What amp/dac & headphones/speakers are you using?

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  1. Bold Eagle

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    I can only listen to 99 Luftballons on German Reference monitoring equipment.
    Everything needs VU meters......:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Standout feature is the Bass control on crappy HD650's, superb control, more weight/meat/slam without needing high volume, they really shine when driven correctly...I reckon most ppl sell them coz not amp'd properly.

    I bought Sony MDR-Z7M2, kinda too cheap to pass up for $438 at A2A, world price is $800usd.
    They sound like my $20 Sony earbuds, voiced very similar, bass is awesome, not bloomy at all, classical instruments aren't overly bright, earpads are nice, phones weigh nothing, closed back sound isolation is the best i've come across.
    Downside is head clamp is serious, my ear's were sweating after 5mins, and my ear's don't sweat on anything else, prob the best portable HP's i've come across, very easy to drive, replacing earpads is nearly impossible.
    Ppl call them Baby Z1R's, and it's a fitting name, although Z1R's fit my normal human head better and without the pain.
     
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    EEVBlog did a teardown of a suspiciously similar looking ebay amp. It's garbage.
     
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    Was tempted by the Z7. I liked the Z1R.

    You going to keep them? Do the pads fit around the ears properly?
     
  5. Bourke

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    Ear holes are perfect even for me, my main gripe is the clamp pressure, you can bend the headband back to ruler flat, there's a gap in the middle of the band to reduce the curve, they are very bendy.
    Everything would be perfect for you, but the clamp is real.
    For travel or portable, they are number 1 for me, out of HUGO I can listen fine at volume 1, 0 is no volume.
    Bang for buck, they are better than Z1R, they aren't over bright, very balanced with nice forward out of head soundstage.
    Jus bloody order them, order FRI and get them on MON, if you can't deal with the clamp send'em back.
     
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    Can't you just bend them out perma? Surely.
     
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    I'm using my Fiio x3 gen 2 as a dac and picked up a Gilmore lite MK2 for some power. Thinking about the Khadas Tone board at some stage but I'm pretty happy with the current setup.

    Headphones are Sennheiser Hd58x from drop.
     
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    Solid budget cans those.

    Going to something reasonably high end would blow your mind though. Don't realise how smoothed off budget headphones are compared.
     
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    Something to look forward to once I get used to these being good ;)
     
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    Haha yeah. Or just be happy with what you have, probably the smartest move :p
     
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    HAHA. Like that will ever happen. It's a lofty goal to be happy with what you have.
     
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    Yeah. Know the feels.

    Buying a Mojo soon, $599 now, good value.

    Then not sure what cans.

    Focal Clear down to $1400, super cheap.
     
  13. ska'

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    Headphones : AKG K702 & Audio-Technica ATH-R70X
    DAC: Khadas Tone Board
    AMP: JDS Labs Atom
    Speakers: Edifier R1700BT

    For the $$ I think i'd struggle to do better.
     
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    A BudgetAudiophile challenge thread? aww yiss. These numbers aren't record-breakingly cheap but I think they're good for me <3

    Work setup: Beyerdynamic DT250-80ohm ($180 new), Aune T1 ($130pp)

    Home setup:
    Headphones : Beyerdynamic DT990-250ohm ($150 used)
    DAC+AMP: Yamaha RX2065 - $200
    Speakers: 2x KEF Coda 9 ($50 from gumtree!) + 2x LSK M5's ($150pp from another member here) + 1 DIY Hertz center
    Sub: Hertz sub in a ported box powered by some car monoblock... ~$400

    The KEF's sound absolutely awesome, so delicate and detailed. The LSK M5's go so ridiculously hard and loud when pushed. Highly recommend both.
     
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    I'm more about that price to performance ratio than pure budget.

    There's some cracking 2nd hand gear out there if you're willing to put the time in.
     
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    SONY Z1R earpad
    Near impossible to find, never seen a pair sold in public, there are channels to find a pair, thses have a bit of leather grain to them which is sad but better than nothing.
    STAX SR-007 earpad
    Only released through STAX factory every 3-6 months or when they feel like it, stock runs out fast so have to grab them or wait 6 months.
    Focal Utopia earpads
    Region locked so you can't buy a pair from another region or you get clipped by FOCAL International, I asked A2A for a pair, they offered me a pair of DEKONI's....I found a pair...somewhat hard to find.

    ZMF AEOLUS
    Had them for 10mins....they don't suck.
    SMSL > Phonitor >AEOLUS
    Jus doesn't sound good, vocals forward and head stage is inside and inverted..??..most ppl love them on tubes.
    METRUM FLINT > LITTLE DOT > AEOLUS
    Way better, levels are right, details are cleaner.
    No grain at all, very smooth transistions, vocals are almost natural, good timbre and tones on tubes not power, bass is short and sweet with good control, not flat or boomy. and the usual "laid back" presentation.

    They arn't that heavy, clamp is some, not heaps, leather pads are fine, the wood is next level, pictures do no justice.
    In shadow, the wood is dark, when in light it almost glows when face on, when viewed from an angle, it's honey coloured holographic grained and it draws your glaze into it...never seen anything like that before.
    Audeze LCD "wood" is a wood wrap in comparison.

    BIODYNE driver, same as Atticus, Eikon and Auteur, so no real reason to buy any of the others, they call this "open" but if I cover the grills there's no change in sound, like FOCAL but not SENN which changes drastically.
    The bad, pretty expensive for what it does and how amp picky it is.
    If you look at the gimbal where the cup hangs, at the right/wrong angle and gravity, the earcup will freely swing 360' degrees and gain speed doing so, so if you one hand the phones down on a table or onto a stand, the other cup will swing out and spin around like a top...zero resistance...not tight one bit....like wtf
    And the gimbals clink/click if you move around too much, less than FOCAL though.
    The head stage is weird, it's like the vocals are pointed into your forehead instead of away or in front.
    Channel balance is crazy good, like right in front perfect balance down the bridge of my nose, not alot of phones do that for me.
    There's a pair of Auteur on Ebay in OZ atm......I was gonna buy it too if these's blew me away....I don't think i'll buy them.
     

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