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  1. diver110

    Iems v. Headphones Dollar for Dollar

    I finally got around to comparing the M9s with my Focal Xlears. In some ways, it was two different listening experiences. The M9s felt more "intimate." The Xlears may have been a tad more dynamic, but also more recessed. The M9s did a better job with voice. On the whole, I would give the...
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    Checked out Sony M4 Earbuds Great Noise Cancelling

    I recently bought the earbuds to check out and yesterday flew with them. The noise cancelling was truly excellent. I felt no need to use my headphones. But after about two hours the earbuds got uncomfortable to wear. I switched to my wired Sony iers and found them much more comfortable and...
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    Iems v. Headphones Dollar for Dollar

    Thanks. Very helpful response, though I do not currently intend to break the 1K barrier. That said, the new closed back Focals are tempting at 3x the price and maybe 20% (?) better sound. I have the Focal Elears, but they are one coast, and I am on another.
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    SONY IER-Z1R

    This is one example of many endless threads on this site. Name another forum with threads this long. I find this approach unwieldy. I did a search for an issue of interest and got a thread that was years old and mostly outdated. If this system works for you, power to you.
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    SONY IER-Z1R

    I do not recall being on another forum where threads were allowed to go on indefinitely. This thread has 769 posts over several years. Makes the threads in some ways useless. How many people care about gear someone bought years ago? At the same time, it gets in the way of finding info one...
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Well, I got the new OTG cable, tried it both ways with the Hugo 2, still did not work. (Unlike the cable that came with the Hugo 2, the male plug went all the way in.) The Hugo 2 works fine with other sources, so I assume it is not the problem, though I plan to check in with Chord just in...
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Oh. While it updated when I initially set it up (or at least said it did), in fact it is running 1.10. How do I update it?
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    I don’t understand the question. Both the SR 15 and Hugo are running whatever software they came with.
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Well. the plot has thickened a bit. I have tried to get this to work any number of times. I even took it into the dealer for the Hugo, who also is a dealer for AK (Grammaphone), and the dealer could not get it to work. The External USB icon (which I called a button in my post) did not come...
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    I have tried to connect the SR 15 to my Chord Hugo 2. I have used different connecting cables, but cannot get the SR 15 to play through the Hugo. I have repeatedly try to press the "External Dac" button, but it does not react. Does that mean that my SR 15 is defective? I also sent this...
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Cj3, where did you get the cable to connect with the Mojo?
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Planars and DAPs definitely don’t go together. I just got my SR and have been listening with my travel headphones, Sony WH-1000XM3. So far, very nice sound. You can connect the SR 15 to an external DAC. People love the Chord Mojo, which is not crazy expensive and very portable.
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone. Though buying it through Amazon, as I did, makes a potential return easier—that is worth something...
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    Astell & Kern SR15: A&norma Impressions & Reviews

    Guten Tag. Did you ever compare the sound of the iPhone with the AK. I think the sound of the iPhone sucks, but hey, one man's opinion. I even plugged my iPhone into my Chord Hugo and compared it with the sound from my HP laptop. Laptop won hands down. Not sure why. Laptop/Hugo obviously...
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    Chord Hugo v. Mytek Brooklyn

    I realize the Mytek does not count as portable, though it is small enough to be fairly easily transportable. Some would say this is not apples to apples. Be that as it may, in my comparison, the Hugo won by a nose using Focal Elear headphones. It is hard to quantify the difference, but I would...
  16. diver110

    Pioneer 300R

    There is a thread with a gazillion answers—sort of useless. Is there any consensus on how this player ranks, say compared to A&K ( and which one). I like that it can do mqa and, I gather, play Tidal. Mostly I will digital out to my dac, but here and there will listen to it directly.
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    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    I had the SE100 for trial and just was not that impressed and returned it. Those that compared it to the SP1000 told me the SP1000 was a fairly small step up, so I did not bother with the SP1000. Recently, I wanted to check out the Hugo 2. My local Gramophone told me they had it, but it...
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    Focal Elear v. Utopia

    I recently had the chance to compare these two sets of headphones. It was fairly brief, but FWIW: The both have the same sonic signature. At four times the price, one would hope that the Utopia would be better and it was, but no where near four times better. If I push it, maybe I can say 20%...
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    Samsung 8 versus HP Laptop

    I was not quite sure where to put this post, so I hope this forum works. There is a way to get a digital out from the Samsung phone via a cable that plugs into the charging port. So I compared the Samsung to my newish HP laptop (via USB port), both running to a Mytek Brooklyn. The headphones...
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    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    PS You know what would be nice. Some kind of system, like they have on Amazon, where everyone can rate products. That way people get a sense of the overall view without slugging through, in the case of the Hugo, literally hundreds of posts.
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    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    Thanks. I have sort of given up on daps. The SE100 did not come close to meeting my needs, and from everything I heard, the SP1000 is, at best, a modest upgrade. I don't need portability as much as transportability, i.e. something I can safely throw in my carryon. Do they really say "yards...
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    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    How would you compare the Hugo to the daps?
  23. diver110

    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    If the SP1000 is a 10, how would you rank the SE 100?
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    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    So I assume SQ stands for sound quality. UX so far has me stumped, on the other hand.
  25. diver110

    Astell & Kern SE100: A&futura Impressions - Reviews

    I would have had to pay sales taxes regardless, so that was a mostly neutral consideration for me. It is being delivered to me in CO, where sales taxes are a little higher than where I live in MD, but the difference was on the order of $12.
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