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Raal demos new VM-1A Variable Mode Vacuum Tube Ribbon Headphone Amplifier at CanJam NY 2022!

HD580 review by Flux

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*posted with permission*

Sennheiser HD580 Open-back dynamic driver: Price varies, although allegedly priced at $349 in 1994
For those who care about baffles, this is a raised plate white paper variant of the hd580
For my personal compensation curve, I find "IEF neutral" to be most applicable in this day and age

The 580 has older plastics for hardware, while also feeling a bit sturdier compared to the modern Sennheisers (including the 2019 hd600 and hd650). The pair weighs in at 253g on a kitchen scale from the grocery store. Velour pads are direct from Sennheiser in the era of the HD660S pad revision, one revision before the currently available Sennheiser pads.

Bass (0-250 Hz):
On higher end systems, I find the HD580 (580) performs quite well for my perceived extension. It does not feel like it extends down to 20 Hz with the same strength of one of my favorite headphones for this category, that being the LCD4, but the extension into the sub-bass is quite good...

Meze Elite Flagship Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Check out the man... aka. Marcello and his Meze Elite review:

Tripowin Lea IEM review

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Another great review from Tyler, check it out:

Topping D90SE impressions by Tyler

Ampsandsound Agartha 2.0 impressions by Tyler

Yulong Audio DA1 Headphone Amplifier review

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Check out this review from Marcello!

Naim Nait XS3 amp review by Tyler

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Check it out

Tyler's thoughts on TRN BT30 TWS Adapter

Tyler's review of KZ CCA-CRA

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Check it out.

HEDD Impressions from Marcello!

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Check out his thoughts here:

ARC I/50 impressions from Marcello

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Check them out here:

Sonic Visions Podcasts episodes 6 to 9

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Sorry, we have a backlog of a bunch of podcasts that were not published to the front page. Will be working on timestamps for these. Feel free to enjoy in their entirety.

Aurorus Australis; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Closed Back

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First I wanna say thanks to the people who have made this review possible; the lads at Aurorus Audio, my main squeeze Humble who sent this out, and Kyle for reading over my thoughts and for offering a picture of their gorgeous Australis for this review. My unit is much more stalwart looking, with plain black cups, but the one I have is still a good looking headphone; I just don't have a nice camera or lighting to take pictures of it with. I tried my best ?

The Aurorus Audio Australis is a closed back dynamic made by Aurorus Audio, which is, to me, the closed back upgrade that I have wanted for almost a decade.

While I’m gonna try to keep this as short as possible, I still want to be thorough and give the community information that y’all might not have yet. It’s gonna be different...

Audio research reference 5SE Preamplifier impressions

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After recently buying and being utterly blown away by the elekit TU8600S tube amplifier I was really excited to inject some tube magic into my speaker chain. Enter a recently acquired ARC Ref5SE unit that I purchased from a seller in USA. ARC had a look and tested it to ensure it was in good working order. They just replaced the top plate with a thicker one less prone to warping and a Sovtek 6550WE with the Tung Sol tube for the PSU as they preferred it in terms of sonics and reliability of the former.

It was about a 2 month wait but I can say it was absolutely well worth it. Once in my system and given some hours to warm up it was immediately obvious the sound out of both my ATC SCM7s and especially NS5000 had changed significantly from my prior Audio gd HE9 preamp (my power amp is a Pass Labs X350.8) .


Imaging, sound stage
Through the ARC sound completely detached from the speakers and became much larger and diffuse sounding...

LCD-5 announced

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StyleOver-ear, open-back
Transducer typePlanar Magnetic
Magnetic structureFluxor magnet array
Phase managementFazor
Magnet typeNeodymium N50
Diaphragm typeNano-Scale Parallel Uniforce
Transducer size90 mm
Maximum power handling5W RMS
Maximum SPL>130dB
Frequency response5Hz – 50kHz
THD<0.1% @ 100dB
Impedance14 ohms
Sensitivity90 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
Minimum power requirement>100mW
Recommended power level>250mW

ampsandsound Nautilus Flagship Personal Audio Integrated tube amplifier!

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I hope you enjoy this one! This is a long video as I compare to the Pendant, and Mogwai OG as well as discuss the Nautilus's quality of sound with several headphones.

Have a great weekend friends.

Hifiman Arya (Stealth magnet edition)

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Hifiman has announced a new version of Arya with stealth magnet technology:


Is this the LCD5 ?

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An Unmatched Audio Experience

For more than a decade, Audeze has been a world leader in headphone technology, producing a quality of sound that stands out to the most discerning audiophile, even among a growing list of competitors.

Audeze's state-of-the-art planar magnetic transducer technology, combined with their proprietary Nano-Scale Uniforce diaphragm and Double Fluxor™ magnet array, achieves an unprecedented level of audio detail and immersion that has to be heard to be believed.

The only thing missing from the unmatched sound quality was a design expression that would help evolve the brand’s pedigree. Audeze turned to Boombang to help them take on the challenge.
Listen in Luxury

Specifically, Audeze was looking to update the design of their flagship LCD line of headphones to...

Tambaqui vs Rockna WD sig bal

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Cross posted from my stereonet impressions:

Hi Guys,

So I managed to go see @GC HiFi (Gold Coast audio dealer) twice in the last few weeks and have to say Terry is a great dealer and host! He has set up some world class systems to show off in his beautiful home.

Session 1:

The first visit was fantastic, we listened to the Atc scm11 active speakers with S series antipodes stack and ps audio mono blocks, this is a fantastic little system, sounding far more expansive and weighty than it really should with the incredible mid-range detail that the ATC range renders so well . For entry level hifi or small rooms I would be definitely recommending the 11s.

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