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Hi everybody!

I have always been more of a musicophile that appreciates good sound quality than an audiophile. Last year, I decided to treat me to a good pair of headphones and, after watching what must have been 2000 hours worth of reviews, I finally settled on the Sundara. I have been very happy with my choice, and I was really going to follow @Resolve’s often repeated advice to get a Sundara and an amp and quit the hobby.

Recently, I went through a rough patch in my life, and at the same time I receive an unexpected bit of extra money, so I decided to treat myself to the Arya, which is now my daily driver. From a strictly utilitarian point of view, I am not sure it is worth all of the extra money, but from an emotional point of view, it does deliver.

I’ve also decided to indulge my curiosity towards tube amps, and got myself a nice little (and not too expensive) hybrid, which was highly recommended with planars, that I will receive in a couple of weeks.

At this point, I feel ready to call endgame here, but maybe at some point in the future I’ll become interested in exploring a second set of headphones to complement the Arya.


Welcome to the rabbit hole…err I mean welcome to the community!! :slight_smile: Seriously, Arya’s are a fantastic HP and I could see them being called anyone’s endgame.


“Comparison is the thief of joy.” (attributed to various people)
Not being snarky here, but there is a lot of truth in that phrase.


Hello and welcome @calliejohnson, @JM_Chan and @slowpilgrim.


Hello everyone,

My audiophile journey technically started over 10 years ago, tapered off for a number of years, and over the past several months has been rekindled through extensive research and playing the game of the used market to narrow down my ideal combos. I was recommended the MrSpeakers/Dan Clark “Mad Dog” as my first foray into the ‘mid-fi’ price-bracket when they were still being sold, and that was my go-to headphone (hooked up to an old Optonica amplifier + Schiit Stack) for 7~ish years. Parallel to this I was also into the “bang-for-your-buck” and popular picks like the Klipsch S4, Zero Audio Carbo Tenore, and Tin Hifi T2 (chronologically) during their peak popularity.

Since last fall I decided to take the plunge, moving pretty rapidly from mid-fi up to summit-fi chasing my ideal sound-signatures. Learned quite a bit about measurements along the way, but I’ve always used the subjective parts of reviews, especially related to artists and genres make my final purchase decisions. I’m into everything from Jazz Fusion, Dream Pop, Math Rock, Funk, Trance, Opera, J-pop, etc., so anything that enhances my music-listening experience comes first-and-foremost.

My current collection/rotation:

HPs: Audeze LCD-5, Final Audio D8000 Pro, Audeze LCD-XC (2021), “Philphone 3”, Sennheiser HD800S, and Audioquest Nighthawk Carbon
IEMs: qdc 8SL, Moondrop Variations, and XENNS UP
SCs/DAPs/Dongles: Schiit Bifrost II → Schiit Jotunheim II / Denafrips Ares II → Singxer SA-1 / Woo WA8 (Stock Tubes) / JDS El 3 / Questyle QP2R / Qudelix 5K

Current favorites are the “Philphone 3” off of the WA8, both Audezes and the D8KP off the Ares-Singxer Combo, and the 8SL off nearly everything tbh.

Looking forward to participating more on the forum!


Great to have you here and that’s an enviable list of goodies you have. Enjoy.


Hello and welcome @inventionlws and @thejazzystreetof.


So true. I love that statement. Thanks :trophy:

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Hi everyone,

First of all, I want to say I’m humbled to be part of this community. I’m a big fan of music, especially art music such as classical or jazz. For the last couple of years, I’ve been into owning a decent pair of headphones and having a good sound system so I can listen to the music that I love as best as possible. So here I am to share my thoughts about some artists I cherish and, simultaneously, learn from all of you. Thanks!


That is one hell of a bundle of gear you have! There is a great group of people on this forum to interact with! So hello and welcome!


Hello and welcome @O_k.

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welcome-sunglasses-smiley-emoticon to this weeks newest members

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