Cspirou
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Cayin N5 -> Modi MB -> Vali 2 -> HD 6xx sounds really good right now. Dec 4, 2017

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    1. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Cayin N5 -> Modi MB -> Vali 2 -> HD 6xx sounds really good right now.
    2. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      After reading the Amperior review on Innerfidelity I am now really curious what the Shinola Canfield is like.
      1. bixby
        bixby
        Have you heard the Amperior? Crunchy treble is all I can say. Actually preferred a Beyer t51p over it by a mile.
        Dec 2, 2017
      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Haven't had a chance to listen. Is it the casing or is the HD 25 the same?
        Dec 2, 2017
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        Dec 2, 2017
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    3. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Maybe I haven't found the right sites yet but I have never seen such dickish behavior on speaker forums as on headphone forums.
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      2. barelyincollege
        barelyincollege
        Cheaper upfront + smaller range of costs -> more accessible -> crossover from younger gaming/PC enthusiast circles -> lower maturity level + internet culture that values controversy over substance -> lots of dickish behavior.
        Nov 25, 2017
      3. james444
        james444
        Clamping force?
        Nov 26, 2017
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Just try telling an audiophool,especially a wealthy one, that he is talking crap. Not only will he kick you in the balls, but all the young wannabe-wealthy-phools that hang on his every word will apply their boots to your head.
        Nov 26, 2017
    4. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      People that think James Brown is the hardest working man in show business have not heard of Buckethead. 29 albums in 2017 alone.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Nov 24, 2017
      3. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        Buckethead is indeed in a class of his own. Some fresh Praxis material would also be nice, if he has time.
        Nov 24, 2017
      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        Man, he churns out albums faster than I can listen to them! Granted, I'm only really familiar with some of his earlier stuff (LOVE Giant Robot), but it's almost intimidating.

        Like trying to read One Piece from the beginning.
        Nov 24, 2017
    5. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      88F in SoCal. Ideal smoking weather but still too f-in hot for November.
      1. brencho likes this.
      2. dmckean44
        dmckean44
        This is why we live here.
        Nov 23, 2017
      3. captkirk
        captkirk
        Slightly damp up here, holding temp a bit of a challenge - my agitation is tempered by good beer and family. Yes, in that order.
        Nov 23, 2017
    6. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I have ghost peppers. Ideas?
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      3. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        ferment them...
        Nov 22, 2017
      4. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I think @DigMe wants something like Doritos Roulette...
        Nov 22, 2017
      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Bowl of doritos with a chip from the one chip challenge? Hmmm
        Nov 22, 2017
    7. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      75 Mbps free wifi. There are some benefits to living in Irvine.
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      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @imackler - Its loud enough that i can hear them in Irvine
        Nov 21, 2017
      4. imackler
        imackler
        You get all the perks :) I just drove to Irvine on Monday to demo ciems at Ultimate Ears. Lots of fun. Wish they had a couple more to try, but really nice guy at the front desk.
        Nov 21, 2017
      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Nov 21, 2017
    8. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Has anybody repurposed their chimney as a subwoofer transmission line?
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      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        @DigMe Dual monoblock Cleaver-Brooks Natcom amps with an output of several hundred million BTUs.
        Nov 19, 2017
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @Vansen - That sounds like a Class A output.
        Nov 19, 2017
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      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        @Cspirou - For sure. The heat output of those bad boys would make a Schiit amp blush.
        Nov 19, 2017
    9. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      In product threads please talk about the actual product, not you.
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      2. Kunlun
        Kunlun
        Nov 17, 2017
        Grahad2, obsiCO, 9suns and 5 others like this.
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @Kunlun - You sir, just blew my mind!
        Nov 17, 2017
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      4. Grahad2
        Nov 17, 2017
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    10. Cspirou
      Cspirou
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Nov 14, 2017
      3. ibzrg1570
        ibzrg1570
        Nov 14, 2017
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        They look like something to compete with Beats, B&O and B&W rather than Sennheiser. With Alex at the helm though I'm sure they didn't let sound quality go by the wayside.
        Nov 14, 2017
    11. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      When asked to cut the arts Churchill supposedly said “then what are we fighting for”
      1. Dino, briskly, elguapo and 5 others like this.
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I remember vividly the first time ever being at a museum (in Houston) and viewing originals from some of the greats. I was in high school and it was blowing my mind that I was looking at this Picasso just an arm’s length in front of me. I really need to get to some more of the great art museums.
        Nov 9, 2017
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        @DigMe - Did you go to The Menil Collection? It’s one of my absolute favorite museums ever. I’ve been to a lot of the great museums in Paris, London, etc.; but there is something special about the Menil.
        Nov 9, 2017
      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        My original comment though is more in response to certain people that think you should spend 1000% of your income on survival and none on what makes life worth living in the first place.
        Nov 9, 2017
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    12. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I find tube gear and speakers the only DIY worth doing these days.
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    13. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      ZOMG ASTROS!!
      1. %20 Oddity likes this.
      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        You betcha!
        Nov 1, 2017
    14. Cspirou
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Yeah, 160db is perma-damage territory. That being said I don’t know if going that loud at 30Hz is as damaging as the same volume at 1kHz.
        Oct 29, 2017
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Heck, I don’t even know if hearing protection works at low frequencies. Whenever I see Innerfidelity graphs, even the best isolating IEMs do poorly blocking out low frequencies.
        Oct 29, 2017
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        160db at 30Hz might be more into organ damage territory.
        Oct 29, 2017
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    15. uncola
      uncola
      I just got a diy chipamp that's incredible.. had someone build it for me but it's the folsom tda7297 chipamp.. he did a custom audiophile pcb and dedicated power supply pcb too.. it's like firstwatt quality but zero heat because it's only 15 watts class AB..
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      2. uncola
        uncola
        here's a picture gallery of mine, I have the BoM suggested optional jantzen superior-z 1.5uf input caps in mine, I think they are $18 each at parts express. supposed to make the soundstage big and it definitely did for mine https://imgur.com/a/dJBes
        Oct 26, 2017
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I bought the boards! I think I’ll do a separate power supply so the amp can stay compact on my desk.
        Oct 26, 2017
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Also noticed the amp is regulated from a single supply. I think I’ll put off building the linear supply and use an SMPS power brick. Hopefully the regulator does a pretty good job of the switching noise coming from the SMPS.
        Oct 26, 2017
    16. monacelli
      monacelli
      What'd you end up choosing to drive your Miccas, @Cspirou?
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        They seem like sweet little speakers, and a no-brainer for the price (especially for nearfield applications)
        Oct 17, 2017
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Looks like I’m going with a TDA7297 chip amp.
        Oct 26, 2017
      4. monacelli
        monacelli
        Sweet, dude. Let us know how it turns out
        Oct 26, 2017
    17. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      2016 Macbook Pro has a powerful headphone jack. I have it on 20% and the IEMs are painfully loud. I'll try to take some basic measurements
      1. brencho
        brencho
        interesting, i noticed the same thing but since i barely ever use it i kinda forgot about it. interested in what you find!
        Oct 12, 2017
      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        My 2012 rMBP is about the same for me.
        Oct 12, 2017
    18. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      Crap! Noticed I’m a top 20 commenter. Now I’m worried about my S/N ratio. Time to scale back my activity until I have something important.
    19. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      I discovered a place as bad as HF or Reddit. Massdrop discussions.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        What if there was someone worse than NWAVGuy? A person who posts reviews everywhere and makes it as a moderator on a forum that used to be very fun. RG was a fun place until that guy came along...
        Oct 7, 2017
      4. MuppetFace
        MuppetFace
        Looking at the comments for the Plus IEMs, I don’t think the average Massdrop user understands that the people at Massdrop are mostly enthusiasts / engineers / audiophiles and know what they’re doing. They aren’t just “organizing group buys.”
        Oct 7, 2017
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      5. %20 Oddity
        %20 Oddity
        Looking at the comments for the Plus, I can gather the following:
        - too much $
        - meelectronics secretly did it
        - buy monoprice instead
        - ugliest IEMs ever
        Oct 7, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    September 12
    Location:
    Irvine,CA
    Occupation:
    Scientist
    Gear List:
    Open Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD 600
    Audiotechnica AD-700

    Closed headphones:
    HD 201
    Koss MV1

    IEM:
    Hifiman RE-400
    Skullcandy whatever
    NuForce HEM 4

    Amplifiers:
    Topping TP-21
    LJM HA-PRO
    Schiit Magni 2 Uber

    DAC:
    Schiit Modi 1
    Schiit Modi MB
    FiiO Taishan D03K

    Dongle DAC/Amp:
    Centrance DACPort HD Slim

    Speakers:
    DIY fe83en bookshelf speakers
    DIY TABAQ floorstanders

    Unfinished projects:
    DIY Aren van Waarde OTL 6080 amp
    Dynalo SS mk2
    Dynalo SS mini
    LJM HA-Pro enclosure
    CD transport
    digital transport
    fe103-sol speakers
    Various speaker amps

    Misc:
    Raspberry Pi B+, 2, zero, 3
    Arduino
    Hifiberry Digi+
    iPod touch 3rd gen

    Wishlist:

    Vmoda BoomPro Mic
    Headphones with 3.5mm jack (ATH-M50x, Noontec Hammo Philips SHP9500, etc.)
    CIEM - Alcair Reference
    IEM - Massdrop Plus
    Closed Headphone - Fostex TH-X00 or Oppo PM3
    Open Planar magnetic - Hifiman HE-400i, HE-400s or Fostex T50RP
    On ear travel headphones - Sennheiser Urbanite, Noontec Zoro II
    Schiit Jotunheim + Phono
    MQA DAC - Meridian Explorer 2
    Balanced R2R - Schiit Gungnir MB
    Dynalo Mk2 - DIY
    Turntable - Pro-Ject Debut Carbon
    Phono preamp - Hagerman Labs Bugle 2 or Schiit Mani or Millett LR phono
    I want to pursue audio from a DIY perspective although I am not blind to a good value.