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  1. Hi folks, I've got a review coming soon of the Elekit 8200R (driving headphones only - no speakers) and I'm interested in 1-2 proven tube options I can roll through as part of the review conversation. I'm hoping to keep it affordable, but also would like to share with viewers what is achievable from this kit. Can you recommend some solid tube options with an explanation as to why you'd recommend them (i.e. better clarity, more bass, etc.)? Many thanks!
  2. Thanks for asking - I should have included that in the original listing! The cable is just over 1.5m measured from the base of the 6.3mm shaft (i.e. starting with the part that sticks out of the amplifier) through to the end of the Lemo connectors. I measured it to account for all parts of the cables and plugs that are not sitting within the headphones amp or headphone cups.,
  3. Such a great headphone!! I don't normally post my own reviews here, but I want to support the sale of this to a happy new home!
  4. I think with the music you listen to (based on some previous chats), the HD800S are probably slightly better overall whereas I think the Utopias are probably a bit more versatile across a wider range of genres.
  5. Haha. It's all good. I've recorded the review today. That might seem quick, but I know the headphone inside and out by now and just had to do some comparisons and some genre testing. I'lll post it as a bonus post in the coming weeks...
  6. Wow! This is the busiest sale thread I've ever had!! Feel free to boost my cable ads over in the accessories and cables section! 😆 I agree about the HD800S working best with tubes, but more importantly is the higher output impedance of OTL amps (and others with switchable OI). As for the Utopia vs Clear - I do think there is value in the upgrade, but I'll leave it to the upcoming review to explain it so I don't spend ages re-typing what I've already said because I'm currently editing the HD800S review you all asked for Finally, I have two people inline for
  7. I disagree (respectfully of course). I find the two very similar in a lot of ways. Their signatures are quite similar so for me the key differences are that the Utopia is a bit more refined and smoother (not warmer/darker) and it also has the smaller soundstage as you said, but I find it a more accurate/focussed soundstage. I don't want to spoil my review, but the FR graphs on my EARS rig surprised me with their similarity. The EARS is by no means reference, but when comparing measurements taken on the same setup, it's fairly good for the sake of comparison and did reflect what I h
  8. Haha. A few of you have read my mind! I've completed and uploaded a review of the Utopias with comparisons to HD800S, Focal Clear and Meze Empyreans. It'll come out in a couple of weeks. For now, maybe I'll pull the ad (or chat to anyone interested about delaying purchase) and do a dedicated HD800S review too.
  9. I haven't actually reviewed these. I thought maybe it was too late in their life to bother. What do you reckon? I could still squeeze it in quickly before I sell them.
  10. These have been my reference tool for a little while now and a great testing headphone for hearing the finest details of products I'm reviewing, but the Utopias are in the house now and I can't afford to keep everything. These are lightly used and in pristine condition. Any specks in the photos are dust only - I looked very carefully for any marks or blemishes and couldn't see any at all. Comes with all original packaging and accessories including manual, USB with frequency response and PDF manual (I think), 6.3mm cable and 4.4mm balanced cable. The outer bo
  11. Further information: I received this cable as part of a purchase here on the forum. My understanding is that it is worth $1100 brand new. It's a beautiful cable that appears to be a combination of silver and copper wire. If you know Aurealis Audio, you'll know how beautifully made (and of high quality materials) his cables always are. The cable is in great condition with the only signs of use being on the 6.3mm connector shaft from being plugged/unplugged Updated with some info from Geoff at Aurealis about the wires that makeup the cable:
  12. Further information: I bought the WireWorld USB cable as part of an affordable USB cable comparison video I am releasing soon and while I didn't end up drawing any strong conclusions on the subjective quality of any of the three cables, I felt they were all much better made than most of the generic cables I've come across so even if you don't believe in USB cables changing the sound, this is a nicely made and still very affordable cable. For the sake of curiosity, the three cables in question were the Supra USB, WireWorld Chroma 8 (this one) and the Oyaide Neo d+ and th
  13. There's an interesting idea!! I don't know how many are really suitable - so far I can only think of the HiFiMan Deva (no wires to pull and open back so you can hear the little ones when they get up to mischief). I'll put my mind to it and see what I can come up with!
  14. I feel your pain. Music listening takes a while to get back to once a little one joins the fold. GLWS
  15. Further information: This Cobalt is in pristine condition with all original packaging and accessories (DragonTail and leather pouch). MQA compatible and sounds great Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will not be approved You understand that a reason
  16. That's almost identical to my system and it works a treat here. I wonder what the issue is!? (Just saw your reply after I posted this - my browser hadn't refreshed)
  17. Further information: Very reluctant sale that I have tossed and turned over for months because it's not getting a lot of use, but I just LOVE it's sound. In the end, the need to buy more gear for reviews has gotten the better of me so it's up for sale... Still one of the very best DAPs you can buy. The Stainless Steel version is an improvement over all the other versions of the AK240. More info here: https://www.astellnkern.com/eng/content/shop/features.asp?mcg=CG110000&mpos=0&scg=CG210240&spos=4&tcg=&tpos=0&gcode=SC10810 This unit does have
  18. Hi Franky, I've got a Liquid Platinum and 2 additional sets of tubes that I'm about to list. PM me if you're interested 🙂 Cheers, Lachlan
  19. Sure thing. The Eagle is more articulate and has a greater sense of clarity whereas the DF Red sounds a bit thicker and yet also comes across more shouty at times. Eagle is comfortably better in my opinion on all headphones except higher impedance cans like HD800S, etc. where the Eagle starts to sound too thin. For anything up to around 100 ohm, I would choose the Eagle (and have done so - just sold my DFR) DF Cobalt is a little different, but the Eagle still compares favourably (not necessarily better) given the large price differential
  20. A magnificent DAC and easily one of the best available under about $2000. GLWS
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