ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from La Mirada, CA

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Trying to sift through the noise on HF to see if there's anything worth checking out for loaner is taxing and irritating. Jul 3, 2020 at 2:35 PM

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    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      COVID-19 has at least made me rediscover my love of playing piano. That being said, I need to tune it.
      1. Golmang, Lyander, hikergrl and 5 others like this.
      2. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        Its an art in itself. Getting those three strings in alignment.
        May 22, 2020
        Jinxy245 and Claritas like this.
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I know how to play the Rugrats theme song using just two fingers ...so take that!
        May 22, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'm not great at it, and it takes me all day to get it to a point where I'm happy. But then I'll be able to pretend like I'm a virtuoso and practice Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
        May 22, 2020
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    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Tried watching some YouTube headphone reviews for fun. I have to laugh at how little I learned about the product. SBAF is way better.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Tyll could do videos. Loved the one that he just winced through the listening... please remind me with a link: I want to watch it right now!
        May 22, 2020
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        @ChaChaRealSmooth, thank you so much for that. It's a bad day: I needed it. Also, bookmarked for future.
        May 23, 2020
    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Love how the Whole Foods workers proactively tell customers to wear their masks properly or be kicked out. Sad that it's needed though.
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      2. dasman66
        dasman66
        In PA face coverings are required, but in our area stores aren't interested in enforcing... even for their employees. Sad, but somewhat understandable since our numbers are so low... many don't take it seriously.
        May 18, 2020
    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Well, the mouse developed inconsistent clicking behavior again. Probably not going Logitech again.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @spwath, I'm using a G903, and it's out of warranty. 2nd time this happened, same mouse.

        Ended up feeling and buying a Deathadder. Thought I might get a Basilisk since I liked the G502 back in the day but liked the Deathadder shape better
        May 15, 2020
      4. spwath
        spwath
        I actually had the same thing happen to my g602, and I think twice, they replaced it the first time. I have an mx master now, I really like it. Have had it for like 2 years with no issue
        May 15, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah, the customer service wasn't bad. Just expected more from a mouse that costs what it does. My old wired G502, for referemce, works perfectly fine.

        Wish the Deathadder came wireless (spoiled I know)
        May 15, 2020
    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I'm always pleasantly surprised when a game I'm playing has a nice soundtrack. Makes me feel less bad about burning Starlett tubes.
      1. saint.panda and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        You shouldn't feel guilty about enjoying the things you love.
        May 13, 2020
      3. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        What game? I always recommend Max Payne 3 whose OST was by Health. Amazing electronic soundtrack.
        May 14, 2020
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      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        “You can’t take it with you.”
        May 22, 2020
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Kind of late, but grateful to my mom. Luckily for me, she's awesome.
      1. Jinxy245, Vtory, Wilson and 5 others like this.
    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Got bored and plugged FDX1 into Starlett. Actually pretty good, wtf?
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        And to be absolutely clear, I don't quite understand IEMs, or how much FDX1 scales, or what output impedance is best, etc. Nor do I really recommend doing this (don't think Donald had IEMs in mind while designing)
        May 7, 2020
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    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      "Endgame" is such a nebulous term in this hobby.
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      2. mokobigbro
        mokobigbro
        I'd prefer calling it The Last Dance (yeah right MJ)
        May 7, 2020
      3. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        For schiiters endgame is Ragnarok and the fact that there is already a ragnarok 2 available tells you everything about endgame in this hobby
        May 7, 2020
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It wasn't a *game* in the first place.
        May 7, 2020
    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Me: finds a new song I like. Also me: play on repeat until I hate music.
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      3. crazychile
        crazychile
        My wife does that. I play her something I like. She loves it, plays it to death over the next few weeks. Not on headphones, so everyone in the house gets a mega-dose. Then I never want to hear it again.
        May 6, 2020
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        That reminds me of the classical learning dilemma of exploration vs exploitation. lol

        Often found myself unable to escape from the latter....
        May 6, 2020
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I used to do that too. Or...

        Suddenly discover the song everybody else got fed up with years ago.
        May 6, 2020
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    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Was unprepared to see Kobe on "The Last Dance." Still hard to believe he's gone.
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Not sure how, but my dog gained 1 pound over quarantine. He used to weigh 10. Went to the vet, apparently he's just fat.
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      3. crenca
        crenca
        My neighborhood butts up to BLM land. Almost once a week a new "have you seen this dog..." goes up. My wife and just look at each other and see who can say "Scooby Snack!" the fastest...
        Apr 30, 2020
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        How? My theory would be humans around for longer intervals = more food dropped on the floor...
        Apr 30, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @crenca Yeah, lots of coyotes in my area. We keep him indoors though, so no worries there. Neighbor's dog did get attacked a while back, but appears fine.
        Apr 30, 2020
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    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Not sure what it is, but something is oddly charming about the unmodded HD 650.
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Play something with a decent groove, especially Jazz or Funk and your feet tap. That is it. There are headphones that don't do that and I don't care, off they go. One catch, it needs a bit of power and then you understand. It is similar to the AKGs in that way.
        Apr 28, 2020
      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        What I particularly like about it, relative to HD600, is that the mid-bass makes orchestral recordings sound more realistic. Caveat: As long as the other gear doesn't make it sound too dark.
        Apr 28, 2020
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        I lean towards HD600 because it works to offset the foibles of my other main cans, but the 650 is, as many have noted, a remarkably comfortable listen that you can just get lost in for ages. It works unmodded for basically every genre that doesn't mandate sub-bass excellence!
        Apr 28, 2020
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    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      My sister's interpretation of the SR1a's aesthetics: "Waffle-Maker"
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah, sleep isn't necessarily going to be on the agenda. Plan on spending some time, then will write up impressions later.
        Apr 24, 2020
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      4. fp627
        fp627
        Glad the fit worked out for you - interesting that it's really comfortable for you given our somewhat similarly shaped large heads.

        If you recall, does your individual headphone have a bigger headband than the one that showed up at the meet last time? I tried again with a different pair just to be sure and I still got a headache due to fit.
        Apr 25, 2020
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I was curious about that too given that we have similar large Asian heads. I don't think they're any different, and I certainly haven't heard anything about Raal changing anything about the design.
        Apr 25, 2020
    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Weirdly, the Starlett is really good for video games. Positional awareness gets a 10/10.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Headstage is small still, but once again, great imaging. Also, the voicing means that words are really easily discernable. Some sudden noises WILL make you jump; you were warned here first. Really, nothing to complain about. Movies is where I'll use my ZMFs or Utopia; depends what I grab first.
        Apr 22, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        Move the good stuff away from the computer, focus on the music, lol. This is why I have a cheaper setup bro.
        Apr 23, 2020
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    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Brain burn-in is powerful. Switching between ZMF and Focal is jarring after prolonged use of one.
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      3. raif
        raif
        Not sure which zmf to which focal, but I have been loving the Universe Suede pads on my Auteur. It is a great hybrid sound between the tone master zmf and more clinical elex
        Apr 22, 2020
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Apr 22, 2020
      5. raif
        raif
        Oh yes, that is quite the jump. Godspeed :)
        Apr 22, 2020
    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Hmm, perhaps I too have been too accepting of high price tags. Need to adopt cheaper ways.
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      3. fp627
        fp627
        I feel like sometimes there's no way around a high price tag for most interesting hobbies out there - but spending will get more focused once someone figures out what they like/want/are doing to offset the higher costs.
        Apr 21, 2020
      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Have a few kids!
        Apr 21, 2020
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      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        ^LOL no. I'm barely responsible enough for me; asking me to raise a kid is disaster.
        Apr 21, 2020
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    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Cranium over Zoom is a hilarious time. Especially when drinks are involved.
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        I came as fast as I can....
        Apr 19, 2020
      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Which Japanese whisky are you killing now?
        Apr 19, 2020
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I actually ran out of the Japanese whiskey. All of it went into my gullet and was pissed out in the toilet.
        Apr 19, 2020
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    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Okay Ultrasonic Oblivion, give me my desk real estate back. Holy &^$% it's huge.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        About the RFI @mscott58 reported: I am not experiencing any (it's the same unit). Not sure what could have caused it in his case.
        Apr 17, 2020
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        That’s what she said
        Apr 18, 2020
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      4. fp627
        fp627
        A good problem to have. I just resigned myself to the fact that I'll probably never find a Liquid Crimson at a price I'd be willing to pay.
        Apr 19, 2020
    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Got 3 new albums in! Should be fun listening: Jamiroquai, Aerosmith, and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
      1. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I love jamiroquai! Funky af
        Apr 16, 2020
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Jamiroquai is actually someone I forgot about until somewhat recently when he popped up on my Amazon Music radio (I use it to find new songs). Needless to say I rectified the situation immediately.
        Apr 16, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Knxwledge - 1988 showed up at my place today. Shit slaps yo
        Apr 16, 2020
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    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Is there any real point to updating to the latest Foobar2000 version? Leaning on the side of "if it ain't broke don't fix it."
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      2. YMO
        YMO
        Foobar updates are only good if the components that you are using is also updated and only works with the newer version of Foobar.
        Apr 14, 2020
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        JRiver charges for major version upgrades.
        Apr 14, 2020
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      4. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        But very rarely are new versions of jrmc worth getting. I'm still on v22. It still plays all my stuff. (Haven't used it in ages since I got Roon, I will admit.)
        Apr 15, 2020
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    January 8
    Location:
    La Mirada, CA
    Occupation:
    Lifeguard
    Gear List:
    Circumaural Headphones:
    AKG K7XX
    Focal Clear (stolen by family)
    Focal Utopia
    Hifiman HE-560 V1
    Raal Requisite SR1a
    Sennheiser HD 599 (stolen by family)
    Sennheiser HD 600 (JAR mod)
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Thinksound On2
    Verum 1
    ZMF Auteur (cocobolo)
    ZMF Verite (cocobolo)

    IEMs:
    Drop x JVC HA-FDX1

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

    Speakers:
    Klipsch Heresy III

    Speaker Amps/Preamps:
    Feliks Euforia
    Schiit Aegir

    DACs:
    Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA

    Turntables:
    Audio Technica AT-LP120
    Dancer, musician, audiophile, and an expert in all things I like. I don't actually know much about audio other than I like music.

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

    Signature

    Dances chachacha IRL as smooth as he plays the piano, which is to say that both suck.