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  2. Youtube review: http://youtu.be/TE1KH4kDo78 Photos: http://dalethorn.com/Photos/iPhone_XsMax/Headphone_Dac_Amp_Audioquest_Dragonfly_Cobalt_01.jpg Sources: iPhone XsMax, iPad Pro 11-inch, Macbook 12-inch, Generic PC Tower, Meridian Explorer2/Oppo HA-2se/DragonFly Red DAC-amps, AudioQuest JitterBug, AudioQuest DragonTail USB-C. When I got word of the new DragonFly Cobalt, I hesitated - about three seconds - then I went for the phone and called TTVJ to get one. I understood from various conversations that there was a bit of angst about the price - 50 percent higher than the DragonFly Red, which was and is a great little DAC/amp for mobile devices. But $300 USD is not a stretch for something significantly better than the DF Red, as long as it meets that goal, which I believe it does. AudioQuest included a DragonTail adapter (USB-A to USB-C) that connects the DragonFly to an Apple iPad Pro or various Android devices, and that was the added touch that gave the purchase even more value. Comparing the DF Cobalt to the DF Red, and feeding 44 khz WAV tracks from my iPad Pro 11-inch to the DragonFlys, I played the first 70 seconds of Steven Wilson's Luminol (at the 44/24 data rate) playing the DF Cobalt first (3 times), then the DF Red second. Almost immediately my impression of the stereo image was that it's less open and full with the DF Red. That alone didn't seal the DF Cobalt deal though. I ended up playing the same 70 seconds 3 times with the DF Red, then repeated 3 with the DF Cobalt followed by 3 with the DF Red. I've always thought of the DF Red as a very smooth reproducer, particularly compared to the DF Black. But this time the DF Cobalt edged out the DF Red with a smoother yet detailed sound. Some users might not hear the differences, but if they are practiced at evaluating DACs, they should pick up on these differences pretty quickly. My next listen was the album Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues, which was recorded in DSD etc. at 352 khz or so, and then down-res'd to 44/24 WAV files for my 256 gb iPad Pro. The quality of the bass in this recording was noticeably better than with the DF Red, and the impact of the bass was more palpable, although I wouldn't describe the bass as "impactful" in the sense of many EDM recordings. It's jazz, and the sound is as good as they come - surprising for a live-in-studio recording, although in reading the liner notes one can appreciate how it was accomplished. My overall impressions of the DF Cobalt are mainly the greater realism - the palpable sounds in the lower registers, resin-y bowing, and the fullness of voices and instruments that aren't the least bit exaggerated. The wrong headphone could change all that of course, which is why I give attention to adjusting the different headphones' frequency responses with a modicum of EQ. I also incorporate listening with the AudioQuest JitterBug in my sample music tracks below, but I'll recommend the DF Cobalt straightaway for these users: 1) Perfectionists. 2) Those with good enough hearing and experience to appreciate the differences. 3) Those who won't hear the differences immediately, but who trust AudioQuest to put into the DAC what they say they put in. Don't place any unusual trust in my review, since the music you play and many other factors could net out the differences. Do read as many reviews as possible, focusing on the best-respected reviewers of portable audio gear, especially DACs and headphone amps. The following tracks were selected from my review of the Beyerdynamic Lagoon headphone, as that headphone (in wired use only) has the best overall reproduction of the headphones I've reviewed in 2019. The Lagoon review represents its sound when using the DragonFly Red, and the music tracks below represent the Lagoon's sound using the DragonFly Cobalt. Animotion - Obsession (1980's New Wave/Techno): The upper bass synth has great detail and tone, the drums have decent impact, and both male and female vocals sound natural without favoring either. The Lagoon/Cobalt plays this extremely well. Beethoven Symphony 9, Solti/CSO (1972): Excellent overall sound. Of special note here are the bass impacts beginning around 10:30 of the fourth movement. Those impacts are soft and well in the background, but you can feel the weight they carry with the Lagoon/Cobalt. Chromatics - I'm On Fire (Synth-Pop, female lead): This track has a good amount of space around the voice and instruments, making for a very pleasant stereo image. The voice is excellent, and the tambourine sounds realistic - better than what I hear with most headphones. David Hazeltine - Fur Elise (Jazz): A very high-quality recording from HDTracks. The Lagoon/Cobalt reproduces the instruments smoothly with a spacious ambiance. The wire-brush-on-cymbal harmonics are very extended and detailed, and the upright bass sound is near-perfect. Grieg (Beecham-Royal Philharmonic) - Peer Gynt-Solveig's Lullaby (Classical): This very old (late 1950's) stereo recording must have been made on the most expensive gear in the world, since the overall sound quality and especially Ilse Hollweg's amazing voice are as close to "being there" as I've heard with some of the better classical recordings made since the year 2000. The Lagoon/Cobalt plays this music perfectly. Hans Zimmer - Dark Knight-Aggressive Expansion (Soundtrack): The percussion in this track hits really hard, and the bass tones beginning around 0:45 have the ultra-deep "shuddery" kind of sound that indicates an excellent deep-bass response. Overall, the Lagoon/Cobalt plays this music very well. Hugo Audiophile - 15-16 (Electronic): I'm not sure what the 15-16 stands for - perhaps track numbers from a CD album. The deep-bass tones that start around 33-34 seconds into the track reproduce well with the Lagoon/Cobalt. This is a great recording for evaluating whether a headphone's bass will be sufficient for most environments, since for many headphones that have a weaker bass, the deep bass gets absorbed and mostly lost when the environment contains a lot of low-frequency energy. Jimmy Smith - Basin Street Blues (early 60's): This track has several loud crescendos of brass and other instruments that don't sound clean and musical with some headphones. The Lagoon/Cobalt provides excellent reproduction. Listen particularly to the second crescendo at 15 seconds in for best-case detail. I'd like to emphasize that these crescendos are probably the worst-case test I have for instrument separation and detail, and the Lagoon/Cobalt plays those extremely well. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek Michigan, Aeolian-Skinner Organ (1933) - Pedal, 32', Resultant, Arpeggio: This 16 hz organ pedal tone differs from other music tones in that you won't "hear" the tone - you'll only feel it. Although most music tones have harmonics (including this one), the harmonics from this tone will be too weak to provide any "feel", so whatever you actually hear would not be part of the fundamental 16 hz tone. There are ~30 hz sounds in the outdoor environment in big cities, generated by large trucks, buses, and subway trains, and they have a quality of "rumble" that's similar to some deep-bass tones found in music. This 16 hz organ tone is easily distinguished from those sounds when compared on a headphone that has good undistorted response at 16 hz. The Lagoon/Cobalt plays this with great weight and enough detail that you can hear/feel the 16 cycle per second "beats" of the fundamental tone. Michael Tilson Thomas - Rhapsody In Blue (20th Century Classic): Great sound and soundstage, and terrific piano playing and tone. There are some very deep bass impacts starting around 38 seconds into the 17:24 length track, and the weight of those impacts is subtle with the Lagoon/Cobalt. Porcupine Tree - Trains (Pop-Rock): This track opens with some nicely-detailed string sounds and a forward-sounding male voice with a higher-than-average register. There are a series of "clip-clop" effects starting at 3:19 that should sound like they were made with wooden blocks of some kind. The Lagoon/Cobalt's reproduction of the 'clop' sound is good, but not perfect. Richard Strauss (Mester-Pasadena) - Also Sprach Zarathustra (opening) (Classical): The granddaddy of bass is in the opening 1:50 of this recording, and I've heard it only once on a large and expensive loudspeaker system in Cleveland. For most people, that experience would be indistinguishable from being in a fairly strong earthquake. The Lagoon/Cobalt conveys at least some of that experience. The tympani also have good impact here. Trombone Shorty - Backatown (Jazz-Funk): The deep bass impacts here are strong and work extremely well with the horns and other instruments. The Lagoon/Cobalt delivers the impacts with good weight and detail, and the horns have the kind of bite that gives them a wonderfully realistic sound.
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  4. I just published my latest EQ curve and settings (my estimate of freq. response, inverted of course) for the MPH-4. http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Marantz_Mph4.jpg http://dalethorn.com/Headphone_Audioforge_Eq_App_Review.txt The amazing thing is how bright this headphone is in the upper treble, especially when you consider how many pricy headphones like the Focal Elear, AQ NightHawk and NightOwl, etc. are just the opposite, with treble recesses. Then again, the original Beyer T1/T90/T70 were pretty bright as well.
  5. This headphone under the Marantz name retails for $120 USD, yet I got it from a major hi-fi retailer for $60. The review explains why it's worth having, for those who are willing to tweak the sound or try mod'ing it. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/marantz-mph-4-around-ear-stereo-monitor-headphone-review.4550/
  6. And now for phase 3 of my Marshall Minor II ('Minor2') Bluetooth earphone review. As noted above, I use a minimum amount of EQ with earphones that need it, in an attempt to bring them closer to the sound of live acoustic music**. This doesn't always succeed, either because the equalizer is too limited, or the curve I apply doesn't work for some reason. In this case it worked well, but be aware that a user's experience can vary greatly with pod-style earphones like the Minor2. **I'd prefer that my earphones sound truly neutral, with as little EQ modification as possible, but in the end I get there only about half of the time. In the other cases, I either give up or settle for a "warm-neutral" result that's satisfactory for most genres. The ultimate test for me is when the earphone has good frequency extension on both ends with no apparent distortion, a tonally accurate midrange that blends well with the bass and treble, and plays equally well with all of my favorite tracks in multiple genres. The Minor2 does very well for me in this regard - all the more amazing given that it's designed to be a pod-type Bluetooth earphone. Above & Beyond - We're All We Need (feat. Zoe Johnston): A very nice tight but impactful bass with crystal clear vocals - the Minor2 plays this with great ambiance. Anamanaguchi - Planet: A complex mix of percussion sounds and hummed vocals. The bells and other high-frequency percussion are highly detailed, the bass line has average weight, and the bass detail is excellent. Armin van Buuren - J'ai Envie de Toi (Orig Mix feat Gaia): Good bass impacts, breathy vocals, lots of fun noise - the Minor2 plays this perfectly. Avicii - Feeling Good: Classic female vocal in movie-theme style - the Minor2 brings this to life like few other earphones I've heard. Carl Kennedy-Tommy Trash ft Rosie Henshaw - Blackwater (Original Master): Nice strong tight bass impacts, female vocal, rendered delectably by the Minor2. Crystal Castles - Wrath of God: Atmospheric tune with vocal sound effects and strong bass line, plus some unique treble percussion sounds. The Minor2 brings these unique sounds to life. Digitalism - Pogo: A driving beat with a detailed bass synth and great vocals ("There's something in the air...") - the Minor2 makes this very enjoyable. Dino Lenny-Lino Di Meglio - We Will Make It: Atmospheric tune with mixed vocals - the female vocal is a special treat with the Minor2. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt: High-pitched tones and strong deep piano chords with a hummed female vocal - ultra-cool with the Minor2. Fairmont - Poble Sec: Awesome detailed bass impacts with some nifty pingy guitar/synth effects. I discovered this tune at the time I purchased my 3rd v-moda M100 - the Minor2 makes this just as enjoyable. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost for Words (On Air Mix feat Amba Shepherd): Strong bass impacts behind a female voice - a large-scale sweeping sonic image reminiscent of epic adventures in an exotic land. The Minor2 is playing on a whole new level here. Hecq - Enceladus (With Skyence): Prodigious deep bass and clean at that. This tune's melody is more abstract than most of the others here, but the Minor2 makes it a real adventure. Katy B - Crying For No Reason (Tom Shorterz Remix): Oh myyyyy, I love Katy B. The vocal mix here is awesome and the bass is solid. This is the Minor2 at its best. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch: I first heard this in The September Issue film and soundtrack, as the backdrop for the opening catwalk (watch Andre grinning at 1:51 - all you need to know) - the Minor2 plays this amazing tune perfectly. Lee and Malinda - Truth Will Set You Free (V-Moda Mix): Lee Kalt is the master, this is the masterpiece. The drum (or tom-tom) hits here have a very realistic skin-tone, the female vocal is seamlessly integrated into the driving beat, and the synth effects also blend well - the Minor2 just owns this. Markus Schulz - Mainstage: The granddaddy of bass is in this track, and the Minor2 plays it smooth and clean.
  7. And now for phase 3 of my Beyerdynamic Lagoon ('Lagoon') Bluetooth/ANC headphone review. As noted above, I use a minimum amount of EQ with headphones that need it, in an attempt to bring them closer to the sound of live acoustic music**. This doesn't always succeed, either because the equalizer is too limited, or the curve I apply doesn't work for some reason. In the case of the Lagoon, it worked very well indeed. **I'd prefer that my headphones sound truly neutral, with as little EQ modification as possible, but in the end I get there only about half of the time. In the other cases, I either give up or settle for a "warm-neutral" result that's satisfactory for most genres. The ultimate test for me is when the headphone has good frequency extension on both ends with no apparent distortion, a tonally accurate midrange that blends well with the bass and treble, and plays equally well with all of my favorite tracks in multiple genres. The Lagoon does very well for me in this regard - all the more amazing given that it's designed to be a Bluetooth headphone with ANC. Above & Beyond - We're All We Need (feat. Zoe Johnston): A very nice tight but impactful bass with crystal clear vocals - the Lagoon plays this with great ambiance. Anamanaguchi - Planet: A complex mix of percussion sounds and hummed vocals. The bells and other high-frequency percussion are highly detailed, the bass line has average weight, and the bass detail is excellent. Armin van Buuren - J'ai Envie de Toi (Orig Mix feat Gaia): Good bass impacts, breathy vocals, lots of fun noise - the Lagoon plays this perfectly. Avicii - Feeling Good: Classic female vocal in movie-theme style - the Lagoon brings this to life like few other headphones I've heard. Carl Kennedy-Tommy Trash ft Rosie Henshaw - Blackwater (Original Master): Nice strong tight bass impacts, female vocal, rendered delectably by the Lagoon. Crystal Castles - Wrath of God: Atmospheric tune with vocal sound effects and strong bass line, plus some unique treble percussion sounds. The Lagoon brings these unique sounds to life. Digitalism - Pogo: A driving beat with a detailed bass synth and great vocals ("There's something in the air...") - the Lagoon makes this very enjoyable. Dino Lenny-Lino Di Meglio - We Will Make It: Atmospheric tune with mixed vocals - the female vocal is a special treat with the Lagoon. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt: High-pitched tones and strong deep piano chords with a hummed female vocal - ultra-cool with the Lagoon. Fairmont - Poble Sec: Awesome detailed bass impacts with some nifty pingy guitar/synth effects. I discovered this tune at the time I purchased my 3rd v-moda M100 - the Lagoon makes this just as enjoyable. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost for Words (On Air Mix feat Amba Shepherd): Strong bass impacts behind a female voice - a large-scale sweeping sonic image reminiscent of epic adventures in an exotic land. The Lagoon is playing on a whole new level here. Hecq - Enceladus (With Skyence): Prodigious deep bass and clean at that. This tune's melody is more abstract than most of the others here, but the Lagoon makes it a real adventure. Katy B - Crying For No Reason (Tom Shorterz Remix): Oh myyyyy, I love Katy B. The vocal mix here is awesome and the bass is solid. This is the Lagoon at its best. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch: I first heard this in The September Issue film and soundtrack, as the backdrop for the opening catwalk (watch Andre grinning at 1:51 - all you need to know) - the Lagoon plays this amazing tune perfectly. Lee and Malinda - Truth Will Set You Free (V-Moda Mix): Lee Kalt is the master, this is the masterpiece. The drum (or tom-tom) hits here have a very realistic skin-tone, the female vocal is seamlessly integrated into the driving beat, and the synth effects also blend well - the Lagoon just owns this. Markus Schulz - Mainstage: The granddaddy of bass is in this track, and the Lagoon plays it smooth and clean.
  8. Here's an interesting earphone - similar to the Airpods insofar as the earpieces do not go into the ear canals, but different in having a much more secure fit, yet the sound is a mixture - deep bass no better than Airpods, but from the upper bass to the top end much more like a typical IEM. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/marshall-minor-ii-bluetooth-earphone-review.4549/
  9. One more thing before I review EDM tracks for the Beyer Lagoon headphone: Now playing Pink Floyd's DSOTM album - a CD rip (WAV format) of the latest master stored on my 256 gb iPhone XSMax. Whatever magic is happening here (see below), this is the best sound I've ever gotten from this album. From the iPhone we go to the Apple Lightning-to-USB-A adapter**, then to the DragonFly Red DAC, then to a heavily-shielded 6-inch 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter, then to a Lehmann headphone amp, then through a Marshall headphone cable to the Lagoon headphone. The headphone cable has gold-plated plugs and strain reliefs on both ends. **The Apple adapter also has a charging input, but I never use it since simultaneous charging can affect the sound. The reason for this particular adapter is because it's had a firmware update, and many users claim it sounds better than the Apple adapter that doesn't have the charging input. Speak To Me has bass impacts that are very strong and impactful. Breathe has a liquid-like sound that's very spacious and clean. Time has some high-frequency harmonics and strong bass impacts that sound amazing on this headphone. The Great Gig In The Sky has some subtle vocalizations mixed between loud vocal bursts that remain clean at whatever volume. Us And Them (my favorite) is a softer more lyrical sound with strong vocal parts. Any Colour You Like has a lot of sound effects with a nicely-detailed bass synth. Brain Damage starts off much like Us And Them, with energy-filled crescendos of voice, instruments, and sound effects. I could wish that the instruments in these crescendos were better delineated, but the age of the tapes used in these masters probably limits the resolution. I also added Comfortably Numb to this listen, and the extended highs from the cymbals were very comforting to hear (pun intended).
  10. Continuing my review with a few additional music samples, the following are some of the "odds and ends" I've picked up in the process of reviewing headphones. The sound of most of these tracks is good enough to complement any decent headphone, but they show off the Lagoon's sonic qualities as well as anything I've heard. Some of these may be hard to find, particularly in the exact mix/remix listed here. My last post will be the EDM tracks I test with. The interesting thing is, I started this review using my Pioneer HDJ-X10c review as a template, then rewrote the main body for the Lagoon. Most of the music samples have agreed in sound (both headphones EQ'd), but still, some bass lines sound better on one and some sound better on the other. Not so much with the treble since I get those extremely close. The mids is where most of the personality of each headphone asserts itself, so I make adjustments there only when a coloration just doesn't sound natural. Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Soundtrack to a hand-painted color movie. A terrific variety of sounds that show off the excellent audio qualities of the Lagoon. Muse - Madness: Strong bass line with mass vocals. Clearly delineated by the Lagoon. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee: French vocal over a driving bass beat. Very enjoyable with the Lagoon. Robyn Hitchcock - Autumn Is Your Last Chance: Acoustic/electric guitar with compelling vocal. Pure class as reproduced by the Lagoon. Samantha James - Amber Sky: Reverberant instrumentation and ethereal vocal. Dreamy stuff that sounds amazing on the Lagoon. Satchmode - Best Intentions: Atmospheric vocals over a very decent bass line. Exquisite reproduction by the Lagoon. Sneaker Pimps - Underground (Nellee Hooper Mix): Slow-paced club music with female vocal and subtle but very effective bass impacts. The bass in this track will be fully appreciated only in a quiet listening spot. Soliquid - Shibuya (Paul Keeley Remix): Eight minutes and 50 seconds of heavenly beats and awesome musical synth effects as heard with the Lagoon. Stones and Bones - Love Lockdown: Ibiza 2014 track with a very spacious atmosphere and a bit of contrapuntal vocal. Outstanding on the Lagoon. Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate: High-ambiance noise with decent bass impacts and reverberant vocals. The Lagoon makes this track come alive. Third Sex - Monster Snack: One of the best of the Goth/RiotGrrrl genre, available on the Free To Fight CD. Somewhat primitive sound with aggressive vocal, but there ya go - as good as it gets with this headphone. Three-11 Porter - Surround Me With Your Love: Pleasant male-female vocal mix against a big-ambiance backdrop. Lush presentation by the Lagoon. Visage - Fade To Grey: Atmospheric and reverberant recording supported by a luscious synth line. The Lagoon plays this perfectly. When Saints Go Machine - Love And Respect: Super-energetic music with reverberant vocal counterpoint. Strong bass impacts delivered cleanly by the Lagoon. Yaz - Situation: Bright pop-EDM music from the past. Played exquisitely by the Lagoon.
  11. Hi, I am letting go of this headset since I have settled on another gaming headset. Bought it in May 2019 so still have warranty left. I have only used it for <20 hours and it is still in very good condition. The box and all the accessories are included. The headphone stand in the attached picture is my own and it does not come with the headphone purchase. So the stand will not be included. Offering it at 70SGD which is about half the price of a new one. PM me at 81801382 if you are interested.
  12. Terra Cotta Warriors http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/chinese-classical-music/fantasia-terra-cotta-warriors/145-fantasia-terra-cotta-warriors
  13. Here is a $400 USD bargain. It might not have the absolute resolution or toe-curling bass of the average $3000-and-up headphone, but I don't there's anything below double its price that can touch it for overall sound quality. Highly recommended, and Bluetooth and ANC are merely the icing on the cake. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/beyerdynamic-lagoon-around-ear-bluetooth-anc-headphone-review.4548/
  14. Now this is *really* different, so before I get back to the newer and much costlier headphones, consider that this $13 USD headphone may sound better (equalized) than many so-called flagships that are played "as is". http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/jvc-flats-on-ear-stereo-mini-headphone-review.4547/
  15. Ever since the founders of SACD Philips and Sony gave up making high end SACD players, I have been worrying the future of this music format. After all I have been a loyal follower of SACD format since the launch and has collected tonnes of SACD recordings. My first reference SACD player Marantz SA-14 finally ran dead, and was replaced by KI Pearl Lite. The two SACD players were not of the same class, the mid range of Pearl Lite seemed less dense the the SA-14, but the extreme high and low seemed to have more details. When I started crazy on hifi I went after all the recommended audiophile discs. But after many years I am after music more than audiophile recordings already. Further more audiophile recordings many were female vocals, not a genre that I am after. Nowadays what I really enjoy are still classical music and Chinese classical. To me the SACD format best present classical recordings to the fullest potential! Especially for orchestra performance, SACD are very good in terms of sound stage, accurate positioning of instrument and details of various instrument within the large orchestra. While I thought the SACD availability was coming to an end, or at least getting scarce, I bumped into few EMI Classics SACD recordings: Jacqueline Du Pre Elgar and Delius cello concerto (2 SACDs), David Oistrakh Double and Triple concerto ( 2 SACDs), Debussy complete piano works ( 4 SACDs) and List Piano solo works (3 SACDs). Although SACD is a superior recording format, the final audio performance still very much depending on the quality of the original recordings. These SACDs collections are good in recording, and I am very happy to be able to collect whole set of works in one shot. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/hifi-corner/sacd-stories/146-sacd-stories
  16. fuwen

    XinYao

    24 years apart, this is the latest new CD release by Wen Fu “Listen till Dawn” (我听到天开始亮了). The album recorded 15 songs close to our heart that span over decades. The two that touches me most are his variation of his own original scores. 《新加坡派》to 《新加坡派2.0》(Singapore Style to Singapore Style 2.0) and 《历史考试前夕》to 《新谣历史外传》(History Exam Eve to Xin Yao History). Some of the songs collected in the album is Wen Fu written for various special occasions.《从心出发》(Start from Heart) was performed by 4 local artists (蔡健雅, 蔡淳佳, 陈伟联,潘嘉丽)and Singapore Chinese Orchestra celebrating Espanade 10 anniversary.《找回那感觉》(That Old Feeling) was for the new image launch event for Local Chinese news paper.《看电视》(Watch TV) was written in 1999 for board casting channel 8.《简爱》(SImple Love) was Wen Fu gift to Singapore independent 50 years.《自在苏州》(Easy Su Chow Province) was written for a China board casting station in 2016.《新欢会旧爱》celebrated 75 years of Broadcasting in 2011 with the three Chinese Boardcasting stations. The other group of songs in this album of Wen Fu were the theme songs for various TV series, movies and other singers he had written over the years. 《放映爱》(Love Show) was written in 2016 for a local movie of the same title. In 2015 Wen Fu wrote for a teacher singer 符杰荣 听明天在歌唱》(Listen to Tomorrow Song) in his album《唱歌给你听:梦想发光》(Songs for You). In 2013, 《《下一首歌》(The Next Song) was written for singer 玖健,and in Hong Kong singer 马浚伟 album《Cherish》the song《如愿》 (Wish). In 2015, 《人生无所谓》 (Easy Life) was the theme song for Singapore Media Corp Channel 8 TV series of the same title.《起飞》(Take Off) was a TV series with story back drop from Xin Yao and《好想告诉你》(How I Wish to Tell You) was written for this TV series, which recalled so much good memories for the generation grew up with Xin Yao. Finally, in 1999 Wen FU wrote for Hong Kong diva 张学友《她来听我的演唱会》(My Concert Lady Audience),but in this album of Wen Fu it was the version he sang during his concert in 2015, a very special interpretation of his own music live on stage. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/randomness/wen-fu-2016/147-wen-fu-2016
  17. Another great bargain by Marshall, if purchased at the latest $99 USD price (B&H etc.) - This is the Bluetooth, but non-ANC version. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/marshall-mid-on-ear-bluetooth-non-anc-headphone-review.4546/
  18. A beautifully-made and good-looking headphone, less costly now at many locations. The major downside is a somewhat hollow sound from a lower-mids emphasis - looking inside the earcups I think I see why. Excellent with EQ due to the high-quality drivers and build. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/b-w-px-anc-bluetooth-headphone-review.4545/
  19. THE MARSHALL MAJOR III Wired-only version: As a kind of final check on the Marshall Major III ('Major3') series, I purchased two new sets of the wired-only version from Marshall direct in the USA, for $50 USD each. Remarkably, where we often see very significant sample-to-sample differences in frequency response etc. for even premium flagship headphones at the various testing sites, I don't find a significant difference between these two wired versions of the Major3 and the Bluetooth** version I purchased previously. **Using the Bluetooth version in wired mode, although the Bluetooth sound has the same basic signature despite the lossy codec. I used the EQ curve noted at the top of this review for audiophile listening with the DragonFly Red or Oppo HA-2 DACs. While the consistency of the Major3 samples I've purchased from two different sources speaks well of Marshall's quality control, there's not enough money in this product to get the refinements you hear in Beyer Tesla's, Sennheiser HD800's, or the top-end planar headphones. Still, once the best possible EQ is applied, the soundstage and tonalities are so good that to get a better sound from the average $600 headphone, you would need to equalize those to their best neutral sound. I played the album "Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues" for my main listening in comparing these three sets of the Major3. The original recording was made in DXD 352.8 plus direct-to-tape analog. I got the 96 khz FLAC version, which was excellent.
  20. Continuing with the third set of music samples for my Marshall Major III ('Major3') review, the following are a few of the "odds and ends" I've picked up in the process of reviewing approximately 200 different headphones. The only other headphone that included these sample tracks was the Pioneer HDJ-X10c, so refer to that review for comparison, to see how well the Major3 compares to the Pioneer. Note that my EQ curve for the Major3 (linked above or on my website) features a modest bass reduction centered around 60 hz, yet these tracks demonstrate an excellent bass response for this headphone, with very satisfying detail. Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Soundtrack to a hand-painted color movie. A terrific variety of sounds that show off the excellent audio qualities of the Major3. Muse - Madness: Strong bass impacts with massed vocals around a lead singer. Clearly delineated by the Major3. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee: French vocal over a driving bass beat. Very enjoyable with the Major3. Robyn Hitchcock - Autumn Is Your Last Chance: Nicely-recorded acoustic/electric guitar with compelling vocal. Pure class as reproduced by the Major3. Samantha James - Amber Sky: Reverberant instrumentation and ethereal vocal. Dreamy stuff that sounds amazing on the Major3. Satchmode - Best Intentions: Atmospheric vocals over an excellent bass line. Exquisite reproduction by the Major3. Sneaker Pimps - Underground (Nellee Hooper Mix): Slow-paced club music with female vocal and soft but impactful bass. Very pleasant listening with the Major3. Soliquid - Shibuya (Paul Keeley Remix): Eight minutes and 50 seconds of heavenly beats and awesome musical synth effects as heard with the Major3. Stones and Bones - Love Lockdown: Ibiza 2014 track with a very spacious atmosphere and a bit of contrapuntal vocal. Outstanding on the Major3. Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate: High-ambiance noise with decent bass impacts and reverberant vocals. The Major3 makes this track come alive. Third Sex - Monster Snack: One of the best of the Goth/RiotGrrrl genre, available on the Free To Fight CD. Somewhat primitive sound with aggressive vocal, but there ya go - as good as it gets with this headphone. Three-11 Porter - Surround Me With Your Love: Pleasant male-female vocal mix against a big-ambiance backdrop. Lush presentation by the Major3. Visage - Fade To Grey: Atmospheric and reverberant recording supported by a luscious synth line. The Major3 plays this perfectly. When Saints Go Machine - Love And Respect: Super-energetic music with reverberant vocal counterpoint. Strong bass impacts delivered cleanly by the Major3. Yaz - Situation: Bright pop-EDM music from the past. Played exquisitely by the Major3.
  21. And now for phase 2 of my Marshall Major III ('Major3') Bluetooth headphone review. As noted above, I use a minimum amount of EQ with headphones that need it, in an attempt to bring them closer to the sound of live acoustic music**. This doesn't always succeed, either because the equalizer is too limited, or the curve I apply doesn't work for some reason. In the case of the Major3, it worked very well indeed. **I'd prefer that my headphones sound truly neutral, with as little EQ modification as possible, but in the end I get there only about half of the time. In the other cases, I either give up or settle for a "warm-neutral" result that's satisfactory for most genres. The ultimate test for me is when the headphone has good frequency extension on both ends with no apparent distortion, a tonally accurate midrange that blends well with the bass and treble, and plays equally well with all of my favorite tracks in multiple genres. The Major3 differed significantly from my Pioneer HDJ-X10c on just three of these EDM tracks (Anamanaguchi, Avicii, Fairmont) - slightly better on two of them and not as good on a third track. Above & Beyond - We're All We Need (feat. Zoe Johnston): A very nice tight but impactful bass with crystal clear vocals - the Major3 plays this with great ambiance. Anamanaguchi - Planet: A complex mix of percussion sounds and hummed vocals. The bells and other high-frequency percussion are highly detailed, the bass line has moderate weight, and the bass detail is surprisingly good. Armin van Buuren - J'ai Envie de Toi (Orig Mix feat Gaia): Decent bass impacts, breathy vocals, lots of fun noise - the Major3 plays this perfectly. Avicii - Feeling Good: Classic female vocal in movie-theme style - the Major3 brings this to life like few other headphones I've heard. Carl Kennedy-Tommy Trash ft Rosie Henshaw - Blackwater (Original Master): Nice strong tight bass impacts, female vocal, rendered delectably by the Major3. Crystal Castles - Wrath of God: Atmospheric tune with vocal sound effects and strong bass line, plus some unique treble percussion sounds. The Major3 brings these unique sounds to life. Digitalism - Pogo: A driving beat with a detailed bass synth and great vocals ("There's something in the air...") - the Major3 makes this very enjoyable. Dino Lenny-Lino Di Meglio - We Will Make It: Atmospheric tune with mixed vocals - the female vocal is a special treat with the Major3. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt: High-pitched tones and strong deep piano chords with a hummed female vocal - ultra-cool with the Major3. Fairmont - Poble Sec: Awesome detailed bass impacts with some nifty pingy guitar/synth effects. I discovered this tune at the time I purchased my 3rd v-moda M100 - the Major3 makes this just as enjoyable. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Lost for Words (On Air Mix feat Amba Shepherd): Strong bass impacts behind a female voice - a large-scale sweeping sonic image reminiscent of epic adventures in an exotic land. The Major3 is playing on a whole new level here. Hecq - Enceladus (With Skyence): Prodigious deep bass and clean at that. This tune's melody is more abstract than most of the others here, but the Major3 makes it a real adventure. Katy B - Crying For No Reason (Tom Shorterz Remix): Oh myyyyy, I love Katy B. The vocal mix here is awesome and the bass is solid. This is the Major3 at its best. Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch: I first heard this in The September Issue film and soundtrack, as the backdrop for the opening catwalk (watch Andre grinning at 1:51 - all you need to know) - the Major3 plays this amazing tune perfectly. Lee and Malinda - Truth Will Set You Free (V-Moda Mix): Lee Kalt is the master, this is the masterpiece. The drum (or tom-tom) hits here have a very realistic skin-tone, the female vocal is seamlessly integrated into the driving beat, and the synth effects also blend well - the Major3 just owns this. Markus Schulz - Mainstage: The granddaddy of bass is in this track, and the Major3 plays it smooth and clean.
  22. The bargain-priced Marshall Major III was a shot in the dark for me, and it paid off - not so great without an equalizer, but excellent with. Great comfort, good quality build if you get the genuine article, decent aesthetics. I highly recommended it based on the stipulations in this review. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/marshall-major-iii-on-ear-bluetooth-headphone-review.4544/
  23. Continuing with the music samples aspect of my Pioneer HDJ-X10c review, the following are a few of the "odds and ends" I've picked up in the process of reviewing headphones. The sound of most of these tracks is sufficiently good to complement any decent headphone, but they show off the HDJ-X10c's sonic qualities as well as anything I've heard. Some of these may be hard to find, particularly in the exact mix/remix. Le Voyage Dans La Lune: Soundtrack to a hand-painted color movie. A terrific variety of sounds that show off the excellent audio qualities of the HDJ-X10c. Muse - Madness: Strong bass line with mass vocals. Clearly delineated by the HDJ-X10c. Mylene Farmer - Desenchantee: French vocal over a driving bass beat. Very enjoyable with the HDJ-X10c. Robyn Hitchcock - Autumn Is Your Last Chance: Acoustic/electric guitar with compelling vocal. Pure class as reproduced by the HDJ-X10c. Samantha James - Amber Sky: Reverberant instrumentation and ethereal vocal. Dreamy stuff that sounds amazing on the HDJ-X10c. Satchmode - Best Intentions: Atmospheric vocals over a very decent bass line. Exquisite reproduction by the HDJ-X10c. Sneaker Pimps - Underground (Nellee Hooper Mix): Slow-paced club music with female vocal and subtle but very effective bass impacts. The bass in this track will be appreciated only in a quiet listening spot. Soliquid - Shibuya (Paul Keeley Remix): Eight minutes and 50 seconds of heavenly beats and awesome musical synth effects as heard with the HDJ-X10c. Stones and Bones - Love Lockdown: Ibiza 2014 track with a very spacious atmosphere and a bit of contrapuntal vocal. Outstanding on the HDJ-X10c. Susanne Sundfor - Accelerate: High-ambiance noise with decent bass impacts and reverberant vocals. The HDJ-X10c makes this track come alive. Third Sex - Monster Snack: One of the best of the Goth/RiotGrrrl genre, available on the Free To Fight CD. Somewhat primitive sound with aggressive vocal, but there ya go - as good as it gets with this headphone. Three-11 Porter - Surround Me With Your Love: Pleasant male-female vocal mix against a big-ambiance backdrop. Lush presentation by the HDJ-X10c. Visage - Fade To Grey: Atmospheric and reverberant recording supported by a luscious synth line. The HDJ-X10c plays this perfectly. When Saints Go Machine - Love And Respect: Super-energetic music with reverberant vocal counterpoint. Strong bass impacts delivered cleanly by the HDJ-X10c. Yaz - Situation: Bright pop-EDM music from the past. Played exquisitely by the HDJ-X10c.
  24. Here is my followup review of the excellent Pioneer HDJ-X10c. This second review contains different music track examples and some new impressions. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/pioneer-hdj-x10c-carbon-fiber-dj-headphone-followup-to-prior-review.4543/
  25. Furutech CF-H800R Rhodium Carbon Headphone Connectors Usual Price@SGD$150.00/pair. Our Price@SGD$75.00/pair nett for CASH, Direct Bank Transfer, DBS Payla, OCBC Pay Anyone, Pay Now. Able to send via Smartpac for SGD$4.00 plus handling 3-4 days delivery by Singpost. Furutech’s beautifully finished, beautiful sounding CF-H800 connectors are the result of meticulous engineering and careful audition of various suitable materials. The CF-H800 features an α (Alpha) phosphor bronze conductor with Nylon+Fiberglass15% insulation for minimal impedance, a nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished main body, and nonmagnetic stainless end ring for superior damping. Features and Specs: Main conductor: Nonmagnetic Rhodium-plated α (Alpha) Phosphor bronze conductor Insulation with Nylon+Fiberglass 15% Resin Main Body: Nonmagnetic stainless and carbon fiber finished End Ring: Nonmagnetic stainless. Fixed Tube: Copper Alloy. Connections: Soldered Specified for wire outer diameters up to 3.8mm Dimensions: Main Body: 8.5ψx 24.0mm overalllength Total overall length: 31.0 mm approx. 😀Priced and sold per pair. 😀Soldering Service available@$20.00 onwards. Price depends greatly on geometry & construction of cables. The more complex it is, the higher the chargers. Remarks: Check out our web store www.musiclinkav.com, carousell.com/musiclinkav for awesome deals. Available now@ MUSICLINK AV DISTRIBUTION 100 BEACH ROAD, #02-46-49 SHAW TOWER SINGAPORE 189702 TEL: 65-62911106 BUSINESS HOURS: MON-SAT:1-8PM DAILY. SUNDAY & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: CLOSED
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  27. Here is my latest purchase - a very excellent DJ-style headphone, which just might be an excellent audiophile choice as well. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/pioneer-hdj-x10c-carbon-fiber-edition-dj-headphone-review.4542/
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