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  1. JDFlood

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    That is a beautiful rig.
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    @Strayngs I am not familiar with your equipment. But think about it. Both Sennheiser and Focal have made all out attempts at perfect reproduction of the input signal. So, if given the same input signal, shouldn’t they sound very similar? How could one sound more trebly? They did something...
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    A little help for a beginner :)

    If you are truly looking at 800s as an option then you should consider spending a thousand on a headamp DAC and the rest on headphones. Sennheiser are good but as mentioned hard to drive. Perhaps Woo fireflies / and Sennheiser Hd with what you have left the HD 300 series or there bouts. The...
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Glad to hear things are improving. It is very frustrating to spend money and not get a positive experience. With something that sounds good now hopefully you can forget about equipment for a while and just enjoy your system. You have some good equipment there.
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Yes, definitely, it is complicated. The implementation in each device matters as well as the interactions. While I don’t know... since you would have to have long-term experience with many devices. It’s just a generalization intended to help simplify the world. Ultimately you have to listen. But...
  6. JDFlood

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    Wrong thread.
  7. JDFlood

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    I would think / hope one would never need a warranty twice. I have had more than a half dozen high end headphones and never had an issue with any of them... which is the way high end products should work.
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    I have never experienced a piece of equipment sounding worse after breakin. I will say it is very difficult to hear breakin on inexpensive equipment and very easy and completely reproducible on high end equipment. It is like a fine instrument the more sensitive the instrument to more obvious all...
  9. JDFlood

    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Yes. It will become more natural sounding, less edgy, the bass will solidify.
  10. JDFlood

    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Make sure they are broken in before real critical assessment. Most high end components require several hundred hours. Normally 200 to stabilize then they will sound slightly better, slowly over the next few hundred hours. I would never decide unless the difference was night and day with Less...
  11. JDFlood

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    My experience is that all transducers benefit from more power than needed. The only reason to change would be if you are looking for a different character or like changing equipment.
  12. JDFlood

    Focal Utopia General Discussion

    That has to be an incredible combo. Have you carefully examined the sound with and without the EtherRegen? My audio guy said I should think about one... but sounded Ike he didn’t have actual experience with it himself.
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    What's your favorite headphone? If you could only have one.

    Very true. I have had my share and the task of finding the right system is challenging (streamer, DAC, amp, and headphones... all matter and determine what you hear).
  14. JDFlood

    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    i don’t think I have ever improved my system By decreasing the quality of a component. I haven’t heard the Manley you have, but that is not a piece of equipment I would be abandoning until I had a really good DAC and steamer... I went back a ways on this thread but did not figure out what DAC...
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    RCA Cable - Question on Quality/Cost

    Since you are pretty new to this I would not spend much on cables yet. Cables become important when your system performance gets very high. They are not likely to provide much difference in a less than great system. I own well over $20K in cables, so clearly they make a difference. You want to...
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    How much difference will a high-end DAC make?

    Audio systems are systems. As such are highly sensitive to all components. However, all things being equal they are somewhat more sensitive to components early in the signal path. So the streamer, DAC, Amp and headphones. If your system is really good, then the interconnects matter. If the...
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    Amps - When do you hit diminishing returns?

    From my experience the higher level equipment is much more sensitive in every way. So in many ways the better your equipment the better and bigger the next significant upgrade will sound. Now I am not saying there is not usually a big difference between low level and mid-fi products, $29 and...
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    What's your favorite headphone? If you could only have one.

    Focal Utopia. They have the benefit of sounding great through my DAP as well because they are easy to drive versus my HD800s. Otherwise I would have a harder time deciding. The Focal have better sound, no question, but the openness of the HD800 is nice and also cooler.
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    Dissapointed with high end headphones... what am I doing wrong?

    In general there are large relatively obvious improvements in sound moving from inexpensive to very expensive headphones. How appearent and the value to a particular person of these differences depend on the system you are using to drive them, what you value in sound characteristics and your...
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    Dissapointed with high end headphones... what am I doing wrong?

    So you are right on track. Know thy self is probably the first requirement to get to audio nirvan.
  21. JDFlood

    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    i wasn’t responding to anything specifically you said. It was the first few pages of this thread... and where I dropped down here and there...
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    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    I switched over to Quobuz after months of urging by my audio dealer. It does seem to have a lot more HiRez music. I am glad I did.
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    Tidal Masters & MQA Thread!

    I was interested in knowing what folks generally thought of MQA sound, and if defaulting to it was generally regarded as the better choice. After reading three pages of the thread, comparing some of the Masters/MQA with Red Book and realizing it showed nothing other than Masters were better than...
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    Help choosing an amp / dac-amp

    I was trying to relate it to my experience. I think I have owned many generations of ESS chips. I think I remember making that observation early on. Yes, not a good sound especially given the music you listen to. The Ayre QB-9 2020 I own has the most recent ESS implementation, it doesn’t suffer...
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