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  • Reply January 19, 2018

    Lieven

    Waw this is being used a lot!

  • Reply January 19, 2018

    dale thorn

    Now there’s two!

  • Reply February 3, 2018

    Sridhar

    to get the true potential of bit perfect output ifi usb dacs we have to use bit perfect sources right..

    • Reply February 3, 2018

      dale thorn

      My understanding about bit-perfect is that it’s a perfect digital copy of another file (unless you’re talking about a bitstream). Computers have long used CRC and other methods to insure perfect copies. CD rippers use “verify” features to make sure a CD is ripped perfectly.

      But a DAC changes bits to analog, and there the concept of bit perfect is nebulous. The main thing I understand about DACs is that they don’t want to lose any bits, and they want the bits perfectly sync’d (i.e., no jitter).

  • Reply February 6, 2018

    bayu

    Kapan TFZ 1S re-stock lagi om? Udah ngidam lama nih, mohon infonya. thanks om.

  • Reply February 6, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    Hi, I’d like an opinion on your part. I have SHURE se846, amp ALO CDM, player AK300 and Focal Elear. I would to change everything with the following devices but for that I need your opinion. Are better the HIFI RE2000/AKT8iE MKII than my SHURE se846? How plays the headset Bayerdynamic Xelento and the UNIQUE MELODY ME1? Are better Chord Mojo than my CDM? How play the new VORZÜGE DUOII? Is good the player Sony NW-WM1A? I love music with deep bass, long and with details. I like also mids warm. Excuse me if I don’t write well. Thanks in advance.
    Paolo from VENICE (Italy)

  • Reply February 7, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    Hi,
    Kindly, could you give me an answer?
    Thanks
    Paolo Zucchetto

    • Reply February 7, 2018

      dale thorn

      To be honest sir, you don’t need an answer per se, you need a professional consultation that takes time and might cost some money.

      Here’s one money-saving idea for you: Ask one question at a time and wait for the answer. That way, someone may be able to answer.

  • Reply February 7, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    ok. VORZÜGE DUOII is better than ALO CDM?
    Grazie

  • Reply February 7, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    Last question, Sony NW-WZ A1 is better than AK 300?

    • Reply February 8, 2018

      Lieven

      It’s different 😉

      • Reply February 8, 2018

        Paolo Zucchetto

        Of both questions can you tell me at least which devices has a warm sound, mor bass. Grazie

        • Reply February 8, 2018

          Lieven

          Sony is warmer

          • Reply February 8, 2018

            Paolo Zucchetto

            Thanks

  • Reply February 11, 2018

    Nikola

    Dear all,
    I’m about to acquire NW WM1A ! Is it possible (and how) to connect it to my HiFi system as s source/DAC ?
    Amp – Vitus Audio
    Speakers – Neeper Perfection One

    Cheers,
    Nikola

  • Reply February 13, 2018

    Omer

    Do you have any recommendation for an IEM that has at least 40ohm impedance and a price tag of less then 150$?
    I’m yet to find such creature (exept from maybe the good old VSonic GR07) and my shanling m2s really struggles with the sensitive ones (yes, even those with a dynamic driver).

    Thanks!

    • Reply February 13, 2018

      Lieven

      how about an earbud?

      • Reply February 13, 2018

        Omer

        I did notice the sudden comeback of these little bastards, but I’m kind of afraid by the fit of those (although, as most people i guess, the last earbuds i wore were from dumbphone crappy kind).

        Any suggestions though?

        • Reply February 13, 2018

          dale thorn

          For earbuds, the Monk Plus. No contest. For a more normal bass, Apple’s Earpods or Airpods.

  • Reply February 14, 2018

    Akilan

    Hi.
    I have an integrated amp with analog and digital inputs with a great built in DAC. The Hegel H80. There is no audio out from the Hegel. I want to add a headphone amp to my stereo (one of the the bottlehead diy). I need to get some sort of switch or preamp that has 2 line outputs so I wouldn’t have to keep plugging unplugging between the amps. Any recommendations?

    Thanks

  • Reply February 17, 2018

    Siva

    Hello Headfonia, Greetings…!
    Hope you are well…! Your reviews are really awesome. I would like to get few of my doubts clarified from you. I’m planning to buy Beyerdynamic Amiron Home or HD650. I’m already have Chord Mojo. Do we need additional amplifier to drive these headphone along with chord mojo? Or mojo will be fair enough to handle this headphones…if we need additional amplifier please suggest few…

    • Reply February 20, 2018

      dale thorn

      For most music you should be OK, but if some of your music does not seem to have the proper bass impact, then more power may be needed. Especially with the HD650.

  • Reply February 20, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    Between the SHURE 846se and the Noble Audio Encore what do you advise me?
    The Encore at good bass?
    Thanks

  • Reply February 22, 2018

    Vincent

    Hi…
    I Plan to buy DAP. I like jazz, audiophile, pop and instrumental.
    I have 3 choices, Sony NW-A45 & Fiio X3 Mark III or Cayin N3.
    Please help which one is better and recommendation?

    Thanks.

    • Reply March 1, 2018

      Lieven

      Fio X5ii, Cayin N3, Hiby R3

  • Reply February 22, 2018

    Vincent

    Hi….
    I have 3 choices: Sony NW-A45, Fiio X3 Mark III or Cayin N3
    Please help which one is better?
    FYI genre that I like jazz, audiophile, pop & instrumental

    Thanks.

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Paolo Zucchetto

    Hi, JH audio LOLA has a good bass? Is it full bodied and extended?
    Thanks
    Paolo

  • Reply March 12, 2018

    Nick M Jones

    Hello,
    In Mike’s informative item on OSX Audio players from 2012 which I have just read, the top three for SQ appear to be Sonic Studio followed by Audirvana and Pure Music.
    Is this still your recommendation?
    (I play local files and Spotify Premium through a Macbook Pro with HRT Microstreamer.)

    Thanks in advance,
    Nick M Jones

    • Reply March 12, 2018

      dale thorn

      Audirvana Plus is the one I see that’s recommended most, and as for other software, a lot has changed in 6 years. Audirvana looks like a one-time fee from what I see, whereas other music players require constant repayment every month or year.

      Audirvana requires an Internet connection, so that means they want to register your actual computer. It might be difficult when changing computers to transfer the ‘license’ to another computer. It also has implications for DRM for purchased files, but that would not apply to streaming.

  • Reply March 19, 2018

    Ulco Wesselink

    For Nick

    Hello Nick, I do have both Audirvana and Amarra (Sonic Studio). In my opinion (which of course is subjective) Audirvana has a more “analogue” or so you wish “natural sound” sound and I’m a very satisfied user for years now.
    Audirvana is indeed a one time buy with from time to time an affordable upgrade.

  • Reply March 27, 2018

    Matt

    I love this site-a ton of great information! I am in search of a good “all around” IEM. One that will perform as a stage IEM but also something I can use to sit back and listen to music with on my iphone 7 and possibly a DAP in the near future. My budget is about $1k. Among a bunch of various headphones (AT ATH-M50X, 1More Triple, UE900S Reshells, Bose QC35, Beats PowerBeats 3 all for different uses-airplane travel, gym, etc) I currently use Westone UM 20 Pros that were reshelled by InEarz as my stage monitor and at home IEM. A few years on I’m not getting the seal I’d really like and would like to “upgrade” the drivers anyway. I play acoustic guitar and use a wireless pack from a dedicated monitor mix channel. I listen to acoustic, blues, rock and folk music. A lot of guitars. I am leaning more towards a Universal IEM rather than the custom route and am focusing in on the Shure SE846, UM Pro 50, Campfire Andromeda and the A&K/JH Angie SE. Any input on a good all arounder that will work well with these different input sources? Sorry for the long post.

  • Reply April 2, 2018

    peter

    petersanantonio@aol.com i wonder if anyone with pxc 450 by sennheiser has ever experienced the headphones actually amplifying ambient noise rather than canceling it? does this occur when they get old? what can i do?

  • Reply April 2, 2018

    dale thorn

    Can you check the microphone inputs and see if they are clean and free of dirt? When the noise increases, the NC circuit might be compensating for something. Cords can cause problems too.

  • Reply April 3, 2018

    Hans

    Hi Lieven, do you know how the Hiby R3 and the Onkyo DP-S1 and Cowon Plenue D compare?

    I prefer a balanced sound that is versatile to cover genres like classical orchestra, jazz, to rock and pop so detail retrieval and extension are important. Warm or cold doesn’t matter although between both I prefer a warmer sound.

    I noticed they were all reviewed at some point so hope you can help 🙂

    • Reply April 3, 2018

      Lieven

      That’s tough as it are all other reviewers, sorry man.

  • Reply April 9, 2018

    Hans

    Hi, another reviewer found that the R3:
    “”R3 sounds comparable to Fiio X7II: which means balanced sound just a bit less stage (width maybe) than X7II”
    “R6 is slightly bassier than R3 and better 3D”

    Is this similar to what you found, as I think you mentioned the R3 is a bit warmer and forward.

    Thanks!

    • Reply April 9, 2018

      Lieven

      First of all you need to know what AM module the X7II had, only then could one compare. But in general I wouldn’t say the 7ii and R3 are alike, au contraire.

      • Reply April 10, 2018

        Hans

        Thanks Lieven. Looks like the Headfonia review of the DP-S1 is more promising at least for sound then?

  • Reply April 13, 2018

    Hans

    Hi Lieven, you mentioned that R3 is similar in sound to X5iii – could you elaborate a little? Also, Marcus mentioned he found the R3 to be without the treble glare that some older SABRE 9018 DAPs (R3 is 9028) used to have. Did you pick this up too when listening?

    • Reply April 16, 2018

      Lieven

      warmer, slower, thicker. that’s it really. but the X5iii is more noisy.
      I’m not really one to complain about the Sabre treble, me likes 🙂

      • Reply April 16, 2018

        Hans

        Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply April 19, 2018

    Jonathan

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