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    Vintage/Current R2R DAC Owners Discussion, Insight, and Review Thread

    I recently did a 2 month comparison between the Geek Pulse Xfi, Lynx Hilo, Audio Note 2.1 Rev B and a Wyred for Sound uDac through my BHSE and Stax SR-007 Mk I. I think DAC differences are very subtle and it was difficult to tell one from the other but at the end of the day I preferred the Audio...
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    Geek Pulse: Geek desktop DAC/AMP by Light Harmonics

    I received my Geek Pulse Xfi on May 1st and have been evaluating it since comparing to a Audio Note 2.1 DAC and a Lynx Hilo. The headphones were mainly Hifiman HE-6 through an Audio Note HE-6 amp and Stax 007 through a BHSE. First off my buying experience during the kickstarter campaign was a...
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    Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners

    Quote:   My Pioneer A-27 Integrated that I had Hamad from Amplifier Surgeries rebuild and the HE-6 are a special combo as well. I'm very happy with this setup.  
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

      Hopefully this will drive the HE-6 nicely. I'll have it by the end of next week.
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    Quote:   I owned a Atma Sphere S-30 MK II for over a year and for a time it was my preferred setup for the HE-6. I used a Audio Research LS26 preamp and DAC7 to feed the Atma Sphere. This combo was very fast and detailed and brought out the best of what the HE-6 does. I decided to scale...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Quote:   The pins are rough and unfinished which may have accounted for me pulling a little harder on the base when removing the tube and the center pin snapped off. A little unexpected from a $399.00 quad of tubes.
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    I received my Taboo III a few weeks ago and still playing around to figure out if I like this or not. I like the new lucid mode but am noticing hum when it is turned on through my LCD-2 REV1.
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    Someone in this thread stated the Decware Taboo really didn't drive the HE6 well. What do people think about the new Taboo Mk. III? The blurb on Decware's site indicates it will drive the LCD-2 "and other planars".
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    Lynx Hilo - new offering from Pro Audio company.

    Quote:   I received mine a couple weeks ago. Replaced a Metric Halo ULN-2 and an Audio Research DAC7. I had both the Hilo and the new Benchmark DAC2 to compare and kept the Lynx only because it had the ADC for vinyl ripping. I have a hard time determining differences between DACs when I...
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    Audeze LCD-3 and $1K amp or Audeze LCD-2 and $2K, where is the sweet spot?

    Quote:   I found this to be true as well with my LCD-2 Rev. 1.
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    Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones

    I've tried many amps with the HE-6 including a Eddie Current Balancing Act, Conrad Johnson Premier 11a Amp, Headroom Portable Desktop Amp, Nakamichi TA-4A Receiver, Threshold S/200 Amp and Emotiva XDA-2 Amp. My favorite 2 amps are a Pioneer M-22 that I had rebuilt by Amplifier Surgery and a...
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    REVIEW AND COMPARISON: Eddie Current Balancing Act and SUPER 7

    Quote:   I bought a BA from Craig in June of 2010 with the PX4/300B setup and a RK50 volume pot. When I first received it the volume control was messed up and I had a bad hum on one channel. I sent it back to Craig and he repaired it stating that a wire had come loose. In June of this...
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    Best Technique for transferring vinyl recordings to FLAC files on PC

    I do what most of you mentioned but use different equipment. I clean records with a VPI 16.5 and play on a Project RM 10.1 turntable with a Shelter 501 II cartridge. From there they go to a Seta Nano phono pre which supplies the correct loading for the Shelter cartridge. It connects via XLR to a...
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    Headamp Blue Hawaii Special Edition

    Quote: In MY listening tests I have found this not to be true for digital sources. I have tried the following DAC's in my BHSE/O2 system:   Modwright Transporter Metric Halo ULN2 Audio-gd Reference 7 Audio Research DAC7   I really could not tell the difference between any of...
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    MDR-Z1000 new Sony flagship headphones

    Quote: It was more than just the cable. Although a good dual 3-pin XLR to 1/4" headphone adapter from Moon Audio isn't real cheap (unless I made one). I also worried some about repair since the CD3000 replacement drivers are unavailable.   Has anyone received a pair through...
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    Rank the Headphones that You Own.

    1. Stax Omega II MK I out of BHSE 2. Senn HE 60 out of BHSE 3. Stax 4070 out of BHSE 4. Audeze LCD-2 out of Pioneer M22 4. HiFiMan HE-6 out of Pioneer M22 (still evaluating which I prefer) 5. Senn HD800 out of Fisher 400 6. Sony MDR-Z1000 out of Fisher 400 7. AT ESW10 out of...
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    Audio-gd Reference 7 Loaner Program (USA)

    Quote: I'm not sure I agree with inferior sources being the cause for the lack of differences I heard. I think the Logitech Transporter is a high end source plus I also tried a Marantz DV9600 DVD player with CD's via coax and vinyl played at 24/96 through the Metric Halo to the REF 7...
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    Audio-gd Reference 7 Loaner Program (USA)

    I've moved the REF 7 from my speaker system to the headphone rack. My conclusion after listening to the REF 7 for a week in my speaker system is that the REF 7 is indeed an improvement over the Emotiva XDA-1 and the RCA output of the Logitech Touch. It was a little hard to gauge the difference...
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    HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone

    I received my HE-6 on Monday. I ordered January 15th to take advantage of the promo pricing. When installing the cables I swear I looked all over the cups for a R vs. L indication and didn't see any. I just winged it and connected them the way I thought was most comfortable. Today I noticed the...
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    For those which have heard both is there a clear winner? HE-6 / LCD 2

    I went to the Chicago meet just to determine if the HE-6 was as good or better than the LCD-2. I think that they both are very good headphones and wouldn't mind owning either one.   TheWuss summed up my impressions perfectly in post #14.
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    Balancing Act Tube Rolling

    Quote: I agree that the KR PX4 is better than the Sophia.   I'm not sure if it's a direct replacement. Craig indicated he was testing it and it was promising.   I have a single Tung Sol 6SN7 Black Plate that I'm saving. In my listening tests I could not tell the difference...
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    Balancing Act Tube Rolling

    I did some comparisons between the KR PX4 and the Sophia PX4 on the BA. I've been listening exclusively to the Sophias for a few months prior to getting the KR's so I have a pretty good feel for how they sound. I immediately noticed a difference when I put the KR's in. The sound seemed a little...
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    Balancing Act Tube Rolling

    Craig FINALLY shipped my KR PX4 tubes yesterday after I purchased them with my BA in June. I've been using the Sophia PX4 pretty much exclusively since I got the amp so I'll be able to compare the KR and Sophia next week.