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  1. #1
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    Caught the headphone bug

    Enough nights the media room commandeered for movie watching and frustration with the shabby SQ of airpods while away from home, I finally took the plunge and picked up a hifiman he1000 stealth while they were on black friday sale. Which really seems like a permanent sale on an old but decent product.

    So now on to the usual - picking out a portable dac/amp (waiting on an ifi diablo to get the ball rolling) and trying to untangle the connectivity and cable puzzles (source will be ios devices - iphone/ipad, for now at least. Until Lumin makes a portable streamer haha).

    When $ allow I could see finding one of the new enleum's. I had the big brother and loved it.

    While waiting on the ifi amp/dac I have them plugged directly into the iphone and they sound pretty good to me. Nothing jaw dropping but several steps up from the bose and airpods wireless.

    It's a pretty addictive experience! Just glad to have something good to listen to when I can't sit in front of the 2-channel system.

    I know there are much better headphones out there, for a lot more money, and systems dedicated to headphone listening. Hard to imagine how good those get.

    This hobby never fails to find a way to suck you back in.
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    Lumin X1 > Boulder 1161 > Scansonic MB3.5 B

    Headphones

    Home: HiFiMan Susvara > Schiit Lyr+
    Portable: Focal Radiance > AQ Dragonfly Cobalt / Chord Hugo 2

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    Re: Caught the headphone bug

    Although I have a headphone amp I really like and 'OK' Focal headphones, I've never really been able to get into headphone listening.
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    Re: Caught the headphone bug

    Understandable; I don't feel too differently, it won't become my primary listening. I love my main setup way too much, it's a rare oasis for me (thanks Mike).

    But, it seems like it will be a nice fallback option, and the only option to not tolerate muddy. inarticulate-sounding low-fi, when not home.
    Main System

    Lumin X1 > Boulder 1161 > Scansonic MB3.5 B

    Headphones

    Home: HiFiMan Susvara > Schiit Lyr+
    Portable: Focal Radiance > AQ Dragonfly Cobalt / Chord Hugo 2

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    Re: Caught the headphone bug

    Enjoy, I rather enjoy headphones these days since we downsized homes.
    2chl : Pass Xa-30.5, W4S STP-SE Stage 2, Kef 201/2, KEF 140, Vapor Breeze, Lumin, VPI Classic, Manley Chinook, Cadenza Bronze, Bryston CD, BHA-1, Quicksilver Headamp, HD650, HD800s, HD820's, Dan Clark 1.1, Focal Stellia, OPPO 203, 105.

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