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Hi to all. My name's Ron and I live in northern Alberta. I have a decent (not at all spectacular) stereo system (Allison AL-115s and a Marantz SR4023 receiver) but seldom use it due to neighbours. So, for the last good while, I've been listening using a Sansa Fuze and over-the-counter earbuds, or plugging my OTC earbuds or my 598s in to my computer. For the past few years, always FLAC for source files

Recently, however, I've developed a renewed interest in better sound, at least within a budget. With lots of insights from this site over the past months, I now listen either from my computer or my phones (S8+ and P30Pro) through a Hidizs S3, or my buds and an AP80.

I prefer earbuds to large headsets like my 598s, or in-ear monitors, and also using info from this site, my present buds are VE Monk+ (much of the time), Faaeal Datura Pro (which I originally found harsh, but find I like and use more and more), and JVC HA-F160 Gumy (for sleeping--always). I have a NICEHCK B40 set on the way, and I'm open to suggestions for other earbuds, as well as suggestions for an effective but budget USB DAC/AMP setup for my computer.

Here to learn. And to treat my ears nice, again. My wallet might take some damage, I understand that :)

Relevant background: 55 years as a pro or semi-pro musician. 65 years as a music listener.
 
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Hello Head-Fi'ers,

Back into audio after 30 years.

Just got a pair of KEF R3's with Topping D90, Schiit Freya+ and Aegir. We have come a long way in the last 30 years. I don't do analog transports. Got my first CD player (Phillips CD104) in 1984 and I never looked back.

Cheers.
 
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Hi, I'm a (hobbyist) music producer/podcaster and started toying around these forums ages ago for tips and just finally got around to signing up. Use KRK VST 6 studio monitors, Behringer K10S subwoofer, MXL 770, and use/have used a wide variety of headphones (B&W, Philips, ATH, Meze, etc.) for audio checking and mastering. Looking forward to learning more as a contributor!
 
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Hello,
I am new to the posting side of this site. I run a small home studio. I use a KRK rokit 6 as my monitors trough a Slate Digital VRS8 mastering grade interface. I am just starting into the CIEM for studio use. But also just using them for pleasure as well.
 
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New member, on my way deep deep down into the midfi/hifi headphone rabbit hole! Wish me luck, I just hope the fact that it's headphones this time and not speakers and amps will keep divorce out of the conversation.

...if she asks headphones are "cheap"!
 
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Welcome to the community, all. This site is a great resource and there are many of us here to help you along the way.
 
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Welcome to the community, all. This site is a great resource and there are many of us here to help you along the way.
Thank you! On the hunt for my next purchase(s) right now, probably start a help me/suggestions thread soon.
 
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Hi there, new member here. I’ve always had a huge love for music of most all types but recently have wanted to improve the quality of my listening experience. I came here to research and learn and probably spend too much money :)

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Brock
 
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Hey all. Like most of you, I'm into music and love tinkering with audio and video. I came here to discuss music, creating music, and give/receive advice/recommendations whenever possible. Hope to learn a lot here. See you guys around.

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Hi everybody! I'm new member, but have been lurking for some time here. I can describe myself as noob headphone enthusiast, particularly IEM fan. Proud owner of small IEM collection (Tin Hifi T2, KZ ZSR, CCA C10, Massdrop x NuForce EDC and Double Tap Audio R2) powered by Fiio K3 DAC/AMP.
 
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Another new member checking in. Hello from Gorham, Maine. I've been into home theater audio for a few years and have gone through several pairs of headphones in that time, but never with any real intent behind it. I've decided to change that. After much reading, I've jumped in the deep end of the pool with the following: FiiO FH7's (with FiiO balanced cable) hooked to ES100 mk2 for mobile and Senn HD650 running through a Schiit Jotunhiem (with the multibit DAC and balanced cable) from my MacBook Pro while at home. Still trying to figure out if I can *really* hear a difference between Spotify Premium and TIDAL HIFI, but so far I'm loving this. Well, all of me except my wallet!

I just got the FiiO last week (while on a trip) and am blown away by the sound on these things. Hooked to the ES100 playing through my iPhone over BT, I had no idea what I was missing. My AirPod Pros won't be seeing much use now, and I suspect the Bose QC35ii won't, either. Looking forward to doing some comparisons between these and the HD650s...
 
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whats up everyone. im pretty much a newbie. started using headphones at home (never used to), so i figured id get some decents cans. first purchase was a sennheiser hd 280 pro about a year ago, but now im thinking i probably need a DAC/amp to get the best sound of them (using a laptop). mainly looking to learn and get some solid recommendations. thanks!
 
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Hi everybody,
I've been browsing head-fi for a couple of months now, mostly checking out what people think of equipment I already own. For years I was happy to own one pair of serious cans (Sennheiser HD650), but over the last couple of years I seem to have have developed an expensive habit of collecting various headphones IEMs and amps. Looking forward to engaging with Head-Fi as a member.
 
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Hi everyone,
been a (passive) member of this forum for a while but not beeing active writing comments - going to change this now :beyersmile:
Started with headphones many years ago (Denon AH D2000 and Sennheiser HD 590) and after some lesser focus I recently started again with headphone mania. Got me E-Mu Teaks and Focal Clear together with the Questyle CMA 400i DAC/Amp Combo.
So cu around!
 
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Hey all, I've only recently gotten into the audiophile world. Started with the Audio Technica M50X (sounds wonderful when eq'd with True-Fi), bought the KZ ZS10 Pro not even knowing what an IEM was. Once I got Sony's WH and WF-1000mx3 ANC phones, I was hooked. Owned the Beyer DT 990 Pro, Etymotic ER3XR, Audiosense T800 and tried dozens more at a local brick-and-mortar store. My current setup is the Audeze LCD-2C open back, Meze 99 Noir from Drop, and the Fearless Audio S8 Freedom, coupled with the Sound BlasterX G6 DAC/Amp/Ext. soundcard. I'm not too keen to buy a DAP or a portable amp since I typically only listen to music with Bluetooth on the go. I feel like this is end game for me, and I struggle to imagine how my current gear could possibly sound any more perfect (to me), but of course I'm a sucker for sparkly IEMs and shiny headphones, so we all know it doesn't stop here lol :L3000:

For a future setup, I'd love to have a Fostex T900 as another closed-back. I'm not a huge fan of Audeze as a company beyond their headphones, so I struggle to imagine an open back headphone that will sound better and be worth the price... IEMs are where I could potentially bankrupt myself haha. The Campfire Solaris was absolutely stunning in person. The bass on the Final Audio E5000 blew my ****ing head off. I might consider a Noble or an Empire Ears. Also a massive fan of Chi-fi (hence the Fearless) so I'm curious about anything that is trying to implement these new low-power electrostatic headphones (Yinyoo ST7 is in my sights, but I haven't seen a single review on them anywhere for some weird reason)

Sorry for the long, rambling post. I'm a bit treble-sensitive, but I LOVE bass, so let me know of any headphones that have detailed, clean, hard-hitting bass that I might be missing! Nice to meet you all :)
 
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