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Just got a Khadas Tone Pro 2, currently running it through my liquid spark via the raspberry pi to my Drop/Dan Clark Audio Aeon closed backs and oh my goodness. The TP2 is an amazing little device btw, I don’t know how great the amp in it is, it drives the Aeons decently, but man is it packed with features, highly recommend.
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Bedlam-Inside
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Dec 27, 2021
Just wondering if you stack a DAC+Amp like that (from-the-future-looking) TP2 with a DAC only Liquid Spark, would the Spark override the TP2 DAC? Would they 'conflict' signals at all? I always consider but never know if it makes a difference when I stack a DAC+Amp or just an Amp with a DAC.
jklemmer08
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Dec 29, 2021
I just got the Zen CAN to pair with an iFi Zen DAC, was previously using my Spark with it, I love that stack, that's like the medium budget end game stack imho can't go wrong with it. Also, I subscribe to the school of thought that the headphones are by far the most important component in your system, so as long as you have the equipment to drive them properly, you aren't gonna see much of a difference between that Zen stack and a $2000 system.
Bedlam-Inside
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Dec 31, 2021
Of course. I like the way they have a warmer sound signature but it's still clean audio playback properly driving your headphones and handling distortion in a way that warms the sound without the common HiFi 'illusion' of saturation causing the warmth. Since the headphones are the one piece of equipment that are literally ON your ears, I'd have to 100% agree with you. I make lots of music and understand how important the speaker game is to your sound, just as much as the headphone game, but that shouldn't detract from the conversion/amplification process going into driving the listening endpoint. Any other favorite pieces in your setup?
Mastaboog749
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Dec 22, 2021
This looks amazing! How are the Dan Clark Closed Backs? I've been trying to pull the trigger on a pair of closed back for a while and these Dan Clark's just keep screaming to me
jklemmer08
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Dec 22, 2021
Highly recommend, I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, just really love music and pretty much everything sounds good with them. The only knock I would give, and this is pretty subjective, is that the low end bass is a bit underwhelming, so if you listen to a lot of electronic music or hip hop then they might not be the right pair of cans for you. Other than that, amazing sound stage, super defined and very easy to listen to. Another pair that I HIGHLY recommend that's a bit cheaper if you do like your bass is the Meze 99's, I think you can buy the noirs on Amazon if they are sold out on Drop although they do become available often and I have the classics and I love them, literally can listen to anything on those.