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  1. kevnin

    Best Gear Under $500

    I think it's great to focus on lower priced, high bang-for-the-buck gear, but it makes more sense to consider the overall system budget rather than arbitrarily setting an equal $ limit per component. For example, if you are willing to spend up to $500/component then you are willing to spend up...
  2. kevnin

    Ampsandsound Kenzie/Mogwai Impressions

    I ordered a Kenzie at the show in Newport and have had it for a few months now. It's a great amp with HD800 and I feel its a nice step up from my Mjolnir2 and Sonett.    Some background: I went to Canjam partly to try a bunch of higher end amps with my HD800 and came away mostly disappointed...
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    Im about to spend around 2000 dollars on headphones need help

    Agree you should try to audition if at all possible. There is so much I've read about headphones that I've found to be just not true for me after listening.   It's hard for me to recommend any Audeze. The 2's are too dark to be a primary headphone, the X's are just not that great (loose bass...
  4. kevnin

    First pair of open back headphones under $350 (coming from DT770 80Ohms)

      Yes, you would plug the headphones into the amp and the amp into the line-out port of the PC. The reason I suggest this is there's a pretty good chance the dac in your sound card isn't much worse than a $100 dac, but you really need an amp that can properly handle the high-impedance...
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    First pair of open back headphones under $350 (coming from DT770 80Ohms)

    Agree with the HD600 or HD650 recommendation. These are excellent sounding headphones, former TOTL models, and are known to scale up exceptionally well if you decide to upgrade the rest of your chain later.    Disagree about Fiio though. I used to have a Fiio E17, tried it with an HD650 and it...
  6. kevnin

    Questyle QP1

    @moedawg140 , have you or anyone else found more explanation for the not being able to play music issue?   I just received a new Q1PR and cannot get it to output sound no matter what I do. I tried a bunch of resets, internal and external memory, and downgrading fw from 1.04 to 1.02. With 1.04...
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    Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings

      Have you or anyone else with this issue found a resolution? I just received a new Q1PR and cannot get it to output sound no matter what I do. I tried a bunch of resets, internal and external memory, and downgrading fw from 1.04 to 1.02. With 1.04 it was also crashing every few minutes. No...
  8. kevnin

    Been away awhile, Looking for Bedside End Game

    Given this is for the bedroom I think the first thing you should decide is if you need closed or not. Based on "the less than tolerant wife trying to sleep beside me" it sounds like you probably do.   The TH900 leakage is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Sure it probably leaks more...
  9. kevnin

    Best sounding DAC/Amp under 600$?

    ^ This   I used Modi 1 -> Asgard2 with my TH900 for a year and was very happy with it. The modi is thin on bass compared to the Gungnir multibit I upgraded to, but it didn't matter as TH900 has plenty of bass anyway.   The Bifrost is a great choice as you can get it upgraded later to multibit. 
  10. kevnin

    4th Annual San Diego Head-Fi Meet: Saturday, November 7th, 2015

      Sure I'll bring the gear. Darin, can I still get table space (w/2 chairs please)?   Edit: Does anyone care about my TH900? If not I'll just leave it at home.  Also FYI my HD800 is Anax 2.0-modded.
  11. kevnin

    Schiit Mjolnir 2 Listening Impressions

    Great, an adapter to allow even more tubes to try. Don't tempt me, I'm trying not to get sucked too far down the rabbit hole...     Edit: Actually it's not clear to me if this allows the use of any 5670 tube or only the ones that come with it.
  12. kevnin

    Schiit Mjolnir 2 Listening Impressions

      Yeah I hear you. In general I would happily pay a little more from a reputable dealer, but for the ones I wanted the cheapest I found was $350/pair. Although I see that tube world has used singles for $99 each (thanks for that mention, I hadn't seen tube world).    One thing for ebay is I...
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  14. kevnin

    6922 Tube Review - 17 Top 6922 6N23P E88CC CCa 7308 E188CC tubes

    Hi  - new mjolnir 2 owner here and new to tube rolling. This thread is a great resource. Only problem is I can't seem to find anywhere to buy the ones listed in the review!   Would "Philips Miniwatt SQ E88CC / 6922 Gold Pin, Holland" be about the same as the miniwatts listed, or does the fact...
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