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  1. cistercian

    RME ADI-2 DAC FS - AKM Versus ESS Measurements (DAC, Preamp & Headamp)

    @VintageFlanker Epic post and thank you. Happily listening to my AKM RME ADI-2 as I write this. I cried when the AKM fab burned down and bought an Icom R-30 based on the fab being trashed. Because ICOM had a custom decoder chip built at that fab that disappeared after it burned down...and as...
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    New Chinese IEM's

    I bought a pile of IEMs primarily for high sensitivity geek use. I have the Tin Hifi T3 Plus which is an excellent sounding as well as great fitting IEM...I highly recommend it. I also Have a Moondrop Aria which is a miss in terms of fit...but sounds wonderful. I had to use spinfits to make it...
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    IEM for crystal radio use

    It is my friend. I was 8 when I got mine. I am 61 now. So when I say these are good I am serious. I hate earbuds BTW. I wish someone...anyone would make good "cans" for this but they don't. The best I found before I went down the IEM rabbit hole is the Sennheiser HD-26 Pro cans. They are...
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    IEM for crystal radio use

    I went a bit nuts after I discovered how sensitive low impedance IEMs can be using an appropriate audio transformer...for crystal radio use. This is NOT an audio quality topic. As an inveterate geek I have played with high sensitivity phones since I was a boy. My first radio was a crystal set...
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    Listening to my early unit tonight. (AKM Chipset) Its preposterously excellent. What an amazing piece of gear. I am so happy with it! Thanks RME and Amir for reviewing it. Such an excellent piece of equipment...its amazing....still. What a fantastic DAC. It's EPIC!!!!!
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    Amazing Experiment

    Me too. LOL
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    Crown XLS 1002

    I bought a Crown 1002 and liked it so much I bought a 2502. Best amps I have ever had. I run mine full range into JBL 835 passive speakers. I use a RME ADI2 DAC which is just an epic piece of gear. But I am a cretin so beware my advice. See Amirs review of my components. I like what I use...
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    Let's talk CD Players!

    I think the CD format is more than enough! My experience was my player failed so I bought a replacement and it sounded horrible. It had digital output so instead of the analog I tried that and in so doing realized my old CD experience was colored by a very poor built in DAC of my original...
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    Behringer NX1000D Review (Stereo Amplifier)

    I forgot...thanks Amir for the great review!
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    Behringer NX1000D Review (Stereo Amplifier)

    The power rating is just lame. Why? I don't get it. My XLS 2502 may not be audiophile but it is still a powerful monster for the times I want it powerful and loud...which is why I bought it. It is on now too...and I am playing it entirely too loud! Something this amp cannot do:mad:
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    The Cable Debate Just Ended

    That video was epic. Very hilarious!!!!:D Thank you!!!
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    The decline and fall of Reflex.

    I only use DSLR and all are DX so I can avoid vignetting and soft corner performance using some FX glass. (105mm F1.4G) Using the sweet spot of the lens is nice. I saw the writing on the wall and prefer to look through my glass so I stocked up on some gear I thought would go away. I was right...
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    What was your best (and worst) audio purchase for the dollar?

    Best: My avatar, JBL 835SRX passive 3 ways. Do you want to rock hard? Excellent. Have money for for an attorney. 135DB+!!! Sennheiser HD 600...incredible on sale for 238ish dollars. RME ADI DAC2 FS. Expensive. Worth every penny and then some. Crown XLS2502 amplifier. It drives the JBL...
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    Why Aren't There Female Audiophiles?

    I have seen serious female audiophiles on various you tube channels...but I regret to say I cannot list them. They definitely exist though! ETA. I was silly enough to think the topic was serious. Then I watched the video. LOL!
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    What headphones would you like Amir to measure next?

    I want to see the Sennheiser HD300Pro measured.
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    HD600 vs HD650

    I have seen this too. Mine are the blue marble colored ones so I am clueless about what version they are. I know when I bought them one of the things that weighed heavily in my choice was their popularity in use for mixing recordings in the time period I liked best. Using the same cans the...
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    Sennheiser HD600 Review (Headphone)

    I would add that pad wear on the well loved HD600 probably had substantial impact. Based on what I have observed here over time, and I have said this before, I completely trust Amir. I am incredibly thankful for the site and for what Amir does here.
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    Sennheiser HD600 Review (Headphone)

    Thank you for this review Amir. The HD600 is my reference phone set. They are not perfect, but they are very good. I am not willing to pay orders of magnitude more money to "upgrade" either. Thanks Amir!
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    Best sounding full-size closed-back...

    My favorite phones are the Sennheiser HD600. Of course, they are open back...and I mostly use them for music. They are far from perfect, but serve for me as the standard. I need a good set of cans for use with my ham radio transceiver that had very high isolation and also great clarity in the...
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    JBL 4349 Review (Studio Monitor Speaker)

    Thanks for the review Amir! I enjoyed it tremendously. Great job as always and best wishes!
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