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  1. esanthosh

    Budget 41-50k HTPC Upgrade

    My HTPC used an old motherboard from my worn out PC of 5 years. It ran fine for another 4 years before the old motherboard decided to take it's life one terrible afternoon. Currently using a Asus O Play Mini v2. But, would like to build a HTPC as soon as I can. I briefly considered Intel NUC...
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    Audio It is all about Two

    Introduction On the second working day of the second week of the second month of the year at 4 PM, my calling bell rang. This is the second time the UPS franchisee has delivered a package to my address. I eagerly opened the UPS cover, inside which there was a second cover. It contained a...
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    User Review Shure SE535-LTD-J Impressions

    Overture: The only 'qualification' that I have for attempting reviews is that I could afford to buy all these nice IEMs and somewhat decent collection of sources way back when. Since I am lazy about taking photos and opening sale threads, I retain most of what I buy. That is a curse (to my bank...
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    Audio Shure SE535: Impressions

    Introduction: I normally would have kept the impression to Random IEM rants thread. But, considering that this one is in some ways special, I thought I will post a dedicated thread. First off, SE53X have been high on my "want to hear" list for the last couple of years. Secondly, it's not every...
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    Audio Yamaha EPH-100: Impression and Comparisons

    Preface It's been a long time since I wrote anything resembling a review, because I find it a tedious and boring process. But this is a little bit exciting. Yamaha EPH-100 happens to be IEM #74 for me. Quite possibly my #75 may not be as exciting, because EPH-100 truly a Jack of all trades...
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    Hisoundaudio RoCoo-P: A non-audiophile's take on an audiophile player

    Introduction A couple of months ago, Hisoundaudio ran a promotional bidding process on Head-fi. I was part of the first 20 people to bid on RoCoo-P. In the spirit of full disclosure, it cost me ~ Rs. 4,500 for the player including shipping costs. I was not interested in writing a review at...
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    esanthosh Audio Sale threads: Bravo V2 Tube Headphone Amplifier and Headphones

    Sold Audio-Technica AD700 Superlux HD668B Sennheiser PX80 Koss KSC75 Bravo V2 Amp + Tubes
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    esanthosh Audio Sale Threads: In-Ear Phones Sale Thread

    Common to All IEMs Product Condition: Unless mentioned, assume pristine condition. IEMs were not used during intense physical activity and always stored in their respective cases. The cases themselves are stored safe from dust inside a shelf. All IEMs have been burned-in for 50 hours, while...
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    esanthosh Audio Sale Threads: Sources and Amplifiers

    This will be the first of the few FS threads where I will put up stuff for sale. Instead of starting numerous threads, I plan to group the items and limit my sale threads. Items will be added on 'as and when I want' basis. So, please be sure to check up every now and then. List of Items sold...
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    Audio Do "Audiophile" players make sense?

    Right now, with my collection of IEMs across the price range, I've either owned or had an opportunity to try out a few of the better universal IEMs (thanks to loaners from here and head-fi). Now, what's left to explore is the custom IEM territory. It's a bit too costly for me to jump in without...
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    Audio For those looking for MEElectronics IEMs

    I was researching about IEMs with mic for a friend recently. He was looking for NE-700M or equivalents. While CC51P was an option, I was not too fond of suggesting You Know Who. MEE uses First Class / Priority shipping for A151 and CC51, which makes the CC51P too costly @ $110 to justify buying...
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    Radius DDM2 : First Impressions

    Introduction It's been how long since I am tempted to write an initial impression within 3 hours? SM3, I think was the last. None between then and now have truly inspired me to write anything, at least not within the first few hours (RE-252, DDM-1, DBA-02 being the only three others to...
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    Quick Review: Monster Turbine

    First off thanks to haraakiri for arranging this loaner. Introduction I was always intrigued by these Monster Turbine series IEMs, which unlike their ridiculously overpriced cables (or their fugly associations with celebrities like Justina) are well received in head-fi. So when an...
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    MEElectronics A151: Adequate and Nice!

    Introduction: Thanks to MEElectronics for sending me A151 to review. Shortly after my M31 review, I tried to push my luck a bit further i.e., not spending out of pocket for IEMs and asked if MEE could send me any other IEMs for review, especially the A151 and CC51. Well! it worked...
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    [IEM Review] ECCI PR401: Politely Balanced

    Introduction: This is perhaps my slowest review in terms of turn-around time since I got PR401 two months ago. First, a Full Disclosure: I bought it from lendmeurears (also was on eBay) by February. In the interest of full disclosure, at that time, he was running a discount sale at SGD 80...
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    [IEM Review] MEElectronics M31: Feel the Bass!

    Introduction: First off, thanks to MEElectronics for choosing me to review M31. I have not reviewed any manufacturer samples so far. Last month, when I found out that MEElectronics had a Review sample giveaway, it was too good to pass. After all, why pass on an opportunity to get a free IEM...
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    Audio VSonic GR07: Initial Impressions

    Introduction As an IEM addict who is beyond help, I am always intrigued by IEMs that are never heard of, but suddenly find themselves at the top of a reviewer's ranking. So, when clieOS suddenly rated VSonic GR07 as his #3 right behind RE-262 and TF10, but above e-Q5, I got yet another...
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    Audio Brainwavz B2 on Pre-order

    At least they got the pre-order price right ($140) - Announcement: MP4 Nation Forums • View topic - Brainwavz B2 Dual Balanced Armature Earphones - PREORDER Pre-order page: Brainwavz B2 Dual Balanced Armature Earphones - PREORDER [BWAVZ-B2-PREORDER] - $139.50 : MP4 Nation!, :: Low Priced...
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    Audio An evening with Audio Technica CK10: First Impressions

    Intro: I was writing lot of impressions of late, but they looked to be going downhill all the way to jargon junk. So, for a while now, I've stayed away from it and am trying out newer music. Still, the little red devil in my brain wakes up and starts analyzing signatures sometimes, which I so...
  20. esanthosh

    General Purpose rig for the next 3 years

    Specific Requirements Low level of noise. I am very allergic to noise and need a silent rig. Will give away this current config to some student. I may retain the PSU if needed Budget: 20-30K. Will stretch if needed. Current Config: Motherboard: Intel DQ965GF CPU: Intel Core2 Duo...