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I've had the Focal Elex for a couple months now and love it. However, on my unit the soundstage seems very narrow. Anyone else notice this? May 1, 2024

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    1. lm4der
      lm4der
      I've had the Focal Elex for a couple months now and love it. However, on my unit the soundstage seems very narrow. Anyone else notice this?
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        Even big boy tooby amps can only do so much with Focal stage, though like @ColdsnapBry says Utopia gives something workable. Thing is, it’s not different than hd6xx, but those are cheaper…
        May 1, 2024
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      3. nishan99
        nishan99
        While it's a small stage compared to hifi headphones, it got perfect imaging.
        May 2, 2024
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      4. lm4der
        lm4der
        Thanks for all the replies, at least I know my Elex isn't unusual!
        May 2, 2024
    2. lm4der
      lm4der
      Well, damnation, but my quest for a dac/headphone amp with a remote volume control has so far been unsuccessful.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Don't.
        Jan 7, 2024
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      4. joch
        joch
        Just how far away do you listen hahaha
        Jan 8, 2024
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      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        maybe you should look for preamps
        Jan 8, 2024
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    3. lm4der
      lm4der
      Does anyone know of a cheap way to add a remote volume control to a headphone stack. Like a schiit sys, but with a remote.
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      2. AlPastor
        AlPastor
        If you think the Saga S would work, Jason said it will be on closeout or last call in the next day or two as it's being discontinued. "perfectly balanced 64-step relay volume and passive output option, as well as a remote control."
        Jan 4, 2024
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Khozmo makes a remote-enabled attenuator; maybe you can find one used for a reasonable price. I bought a non-remote version for around $200.
        Jan 11, 2024
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    4. lm4der
      lm4der
      Bifrost 2/64 in the hizzie. This will replace my og bifrost mulitibit. This sounds great, but so does the old one, so we'll see how it ends.
      1. gsanger, Sqveak, mediumroast and 6 others like this.
      2. lm4der
        lm4der
        Well dang! This feels like a side grade for me. Maybe my ears are missing the boat, but the B64 isn't sounding "better" than the B multibit. They are a bit different, but if it is an improvement, it's not by much. IMHO ymmv.
        Dec 27, 2023
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    5. lm4der
      lm4der
      I ordered the bifrost 2/64, hoping this is an upgrade to my 8yo og bifrost multibit. The og bifrost still sounds great to my ears though.
      1. Cryptowolf, Lyander and HotRatSalad like this.
      2. internethandle
        internethandle
        BF2 is a great DAC. Enjoy!
        Dec 23, 2023
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      3. ohshitgorillas
        ohshitgorillas
        I briefly owned both Bifrost Multibit and the original BF2. It was a solid upgrade.
        Dec 23, 2023
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    6. lm4der
      lm4der
      Whelp, this may come as no surprise to most, but I was hoping for a different outcome - OG Jotenheim vs OG Vali tube hybrid amp.
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      2. lm4der
        lm4der
        Oh yeah, it's a bit of an internal struggle. I swear that vali has a touch of liquid or something that is really clear and nice. I'm using some planers, hifiman edition xs, so thay aren't too picky with source, imho
        Dec 9, 2023
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Tried Lyr 3?
        Dec 9, 2023
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      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        Vali stages better than Jotunheim for me, and is less edgy in the highs. I’d take Jot 1 over Jot 2 any day of the week though.
        Dec 10, 2023
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    7. lm4der
      lm4der
      I was just thinking back to the old Changstar days. That was a lot of fun back then, felt like a small community. Despite Voldemorte, lol.
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      2. Priidik
        Priidik
        Most everyone have matured ever since - agreed, it was more fun back then. A rollercoaster-opinion war era.
        Dec 5, 2023
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        Just to clarify, I'm not saying the old Changstar was a better place to hang out. I like SBAF more. Just that it felt a little like the wild west back then, which was as obnoxious as it was fun.
        Dec 5, 2023
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    8. lm4der
      lm4der
      I've been away from audio for awhile. So, I picked up some new HPs, the HiFiMan Edition XS. These sound great and rekindled my interest!
      1. atomicbob, Deep Funk, Skyline and 2 others like this.
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        @Skyline I whole heartedly agree. These are the best I have owned, beating the likes of the Sennheiser hd650, Focal Elex, Audeze lcd classic, hifiman he 4xx, etc
        Dec 5, 2023
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      4. Skyline
        Skyline
        The LCD Classics just did not work for me. Felt very congested and claustrophobic...nobody else really talks about that so maybe it was just me. The XS, though...complete opposite...nice and open without sounding disjointed or overly airy.
        Dec 6, 2023
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      5. lm4der
        lm4der
        Yeah I really didn't like the lcd classic. Sold 'em. I've never heard other audeze cans though.
        Dec 6, 2023
    9. lm4der
      lm4der
      Just received the Fluance RT85 in the hizzie. This is my first foray into the turntable world. So far i'm quite impressed with the sound.
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    10. lm4der
      lm4der
      I have the HiFiMan Sundara in house. It sounds pretty good, however I am surprised to note that the bass seems a tad light. Anyone else?
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Eikon pads were a recommendation just off the top of my head - haven't pad rolled on the Sundara specifically, but from what I know of how the pads affect the sound and the response of the Sundara I was thinking those might be a good fit... now that I think about it Ori pads might be better though. I don't bother with the rings, they're too hard to deal with. I just cover the housing with double stick tape.
        May 8, 2019
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      4. Rustin Cohle
        Rustin Cohle
        What's your take on Ananda relative to Sundara? Those are creeping down into the $600-$700 range now.
        May 8, 2019
      5. lm4der
        lm4der
        I liked the Ananda a lot. I would have kept it but for me it didn't fit on my head/ears comfortably. It's slightly better than Sundara.
        May 9, 2019
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    11. lm4der
      lm4der
      HiFiMan Ananda in the hizzie. Dang, I know I am very susceptible to new toy syndrome, but these really sound great so far.
      1. Jalsar, Jinxy245, Ash1412 and 3 others like this.
    12. lm4der
      lm4der
      I have a question. Would a bottlehead crack + hd650 = warmpoo? Is that what is meant by warmpoo?
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      2. Case
        Case
        Obvious question, but still. HD650 modded?
        Mar 26, 2019
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        Still running stock. I know, I know, I need to try the mods!
        Mar 27, 2019
      4. Case
        Case
        KISS mod seems aimed at Jot. I'm thinking quarter mod might open it up for you.
        Mar 27, 2019
    13. lm4der
      lm4der
      Is there a guide/legend that describes the meaning of the new profile tags? Like I'm pretty sure I get BWC, but there are several others...
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      3. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        Those tags are some much fun! The letters enigma were the best part
        Feb 10, 2019
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      4. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        Feb 10, 2019
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      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        @Kunlun apologies! Edited to fix, and to add La Cenric to MZR who I'd also missed was there.
        Feb 10, 2019
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    14. lm4der
      lm4der
      Just got the Focal Elex in! I am currently enjoying the hell out of this thing.
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        Righto. The jot is a little on the forward side for these cans. The Valhalla 2 seems to tame those daggers a bit, but i don't know if it is the right pairing yet.
        Feb 6, 2019
      4. famish99
        famish99
        Granted, I'm saying this as a Clear owner (but pretty much same treble problems), they need something to smooth or lack any flaws in the treble for sure. My preferred sub-$1k pairings so far have been the MCTH+LPS and the T3; Jot and LCX have been painful.
        Feb 6, 2019
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      5. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        I liked Clear and MCTH. I think Elex and BW2 should be great as well
        Feb 6, 2019
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    15. lm4der
      lm4der
      Happy 4/20 day
      1. gaspasser and Mystic like this.
      2. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        I exited the high-rise I work at to go to lunch, and instantly had a contact high. Phuking pot heads.
        Apr 20, 2018
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        Those bastards
        Apr 20, 2018
    16. lm4der
      lm4der
      Why does Massdrop have like a million different IEMs for sale?
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      2. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        They have one iem for each clicky keyboard they offer
        Mar 15, 2018
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      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        Because fools and their money demand to be quickly parted in as many ways as possible.
        Mar 15, 2018
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      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        No, more seriously, IEMs are very hot for one reason or another, and like others said, very cheap to ship and IEMs are niche enough that the manufacturers are probably much easier to work with than Senn or others who don't really need Massdrop.
        Mar 15, 2018
    17. lm4der
      lm4der
      I have to admit that I think the HE4XX is really damn good. I think it holds up to the HD650, although they present differently.
      1. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Yeah it pretty good, especially for the price.
        Dec 9, 2017
      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I'm digging it also.
        Dec 9, 2017
    18. lm4der
      lm4der
      I'm probably going to pick up some wireless active noise cancelling HPs this week, either the Bose qc35 or the Sony 1000xm2. Any thoughts?
      1. Cakecake likes this.
      2. WNovizar
        WNovizar
        1000XM2 is not worth it if you don't have sources with LDAC imo. Actually if you have LDAC, buy MUC-M2BT1 and pair it eith mmcx iem instead
        Nov 19, 2017
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Active noise canceling I'd have to say the Sonys. Thankfully their app has EQ now, too.
        Nov 19, 2017
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    19. lm4der
      lm4der
      I have to do a shoutout; if it weren't for @Marvey and this site, I would have never learned what good sounding gear is like.
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        So you and your wallet hate him?
        Oct 30, 2017
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      3. lm4der
        lm4der
        Srsly, I have quite a collection of little and medium sized shiny silver Schiit boxes.
        Oct 30, 2017
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    20. lm4der
      lm4der
      Listening to a Beethoven cycle from the London Symphony Orchestra live with Bernard Haitink, 2006. Nice overall SQ and interpretation.
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Occupation:
    Lead Code Monkey
    Gear List:
    Bifrost Multibit with gen 5 usb
    Modius E

    Bottlehead Crack w/Speedball
    Jotunheim 2 with ESS 9028 DAC module

    HE4XX
    HD650
    Focal Elex
    HiFiMan Edition XS
    HiFiMan Arya Organic

    Fluance RT85 Turntable
    Mani phono preamp