E_Schaaf
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E_Schaaf

MOT: Upscale Audio (Thread Judge Code-6 District), Male, from Pasadena, CA

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Adorama HE5SE just arrived for modding. These sound pretty damn good, even stock! Completely different magnet design vs OG or Re-issue HE5. May 24, 2019

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      After 3 months of incessant daily tweaking, I've finally settled on a HE6 mod with 7 materials. En route to @DEATHxMACHINE by week's end.
    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Adorama HE5SE just arrived for modding. These sound pretty damn good, even stock! Completely different magnet design vs OG or Re-issue HE5.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I suspect the 5SE might actually be discontinued given the $299 deals + the fact you can't find them on the HFM website anymore. Not sure why, these are definitely better than Sundara across the board for less.
        May 24, 2019
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        that's probably why they discontinued them. can't put new products to shame with decade old resurrected headphones.
        May 24, 2019
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      5. Skyline
        Skyline
        I'm very interested as well. The shootout with the 500 and 560 would be very helpful.
        May 24, 2019
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    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I definitely prefer stock OG HD580 over HD600 or HD650. This will be my next modding project after the two HE6's and HE5se's in the pipeline
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      3. ergopower
        ergopower
        @Bill-P how do the H58X compare to the Senn variants (assuming you've heard them)?
        May 23, 2019
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I've got someone that can print stuff for you if you have models.
        May 23, 2019
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      5. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        @ergopower they're different. They use different drivers and stuffs. Sound-wise, they're closer to HD650-lite than HD580.
        May 23, 2019
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    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Long solitary walks with IEMs > listening to headphones or speakers at home. Also silences my ADHD, letting album after album play.
      1. slankoe, Cryptowolf, obsiCO and 15 others like this.
      2. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        When I try this I get tons of cable noise. What am I doing wrong? (using a Campfire Audio Polaris)
        May 4, 2019
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I run mine under my shirt and into my M0 in one pocket, set the volume and forget it, and control everything on my phone. No noise issues
        May 4, 2019
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      4. Zed Bopp
        Zed Bopp
        I love long walks too and use headphones there most. Sine with Cipher & CAL pads is by far my favourite mobile hp right now, followed by QC35 when listening to podcasts etc or ease of use is top priority. The hassle of inserting IEMs, microphonics and not finding a really good pair has kept from using them, unless it's very hot outside.
        May 5, 2019
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    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      The right bass driver in my R1 seems to have stopped working entirely. Was fine last night, today it isn't. Honeymoon over. Disappointment.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Dropped them on accident just now, the problem seems to be fixed? WTF? I guess I'll just pretend it never happened
        May 1, 2019
      3. netforce
        netforce
        Tips to fix, drop them on your floor to knock some sense into them.
        May 1, 2019
      4. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        'Percussive maintenance'
        May 1, 2019
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I feel a gear purge coming on. Likely selling everything aside from 4-screw HE6 and HE4. Been using my speakers and IEMs more lately.
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      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Don't sell my Amp...
        Apr 29, 2019
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @BillOhio wouldn't dream of it. Part of me was hoping you'd forget about it for some time - it's been a dream. Whenever you decide you'd like it back, I'll miss it. Felt the same way about the Theta Gen V. Both out of reach for a while.
        Apr 29, 2019
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    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      IMR R1 arrived. Dynamics and bass are excellent. Some issues with midrange and treble though. Not in love with the available filter nozzles.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Blue and black nozzles come empty stock so seized the opportunity to mod them. A tiny piece of felt smoothed out the highs of the black. Blue has less of a bass emphasis and the mids-through-treble transition is much more even with some open-cell foam.
        Apr 24, 2019
      4. OldDude04
        OldDude04
        When I had my R1's I didn't love the filters they came with either. I ended up using purple filters from a set of Trinity Audio Icarus III IEMs and they made the R1 perfect for me. (Bob, the owner of IMR used to work at Trinity and their IEM's filters are interchangeable with the R1 and R1 Zenith.) Here is a pic of all the filters that came with the Icarus III:
        https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/9996036.jpg
        Apr 24, 2019
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        That's a ridiculous amount of options. At that point you might as well provide empty nozzles and tiny pieces of damping and let the user DIY. I'm having a lot of fun messing with different materials in the empty nozzles. There's a certain resonant quality to the lower treble that fatigues me a little bit even if I darken it. Too bad I can't get inside to place tiny strips of dynamat here and there.
        Apr 24, 2019
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    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      HE500 in the stable. Now I've had and modded everything up to the HE560 short of the OG woody HE5 and HE300. No interest in anything later.
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    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Spent 8 hours today modding the 4-screw HE6. Finally got it sounding just how I want it. Makes me wonder if it's time to sell off the rest.
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      2. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        Also what pads are you using?
        Mar 19, 2019
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        mods aside, here are my current preferred pad pairings - HE5 + Eikon Lambskin non-perf. HE5LE + Universe lambskin non-perf. HE6 + Auteur lambskin non-perf. HE4 + Auteur lambskin non-perf.
        Mar 19, 2019
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        the pads synergize with my mods though so these might not be the best choices unless further changes are made. Depends on what you're going for.
        Mar 19, 2019
    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Phone took an unfortunate tumble into the toilet. Getting a free Essential phone from a coworker, but no 3.5mm jack. M0 DAP on the way!
      1. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Or somehow get the adapter. That said, I use the M0 with the Essential. I can only say it works well enough for me.
        Mar 10, 2019
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      2. Poleepkwa
        Poleepkwa
        The M0 is a fantastic little player. Works very well in that scenario. I am not a big fan of dongles, especially those with micro usb.
        Mar 10, 2019
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      3. PTS
        PTS
        E_Splash :)
        Mar 11, 2019
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    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Weird how even the HE6 can sound veiled coming from the HE4. **Really** liking these with mods.
      1. PTS
        PTS
        To clarify, you've modded the HE4 which now (in terms of veil) sound better than the HE6?
        Mar 11, 2019
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      finally, after 4 layers of teabag, foam tips with deep insertion, and a mostly copper cable, the Fourte IEMs have listenable treble.
      1. brencho
        brencho
        Teabagging the fourtes
        Feb 22, 2019
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        yes, and with deep insertion. That is what the treble needed to be pounded... er... controlled into submission.
        Feb 22, 2019
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      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Not a modder, but that's genius...teabag material.
        The joke was genius too.
        Feb 22, 2019
    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      After searching for years, finally picking up a HE4. Will be fun to mod and get some ear-time with this obscure headphone.
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    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      6-figure system in one of our demo rooms - ToTL Naim Classic stack, pair of REL No. 25, Focal Scala EVO... Still prefer my L55 / HFM systems
      1. FlySweep, DigMe, LetMeBeFrank and 5 others like this.
      2. brencho
        brencho
        Tfw money can't buy you love
        Feb 14, 2019
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      3. MrTeaRex
        MrTeaRex
        Avoid due to Focal
        Feb 14, 2019
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    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Looking to bring some solid state headphone amplifiers into inventory at Upscale. What aside from ECP, EC, Schiit, and DIY doesn't suck?
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      2. jowls
        jowls
        @Vansen Back in the day Justin was pretty shit at email. I have had two CS interactions with Headamp in more recent years and they have been exemplary. Different experiences I guess.
        Feb 14, 2019
      3. Vansen
        Vansen
        He was shit at picking up the phone, too. Email was pointless. He would never respond. Took me eight months to get my pico slim repaired. Only happened after I chain called him for a month.
        Feb 14, 2019
      4. jowls
        jowls
        That’s a frustrating scenario, especially when you like the product. I guess you could say similar things about LFF...
        Feb 14, 2019
    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      New avatar because the synergy of the Nak 500 with the ZMF Eikon is f*cking bonkers and I'm a saturation addict.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Don't get me wrong, this thing is by no means transparent. Very thicccccc, punchy, warm, rated only down to 40 hz but I have some tapes that go far below that and on the Eikon the extension is effortless and easily heard.
        Feb 12, 2019
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        This unit is in perfect shape - incredible for its age. I bought it from a Nak collector who had previously owned the 600, 700, 1000, and 505. He said he sold the rest and only kept this 500 as he couldn't hear a dramatic difference in sonics compared to the 1000. I also have a 505. I think I like this older 2-head 500 better.
        Feb 12, 2019
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        kinda sad that this thing will kick the living shit out of the Brooklyn DAC+ or the PS Audio DirectStream in terms of dynamics, and I only paid 200 bucks for it and also got a free parts deck thrown in.
        Feb 12, 2019
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    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Considering getting a cat but worried about claws + woofers. Anyone ever have issues with cats and gear?
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Magneplanars, cats, scratching posts.

        OH MY GOD!
        Feb 6, 2019
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      3. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Still, get a young one from a shelter, don't support breading for money.
        Feb 6, 2019
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      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        If you provide the cat with several decent alternatives for scratching and cover them with catnip, s/he will leave the furniture and speakers alone. However, as a heat seeking missile, your warm components are a target for sitting or laying.
        Feb 6, 2019
    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Will be spending the week with EC Af and ECP T4. Any particular pairings I should report back about? Have access to a wide assortment.
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      2. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        I recall Ray saying that the Klipsches did well out of the Af, which is the reason the amp is on my list of "eventually"s alongside a Gungnir MB or DMS (depending on what I end up prioritising I guess). Was just as surprised to hear, but eh.

        Will be looking to see if anyone local has a 3F or T4 I can demo, thanks for the tip!
        Feb 4, 2019
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        Well everyone has their preferences, I just thought plankton and microdyna wasn't super great with the X00 PH + Af.

        I would say my counter-opinion is that I run the 6xx most of the time despite owning both Clear and 800S.
        Feb 4, 2019
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      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        Senn 6-series is insane, really. Others beg to differ but those were the first headphones that really rendered me speechless. Only reason I'm investing in a biodyna system is because I want something "lively" as a flavour can, haha.

        But yeah, preferences. Just hoping to hear from others so I don't have to demo like 20 amps, fun as that would be.
        Feb 4, 2019
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Pasadena, CA
    Occupation:
    Composer, Freelance Production and Post
    Gear List:
    LCD-2 (2010)
    LCD-2F - SOLD
    LCD-X - SOLD
    LFF Code-5LE
    LFF Code-6
    IE80
    Andromeda
    Tia Fourte

    V200 - FOR SALE
    ACA Monoblocks
    GFA-555
    Valhalla 2
    Sys

    V800
    Modi 2U - FOR SALE
    Chord Mojo
    Dragonfly 1.0

    Magnepan 3.6R w/ Mye Stands - SOLD

    Yamaha YP-D6 - SOLD
    AT440MLB
    Thorens TD-160
    Stanton 881S
    AT33PTGII

    Cambridge 651p

    Signature

    Source: Nakamichi 500 Dual-Tracer, Nakamichi RX505 Tri-Tracer, Schiit Eitr, Monarchy M22B, Shanling M0, Sony NW-ZX2
    Amp: Pass Amp Camp Monoblocks, Adcom GFA-555, First Watt F7
    Headphone: ESX6 (modded 4-screw HE6), ESX4 (modded HE4), Audez'e LCD-2 (09/2010), HD580 (2002)
    IEM: Aurisonics Rockets, Modded 64 Audio Tia Fourte, Modded IMR R1