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  1. JanesJr1

    Sennheiser HD650 Review (Headphone)

    The HD 650 does not take bass EQ to anywhere near Harman levels, without very audible, and non-euphonic distortion. Others have experienced this, too. My DCA planars and Sundara handle bass EQ with grace, and other dynamic phones have been reported here as more amenable to bass EQ.
  2. JanesJr1

    Drop Dan Clark Audio Aeon Closed X

    I allow there may be more dynamic headphones than the Noire, from frequent testimony by others who have also tried Focal's, some Audeze models, etc. However, I don't want them, because with my Noire and very dynamic recordings, I already find it difficult to find a volume setting that allows...
  3. JanesJr1

    Streaming services: classical Music, any Primephonic/Apple updates, other?

    Just FYI, that's the only way I listen to music (via my PC's), and it's not a far-fetched use case. I like it much better than using a phone, and I get top fidelity on my Surface Pro with a good dongle and headphones or IEM's. (I also use desktop dac/amps on my stationary PC's.) I'm not even...
  4. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    Kind of a capricious problem ... my Noires are dead silent in the cups ... a little cable noise but not much, and nothing else, unless I'm moving around a lot for some reason. By "capricious" I mean that I have always had a great seal with the Aeon cups, but I know that some others do not.
  5. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    Hart Audio carries the DCA-style connectors, and their cables are flexible and in my experience well-made. Less expensive than some, too. I've seen others refer to low-cost suppliers with the same DCA sockets at AliExpress, but I don't have the link. [PS missed your comment the first time...
  6. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    A year or two ago, I did extensive A/B comparison of the Noire (Aeon 2) to the Closed X (RT re-brand for Drop distribution channel). They were level-matched comparisons and both 'phones were EQ'd to Harman/Oratory, but they were sighted comparisons. I spent too many hours comparing them. I...
  7. JanesJr1

    Sennheiser HD650 Review (Headphone)

    I don't listen to bass for the sake of strong bass, but I like to EQ for acoustic sources (classical, folk, etc) so that there is clean bass in reserve to create a full FR and convincing fidelity. (I listen to electronica, too, but bass is almost like a separate "instrument", not just a...
  8. JanesJr1

    Sennheiser HD650 Review (Headphone)

    Looking at Tyll's numbers, the total distortion in the bass and sub-bass seems very high whether or not EQ to Harman is applied. Trying to reconcile subjective experience with the objective numbers, an alternative explanation for my experience would be that my attempt to beef up the bass of my...
  9. JanesJr1

    Sennheiser HD650 Review (Headphone)

    I had the same experience as Robbo9999 a couple of years ago: EQing the HD650 bass back up to Oratory's version of Harman was a total fail. The bass lost all integrity. I fiddled with a high pass filter, but my DCA planar was so much more tolerant of EQ (and less needy in the bass to begin...
  10. JanesJr1

    The hell of computer support

    PC I have always had at least one Lenovo Thinkpad at hand in my work setting for at least 20 years. (I stick with them because of personal ergonomic preferences, not because of vaunted hardware toughness: as form-factors have shrunk, Thinkpads have become more fragile, just like other brands.)...
  11. JanesJr1

    Belden ICONOCLAST XLR Cable Review

    I don't mean to be a buzzkill, but is what they did just to target some ads at audio listeners, and raise their prices? Like it or not, that seems like the straight-and-narrow for business sales practice these days. (Although I haven't seen what they did if it was worse than that.)
  12. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON RT Review (closed headphone)

    run them balanced. I have the atom as well as a more powerful topping Amp that I run balanced, and the. s9 pro and e1da running balanced sound the same at normal volumes. also check the fit as noted above; it almost always comes up as the biggest reason for variability in the experiences of dca...
  13. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON RT Review (closed headphone)

    See my last post, 2 items up. The Aeon and Aeon 2 headphones all need the special "Hirose" connector. I know that Hart makes DCA compatible cables and I like mine; maybe someone else does, too.
  14. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON RT Review (closed headphone)

    Hi, with the S9 Pro try a balanced connection, that will significantly increase the power output. (But it will cost something...) Also, DCA phones are more sensitive than most to a snug fit in order to provide full bass. This is generally true of closed back phones, but the high "resonance...
  15. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    Interesting! I use 2 reasonably capable dongles*, connected in balanced mode, with the 13 ohm Noire, and keep expecting, but at most rarely hearing, transient distortion or limiting on peaks. I've done subjective but level-matched A/B comparisons with demanding music that seem to validate that...
  16. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    With the possible exception that there are some USB dongles that draw on laptop-battery or connected-AC power pretty freely and can therefore handle a pretty hefty current draw....
  17. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    I always respect your opinion, Staticv3 ... do you have a take on a dongle that can drive the Noire with enough "authority, dynamics, slam, impact" to satisfy a reasonable audiophile? (By reasonable, I mean not cathedral-ceiling, show-off-demo SPL's but satisfying normal use...) Just using the...
  18. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    My short answer is that I've never heard a headphone or IEM that I was satisfied with out of the box. Maybe I misunderstood you, but on my first reading, I thought you were hoping (1) for a headphone you didn't have to EQ, and (2) if you DO have to EQ, you want a headphone you could hook up to...
  19. JanesJr1

    Dan Clark Audio AEON 2 Noire Review

    I'm curious about Audeze ... they may not be forcing consumers into a house sound, but with a funky EQ out-of-the-box, aren't they limiting their audience either to the minority of audiophiles who agree with and practice equalizing; or alternatively to those who really like an...
  20. JanesJr1

    Looking for DCA Aeon 2 Noire alternative

    I remember reading that DCA switched to a different pad to solve the problem a year or two ago. However, I think that back then, unless you were a recent-purchaser, you had to buy them. But check with DCA..
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