Justin S
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Justin S

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Sparkos SS2590 opamp stack levels-up the Geshelli J2 4499 a good solid click and a half. This thing sounds more and more like modern R2R. Apr 20, 2024 at 11:39 PM

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Sparkos SS2590 opamp stack levels-up the Geshelli J2 4499 a good solid click and a half. This thing sounds more and more like modern R2R.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I hear nothing but great things about the Sparkos opamps.
        Apr 22, 2024 at 11:18 AM
    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      Scout Niblet and Steve Albini forever! Greasy AF.
    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      Working on my first big mocap project. It is remarkable technology and the day was so civilized - tiny nerd crew, no resets, or surly DOP.
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        I don't understand
        Apr 5, 2024
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Sorry @JK47 . This is a cross-nerd-domain post. I'm working on a film project that uses motion capture. Having a set without lighting, dolly track, or a surly photographer felt super civilized. There were no resets, where you have to reset everything back to the original position after every take and do makeup and hair retouches. The performers can stay in the zone. We finished the day early and stress free.
        Apr 6, 2024
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      Yet another dingdong Bell installer disconnected my fibre in favour of their new install. It is crazy how f**ked we are without internet.
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    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      Feeling change itchy. Put ZMF suede Ori pads on ye old 250ohm DT770s = super fun upper mids and midbass. Surprising, pleasant and different.
      1. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        I love pad rolling, it helps keep impulse buying to a minimum for me.
        Mar 31, 2024
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ahaha. I hear you..,I love a good surprise. I am eyeballing the ETA Ada right now. I've been holding back on picking up a pair of RS2Xs...ETA is making it hard to resist picking up something quick.
        Mar 31, 2024
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        To be clear, when I jump back to the ZMF Auteur Classics, there is no contest here - the ZMFs do sooo much right. Sometime you just need a pallete refresh, though.
        Mar 31, 2024
    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      ZMF Classics are bananas. w Lry+ and a Ken Rad, cable and mesh tweaks, early Massive Attack is glorious... It's all there.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Oh, by classics, I mean Auteur Classics.
        Mar 23, 2024
      3. crenca
        crenca
        Lyr + is underrated. I tend to use its SS (bypassing tube) with Atrium, tube w/ Focals…
        Mar 23, 2024
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I agree. I've had a few things through here. The BHA-1 was my favorite for a long time, but the Lry+ added something special to the chain. I like being able to roll "tube", too. It keeps me from swapping out amps everytime I get itchy.
        Mar 23, 2024
    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      There was talk of calibrated LG TVs being close to "artists intention". Just did one up for post. Pretty unstable. Close but not reference.
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      2. MLegend
        MLegend
        No external software or LUT box, the VT/ZT series has a real 6-axis CMS in the menu that gives you fine control over primaries in the gamut, 2-point & 10-point WB adjustment, and 10-point gamma adjustment.
        Mar 23, 2024
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      3. MLegend
        MLegend
        It's the most difficult display to calibrate that I have ever owned, but it gives you enough control to get average dE scores below 1 in most areas and below 0.5 in others. I wouldn't use it for grading or anything professional, but for watching content, it's fantastic.
        Mar 23, 2024
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        After wrestling with this for a month, I finally got a calibration working that tests well and looks "close enough" to my FSI montior. There's metameric failure to account for with the different display technologies, but I am more of a Trust the Scopes kind of guy than a perceptual matching kind of guy. With a ^10 verification cube I'm getting a dE of .5 and an EOTF of 2.39. Not bad.
        Mar 23, 2024
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    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      Been in a work vortex. Wazzzzzaaap? Ahhhhhhhhhlllllll.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        And back into the vortex.
        Mar 20, 2024
    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      a 4493 and a 4499 J2, a pair of AB Noise Nukes, and nice tube in the Lyr+. Let the fun begin.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        On headphones, the 4499 J2 is a tiny marvel. It's spacious, resolves treble is a strikingly beautiful way and is a party in the bass. A/Bing makes my MOTU Ultralite MK5 sound squished and dull. I preferred the MOTU over the J2 4493 in PCM. Geno programmed these for me to use DSD Direct mode, which I usually prefer for listening time. The J2 4499 makes PCM/DSDD more of a flavour choice now...it's very good.
        Jan 28, 2024
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I moved gear around and A/B'd the J2 4499/LIM. The J2 sounds more like modern R2R than DS. The J2 is a bit wider and really resolves treble information better. Slam is very close. The LIM is a tiny bit smoother, fatter and darker. LIM vs J2 preference depended on material. Jon Hopkins and Steve Albini recordings J2 4499 hands down, Brian Blade the LIM puts it together nicely. Kudos to Geshelli.
        Jan 29, 2024
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Disclosure: the J2 4499 is a loaner from Geno to test DSDD functionality. I have always preferred DSDD to PCM for focused listening, but the J2 4499 brings another flavour to the mix. DSDD is laser sharp, detailed, and deep sounding, but on the polite side of things. The 4499 in PCM is also sharp, detailed, but a total party at the same time.
        Jan 29, 2024
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Digging into a Geshelli J2 set by Geno to DSD Direct (bypassing all conversions). With HQPlayer it's like having dozens of DACs.
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Does it do dsd normally?
        Jan 7, 2024
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        The stock J2 does DSD from any DSD source, but it converts to PCM and back. In DSD Direct, the stream bypasses the conversion. Geno activated the DSDD function of the AKM chip for me on my J2. I had an ADI-2 a while ago. It was meh sounding in PCM, but in DSDD it was glorious. The J2 sounds quite good in PCM, but DSDD rocks. I love being able to tune the filters for the material, my mood, what transducers I'm using.
        Jan 7, 2024
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        As far as I know, AKM are the only chips that have DSDD capability. And at that, they also need to have that "switch" turned on. It disables any processing of the signal in a DAC...no volume or PEQ, Holo Audio DACs and, I think, Denefrips DACs also do DSDD.
        Jan 7, 2024
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just finished a Duelund 20AWG tin plated copper cable for my ZMF AuCs. Whoh. Very even, deeper stage. I'll put hours in and report back..
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        You're absolutely right though. The cables and interconnects can absolutely dial in the last couple percent to really tune your system to your preferences
        Jan 2, 2024
      3. Serious
        Serious
        Tinned copper marine cable works for a Duelund DCA type of sound on the cheap. It's sharper, but in some use cases that can be a advantage. It's what I used for my HD600.
        Jan 2, 2024
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        So a good 100+hrs in and this cable is, by a long shot, my favourite. Imaging is excellent, it extends very well, and that timbre! I did this cable up on a lark - glad I did. I'll do a comparo when I have a moment.
        Jan 7, 2024
    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just received the radial mesh from ZMF. Zach says FR is the same, but I feel it's more "airy", mids come forward and it sounds better to me.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Totally. They are all around a bit snappier.
        Dec 28, 2023
      3. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Atrium sounds like it has a towel over the driver with the solid mesh. The stock mesh is so much more dynamic.

        Personally the Radial mesh on Atrium is a bit too bright for me, but stock is perfect.

        I never played around with the loaner Auteur Classic mesh.
        Dec 28, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I don't know what other meshes are available - they only had the solid and the "radial" mesh on the site. I definitely prefer the radial mesh.
        Dec 28, 2023
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Built a @gixxerwimp Mable silver headphone cable for my ZMF AuCs. Next to my Neotech OCC cable it is more detailed in the treble.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I built both of these myself - they both were less than $100 to build with Neutrik and Rean connectors. I am building another weird one - using Deulund tin plated copper...just to try. I'll do a little writeup on all three when I have had time to sit with each.
        Dec 28, 2023
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Glad it worked out for you. Are you going to post in the Cable Building thread?
        Dec 30, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        @gixxerwimp ,yes. Absolutely. Just taking care of the tail end of the holidays here while + giving the cable some time to settle in. I'll do a comparo with the Neotech OCC build.
        Dec 30, 2023
    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Everyone is tucked in. Checking out the new ZMF AuCs. The Qobuz "Best of 2023" is pretty spectacular. So much better than the other guys'.
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      3. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        Still excited for my Atrium Closed though!
        Dec 27, 2023
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Just tried recieved and tried the Suede Eikon pads. Whoha - it's thick and that bass reaches into the mids and just clobbers them. Not for me.
        Dec 28, 2023
      5. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        I never tried them on the Classic, only on my OG. I felt the same way about the Eikon Lambskins on my OG as you do about the Suedes on your Classic.
        Dec 28, 2023
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    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Happy Holidays, you pyrate bastards. I hope you all have a good one.
    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Two things: Is anyone using the radial mesh on the Auteur Classics? + Lana Del Ray is the Cindy Sherman of pop music!
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      3. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        This is what I had in my review here “ Treble is where Auteur lags behind some TOTL. I mean only thing that is missing in treble is some sparkle and bite.”
        Dec 22, 2023
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Yes. That's what I am experiencing. I am used to the 600s. The Auteur Cs have been responding well to tube changes and pad rolling, so I think I'll be able to get there. I would rather not change out the mesh if possible. And really, these have 24hrs on them so I should likely wait until I have 100hrs before making any big changes.
        Dec 22, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        Pad rolling really really really changes the Auteur. Don't go by the published compendiums. I LOVE the Universe Suede with these. Everyone else hated these with the AuCs. For me they bring the treble bite, forward mids I like, and big clean bass.
        Dec 22, 2023
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Worst youtube reviewer trope: video of them listening to the headphones while they narrate their review. Yuck.
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      2. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        Take them more as unboxing and reaction video then serious review
        Dec 21, 2023
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Watching video of these guys performing with their "listening to music face" while they read their review text is like watching someone j---king off with the sound track of them reading a journal about their feelings. Bleh.
        Dec 21, 2023
      4. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        I can't stand youtube audio reviews. Usually, they're stretched to make the algo happy and the visuals aren't exciting - just product shots and a talking head. Also I can't skim or search the text.
        Dec 22, 2023
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      First impressions of the wenge Auteur Classics: Wow, so beautifully made, holy subbass, these will take some getting used to, burn in time.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Early days, but we're getting along pretty good.
        Dec 21, 2023
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      After an excruciating wait for me, my new ZMF wenge Auteur Classics are with Fedex. ZMF have been absolute sweethearts. I will report back.
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        Upgraded from original Auteur? Interested to hear your impressions if so, I grabbed that used blackwood auteur that was available the other day to do an Auteur revisit and am curious on the classic upgrades.
        Dec 20, 2023
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Inoculator , I bought a new Aeolus a couple months ago. It rocked (incredibly) but was not quite my scene. They were within the 14 days and ZMF was kind enough to accept them back for credit towards a new Auteur Classic build. I'll do a writeup once I have a chance to spend some time with them.
        Dec 20, 2023
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lyr+ with a sweet tubez seems to be a thing. It really swings with the tube choice (HD600s).
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I actually picked up a pair of KenRad 6SN7GTs from @Inoculator . They are glorious and like them better than the blackplate clear glass VT-231 I have here.
        Dec 16, 2023
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      4. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        My absolute favorite 6SN7 by a long shot. Enjoy!
        Dec 16, 2023
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        All kind of things that were prickly with other tubes present as even and clear with these. They;re really great.
        Dec 16, 2023
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Home system: PI2AES with SBAF ABNN>AES> Yggdrasil LIM>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i.

    Work: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) ->MOTU Ultralite MK5/Geshelli J2S -> Monitors: Genelec 8020s + 7040a

    Headphones: USB | S/PDIF (PI2AES Lite) -> MOTU/J2 (SBAF ABNN after SMPS)- > Lyr+. ZMF AUTEUR CLASSIC, HD 6xxM (sbaf kissmod), HD600, Modded DT770s.

    Previous equipment. Harbeth P3ESR Standards, Harbeth C7ES3s, Neumann KH120As, Dynaudio M20s. Project Debut III/Graham Slee pre, Soekris 2541 (2x), RME ADI-2 DACfs, Bifrost 2, Holo Spring1 LV2, Schiit Fulla, BF2 (2x), BF 2/64, Gungnir Multibit Multibit A2, Heed Dactillus, Denafrips Ares, Auralic Aries, AudioLab M-DAC, Rega R-DAC, OG Schiit Freya, Schiit Magni 3, OG Burson Soloist, MassDrop LCX, Burson Fun, ZDT Jr., BHA-1, Lynx Hilo

    Previous Headphones: ZMF Aeolus, HD800S, LCD-X 2021, Focal Clear, Focal Elex, OG Sennheiser 650, Sennheiser 58x Jubilee, OG AKG Sextetts, Nhoord Red custom build, Symphones Magnum V8 custom build, Elleven Acoustica G1 custom build, Elleven Acoustica R1 custom build, Hifiman He400i, AKG K702.
    I am a filmmaker. I have also owned and operated a couple different animation/video-post studios and have been buying and trading gear since the 90s. I am relatively new to hifi.

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