable DAC (PCM 384, DSD 256) & Headphone Amp'

    See here for my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/765642/   TL/DR: A clear step up from the uDAC-3, and is equal in price with the trade-in program. A very neutral sound from all outputs, enough power for most headphones, all while maintaining a small form factor.
  5. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    Thanks @zilch0md. I've clarified the input chain a bit above, but haven't expanded as much since this is just a "micro" review (it seems to have generated the most buzz/backlash so far of any review I've done though =P)
  6. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    @aqsw Hey man, I appreciate the loans =P If you'll note the comment just above yours, I did try several other headphones aside from the HE-6. To be fair, I liked the HA-1 more than your old Lyr1, and that Bifrost was ok it simply didn't mesh with me. Oh and of the few LCD2.2's I've heard (which...
  7. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    @achristilaw I did also listen with an HD598, HD25, T50rp, V-Moda XS, Gramo One, and GR07, plus whatever else I had on hand. Considering that covers an open and closed planar, an open and closed dynamic, one earbud and one iem, I feel I did my due diligence sampling a reasonable range of...
  8. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    @heathdwatts: For a while I was using a dac with both analog and coax outputs, so I could switch instantaneously, volume matched between them. The differences were noticeable and the coax input was "brighter". I also ran preamp outputs into a different amp in a few different configs (both...
  9. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    Micro review of the Oppo HA-1:   rankings (because the bars to the side for some reason are not representative of the rank I gave) audio quality: 2/5 design: 4/5 quality: 3.5/5 value: 2.5/5   - build quality is great - nice pot, motorized, smooth and solid feel - user interface is...
  10. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'Celsus Sound Gramo One Reference-grade Open-back In-ear Headphone'

    Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/761288/review-celsus-sound-gramo-one-a-fantastic-open-backed-earbud   These were my closing thoughts:
  11. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'OPPO PM-1'

        I was part of the Canadian leg of the Oppo PM-1 loaner program. For reference, my primary rig is my modded HE-6 (significantly “darker” than stock): regrilled, removed rear and front foams, J$ leather pads with additional front damping, modified “fuzzor”. Amping is from a pair of Nuforce...
  12. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP'

    Buid/Usage/Etc   Overall build seems quite nice. It has a solid metal feel in your hand and there's some heft to it (good or bad, depending how you feel about weight). Edges are all clean, and there's no looseness. Buttons are firm and responsive. The only thing I don't like is the wheel...
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'HiFiMAN HE-560'

        Presentation   That's a lovely box it comes in. I'm not being snarky at all; it really is nice. Totally for presentation though, not for transport/portability.     Construction   The headband of the new Hifiman models is a great improvement over the old ones. The suspension design...
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    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    And that woman's now your wife right? ;)
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    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Oppo HA-1 Integrated Headphone DAC and Amplifier.'

    Did you know there's an entire site dedicated to reviewing gear by the feel of their knobs?...
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'Wadia 121 Decoding Computer Digital to Analog Converter'

    Just some brief notes and impressions since no one else has put one up yet.   Nice compact form. The little rubber cone feet are useless though and start wearing out. Surprisingly lightweight (the power supply is in the "wall wart" as far as I can tell and provides the multiple voltages...
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'HA-200 High Performance, Single Ended, Class-A Headphone Amplifier (Black)'

    Here is the link to my full review: http://www.head-fi.org/t/724153/review-nuforce-ha-200-affordable-class-a-monoblocks   Earlier thread and discussion: http://www.head-fi.org/t/691255/nuforce-ha-200-high-performance-single-ended-class-a-headphone-amplifier     This is the summary from my...
  18. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'Sennheiser Amperior On-Ear Headphones'

    Just a point form review... really just notes for myself comparing vs the HD25-1-ii. If you want something with more sonic impressions, read any other Amperior or HD25 review below or the excellent one over at InnerFidelity.   pads: Amperior has this supple pleathery material which is way...
  19. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'ASUS Essence III'

    Still... it's something they really should have done their research on. If front panel space were a concern, ten minutes researching other headphone amps would have shown the 4-pin XLRs coming into prominence. Or if they went with the dual XLR(f), they probably could have just made the case a...
  20. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'ASUS Essence III'

    "Technically" those mini-xlrs have the correct orientation. In pro audio usage, the male ends point in the direction that your signal goes. Mics/mixers/processors point to amp, amp points to speakers. It would make more "sense" for headphone cables terminated in XLRs to have the female connectors.
  21. Armaegis

    Reply to review by 'armaegis' on item 'Munitio PRO40 High-Performance Headphones'

    The Amazon prices have come down lately. I think it's a decent buy at $178.
  22. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'NuForce Icon uDAC-3 - High-Resolution USB Digital Audio Converter (DAC) - Silver'

    Full review and images here... http://www.head-fi.org/t/693047/
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'NuForce HAP-100 High Performance Preamp and Headphone Amplifier (Black)'

    Full review here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/659934/review-nuforce-hap-100
  24. Armaegis

    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'NuForce NE770X Carbon In-ear Headphones'

      For a comparison of the NE-600X vs 700X vs 770X, see here:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/623137/review-comparison-nuforce-iems-ne-600x-ne-700x-ne-770x   quick summary: - bass sloped sound - tiny fit - great clarity/detail - fantastic sound for $35 and easily the top choice between...
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    Review by 'Armaegis' on item 'NuForce NE-700X'

      My full review/comparison of the NE-600X vs 700X vs 770X... http://www.head-fi.org/t/623137/review-comparison-nuforce-iems-ne-600x-ne-700x-ne-770x   Quick summary: - U shaped sound - tiny fit - decent sound, but really the 770X is the better choice at half the price
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