E_Schaaf
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MOT: E.T.A Headphones, from Staten Island, NY

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Distant leaf blowers this morning, some of them sustain while others slide up or down a semitone periodically. Dune 2021 soundtrack. Dec 3, 2021 at 8:25 AM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Distant leaf blowers this morning, some of them sustain while others slide up or down a semitone periodically. Dune 2021 soundtrack.
      1. Jinxy245, Qildail, Cryptowolf and 2 others like this.
      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Only if accompanied by random Tyco drum hits.
        Dec 3, 2021 at 9:29 AM
      3. wbass
        wbass
        Probably easier to make out the dialogue with the leaf blowers.
        Dec 3, 2021 at 11:16 AM
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    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Camping upstate with 30F nights. Everyone thinks we're crazy. Maybe... But got tired of being a hermit. Outdoors ftw!
      1. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Stay warm!
        Nov 27, 2021
      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        It's rough I'm sure, but I'll bet it's unimaginably beautiful and invigorating as well. Enjoy!!
        Nov 28, 2021
    3. Cspirou
      Cspirou
      You seem to listen to a lot of wood headphones. What do you think of audiotechnica wood headphones?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Sorry to have left this one read and unreplied to. I actually haven't heard any AT woodies as much as I'd like to. Not wood, but I despised the AP2000Ti headphone (aside from the pads which are some of my favs). Poorly executed W curve with peaks and dips in all the wrong places and some questionable cup stuffing and build attributes. I'd hope the wood ones are better.
        Dec 3, 2021 at 9:05 AM
    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Emulating a passive radiator using a steel blade as diaphragm + rubber ring gasket. All driver vents open. Never heard kicks like this...
      1. Cryptowolf, Riotvan, Jinxy245 and 6 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        residual magnetism from the rear of the driver keeps the blade from falling out, but is light enough to cause a fluctuating seal in response to backwave energy against the rim of the gasket. The bass extension is absolutely bottomless, the tactility is immense... Less smooth tone vs softer damping techniques but never heard a presentation like this out of a headphone. Very novel!
        Nov 20, 2021
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Central magnet vent still shoots out to open air since the center of the blade is a hole, so the middle of the driver still has unrestricted flow. Really feels like treading the open and closed tightrope. Bass kicks and sustains like a closed, mids breathe like open. Loving every minute
        Nov 20, 2021
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      It *might* be possible to use an Alnico magnet in an ETA custom driver in the future. Very excited to investigate!
      1. Syzygy, Philimon, yotacowboy and 7 others like this.
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I'm rather logistically curious. Thought Alnico was OOP..
        Nov 19, 2021
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        For the novelty, not for the on-paper superiority or lack thereof. I want to see what the mystique is all about. A stack of N52s is still in the works for plan A :) all previous drivers used a single neodymium N52 magnet.
        Nov 19, 2021
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      5. Philimon
        Philimon
        Mystique / snake-oil sells, like "graphene". It's the experience that matters. I am not kidding, I'm kidding.

        I also have no idea what is special about alnico except that it's spoken with reverence on speaker forums. Sounds like a fun investigation Ev.
        Nov 20, 2021
    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Visiting Audio46 in NYC today to hear whatever is on display and maybe get bystanders interested in ETA. Prototype around my neck. Fun times
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      3. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I've had decent experiences with Audio46. My first "proper" headphones I purchased there almost six years ago and they kindly let me A/B audition two different pairs for what was probably an inordinate amount of time. And they hooked me up with additional savings once I'd agreed to buy one of them.
        Nov 15, 2021
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      4. Tchoupitoulas
        Tchoupitoulas
        I'd email in advance, though, to try out the good stuff as I'm not sure what they've got by way of amps or DACs with which to audition headphones.

        @E_Schaaf - next time you go (if you go), please let me know. It'd be good to meet, chat, and check out your ETA headphones.
        Nov 15, 2021
      5. Wilewarer
        Wilewarer
        On a set of IEMs I bought from them online, they specifically mentioned an issue with the product that just wasn't pointed out anywhere else period. That turned out to be helpful, and if nothing else it showed that they actually pay some attention to the things they sell.
        Nov 15, 2021
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Tip for those not well versed in interpreting FR - for me, reading from top to bottom gives just as much insight as reading left to right.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        most music sounds way more like pink noise than sine sweeps.
        Nov 12, 2021
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      2. Woland
        Woland
        Smart.
        Nov 12, 2021
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Lately I'm 100% team low-impedance, high sensitivity headphones. Sometimes prized qualities in loudspeakers. Why not headphones too?
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        One caveat: may need attenuation when running them out of "nice" amps lest ears get blown to Kingdom Come: Deliverance,
        Nov 10, 2021
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @pure5152 I'd love to have one and mod it a bit, but I'm not sure which of them have the easiest access to the back of the driver. Not keen on drilling or cutting. Would love some advice on that front!
        Nov 11, 2021
      5. Philimon
        Philimon
        diyearphonelabs says they sell genuine Grado drivers. They sell entire Grado clone kits too. Not recommending the clones. But they also sell Grado-inspired enclosure with easy cup grill removal lids.
        Nov 20, 2021
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    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Who here is using Audio Technica ATH-AD2000 ? I think I might want a pair...
      1. Aelms
        Aelms
        Have an AD1000 lying somewhere. Sound aside, I stopped using it as it was tiring on my ears and head ergo-wise…
        Nov 9, 2021
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      2. Philimon
        Philimon
        From what I've read on Head-Fi you can still order ATH-AD2000 drivers from Audio Technica. ymmv
        Nov 20, 2021
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Enjoying fast paced DnB on cassette tonight. VS digital, missing some clarity/space, but with improved tactility and more visceral octane...
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      2. E_Schaaf
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        ^bet that would sound wonderful with esx900 or OG gen
        Nov 6, 2021
      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        I love Critical Music and many of the artists listed for that tape. Enjoy!
        Nov 7, 2021
    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I was overdue for some vacuuming... So I accidentally shattered two enormous fluorescent bulbs in the living room. Procrastination karma?
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Did you vacuum the ceiling?
        Nov 5, 2021
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I hope there wasn't mercury...
        Nov 5, 2021
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        woof
        Nov 5, 2021
    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Can anyone help me figure out how to set up ARTA for usable headphone CSD measurements?
    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        basically i have no idea wtf i'm doing but having fun anyway :) This is JBL L55 (powered by F7) with parts express 15" sealed kit sub powered by SWA400. No room correction / DSP
        Oct 31, 2021
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    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      SOLD: Burl B2 Bomber DAC with BOPA1+BOPA8 cards (rugged but functional condition) for ECP Walnut DAC or $1000.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Would also consider no-cash trade for Unison Gungnir or Yggdrasil (any version). The Burl's front LED panel is out but it's fully functional otherwise.
        Oct 30, 2021
      3. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        YGPM
        Oct 30, 2021
    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Figuring out a FPC mic baffle - better to be as dead/damped as possible, or rather have properties more like human skin?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        I'd argue for one that better reflects human skin with the bouncy trouncey and all unless you wanna measure performance sans enclosure effect. Arguments about brain filtering said effect out and FPC treble being more representative of perceived sound still stand though, ergo both.
        Oct 29, 2021
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm thinking some floppy neoprene with a suede pigskin leather cover is probably the ticket. I guess the best thing to do is try options and see what looks best! Can't wait to do distortion and CSDs better than EARS ever could...
        Oct 30, 2021
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Damped. I have felt over neoprene.
        Oct 31, 2021
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      does anyone with a MiniDSP EARS adjust their FR compensation curve for supra-aural headphones?
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        I believe it would be very challenging. On theory, perfectly neutral on-ear will have a little peak around concha resonance freq if compensated via over-ear curve. But nobody knows exact delta in decibel/Q..
        Oct 25, 2021
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        The best way on your end is to find several different "neutrally sounding" on-ear products on lower to mid treble, and take an average for their lower treble peak. Then add this peak to the over-ear compensation curve. Just a thought. (note: what I originally commented was flawed)
        Oct 25, 2021
      3. Magnetostatic_Tubephile
        Magnetostatic_Tubephile
        From on-ears testing (e.g. Fostex TH-7), I found my custom over-ear comp curve to work just fine. You might need to apply artificial side pressure to overcome the excessively stiff dummy ears though.
        Oct 26, 2021
    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Moving from wood floors + fabric/plastic furniture to concrete floors + leather/wood furniture - sounds different, more vibrant and jumpy!
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Concrete headphone coming up?
        Oct 20, 2021
    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
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        Oct 13, 2021
    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Silver voice coils - good or bad idea? More conductive and magnetic but also heavier vs copper or Al. Maybe good with a beefy magnet?
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      3. Priidik
        Priidik
        When low Mms is not high priority go with highest purity copper you can get.
        Oct 12, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        More exotic materials are always better, come on Ev
        Oct 12, 2021
      5. purr1n
        purr1n
        Field coils. Who needs magnets.
        Oct 12, 2021
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    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      If you want ESX but don't want to pay for TH900, ETA will soon be doing 3DP baffle + Genesis driver transplants into cheaper Fosters.
      1. Philimon, shambles, edd and 7 others like this.
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        In a few months... CNC wood clone R10 cups too
        Oct 5, 2021
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    Modding repertoire: HE400, HE4, HE5, HE5LE, HE5SE, HE6, HE6SE, LCD2, T50RP, T60RP, THX00, TH600, TH900, Emu Teak, HD600, HD650, HD580, HD58X, ADX5000, Vintage DT880, NDH20, Nighthawk