The Headphones / In-Ear Monitors Thread (Merged)

Discussion in 'Musicians and DJs' started by macxchange, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm...boom! Dan Clark of Mr. Speakers strikes again. All new driver design. Custom cable included. Initial impressions out of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest/CanJam 2018 in Denver are positive. Think Sennheiser HD 800-level clarity.....with warmth with the weighty notes that planer magnetics are well known for......and.....wait for it.....it is 100 grams lighter than the already light HD 800. The design is very similar to the Mr. Speakers VOCE electrostatic headphones that I was able to audition at Egghead Audiohub (gorgeous, estat sound, similar to the Stax 007).

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    And from Manley Labs (a storied name in hifi audio), this gorgeous all-tubes headphone amp (with line-level preamp), the Absolute Headphone Amplifier:

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    Tempted.
     
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    ^I ordered the Ether Flow upgrade kit. Alas, they sent it to the default address (PH), instead of the other address I thought I specified. Chances are, it'll be held up in PH Customs, even if the kit is only worth $50. Grrr.

    Anyway, I am weaning myself out of head-fi, for a life-changing reason, which will be revealed here in a few weeks. I shall return to head-fi someday, but the prudent action now is abstinence. :D Abangan! :)
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm....my baby, baby Focal Utopia is back from the US. Focal France replaced my 3 year old unit na nagka-defect with a brand new unit (no questions asked, zero bullshit replacement policy). Had a problem with customs. Ang daming hinihingi documentary requirements. Held up close to a week.

    Beautifully driven by the Chord Hugo 2.

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    And I thought my headphone journey has already stopped :ROFLMAO:

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    Got myself an AKG K812 with custom cables for a great price from an audio friend who I had dealt with in the past. Said friend initially didn't want to let go of his K812...my deal with him involved a buy-back option just in case I get tired of its sound and decide to let it go. So far, I'm enjoying every moment with the K812 :)

    P.S. Apparently, AKG exists now more as a brand than a true audio company in the likes of Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic, post-Samsung acquisition :(
     
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    So, just as an update, I got the CampfireAudio Comet and the Shanling M0 from Egghead (Shang). I got the M0 for its portability (so I don't have to use my phone to play music. Just wish it had Spotify though)

    (Review of Campfireaudio Comet -->
    https://theheadphonelist.com/campfire-audio-comet-review-luminous/)

    Egghead also very nicely replaced my iFi Nano BL when I noticed that the IEM match port wasn't working.
     
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    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm...good.

    The teeny tiny Shanling M0 is a viable digital transport for a higher quality portable headphone amp. Its got usb audio out, aptX support for wireless and LDAC for Sony. Thinking of getting one myself to pair with the Chord Hugo 2, to reduce my stack footprint.

    Speaking of Campfire Audio, they are on a tear. Their newest totl universal:
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    https://campfireaudio.com/shop/solaris/

    Beautifullly-crafted hybrid uni. :eek:
     
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    To those going to this year's November HiFi Show, here's a top tip: Leave your wallets in the car. Better yet, don't bring any money/debit card/credit card with you when you leave home. I learned this lesson the hard way :ROFLMAO:

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    The November HiFi Show is up and running until tomorrow so if you're in the vicinity (or planning to look at the latest and greatest audio stuff) don't miss the chance to drop by! ;)
     
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    Last year, a friend at the show sold a pair of speakers for (drum roll) $175,000. You think leaving the credit card at home would've helped? :D
     
  9. jai bautista

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    Would those happen to be Grand Utopias??? Speaking of which, they were again featured this year. Simply magnificent-sounding. :cry:
     
  10. makinao

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    I've been needing a new closed headset for work because my HD380Pros are not even, so I auditioned everything closed they had in Egghead Shang. Unfortunately, I didn't like anything. The closest to what I wanted was an ATH-M70x, but the slight lift in the high frequencies worried me a bit, specially for long sessions. I left empty handed (even apologizing to the very accomodating staff), but still desperate because I need it for a current project. A couple of weeks later, I dropped by the JBMusic "40% off everything in the store" sale and saw the price of the ATH-M70x was just PhP 10,860.00. That's about PhP7k less than the local list price, and US$100 cheaper than in B&H NY. So my wallet and my ears took a chance. My suki in the Trinoma branch had to grab one from another branch for me. I've had no problems adjusting to it, although I've only been using it in short bursts, from 30 minutes to an hour of tracking.
     
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