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May 19, 2016
Bill, Glad to see you here. You've unquestionably garnered an enviable reputation for tweaking headphones. Recently spotted a post that claimed there was a rumor associated with you, your mod guru position with massdrop, and Sennheiser. To wit, this post said they'd heard of a possible HD6x0 Bill tweaked future offering here on massdrop. Is it possible to confirm or deny?
May 19, 2016
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