E_Schaaf
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E_Schaaf

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

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Customer calls for a new DAC+Amp for his Utopias. Keeps mentioning the O2 because "it measures so well"... Dude, don't go there. Jan 16, 2019

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    1. E_Schaaf
      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
    2. E_Schaaf
      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
    3. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      HE400 just in for $100. I feel like there's definitely some modding potential here. I prefer this sig to Sundara, that's for sure. Ideas?
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      3. OldDude04
        OldDude04
        I recently got a pair of HE-4XX for a work setup and pad rolling made a noticeable difference. I tried MrSpeakers Alpha pads, ZMF Ovals, HM5 pleather and sheepskin. I ended up with the sheepskins. I'm thinking the next step is to mod the outside grill to open them up just a bit. What mods were you thinking of trying?
        Sep 25, 2018
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Nothing in particular planned, I was going to make incremental changes / trial and error. Materials include rug liner, felt, foam, dynamat... I'll cut and place different shapes here and there, trying to optimize bass response and tone down that sparkle just a tad. Maybe bass lens?
        Sep 25, 2018
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      5. OldDude04
        OldDude04
        If you could, let me know if you come up with any game changers for them, I'm interested in modding mine as well.
        Sep 25, 2018
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    4. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Picked up a pair of JBL L55's from Craig at Eddie Current. I have returned to speakerland!
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I really wanted to be there. I got my brother-in-law to pick up a bunch of stuff for me though since he lives right by there. Did not know about the L55s!
        Sep 22, 2018
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        It's kinda funny, I have speakers in this apartment before I have any furniture.
        Sep 22, 2018
      4. JK47
        JK47
        Speakers are furniture, they can be used for shelves, bench's, bed's. They're the Swiss Army knife of the furniture world.
        Sep 23, 2018
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    5. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Anyone have leftover sorbothane or dynamat? Help a friend out...
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      2. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        I might too, in Aurora. Let me check
        Sep 21, 2018
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Just need enough to satisfy my curiosities of what it can be used for in various configurations with open back planars. I'm sure something like 10x10 is plenty!
        Sep 21, 2018
      4. famish99
        famish99
        If it's headphone modding then yah... I've KISS modded like 3 pairs already and still have 75% of the first sheet left. You can PM me if you want me to send an unused sheet to you for the cost of postage.
        Sep 21, 2018
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    6. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      What's the modding potential like on the old HE400? How crazy have people gone with them?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        "natural" isn't what I'm going for (I'll be using them as a "fun" can mostly for electronic and instrumental hip-hop), just trying to maximize the listenability of the V
        Sep 20, 2018
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      E_Schaaf
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    8. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      So much insider news I've learned in my first week... Let's just say RMAF should be *great* this year, in more ways than one.
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      2. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Probably except for your sanity and pocketbook. But hey, party on Denver!
        Sep 13, 2018
    9. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Made it to LA. Looking forward to seeing old faces and hearing new things. Come visit Upscale Audio sometime, I start working on the 10th.
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        World's largest selection of tubes and tube gear! If that's not enough bait I don't know what is.
        Sep 4, 2018
      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        ^Strippers.
        Sep 4, 2018
    10. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      What would the ideal headphone retail display look like to you?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I'm imagining a 2D grid where x axis value indicates a bright to dark sound sig and where y axis indicates MSRP.

        So bottom left is brightest cheapest and top right is darkest most expensive.

        Each transducer type - dynamic, planar, stat has it's own grid.

        Patch bay to connect sources with amps and dac bypass option for aux / analog input
        Aug 28, 2018
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        This puts unmodded HD650 close-ish to bottom right or center... where it's most easily accessible.
        Aug 28, 2018
      3. JustAnotherRando
        Aug 28, 2018
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    11. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Maybe the reason I dig the IE80 so much is because it vaguely reminds of ZMF Eikon with less resolve and extension. Potential upgrade paths?
    12. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      In a dramatic turn of events I will soon be returning to SoCal. Accepted a job offer to overhaul the headphone department at Upscale Audio!
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      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        You really have to make up your mind.
        Aug 23, 2018
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Oh lawd, not the Inland Empire! It isn’t really considered SoCal, is it? Seriously, congratulations
        Aug 23, 2018
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      5. brencho
        brencho
        Nice that's on my commute man. I'll swing by sometime, just tell me when.
        Aug 23, 2018
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    13. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Unless you're going for a Gungnir Multibit or Yggdrasil, what's even the point of purchasing a non-"vintage" DAC?
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      2. manatworks
        manatworks
        ^this, as much as i love processor3, it’s such a monsterous 2-box set up (dac+psu) that make me rearrange the whole rack when put it in the chain.
        Aug 17, 2018
      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        All good points here. Not trying to make a sweeping claim, just reflecting on price/performance with vintage DACs compared to contemporary designs.
        Aug 17, 2018
      4. MrTeaRex
        MrTeaRex
        Contemporary DACs of good quality and above are more accurate while vintage stuff can be more pleasing. Just depends on the goal.
        Aug 17, 2018
    14. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Monarchy M22B DAC w/ upgraded caps on its way! PCM63K blast from the past. Has anyone here heard one? Will hopefully feed w/ Eitr
    15. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Upgrade my source to a SFD-1 or upgrade my amp to a F5? Regardless, need to sell stuff first. "Patience takes a long time."
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Why not both?
        Aug 9, 2018
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Depends on how much of what I already have sells and how long it takes. Neither the F5 nor SFD-1 come up on the used market very often.
        Aug 9, 2018
      3. MrTeaRex
        MrTeaRex
        One is great, the other is SFD.
        Aug 9, 2018
    16. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
      Would anyone be interested in detailed content about why certain headphones might make for better mixing or mastering tools than others?
      1. Wilson
        Wilson
        Sure, it's an underexplored topic here.
        Aug 8, 2018
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      2. PTS
        PTS
        Yup.
        Aug 8, 2018
      3. Priidik
        Priidik
        Not a bad topic to investigate.
        Aug 8, 2018
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        That bass drop is sick
        Aug 5, 2018
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Thanks, added a bit of multi-band tube saturation modeling sub 100hz and in the upper mids to give it some texture... Plus a bit of side-chain compression for punch. Made and mixed in 3 hours with the LFF HE-6
        Aug 5, 2018
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I didn't realize that was you....awesome.
        Aug 6, 2018
    18. E_Schaaf
      E_Schaaf
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      E_Schaaf
      What headphones make for a solid experimental modding platform that aren't HD6xx or T-X0 at a budget-friendly price range?
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      2. cskippy
        cskippy
        Creative Aurvana Live! might be a possibility.
        Jun 28, 2018
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      3. RiddleyWalker
        Jun 28, 2018
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      4. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        +1 the CAL!, the drivers seem to have a lot of potential and the housing isn't the kind you'd feel bad about junking.
        Jun 28, 2018
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    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    https://slewrate.bandcamp.com/
    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

    HP: M22B > Valhalla 2 > GFA-555 > LCD2.1 / Modded HE-5 / Code-5LE / Code-6
    Portable: Galaxy Note 5 > IE80 / Tia Fourte
    2-Channel: V800 > Saga > Pass ACA V3 Monoblocks > JBL L55