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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    Oh, i completely missed that. While people called dongle is god sent for smartphone, portability and all. One of the main use of my Dongle is for my laptops. as someone who have semi mobile jobs which unable to carry desktop or bigger desk dac. Audio dongle is god sent for our entertainment on...
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    The discovery thread!

    After over a year jumping from budget iem to another budget iem, DQ6, CST, Tanya, ZEXPro, Aria. I decided to dust off my only $100+ iem, the ol TFZ King Pro. It kinda crumble after over a year of beater duty, the iem cap pops out, the 2pin cracked. Well, i think the regluing have dried. I...
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    Hoo. Also, yeah in dongle madness Moondrop river2 got 4.5 out of 5 despite sounds as good if not better than xduoo link2 bal, partly because inefficient amp or circuitry that draw fairly more power than xduoo link2 bal and its peers. I guess moondrop misses that sweetspot. Which i wonder how...
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    The discovery thread!

    yeah, my office occasional import stuff from china and now we have precaution if you want to import from china, as lock down will affect supplychain lines.
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    So, in $400 you could get ifi xDSD or splurge for that gold bar edition $600 money you could get ifi Gryphon. Either you get these Or these, --- I understand size priority is very much a thing but yeah. these are not "technically portable" like Xduoo XD05 series. Oh also, Possibly i...
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    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    CRA+, EDA Balanced, OVA (+RoseTechnic QT7MK3) which all in my short list on "want to buy" now. Due to the situation in china, Import to my place is a bit discouraged right now, yet somehow SG-1 OVA appears in normal price in local online story in my place. compared to CRA or CRA+ how is OVA...
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    The discovery thread!

    Would you mind to have T1Max vs SG1OVA vs CRA+ comparison? It'll be a good fight, Chu might be able to fight there even tough its half the price and unfortunately have fix cable.
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    So far the review state the sound is very good, flat, neutral and fairy sharp. it just a bit power hungry compared to its peer. https://andyaudiovault.com/moondrop-moon-river-2/ ---- At this point, it felt that Link 2 Bal review is not released yet out of spite :sob: Shanling UA5 is a bit...
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    CCA in ear monitors Impressions Thread

    How's the bass and vocal positioning? The old CRA have the two fight for the same spot.
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    Qudelix 5K [Dual DAC ES9218p, QCC5124 Bluetooth chipset, 3.5mm+2.5mm] "older DAC chip", no MQA, but have hardware parametric EQ Fiio BTR5 (2021) [Dual DAC ES9219C, CSR8675 Bluetooth chipset, 3.5mm+2.5mm] Updated new chip with MQA, "lesser" bluetooth chipset, have tiny screen that surprisingly...
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    The discovery thread!

    KZ EDA - Balanced. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004269688816.html?pdp_npi=2@dis!USD!US $33.04!US $19.82!!!!!@2132a25716524845667232460e5838!!sh&spm=a2g0o.store_pc_home.productList_2911412.pic_0 Described as a more technical VK4 (well, most iems are more technical than VK4 but...)...
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    USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

    Brain burn-in maybe. Its considered to be close to Zen Air, so possibly its the warmer smoothening/analogue of the treble and vocals that irks you. if i recalled it right, Nympho have similar impression and consider the more colder, sharper and detailed Tempotec to be better. I would suggest to...
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Don't worry as we type apparently we both missed EDX Ultra+MAX If i recalled it right EDS appear along side of EDC both side grade for EDX and not quite EDX Pro level. I don't quite remember why but there are the $20~30 KZ that is more focused by reviewer here instead of EDS and EDC, the...
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    The discovery thread!

    I imagine ever new iteration they will add pi number. Orchid BD-r3.14 successor, the Orchid BD-r3.141, and its further succesor Orchid BD-r3.1415 two year later well got Orchid BD-r3.14159265359
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    Knowledge Zenith (KZ) impressions thread

    Right now the attention is on EDX Ultra, the even newer one.
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    BEST BUDGET EARPHONES THREAD- Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing+PERSONAL RANKING LIST

    I'm trying to find good textured deep bass, with good weighty low male vocals for rock music to be paired with my more of pop music Aria Reecho SG1 OVA seems to be the one but Sonion at $100 makes me curious. I'm currently trying to find info on Rose, but if its a good old chifi company...
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    BEST BUDGET EARPHONES THREAD- Chi-fi, Obscure brands and impressions sharing+PERSONAL RANKING LIST

    How much you pay for CRA? its a $15 iem. hell, i bought it for $14. is it super awesome? for the most part prefer ZEX Pro for its better imaging and layering, but zexpro treble flaw annoys me. And i'm interested in that other $15 that is much better than in details in that price range. I'm...
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    The discovery thread!

    Btw is it a too much of leap of faith to buy $100 unreviewed Rose QT70MK3 just because of the sonion driver?
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    Moondrop in-ear monitors Impressions Thread

    I got a quite recent secondhand Aria (4 month old) for $50. $70 is a bit much for Chu unless they change it with really expensive cable.
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    The discovery thread!

    Not MMCX but another cylindrical connector ATH A2DC, it ate the og cable in half a year and proceed to eat another 2 in around a year. (another 1 broken in mic connection, not A2DC issue). the port in my ath-e40 still fine but not sure why the cable is brittle. Didn't have such problem with...
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    The discovery thread!

    do you have Trip Mele? i think great bass, thick mids, and $50 price is right on Mele target design. And i've been looking for Tanya upgrade. I bought Aria after Tanya but Aria is not exactly in the same tuning focus with Tanya, especially for male vocal rock music. hopefully this is the one...
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    [FiiO BTR5/FiiO BTR5 2021] Flagship Portable High-Fidelity Bluetooth Amplifier, Bluetooth chip CSR8675, support up to 384kHz&DSD256 native

    Right on time i'm planning to buy Xduoo Link2Bal to replace my DFRed... Hows the power output on 3.5mm and 4.4mm? the old 3.5mm barely able to make sound for HE400SE (which is a bit heavy)
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    Low end. Cheap. Generic. Otherwise bang for buck cable thread!

    Per advice from older Headfier, When i ask her/him on "what should i upgrade? IEM, tips, cable, dac?" His answer is simply, "start from the closest to your ear and then your work way away from it."
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