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    Topping A90 Headphone Amplifier Review

    Yes, DAC to amp is also XLR. But I think you are right that the signal into amp is limiting the maximum volume. This is it, thanks. It turns out that I had EQ (pre gain -5dB) turned on in my DAC (Qudelix 5k), so its output into those two amps is lower than 4.0 Vrms. Once I turned the EQ off...
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    Topping A90 Headphone Amplifier Review

    Yes, I am using the XLR output for both amp to my headphone. I used maximum volume on my Mac, DAC, and on both amps. Also, I noticed that the outputs from both Amps kept increasing as I increase the amp volume gradually to their maximum. If there is any bottleneck in the chain, I would expect...
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    Topping A90 Headphone Amplifier Review

    Hi There, I am a little confused by the power output of A90 and need some help. Recently I got a pair of Hifiman HE6se v2 and used SMSL SP200 to drive it. Hoping for a little more headroom after EQ, I am auditioning the A90. Strangely, I get the same loudness out of my HE6se v2 (by my ear and...
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    Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 Review (Speaker)

    Thanks for sharing your impressions. I do currently own the 530 in my living room (about 15ft x 12ft x 9ft), and I find it very versatile and like it a lot. My main complain is that it sometimes sounds boxy to me, even after room correction. Just curious if these Wharfedale could be a step up...
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    Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 Review (Speaker)

    How does this compare to the JBL Studio 530 measured here, currently on sale for $250/pair?
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    Arya/Ananda Hybrid

    Oh, yes. I was referring to the Adorama version HE6se v2.
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    Arya/Ananda Hybrid

    I have a similar impression between the HE6se and Arya. Arya expands the soundstage and sounds more polite. HE6se sounds more intense. Choice between them comes down to preferences (genre, track, mood, etc), instead of technicalities.
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    Arya/Ananda Hybrid

    Coincidentally, I am currently auditioning several popular Hifiman cans: Sundara, Ananda, Arya, and HE6se v2. With regards to an "Ananda/Arya hybrid", especially from soundstage and imaging perspective, I will recommend HE6se v2. I only compared these cans carefully after EQ (oratory1990). To...
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    Planar magnetic alternative/upgrade from HD6XX

    The price of new HE6se v2 fell to $599 on Adorama, https://www.adorama.com/hmhe6sev2.html?emailprice=t If comfort would not be an issue for you, nothing competes with HE6se v2 at this price. At the similar price, Ananda OB is lighter and easier to driver than HE6se v2, but that's about it.
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    Planar magnetic alternative/upgrade from HD6XX

    I installed the older headband from HE-560 (similar to this, https://www.adorama.com/hmhb560.html?) onto my HE6se v2, and it solved the comfort issue for me. The installation takes about 10 mins, which does involve opening the ear cups. But I am not sure if the hybrid headband (Sundara style)...
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    Planar magnetic alternative/upgrade from HD6XX

    The clamping force on these are indeed on the low side. It may or may not be TOO low for you. My head is not narrow, and I do not have the same problem you might encounter of them being loose and shifting around my head. But because of the light clamping from the side, these end up creating a...
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    Budget Amp With High Pass Filter

    What is your definition of "budget amp"? I came across these two devices a couple of months ago, both of which provide decent room correction solution (high pass to main and sub out) for a 2.1 system. Martinlogan Forte (no bluetooth, but can do wireless streaming via DTS Play-Fi or Apple...
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    SMSL SH-9 THX Headphone Amplifier Review

    Hi, I just recently got this amp and so far so good. Even for the Hifiman HE6se v2, I got enough headroom after EQ. I have no prior experience with the step-attenuator, but is it supposed to make the audible clicking noise every time I adjusted it? In amirm's review, he mentioned "The chatter...
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    Poll: Where are you guys from?

    From southwestern part of China, currently live in California, USA.
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    New SMSL M300

    thank a lot, I will give them a try. BTW, is this problem with Mac OS (not auto-switching sampling rate) DAC specific? In another word, is it the case that other DACs might do the auto-switching on Mac OS right out of the box?
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    New SMSL M300

    Yes, I did check the Audio MIDI setup and changed the Format to 192 khz or 384 khz. But the M300 screen just took the sample rate I set in the Audio MIDI and never change it based on the file. I have so far tried VOX and Pine, but neither of them auto change the rate on the M300 screen. Do you...
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    New SMSL M300

    Just got my M300 MKII yesterday and I am listening to it with SP200 through XLR. Very good first impression, build and feature wise. But one question. I used the USB to connect my macbook pro to M300. The sampling rate shown on the M300 screen is always 44.1 khz, regardless what music files I...
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    WolfX700 Measurement of SMSL M300 MkII Edition

    It is stated as 4.2 Vrms through XLR in the owner's manual
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