M3NTAL
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The Qudelix T71 amp/dac + T71 iem are a real neat sub $600 system. Pro/Con - only works together. Jul 19, 2024 at 9:33 AM

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    1. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      The Qudelix T71 amp/dac + T71 iem are a real neat sub $600 system. Pro/Con - only works together.
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    2. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      I have the XTC 2 Open - Be. version (Bio. avail.) - somewhere between Verite and Aeolus in tuning. Richer ZMF style presentation.
      1. Jinxy245, Gazny and Lyander like this.
      2. crenca
        crenca
        Where are the Be versions of these on the micro-detail/"plankton" scale? Do they really approach Verite/Utopia or are they closer to JAR versions of Sennheiser?
        Jul 10, 2024
      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        micro-detail is well resolved. It is a slightly more laid back headphone than the explosive Utopia / Verite, but I think the XTC is in the realm of TOTL open backs. These are a good comparison for the Composer from AA. They are different in presentation also - more of a neutral/semi-raw & leaner presentation.
        Jul 12, 2024
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    3. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      JM Audio Editions - Calling Fans of ETA, ZMF, JAR, etc. " 1 issue" is there is one open and one closed - drivers/tuning are semi-custom.
    4. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      I'm curious to try the Sony IER-M9 - anyone have an itch to sell? Recently acquired IER-Z1R and want to explore more.
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I read your review again earlier today :)
        May 24, 2024
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      3. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        I would say it’s not worth it. You’ll really miss the high octave with the m9 and the bass wasn’t that great either
        May 25, 2024
      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Thank you - that's all I need to know.
        May 25, 2024
    5. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Finally finishing an A.I.O. JotA>LCD-R system with a MB card. No cards stock. Aftermarket needs to make LCD-R specific pads. ☮
      1. Cryptowolf, Gazny and Tchoupitoulas like this.
      2. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        Get it modded by rhythmdevils - much nicer pads!
        Apr 26, 2024
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      3. AlPastor
        AlPastor
        How do you like the new MB card?
        Apr 26, 2024
      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Installing it this weekend - will update. I can't imagine it being an upsetting downgrade from my SFD-1, but maybe spatial presentation.
        Apr 26, 2024
    6. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      The Multibit add-on card is available again for the midsize chassis Schiit amps. I'm adding to a Jot-A for an AIO system. Wish it had EQ too
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    7. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      @rhythmdevils - have you had a chance to hear the Shuoer S15? I reach for them often. I think you'd enjoy playing around with them.
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      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I find them anything but bass light. Maybe without EQ I guess it isn't as prominent as that driver is capable of. The passive radiator is a great idea.
        Feb 9, 2024
      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Well they specifically claim it’s not a passive radiator if it was I would think it a terrible idea. Ortho drivers don’t need a passive electrodynamic radiator to create bass it’s just going to be lower quality with higher distortion. But they claim it’s a venting system to release pressure and it only engages occasionally.
        Feb 9, 2024
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I’ll have to listen to them again then if you like their bass response. A lot has happened in my life since then. But I remember thinking they still had an upward tilting FR and a very bothersome resonance that I’ve never heard in any other ortho iem (I own all of them) so I assume it’s the venting system that’s to blame. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. :)
        Feb 9, 2024
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    8. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      AA 'The Composer' - I can see the AKG K-, HD800, HP1000 fans absolutely loving the 'T.C.' - Utopia is the French Hammer vs AA The Open Alps.
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        ilikebananafudge_ you want me to copy + paste it again? Or is a person like you, with high-end headphones out of the loop?
        Jan 29, 2024
      3. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Oooooh you're referring to Austrian Audio with 'AA' and their headphone The Composer with 'T.C.'. I was so confused when I first read it.
        Jan 29, 2024
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      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        It's where I go for Audio Addiction.
        Jan 29, 2024
    9. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Letshuoer S15 > Campfire Supermoon. The extension up top reaches beyond and you can 'tell' - Sort of a Blessing 2 IEM - not much wrong.
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      3. Soups
        Soups
        Piling on. How resolving is S15 vs Supermoon?
        Dec 19, 2023
      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Less plastic than say a typical e-stat or BA. They might seem thin due to extension, but I'm not hearing too much push anywhere. Little laid back, so 'resolve' vs. the SM is different also. I don't think they are TOTL resolve, but how RD felt towards the S12 - the other things are working real well. Not a 'killer' at this price
        Dec 20, 2023
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      5. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        If I were to play the "tier" game against crin and what I have in his 'A'-ish tier stuff, IE 600, Blessing 2, and a few others I've touched over the years - I'd say the S15 hangs with them. It's a solid A. I need to listen more, but I can't instantly pick out 'planar'
        Dec 20, 2023
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    10. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Any new King of amps for very sensitive IEM's; not serious current or voltage. @Funch, can the new XRK do low or unity gain?
      1. jexby
        jexby
        gimme a few days to listen to a new arrival…
        Nov 30, 2023
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I <3 You. I used the Piety last night - gain is still a little high, but sounded very nice. IEM is "SPL: 94 dB @ 1 kHz: 9.429 mVrms
        Impedance: 9 Ohms @ 1 kHz"
        Dec 1, 2023
    11. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Magni+ Unison - prrrty sweeet doods
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        All in one?
        Nov 13, 2023
      4. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        @schiit - had a chance to play with it, the syn and the midgard. Keep on doing what you all are doing. Midgard = bomb. Syn = "stereo'fier", Unity = all you need desktop setup??
        Nov 20, 2023
      5. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        I didn't see it there, but - let's talk Hel+, any special sauce built in?
        Nov 21, 2023
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    13. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Thank you Schiit CS/Ship for addressing my address flub. I'll be in Carlsbad, CA for vacation when the MJ3 will be here in AZ. Stress Down!
    14. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Does anyone miss the Patrick82 era of headphonedom? Right at peak Wild West
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      3. yotacowboy
      4. Gazny
        Gazny
        Damn, I had no idea I had his fine work in my possession
        Aug 25, 2023
      5. internethandle
        internethandle
        There's a lot of entertainment from his digital footprint, but easily the tops for me were the poor models he somehow convinced (paid, I guess) to post nude/semi-nude with his sparkly PVC pipe power cords covering their bits, along with his like weird slow lifting kettlebell "proprietary" technique videos.
        Aug 26, 2023
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    15. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Thought: Folding xMEMS into a folded driver / AMT type thing? I don't see why not add more silicon surface area.
    16. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Anyone else boycott Aliexpress for personal, ethical or other? Supporting copy-cat items and other garbage. Etsy of the wild East
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      2. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        @fraggler - you nailed it. It's work to figure out WTF you're even trying to buy - trust me, I've scoured Ali a few times and end up leaving from the trash website.
        Aug 21, 2023
      3. penguins
        penguins
        IIRC there is a plugin, app, or similar tool that helps filter out China based sellers for Amazon and Etsy. Can't remember the name of it.
        Aug 21, 2023
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Like @penguins said, the copy cats are all all over Amazon and Etsy and have been all over ebay for quite sometime. Although I see fewer on ebay lately because Aliexpress becoming more popular and the ever increasing fees at the bay.
        Aug 21, 2023
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      M3NTAL
      @Boops - any designs in the works? I snagged all the styles in large and then gained weight. Ready for some new threads.
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      2. Boops
        Boops
        Nothing cooking at the moment, but thanks for buying shirts.
        Jul 21, 2023
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        Vote for cat with eye patch, and cutlass in hand stabbing AMIRNAD or making pink panther walk the plank
        Jul 21, 2023
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        Ok that is good. I may try that one.
        Jul 21, 2023
    18. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Random observation - I do not see Schiit Syn's for sale. Best marketing ever. Hoping to find a second hand unit myself.
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      2. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        @Vansen I guess he is looking for one in used market.
        Jul 5, 2023
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      3. M3NTAL
        M3NTAL
        Vansen - it was mostly commentary that people are keeping them. Congrats Schiit. But, I am also keeping an eye on their b-stock page or the used market. I am a frugal - Ksaurav is correct.
        Jul 5, 2023
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        Ah - secondary market, not "where'd Gungnir go?". Used market is the way to go for me with audio, too.
        Jul 5, 2023
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    19. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      It's really hard to stick with hobbies and forums for long term. You start getting krusty krab. I'm glad I still have this as 1 of my favs!
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      3. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        IMO, SBAF delicately balances being very involved in the hobby and keeping it at arm's length, at the same time. Not indulging so heavily in the hobby that it becomes exhausting and draining, but always keeping its ears to the products and companies that are doing something better and different than the rest.
        May 19, 2023
      4. YMO
        YMO
        Hobbies need breaks too
        May 19, 2023
        JK47, zottel, M3NTAL and 1 other person like this.
      5. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Agreed @YMO, shit can feel like a job if you let it.
        May 19, 2023
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    20. M3NTAL
      M3NTAL
      Anyone have an idea of the turnaround time on a JAR currently? I think I'm around 5 months now. I know the UNI situation, but no comms.
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      2. caute
        caute
        Art takes time.
        May 1, 2023
      3. dasman66
        dasman66
        FWIW, I'm talking to ext1 about a JAR600b now and he's hoping to have it done by the end of summer. He indicated that he has a backlog and also indicate that he may not be able to work on the project past end of summer.
        May 1, 2023
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      4. ext1
        ext1
        Sorry guys- and thank you for your patience. Plan is to finish them when I get back home this summer, but can't make promises (many reasons, quality standards being one). I want to finish them at summer because I don't know if I can do 6x0 work at all after Aug.
        May 2, 2023
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Arizona
    Gear List:
    Ear Monitors:
    AKG - (N5005)
    Apple - (AirPods Pro 2)
    Audeze - (LCD-i4)
    Bose - (Ultra Open)
    Campfire Audio - (Andro AU • Andro CK • B*S* • Bonnie)
    Drop + JVC - (HA-FWX1)
    Hisenior - (Mega5-EST)
    JH Audio - (JH13 FP)
    LetShuoer - (S15)
    MassDrop - (Noble X • Planamic • Plus+)
    Moondrop - (Blessing2)
    Qudelix x AME - (T71 IEM)
    Sennheiser - (IE600 • IE900)
    Sony - (IER-Z1R)
    Ucotech - (RE-2)
    Ultimate Ears - (Capitol Reference Monitors)

    Headphones:
    Audeze - (LCD-R • LCD-2.1)
    Austrian Audio - (The Composer)
    Drop + Grell - (OAE1 S.E.)
    Enigmatic Audio - (Paradox)
    ETA - (Genesis-G • Mini-S • 0²)
    FiiO - (FT3)
    Focal - (Clear)
    JM Audio - (XTC2 Open)
    Koss - (ESP/950 • KSC35 • Porta Pro)
    Sennheiser - (HD 600 •HD 650 • 660S2)
    Sony - (MDR-Z1R)
    Symphones - (Full Metal Magnum V4 • 3D Print Magnum V9)

    Amplifiers:
    AMB - (Mini³)
    Bottlehead - (Smack WOT)
    Cavalli Audio - (eXStatA Hybrid)
    ECP x Beezar - (Torpedo III Maxed)
    Eric McChanson - (Mini Gold UltimatE • WhispeR)
    Headamp - (Pico Amp • DAC, Pico Power)
    NITSCH x Schiit - (Magni Piety)
    PS Audio - (GCHA Cullen Modified)
    Schiit Audio - (IEMagni+ • Jotunheim-A • Mjolnir 3 • Vali 2+)
    SWA - (Krell KSA-5 Klone)
    Tanget/Morsel - (PPAv2)

    DAC/DAP/Pre:
    AMB - (γ2)
    EarStudio - (ES100 MK2)
    iBasso - (DX180)
    Light Harmonics - (Geek Out 450 • GO2Pro ∞ • Vi DAC ∞)
    Luxury & Precision (W2)
    MHDT - (Havana Modified)
    PS Audio - (DLIII Cullen Stage IV)
    Pi2 Design - (Pi2AES)
    Qudelix - (5K • T71)
    Schiit Audio - (Eitr • Freya N • Modi Multibit 2)
    Shanling - (M0 • M0 Pro)
    Sonic Frontiers - (SFD-1 MkII Modified)
    Previous Headphones:
    AKG - (K501, K701, K340, K7XX)
    Audeze - (LCD-2.1, LCD-2C)
    Audio Technica - (ATH-W1000)
    Beyerdynamic - (DT-770, DT-880)
    Denon - (AH-D2000, AH-D5000 Lawton)
    Grado - (SR-60, HF-2)
    HiFiMan - (HE-560)
    Sennheiser - (HD 595, HD 58X Jubilee, HD 800 SDR)
    Sony - (MDR-MA900, MDR-SA5000, PFR-V1)
    Stax - (SR-007)
    Ultrasone - (PL-750, PL-2500)