Justin S
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Piety arrived today. Hilo->MagPie->HD800S. High gain. It's a tiny monster and yes, tube-esq. I'll do an a/b with the BHA-1 soon. Dec 1, 2022 at 10:56 AM

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Piety arrived today. Hilo->MagPie->HD800S. High gain. It's a tiny monster and yes, tube-esq. I'll do an a/b with the BHA-1 soon.
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Yay for Piety
        Boo for MagPie
        Dec 1, 2022 at 9:32 PM
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @gixxerwimp , ahah. Point taken. Day 2 Piety: it has settled in a bit, smoother and low volume listening has more fullness. It has a really engaging sound that gets me moving around and singing along which I do not often do with headphones.
        Dec 2, 2022 at 6:00 AM
      4. caute
        caute
        just here to say i enjoy the piety is already getting an affectionate nickname like the y*g*g*y, g*u*m*b*y, etc.
        Dec 2, 2022 at 11:03 AM
    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      First rock show since ever. Rheostatics at the Horseshoe in Toronto. The odor and volume are resplendent.
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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      It snuck up on me. Glad I checked in. Piety ordered.
    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      After months: 800S VS LCD-X tilts 800S. They're more spacious, dynamic and "normal" sounding to me. (PI2AES Lite->Hilo->BAL BHA-1->BAL HP)
    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      GR-Research x-overs built/installed in Wharfedales. Speakers disappear, ++separation/clarity, bright. Hearing system limit? Need burn-in?
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        My impressions of Danny’s xover designs is he does tend a bit toward brighter, although some of that may tame with burn in. Also Wharfedales tend to lean darker on the top end, so you may be hearing a fair difference between the old and the new. A small change in value used in the tweeter circuit could bring the treble back down a bit if you find it stays too bright. Danny can prob advise on that.
        Nov 15, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks, @rlow . Yes. The original was dark and soft around the edges - dull almost. I had gotten used to it, so it's probably partly this difference I am responding to. I'm going to let them, and my brain, burn in for a while. Just posting to the DIY thread on the build. It's not as simple as I had thought as Danny's xover is about 3X the size of the original. I don't particularly want to pull it all apart again.
        Nov 15, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        A week in. They're not registering as bright any longer. I am now listening to these $150 CAD speakers as "proper speakers". They're not LS3/5s or P3ESRs but they're past the "they are what they are" barrier.
        Nov 19, 2022
    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      Fam are out at a Girl Guides thing. AM I shot 8 games of trap, PM made spicy AF lamb curry and now soldering crossovers. Glorious day.
    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Tonight Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan, Hawk. It's been a while since I've done speakers. It's a great record.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        The P3ESR XDs never cease to amaze.
        Oct 24, 2022
    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      Home system is in flux. Listening to shitty TOS from my tv. The LIM is surprising. Bowie + LIM + HEED + P3ESR XDs + REL = nice Monday night.
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    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      A week in. @atomicbob Noise Nuke makes a difference with the PI2AES Lite/Hilo. More fluid, deeper. Best $80 (CAD)/solder afternoon ever.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I think I’m going to need a noise nuke myself. I have a Class D amp with 24V input and I can hear noise when no music is playing
        Oct 24, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        I heard a noticeable difference with a NoiseNuke and my Pi2AES as well. More clarity mostly. Definitely worth it.
        Oct 24, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The 5V mod that bypasses the switcher with a good 5V supply also works very well.
        Oct 24, 2022
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    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      New avatar. Kurt Schwitters Resting Bitch Face.
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    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      BHA-1 = love. Good with Senn 6[N]s, 800S, LCD-X 2021. I'm chasing the clean/sweaty tube vibe I had with Freya/Neumann 120s. Lyr+/NOS 6Sn7s?
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    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      I think I might be crazy: Liking the HD800Ss better without EQ. Also finding the bass really satisfying. (PI2AES w ABNN->Hilo->BHA-1).
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I have them cranked up on Thom York's Modern Boxes stuff and they're solid - detailed, spacious, clean clean, normal sounding for a near-field-mini-monitors-guy. Just listening to the music. I feel the the AB Noise Nuke got me here. Nervosa or fact?
        Oct 21, 2022
      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I keep thinking about the Lyr+, though, and am buying up the occasional 6sn7 based on my experience with the Freya a while ago.I'll probably try a Lyr+ in the new year even though the BHA-1/Hilo/HD800S are exhibiting great synergy. I should know better, but I don't.
        Oct 21, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Bouncing between the 600s w ZMF F-Suede, 650Mkisses w ZMF F-Lamb, and the 800S stock on the BHA-1 full balanced. 600s have the edge on the mid presence, 6XXMkiss have the edge on warm fuzzies and bass (um...what veil...but a bit crowded). While the 800S can be a bit challenging occasionally, they're super effing big and engaging.
        Oct 21, 2022
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Keeping the HD800Ss. With brain burn-in and the addition of the AB Noise Nuke, things are dialed in very nicely. Some tracks are new again.
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    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. Also our 18th wedding anniversary. October 9, feeling fine.
      1. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Congratz!!
        Oct 10, 2022
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    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Not a "Jaazz Guy" but E.S.T. are making an argument for keeping the 800Ss.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Back to back with the 600s the 800Ss slay. They're proper moar.
        Oct 8, 2022
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      3. wbass
        wbass
        IMO, nothing does layering like the HD800(S). Big E.S.T. fan here. Lots of neat studio detail to pick out. Leucocyte is my fave.
        Oct 9, 2022
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      4. brencho
        brencho
        I saw est years ago along with the bad plus. Great show!
        Oct 9, 2022
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Canuck Audiomart has a dearth of HD800S s on sale so I decided to take mine out of my for-sale box and listen again. They're a beauty thing.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        I feel like they've taken months to sort out. I was going to sell them to go the other way with a pair of Aeolus. I think I am going to hold on to them for a while.
        Oct 7, 2022
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Been there! Bought, sold, rebought. Luckily buying and selling used, didn't lose my shirt.
        Oct 8, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        @yotacowboy , I feel like I have been doing this a lot lately - I am glad I caught them on the way out :-) I'll slow the Aeolus plans down.
        Oct 8, 2022
    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Garmin 245 training watch + 1Mii 101 bluetooth receiver + Koss Portapros = pretty sweet little running setup.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They weirdly indicate towards the space of a recording really well. They're not immersive, they're like a good sketch. Perfect while I get myself back into running after 3 years of inactivity.
        Oct 8, 2022
    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      Buy back or move forward? My old MAD Ear+ HD (parafeed, Class A) + a ton of 12A*7 tubes is for sale. I regret selling it. Was it that good?
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I've been really digging the BHA-1 and thought to get a Lyr+ in the future for a different flavour. Also - my main headphones are now the LCD-X which I imagine won't play well with the EAR+....but tubes! I did love this amp with the HD600/650s and Grados. Sold it to be responsible while I explored other things.
        Sep 19, 2022
      2. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Never got to hear one of those...do you really miss it or want to try something new? I usually know when I really miss tube amps and have bought 3 of them again. :)
        Sep 20, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @CEE TEE , this is indeed the question. As much as it pains me, I think I am better off moving forward. Something like the Piety will likely play better with both my LCD-X and Sennheisers :-)
        Sep 20, 2022
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      Just got my Yggdrasil LIM back from a self inflicted RMA. First couple bars out of it in my 2ch system were instantly recognisable as the Yggdrasil.
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        The term "self inflicted RMA" sounds... expensive. Thankfully it came back as good as ever it seems.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Qildail , I bent the s/pdif jack by pushing the Yggdrasil back into a cabinet. They fixed it up perfectly and sent it back to me with a very thorough QC report. Great customer service.
        Sep 17, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        It's such a great DAC. I've been running a BF2/64 in that system for 4 weeks while the LIM was in my office and while it went on its RMA field-trip. The BF is a good good DAC, but the LIM puts everything together with flow and in a way makes everything sound like it's in the right place. It even makes TV watching more engaging - when score or music become a dominant element, the Yggdrasil makes you lean in.
        Sep 18, 2022
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Noob quirk: Every time I review something I like, I proclaim, "I'll be keeping this" then I end up moving on. Must stop saying this.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ahahahah, Cee Tee: Bifrost 2, Soekris 2541, Jotenheim 2. All purchased twice, all sold again :-) it's been a couple years of lust and heartbreak.
        Sep 17, 2022
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      3. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Yer not a newb!
        Sep 17, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Well a noob in how I review stuff. I'm pretty excitable.
        Sep 18, 2022
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Home system: PI2AES with SPS-500 PSU>AES> Yggdrasil LIM>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i.

    Work: USB | TOS | AES -> Lynx Hilo ->BAL->BHA-1->Genelec 8020s + 7040a

    Headphones: Hilo -> BAL -> BHA-1. HD800S, 2021 LCD-X, HD 6xxM (sbaf kissmod), HD600, OG 90's AKG K240 Monitors (600ohm).

    Previous equipment. Harbeth P3ESR Standards, Harbeth C7ES3s, 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, Neumann KH120As, Schiit Magni 3, OG Burson Soloist, MassDrop LCX, Burson Fun, ZDT Jr.

    Previous Headphones: 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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