Justin S
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Unpopular opinion: The HD800Ss are lovely, tilt slightly warm and have just the right amount of bass. Jan 28, 2023 at 11:03 PM

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      Not a "Jaazz Guy" but E.S.T. are making an argument for keeping the 800Ss.
      1. typo3rror, brencho, Qildail and 2 others like this.
      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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    4. 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.
      1. yotacowboy likes this.
      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
    5. 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
    6. 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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    7. 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
    8. 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
    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      With the ZMF fenestrated lambskin pads, I feel like I finally really get the HD650s (6XXMs). Having a hard time concentrating on work.
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Sep 12, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        On top of all the increased resolution and clarity, the slight angle to the pads puts things pleasantly out front. The 650s are back in rotation. I would be super curious to hear how the Focal pads work.
        Sep 13, 2022
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      ZMF Senn pads arrived. They're very good and much better than Dekonis. Fenestrated suede on the 600s and fen. lamb on the 6XXm are my faves
      1. shambles, Joshvar, edd and 3 others like this.
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        They really refresh the sound of the 6XXMs for me. They present a pronounced improvement to clarity and weirdly to the resolution. They don't mess with the mids, other than to bring them a bit more forward, which I like.
        Sep 8, 2022
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      3. shambles
        shambles
        Yep, that is also the combination I settled on - perf suede on 600 and perf lamb on 6XX seemed to work best and as you said, big improvement to clarity with no significant downside
        Sep 8, 2022
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    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      Weird wiggling membrane be damned. I am utterly loving the LCD-Xs.
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        Like I am having a speaker-like listening tonight. Hilo->BHA-1->LCD-X, All balanced. Remarkable.
        Sep 3, 2022
      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Hilo headphone amp is very good, but no match for the BHA-1.
        Sep 3, 2022
    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      I think burn-in with the LCD-Xs is a thing. 2 weeks in they are now more phat and speaker-like. I don't think this is just brain burn-in.
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    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Pi2AES-Lite = + greatness. VS USB = more clear, easier, and more integrated. Pi2AES-L->S/PDIF->Hilo etc. Have OG Pi2AES. Will make fight.
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    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Quite impressed with the LCD-X 2021. Makes me wonder what the RD version is like.
      1. caute
        caute
        Had a chance to listen uncritically at the Texas Audio Show. They're more neutral, the mids more present, and has almost, almost the same bass quality/quantity. Vocals stick out more (in a good way), the soundstage is more level. Absolutely worth the expense, IMO.
        Sep 8, 2022
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      I hope for SBAF to work this through. I'm a new Friend and know nothing, but that SBAF is a fun, valuable, real place on the internets.
    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      I horse-traded to get my old Jot 2 back. So far, JOT2>>BHA-1 for fun factor with LCD-X. It's less "refined" but who cares. MOAR FUN.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I like the Jot 2 with the Yggdrasil. I like the BHA-1 better with the Lynx Hilo. It is perhaps heresy, but I am leaning towards the Hilo/BHA-1 with the LCD-X. I'm going to live with this for a few weeks while I RMA my Yggdrasil for a damaged S/PDIF jack (I'm a dummy).
        Aug 25, 2022
      4. wbass
        wbass
        I'd like to hear the Jot 2, and I'm contemplating re-ordering an LGX (at sale price) just in case it really is all that with planars. But damned if I didn't AB with the BHA-1 and prefer the Bryston. And a previous audition with a Phonitor suggested it was very resolving. SBAF heresy!
        Aug 25, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        The effect of the BHA-1 is cumulative, I think (still with the Hilo/LCD-X2021)) I just switched back to the JOT2. I find it more upfront and visceral than the BHA-1, but the depth and the refinement of the BHA-1 really draws you in. I am always surprised at how early impressions change over time with audio equipment.
        Aug 26, 2022
    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Listening to a bunch of electronic stuff (Pole, Keith Whitman, Jon Hopkins) with new LCD-Xs (LIM->BHA-1). First real planars - fuuck.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Fun turn of events. The guy who bought my Jot2 is looking for a Rebel Amp, which I have. Did some horse trading and my old Jot 2 is on its way back to me.
        Aug 20, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @yotacowboy, that's some epic shit. Makes me want to fight with a sword. How does this stuff work with your LS3/5 setup? I bet it's great!
        Aug 20, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Deep Funk. That older LP5 stuff is gold on the LCD-X. Beautiful.
        Aug 20, 2022
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      LIM->BHA-1 HD800S vs HD6XXM! I'll be damned but the 6XXM is what I want to put on my head. Headstage is different than imaging. 6XXM = in it
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        BHA-1 and HD800S does not seem like a good combo to me.
        Aug 19, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @Armaegis My BHA-1 is a newer model (2019). Bryston said it is already lower gain. I'm at about 11:00 in low gain. I still getting used to it. It's not as slamming as the Jot2, but it is much clearer. Starting to fool around with a pair of LCD-X right now, too. @Claritas yeh. all tradeoffs. its about figuring out what I can live with.
        Aug 19, 2022
      4. wbass
        wbass
        FWIW, I think the BHA-1 is solid with the HD800S. Not quite the depth of the DNA Starlett but a touch of tube-like warmth. BHA-1 such a weirdly polarizing amp... I find it works nicely with most HPs.
        Aug 19, 2022
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      Sonoworks reliably crashes Davinci Resolve. Bummer. I would have thought it would be production friendly.
    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Back from vacay. Big switcheroo. New BF2/64 to home system, move LIM to the office, replace Lynx Hilo. An hour in - the LIM is a sexy beast.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Bf2/64 in my home speaker system is no slouch at all. Definitely more detail and "air" than the OG Bf2. Bass is a little loose, but I bet this tightens up in the next week. It's not a LIM but there is a family resemblance there.
        Aug 14, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        The LIM + BHA-1 make the HD800S s sound warm blooded and on the side of full bodied which is amazing. How does this work - flat response, but moar moar than anything else? It's nice to be back home monkeying around with gear on a Sunday.
        Aug 14, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        A day in, it sounds amazing. It really messes up my desk, but I'll figure it out. I bent the S/PDIF jack on the LIM (being a dummy) so I'm sending it in for repair. I'll try to get the 12dB mod done to the BHA-1 at the same time.
        Aug 15, 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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