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Headphones and related gear buyer’s guide

By | December 27th, 2013|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello everybody,

I have been contemplating for some time now on writing a small guide on how to get into this hobby or what headphones and related gear to buy.

Before reading this you should also check this article where I explained how I got into this hobby and how I see it.

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Before getting into the subject, many could ask themselves “Why headphones?”. This is a very good question indeed. The discussion of “Headphones vs Speakers” is a hot debated subject between music gear enthusiasts, especially coming from the people that are into speakers.… Read the full article

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Focal Spirit Classic & Spirit Professional – Review

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

Hello everybody,

I have been waiting for this for a while now. If you remember, I have been very impressed with Focal’s first headphone, the Spirit One .

From that moment on I was really curious to see what Focal will come up with next in the headphone department.

Well, the time has come, as I have both new models from Focal on my desk, the Focal Spirit Classic and Spirit Professional.

This review is dedicated to the first one, but at the end I am making a short comparison to Spirit Professional.… Read the full article

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4S Universal Preamplifier for 12A_7 Tubes

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: DIY AUDIOFILE|Tags: , |

The 4S Universal preamp is a Super Simple Single Stage (4S) line stage preamp that works well with the entire range of 12A_7 tubes – 12AU7, 12AV7, 12AY7, 12AT7, 12AZ7, and 12AX7. You can change the tube type to vary the gain of the preamplifier by quite a large margin. 

4S Universal Preamp for 12A_7 Tubes
4S Universal Preamp for 12A_7 Tubes

The preamp uses a 6CA4 tube rectified power supply which is very quiet. The preamplifier is built using point-to-point construction techniques and into a die cast aluminum enclosure from Pomona.  The attenuation control is on the output of the preamp.Read the full article

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Audeze LCD-X vs Sennheiser HD800

By | November 20th, 2013|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I know that I already did a review on LCD-X, but I am sure that a lot of you will ask yourselves how does the X stand next  to  Sennheiser  HD800. Well, this is what this review is for, as I will explain my perspective on the matter.

So, consider this  the Part 2 of from the original LCD-X review.

I have now spent days  with LCD-X, trying to determine  which I like more between the LCD-3 and it.… Read the full article

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A beautiful autumn day in Los Angeles!

By | November 16th, 2013|Categories: Austin Blog|

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I took this picture of L.A. a couple of weeks ago from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook up on Mulholland Drive. It was an exceptionally clear day. For those unfamiliar with the city, I’ll give you a guided tour; you’ll definitely have to enlarge the photo by clicking on it, though.

The Hollywood Bowl is in the right foreground, the 101 Freeway is on the left (oddly, traffic seems to be moving!), The Capitol Records building is just left of center, the stretch of buildings just beyond the trees is Hollywood Blvd./Sunset Blvd., and the line of buildings towards the horizon is Wilshire Blvd.… Read the full article

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Audeze LCD-X Review

By | November 8th, 2013|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

Hey guys,

You may know from what I have written before that I have been waiting for LCD-3 for a while now.

A few weeks ago, I managed to get my hands on pair of LCD-3 and I was really happy about it. At last, together with my HD800 I have the best of all the music genres.

I got it on Wednesday and Friday and I thought I would have some time at last to get acquainted to my new LCD-3.… Read the full article

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Indiana Line Nota 250, Nota 550 – Review – More than Meets the Wallet

By | October 24th, 2013|Categories: Speakers - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I remember how when I was a kid, I craved for a speaker system like Logitech Z-5500 and for it’s huge but bloated and uncontrolled bass quantity. Today I couldn’t listen to them as they don’t have a balanced sound at all in my opinion.

However, until now, I did’t find a budget  speaker system that could suit my needs.

Well, I think I hit the jackpot with the new Indiana Line Nota series.

Indiana Line has been founded in 1977 and since then has been working on providing good sound accompanied by appealing designs and at budget prices.… Read the full article

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Too Big To Fail

By | October 23rd, 2013|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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There’s a big hole in the OMA NYC showroom right now. The Monarchs flew out the door last Thursday. Columbia Pictures is remaking the movie Annie, and the film’s set decorator wanted them for the penthouse apartment of the tech billionaire Stax, who I understand replaces Daddy Warbucks, at least in name. The speakers were trucked right to World Trade Center Tower #1, which is still unfinished. The filmmakers got the whole 55th floor to make into the Stax set, where I hope the Monarch’s play at least a walk on role.… Read the full article

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Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL – Review

By | October 21st, 2013|Categories: Speakers - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

If you remember , some time ago I have told you about a pair of speakers that impressed me very much at that moment. I am talking about the Martin Logan Electromotion ESL . Since then I have tried to listen to them every chance I got.

I have listened to very good and expensive speakers  and the ESL are the only speakers I have listened to just after listening to >20k $ speakers and still managed to impress me.  … Read the full article

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FiiO X3 – Review

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have stressed for some time now on what phone I would get that has decent sound. At first I got the Galaxy S1 that had a Wolfson Dac and combined with Voodoo Sound I got decent playback.

Recently I got a Galaxy S4 knowing it has a Wolfson Dac too but I didn’t notice the European version didn’t have it, and I don’t like the sound on it.

I didn’t want to go for an Ipod or something similar because It didn’t find them to sound better than my S1 (which i kept just for music).… Read the full article

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