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  1. pennylane

    HiFiman HE-500 (HE as in High End) Proving to be an enjoyable experience in listening.

    I'm sorry, this is a long thread to wade through. What are the "easy" aftermarket things I can do to the HE-500's besides changing the cable? What are good ear pad I can get and where can I get them? Is removing the foam thingie on the inside something that people do? Thanks
  2. pennylane

    Headphone amp with balance control (left/right) for less than $750 USD

    I have a slight hearing imbalance that is a little frequency dependent. For example, centering male vocals vs female vocals can have a slightly different balance setting. I usually just adjust things in software/at the source, but having a knob would make that a lot easier. However, it seems...
  3. pennylane

    Cayin N3 Hi-Res DAP with AKM4490 DAC, apt-X Bluetooth, and Line, USB & Coax Out for $150

    Where did you get the custom 2.0 firmware? Is there a thread somewhere on this site?
  4. pennylane

    Cayin N3 Hi-Res DAP with AKM4490 DAC, apt-X Bluetooth, and Line, USB & Coax Out for $150

    I have a couple noob questions... thanks 1) Is there a trick to powering the thing up? Sometimes it powers up easily, sometimes I can't figure out how long to hold the power button to power itu p. 2) What kind of USB cable does it use? I'd like to get a spare one.
  5. pennylane

    Cayin N3 Hi-Res DAP with AKM4490 DAC, apt-X Bluetooth, and Line, USB & Coax Out for $150

    I just got this player and I really like it. I think the only thing I wish it had was a way to swap the physical volume buttons with the touch menu buttons. I'd much rather use the volume buttons as menu buttons and the menu buttons as volume, as I'm using the lineout primarily. I seem to...
  6. pennylane

    Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide: (1/10/2022: Koss KPH40 Utility Review Added)

    Is there a consensus on which ModMic is "better"?  Omnidirectional or unidirectional.  It seems like unidirectional would reduce echoes and whatever.   Also, what are people's experiences with dealing with the extra cable from using a ModMic?  I have a couple headphones that I'd like to use as...
  7. pennylane

    Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide: (1/10/2022: Koss KPH40 Utility Review Added)

    Besides PS4-specific headsets with USB dongles/base stations, are there any options for using a headset + mic on a PS4 WITHOUT plugging into the PS4 controller?  I mainly play Street Fighter and I have a custom controller that doesn't have the 3.5mm plug.  It seems like I'd have to get the...
  8. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    Does 3.34 not play mono mp3's?  I have audiobooks that aren't playing back properly when they were before.  I think they play because the play timer ticks properly, but the mono channel is not routed to both stereo channels and instead goes... nowhere.  Is this happening to anyone else?
  9. pennylane

    FiiO E17 "ALPEN" - First Impression + Final Thought

    Is there a consensus on the quality of the bass/treble controls on the E17?   Also, does anybody intentionally double-amp?  I've posted in this thread before, but I've been using the E17 as a sort of DAC, but I'm using its amp because it has convenient adjustments for L/R balanc (basically, I...
  10. pennylane

    FiiO E17 "ALPEN" - First Impression + Final Thought

    Thanks.  Are the different gain settings just a change in power drain mostly?
  11. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    Same.  I haven't run into any issues with fw 3.2 beta.  I'm still waiting for the album art un-cropping fix and playlist support, though.  And replaygain would be nice.
  12. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    I finally tried 3.21b and gapless playback doesn't work like it's supposed to =(   I was listening to live recording MP3 encoded with lame at V1 or V0   EDIT: I tried 3.2 and had no issues with gapless playback there (with the same files).
  13. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    Hello thanks.  I have gapless on, playing album through consecutively.  I'm browsing by folder structure and not by tag   I can dig out the command line I used tomorrow.
  14. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    I apologize in advance for asking a (probable) repeat question, but has FiiO said anything about going back to the old album art display format (scaling to 240x240 and displaying that to fit the screen) instead of the "zoomed in" format that is in FW 3.0?
  15. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    Can I also sign up for the beta?  How do I sign up?
  16. pennylane

    The Official Beyerdynamic T1 Impressions and Discussion Thread

    Late reply but I also have big-ish ears and I have had headphones where my ears brush against the foam that covers the drivers and it's been super irritating.  I haven't had that issue with the T1.  The T1 has been nice and comfy.
  17. pennylane

    The Official Beyerdynamic T1 Impressions and Discussion Thread

    Hello, I am a new T1 owner thanks to the Buy Dig sale.  I am enjoying them nicely, but I hear squeaking out of the left ear cup if I rotate my head or move my jaw a certain way.  I searched the internet and found this review for the Beyer DT770:  ...
  18. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

      What is normal-sized?  I have all my files tagged properly (as best as I can determine) and I ran into freezing issues so I disabled gapless.  I did decide to embed album art with mp3tag to my files.
  19. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

      Sorry to hear that.  I have a Sandisk that is recognized okay.
  20. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    Have you manually updated the library?  It's in "System Settings -> Update Lib"
  21. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

    undersys, vic2vic, and tjw321,   I've experienced the same issues with gapless set to on.  What format was the music in?  Were you playing using "browse files" mode or "category" mode?   My settings were: gapless ON, AAC (M4A, TVBR encoded with  QAAC), and playing under "browse files" mode.
  22. pennylane

    Reply to some bugs of X3’s new firmware and new function suggestions from our end-users!

    AHH thank you.  I've kept the silicone cover on it since day 1 and never realized it was there.
  23. pennylane

    The Fiio X3 Thread.

      People responded poorly to you because not everybody uses the X3 the way you told them to.     MP3 playback is important because:   -The X3 is a high quality portable audio device.  It has great hardware and it should decode all its supported formats correctly.  Just because it can decode...
  24. pennylane

    Reply to some bugs of X3’s new firmware and new function suggestions from our end-users!

    I've been getting random freezes that I haven't been able to pin point the source of.  The best I can guess is that the X3 does not like it when I press a button around the same time a track is ending/a new track is beginning.  The X3 freezes and becomes unresponsive for several minutes.  After...
  25. pennylane

    SansaClip+ Rockbox Impressions thread

    So just how good does a Rockboxed SansClip+ sound on an absolute scale?  Not on a "this is amazing for $40" scale.  I'm getting a bit exasperated with the Fiio X3's mp3 playback issues and also want to use rockbox's database customization.  Is it really "this is great, period" good?  Or is it...
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