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I remember somebody mentioning about their hi-fi system. I cant remember whether its in own thread or in with others. I thought i'll post a thread for audiophile not limited to hi-fi even personal audio or even ICE (in car entertainment). Although i have basic entry level home hi-fi marantz and mission speakers. And also previously was into ICE for a bit my car has Fujitsu Ten, DLS tweeters midrange and woofers with Helix amp.

 

Now i'm into headphones, I've got In ear Final Audio Adagio 3 and over ear beyerdynamics entry level shit (cant remember model no) with a hippo portable amp. Been having this set up for the past 2 years been very happy with the Final Audio great for travelling wonderful acoustics for the price.

 

I just upgraded FiiO E6 cuz the hippo doesn't want to charge and it just opened all other possibilities of upgrading, now i'm thinking should i upgrade my over ear or get Final Audio Heaven IV which does look heavenly. 

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I've had a pair of custom monitors from Unique Melody for a few years now. I think the model is called Mage. Four drivers.

 

They came shipped with Westone ES cables which broke about a year ago, then I got a cheap replacement off eBay which broke about 2 months ago. Some generic cables I ordered from China then have still not arrived, so I think I need to just cough up the $60 for Westone ES replacements.

 

These Samsung earphones I'm using in lieu are absolutely shit, and I have no idea how I managed to live with them for two months now.

 

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I had a FiiO Rocky or something that broke after a month. I liked it, but I can't be bothered lugging an extra item with me just for that bit of sound quality improvement so I'm content with an iPhone -> IEM setup.

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Back in uni, I used to assemble my own headphone amps, from glass jar audio, even did an iMod on my ipod 5th gen. I've had user experience with the AD700, HD595, UM3x and IE8. I like the AD700 the most because it is comfortable as hell. I miss braiding my own LODs tho.

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am using some old marantz and a wharfedale 8.4 back in my place in subang, but in sg i bring my Aego M only 

meanwhile my current gear is only a P5, been eyeing a westone lately hmm...

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Not goin for the p7? How's the b&w for portability? I'd like an over ear for travelling but can't see myself carrying that much luggage space.

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i use the p5 mainly with my tab and need to be in aircond place, as prolong use can be quite warm and leather dun go well with sweat , think p7 will have the same problem

the portability sux , need to change before my next trip , i think klipsh is small and portable and might do the job, just tested it a while ago, next few day i drop by jaben and if i cannot tell the different between the westone and ue900, maybe i just go for the klipsch

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If you're asking about mine, it has an impedance low enough so an amp is not necessary. It's four balanced armatures per side, which I understand do not require much power to be driven. The JH16 has eight per side, and I don't think it needs an amp too.

 

I'm sure these are designed to be used without amps.

 

 

A custom reshelled UE TF10 seems to be a very popular choice among custom IEM audiophiles.

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Bigtimers, you guys are.  I got me a Fiio X3 digital audio player paired with relatively cheap, but fairly satisfying a-jays three earphones.  When I was shopping for the ear/headphones, I tested out several pairs of Grados that sounded great (and some were within my price range), but couldn't see my wife okaying open cans in the bedroom.

 

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I find it quite pointless to spend too much when it comes to audio.

 

The returns become very diminishing very quickly. With audio, I find it tough to really point out any discernible difference between something that; for example, costs 2k to something that costs 8k. Sure, there is that really small bit of increase in sound quality etc., but I would have to be listening so intently to the music to even notice.

 

I'm not someone who would just sit in a room and close my eyes and listen to music and focus on it, so this is why I won't spend on audio. I am almost always doing something else with music playing.

 

When I am commuting, I'm not actually paying enough attention to the sound to justify paying for earphones that cost say RM5000 over RM1000 ones. They both sound the same to me. For some, even the RM1000 earphones aren't worth it over a pair of RM400 ones.

 

I had a pair of Westone UM3X IEMs for a while. I liked them, but the problem is that my ear canals are tiny so I spend a lot of time trying to stuff any IEMs in and even then I don't get that great of a seal. This is the main reason why I decided to get a pair of custom IEMs done.

 

I think what's far more important than audio/sound quality is sound signature. Now this I can discern quite well. To me, there's a distinct difference between how Audio-Technica and Sennheiser sound like. If I were to buy another pair of earphones or headphones, I would base my decision on sound signature, not quality. At a certain price point, quality becomes a given and is quite consistent across every brand.

 

Plus, sound is extremely subjective. The Sennheiser IE8 has as many detractors as it does fans. I personally dislike it because it's so bass heavy, but there are those who swear by it and will use nothing else.

 

I don't have experience with hi-fi however, so maybe all this isn't applicable with hi-fi. I'd like to believe there's not much difference though, if any.

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Bigtimers, you guys are.  I got me a Fiio X3 digital audio player paired with relatively cheap, but fairly satisfying a-jays three earphones.  When I was shopping for the ear/headphones, I tested out several pairs of Grados that sounded great (and some were within my price range), but couldn't see my wife okaying open cans in the bedroom.

 

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I use the a jays 3 for gym and running. Pretty good, the headphones performs better without an amp. 

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Is this thread just for the hardware or is music discussed to?

 

I don't really listen to music. When I do, it's mostly Beethoven. Can't stand the other composers.

 

Guenther Wand is the best conductor for the Beethoven symphonies. Except for the 5th and 7th, because Carlos Kleiber Jr. betters him. It's criminal the latter did not record a 9th before he died.

 

Best violinist for the concertos for me so far is Perlman.

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More for hardware J. I think you got a thread for music already. 

 

Shane, abt DIYing one of my friend managed to DIY a floor standing speakers and amps. He bought the parts but sent it to a dude in Penang to assemble it. Pretty cool. You get good audio equipment for a fraction of the price. But in all honesty for my self i wouldn't buy it. I suppose as Zarium there's a sound signature that the manufacturers have. I've listened to systems that are 10k to a 100k system. And i'm still blown away with the 100k system.

 

Ivan, hows the AE Aego, last time i was gunning for their all in one system. They do make the sexiest speakers besides the nautilus.   

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I personally can't discern much difference, hence why I would never indulge in such a hobby. I'm sure there are many who can.

 

Maybe I'm not blessed with such acute hearing. Then again, it is also really the kind of music I listen to that makes a hi-fi system or anything that is more cumbersome than an iPhone -> output pointless.

 

Also (an irrelevant note), it's always, ALWAYS about the music. Never the hardware. I would take the worst earphones with my favourite music over the best system with music I don't listen to/don't like any day.

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I spent some time reading into headphones, amps, DACs and etc when I was buying new headphones some time back. In the end, realized it was too much and decided to just get whatever I liked and was comfortable from a good brand. As per what Zarium said, I doubt I can tell the difference if I'm not trying really hard to find it.

 

I'm using a Beyerdynamic DT770-Pro connected to a PC, sound card is an ALC1150 based implementation which has an amp for headphones up to 600ohm.

 

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still going strong after 6 years plus, but think i will bring my creative T3 over from kl soon, the t3 have a headphone jack at volume control, easier to plug the headphone so nitetime dun disturb the boy from sleeping 

 

 

 

Ivan, hows the AE Aego, last time i was gunning for their all in one system. They do make the sexiest speakers besides the nautilus.   

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Nice Beyerdynamics. I've heard many good things about the DT-770. I never bothered because of its impedance, though.

 

There are quite a variety of models with different impedance ratings though if I remember. 32, 80, 250 and 600.

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My setup: All cables and interconnect are DIY or made by Sim Lim Tower cable wholesaler LHS, look for uncle robert.

Digital Music (ripped FLAC files playback or Foobar2k)

PC > Trends USB DAC > Tianyun Zero DAC - Headphone Amp (OPAMP using Linear Technology) > Audio Technica A900 cans

 

Analog Music

Pioneer DVD player / cable tv / iphone / Linn Basik turntable > Rotel RA921 > Tannoy M1 Speakers (college budget hifi which I still using now) 

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Just a little update on this thread. Just got myself a nad hp 50 viso cans. Im enjoying it remendously, just the right portability and a lot of extra goodies like an adaptor for air plane jack and even ipod control cable. The sound is very natural something I've always gone for but it was quite gettimg used to coming from in ear monitors.

 

Now my ipod does not do this cans justice so im looking for digital audio player. Seriously looking at the ibasso dx90 probably will pair it caryn c5.

 

And lastly looking for a soundbar. Can't be arsed with seperates anymore, any recommendations gents?

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