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.
     
  3. Dingostolemyghz

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    EEVBlog did a teardown of a suspiciously similar looking ebay amp. It's garbage.
     
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  4. Benno1988

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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.
     
  6. Benno1988

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    Can't you just bend them out perma? Surely.
     
  7. Fliptopia

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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.
     
  8. Benno1988

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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 ;)
     
  10. Benno1988

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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.
     
  12. Benno1988

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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.
     
  14. modernshoggoth

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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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  15. ska'

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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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