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  • Headphones
    Sony MDR-D11W, MDR-D66SL, Alenssandro MS-1, Audiotechnica FC-7, Panasonic HJE-50, Westone UM2
  • Headphone amplifiers
    DIY Portable amp
  • Sources
    Ipod 4G Colour, Denon D-M33 Microhifi
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    DIY Line out for ipod with canare

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  1. Does anyone have a recommendation for a simple 2.1 home theater system? Or should I go for the soundbar otion? I have a budget of around $1k. Thanks
  2. PM sent And pics for all.. http://community.webshots.com/myphotos?act...security=bhdRbF
  3. Here are the pics. http://community.webshots.com/myphotos?act...security=kQLbzx PM me if you want it.
  4. I'm selling a DIY portable amp made by digi01. Got it 6-7 months back. Like the SOHA amp, it's being underutilised. I think is based on the META42 design. Nice highs and tight lows. The casing is kind of worn so I'll let go for cheap. SOLD gets you this amp. I'll throw in a pair of 9v rechargable energizer batteries too. PM me if you're interested. Pics will be avaiable by tonight.
  5. I've got a DIY SOHA for sale. It's hand-soldered by suqalle of this forum. Got it about 5 months ago. Selling because it's under utilised. It's equiped with a Mullard 12AU7 tube but I'll also include a RCA and another cheapo tube in the package for some tube rolling fun. Mini 1/8 mini jacks used for imput and output. I've got a metal casing for the amp too but I just couldn't find the time to drill in those holes. I'll also throw in another pair of output resistors which can be used for cans of higher impedence. The only problem is that one of the wires is disconnected while i was tube rolling. So you'll need to solder it back and it'll be as good as new. In fact, it still works, so long as you don't touch those wires. And I'll not be including the power cable as I'm using it for something else. The cable can be easily obtained anywhere since it's similar to the one is used to power your CPU and minitor. To summarise, the whole package will include: SOHA Amp w/o power cable (loose connection needs to be soldered back) 3 x 12AU7/ECC82 tubes Metal casing (aluminium i think) from Sim Lim Tower Price: SOLD PM me if you're interested and I'll be more than happy to entertain any questions with regards to the amp. Pics will be available by tonight. Cheers!
  6. It's LADY in red.. tsk tsk.. and you call yourself an audiophile.
  7. Yeah. I agree with Roasty. Audition before you get your iems. And do try to audition it together with your source and amo if possible. I'm a UM2 user. WESTONE FOREVER! YEAH! Biasness aside, i chose UM2 over the UM1 and ER6i well.. because of the.. you guess it.. BASS! And not to forget the soundstage. I A/Bed the UM1, ER6i and UM2 at Jaban and the UM2, for me, trumped the other hands down! Thumping bass and music is flowing in my head instead of in my ears only. It really swept me off my feet and it also swept some dollar bills from my bank account. I'm a 'low' person so i guess UM2 suits me very much. Anyway, what i want to point out is that the UM2 sounds very different when matched with different sources and amps. I auditioned it with a META42 DIY portable amp and it sounded very very good but when i brought it home to drive it with my tube headamp (a SOHA and LDII), it sucked big time! Bloated mids and no bass and highs. It's literally night and day as compared to my cheapo META42 amp. I'm so glad that I've no intention of using the UM2 at home.
  8. I have a LDII and i replaced the 2 preamp tubes (1B2) with Mullard DAF91. I thought that this could get rid of the microphonics but that's not the case and the "upgrade" didn't really improve the sonic performance. There's a slight difference but only if you listen hard enough.
  9. It's black and sale PENDING. I'll post pics if this deal doesn't go through but i doubt that will happen. Cheers!
  10. I have a pair of 4 months old Panasonic HJE50 for sale. Selling because I have an UM2 now. All 3 tips have been worn before for test fitting but they're very much as good as new. I've only used them for less than 10 hours. I'll include everything that comes with the package. Price: SOLD (negotiable) PM me if interested or for details. Pics upon request.
  11. I think the link should be www.headphoneworld.net and not .com Anyway my fubar that is coming is modded by digi01 so the sound, according to him, is somehow different as compared to the stock ones. Can't wait to get it next week. Anyway, Qsilver, you can bring your gear down (if your source is a laptop) to audition the fubar USB DAC at Jaben@Adelphi if you're wondering how the fubar would sound.
  12. I've been searching for a USB DAC for sometime and, being a newbie in the audio realm, i don't really know which one to get as the specs doesn't really speak much to me. I was even suspicious about the amount of sound quality improvement that a USB DAC has over the standard output of my IBM T42 notebook (I've read somewhere that the audio output of the IBM notebooks are pretty good as compred to others). Furthermore my setup is pretty lo-fi as compared to many audiophiles. It was then that one of SGH overseas DIYer digi01 offered me a DIY USB DAC. He said that it's just an experimental product so he just made two. I was again pretty sceptical but for the price he was offering it for, i went for it. Result: My skeptism was all wiped out upon recieving the DAC. DISCLAIMER: Please forgive me if my description aren't too detailed as I'm pretty new to this. Setup: 1) IBM T42 USB (Foobar2k) -> Mini DAC -> Little Dot II -> MS-1 2) IBM T42 USB (Foobar2k) -> Mini DAC -> AUX input of Mini Hifi (Denon D-M33) Pics: http://community.webshots.com/album/548052557UwrdqT Built: It's puny i have to say. It's as small as a matchbox (as seen in my pics) and it's pretty robust (as later seen in the installation description). Very good for people who needs to move around always. Installation: Well, this part is idiot-proof. Just plug and it's ready for action once Windows XP detects and installs the necessary driver. It's identified as a USB speaker. Next, plug in the mini jack.. duh.. Now this part is a bit tricky in the beginning as a bit of brute force must be applied to fully insert the mini plug into the jack. Thus proving it's robustness is its built. Sound: Sound wise, i was taken away immediately when it was connected to my hifi as i played Sarah Mclaclun 's Afterglow LIVE. I tested it with speakers first because my primary purpose of buying a DAC is to play my music through my hifi. The difference was very very distinct when "A/B"ed with the crappy headphone jack of the T42. Soundstage increased trememdously. Signal is much clearer and the vocals is . The instrument seperation is very clear and I can hear little nuances of details from my speakers. I'm very impressed. However, the problem is that when i tried it with some poorly recorded death metal tracks, the sound was terrible! It sounded so 1D! I guess the DAC brings out the good of good and the bad of bad. Next, i went for my headphone setup and again, i can hear much improvements in the sound. The signal is much cleaner. Treble is brought forward but not forward to a stage where all you can hear are the cymbals (I had a terrible experience with the DT880 as all i could hear from that pair of cans are the cymbals and high hats chiming through all my music). Bass is slightly tighter. Mids wise, I'm pretty satisfied with it although it doesn't really shine in that department. Overall, the sound is pretty smooth. Conclusion: Overall, I would like to say this is money really really well spent. After getting and experiencing with digi01's mini DAC, i swear that I'll never ever listen to the output jack of my T42 anymore. In fact, I just paid for another USB DAC (Firestone Fubar) so that i can have one at home and one in my office. Can't wait to do some comparison between the 2 DACs.
  13. Yah. I know about the deal at earphonesolution.com but i don't mind paying a little bit more just for the local support and knowing one more local dealer doesn't hurt either. afbug, what i was actually looking for when in search for my iem was the oomph in the bass without compromising much of the details (like the sony ex71 series) so i don't regret sacrificing a bit of the treble for the thump. Need it for those non-audiophilic music thrashing out from my ipod. [EDIT] Tried some EQing and man.. what a difference! For those who own an ipod, try the "Acoustic" option. The bass signature of the UM2 is retained with a boost in the clarity and transparency of the highs. Thank goodness the line out of my ipod did not turn the EQ off.
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