Justin S
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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? Sep 19, 2022 at 6:36 PM

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lokius has EQ-converted me. Quick bypass vs my dials is a pretty small delta but the long listen is transformative.
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    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lokius in! Fun. A couple "Gentle Tweaks" to the midbass and high end and the HD600s are more full and open.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Some weirdness: the Hilo outputs 1v at the +0dBV trim level. Hilo-> Bal @ +0dBV-> Lokius-> SE -> amp creates distortion. With the bypass on, the distortion goes away. If I feed Lokius SE using a BAL to SE Cable from the Hilo (Lynx spec: 1 to shield, 2 to RCA tip, 3 to RCA ring, no shield at RCA) everything sounds really good. What could be happening here?
        Jul 7, 2022
    3. Justin S
      Justin S
      Decided to give up my RMA'ed OG Clears. I worry they're too delicate for daily drivers. Looking at LCDX and 800Ss. Want smart fun.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @roshambo123 , I have a pair of 800S s inbound. In my short audition with them, the sound signature is really interesting to me. Also the fact that Senn continues to support their headphones decades in, and the reported durability of them were all deciding factors. What amp are you using with them? I am planning to reterminate a Neotech OCC cable with 800-cup jacks.
        Jul 14, 2022
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      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Mjolnir 2 and Jot 2. Both are good pairings I think for HD800S / SDR.
        Jul 14, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        @roshambo123. Thanks! I have been looking at the MJ2. I had a JOT 2 while ago and sold it, hastily, when it didn't sound right with my Hilo. I hadn't understood how the gain staging worked with the Hilo at that point. I have a Rebel Amp right now and will see how it sits with the 800Ss.
        Jul 14, 2022
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      Won a backyard chili competition with friends. I did chili paste from scratch with shortribs. Chuffed to be crowned the Chili Kween 2022.
    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      NDH 30. As a 600s and KH120As kind of guy these look appealing.
    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      Awaiting my OG Clears from an RMA. It's love but they're fussy. Considering selling to do a planar. LCD, DC, HFM? I'm an HD600 guy.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        If you can swing them I'd recommend the ZMF Atrium if you want "fun" but not in an unnatural way
        Jun 11, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The Atrium make me wince a bit, but I will look into them. Fun but natural is the right spot for me. It's perhaps a bit of bluster about planars - I have been a dynamic guy my whole life. All that vibrating membrane stuff weirds me out :-)
        Jun 11, 2022
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I just can't get along with most planars. Something about all of them sounds strange to me. Or maybe I'm used to dynamic "grain" and think anything else is weird.
        Jun 12, 2022
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    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Kind of digging the Dekoni Fenestrated Sheepskin on my 600s. The openness and bass are like a new pair of headphones. They feel speaker-y.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Oh. Pluses and Minuses. On the right tracks they're spacious and yummy. On busy stuff, things get noisy and wall-of-sound-y.
        Jun 4, 2022
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      Justin S
    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      Clears are on their way to Focal for repair. Once acclimatized, the 6XX(M)s with the Rebel Amp are a tiny slice of holy fuck.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Yeah, isn't this amp based on an AMB design?
        May 23, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I think there are a few impressions. I'll find the thread and put something together this weekend. Yes - they based their design on the AMB with permission. It's a really nice sounding amp and offers up a pretty good sense of space.
        May 27, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Jun 3, 2022
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Dreaded rattling with the Focal Clears started. 100Hz tone at 70dB = right driver rattle. headphones.com are excellent and RMA received.
    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      Back and forth with the 600/6xxs/Focal Clears with the Hilo>Rebel Amp. I am feeling like the 600s are King in this chain. Quiet and loud.
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    12. Justin S
      Justin S
      Poltava, Kyiv, Chelm, Riga, Biruliskiai, Koeln, Louisville, Mississauga, Concord, Toronto. The Rebel Amp I ordered from Artem is here!
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        That's a hell of a trip for sure. Enjoy!
        May 13, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Wow, when did it ship out? Before the, ahem, "Special Invasion Operation"?
        May 16, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        No - it shipped May 1. I actually received it before a HomeDepot order placed at the same time. It's a good sounding amp. Back to back with the Lynx Hilo headamp, it is thrusty-er and stages with more relief.
        May 17, 2022
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    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Spoke to Artem at Rebel - says they're operating normally. Hard to believe. Ordered and looking forward to it- happy to support those guys.
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    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Anyone using the Torpedo III with OG Clears? I am speaking with a USAM member who has one for sale. I am interested.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ended up going nice solid state - nothing too ostentatious. Thought I would give Class A a whirl with the Rebel Amp.
        Apr 28, 2022
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        @Justin S, haven't heard of that amp. Let us know what you think when you get it in.
        Apr 28, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I will do. Might be waiting a while for it. I sold the Jot 2 but still have the Erish 2 for comparison.
        Apr 28, 2022
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      After much reading, I am interested in the Lyr but terrified by the reports of fried headphones. Is this overreported?
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        This all makes sense. I have a note into PCX to see if they have any NOS tubes kicking around on their shelves. I have had very good experiences purchasing tubes from them in the past. I had the Raytheons for the Freya and you're right - they were not a good fit with Freya/speakers. I regret selling all the tubes with it, though. I had a good collection going.
        Apr 20, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Drat - I made the decision to pick up a new one and they're 10-12 weeks out from shipping. While this supply chain stuff is a drag for consumers, I can't imagine how hard it is on manufacturers like Schiit.
        Apr 20, 2022
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Lyr 3 and even Vali 2 can “pop” on first turn on. How much depends on how fast the tube warms up. I usually turn it on unplugged and wait. But it is more what tube + amp rather than the amp itself.
        Apr 21, 2022
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      OG Clears with the Hilo are quite moving. I know there's moar there, though. I've read the Clear thread. Any favorites with a neutral-y DAC?
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I just dug out my Geshelli E2 from my for-sale pile and it a step in the right direction - thicker, tames the 1k beasties, but stages a little close for what I am searching for. I am talking to Al about building a Mapletree OD300 SET and, conversely,looking at the Bryston BHA-1.
        Apr 15, 2022
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Week 2 for Hilo. Monitors = amazing, OG Clears = things I haven't heard before but a bit itchy. 600s are amazing. Thinking LP for Clears.
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      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Apr 11, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Whoa. It's like another headphone with those settings. They're more 600-y. I will investigate this further!
        Apr 11, 2022
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      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Yeah i couldn't go back to stock...
        Apr 11, 2022
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      With the Hilo, different recordings sound really different. I don't really believe in "neutral" but this is something new to me.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks MellowVelo and roshambo123. I'm going to put more time in with the Hilo - it's the shiny new thing right now - and then do some comparisons and write them up in a thread.
        Apr 2, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        Thanks, Vtory. That's what I'll do. I know it's an older DAC but still in production. I haven't been around that long, so I did not see the Changstar thread or the chart.
        Apr 2, 2022
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        MellowVelo
        Apr 5, 2022
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    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      OG Clears to the 6XXMs and 600s on the Hilo. The headamp bosses the Senns around well! Vs Clears= more yummy mids, less dynamic. What veil?
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        As good as the Hilo internal headamp is with the Focals, the Jot2 brings the musical and slam to the Senns. With the Clears, the Jot 2 is less than the Hilo headamp.
        Apr 1, 2022
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    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      Yes. I am preferring the headout of the Hilo to the Jot 2. It's cleaner, more resolving + sharper imaging. Distracting me from work.
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      2. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        Jot2 just never really clicked with me. I almost preferred my Asgard 3 in some ways.
        Mar 30, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I do like the Jot 2 and love it with the Yggdrasil LIM and the Geshelli J2. With the Hilo, it presents rounder, and a bit too thick. The headout on the Hilo is really surprising. I am going to sell the Jot2 and look for a good tube hybrid for some color when I want it.
        Mar 30, 2022
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      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I hate when that happens.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Family system: PI2AES with SPS-500 PSU>AES> BF2/64>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i using high-level input

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

    Headphones: Yggdrasil LIM -> BAL -> BHA-1. HD800S, 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, RME ADI-2 DACfs, Bifrost 2, Holo Spring1 LV2, Schiit Gungnir Multibit Multibit, 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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