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  1. dsnyder0cnn

    Topping A90 Discrete Review (Headphone Amp & Preamp)

    I use Roon, which has a flexible DSP engine and 64-bit implementation. So, it's easy to compensate there as needed in a transparent way.
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    Topping LA90 Discrete?

    Discussion is fine. But where are the numbers? Has anyone measured the new version to confirm what the manufacturer has published? I have no particular reason to doubt Topping's in-house measurements. But independent verification is what ASR is all about. Amir has, in my view, unjustly received...
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    Topping LA90 Discrete?

    I realize that I'm spoiled by the amazing work that Amir and team do here. But before I plunk down $799 for the Discrete version of the Topping LA90, I'd love to see if it measures worse or better than the (now discontinued) LA90. I suppose I could put my money where my mouth is by having one...
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    Best value streamer with no DAC

    That, and it's incredibly difficult to buy a new Raspberry Pi board in the US these days. :-\
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    Topping L50 Review (Headphone Amp)

    That seems to be reasonably close to me. Where did you get the impression that the medium gain setting gain should be exactly 0 dB?
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    Topping MX5, A new device?

    Perhaps buy one and have it drop-shipped to Amir. <3
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    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    There are many reasons why this might be. Getting level matching right is not easy. If you're willing to share your approach, folks here would be willing to provide feedback on the effectiveness. For example, level matching by playing pink noise and using an SPL meter is not adequate for this...
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    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    I've actually done level-matched comparison between the D90SE and X16. With the same filters selected and level matched to within 0.01 dB, the two DACs were completely indistinguishable from each other sonically and objectively. At least to the limits of my abilities to hear and measure. Of...
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    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    That's a tough question to answer. The X18 is the best sounding DAC I've owned. In a good room with thoughtful setup, it throws a big soundstage when such is present in the recording. If you are into imaging, it's all there. Focus and spacial qualities of good recordings are present in spades...
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    EverSolo Z8 DAC & Amp Review

    Wow. Not sure what else to say. This makes my Gustard X18 look like something from the 70's.
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    Topping DX3 Pro+

    I've not noticed any difference. If it's easy to downgrade, it should also be easy to measure the output for each version and compare
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    Topping PA3s Review (Desktop Amplifier)

    I was thinking the same thing. Possibly just a bad SMPS?
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    Akai GX-620 Reel to Reel Tape Deck Measurements

    Very interesting results. This almost looks like a target curve for speakers-in-room. Harman Synthesis? The correlation is remarkable. :)
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    Directivity is not a concern since my application is nearfield...there's little room interaction, and I can point the speakers directly at my ears. Distortion is near or below the noise floor for my typical playback levels: In my view, the tradeoff is giving up loudness and extension for...
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    I finally got around to doing some measurements of my LGK 2.0 speakers today. Here's the frequency response from the listening position...admittedly, there's a desk and 27 inch 4k display between the speakers and a wall less than a foot behind the mic (and my head), but the room's primary...
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    For sure. Full disclosure, I don't have a Klippel! I'll use my miniDSP UMIK-2, recording from the main listening position…on center with the driver and an arm's length away.
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    Haha. Fair. However, the Infected Mushrooms track I played in the video has plenty of low bass. Of course, the little driver was not able to translate much of that into acoustic energy, and what it could do probably was not picked up by the mic in my phone. My point in posting was just to show...
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    I sometimes drive mine pretty hard (relative to their intended application), but I've never heard "crackling" noises from them. I'll drag a mic out at some point and measure them in-room to see how they are doing, but no complaints from me so far.
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    Leema Acoustics Element DAC & Preamp Review

    I ended up going a similar route with the Gustard X16 DAC + Topping Pre90/Ext90. About $1,350 for the combo, but all of the digital inputs I could want, four pairs of analog XLR inputs, two RCA, and better performance across the board.
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    GR Research LGK 2.0 Speaker Review (A Joke)

    I purchased the LGK 2.0 kit with flatpack months before Amir reviewed these speakers. A kind (and talented) friend offered to complete the build for me, including finishing the cabinets in a natural walnut veneer. Here's a photo of the cabinets just after the second coat of polyurethane: I...
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