E_Schaaf
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E_Schaaf

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

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Picking up a Nakamichi RX-505 tomorrow morning at a good price. So hyped! Might run my DAC into it to get a feel for the coloration. Dec 14, 2018 at 11:38 AM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Picking up a Nakamichi RX-505 tomorrow morning at a good price. So hyped! Might run my DAC into it to get a feel for the coloration.
    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Gonna jump on a Nak for Christmas. Question is, which one? I've found BX-300, 582Z, 700 II, 600 in good shape at the right price.
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    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
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      3. brencho
        brencho
        Thanks for coming by man, was fun, gotta repeat soon
        Nov 17, 2018
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Damn, should have tried the HE-6 with the Liquid Platinum
        Nov 17, 2018
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @jexby pretty sure there's an LFF 5LE for sale here. Its got its own character and doesn't embarass itself whatsoever next to the 5 and 6. With some tracks it's my preference, with others not.
        Nov 17, 2018
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Focal Elegia just arrived @ Upscale. Will take home the demo pair over the weekend for impressions.
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      2. HAL9000
        HAL9000
        Nov 16, 2018
    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Given my M22 is in limbo for the time being, I'm looking for other vintage DACs - Gen V, SFD-1, EAD 7000, Classe DAC-1, open to suggestions
      1. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        your amp is on the fritz?
        Nov 15, 2018
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Monarchy M22B DAC, not the Pioneer M22 amp. The output is constantly clipping and I can't seem to figure it out (emailed Monarchy for schematic). Right now I'm back to using my V800 DAC which is kinda meh, hoping to get rid of it and some other stuff.
        Nov 15, 2018
      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        sell the V800, use a newer Modi MB while you continue your search. The current Modi MB is like a TransDAC V2.
        Nov 15, 2018
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Modded FD01 ticks more of my boxes than Utopia.
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      3. famish99
        famish99
        Can you list a couple of those boxes?
        Nov 12, 2018
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        FD01 has a slightly thicker and weightier sound with better low end extension and texture, richer, more saturared mids, and treble with a smooth rise and fall as opposed to a bunch of little spikes and dips. Of course not remotely as resolving, but more enjoable tone and easier to engage with music as opposed to particular sonic qualities.
        Nov 12, 2018
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      5. Cellist88
        Cellist88
        I find them too dark for classical at times. It might be the old mastering or what...but i do sometimes wish for a less darker sound at times.
        Nov 13, 2018
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Suddenly my home system is hard-clipping. Eitr>M22B>Sys>any amp>L55 causes this, and the SYS volume control is all over the place. HELP?!
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        probably an issue w/ M22B, only plausible explanation. I'm just in denial, my fav DAC I've had at home save for the Theta Gen V
        Nov 9, 2018
      2. gepardcv
        gepardcv
        Restart everything, including rebooting the source.
        Nov 9, 2018
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Ive isolated every component and it's clear the issue is the M22B. I dont know why it's doing this though, must be a transformer or capacitor problem that developed randomly.
        Nov 9, 2018
    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Loaners I need to leave comments on - xDSD, Sundara, Auteur... TL;DR I only miss the Auteur. More to come
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      E_Schaaf
      Modded the HE-400 with a friend yesterday. Sounded quite excellent by the time we were finished, save for a little tizz. $100 well spent.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Everything done by ear. 3 small strips of dynamat applied on the outside under lip of the cups. Fine-mesh rug liner applied ear-side. LFF pads, modded with ear-facing adhesive felt and felt rings under the pad lip. Really cleaned up the whole spectrum without being overdamped. Very very nice.
        Oct 28, 2018
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      E_Schaaf
      Just hooked up the system I normally use for my headphones to my L55's. Holy shit!!! Might have to take a break from HPs til the ZMFs arrive
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      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Speakers! They are hard to beat with the right gear. Enjoy.
        Oct 22, 2018
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Blunt and heavy works. Or just some idiot sticking their thumb in the wrong place :(
        Oct 23, 2018
    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Did a level-matched comparison of three DACs at work today. Mine at $400, one at $14k and another at $20k. I liked my M22B best. *shrug*
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Monarchy M22B / Lumin X1 / Balanced Audio REX. Price was inversely proportionate to my preference. Chain was into a REX II Preamp (this was used to match levels) -> PrimaLuna Dialogue HP Power Amp -> Focal 1038 Be
        Oct 19, 2018
      3. bengo
        bengo
        Lumin is an ESS based delta sigma design, I never heard one that I preferred to the Modi Multibit
        Oct 20, 2018
      4. bixby
        bixby
        just goes to show how the brain gets used to some things and other things sounds different yet not necessarily better.
        Oct 21, 2018
    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Every time I bring a new headphone home I end up listening to the HE-6 90% of the evening. It's a great feeling to love what you have.
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      2. Vansen
        Vansen
        Welcome to the HE Mafia.
        Oct 18, 2018
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      3. frenchbat
        frenchbat
        That's called, getting out of the cave.
        Oct 18, 2018
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      E_Schaaf
      Potentially seeking Periodic Be or FD01 IEMs second-hand... Or an Aurisonics. LMK if you want to sell!
    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Anyone have experience with a Decware Z-Rock? I like the idea of a smooth downslope for when the mood is right.
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I'm pleased to report that Upscale will be the first dealer (and likely distributor if all goes well) of Feliks Audio amplifiers in the USA!
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      E_Schaaf
      Perforated Eikon pads turn the HE-6 basically into a tactile transducer. I can literally feel my temples and pinnae vibrating with bass.
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      E_Schaaf
      Anyone have experience with vintage high-end cassette decks? Interested in tape sound but lost in troves of arcane technology.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        How about a slightly more budget-friendly alternative? Hoping to keep it under $500. Maybe a high-end pioneer? Or a mid-tier Nak
        Oct 2, 2018
      3. Azteca
        Azteca
        I have a Nakamichi 582. I got a good deal on Craigslist. Three-head, dual capstan. Very good deck. Research on TapeHeads.
        Oct 2, 2018
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      E_Schaaf
      Hanging out with LCD-4 this weekend. 100 ohm version. Takes almost as much power as HE-6. Excellent bass quality, but less slam than LCD-2.1
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Still suffers from LCD staging claustrophobia, though localization and separation are a bit better than the other LCDs. Smoother and less grain overall, though lacking a little excitement vs LFFs. Not as dark as LCD-2.1.
        Sep 29, 2018
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        LFFs are substantially more open with better tactility. If someone offered to trade the 4 with my 2.1 I would... but not worth the cash, and I won't miss it when it's gone. 2.1 gets me 90% of the way there, and I prefer the LFF signature regardless.
        Sep 29, 2018
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      E_Schaaf
      We'll have the Abyss Diana here at Upscale next week if anyone wants to stop by and have a listen. Bring your own amp if you like!
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        AB-1266 Phi coming in a couple weeks.
        Sep 26, 2018
      3. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        What kind of power requirements does it need?
        Sep 26, 2018
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Diana is 40 ohms and 91dB / mW. Pretty typical planar, I'll take the demo pair home a few nights and try it out and report back. Probably likes SS or hybrid power.

        AB-1266 Phi is 42 ohms and 88dB / mW. So probably does well with similar amps, just takes a bit more juice.
        Sep 26, 2018
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    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

    HP: M22B > Valhalla 2 > GFA-555 > LCD2.1 / Code-5LE / Code-6
    Portable: Galaxy Note 5 > IE80 / Tia Fourte
    2-Channel: Modi 2U > Sys > Pass ACA V3 Monoblocks > JBL L55