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About cclragnarok

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  • Birthday 02/16/1983

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    Altec Lansing iM716; AKG K501, K701; Denon AH-D5000; Focal Clear; Grado HF2; Koss A130 (tak modded), ESP/950, KSC75; Logitech UE 6000; MrSpeakers AEON Flow Closed; Philips Citiscape Downtown; Smeggy Thunderpants (australian myrtle burl); Stax SR-007, SR-5NB, SR-Sigma/404, SR-X mk3; Westone UM2; Yamaha HP-3 (dBel84 modded), HP-50A (Kabeer modded)
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    ECP/Beezar Torpedo III (fully loaded); Go-Vibe V5 + ELPAC; Headamp KGSS; Koss E/90; Rockhopper Audio Mini^3; SFT Audio M^3; Sound Quest SQ-84; Stax SRD-6/SB, SRM-313
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    Adcom GCD-750; Denafrips Ares; Echo Audiofire 2, Indigo DJ; Halide Design Bridge; M-Audio GrooveLab Transit; Musical Fidelity V-Link; Sandisk Sansa Clip+; Schiit Fulla 2; Sony HiMD MZ-NH600D; Spectral SDR-2000 Pro; Unison Research Unico CD

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  1. You said that the chassis is plastic, but this review of an older variant of the Yoga 720-13IKB says that the chassis is "mostly aluminum": https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-Yoga-720-13IKB-7200U-FHD-Laptop-Review.219798.0.html Unless she likes bigger screens, I think it should be a good choice.
  2. Do you have the model number of the Yoga? There are many different versions. I think MSI mainly (only?) makes gaming laptops.
  3. Out of your 3 initial candidates, the Dell seems like the nicest to me. However, if she won't be playing games or editing video, I think the discreet graphics card is just going to add unnecessary weight and cost to the laptop. The i7s are also not worth the additional cost in my opinion. A quad-core i5 (i5-8???U) should be good enough. Other features I'd want in a laptop: SSD at least 8GB of memory FHD (1080p) screen (IPS and touch are also nice to have) good port selection (both USB-A ports and USB-C) good build quality Lenovo Yogas usually get decent reviews, so I
  4. Adorama is selling the Utopia for $2999 and the Elear for $699 without the trade-in: https://slickdeals.net/f/10519472-focal-open-headphones-utopia-2999-elear-699-free-shipping?v=1
  5. Somebody (kais in the comment section) pointed out that headphone positioning makes a huge difference for the Utopia. You can see this in the raw frequency response plots of Tyll's original Utopia measurements. The effect is so big, it might(?) even explain the difference between the old and new measurements.
  6. Tyll has measured the headphones Bob Katz used for his shootout, plus another new sample of the Utopia: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/katzs-corner-episode-16-smoking-gun Bob's LCD-4 appears to be more balanced in the treble range than the pair Tyll reviewed. The new Utopias are way brighter than the pair Tyll reviewed....
  7. I went through the original Japanese text about the new model, and I don't see any mention of new flagship headphones. It says that they are planning to release a new flagship amplifier designed to go with the SR-009. EDIT: They are also hoping to release something "wonderful" in 2018 (the new amplifier is planned for 2017).
  8. I'm surprised nobody's done this before. Seems like a great way to make cheap and accurate R2R DACs. I think green label transformer is the one with silver wires.
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