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  1. jeffhawke

    Questyle CMA Fifteen — Official Thread

    I hear you, however I personally don't feel the need for a balanced input, as I connect my sources digitally and I find the Questyle DAC section very good. On my main system I have separates (DAC+headphone amp-preamp+power amp), but on my desktop, DAC/headphone amp all-in-one is more convenient...
  2. jeffhawke

    Questyle CMA Fifteen — Official Thread

    I have tested the CMA Fifteen for almost 2 weeks (I still have to finish writing my review, I know...) as a headphone amp as well as a preamp connected to my desktop power amp Audio-gd Precision 3. As with headphones, the qualities that rally make the CMA Fifteen stand out among the competition...
  3. jeffhawke

    Comment by 'jeffhawke' in item 'iFi audio Pro iDSD Signature'

    Nice. How about an SSD drive? Thanks
  4. jeffhawke

    Cayin RU6: R-2R USB Dongle DAC with Head-Amp

    Yes, I only detach the dongle from the laptop when I'm ready to use it, and attach it to my dedicated streaming phone (LG V30+) immediately. Let us know if it works for you also.
  5. jeffhawke

    Cayin RU6: R-2R USB Dongle DAC with Head-Amp

    More then the hours you put on it, what matters more is the time you warm it up before using it. See my reply to @econaut in the post above this one
  6. jeffhawke

    Cayin RU6: R-2R USB Dongle DAC with Head-Amp

    Do you warm up your RU6 before using it? Like all R2R DACs, it needs a certain amount of time for the resistors to warm up properly, you can feel it to the touch also when it's warm. In order not to drain the battery of my phone when not playing, I keep it connected to my laptop when not...
  7. jeffhawke

    ORA GrapheneQ - The world's first Graphene driver headphone

    Considering the reasonable cost, I would like to give the GrapheneQ a try, but it is not clear when they would actually become available. Any insight, anyone? Thanks
  8. jeffhawke

    Dan Clark Audio Stealth Review, Interview, Measurements

    Excellent presentation Jude, thank you! I’m really impressed by the AMTS technology, an out-of-the-box approach to achieve what you very appropriately defined as an “asymptotic goal”.
  9. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Nice stuff! Impressions?
  10. jeffhawke

    Reply to review by 'jeffhawke' on item 'Etymotic EVO'

    I’m impressed by your DAC/amp dongle collection. I was wondering if you had tried out the L&P W2, as I didn’t see it the pic, and if so, what is your take on it vs the Ovidius B1. Thanks!
  11. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    To me, the ugliest is the Abyss, by far. Looks like a portable electric chair.
  12. jeffhawke

    Luxury & Precision (LP) Portable USB DAC/AMP W1 and W2 (The new W2-131 Version is Available, Related Info on Post #1)

    I have noticed the market being flooded with DAC/amp dongles in the recent months and even weeks. The W2 is certainly the main contender for the top spot in an ideal ranking. What are in the opinion of the followers of this thread the other challengers, in terms of overall performance/sound?
  13. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Excellent consideration
  14. jeffhawke

    Luxury & Precision (LP) Portable USB DAC/AMP W1 and W2 (The new W2-131 Version is Available, Related Info on Post #1)

    I'm considering the W2 mainly for mobile streaming, using my LG V30 as a source, while I will keep using my LPGT as a mobile source to play my library.
  15. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    That's more up to the recording setup than the audio chain, I believe.
  16. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Actually, it makes a lot of sense. It's the old Alan Parson's distinction between the musicophile and the audiophile (which I totally share, btw)
  17. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Thank you, very clear, well written and exhaustive impressions!
  18. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    Hi, I would be very curious to have your impressions as I am considering adding an end-game headphone to my small line-up, and I am toying between Abyss AB 1266 and a Spirit Valkyria, which I have not been able to audition yet. I may soon though. as there is a reseller in Zurich who has one...
  19. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    It's actually a little UNDER 10k, but then you have to add (in Italy) 22% VAT....
  20. jeffhawke

    Spirit Torino Valkyria

    That includes VAT, which in Italy is 22%
  21. jeffhawke

    Unique Melody Newest Flagship-- Mason Fabled Sound Special Edition/Mason Fusang CIEM&UIEM

    I'm frankly wondering what can possibly justify a price 3 and a half times more than the MEST Mk2. Either the MEST Mk2 is a lousy iem, compared to the Mason FS, or the FS is serious ripoff. Since, from the reviews that I read and from reliable audiophiles whom I personally know the MEST Mk2...
  22. jeffhawke

    Luxury & Precision (LP) Portable USB DAC/AMP W1 and W2 (The new W2-131 Version is Available, Related Info on Post #1)

    Unfortunately my V30 is a Euro version, with built-in volume limitations. I have not found an effective way to bypass the limitations so far, except by using an external amp. Using iFi xCAN atm, connected to HO. Works nice, just a bit bulky.
  23. jeffhawke

    Luxury & Precision (LP) Portable USB DAC/AMP W1 and W2 (The new W2-131 Version is Available, Related Info on Post #1)

    The amp. If I could find a good balanced amp with a similar form factor as S1/W1/W2 I’d go for it.
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