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THX 789 loaner from @YMO just arrived! Listened for 10 minutes, this amp is not for me. I'll post some impressions later. Jul 8, 2020 at 11:38 AM

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    1. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      THX 789 loaner from @YMO just arrived! Listened for 10 minutes, this amp is not for me. I'll post some impressions later.
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      3. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        I use it for all my iem reviews/comparisons. It sits at my WFH desk, so gets plenty of iem listening for pleasure as well.
        Jul 8, 2020 at 5:17 PM
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        Remember all, IEM Headphone Amp. @shotgunshane approves. Don't listen to @tommytakis, he is too scared of his Sonic Frontiers DAC going away from him.
        Jul 8, 2020 at 5:40 PM
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      5. monacelli
        monacelli
        On a somewhat related note, anybody listen to iems on Hel? It uses the same opamp as the RME ADI-2 DAC, the TI OPA1688. The OPA1688 also uses feedforward, like the opamp in the THX 789.
        Jul 8, 2020 at 6:31 PM
    2. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Not sure if I have a channel imbalance or I'm just imagining things. Nervosa intensifies.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        You have taken the techie approach? Played a tone centred or mono, shut your eyes, and "seen" where it comes from? Maybe you have to do a sweep if you think if might be frequency dependent.

        Pisses me off that balance controls became an audiophile no-no about 30 years back. Ears are not perfect, rooms are not perfect...
        Jul 4, 2020
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        After sleeping on it, I'm 95% sure that there's some fluid in my inner left ear.

        The MHA150 actually does have tone and balance controls!
        Jul 4, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It may just be wax. It may clear itself, or you may need to consult an ENT doc. My ears need cleaning out at least once a year. It used to make a huge difference, but as I get deafer it makes less. Look after your ears! If in doubt see a doc. :)

        Some channel imbalance may reduce your resale value a bit, but it needn't affect your music pleasure. Your brain will adjust.
        Jul 4, 2020
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    3. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Spent the afternoon discovering curated new music lists. There are soooo many amazing new releases out there if we take the time to search!
    4. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Had Stax Lambdas on in a Zoom, coworker says “It looks like you have heatsinks on your ears.”
      1. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Your coworker is not wrong

        Finally had a day light on meetings. Was able to listen to some music and get some work done.
        Jun 12, 2020
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    5. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Another set of Hifiman pads just randomly fell apart on me, this time the PaliPad. The love/hate situation with this company drives me nuts.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I've been a little lucky with the pads on my Ananda lasting about 1 1/2 years now. I was thinking of trying to get a used HE 1K SE then I see the horror stories of pads falling apart after one year of use. The pads aren't cheap either.
        May 29, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I've always fancied Auteur pads on HE6 most of the time. Deep pads are hit or miss. I generally avoid perf pads on planars.
        May 29, 2020
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @Phantaminum I've never had an issue with the egg shaped pads, but then again I’ve never tried to replace them either. @E_Schaaf I do have some extra ZMF pads here, but what’s the best way to attach them?
        May 30, 2020
    6. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      That feeling when you find a new song you love but it's mastered so terribly that it's nearly unlistenable..
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Huh, @E_Schaaf helped me out a bit. Not great, but not unlistenable.

        That is, until you switch to other music and wonder why it sounds hilariously bad, then realize EQ is all over the place.
        May 21, 2020
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        There is no cure for clipping. That is the most frustrating to me and I cant understand why so many can accept it on so many albums such as the newest Tool album. The mastering is absolutely terrible.
        May 22, 2020
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Cheap speakers or Koss PortaPro.
        May 22, 2020
    7. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      1. Wilson
        Wilson
        Trippy. At first, I thought it was some crazy-ass gourmet donuts getting covered in sprinkles.
        Apr 23, 2020
      2. Elmer Danilovich
        Elmer Danilovich
        Nice to see some fellow Imgur regulars here too
        Apr 23, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Guess what "he's" makinh?

        Poster has trouble with basic gender recognition, as well as basic alphabet usage!

        But hey, yes... mint-chocolate LPs always made my mouth water :)
        Apr 24, 2020
    8. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Taking a much needed day off, listening to the Yggdrasil fed via the Pi2EAS over AES. Feels good, man.
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    9. Mindbender
      Mindbender
      Are you able to stream Qobuz to Moode via UPnP or do you use Airplay/Bluetooth? I cannot get Qobuz to my current Moode build via UPnP. (my PI2AES shipment arrives tomorrow).
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        @Mindbender I know there's Qobuz UPnP on the windows app, but I don't think it is off beta. When I used it I thought it stinks. I highly recommend using a UPnP Controller program that's available on an iPhone because that would solve your problems.
        Apr 17, 2020
      4. Mindbender
        Mindbender
        @YMO - Thanks, I just tried mConnect and it does exactly what I was looking for on iOS. Still looking for its equivalent on Win10, but I appreciate the help!
        Apr 18, 2020
      5. YMO
        YMO
        @Mindbender if you use foobar you can get the UPnP Output component and tell for bar to send audio to the DNLA render of moOde.
        Apr 18, 2020
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    10. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Can't handle the uncertainty that comes with an "out for delivery" notification from the USPS. 50/50 chance they get it to the house.
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      3. fraggler
        fraggler
        Lol. I wouldn't even give it 50/50 in my delivery area. I think it is 50/50 that when they mark it delivered, it gets to me within 3 days after that.
        Apr 16, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        They did it! The Pi2AES kit has arrived!
        Apr 16, 2020
      5. wbass
        wbass
        USPS is a bummer right now. And generally.
        Apr 16, 2020
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    12. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      The MHA150 should have been plugged directly into the wall all this time. Blargh.
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        Yeah we get too many thunderstorms here to chance no surge suppression, but definitely agree with straight out of the wall is best especially for amps.
        Mar 31, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @MisterRogers any suggestions on where to get a quality industrial strip?
        Apr 1, 2020
      5. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        I'd check places that sell tools, work benches, etc. I picked mine up at Micro Centre in DTC / Denver. Look for the long, rectangular ones that are meant for mounting on the underside of a workbench. They tend to have heavier gauge wiring, without surge or conditioning.
        Apr 1, 2020
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      dubharmonic
    14. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Internet is down, can't leave for a coffee shop, glad to have a local music library.
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        LTE still works, I posted from my phone. 40 pounds of green coffee arrived before the lock down, so we're good for a while!
        Mar 19, 2020
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        They have shelter-in-place for Chicago?
        Mar 19, 2020
      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Not mandatory, though there's no dine-in anywhere.
        Mar 19, 2020
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    15. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      While the Yggdrasil has been out I've been using an OG Modi Multibit. It's amazing how close it comes to the bigger siblings.
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    16. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      The HE6 can be so much fun, especially with a small boost in the lowest registers!
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nobody ever talks about how well HE6 responds to Loki
        Feb 18, 2020
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Seriously! It handles extra bass without falling apart, and stays clear in the mids and highs.
        Feb 18, 2020
    17. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Plex seems easy to use, has a nice interface, and is free. What's the catch?
      1. YMO
        YMO
        If you want to access it outside your network. Also, it's a closed environment that is not on the UPnP standard.
        Feb 10, 2020
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Nothing. Unless you want to listen to your tracks outside your home. It is great for movie streaming. And I could never get Plex to work on Linux on my Raspberry Pi.
        Feb 10, 2020
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I'm able to play my music outside of my house, even on LTE, without paying for upgrades. Maybe that's a new feature?
        Feb 10, 2020
    18. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Using the MHA150's internal ESS DAC for the first time in a long time while the Yggdrasil is being upgraded. It's sweeter than I remembered.
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      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Got it. Thanks. Have you shared your impressions or comparison of the amp section anywhere? I only got to try it as a DAC/Amp and I was really impressed. I couldn’t really tell if the DAC was holding the amp section back or if it was integral to its performance. I was ready to buy it back in Nov. But it costs close to $7000 in India, even after discount. So I dropped the idea.
        Feb 2, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I haven't written up a full review yet, I probably should. $7000 is steep. Is that from taxes? Tariffs?
        Feb 3, 2020
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      5. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        I'm sorry, I missed to respond sooner. It seems to be more than just the tariffs. Even in EU the 230V is way more exp than the 120V version in the US. Would love to read your impressions/comparison at some point.
        Feb 7, 2020
    19. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      JVC FD01 James mod installed, huge improvement in listenability.
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    20. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      @RobS sorry if I missed a post, what’s the headphone chain that outperformed your speakers?
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      2. MrTeaRex
        Jan 14, 2020
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Ensure you only get the finest refined coca.
        Jan 14, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Late-night mug of it makes my audio sound better.

        Oh wait, you didn't say cocoa?
        Jan 15, 2020
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Evanston, IL

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    Pi2AES → Schiit Yggdrasil A2 Unison → McIntosh MHA150 → ZMF Suede Auteur Ambrosia Maple / Focal Utopia / HifiMan HE6se / HifiMan HE1000se / Sennheiser HD800S / Sennheiser HD650