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    So I ended up purchasing a Cambridge Audio Azur 550A integrated amp off of the classifieds.

    In what way? Plenty of Class-D amps out there that provide 60W.
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    DCA Noire + Qudelix 5k = Worthwhile to go balanced ?

    Not too many but on rare occasions. I use it with an android phone, so had always blamed that as USB dongles are not 100% reliable. There are apps for example that don't seem to work with an external DAC. I've had more luck with one of the small 180' usb c connectors than I had with a cable, I...
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    DCA Noire + Qudelix 5k = Worthwhile to go balanced ?

    I can echo the endorsement for Hart cables, I use them for all my headphones and have found them very convenient. Typically I'll run balanced for portable amps (E1DA 9038s or Qudelix 5k) but single ended for my JDS element or RME ADI-2 DAC FS. I just leave the 'tail' plugged in, and connect the...
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    E1DA 9038D Review (portable DAC & Amp)

    Most portable amps can deliver much more power in balanced. For the record I have the A2 Noire's and E1DA 9038S and it's plenty of power.
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    I also have the Aeon 2 Noire, and the ADI-2 is plenty powerful. Typically I don't even need to go into high gain mode, unless the source is really quiet, and even then there's stacks of headroom in the volume control.
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    WiiM Mini Streamer

    I wish it did chromecast :(
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    Epic Games Acquires Bandcamp

    Interesting, hoping this doesn't lead to major changes. My main objection with their games store has been exclusives, but I don't think I'd mind so much with Bandcamp provided you can still get the music DRM free and in high quality/lossless. I've picked up quite a bit from Bandcamp over time.
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    UAPP uses it's own implementation for audio, rather than the built in android audio, which might explain the difference. In general, UAPP is much better at working with DACs than the standard android approach.
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    Qudelix-5K Bluetooth DAC & Headphone Amp

    If you're referring to the WH-1000XM3 headphones (I couldn't find the model listed) they can be connected wired to the qudelix if that helps? So there would just be source -> q5k via bluetooth -> headphones via wire
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    Qudelix-5K Bluetooth DAC & Headphone Amp

    The Qudelix is a bluetooth receiver, rather than transmitter so you can't connect bluetooth headphones to it sorry. Its use case for bluetooth is in enabling wired headphones to connect to a bluetooth source by plugging them into the Q5k.
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    What cables do you use in your systems?

    I use self made copper stranded speaker cables with a decent (but not ridiculous) gauge to them, terminated in gold plated banana plugs. For headphones I have a whole set of hart audio cables so I can easily move my headphones from single ended to balanced sources, it's much easier to disconnect...
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    Why we hear differences when none exist

    "Cavemen who didn't hear sounds that didn't exist all got eaten by silent bears." Hilarious quote out of context :p
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    The difficulty with EQ for loudspeakers as opposed to headphones is that the room itself also needs to be considered, as it will have a large impact on the frequency response heard. You may need to investigate room correction to determine the best values for your eq, or just have a go by ear...
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    An experiment in cognitive dissonance.

    Challenger here, thanks for posting. I work in an electrical safety regulator, and you'd be surprised how often we hear stories about how a device was considered safe due to its location/usage, often after a shock has been received. Generally the advice is if you can make it safe anyway, just...
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