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Blue Jeans Cable now makes headphone cables. Not listed yet on website, so email them. Got 10’ w/ Canare L-4E6S and XLR for less than $100. Apr 28, 2022

    1. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Blue Jeans Cable now makes headphone cables. Not listed yet on website, so email them. Got 10’ w/ Canare L-4E6S and XLR for less than $100.
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      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @SoupRKnowva nice! I didn't see the page because it's not listed in the menu. Canare L-4E5C is standard, but if you want the slightly larger Canare L-4E6S, you can request it for a few bucks more. I had a great email conversation with Andrew at BJC. He's super knowledgeable and helpful.
        Apr 28, 2022
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      4. roughroad
        roughroad
        So, what do you think of the HP cable so far?
        Apr 28, 2022
      5. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @roughroad I haven’t done an A/B comparison (life is too short), but the Focal Elear sounds as expected. I purchased the cable because I wanted a particular length and termination. Canare starquad is well regarded for headphone cables. It’s durable and non-microphonic. Lots of folks on SBAF use it.
        Apr 28, 2022
    2. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Enjoying Elear w/ Utopia pads. Pads restore upper mids, add air in treble, and remove bass bloat. Am I missing anything compared to Utopia?
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      2. Boops
        Boops
        As with everything, the amp/source/chain/synergy matters a lot, but all things being equal, you'd be missing resolution, micro.
        Apr 26, 2022
      3. zonto
        zonto
        You're missing beryllium and swagger. ;)
        Apr 26, 2022
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Driver timbre is noticeably different between the two. Utopia also has incredibly smooth upper treble; still never heard a headphone with better performance there. Utopia also scales like mad with better gear since it's so resolving
        Apr 27, 2022
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    3. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      The Dynamic Range Database is back. Like other measurements, DR isn’t everything, but it’s a helpful tool for comparing different masters.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Here's how I see DR. High DR doesn't guarantee a mastering will sound good, because there are other ways to bork a mastering, but a low DR almost always guarantees the mastering will suck because if the DR level is low enough there is no saving it.
        Apr 22, 2022
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      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Well said. Many older CDs have high DR but also sound thin and brittle. I seek out masterings with high DR, but I have to actually listen to know whether or not it sounds good.
        Apr 22, 2022
    4. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      I finally set up my membership on Patreon. This place has given me so much; I’m glad to give back and continue building our community.
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      2. dematted
        dematted
        I just did the same! Very much feel the same way. Cheers :).
        Apr 13, 2022
    5. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Thinking of trying Focal Clear OG. Does it really clip at moderate volume levels? I find this hard to believe, but now I’m kinda spooked.
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      2. edd
        edd
        I used Decibel X but I think I’ve had similar readings from other apps in the past
        Jan 11, 2022
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      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @edd Thanks. I downloaded Decibel X. The results were really insightful. After getting settled and finding my typical long-term listening level, I measured the SPL around 60-65 dB. I also tried listening around 80 dB. Frankly, I would never listen at that volume. It was really uncomfortable for my ears.
        Jan 11, 2022
      4. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Long story short, I don’t think that I’ll have any driver excursion issues with the Focal. Thank you to everybody who contributed to this conversation.
        Jan 11, 2022
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    6. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Thinking about a Rag 2 with a phono card. Does anybody know if the phono card is based on the MM circuit in the Mani rev. 1 or rev. 2?
    7. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Got a Shure V15 Type III cartridge for my Dual 701 turntable. Holy shit. How does a cartridge released in 1973 sound this good?
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I have a special place in my heart for 701's.
        Oct 14, 2021
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      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        The 701 really captures the magic of direct drive, and the tonearm was basically designed for the V15 Type III. A winning combination, if there ever was one.
        Oct 14, 2021
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    8. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Got the Headamp GS-X Mini today. Gilmore haters take note: this amp offers refinement and resolution in spades. Solid state is all grown up.
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      2. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        And I say this as somebody who once paid full price for a GS-X mk2 and regretted the decision immensely.
        Apr 13, 2020
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      3. brencho
        brencho
        nice man, that's what i hear. i'd like to hear one sometime!
        Apr 13, 2020
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      4. jexby
        jexby
        would like SBAF ears on this as well. especially those that have heard BW2, 3F, Rag.
        Apr 14, 2020
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    9. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Three takeaways from day 1 with the Audio Zenith PMx2: (1) Tone is life. (2) Tone is life. (3) Tone is life.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Congrat. Which amps do you pair with pmx2? I've seen several folks were struggling about how to (better) amp it.
        May 13, 2018
      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Mjölnir Audio Pure Bipolar (aka SuSy Dynalo mk2). I haven’t tried the PMx2 with any other amps, but I like what I’m hearing. Think of the synergy between HD650 and Jotunheim, but Pure Bipolar offers more refined treble, better resolution, and no glare.
        May 13, 2018
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    10. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Two long-term goals recently achieved: 1. Gain admission to a PhD program 2. Build a hifi system before returning to school
    11. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Parenthood and audiophilia often feel like mutually exclusive pursuits. I’m grateful when I can find a few minutes to just be in the music.
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      3. Soups
        Soups
        i think i appreciate my music listening time more due to the young kid constraint. kinda like food when you're hungry. their needs also put a good check on on my audiophoolery spending.
        May 11, 2018
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      4. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        @Soups, I agree. The kids make me appreciate the time, and their needs encourage me to be content with my gear.
        May 11, 2018
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      5. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        That's not to say I don't get play time due to kids. The mb42x was bought so the kids could listen to music in their room. They like Peppa Pig and Lisa Loeb.
        May 11, 2018
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    12. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Audio Zenith PMx2 incoming. It came down to PMx2 or Focal Clear as an upgrade to my trusty HD650. Can't wait to hear it on my home rig!
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    13. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Got the Shure SE846. So far, these sound nice out of the ZX2. Pretty natural frequency response. Next up, custom sleeves from Sensaphonics.
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      2. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Since I live in Chicago, I can go directly to Sensaphonics and have them make the molds, instead of going to an audiologist.
        Dec 4, 2017
      3. TomHP
        TomHP
        Make sure you play around with some of the filter mods suggested on HF.
        Dec 4, 2017
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      4. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        I didn't know about the filter mods. I'll check it out.
        Dec 4, 2017
    14. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      Just got a used Sony ZX2 today. Holy shit, the sound is so natural. It even drives HD650 to acceptable levels (Japanese version).
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    15. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      The real definition of adulthood: you finally have the money to purchase the equipment you always wanted, but you have no time to set it up.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        Oh man, took me months to set up the vinyl chain and I'm not even done yet!!
        May 21, 2017
      3. bazelio
        bazelio
        Good things come to those who wait...
        May 22, 2017
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Age and hifi.

        When you were twenty, there was a deck that you really wanted and couldn't afford. Forty years later, that deck is a classic... and you still can't afford it!
        May 23, 2017
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    16. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      The eagle has landed: VPI Classic 3 turntable. Let the games begin.
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        Pictures or it didn't happen :) enjoy man I'm using the same TT!
        May 5, 2017
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      3. MellowVelo
        MellowVelo
        Ha! It's gonna be another week or so until I can set it up because we have family visiting from out of town. I'll be posting pics in the spinners thread.
        May 5, 2017
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    17. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      The next item in my new turntable setup has been acquired: IKEA Hemnes side table. This is getting real.
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    18. MellowVelo
      MellowVelo
      My first slice of analog bliss just arrived: Ray Samuels F-117 Nighthawk. More items on the way.
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    Gender:
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    Sep 12, 1984 (Age: 37)
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    A mountain-climbing, ocean-swimming Californian living on the prairie.

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    Digital: MacBook Pro > JRiver Media Center 29 > Lynx E22 > Schiit Yggdrasil A1
    Analog: Dual 701 > Ortofon Super OM 40 > Schiit Mani 1
    Headphone: Headamp GS-X Mini > Focal Elear w/ Utopia pads
    Two-channel: Pass Labs X2.5 > Bryston PowerPac 300-SST (x2) > Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary