E_Schaaf
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E_Schaaf

MOT: Upscale Audio; recovering HFM addict, from Pasadena, CA

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Blind-pick trance LP arrived in the mail. UK pressing. No idea if 33 or 45 RPM, but I like it at both speeds. Subgenre changes with RPM. Fun Aug 7, 2020 at 5:31 PM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Blind-pick trance LP arrived in the mail. UK pressing. No idea if 33 or 45 RPM, but I like it at both speeds. Subgenre changes with RPM. Fun
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      2. JoshMorr
        JoshMorr
        check the discogs page on the pressing for the real answer
        Aug 7, 2020 at 6:53 PM
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      3. Sqveak
        Sqveak
        What did you buy?
        Aug 7, 2020 at 11:43 PM
      4. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        This must be very similar to the "Fleetwood Mac 45 played at 33 gets you slowcore Springsteen" trick.
        Aug 8, 2020 at 1:35 PM
    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Feliks 300B shows up -> set up in my bedroom system where my only source is a Nintendo Switch w/ Super Smash Bros... gotta move stuff around
      1. spwath
        spwath
        Idk you can listen to that nice theme song with really good sound. Just enjoy that.
        Aug 6, 2020 at 3:28 PM
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        Nothing wrong with gaming on a nice system. Dew eet!
        Aug 6, 2020 at 3:56 PM
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      3. CBC
        CBC
        Ha! My 9 year old daughter always makes us listen to the theme song all the way through every time we play SSB.
        Aug 7, 2020 at 11:24 AM
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      One reason I dig electronic music so much is b/c the main trigger of my 'uncanny valley' is removed from the equation - no mic coloration.
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      3. RatSalad
        RatSalad
        I like synths and weird electronic sounds in rock/prog music but I can't get into a lot of music that is just electronic. I need to look harder for evaluation aspects at least.
        Aug 5, 2020 at 5:18 PM
      4. RobS
        RobS
        Fat Of The Land is my CD of choice to bring speakers to their knees.
        Aug 5, 2020 at 7:17 PM
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Things get even trickier/more interesting when you've got artists using 100% analog synths for "electronic" music, or using actual studio tricks for recordings rather than emulating them through software, e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1DWVrAD-GU
        Aug 6, 2020 at 6:32 AM
    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Full Compass just let me know TH900 drivers are backordered for 6-8 weeks. Guess that'll put a damper on the loaner... disappointed.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        Too bad, but understandable with this worldwide pandemic. Thanks for sharing the progress.
        Aug 5, 2020 at 9:44 AM
      2. DEATHxMACHINE
        DEATHxMACHINE
        Well that sucks. Guess I more time to find a good deal on a used fostex.
        Aug 5, 2020 at 2:37 PM
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      For my bday this year my parents sent half of my records from Tennessee. Mostly Blue Note, FlyLo, Tim Hecker, Godspeed You Black Emperor.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        By the time I listen to everything twice I'm going to need a new MC cart. Vinyl sucks. I love it.
        Aug 4, 2020 at 2:29 PM
    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Never heard a 2-way 8" monitor I liked other than the passive JBL L19 from decades ago. Can be found under $200 with some time.
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm a 2 way 8" t-line weirdo. subs and minimal x-over has kept me happy for a while now. space constrained means no BWC unless i get rid of my living room, GF, dog, and several appliances. oh, and sell my car, too. Then cram a bunch of hornloaded junk into my house like the japanese 200 sqft posters on audiogon.
        Aug 3, 2020 at 4:27 PM
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        The ORFAS go for those Devore's 2 ways with those 10 inch made by Seas drivers. I tried to hear them once at RMAF a few years ago but the room was busy, unfamiliar music, and it was RMAF so I had no impression...
        Aug 3, 2020 at 6:53 PM
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Heard those at Cap Audio Fest in a monster sized room (with the matching subs). pretty meh.
        Aug 4, 2020 at 11:34 AM
    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      J Dilla's Donuts is buttery smooth on cassette. Less crisp than on wax, but richer texture. Sounds more like the SP sampler's native output.
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Metal cups on the TH900s yield the single most macrodynamic presentation I've ever heard. My face is melting. I am jealous of @tommytakis
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        I confirm you won't expect any for 45hz and below from Hemp. No mileage variation.
        Jul 31, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        By the way @E_Schaaf : can I ask why you envy tommy? Are you working on special metalcup customization ESX-900 for him?
        Jul 31, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        He sent me a TH600 with stock metal cups, and I'm doing the mods for him. A bit different than the mods from the thread, but the difference between the woodies and these metal cups is like the difference moving from a soft to hard wood ZMF, except even more pronounced. It's really unique, and I'll be looking for metal cups for my own...
        Jul 31, 2020
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    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Tracks to test lower mid response? Drop me a link!
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nick Cave. 'Live from KCRW' or 'Push the Sky Away' albums.
        Edit: not to forget Leonard Cohen and Screamin' Jay Hawkins :)
        Jul 30, 2020
      4. Lyander
      5. DigMe
        DigMe
        Bels Fleck and the Flecktones Live Art focusing on Victor Wooten’s electric bass which is often in mid bass range. His playing is punchy and fast.
        Jul 31, 2020
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Feliks is sending me an 8W 300B SET integrated to play with. Expected to arrive tomorrow! Wonder if it's enough for my JBLs or Wodens
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      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Please share some pictures and impressions!!
        Jul 30, 2020
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Maaaan, should sound great with Wodens
        Jul 30, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Cspirou I have a feeling I might need to bring them out to my main room and run them with the subs, they're a bit cramped in my bedroom ha
        Jul 30, 2020
    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Thinking of making a batch of 3-5 SuperBest900s with custom cups and pads. Would anyone be interested in a loaner for such a thing?
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      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        IDK how far the mod has progressed from the pair I heard at CanJam, but it was frikin' amazeballs.
        Jul 24, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @Jinxy245 it's completely different now! The pair you heard was from phase one of the modding experimentation, which is when I was thinking "what happens if I completely damp the shit out of it to get a perfect target FR?" Wasn't 100% pleased with the dynamics after comparing to some other phones, so I started all over and now have a MUCH more dynamic phone with a little more color, but a similar target.
        Jul 24, 2020
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        It did take a leap of faith to make that shift, because once they got back to me from CanJam I started the irreversible mods. Thought I fucked it up quite a few times, but finally settled where it is now after many months of daily tweaking
        Jul 24, 2020
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    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      @Deep Funk recommended the VE Monk Plus. Holy shit do these things stage and slam. I had high expectations and not disappointed. Mods next.
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Forgive me, but 'best bud I've heard' is like 'best North American cricket team' :)
        Jul 23, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        They are surprisingly good for something as cheap as say 10 or 15 Dollars/Euros including shipping/mail. Makes you wonder how much you pay for marketing with other brands/manufacturers.
        Jul 24, 2020
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        As a retail/distro MOT, I don't have to wonder... And honestly, yikes for some/many of the brands out there.
        Jul 24, 2020
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    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Finding myself thinking about the CFA Atlas. I always had issues with driver flex, but loved the bass so much. Would love a 2020 refresh.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        High-end DD IEM market seems kinda wishy-washy still. Nothing compelling beyond FDX1, though I'm left wanting for a bit of resolve and punch. I guess Equinox would be the next step, but never done a custom. Why can't there be something amazing around $5-700?
        Jul 23, 2020
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        I'd really recommend checking out the RE2000 Silver from Hifiman. Though the build isn't the best, I really enjoyed them, more so than the Atlas (which I also had terrible driver flex issues with.) The RE2000 Gold is a bit better than the silver IMO, but at $2000 its a dumb price. Hifiman did have the Golds on sale for $1000ish, but the silver still represents the best value.
        Jul 23, 2020
      3. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        Let me know if you have any questions, happy to help :)
        Jul 23, 2020
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Enjoying modded HE4 after many months. Full, engaging, no 2k suckout, still the best planar mids I've heard. Sad these were such sleepers
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Going from HE4 to HE6 feels more forward but also more steely. Sure HE6 is tighter and more dynamic, but it's also less smooth.
        Jul 20, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        in some ways I prefer the HE4 mids over the modded Senns. Am I relapsing?
        Jul 20, 2020
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    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      HD580's a pain in terms of baffle damping. So hot at 3k no matter what, same mods as 600/ 6xx don't help. But very low bass distortion?
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      2. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        Haha, I think I just killed too many HD580 is all. A 580 in pristine condition is still my favorite headphone of the trio. It's like a slightly less veiled HD650. But 3-4KHz is indeed its undoing.
        Jul 16, 2020
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        @tommytakis might depend on the screen type / age of driver. I'll let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the tips @Bill-P ! Pad risers help just by reducing proximity, trying to keep things as open as possible since the livlier transients on these tend to feel compressed with lighter damping than on the 6-- Senns.
        Jul 16, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Hot at 3k? That might suit me even better than my HD800s. But I suspect that they might still win me with other charms.
        Jul 17, 2020
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      NDH20 is kinda a tweaked closed-back Senn 6xx series with better sub-bass. Shared driver DNA. See pics in thread.
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        i just meant in terms of the driver. Tuning-wise the Senns are definitely more balanced. But they clearly share DNA.
        Jul 14, 2020
      4. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        I'm pretty sure they're made in the same factory as Senn drivers, hence the similar optics and markings. I do wonder why they spec them as 38mm, maybe the surround part of the driver is stamped thicker?
        Jul 14, 2020
      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        visually that's the only difference i can see at first glance.
        Jul 14, 2020
    17. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Going on a camping trip for my 26th bday this weekend. Today woke up with pain in my neck and back that won't give up. I'm getting old...
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Aren't you supposed to wake up with pain in your neck and back after the camping trip?
        Jul 14, 2020
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    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      The mix on the new Thundercat album is a sloshy mess. If you're going for fuzzy lo-fi, at least have some snap in the mids to keep the pace!
    19. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Would you trade an ever-so-slightly rounder transient response and less sub presence for less etch up top and slightly improved mid tone?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        a tale of front damping: to lessen both the strengths and weaknesses of a response, or accept both greater strengths and greater drawbacks with a naked driver.
        Jul 10, 2020
      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        half covering: problem solved
        Jul 10, 2020
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yeah...I'll leave the modding to you. I'd pull all my hair out.
        Jul 10, 2020
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    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      How often do you get the chills listening to music? It's a unicorn experience for me, but almost every time it happens I get watery eyed.
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      2. k1arg
        k1arg
        Maybe I'm the only one who cries over Gojira's Silvera...
        Jul 9, 2020
      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Nearly every day, which is probably part of why I spend so much time with these headphones.
        Jul 9, 2020
      4. lcmusiclover
        lcmusiclover
        Frequently happens when listening to Gretchen Peters, most often from Auteur and RAD-0
        Jul 13, 2020
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