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  1. Looks like it's the age of no-chip. I was very impressed by the sound of first edition Soekris boards. It took two extra revisions of the board and around a year of firmware updates to get there, but now it's pretty stellar. I'd love to hear what DAC1541 has to offer. I'd also say that some of the higher end implementations of Asahi Kasei chips sound really nice. I went from DAM1021 to RME ADI-2 Pro and don't feel like I'm missing anything sound wise.
  2. Picked one up mostly due to an interesting feature set. I've had good experience with RME gear being technically impeccable, but falling a bit short in listening tests. The ADI-2 Pro was intended to be an office rig, but I lug it to and fro work, it's that good. Ended up buying one of the limited Anniversary Editions, cuz it's black and has moar pretty. It runs my HD800 balanced with 6x OPA1688 chips pre channel. Sounds as good or better as I've heard any HD800 perform. It also does 5 band PEQ which makes HD800's actually listenable. For my Equator Q12 I use the back XLR's and intend to h
  3. Well, there's always RME Babyface Pro. I'd pay top dollar for that, if I'd need one. My company uses the old Babyface and it's pretty darn good.
  4. I wouldn't like to pay more than 200 for a USB powered DAC. The downfall of these devices usually is dependability on USB power, therefore performance will vary depending on USB quality.
  5. Well, I work at an audio company and often I too get approached by people wanting to review our stuff. Usually I do some background checks so I can estimate the impact of a review, but seeing "Not to brag too much but I think I have a gifted writing style and able to transmit what I hear into a well written review" would tick me off instantly. Dude has like 5 reviews at HF and only one is what I'd consider popular.
  6. Since when has this been an obstacle to producing good audio literature?
  7. Thanks for the info! I have considered glueing small carpentry nails to each of the transistors. Epoxy or super glue might hold them well enough.
  8. Hey guys! What's the currently approved best solution to cool mini Dynalo transistors? @johnwmclean , did you have much luck with thermal tape?
  9. That's phase, man. Impedance is the other graph which hovers around 47 Ohms, tho that doesn't change anything. After much pondering I find that my main beef with Utopias is that they don't have anything they're the best at. Orthodynamics will best them at bass, HD800 has better soundstage... and so on. The only exception might be build quality, but that's a moot-ish point.
  10. Elear Utopia Had the Utopia for a few days on RME ADI-2 Pro. Both headphones share the same Focal house sound with upper mid scoop and in headphone terms slight treble hype. Elear is in a good price bracket, but Utopia sits 2 grand too high imho. Stock Utopia had too little bass for my tastes with overall brighter tuning, technicalities wise it's better than Elear. The upper mid scoop on both cans keep them from reaching greatness, because many instruments end up sounding wrong. What's interesting the scoop isn't annoying. Overall Utopia might be just about the
  11. Shouldn't be bad input devices, if you're getting noise variation with potentiometer. Even more - 50Hz should be a grounding problem, check the grounding scheme of your amp.
  12. Yea, at least that stuff ain't obsolete!
  13. Looks great! How much was it grand total?
  14. One French mag sent in a pair of Elears for measurement the other week. Wasn't too shabby, dug pretty low for a dynamic open back, the treble peak wasn't too painful. The garden hose cable was annoying and I didn't like too much the upper mid suckout. With the overall treble happiness of higher end headphones I was pretty content with these. Build quality was superb unlike the Spirit Pros, which crack and creak.
  15. RudeWolf

    The Expanse

    I'm starved for good space operas, so obviously I enjoyed the first season and second seems even better. Btw, did anyone notice that dialog tracks for S01 were mixed super horribly?
  16. I'd only splurge for an ATC amp if it's a built in for active speakers. They're not bad, but not a good value. If you can, put less money in amplification and more in the speakers themselves.
  17. I'd use this - https://www.minidsp.com/products/minidspkits/nanosharc-kit You get superior DSP control, extra inputs and remote volume/input/filter control. Supposedly the DAC should be input agnostic due to FIFO reclocking.
  18. That's just grand. You ninja those right before me and now they collect volcanic dust... Well, get 7-9V of AC or DC, fashion a spdif input and you should be able to have music.
  19. What's the latest news regarding a Denafrips DAC being spotted in Iceland? P.S. Looks like 2017 will be the year of the R2R dac. I sort of feel torn between a RME ADI-2 Pro and one of these Asian miracles.
  20. Just got mine, thanks! Need to order the rest of the parts for my Dynamini.
  21. Btw, what's the general consensus on Glycine? I've seen it pop up on Massdrop and some designs are interesting, but border on tad too garish for me. This seems like the right kind of black.
  22. I'm pretty sure you'd use analog in this case only to connect a phono preamp. Otherwise it's a DAC/AMP unit. As for DSP, I'm probably biased, but I've never encountered any headphone which lost more than it gained by properly applying measurement based tonal correction. With stuff like this available I see no point in using regular USB->I2S converters. Bake in a profile for headphones and a different one for your speakers/room. Switch with remote.
  23. It's another format cashgrab. The only reason it's known is due to some highly connected ex-Dolby peeps behind it. Streamers are desperate for a differentiation factor, so they grab every straw they get. Credit: I work for a company which might be able to deliver the superweapon the streamers need. And it doesn't involve selling all your gear/music. Thus we're sort of competing with MQA, even though our methods can be compatible.
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