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Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Earl Teigrob

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    Hi, everyone. I’m a software engineer who’s been into high end audio for 35 years now. I don’t post often but just got the new Metrum Onyx and was looking for a forum with people that might be interested in my review. I’ve read many posts from here over the past while so here comes mine
     
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  2. FrivolsListener2

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    Hello,

    I can no longer call myself a serious listener since my hearing has been compromised by age.

    I'm new to the high end world, or new-ish. I've seen all the trade rags and some of the ridiculous claims, but I happen to be a fan of one bargain-priced irreverent brand out there that allows me to get a tremendous amount of good for the buck. My best gear is a Schiit Gugnir Multibit, with a Schiit Magni 3 (yes, you read that right, stop rolling your eyes), and Sennheiser HD-800s. FLAC files on linux as the source material. The second-tier work equipment is HD-600s and a Magni 3/Modi multibit pair.

    My original account, FrivolsListener, is unrecoverable at the moment because of technical issues I asked about in an email to the administrators. I hope to get it back.

    I hope to see you out there!
     
  3. tball78

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    Hello SBAF community,

    I'm an IT Systems Engineer by trade and fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) took "red pill" in audio world a number of years back (starting with an iBasso D6 portable amp and UE TripleFi IEMs) and found the "truth" hiding in the music. A truth that muggles often are not aware of. I listen to almost any type of music from classical/jazz to country/classic rock/hard-rock and even some of the kids' music (believe it or not) today. My variety of taste drives my kids crazy, especially in the car and most certainly when the country music urge strikes me. :)

    I'm still "a-learnin" but have graduated from iBasso D6 (although still own it and will likely give to my son) to iFi iDSD Micro Black Label for transportability and currently have headphones/IEMs including starter Audio-Technica ATH-M50, starter UE Triple-Fis, iMore Triple & Quad Driver IEMs, Sennheiser HD6XX and pre-fazor Audeze LCD2.2. Awaiting arrival of a first desktop amp in Schiit Lyr 3 (which appears well received by the SBAF community based on the impressions thread) as most recent upgrade which should provide more love to the HD6XX and LCD2.

    I enjoyed some limited opamp rolling in my old iBasso D6 "Fer-De-Lance" setup and curious about potential tube rolling in Lyr 3 (as I purchased somewhat of a starter kit with Lyr 3 by getting add-on MB DAC along with new Tung-Sol 6SN7, LISST, and stock NOS Russion 68NS), although it seems that the new Tung-Sol has positive impressions thus far.

    I'm a firm believer in a lesson my father imparted on me. "Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." Looking forward to some quality lurking and absorbing material and will contribute where it makes sense and may help others. Oh... and I "double-space" after punctuation when typing a sentence which, I hear, shows ones age. ;)

    Regards.
     
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  4. Wilson

    Wilson Socially Anxious Volleyball

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    Welcome everyone, and have fun!
     
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    Good to see other Systems Engineers around. Welcome.
     
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    Hey everyone - long time reader and figured it was time to join. I'm a lawyer who has been into personal audio for about 15 years. I have owned many cans/IEMs over the years and my current collection includes HD800, LCD-X, PS500 and iSine20. I tend to use my headphones equally depending on my mood and the genre of music I'm listening to.

    Looking forward to continuing this journey and contributing to the community.
     
  7. Captainsubtext

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    Hey everyone

    Long time lurker here. I'm a lawyer and have been dabbling in hifi for about three years now. My setup is as follows:

    Source: Mac mini running Roon Core > Allo Digi One Player

    DACs: Gumby gen 5, modi2u, starting point systems NOS DAC.

    Amplifiers: Magni 2, Lyr 1, (waiting for the ZDT Jr. to drop)

    Cans: HD 800 SDR mod, HD 6xx, Massdrop x Fostex TX 00, iSine 20, beyer dt 880, ue900

    Analog setup: Rega Planar 3 with Rega Exact cart > pro-ject tube box ds2

    I've relied on SBAF for many of my purchase decisions and look forward to contributing to the community.
     
  8. ergopower

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    OK, here goes, fingers poised on 'ban' button.

    Been absorbed by music and mid-fi audio for many years (as in: 1st speaker purchase was original Advent). I have heard and appreciated the odd high-end system, but couldn't and can't justify the cost to noticeably outperform a well-chosen mid-fi rig. I still listen more to speakers than headphones, but started using headphones seriously maybe 5 years ago.

    Unfortunately, there are no audio stores in my area other than Best Buy, so no chance to audition much of what I read about. So I have done some of the buy-it-to-try-it then resell it later thing. That isn't very painful if I buy it used in the first place.

    My tastes - my first mid-fi 'phones were new ATH-M50. Used them for a year or more, but not all that much. Thought I maybe wasn't a headphone guy, but looking into it more deeply, I realized that what bothered me was the lift in the mid bass that made a lot of male voices seem chesty. Somewhere in there, I acquired an inexpensive IEM, and the tonal difference was staggering. I still don't like the feel of IEMs stuck in my ears, but realized you could get quite good sound from headphones. Reading reviews and looking at FR charts at Inner Fidelity, I sprang for DT880 Pros. Aha, much better. And this was using the headphone jack on an old receiver that I stuck under my monitor, fed by the line-out from the laptop. Not even mid-fi. The tone really suits me, I think the bass is just excellent. So I am an outlier in that I like things pretty lean but extended down low instead of warm. I ended up going to a CanJam in the northern VA area a couple years ago. Got to plug into some different gear, and realized that dedicated headphone DAC and amp was worth the jump up from my old Sony receiver. I also tried someone's HD650s, and (here comes the ban) didn't like them as well as my Beyers. Not as colored as the M50s, but I still felt deeper male voices were not as well portrayed. Really good with less deep male voices and all female voices, but a bit rolled off up top.

    I found a used Garage 1217 hybrid amp for a good price; and on a whim, I jumped on the Massdrop HE-4XX. I've listened to it for a couple hours, and like it a lot. The tonality seems similar to the Beyers; there is more bloom in the bass, but lots of folks have said that tightens up after some use. What's very noticeable is that the soundstage seems much wider than the Beyers. So since they're not so different, after a few weeks use and then a head-to-head test, I'll keep just one. After everything I've read here, through, I'd be tempted to listen again to another pair of HD650s. I wouldn't mind having a different sound on hand depending on the music.

    So that's me. I participate in a very unrelated forum. My mentality is, it's impossible to win the internet, so if I can answer a question I will, if I have a question, I'll ask it. If someone is combative, I'm out.
     
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  9. CPRS913

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    Hey guys, long time lurker. Figured it was time to introduce myself. Medical resident about 1/2 way through my radiology residency in the midwest. Been following the audio scene for the past year or so. Up until that time had lived with HD 598 for years. Wanted to say thank you to everyone here for all the fantastic advice. Lead me to my current system which I love.

    Mimby > Jotunheim > balanced ZMF atticus/HD6XX.
    Massdrop + for mobile.

    Really want to try out a tube amp sometime in the future. New lyr 3 sounds like a great option but not sure how different it will be from the jot. Originally intended to save for a high end tube amp. Decisions...

    Anyways really excited to be a part of this community.
     
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  10. Midair

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    Hello everyone,
    After lurking for quite some time and learning a lot from the more experienced users here I found that it might be a good time to register and hopefully give something back to this community in the future.

    I have been a music lover all my life but only started getting into "high-end" audio gear ~1 year ago. I spent 7 years with a pair of HD595's that served me well - but I felt that it was time for an upgrade. Got myself a NFB-11.28 and a pair of HE400i, thought it was a reasonable upgrade but it left me wanting more - and so the slippery slope began...

    Traveled to CanJam London 2017 (I live in the EU) and listened to all the gear there to get a sense of what sounds good to my ears. Was a great experience and a real "ear opener", reading about audio can only get you so far. I envy all of you NA users with your head-fi meetups - a lot harder here in the EU to be able to listen to high-end gear. My current living conditions require a closed back headphone so i settled on pair of Eikon (Padauk). Got myself a Dynalo AMP and finally received my dac1421 a few weeks ago - enjoying this setup.

    TL;DR
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    current chain:
    PC > Soekris dac1421 > Dynalo AMP > Eikon (Padauk)
    Here to learn from the more knowledgeable members.
    Thanks for the platform!
     
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  11. AlexS

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    Hello, I live in London and at the moment mainly listening to Scandinavian Jazz. I have enjoyed reading this forum's thoughts on Schiit, Soekris, ADM, Metrum, Holo and other DACs. Most of these are not easy to audition in the UK without buying them so the wisdom here is useful.

    I've travelled a long road from Flat Earth and have a couple of systems: Technics SL1200 (mildly modded), AT 440mlb, Graham Slee Era Gold; Oppo 203; Mac Mini Audirvana+ > Chord 2Qute > Khozmo passive > Temple Audio mono blocks with Custom HiFi cables DC3 LPSU > Zu Druid MK4, and, iMac > Schiit Eitr > Metrum Octave MK1 > Tisbury passive > Amptastic Mini-1 with Custom HiFi cables DC2 LPSU > Audio Note AX2s. All I/Cs etc are Mark Grant, speaker cable is Zu Ibis and Mogami 2972. (I've never really got on with headphones).

    I recently went passive so I also have a Sugden Headmaster pre/head amp and a Michell Orca active preamp. I'm really happy with both systems but am pondering a Soekkris 1421 or a Metrum Onyx and will eventually get a Tron Atlantic power amp. Also, since I now have a direct drive turntable I fancy a belt driven CEC CD transport.
     
  12. enginerd

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    Hi. I'm an IT nerd and live in San Francisco. I've been lurking off an on here for a bit and figured it was about time to make my first post.

    I've been a longtime audiophile (stereo, HT) ever since the best way to share was on dial up BBS. My current HT/stereo setup is Monitor Audio PL300 and PLC350, SVS SB16 Ultra, Pass Labs X150.5, ATI AT525NC, McIntosh MX115, Roon Bridge, Leema Acoustics Essentials Phono Stage, VPI Prime. In past lives, I've had all Magnepan surround setups (20.1, 1.6, MMC) and Martin Logan (Prodigy, Odyssey). Guess I've been a planar fan for awhile, but I really enjoy my current setup.

    On the HP front, way back in the day, I used Sony MDR-V6 and Grado SR60 and then had been happily using Sennheiser HD650 for 10 years until I fell down the Massdrop and headfi rabbit holes. I've been going through a lot of equipment for the experience; fortunately, HP gear is a lot easier and relatively cheaper and easier to swap than stereo system. I primarily use a Synology NAS and Roon for source going to my Schiit Yggy (recently acquired) or Aurilac Vega to one of my several amps (Violectric V281, Woo WA22, Massdrop CTH and LCX) and whatever headphones I have on hand (LCD-X, Ether Flow, HD6xx, Fidelio X2, 1More triple driver over ear are the current flavors).

    In any case, I've been enjoying the journey. Hope to learn more from everyone and share some of my experiences if it adds value.
     
  13. MoshingPanda

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    Hey all,

    I'm an Infrastructure Software Engineer (Devops, but not really - can probably argue that in a different forum) in NYC that's been into mid-fi for a while. I don't know a lot about the engineering behind audio and want to start learning more about that, but I'd like to think that I've developed a better ear for subjective quality. (AKA I can't back anything up with technical details, but I know what I like to hear and what I'm hearing).

    I started out with Sennheiser 598s way back when and little Shure 215s. I'm currently using the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc/1964 Ears V6-Stages for travel and Mad Dog Pros/O2/ODAC amp for desktop listening. I've been wanting to upgrade for a while and currently waiting for the Lyr 3/MB DAC to ship before I begin my journey into tubes. A lot of my experiences have been with closed headphones since I work in an open floor plan so looking to close out my workstation with Mr. Speakers Aeon Flow Closed headphones or alternatives. Since I live in a small NYC apartment, I can't justify upgrading home audio but do have a decent set of powered A5+ which work well for casual listening.

    Can't wait to learn more about hi-fi and hopefully keep a not completely empty wallet.
     
  14. ColtMrFire

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    I realize I never properly introduced myself here, sorry for that. I was one of the bewildered head-fi refugees knocked silly by the "unspoken rule" over there.

    I live in Austin, TX and make films with a day job working at Alamo Drafthouse. I started the hobby in 2012 with an HD600, Audioengine D1 amp/dac setup which blew my mind considering the crap I had been listening with before (garbage store bought Bose/Sony junk).

    From there I struggled in mid-fi purgatory buying, selling, trading alot of Schiit/Beyer/Sennheiser gear until recently when I got a Torpedo III/Gumby combo and felt that nothing was missing from my music anymore. Whereas before I always felt I was chasing some invisible pot of gold.

    I am actually probably going to dump the Gumby soon as I need to free up funds for something important. That's what happens when you live paycheck to paycheck (or tip out to tip out). But the DAC in my newly acquired Onky C7030 CD player is more than adequate and actually does not sound far off from Gumby in terms of enjoyment. I realized when A/B'ing the two that there are much bigger differences between amps than DACs and that differences between DACs are exaggerated. Gumby still sounds better, but I really had to be paying close attention to spot those differences and I can live without it until I get another cash dump to get it back or get a Yggy2. Gumby is a bit more euphonic, has a bit better separation and is slightly more revealing of room acoustics (soundstage width and depth is a wash between the two). It is also slightly softer (less incisive) sounding than the Onkyo, which is probably a bit etched but I think a bit of an etch works well with T3, which is laid back. But again, the differences are small.

    I don't like warm, smoothed over syrup. I like fast, clean, precise, separated sounds with a bit of euphony thrown in for good measure. I am not a bass head, but definitely need slam. This is why I sold Valhalla 2 (among other reasons). I tend toward a brighter signature, which is why I did not take to HD650, though I am still open to trying it again in the future with the T3. Right now I am back to my Beyer T90s, which I just cannot find any fault with other than occasionally being too treble happy. I do want the HD800 back but can't until funds allow.
     
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    Hello. My name is Bill. Glad to be here. I have been just hanging around and trying to learn more about audio. I listen to a lot of music. I am fairly new to DAC/digital equipment. I work at a medical clinic doing clerical tasks mostly.
     
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    Hello all, name is Brian (obviously). I'm a audiohead from the 80's-90's that was pulled back in a year ago by a little Chinese tube headphone amp ordered on a whim. I'm almost completely a conventional speaker guy though, now with a Schiit/Salk setup. No golden ears here at all, but I enjoy the music!
     
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    Hello all. I just want to give a short introduction here. Not much different from the normal sickness of y'all; the rabbit hole is deep. I started this journey back in Oct 2017 but have a long history of car and home audio, so naturally I fit right in.
     
  18. songmic

    songmic Gear cycler East Asia edition

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    Considering how you got yourself banned for creating noise on your first day of posting, I’m not sure if you do.
     
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    I am new here but I have been lurking for months. I am really into fast and aggressive music and like gear that compliments that. I tend to love things that are bright. Currently using a jotunheim(original DAC module) and hd598s/hd800s.

    Hoping to be upgrading to a Gumby in the near future.
     
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    Been a lurker here for a while. I have been into headphones for over two years now, but I am now moving on to upgrading my nearfield monitors once I can use them meaningfully (in about 2 years when my baby daughter is a little older).

    I have lived with over 30 full sized headphones and roughly 10 iems, and have settled on my modded HD650, ATH-AD2000, and my tweaked Talos 2, for my full sized headphones, and my SE535 and AKG N40 (still new) for my iems.

    I don't really have much interest in headphones anymore, and have been delving into speakers lately. I just have my humble LSR305 now and I am crushing hard now on the Eve Audio SC207, which is on my shortlist of purchases once I know that I can meaningfully use them.
     
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