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  2. 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.
  3. 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/
  4. 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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  6. 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/
  7. 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.
  8. heady

    Creative SX-FI

    The DSP can be turned on or off on the SX-FI but there is no control on the magnitude of the effect unless I miss the option on the phone app. I used it on my PC.
  9. 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?
  10. heady

    Creative SX-FI

    Has anyone tried this? I bought the SX-FI Amp to try. Sure sounds weird at the beginning but as your brain adapts to it, it doesn't sound too bad. However it doesn't seem to work well on all recordings. I noticed some women's voices sound too shrill on it. BTW I used it with the Aurvana Trio.
  11. 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/
  12. 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
  13. 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/
  14. Re-posting -- original link was broken: http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/v-moda-speakeasy-lightning-dac-cable-for-ios-devices.4539/
  15. 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
  16. New video of the NightHawk Carbon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH_ChO_U5ZU
  17. 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.
  18. yotiao

    Happy New Year 2019!

    Happy New Year!
  19. dalethorn

    Happy New Year 2019!

    Your wish is my command!
  20. heady

    Happy New Year 2019!

    Yes, Dalethorn, I look forward to your reviews although I don't buy high end phones anymore. With my increasing age, I don't hear that well any more. But keep writing them reviews!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. heady

    Happy New Year 2019!

    How come it's so quiet here now? Can't be no one listens to headphones any more? I still use headphones with a USB DAC cum amplifier to view Youtube. Any how. Happy New Year to all who still visit this site.
  24. 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/
  25. 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
  26. 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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