ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from California, USA

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Looking for a new desk. The thought of untangling the rat's nest of wires from audio + computer makes me cringe. Aug 19, 2019 at 8:18 PM

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:31 AM
    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Looking for a new desk. The thought of untangling the rat's nest of wires from audio + computer makes me cringe.
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      3. Skyline
        Skyline
        Let me know what you settle on. I've been wanting a new desk for ages but can never seem to find one I'm completely happy with.
        Aug 20, 2019 at 5:31 AM
      4. Bloom
        Bloom
        Get a standing desk! One of the best things I've ever bought.
        Aug 20, 2019 at 5:36 AM
        fraggler and dubharmonic like this.
      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        While unoriginal, Ikea makes some decent, inexpensive, solid desks.
        Aug 20, 2019 at 7:15 AM
    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Grateful to members here for the help in putting together my speaker/entertainment rig. Just need to wait for everything to arrive.
      1. zonto
        zonto
        What did you decide on?
        Aug 15, 2019 at 10:29 AM
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Decided to settle on a set of Heresy 3 I found used local, an Aegir, Euforia for preamp/headphone double duty, uses existing turntable. Integra AVR for TV and movie use.
        Aug 15, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Wait: the Senate wants the Supreme Court to 'heal' or get restructured? Can they even do that? What did I miss?
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      2. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        I’m dumb so this took me quite a while to realize you guys were not talking about the Prequels.
        Aug 14, 2019 at 12:49 AM
        starence and SoupRKnowva like this.
      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        huh, TIL. I didn't know a law set the number of justices, I always assumed it was in the constitution.
        Aug 14, 2019 at 12:02 PM
      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        They're trying to influence the court over the pending decision for the NY anti-gun law. But the constitution's pretty clear…

        I'd rather see mandated gun training, so everybody would be less panicky about them.

        I think it's VA where there's still a state law requiring a long gun to be owned by every able-bodied male of age.
        Aug 14, 2019 at 7:45 PM
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    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Anyone else a crier when listening to music that hits you? It's the reason why I have a tissue box next to my audio stuff at all times.
      1. Josh83, Richgard, hikergrl and 8 others like this.
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      3. spwath
        spwath
        Uh, sure I am. That's the reason I have a box of tissues next to my audio stuff/computer....
        Aug 11, 2019
        BillOhio, Richgard, rott and 7 others like this.
      4. dark_energy
        dark_energy
        I welcome this feeling when it comes with music... I use reframing techniques sometimes to deal with stuff and relax.
        Aug 11, 2019
      5. bazelio
        bazelio
        There's no crying in audio.
        Aug 11, 2019
    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Interest check: Potential Matrix Element X loaner? Let me know if this is something we want to hear.
      1. bazelio
        bazelio
        I'd give this a listen. Integrated LAN and a good 9038 implementation. Why not?
        Aug 9, 2019
      2. famish99
        famish99
        Yeah I'd be interested, the 9038-based DACs have been quite enjoyable.
        Aug 9, 2019
      3. brencho
        brencho
        Yeah I'd give it a whirl
        Aug 11, 2019
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Just one more song...
      1. Syzygy, hikergrl, atomicbob and 4 others like this.
    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      With all of this loaner/new gear around, it's hard for me to remember that I'm just supposed to enjoy the music and have fun.
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      2. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I appreciate your hard work and look forward to reading your posts
        Aug 5, 2019
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Spent time off yesterday with family and friends. Batteries recharged and honestly looking forward to listening to Euforia as a preamp.
        Aug 5, 2019
        hikergrl and tommytakis like this.
      4. crazychile
        crazychile
        This is why my days of critically comparing X vs. Y in structured listening tests are mostly over. It's just too much work. I don't swap stuff out that often and know the characteristics of the system. If the changes from the new component appeal to me then great, but I don't sweat over something being .02587459% better than what I'm used to.
        Aug 6, 2019
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    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Beginning to understand why this hobby can be work: Euforia and Freya+ to evaluate, still have not gotten to HE-35X and HE-560.
      1. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I think some day I'd like to change out the awful connectors on my old HE-560.
        Aug 4, 2019
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I also have the old connector version. At least I can use my Verum cables
        Aug 4, 2019
    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Lol, the Euforia and the Freya+ was delivered by the same truck. Lots of listening to do.
      1. hikergrl, Jinxy245, Syzygy and 3 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Euforia will probably take at least 20 minutes to warm up and sound decent. OTLs are kind of a PITA in that regard. Interested how it fares as a preamp (in general and vs Freya+) after reading @Vtory 's impressions. Apples and oranges of course, etc etc.
        Aug 1, 2019
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Oh, I turned it on and left to go eat lunch and came back to it. Decided to test as just a headphone amp for now. Won't say too much, but really pairs well with the HD 6XX.

        Will take notes and have a full report ready after spending time with all functions.
        Aug 1, 2019
        Phantaminum, Jinxy245 and Syzygy like this.
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Aug 1, 2019
        Jinxy245 and Syzygy like this.
    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      PC is powered on to listen to music, and yet I still checked SBAF on my phone. I have problems.
      1. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        Ever close Facebook on your computer because its boring and then immediately go check Facebook on your phone? Feels bad when your brain finally catches up to what you just did.
        Aug 1, 2019
        SoupRKnowva and ChaChaRealSmooth like this.
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Shooting in Nor Cal garlic festival? I mean, I get that some (like vampires) hate garlic, but sheesh.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Definitely wasn't referring to your joke, but towards yet another shooting. It's really heart wrenching.
        Jul 29, 2019
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @Jinxy245 I actually did figure you were referring to the shooting. No offense taken (plus I'm pretty hard to offend. I'll take criticism/advice).
        Jul 29, 2019
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        According to the reports, the guy cut his way in through the back fence and started shooting randomly. One of the deaths was a 6-year-old boy, the other a 13-year-old girl, and the last unreleased. No word of motive behind shooting.
        Jul 29, 2019
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Can't tell if I'm an alcoholic or if I just really like whiskey. This Sonoma rye is delicious.
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      2. OldDude04
        OldDude04
        This is the alcoholic version of "You might be a Redneck if.." Lol.
        Jul 28, 2019
        Jinxy245 and fraggler like this.
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Do you buy just any kind of liquor and it doesn't even make it back to the house? If so you're probably an alcoholic.
        Jul 28, 2019
        Jinxy245, hikergrl and OldDude04 like this.
      4. fraggler
        fraggler
        Do you shop only by ABV? Then you might be an alcoholic.
        Jul 28, 2019
        hikergrl, Jinxy245 and Gaspasser like this.
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      LCD-3 is gone. Don't miss it one bit; the Auteur is main girl. And sexier, too.
      1. ColtMrFire, Jinxy245, Vtory and 2 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I still keep my very early LCD-2 (Sept 2010). Actually quite like the Eikon pads on them. The bass texture is sublime, though it's certainly quite grainy and dry on top compared to the modded HFMs. I wish the Audezes were built in a way more conducive to modding, but oh well. Brencho borrowed them for a while and they were killer on the Stratus. Way better than expected.
        Jul 26, 2019
        Zed Bopp, Ringingears and Jinxy245 like this.
    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Pack of 12 hockey pucks for cheap speaker stands = best $16 I've ever spent.
      1. hikergrl, Deep Funk, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Isn't that 4 too many? If so and if you have a turntable, drill a slightly-smaller-than-spindle-size hole in the middle of one of the extras to recover some of the wasted value.
        Jul 25, 2019
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        It is, but I couldn't find an 8 pack and it's cheaper than buying 8 individual pucks
        Jul 25, 2019
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    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I notice my dog hangs around me more when I listen to music. Perhaps he is complimenting my impeccable taste. Or he's an attention whore.
      1. hikergrl, Syzygy, ufospls2 and 5 others like this.
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      3. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        Given how humid it's been lately, I often turn my A/C on to dry when I'm in my room, which has the inadvertent side effect of making the air cooler. My cruddy main rig is a laptop into the audio stuff off in a corner of my room, definitely warmer :))
        Jul 24, 2019
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I heard that cats like boxes because it's a defensive instinct. In the wild, confined spaces are good hiding places from predators. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
        Jul 24, 2019
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      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        He's appreciating the ultrasound that he knows you can't hear ;-)
        Jul 24, 2019
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    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Going from speakers to headphones is jarring, even though the speaker rig is extremely low budget atm.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Budget monitors can already spoil headphones for you. Thankfully the HD600/650 sound very similar to well set-up speakers. Not joking.
        Jul 23, 2019
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      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I’m having a very pleasant time with a pair of modded HE-560’s lately. Really good with acoustic guitar and strings. Not missing the sound of my speakers except for imaging. Headphones are a more intimate experience sometimes.
        Jul 23, 2019
        Jinxy245 and Lyer25 like this.
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Imaging with headphones is the brain's job. Close your eyes, forget you are wearing headphones, and let it do it :)
        Jul 23, 2019
        Jinxy245 and Lyer25 like this.
    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      @zach915m, your case apparently makes a decent dog bed. Found my dog laying in it when I left it open on the floor.
      1. zach915m
        zach915m
        Haha snap a pic for me if your doggy does it again!
        Jul 17, 2019
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      It's stupid, but I miss the loaner Verite.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @Gaspasser, he's taking a break from SBAF for a time. He's doing fine.
        Jul 16, 2019
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        So it looks like a WTB Verite is in order if I want to hear it ;)
        Jul 16, 2019
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'd buy one if I wasn't trying to save for something else. Also, I kind of want a LTD version. Wonder what Zach will cook up.
        Jul 16, 2019
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    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I think I learn more about my system's capabilities playing shit recordings than really good ones. Curious.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Huh, I've actually never seen that thread. I've definitely missed out on some information. Will need to peruse more carefully.

        I've always had the mindset before that being intimately familiar with a few recordings is what is most important to comparing systems.
        Jul 14, 2019
      4. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        Define "shit recording", though - to me, that's zero dynamic range music (a significant proportion of modern pop), but music with lower levels of noise reduction like Miles Davis's Kind of Blue are perfectly fine recordings imo. I can't see the former being much good for comparisons since they are practically designed to be played on shit equipment.
        Jul 14, 2019
      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Shit recording might be an overstatement, at the least a recording with easy to spot abnormalities that might be accented on sub par gear.
        Jul 15, 2019
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    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Looking at getting some speakers; man I know nothing at all. Going to be lurking in the two-channel threads a long time before purchase.
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      3. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        near field or far field?
        Jul 13, 2019
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'll need to do listening yes. I plan on taking a trip to a hifi store soon. And probably far-field. Not looking to spend huge bucks, but space is a huge concern of mine.
        Jul 13, 2019
      5. bixby
        bixby
        The room will have huge impact on far field, don't get crazy about how flat a speaker might measure since most are done anechoically. and as @zonto said listen. Perhaps attend a diy speaker meet or local audio club. Lots of value in well done DIY.
        Jul 14, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    California, USA
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Headphones:
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Thinksound On2
    Verum 1
    ZMF Auteur (cocobolo)

    Amps:
    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Platinum

    DACs:
    Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA

    Turntables:
    Audio Technica AT-LP120

    Speakers:
    Audioengine A5+
    Dancer, musician, audiophile, and an expert in all things I like.

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    I don't know what I'm doing most of the time, but what I do know is that I love music and hate the financial effects this hobby has had on me.
    Primary chain: PC -> Matrix X-Sabre Pro -> Cavalli Liquid Platinum -> ZMF Auteur Cocobolo/Focal Clear/Sennheiser HD 6XX