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About dalethorn

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    Senior Junkie
  • Birthday 08/12/1960

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  • Headphones
    Beyer DT48A, DT48E, DT1350, T90, T1. AKG K812, K712. ATH-ESW9a. B&W P5, P7. Shure 1840, 1440, 940. Bose QC25. V-MODA M100. Sennheiser 565/580/600/650/800/Amperior/PX series. Grado 325e, PS500, PS1000e, GH1.
  • Headphone amplifiers
    PA2V2. FiiO E17k. Dragonfly v1.2. Microstreamer.
  • Other equipment
    iPods, iPads, iPhones, PC and Mac.
  • Favourite configuration used
    Audioquest Nighthawk to Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 on MacBook Pro Retina.
  • Team:
    Team Audioquest.

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    http://dalethorn.com
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  • Location
    Akron Ohio
  • Interests
    Audio
  1. dalethorn

    Creative SX-FI

    That's what I expect for most of these apps. I got a 512 gb iphone so I store all my music as WAV on the phone (and my ipad), and that works for most listening and testing with my budget DACs.
  2. dalethorn

    Creative SX-FI

    $150 USD at this link: https://us.sxfi.com/products/sxfi-amp I wonder if the sound shaping DSP is always on, full strength, or can it be turned down to a mnimum?
  3. Here's my review of the newly price-reduced Beats Disney special edition headphone .... I like it for several reasons, and I recommend it if you don't mind the value equation. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/beats-solo3-special-disney-edition-bluetooth-headphone-review.4541/
  4. I got another of these Lightning DAC cables, this time in grey instead of black, and I decided to make a second video to fill in a few blanks from the first one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohMrlJosTJ8
  5. I had the Carbon Marsala edition in 2015, and I've had the urge to get this one ever since (same headphone but different colors), and now that they're discounted to less than half price, it was a no-brainer. One caveat - this was made for fashion, less for sound, although the sound does equalize very well. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/pryma-by-sonus-faber-2019-stereo-headphone-review.4540/
  6. Re-posting -- original link was broken: http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/v-moda-speakeasy-lightning-dac-cable-for-ios-devices.4539/
  7. This is a quickie review of the v-moda M80, a headphone I owned a few of circa 2011-2014 in its several incarnations (V80, M80, XS). The V80 was the True Blood(c) branded edition, the M80 was the same thing in shadow, matte black, and white, and the XS added the CliqFold mechanism as well as the form-fitting "Mind The Gap" headband design. All of these that I had sounded about the same, which isn't surprising since the earcups and drivers were the same. The drivers were (as best I remember) a dual-diaphragm design, which not only provided a strong deep bass, but really good bass detail as well. Using my "new" M80 (original 2014 packaging unopened), I note that the clamping force is very light - lighter than most on-ear headphones. The headband was easy to bend permanently so that the earcups sit flush on my ears. In cold environments, the pleather earpads don't immediately seal well due to the light clamp, but after a minute when they warm up on the head, they're good to go. This is not a wireless headphone obviously, but given how I use headphones and the options I have available, I consider this M80 just as viable for walkabout use. The single-side cable is detachable, easy to drop into a pocket, the headphone can be worn around the neck all day with no bother, and for better sound I use the v-moda Lightning DAC cable with my Apple i-devices in lieu of the standard cable. Here's the EQ curve I made in 2014, using just the Q=1 bandwidth defaults of the parametric equalizer. Although I boosted the low bass by 6 db then, I find that a 3 db boost at 33 hz is more than enough with this current M80. I wouldn't suggest this headphone for 32-ft (16.35 hz) organ pipe reproduction, but for any EDM and other bass-centric genres it plays extremely well. The original Innerfidelity review(s) noted the excellent sound, but with the caveat that it had a slightly "constricted" aspect to it. My EQ fixed that, and in my opinion the result is a smooth, detailed hi-fi sound. http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Vmoda_M80.jpg When all is said and done, snagging this M80 at half or less of the original price, I got the same v-moda build quality and sound, and the at-home use with various DACs is pure sonic pleasure. HERE is the new video review: http://youtu.be/ZTXTl8CQ4mE
  8. New video of the NightHawk Carbon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH_ChO_U5ZU
  9. I just purchased the AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon at a closeout price of $299 USD in the U.S. The original price here was $699 USD, so the new closeout price is 3/7 of the original. The packaging was new with the NH Carbon, and so well packaged that it would survive severe moisture and humidity for 100 years or so. The sound is the same as the original NH, i.e. dull and cavernous due to the combination of lower-mids emphasis and mid-treble recess. Fortunately, when EQ'd properly the NH sounds marvelous. http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Audioquest_Nighthawk.jpg (Note: EQ curve is the inverse of a freq. response curve) About a year ago I also purchased the NightOwl Carbon, hoping for a better sound, but it was even worse than the NH. I really have to wonder, given the massive promotion by AudioQuest for these headphones and their designer (Skylar-somebody), whether anyone with an appreciation for high fidelity reproduction actually listened to these designs and signed off on them. I have my doubts.
  10. dalethorn

    Happy New Year 2019!

    Your wish is my command!
  11. dalethorn

    Happy New Year 2019!

    Here's an interesting example: This forum: https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/forum/12-portable-audio-headphones-and-desktop-audio/ is a very active forum, but the Lightning cable I mentioned got only 60 views there, but it got 177 views here. So I think people find SGHeadphones to be a good reference site for some things.
  12. dalethorn

    Happy New Year 2019!

    I check the view counts of things I posted, and they seem to do very well in spite of the lack of comments. I have 2 Bluetooth headphones and I use the v-moda Lightning cable / DAC with those at home, and those are enjoyable.
  13. Here is a nifty accessory for users of Apple Lightning devices. I found this DAC-cable good for situations away from home or with Bluetooth headphones, whenever I would have time to sit and relax in a relatively quiet place and get some high-res listening in. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/v-moda-speakeasy-lightning-dac-cable-review.4537/
  14. Here's a fun album to test your Grado headphones with. Warning though -- very heavy bass. I got this tip from someone who experienced a real problem with their Grado GW100 - mine played the album nice and clean, but it's definitely a driver stresser. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bass-Mekanik-Presents-Bassotronics-Activated/dp/B00772K1I0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543862464&sr=8-1&keywords=bassotronics
  15. Last night the 4th charge for my GW100 ran out - 4 full charges (3 plus the original factory charge) powered me for 58 days, or about 2 weeks per charge. I'd guess I'm getting about 22-23 hours per charge at a little less than maximum volume. I let it run all the way down each time, since I carry the backup cord.
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