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  1. My good friend and fellow audiophile Gerald k and I have made a compilation of music files which we feel are perfect for testing new equipment. We wanted to use music that we not only enjoy listening to but which also has the abillity to reveal flaws in the signal chain. I listen mostly on Headphones (Sennheiser/ Audeze/ Audio Technica) while Gerald listen only on speakers (Tad, Kharma/Linn/Naim). We have spend many an evening and several bottles of Cotes de Rhone wines arguing and eventually agreeing on this list of audio equipment test music. This is what we came up with, please feel fre
  2. Hi everyone. I'm really not that big in the HiFi or Audiophile area but I already got a pair of Bose 901 from the 80s and thought it would be a waste throwing them away. I know the opinion about these Speakers is divided, I however like them quite a lot. Right now my setup is the following (Pictures attached): 2x Bose 901 Series II including (active?) Equalizer, Technics SU-V10X Amp Magnat Quantum 6725A (plugged in via the remote speaker sockets on the Amp) (and completely irrelevant: The Hitachi PS-38 Turntable) The Equalizer and the Amp are both
  3. Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, but my question is fairly simple. Here is my setup: - iMac 27" 5K 2015 with mostly lossless music (ALAC) on iTunes/Audirvana; - Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC; - Denon DRA-F109 amp/receiver (connected to B&W stereo speakers and Planar turntable). I am about to purchase new (most probably open back) headphones, probably the Beyerdynamic DT-1990, or the closed back B&W P9. I could not find the exact answer on Google, so here it is: WHERE should I plug my wired headphones, particularly if they are of high im
  4. This is the absolute best value all in one integrated amplifier on the market today! New retail for $3500 asking $2395 + Paypal. I'll ship for free.Perfectly maintained Simaudio Moon ACE, all in one unit.Featuring the MiND (MOON intelligent Network Device) module which provides convenience and a full graphic interface, allowing you to effortlessly access your digital music library with power and flexibility; Add TIDAL and an unlimited world of music awaits you. The DAC is also Roon Ready and easily plug into your Roon ecosystem. The ACE is both intuitive and easy to use. Featuring all new a
  5. Hey, (sory for the poor english hope u understand) I am a gamer and i also l listen a lot to youtube.. I realy want to spend money on a good headphone and i found out the hd600 is a realy good headphone, but just if u give him a good amp or dac. I dont know much on this topic. Do i realy need dac for games and youtube? Can u recommend for a good amp / dac. i can't spend more than 300$ for this. And also the black friday is soon and probabaly will be a sale for these right?
  6. Selling a Mjölnir-Audio KGSSHV Carbon, built in Iceland by Birgir Gudjonsson (aka spritzer). Bought new in 2017. You can read more about the virtues of the Mjölnir KGSSHV Carbon build in this review by Bob Katz... The amp is in excellent working condition. New = $4770 (including shipping from Iceland). Asking $SOLD. Reason for sale: Upgraded recently to Carbon CC Will ship free within CONUS. Buyer pays PP or does Family and Friends
  7. Hello I am a complete newbie to the HiFi world. I am planning on getting a pair of T50RP MkIII and Mod them if I didn't like how they sounded as stock. I have watched and read a lot of reviews and most people say they are extremely hard to drive and need a good amp/dac to sound good. and then read some people being able to drive it with Fiio E10k. I know the differences between amps and dacs but am not quite sure what do I need to power these sufficiently on a PC and maybe on long flights played though a phone and if there is an option for such need. My budget is £50-£100 I have
  8. I hope this is the right section to ask this. If not please move to correct section. OK my current setup is my desktop PC-->JDS O2/ODAC-->Fiio A1-->Andrew Jones Pioneers I want to replace the A1 with something a little more powerful (25-50w ch.). Currently the A1 is about 14w ch. It sounds great and no issues with it whatsoever. (BTW, apparently Fiio reused the model name A1 for a small headphone amp. The A1 I am talking about is a discontinued speaker amp) Decided to pick up a Dayton Audio DTA-120 on sale ($78) and try it out. Sounded awesome, seemed a little clearer and
  9. I've not seen much written about this DAC/AMP here or on Head-Fi, but I wanted a portable to stack with my DAP and to run balanced output to my 64 Audio A6, that would also serve me well as a USB DAC for PC. I took a leap of faith on this unit, bought from Moon Audio, and thus far pleasantly surprised by it's quality. The unboxing and ergonomics are nothing special, rather plain and uncluttered in appearance: That said, implemented thus far as a USB DAC from PC (still waiting for proper interconnect to stack w/my DAP using the KEB-03 Toslink input) I am impressed with it's sound signature.
  10. I am thinking about small scale mini system which will be based on mac mini + DSD DAC which I already have. I can add small Sonus Faber Toy speakers which I can get on affordable price. My question is: what is the good way to fill the missing link between DAC and speakers? Is it possible to get a nice sounding amp here for a budget within $700? I am looking for neutral, delicate and natural sound, and my preferences in music are mostly classical (piano, string quartets, chamber and opera) and acoustic jazz. Most of the time I listen music on low to mid volumes. Any ideas will be appre
  11. Rats! I got everything all set up and found out my Adcom GFA-535 does not work, so I need an AMP (not a receiver). My preference is for clean, accurate and tight sound. I mostly use the speakers to play music. I am wondering what makes more sense 1. Get another Adcom GFA-535 or similar on eBay 2. Purchase a Emotiva UPA-200 or Mini-X A-100 3. ATI AT602 for $250 4. Something else What do your suggest and why? Also, I am not quite sure if I need a pre-amp. Adcom said I did, but Emotiva said I did not. If you know, please let me know. Here is the equipment I am usi
  12. I've been researching for a solid week and I've been finding a lot of conflicting information and need some help. I've been reading and some people say that as long as you dont hear any background noise from PC interference and your volumes are loud enough, you will not benefit from a DAC+Amp. Anything Above $2 Buys More Features, Not Better Quality - What Does It Take To Turn The PC Into A Hi-Fi Audio Platform? NwAvGuy: Headphone Amps/DACs Explained Right now I'm using my PC (Realtek ALC889 codec) to play FLAC files through my modded Fostex T50RP headphones and they sound great.
  13. I'm pretty new to this type of thing so am looking for a few different viewpoints to help me out. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser on-ear momentums, and may look to upgrade slightly in the future. I'm relatively happy with the sound given by my laptop and ipod but wouldn't mind improving the clarity and adding some punch to the bass if this is possible. Would prefer a portable DAC that I could use without my laptop as a power source. I Have had a look at a few FiiO products specifically the e17 but I'm interested in whatever you have to say. The price range I'm looking at is <£150,
  14. I have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD700X with an impedence of 38 ohms. I currently have them plugged in to my PC with a SoundblasterX G5 soundcard. Lowgain on the soundcard is rated 32-150Ohm and high gain is 150-600Ohm. Of course I generally run on low, but if I hear a song I really like I occasionally wanna turn it on high to listen to max volume. Is there *really* any long term issues I can run into by doing this? (Completely new to higher quality audio) I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.
  15. Are there any data on how often amps hit clipping?
  16. AURALiC Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier ($3799) “POLARIS defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a pre-amplifier and a stereo power amplifier – the ultimate solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component” The POLARIS offers seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSDa
  17. Hey everyone, I'm pretty new to the entire audio field. I recently decided that I was interested in music professionally and am now pursuing training in the audio engineering field through an intensive class. I've enrolled to start in the next two months, so I'm just using my time now to buy all of my needed equipment (payed for graciously by a small-medium sized trust appointed for school purposes). I purchased a MacBook Pro, Pro Tools + Mbox combo, and am about to purchase a set of Shure (1540) headphones. I've also read as much as I could about impedance, and I realize now that
  18. The iDAC2 – spilling the secret sauce (part 1) The iDAC2’s musicality has wooed – most recently the iDAC2 + iPurifier2 + Pro iCAN at the Fujiya AVIC Headphone Festival in Tokyo where the market is probably the most demanding on the planet. Source: iFi Retro Stereo 50 + iPurifier2 at Fujiya Avic 2015 | DAR__KO The Pro iCAN was one of the show ‘best sound winners’ so the small but mighty iDAC2 + iPurifier 2 combo deserve some credit for producing the digital-to-analogue conversion to feed the Pro iCAN. At the show, the quite technically proficient Japanese
  19. I've been looking around for about 2 months and I've come up with some good suggestions to what I could get, but I'm not completely sure yet ofc. Idk if it affects anything but i mostly game when using headphones I've been looking at the AT2020 for the microphone (XLR version), and maybe the Scarlett 2i2 with it. Then I've looked at many headphones and can't come up with anything, i know i like some bass (but that is also the only I've ever heard from headphones other than cheap earplugs) PS. I dont have a specific budget, and if you have any other suggestions please le
  20. I am considering the purchase of a DAP that can function as a DAC/AMP as well. In other words, I would like to use this as a portable source to drive my Etymotics ER4XR iems *AND* as a DAC/AMP source to connect to my NAD C370 amplifier (connected to my B&W 602 S3 speakers). So far I have found this one, the TEAC HA-P90SD. Its price tag is around 470$. Ideally, my budget would be 400-500$, more towards 400$ than to 500$. So what other DAPs that are DAC/AMP at the same time are regarded as the best in terms of sound quality here in 2018?
  21. No, not Nelson Pass (!) But I thought this was an interesting article... https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/power-amplifiers-the-importance-of-the-first-watt
  22. I want a pair of open back headphones to supplement my ATH-M40x's for mixing electronic music. I wanted a second pair with a really wide soundstage and a different sound from the M40s and, after some research, landed on either the K701s or the HE-400is. Whichever pair I get, I'd also like to buy a cheap headphone amp and landed on the E1, but I'm open for suggestions on a different cheap amp. Which pair do you guys think is better?
  23. had anyone had a chance to listen those amps in compare each other ? otl eddie current zana deux fostex hp a8 bakoon hpa-21
  24. Just letting you guys know I just got my Leo vintage-sounding amp from Kickstarter. Been listening to it today with all kinds of music, and have to admit it really does improve the sound quality! Been trying it with my Pono and iPhone and have to admit it really makes everything sound more 'listenable'. The Pono is already good without it, but on the iPhone its a vast improvement. What was tinný-sounding before became a lot more warmer and involving with more presence. Tracks like Vangelis' 'Chariots of Fire' and Phil Collin's 'Easy Lover' sounded open and powerful, with a really amazing depth
  25. My current PC is not talking to my amp. I have the correct USB driver and programming installed. I posted a question about it in the 'software' section, if you think you might have a suggestion. I am wondering: should I not get this computer to work, I am going to buy a computer with Windows 7. Do different computers work better than others for streaming music through a USB into an amp? Are there computers that have this activity specifically in mind? Thank in advance
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