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  1. Brynjar Odinson

    Looking for new IEM'S and step up from my Fiio FH7

    as described in the title i am looking for new iem's. i am an electronic music lover and metalhead. i prefer linear sound but have no problem with fun sounding headphones if the whole package is good. i am currently selecting iem's that might fit my needs. you can see what i use now in my...
  2. H

    Asking opinion on Monarch Mk2 + questions

    Hi happy Friday! Newbie here again, seeking for experts' opinion and insight. I am looking for upgrade or equivalent in different character from Moondrop Blessing 2. BTW, I am listening music via cellphone + Helm Bolt + Applemusic While I like the clarity and separation of B2, it wasn't fun...
  3. HeadAmpTeam

    Descended from the Heavens, the EarMen Angel Arrives @HeadAmp, Pre-Orders Now Open!

    Angel is EarMen's all new portable Fully Balanced Hi-Res DAC/ Headphone Amplifier and Pre-Amp. With single-ended and balanced outputs able to operate either at line-level or variable-out, the Angel is perfect for enjoying at home and on the go. A Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC sits at its core, feeding...
  4. rocdoc

    Topping L50 as an amp upgrade (from Zen Dac)

    Hi everyone, I have a system that I am overall pleased with, with a couple of gripes that make me want to tweak/upgrade. I have the (V1) Zen Dac which I pair with my (new version) Sundara, with a balanced cable from Hart. All quite good, but I struggle keeping the volume workable above the...
  5. Aune BU2

    Aune BU2

    Features:- >Master Tape Level Decoding. >High-resolution 32-Bit/768kHz PCM and native DSD512 decoding support. >Dual high-performance ES9318 DAC chips. >Four independent headphone amplifiers. >Natural presentation with Clock Synchronisation Technology. >Multi-function volume knob. >Precise...
  6. Violectric HPA V340 Balanced Headphone AMP / PRE

    Violectric HPA V340 Balanced Headphone AMP / PRE

    VIOLECTRIC HPA V340 The HPA V340 is a new top device in the Violectric range. It offers a powerful balanced headphone amplifier and a pre-amp function. The latest findings from the multiple test winners from Lake People, Violectric and Niimbus were implemented in the headphone amplifier...
  7. lumzi23

    Which cable for Hifiman Deva Pro?

    Hello, I want to get a Hifiman Deva Pro but I am unsure about the cable. Would a standard cable like this work? On the Hifiman page (you have to scroll down a bit), it says it can accommodate a dual-sided unbalanced 3.5mm cable and a single-sided 3.5mm balanced cable. In the same place, it...
  8. TheJT

    Monoprice THX Desktop DAC & Amp (Dual AAA-788) Inner workings?

    This is a question about the circuitry/configuration of the DAC & AMP in question. The DAC & Amp I'm referring to is pictured below and can be found on the monoprice website at this link: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24459 So I found that both the balanced and SE headphone output can...
  9. squadgazzz

    Balanced DAC/AMP combo for planars

    Hello, community! I need your help again :smile_phones: Currently, I'm a happy owner of IFI iDSD micro BL + iUSB 3.0 with Audeze LCD-2C, Modhouse Argon Mk3 and CFA Cascade. I love a spacious, warm, but still detailed signature of iDSD BL+iUSB 3.0, but my BL has burned out while using it in Turbo...
  10. CEntrance HiFi-M8 V2

    CEntrance HiFi-M8 V2

    "Get the most advanced portable amplifier and DAC by CEntrance. With USB digital input, 3.5 mm analog input and wireless Balanced Bluetooth input, this is our best portable amplifier yet! Exclusive CEntrance technology for extra audio enjoyment. Balanced circuits offer significant improvement...
  11. craiglester

    Advice requested. AKG K340 thinking of going balanced...

    So, This is the situation currently. I'm running the following as a bedside system, as I'm mostly housebound these days, and do a lot of listening in bed. Currently my source is a Squeezebox Touch, running the RCA out to a THX 789 from Drop, passed through to a Darkvoice 336. This gives a...
  12. E1DA Power Dac v2.1

    E1DA Power Dac v2.1

    PowerDAC v2.1 The newest PowerDAC for the Head-fi universe is released! It is pretty much the same device as PDv2, however, now PowerDAC can work with unbalanced headphones as well. HPToy iOS/Android app was modified to get the switch for 3 output modes: 1) Balanced - the same as PDv2 balanced...
  13. FLUX FA-12

    FLUX FA-12

    FLUX FA-12 is the true balanced topology headphone amplifier called to deliver warm, engaging character of the sound which will not leave indifferent even the most sophisticated listeners. Features Fully balanced topology Class A JFET inputs MOSFET outputs 64-step relay volume control...
  14. D

    Balanced vs unbalanced connectors

    Forgive me if this is an inane question, but I am fairly new to IEMs. So, I have an Astell & Kern Kann which I like very much and both Final E5000 and A4000 phones. The cable on the E5000 is clearly superior, but it uses a different connector (MMCX?) to the A4000 (two pin), so I am seriously...
  15. Tempotec Sonata E44

    Tempotec Sonata E44

    TempoTec Sonata E44 Headphone Amplifier Dual CS43131 USB Type C To 4.4MM Balance DAC& DSD256(Native) For Android Phone&PC MAC Packing Included: 1* Sonata E44 1* Adapter(female type-c to male USB-A) 1* Hi-Res logo sticker In addition, give a gift: 1* 4.4mm Male Balanced to 3.5 mm Female cable
  16. Setmagic

    Zishan Z4 - DAP with Dual DAC ES9038Q2M | Dual AMP OPA1622 | USB 32-bit + DSD | Bluetooth LDAC 24-bit | Balanced 2,5/4,4 | LO/PO 3,5mm

    Specification and pictures here - Head-Fi product page Reviews: Syncaine professional review - article in Russian (text, pictures and video - you can translate using Google for example) Countryboyhk impressions - post in Head-Fi forum with photos Fe Lix Ramearez impressions - screenshot from...
  17. godmax

    Ferrum OOR - headphone amplifier with a soul ?

    After their first product the HYPSOS power supply, it seems like the HEM brand will also enter the headphone amplifier market soon: Ferrum OOR Gain (dB): balanced -4 dB, + 6dB, +16 dB / single ended -10 dB, 0 dB, 10 dB Operation: Fully balanced, proprietary discrete power amp technology...
  18. R

    DIY balanced DAC

    Hi, I would like to make my own DAC, but I don't know where to start. The only thing I know is that I would like to use ES9038PRO (which I can buy at Mouser). But that is the only thing I know for sure. Are there any schemes for balanced DAC's that I can use as a reference? Any help would be...
  19. Schiit Jotunheim 2

    Schiit Jotunheim 2

    Continuity circuitry. Slot for AK or multibit DAC module or moving-magnet phono input. Balanced and SE preamp outputs.
  20. G

    DAC vs Audio Interface vs USB Soundcard

    Hello! I currently have 2 x KRK 8 INCH monitors hooked up to a Creative XFI 5.1 USB sound card. (https://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-x-fi-surround-5-1-pro) The speakers are connected to the USB sound-card using RCA to 2 x TRS cables. I'm looking to buy something "better" and...
  21. Hidizs DH80/DH80S

    Hidizs DH80/DH80S

    DH80 Unique Portable DAC & AMP Made for AP80/AP80Pro with perfect unity. DH80S Unique Portable DAC & AMP Not only made for AP80/AP80 Pro, but also for mobile phone, PC, iPad, wired earphones, desktop speaker, etc. How to use the DH80S Portable Balanced DAC & AMP, is up to you. Support MQA...
  22. Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    Originally sold only from Drop's website. Official description: Built from the ground up by Alex Cavalli, a legend in the world of headphone amps, this hybrid amp combines a solid state section, a tube amp section, and an entirely new circuit design. It delivers the current required by planar...
  23. npfries

    Balanced input / SE output

    Hi all, In the market for an amp to pair with an SDAC-B. I had the thought that I’d like to take advantage of the 4V provided by the SDAC-B’s balanced output as opposed to the 2V 3.5mm connection. I don’t have any balanced cables for my headphones and don’t plan to buy any - unless I end up...
  24. bgpolyhistor

    Balanced vs. Unbalanced?

    Is there a particular type of headphone or IEM that gains audible improvements with a balanced cable and output? I’m looking for a rule of thumb- for example- “High impedance full size headphones benefit more from balanced drive than sensitive IEM’s.” (I don’t actually know if this is true-...
  25. Tempotec Sonata BHD

    Tempotec Sonata BHD

    TempoTec Sonata BHD Type C to 2.5mm DSD256 for Android Phone&PC&MAC Headphone Amplifier adapter DAC DUAL CS43131 Balance output Dual DAC decoding Real Balance output Two CS43131 decoding chip Volume Button, native DSD decoding Two CIRRUS LOGIC low-power high-resolution decoding chips...
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