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    Monoprice DAC & Amp Dongle Review

    Yes, they should, but only a few do. Maybe it's marketing pressure to release something new and "different", IDK...
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    Monoprice DAC & Amp Dongle Review

    Someone once said "nothing is ever guaranteed, except death and taxes", and this is true, alas. Theoretically, a device measured today can be altered tomorrow, so even this is no guarantee - but a fair chance.
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    Monoprice DAC & Amp Dongle Review

    This, and, AFAIK a USB audio device should be "class compliant" and thus function properly as such, without any "extra" software. Such software may nonetheless widen its functionality (e.g. RME software).
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    Monoprice DAC & Amp Dongle Review

    This. The brand suffers as a whole, not only the device affected. Building a brand image takes years, ruining it can happen very quickly.
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    Monoprice DAC & Amp Dongle Review

    "inflated" specs = headless IMHO.
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    Sennheiser HD569 Headphone Review

    Any preference curve applies to a majority, and does not have to (and cannot) fit everybody. Hearing loss (early I assume) below 4 kHz is relatively typical for persons working in noisy conditions, operating heavy machines etc. (but not limited to these causes). I would get a professional...
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    Sennheiser HD569 Headphone Review

    Seems "not terrible" to me, considering the probable use case - most of them probably end up as TV headphones for the elderly. No joke, I've seen many of similarly priced Sennheisers in this role in my years in Germany. The illusion of "buying German" included. :D
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    Schiit Modi+ DAC Review

    I doubt it would be possible at any cost ATM. Globalization, the country with the lowest cost gets the factory...
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    Schiit Modi+ DAC Review

    Fine. Considering the many good DACs out there, it would be great to see balanced outputs and a HPA "on board", but probably impossible at this price level.
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    Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amp Review

    This might be either out of their technical reach, or not matching their "vision". To compete with companies like RME? :)
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    Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amp Review

    I suspect they want the electronics to be "unique" too, and degrade the performance this way. Standard solutions have become standard for a reason.
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    Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amp Review

    Bragging rights, level steampunk :D
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    Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amp Review

    OK, it's broken. By design. :p
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    Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amp Review

    I'm relatively "immune" to what stuff looks like, but this, on the front panel, is super ugly IMHO.
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