ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from Avalon

Staff Member Friend Gearmaster

JAR HD580 (unknown which version 580 @ext1 modded) is actually quite good. More to come this week. Apr 11, 2021 at 11:23 PM

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Apr 16, 2021 at 6:10 PM
    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Plugging in Gaudio Nair was a bad idea. I was supposed to sleep early. That idea was thrown out the window.
      1. Jinxy245, Syzygy, Gazny and 5 others like this.
      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        The Nair is awesome! I miss that perfect tonal and FR balance. Best of any iem I’ve heard. If I had cash to throw around I’d get one just for fun.

        I can’t wait for the Nair 2 ;)
        Feb 2, 2021
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I said this in my review, but I love how it gets out of the way of the music. Doesn't call attention to itself and works well with modest sources.
        Feb 2, 2021
        rhythmdevils likes this.
    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      My dog is the master at being in really unexpected places. I guess my box for my dress shoes is quite comfortable? I should try it.
      1. pure5152
        pure5152
        You "should it" indeed. :P

        edit: damn it he edited it from "I should it" to "I should try it" >_>
        Jan 29, 2021
        Thad E Ginathom likes this.
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        I hope you don't have cats. Every warm spot you sit, they claim it.
        Jan 30, 2021
        Thad E Ginathom likes this.
    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Curious why we seem to have moved away from 600 ohm voice coils in dynamic drivers.
      1. Jinxy245, Cryptowolf, Merrick and 3 others like this.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Right, I forgot about that. Finding electric power, Ohm's Law, etc. Still, I really like what I'm hearing with these old 600 ohm Senns.
        Jan 23, 2021
      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Do all of the same rules apply to high-ish impedance planars like the 200 ohm LCD-4?
        Jan 23, 2021
      5. Erroneous
        Erroneous
        I have an AKG K 240 DF old school 600 ohm pair you can have for shipping costs if that's your thing. I tried to like them, didn't work.
        Jan 23, 2021
    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      The more I learn about some of the actual science behind tube amps, the dumber I realize I am. And this is just on tubes.
      1. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        When one reads (even better, hears a nice reading) of "I, Pencil", it makes it plain that none of us really know much about anything.

        We are all pretty darned specialized in our understanding of things.

        https://imgur.com/a/A7qrDsk
        Jan 20, 2021
    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      "There is a difference between need and want" -me looking at SBAF classifieds and trying to convince myself not to buy
      1. Roman, Syzygy, Cryptowolf and 10 others like this.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @yotacowboy maybe I'm just too dumb to actually do that. I love my EC Ultralinear and DNA Starlett too much.
        Jan 19, 2021
        Azimuth and Cryptowolf like this.
      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        I failed this week.
        Jan 19, 2021
        Azimuth likes this.
      5. Roman
        Roman
        I now have enough experience not to buy anything that is in the same league as my current components. Just no longer makes sense to me. Either I go next tier (tons of money) or I just shut up and enjoy what I have now. Since I don't have funds to go next tier I just shut up.
        Jan 19, 2021
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Revisiting gear due to friends is fun. Take 2 for the ZMF Aeolus.
      1. Syzygy, Jinxy245, YMO and 4 others like this.
      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Wish I had the Aeolus again to try it on the last dac I auditioned. Maybe you can try it for me?
        Jan 17, 2021
      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Maybe an updated impression? With my new purchases, I may be soon adding something ZMF-flavored.

        Edit: Especially if you have a 3F/DAC2541 to try it on.
        Jan 17, 2021
    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      WTF, first time I heard the bass note articulation in "Give Life Back To Music" by Daft Punk through Verite of all things.
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      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Should listen to "Within"...the unevenness of timing between the piano solo with different touch/articulation and dynamics starting from 29sec. Also hearing post ringing/synth voice like between 1:04-1:06, with the siblance. Also 1:53, you can tell the piano goes ever slightly flat. Dunno if its a Yggdrasil/schiit thing. Can't hear those details in something like a soekris....hence I just can't go back.
        Jan 16, 2021
        gixxerwimp and ChaChaRealSmooth like this.
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @Cellist88 "Within" is one of my favorite Daft Punk songs. Maybe I'm biased because I play the piano. And tbf to Soekris, 2541 did a good job; just wasn't to my tastes/level of Yggdrasil GS.
        Jan 16, 2021
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        If by "bass note articulation" you mean "extra texture", yeah I can hear it in that note. The stuff @Cellist88 mentioned is easier to hear with Stellia than modded HD800. I then noticed for the first time the first verse of Instant Crush is quietly double tracked in modal voice, also easier to pick out with Stellia but audible with HD800 now that I know it's there.
        Jan 16, 2021
    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I'm either too drunk, or my rig sounds differrent after a few beers vs a few drams.
      1. YMO
        YMO
        I think you need some external action with what you were born with.
        Jan 14, 2021
        Cryptowolf likes this.
      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I generally test my rig with whisk(e)y. I'll have to tell the home office I need additional funding for micro-batch beer testing. :)
        Jan 14, 2021
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I find myself turning up the volume after each beer as if my ears were the ones getting drunk.
        Jan 14, 2021
        Jinxy245 and Cryptowolf like this.
    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        glowing penis?
        Jan 12, 2021
        Jinxy245 likes this.
      3. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        It's the image of music in flight!
        Jan 12, 2021
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Jan 13, 2021
        sheldaze and Thad E Ginathom like this.
    10. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Happy birthday you devilishly handsome dude! Hope you have a good one
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Happy birthday. Where's the party?
        Jan 8, 2021
        YMO likes this.
      3. rlow
        rlow
        Happy bday Chacha! Buy yourself something nice, on me ;)
        Jan 8, 2021
        Elnrik likes this.
      4. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Happy B'day Chacha!!
        Jan 8, 2021
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Dunno what happened. Left ear today sounds like I have huge midrange dip from 700 Hz to 3 kHz. Everything sounds off.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @purr1n unlikely. I don't go anywhere unless it's to get groceries or the post office. At any rate, it seems to have disappeared today
        Jan 6, 2021
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Could be earwax.
        Jan 6, 2021
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I don't think it is. I clean my ears regularly. Like I said though, today things sound fine. Either that or my brain adjusted
        Jan 6, 2021
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I am such a huge hypocrite. Told my friend to hold onto his HD650 while I'm listening to my Utopia.
      1. Cryptowolf, Jinxy245 and nishan99 like this.
      2. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        It’s not only about headphone but the whole system and may be your friend doesn’t have the amp that go well with Utopia and hence the suggestion to keep enjoying HD650.
        Jan 4, 2021
      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Yeah but my Utopia is gone while HD650 is still here. Baller on Stellaris but not top shelf quality for me, limited scaling.
        Jan 5, 2021
        Cryptowolf and gaspasser like this.
      4. rott
        rott
        Do unto others what you would have done to you...right?
        Jan 5, 2021
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Yeah, there goes the resolution of not staying up super late because the music is too good.
      1. Skyline
        Skyline
        Entirely your fault for making a dumb resolution :P
        Jan 2, 2021
        Cryptowolf and YMO like this.
      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I mean if you’re going to fall off the wagon so soon, you picked a great resolution to break.
        Jan 2, 2021
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    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I will never understand why ego always seems to get involved in audio impressions. If I'm deaf, then I'm deaf, boohoo
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Wait why are you dissing Lucinda Williams? She’s a great song writer not part of of female vocal genre at at all.
        Dec 30, 2020
        philipmorgan likes this.
      3. philipmorgan
        philipmorgan
        What makes you think that was a diss? I love her songs, choice of backing musicians, choice of producers, and voice! :)
        Dec 30, 2020
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Oh I didn’t get your post at all I guess. I just jumped to Lucinda’s defense ,)
        Dec 30, 2020
    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Managed to give and receive more than coal this year. Merry Christmas SBAF
    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      At this point, I take Amir's content as more fuel for my entertainment as I watch knowledgable SBAFers tear him a new one.
      1. Jinxy245 and Lyander like this.
      2. Hammy
        Hammy
        You're one of the knowledgeable SBAF members. Get in on the dogpile.
        Dec 22, 2020
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        TBH man, with a lot of the technical audio stuff people are talking about, I'm still very much green behind the ears. I learn a lot just quietly reading.
        Dec 23, 2020
        Merrick and Thad E Ginathom like this.
    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Soekris DAC2541 is legit. Loaner thread and impressions to come up probably after Christmas.
      1. Jinxy245, atomicbob, JK47 and 13 others like this.
      2. YMO
        YMO
        Nice.
        Dec 21, 2020
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      If lying is a reason for me to be on the naughty list, I'm on it for this one: "Just one more song."
      1. nishan99
        nishan99
        Or "If I buy this I will be happy" :(.
        Dec 20, 2020
    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Always good to have a simple setup as sanity. HD6XX + Bachelor + Zen Sig not bad at all.
      1. Jinxy245, atomicbob, Sqveak and 8 others like this.
      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Keep sane. Time to blow out your other amps and headphones.
        Dec 14, 2020
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Giving the Bachelor a good workout here with multiple headphones. It seems to be more sensitive to choice of DAC than SW51+ for best synergy.
        Dec 21, 2020
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Currently it's on loan to a friend. Slowly changing his attitude about tubes (not that he has to be a big tube guy, but want to steer him from completely negative attitude).
        Dec 21, 2020
    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Dude, why didn't I watch "Klaus" earlier? Actually really well-done.
      1. dncnexus likes this.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    Avalon
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Circumaural Headphones:
    Beyerdynamic DT990 (250 ohm, vintage 1990s)
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Focal Utopia
    Hifiman HE-6 (LFF Code-6)
    Raal Requisite SR1a
    Sennheiser HD 250 Linear 1 (600 ohm)
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 540 Referemce I (600 ohm)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (JAR mod)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    ZMF Verite (cocobolo)

    Supraaural Headphones:
    ThinkSound On2

    IEMs:
    CA Solaris (the OG one, not 2020)
    Drop x JVC HA-FDX1 (given away to family)
    Gaudio Nair

    Headphone Amps:
    Bachelor
    DNA Starlett
    EC Ultralinear
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Asgard 3
    Schiit Jotunheim R

    Speakers:
    Klipsch Heresy III

    Speaker Amps/Preamps:
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Aegir

    DACs:
    Schiit Yggdrasil GS

    Turntables:
    Audio Technica x Drop Carbon VTA w/ Audio Technica Red cart
    Still unsure why people want my opinion on gear. I don't actually know much about audio other than I like music.

    Main headphone rotation (no particular order):
    1. ZMF Verite
    2. LFF Code-6
    3. Focal Utopia
    4. Raal Requisite SR1a

    Signature

    Just your moderately friendly gearmaster of questionable hearing acumen....wait what am I supposed to be doing again?