ChaChaRealSmooth
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ChaChaRealSmooth

SBAF Gearmaster, Male, from California, USA

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Flirted once with a cute girl at a ramen shop next to school. Go back later, get offered free iced green tea to-go. Win! Sep 19, 2019 at 1:12 AM

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Sep 19, 2019 at 10:45 AM
    1. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Suddenly I'm glad that I have more than a few headphones. Bedside pair got requisitioned today by grandma.
      1. hikergrl, ufospls2, netforce and 4 others like this.
    2. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Latest headphone listenings made me realize that I seriously need a rethink on how I compare gear. It's a learning process.
      1. ufospls2, hikergrl, Ash1412 and 3 others like this.
    3. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Trying to get some critical comparisons done, but can't. F*ck it, I'm just going to enjoy myself.
      1. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        I'm with you on this. Begin with good intentions comparing T4 with DSHA-3F only to get lost in the music with which ever I begin the session. They are both excellent amps.
        Jul 6, 2019
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        ^exactly what I'm doing, except instead of amps it's headphones. ZMF Verite and Auteur.
        Jul 6, 2019
    4. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      One day I hope I'm as eloquent as the minds who wrong the Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday America; it's been quite the ride.
      1. Zhanming057, Jinxy245 and Lyander like this.
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Only so long as you stay on the write side of history while exercising your eloquence ;)
        Jul 4, 2019
      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I sure hope that's autocorrect...
        Jul 4, 2019
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    5. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Clear came in today. After cleaning the pads, was immediately requisitioned by family. Can't complain about disuse I guess.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Responding here to keep the distortion thread relatively clean, haha. Enjoying the music is what counts, and a good drink certainly helps! Now if you could pry the Clears away... :p
        Jul 2, 2019
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Well considering I have the loaner Verite, I'm still doing pretty well. I now just have my Auteur cocobolo to look forward to receiving this week :D Impressions will come...eventually.
        Jul 2, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Still have yet to get ears on any of the ZMF dynamics, colour me envious. I'm thinking they might fail to live up to the hype I've built for them so plan to be more critical than usual in evaluating, but based on multiple non-hype assessments I might love the Aeolus.
        Jul 3, 2019
    6. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Loaner Verite (coutesy of @Elnrik) in the house. I'd like tickets to the ZMF hype train please.
      1. Vtory, Syzygy, Gaspasser and 2 others like this.
      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Authorised Philippine dealer when :((

        Haha, kidding. Impressions please! No rush, definitely be thorough in the write-up :P
        Jul 1, 2019
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'll try to be as thorough and honest in my write-up as possible. I'm actually waiting on some other stuff as well, so it might be a while. I wouldn't hold my breath.
        Jul 1, 2019
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'll say this: immediate thought upon listening to 1 song was "time to sell the LCD-3 to some schmuck on HF."
        Jul 1, 2019
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    7. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Trying something not audio related: baking! Hope this ends better than the last time I tried.
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        you just inspired me to make one of those microwave in a cup chocolate cakes.
        Jun 28, 2019
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      4. StageOne
        StageOne
        Cooking is an Art, Baking is a science, I did't care for baking until I got a scale and used it!! Since then, my pizza dough has been much more consistent and much less... cursing
        Jun 28, 2019
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      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I'm much more of a cook than a baker. But today's brownies were met with success. See mom; I'm a big boy!
        Jun 28, 2019
    8. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Realized I've been in this hobby for less than a year. Life sure does strange things. I'm very fortunate. Also, am still an audio noob.
      1. Cryptowolf, Soups, Lyander and 6 others like this.
      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Most of us are comparatively I think. It takes real skill & dedication to unravel the complexities of audio minutia. I really don't think it's a fun process either...Kudos to those that can and do.
        Jun 26, 2019
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      3. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        I've been here for years and I still basically know nothing tbh.
        Jun 26, 2019
        Soups, Jinxy245, dark_energy and 2 others like this.
      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        What century did I start in this hobby?? Well, it wasn’t the 19th. I’d rather not think about it.
        Jun 26, 2019
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    9. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Looking forward to future SBAF mini-meets. About 5% of my time there was actually listening to stuff.
      1. AdvanTech, elguapo, Wilson and 11 others like this.
      2. JK47
        JK47
        Yup, socializing is what it's all about. Sure, listen to gear you are interested in, but don't stress too much, and have fun.
        Jun 22, 2019
    10. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Ruined another one of my friends with my audio system. First Order: +3, Resistance: 0
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      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        And the next thing you know your friend will be calling his Vali2 “my precious”!
        Jun 20, 2019
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        This is a good idea. I'm going to watch the B-stock list on the Schiit site like a hawk.
        Jun 20, 2019
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Ended up letting him borrow my SDAC, Wyrd, and Magni 3 (he had nothing except a ATH-M40X). Figured that the gear might as well be used instead of collecting dust.
        Jun 20, 2019
    11. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Absolutely no idea what these knobs on this Furman do. But what I do know is that stuff plugs into it and electricity comes out.
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @spwath I am the dumbest person on the planet. Herp dee durrrrp
        Jun 18, 2019
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      3. bixby
        bixby
        you mean the lights? Unless the bulbs are burned out they should light up downward when you pull them out. Kinda like a nightlight for equipment below it in your rack.
        Jun 21, 2019
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @bixby Yeah I figured it out. Hence why I felt really dumb.
        Jun 21, 2019
    12. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Trying to teach myself more about audio measurements, electricity and circuits, etc. Gawd dam I am dumb.
      1. JustAnotherRando
        JustAnotherRando
        In the same boat. I thought that building my first crossover circuit from a kit would make things clearer. It didn't.
        Jun 18, 2019
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Fish climbing trees etc. Passing your exams will hopefully prove otherwise. Good luck!

        - Someone who knows jack shit about DACs and amplifiers compared to 99% of present company.
        Jun 18, 2019
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Same here. I should have paid more attention in Physics when I had the time. Good thing nerds like sharing. You pick up a few things here.
        Jun 19, 2019
    13. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      One of those nights when I love this hobby. Scotch in hand, music playing, appreciating the current system.
      1. Wilson, hikergrl, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
    14. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Someone with my level of patience probably shouldn't have ordered a ZMF. Wait time is killing me.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Lemme guess: Vibro? :P
        Jun 14, 2019
      3. Taverius
        Taverius
        Everytime I order I star the order gdoc and then check it on my phone like 12 times a DAY >_>
        Jun 14, 2019
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        If you need to get it all out you could always go post your tracking updates in an HF thread.
        Jun 14, 2019
    15. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      iFi Audio Pro iDSD is legit. Perhaps it's (partly) the Burr Brown chips? More to come when I collect my thoughts.
      1. rlow, Gaspasser, Jinxy245 and 3 others like this.
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      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Comparisons with Yggrasil, Pavane, Sonic Frontier etc. is mandatory for this statement and price point. The chip has little to do with it, implementation trumps everything.
        Jun 12, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        ^may be subject to debate. I don't think I've heard anything of it myself but just ask @Psalmanazar about AKM Velvet Sound.

        :3

        (As for me there does seem to be a warmth of tone to BB179x that I like, but I'm enough of a DAC noob that I'm abstaining from making definitive comments until I hear more shit)
        Jun 12, 2019
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @m17xr2b I do need more time to collect thoughts and don't want to say too much at the moment. I will say that I do think it belongs in the group of good DACs that came through recently. Your point about comparisons being mandatory is completely relevant and understood :)
        Jun 12, 2019
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    16. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Absolutely lovely trip to Ireland and Scotland. Now back to the real world.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Food in Ireland was not bad. Scotland, not so much. But the trip itself was mega fun.
        Jun 10, 2019
      4. Lou Casadonte
        Lou Casadonte
        Just got back from Ireland and England myself. Weather was perfect. Hope you had a great trip!
        Jun 11, 2019
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      5. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        Spend a bunch of time all around Scotland in 2018; loved every minute - culinary offerings be damned.
        Jun 11, 2019
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    17. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      PSA: I'm leaving for a family vacation starting 6/1. Loaner programs in progress will continue. New programs suspended until I return.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I will be back at June 11. Any questions about the loaners should be directed to the other staff members here.
        May 31, 2019
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      2. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        Enjoy!
        May 31, 2019
    18. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Is there a way to hide the "For Sale" part of SBAF? Temptations galore.
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    19. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      Listened to a coworker's Beats Studio 3 today. Ironically, not that much bass. Still sucks big time.
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      2. rott
        rott
        May 29, 2019
      3. Serious
        Serious
        I thought the Solo 2 was decent, but sadly the Solo 3 doesn't sound the same to me (mids more sucked out and wonky). Dunno about the Studio 3.
        May 29, 2019
      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Studio 3 sounded lifeless, dull, and seemed to have wonky FR. Needed more time to analyze, but I hated them so I didn't bother.
        May 29, 2019
    20. ChaChaRealSmooth
      ChaChaRealSmooth
      I'm no longer even sure my brain uses my right ear normally. First listen on headphones always makes me think balance is way off.
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      3. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Yes, get to an audiologist ASAP, do not delay. Ounce of prevention vs pound of cure.
        May 27, 2019
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        If there is wax build up be very wary of any extrication method other than manual. I had a colleague have one ear destroyed by using a high pressure air cleaning method. That was criminal; the victim was recording engineer Frank Laico.
        May 27, 2019
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      5. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        I’ve read some horror stories about untrained nurses using something like this and people ending up permanent tinnitus. Better to try some olive oil in there first if it is wax, it’ll break it down gently.
        May 27, 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)

    Headphone Amps:
    Feliks Euforia
    Monoprice Monolith Liquid Platinum
    Schiit Asgard 3

    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.

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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 -> Feliks Euforia/DNA ????? -> ZMF Auteur Cocobolo/Focal Clear/Sennheiser HD 6XX