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

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I'm going to learn to play trombone. Been thinking about it for a while. Jan 23, 2022 at 7:24 PM

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    1. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I'm going to learn to play trombone. Been thinking about it for a while.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        My search for an instrument is over before it even began! @ChaChaRealSmooth sold me his old beater silver plated King at a generous low price. Cheers to annoying the neighbors
        Jan 24, 2022 at 8:19 AM
      3. wbass
        wbass
        Awesome. King horns are great, too.
        Jan 24, 2022 at 12:17 PM
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        You can always put in a cup mute during hours when others really might not appreciate your practicing.
        Jan 24, 2022 at 2:04 PM
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    2. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Got really excited about some custom angled waveguide exposed foam earpads we designed. Now a US-based foam cutter wants $750 per set. WTF
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Granted the unit rate comes down to a generous $75 each if we do 50pr. I'm too broke for this shit.
        Jan 19, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I wonder how Grado and Audeze etc have earpads made. I'm totally broke from buying ortho materials I'm with you!
        Jan 19, 2022
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm sure they're made in China by the thousands for dollars and cents each.
        Jan 19, 2022
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Angled drivers in headphones - pros and cons?
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        I'm under the impression that angling reveal many spatial cues very well (if properly done). Downside would be rough or even peaky treble responses -- more objectively than subjectively tho. I also do think angled drivers allow roomier space around ears others being equal, which improves comfort easily.
        Dec 31, 2021
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      3. Gazny
        Gazny
        can be a bit brighter, not a lot of the outer ear diffraction going on
        Dec 31, 2021
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      4. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        They work very well in the Philphone!
        Jan 8, 2022
    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Ever had a listening experience that made you completely rethink what kind of sound you wanted out of a system?
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        All the time, well early on. Even some meets gifted me that idea.

        I like to think I know what I want, and what I value in good sound.
        Dec 28, 2021
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      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        My sonic priorities used to be headstage and macrodynamics and Starlett made me question how wide is too wide and Focal MG made ask when is lively too exuberant. In both cases, I went back to MJ2+HD800, but I often look back. Mid-fi purgatory continues.
        Dec 28, 2021
      4. Wilson
        Wilson
        @E_Schaaf, do tell. For me, comfort is the priority. Can't enjoy the music if my head hurts. Hence Brainwavz pads with large ear holes for TH-X00 instead of Dekoni.
        Dec 28, 2021
    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      I've got a lot of DMs the last week or so. Spending some time AFK with family - not ignoring anyone, I'll catch up soon. Merry Christmas :)
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    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Nice work Ev!
        Dec 15, 2021
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Interestingly, I find the top graph to be more neutral sounding in the midrange because I think there's a bit of baffle decay in the low mids. On the bottom graph even though it looks flatter with more top end extension it sounds warmer and more closed in because the pads are smaller, seal more and concentrate more energy. The top pads have much livelier transients and a more spacious sound too.
        Dec 15, 2021
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        There's also zero damping on the front or rear side of the driver. Just adjustments to driver rear venting with some various airflow flow chokes on the driver frame itself. I guess that could be considered damping : shrug: how soft does a material need to be to be considered damping vs enclosure design?
        Dec 15, 2021
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    7. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Can anyone with a 50mm Grado model help me out? I need to know the size of the lip area where the pads slip over. Thickness and diameter.
    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Atomic Basie at a strong volume alone in the apartment tonight. This album wakes up with some volume. Ensemble chemistry at its peak.
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    9. 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.
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Only if accompanied by random Tyco drum hits.
        Dec 3, 2021
      3. wbass
        wbass
        Probably easier to make out the dialogue with the leaf blowers.
        Dec 3, 2021
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    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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...
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      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
    13. 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!
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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
    14. 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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    15. 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
    16. 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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    17. 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
    18. 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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      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
    19. 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
    20. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Can anyone help me figure out how to set up ARTA for usable headphone CSD measurements?
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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