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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    I see some issues with these tests though, the conclusions and metrics are largely based on power and distortion levels. Understand that people don't buy DAPs just for more power, and especially for IEMs the amp isn't largely important since most phones have enough power to drive them. What's...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    Agree to disagree. I have a Shanling UA2 dongle and both me and my friend observed significant differences between using that with our phones than with my AK SE100 and Hiby RS6 (using balanced for each). I mean, how can it be the same? The DACs and architectures are totally different. And ok I'm...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    "If a $10 dongle can get me 95% performance of a $1,000 DAP and it takes up 1% of space/weight, I'm not going to go out of my way to make my life more expensive and difficult." If a $10 dongle can do that, I'll be the first one lining to up to buy it. I'm not an idiot who's going to pay 10x the...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    Not a good comparison. There's a lot of research already done that proves that upgrading cables has little effect on the audio quality. The same amount of research has NOT been done comparing DAPs vs dongles that prove that dongles always sound better and yet everyone here seems to just accept...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    Ok I read (translated) a few articles on there, read the AK SP2000T, Caiyin N6ii, LP P6 Pro, Lotoo PAW Gold Sony DMP-Z1 against the LP W2, Fiio KA3, Caiyin RU6. The general impression that I get is what I already know - USB Dongles have made strides and quickly caught up to even luxury DAPs in...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    It's ridiculous to claim that a $1000 or $2000 DAP doesn't offer better sound than a $100 USB dongle. If this were true, the DAP market would never sell. Going by chipsets until recently, dongles topped out at a ESS9038Q2M (AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt, Shanling UA2, FiiO KA3) which any DAP >...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    How does it destroy most DAPs? Has anyone here done a comparison? I have a Shanling UA2 which is a great dongle for under $100 but it doesn't destroy my AK SE100 or Hiby RS6 DAPs at all. Even if you go up to the highest end dongles like the Luxury&Precision W2 or Caiyin RU6, they're very...
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    THIEAUDIO Monarch Mk II - Uber well-tuned tribrid IEM

    Several reasons: -DAP can be more convenient than carrying a phone + portable amp/dac combo -DAP has more fine tuned granular volume control and media playback controls -DAP has microSD support (we all know microSD support is dying in the phone business now) -doesn't take up your phones battery...
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    THX Onyx Review (headphone adapter)

    The Helm Audio Bolt and Shanling UA2 is what I'm interested to see how it compares to given that the THX costs $100 more than those products. In fact the Shanling UA1 only costs $45 - https://www.linsoul.com/products/shanling-ua1 - and has the exact same DAC (ESS ES9218P) so is it the THX AAA...
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