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Anyone else hear this episode? I thought they had good perspective. https://overcast.fm/+MoQNFfa90 Oct 17, 2020

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    1. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      1. Superexchanger likes this.
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      3. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        This was a good episode, but I'm bummed there's an obligatory section in every single podcast where John bitches about the tendencies or requests of his audience. I get his pet peeve and all, but dude could use that time with his guest in other ways.
        Oct 17, 2020
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      4. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Ah shit, I'm all turned around. This IS the one I was thinking of.
        Oct 17, 2020
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Oct 18, 2020 at 1:42 PM
    2. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      I swear I saw a tube / DNA amp comparison chart here recently, but I can't find it. Was I dreaming?
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      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @fp627 thanks for the impressions. Do you ever use the Stellaris with planars?
        Oct 15, 2020
      3. fp627
        fp627
        No. I don't think it synergizes well with any of them other than Verum, which after what happened, I won't be buying anymore. Note that I'm not saying it's all bad or won't work, just that there was no synergy.

        Good synergy - Verum
        No/neutral synergy - MrS/DCA Ether and Aeon, newer HFM (soft-fi-man stuff), RAD-0
        Bad synergy, probably due to not enough current - Audeze, older HFM

        Haven't tried Meze Empyrean.
        Oct 15, 2020
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      4. fp627
        fp627
        Note that Verum and RAD-0 were only in meet conditions. Newer HFM was briefly borrowed. Ether was EFO1.1 and the Aeon was a shorter listen.

        In short, there are other amps out there for less $ (maybe way less), easier tubes or just SS, etc. if you want to use planars.
        Oct 15, 2020
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    3. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Why is it that a headphone can sound perfect to me one day, and harsh the next day? This is especially true of the Utopia.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        The curse of fairly neutral-ish or slightly bright headphones is that these differences will be more obvious.
        Oct 12, 2020
      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I also had chronic ear infections when I was a kid. Not fun. Luckily my kids didn’t inherit that.
        Oct 12, 2020
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      5. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        So much of how we perceive what we hear is dependent on mood. I also think power might have something to do with it. A lot of people underestimate how much quality of power going into the amp matters
        Oct 12, 2020
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    4. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      That feeling when you need to power down the Yggdrasil.
      1. sheldaze, zonto, rlow and 2 others like this.
      2. rtaylor76
    5. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Spent the day with the Starlett. 3 hours with Utopia, 3 hours with Auteur.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @BenjaminBore You're getting the most out of the Auteur with Starlett. It's a great pairing. In terms of Utopia, you're leaving a bit on the table, but not that much.
        Sep 18, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @dubharmonic I had the same crossroads and ultimately picked the Utopia. Interested to see if you end up keeping both, or maybe perhaps try Verite at some time. Verite doesn't have any Be coloration, although timbre-wise it's clearly far from neutral.
        Sep 18, 2020
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @ChaChaRealSmooth to be clear, I don’t dislike the Utopia! When I visited Zach’s place I was able to try everything he makes (aside from Verite closed, which wasn’t released yet) and the Verite didn’t click with me like the Auteur did. Maybe when the world gets back to normal I’ll give them another listen!
        Sep 18, 2020
    6. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      The next AXPONA is scheduled for August 27 – 29, 2021. Hopefully an ear gear room will be feasible by then.
      1. YMO likes this.
      2. YMO
        YMO
        Hopefully....
        Sep 10, 2020
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    7. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Adjustable standing desks make cable management so much more difficult.
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        It’s the power and Ethernet slack that bother me!
        Sep 6, 2020
      4. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Mine has an under-desk tray, and I mounted a power strip underneath, so the only attached cable is power.

        I do have a long HDMI cable off to the left to connect the monitor to the tower though.
        Sep 6, 2020
      5. Gazny
        Gazny
        Oh yes, zip ties, velcro, and stick cable ties are my friend.
        Sep 6, 2020
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    8. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
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      3. Hammy
        Hammy
        Coffee and alcohol can make my tinnitus worse. But I'm not going to give up either coffee or beer. So tinnitus be damned. I'm going to continue to listen wired and buzzed.
        Aug 22, 2020
      4. Hammy
        Hammy
        Aug 22, 2020
      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Not sure if I want to listen to that, for fear of triggering my tinnitus (actually, it's always there, just depends if I notice it or not).
        Aug 23, 2020
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    9. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      The Starlett is almost ready!
      1. sheldaze, Merrick, Gazny and 4 others like this.
      2. fp627
        fp627
        At this rate it seems like half of SBAF if going to have one of these things before year end.
        Aug 13, 2020
      3. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        Jealous! Can't wait to hear impressions as I wait for mine to finish!
        Aug 13, 2020
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    10. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      At shows, the LCD-4 didn't seem that heavy. After 5 hours at home, oof.
      1. EagleWings, Lyander and imackler like this.
      2. netforce
        netforce
        Time to work on those neck muscles!
        Aug 6, 2020
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @netforce my neck is fine, it's the pressure on the top of the head that's getting to me. First time I've had this happen!
        Aug 6, 2020
    11. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Using the Grado GH1 today, now that Grados are cool again.
      1. StageOne, fraggler and Merrick like this.
      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Lol. So true. Grados were anathema for a while, and now I want a pair of the Hemps.
        Jul 28, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Never thought I'd see headphones with such high treble distortion make a comeback but I guess people like that speedy, prickly, 'lit' sound. My ears might just be too young for such things, and I like to turn it up too. I'd be curious to re-evaluate transient ability tho, which seemed like a strong suit for them.
        Jul 28, 2020
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Jul 28, 2020
    12. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Been seeing more people claiming to exclusively use Apple dongles with full size TOTL headphones. Anyone here doing that?
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      2. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        @rlow How dare you. They’re perfectly objective in all things. That’s why they only listen to sine waves.
        Jul 23, 2020
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Wait what??
        Jul 23, 2020
      4. Josh83
        Josh83
        ASR has declared the dongle “audibly transparent.” Can’t argue with, uh, “science.”
        Jul 24, 2020
    13. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Think ZMF will ever go planar again?
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I kind of see full-size planars as being somewhat un-ZMF in terms of sonic strengths. Planars almost always lack midbass emphasis, have diffusive imaging, and slightly to majorly withdrawan upper mids... and I've never heard a closed or semi-closed planar that actually had pleasant cup effect like the ZMFs do. Planar wall + cups = weird
        Jul 15, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Unless Zach went for a smaller planar driver that didn't take up the whole 'baffle' and seated them more like the dynamic drivers fit into the housings. But at that point, you might not get great bass extension so why bother.
        Jul 15, 2020
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        The cup resonance part that he enjoys in his headphones would be difficult with a planar. Something about rear reflections on planars really fucks up the sound. I'm not too sure why this is.
        Jul 15, 2020
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    14. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      THX 789 loaner from @YMO just arrived! Listened for 10 minutes, this amp is not for me. I'll post some impressions later.
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      3. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        I use it for all my iem reviews/comparisons. It sits at my WFH desk, so gets plenty of iem listening for pleasure as well.
        Jul 8, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        Remember all, IEM Headphone Amp. @shotgunshane approves. Don't listen to @tommytakis, he is too scared of his Sonic Frontiers DAC going away from him.
        Jul 8, 2020
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      5. monacelli
        monacelli
        On a somewhat related note, anybody listen to iems on Hel? It uses the same opamp as the RME ADI-2 DAC, the TI OPA1688. The OPA1688 also uses feedforward, like the opamp in the THX 789.
        Jul 8, 2020
    15. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Not sure if I have a channel imbalance or I'm just imagining things. Nervosa intensifies.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        You have taken the techie approach? Played a tone centred or mono, shut your eyes, and "seen" where it comes from? Maybe you have to do a sweep if you think if might be frequency dependent.

        Pisses me off that balance controls became an audiophile no-no about 30 years back. Ears are not perfect, rooms are not perfect...
        Jul 4, 2020
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        After sleeping on it, I'm 95% sure that there's some fluid in my inner left ear.

        The MHA150 actually does have tone and balance controls!
        Jul 4, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It may just be wax. It may clear itself, or you may need to consult an ENT doc. My ears need cleaning out at least once a year. It used to make a huge difference, but as I get deafer it makes less. Look after your ears! If in doubt see a doc. :)

        Some channel imbalance may reduce your resale value a bit, but it needn't affect your music pleasure. Your brain will adjust.
        Jul 4, 2020
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    16. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Spent the afternoon discovering curated new music lists. There are soooo many amazing new releases out there if we take the time to search!
    17. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Had Stax Lambdas on in a Zoom, coworker says “It looks like you have heatsinks on your ears.”
      1. Melvillian
        Melvillian
        Your coworker is not wrong

        Finally had a day light on meetings. Was able to listen to some music and get some work done.
        Jun 12, 2020
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    18. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      Another set of Hifiman pads just randomly fell apart on me, this time the PaliPad. The love/hate situation with this company drives me nuts.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I've been a little lucky with the pads on my Ananda lasting about 1 1/2 years now. I was thinking of trying to get a used HE 1K SE then I see the horror stories of pads falling apart after one year of use. The pads aren't cheap either.
        May 29, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I've always fancied Auteur pads on HE6 most of the time. Deep pads are hit or miss. I generally avoid perf pads on planars.
        May 29, 2020
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        @Phantaminum I've never had an issue with the egg shaped pads, but then again I’ve never tried to replace them either. @E_Schaaf I do have some extra ZMF pads here, but what’s the best way to attach them?
        May 30, 2020
    19. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      That feeling when you find a new song you love but it's mastered so terribly that it's nearly unlistenable..
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Huh, @E_Schaaf helped me out a bit. Not great, but not unlistenable.

        That is, until you switch to other music and wonder why it sounds hilariously bad, then realize EQ is all over the place.
        May 21, 2020
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        There is no cure for clipping. That is the most frustrating to me and I cant understand why so many can accept it on so many albums such as the newest Tool album. The mastering is absolutely terrible.
        May 22, 2020
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Cheap speakers or Koss PortaPro.
        May 22, 2020
    20. dubharmonic
      dubharmonic
      1. Wilson
        Wilson
        Trippy. At first, I thought it was some crazy-ass gourmet donuts getting covered in sprinkles.
        Apr 23, 2020
      2. Elmer Danilovich
        Elmer Danilovich
        Nice to see some fellow Imgur regulars here too
        Apr 23, 2020
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Guess what "he's" makinh?

        Poster has trouble with basic gender recognition, as well as basic alphabet usage!

        But hey, yes... mint-chocolate LPs always made my mouth water :)
        Apr 24, 2020
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