Phantaminum
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USPS lost my ZMF Bokeh. I especially wanted that red color from the original release. Unfortunate... May 28, 2024

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    1. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      USPS lost my ZMF Bokeh. I especially wanted that red color from the original release. Unfortunate...
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Yeah total bummer. I was really looking forward to it and that specific color. I don't think Zach uses USPS but it was purchased second hand. That's why it was sent that way. You're right on USPS dropping the ball hard recently. Time to file that claim.
        May 28, 2024
      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        Did shipper insure? Had USPS “deliver” a WE 396a from fleaBay the other week, seller wasn’t any help. I was surprised how quickly the local post office called me when I went to file, but it was just “she [the carrier] says she’s sure she delivered it.” Still nothing, bought another one. Could have tried to go through PayPal but with a delivered status unsure how far I could have gotten.
        May 29, 2024
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Sad thing is, he did not insure but did go through PayPal G&S. Why you would send a headphone without insurance at that price is beyond me. So if USPS says they'll only pay up to a certain amount I'll settle it through PayPal and have him settle it with USPS.
        May 29, 2024
    2. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Protest your property taxes if you haven't. Went from the county appraising the house $17,000 more to them settling for $40k less.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Property taxes here are insane but so is your increase in home insurance. I hear Florida is getting raked over the coal by the insurance companies. Hopefully it stabilizes for everyone.
        May 24, 2024
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      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I appealed mine last year after the house “value” went up nearly $50K post-storm repairs. Ended up settling for a number I could live with before I had to get lawyers involved. So, yeah, know the value of your area.
        May 24, 2024
      5. purr1n
        purr1n
        It is a civic duty of Texans to protest property taxes or taxes of any kind. We know that “services” often equate to money for special interests or excessive public pension funds.
        May 24, 2024
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    3. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      It's going to be hard letting the Bokeh headphones go. It's so damn good with EDM and Electronica. Matter of fact with most everything.
    4. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I need to update the Aegis thread. The GZ34 rectifier is so much better with this amp. Verite Open pairs beautifully with it now.
      1. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        Any good GZ34 works well or, does it have to be the meme models like the metal base?
        Mar 11, 2024
      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        No need for the Mullard metal base $$$ GZ34 unless you want the rectifier to outlast you. Using a TAD GZ34 but before I was using the 5r4gy which is what I had available. The presentation is much more natural and tightens things up.
        Mar 12, 2024
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      3. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I keep both GZ34 (mullard f31) and 5r4gy (RCA brown base coke bottle) around since it's an easy way to plump up/batten down the bass to see what's in the amp and what's in the tubes.
        Mar 12, 2024
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    5. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        If you get a t00b chain you will not get any bang bang but only more cats.
        Feb 8, 2024
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      4. Wilewarer
        Wilewarer
        This looks a lot like a 6SN7-UK at a glance. The compatibility list mentioning Singlepower amps but not Lyr3/+ is really funny, too.
        Feb 8, 2024
      5. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        @Vansen ya unfortunately some NOS 6SN7 have got pretty expensive. Those black glass KenRad are sought after these days.
        Feb 8, 2024
    6. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      L0rdGwyn's DIY Aegis amp is legit. Pairs extremely well with the Atrium and Verite Open. I'll post a bit later on the build/sonics etc..
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      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Very curious about your impressions. I've been wanting to build one for a while now.
        Jan 29, 2024
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      3. edd
        edd
        also, for folks like me who can't DIY, ZMF is planning on selling fully built Aegis amps. "Likely a spring time release" "The likely list price will be $3499 with significant discount for ZMF owners who have bought direct, but all of this is still up in the air and all that."
        Jan 29, 2024
    7. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Meeting Zach and Bevin was good times. Their room had some serious traffic and loved chatting with them.
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Also, I was highly impressed of LordGwynn's Aegis amp. The synergy between it and the Aeolus was fantastic. The holographic sound stage, the transients, the way it handles treble. It's the sound I've been chasing for. Going to buy the parts and build me one.
        Nov 11, 2023
      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Quick convo with Jason and me worrying about seeing the LCD-R connected to the Mjolnir 3. I asked Jason if it wouldn't burn it out and he just shrugged while saying, "As long as we don't see smoke and we have back ups". Love his nonchalant attitude.
        Nov 11, 2023
    8. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Well, well, well. WE396A we met again. This time, I really like you.
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Tried them out on the Mjolnir 2, EC Studio Jr, MCTH and Glenn OTL. Great tube on the EC Studio Jr but good on the others. Now it’s exceptional.
        Oct 9, 2023
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        And now is with?
        Oct 10, 2023
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Ahem. I’m not at liberty to say right now.
        Oct 10, 2023
    9. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I've been exclusively using the OG Auteur Blackwoods after getting them back from ZMF. I'm connecting more with it than the Atriums.
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      2. ilikebananafudge_
        ilikebananafudge_
        Interesting, I've liked my Atrium more than both the OG Auteur and Auteur Classic (Padauk), but my wife definitely gravitates towards the Auteur Classic over the Atrium.
        Jun 28, 2023
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        It's the mids on the Auteur. The Atrium is more resolving, and has a wider/deeper sound stage but the reverb, the tonality, and the mids captivate me on the Auteur.
        Jun 28, 2023
      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I own both and switch fairly regularly. The Atriums seem faster and have more slam while the Auteur has that sweet mid-range that mimics my Omega speakers.
        Jun 30, 2023
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    10. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Got the Auteur Blackwood from ZMF after a good refinish. Look almost brand new. Also, it, with the Eikon pads still slap. They’re that good.
    11. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Listening to All Time Low, Blink-182, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World is hitting me hard with the nostalgia stick. I want long hair to rock out.
      1. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        Heck, some of us just want hair in the right places :P
        May 10, 2023
      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I truly became bald this year and now have healthy sprouts of hair growing out of my ear. Smh..
        May 10, 2023
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      3. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        My hair seems to have migrated from the top of my head to my ears, nose, and face :)
        May 10, 2023
    12. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Atrium is finally in house. Something felt off that it didn't sound like the loaner. Put the Auteur pads on. Ah, there it goes.
    13. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Bought a few 12AX7 tubes for the Elekit TU-8600s. I'm really digging the JJ ECC83s, not digging the EH 7205. JJ has a more romantic sound.
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        EH 7205s are very solid state sound ala hi-fi but haven't been burned in. The JJs didn't need burn in and sound much more natural. Better for a brighter system.
        Apr 21, 2023
      3. YMO
        YMO
        Where u been?
        Apr 21, 2023
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Hiding under your covers. ;)
        Apr 21, 2023
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    14. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Layoffs affected my company. Sad to see great people go.
      1. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        Too much of that going around these days. Definitely rough.
        Mar 7, 2023
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    15. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Initial listening to the Sennheiser 660s2. It's a good sounding headphone but has very stiff competition at its price point.
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      2. zonto
        zonto
        On what chain did you listen to it, and how does it compare to the HD650/600? I never heard the 660v1.
        Feb 22, 2023
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I'm switching between my Elekit TU-8600 which is around 100ohm output, the SW 51+ on high output, and the Schiit Fulla. Few things I can compare is the 660s2 is faster, has tighter/textured bass, and is clearer than the 650. I'll be doing a write up hopefully this weekend if time permits. Honestly, with the price range being in Focal Elex, Aeon Flow Open, and Ananda territory, it's going to have a hard time.
        Feb 22, 2023
    16. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Welp, it's time to start throwing out job applications. I'll be damned if a company tells me I can't move to a better team.
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      2. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Whether it took a few months or half a year. They didn't even say, "Sure, we can do that but it's going to take a while to fully transfer over" it was, "No, we don't think this is what we want right now. We have new managers coming in and we can put a pin in it until they get acclimated then we can make the decision"....
        Feb 25, 2022
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Too bad to hear situations you're facing sound uncontrollable yet risky.. I had to deal with leaving boss and myself moving to a new dept/team. What you said reminds me of the hard days last year. Hope everything around you resolve asap.
        Feb 25, 2022
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      4. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I hope you find a better situation that will reward you appropriately for your efforts.
        Feb 25, 2022
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    17. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      I was curious about the new silver amorphous cores for the TU-8600s. $4,000 each! I'm all out of kidneys to sell...
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        When I was a hobby jeweller, silver was about 3 GBP an ounce, now I think it is about 16GBP. A bit more for pure silver.

        I love silver. I think it is so beautiful, even though one can make nice things out of copper too. I don't believe electrons share my preferences, so count me dissenting, but hey, it's your cash, guys!
        Oct 8, 2021
      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        again, the pull of silver is its 200% sensitivity to magnetic flux, not so much its slightly lower resistance. that's why silver transformers >> copper transformers, whereas silver wire >= copper wire
        Oct 8, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Ahhh! Many thanks. I had no idea.

        Sometimes, putting one's foot in it can lead to learning :)
        Oct 8, 2021
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    18. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Still unpacking but decided to bring out the Elekit TU-8600. Hooked it up to the Matrix Sabre Pro and something was off. No buzzing noise!
      1. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        What a good ground can do for audio equipment. The previous location had too much noise in the electrical grid. Now I'm just cracking a smile not having to deal with it in games or compressing video.
        Sep 21, 2021
    19. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Finally won a bid on a house. Still have a bit to go for the closing but thank goodness we finally got one.
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      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Staying in the Dallas area?
        Aug 6, 2021
      4. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        North of Dallas. We got a place in The Colony but it's 30 minutes away from my job and about 45 minutes away for my wife. We almost bought a house that was an hour out for me and 1 1/2 hours out for her but luckily won the bid on this one.
        Aug 6, 2021
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      5. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        Oh, it's nice there neighbor! I'm in McK.

        I used to commute to uptown Dallas, but went in at 6am to miss traffic. It was actually longer to go to DNT/NW Hwy for me going down 75. Don't miss those days.

        Now my commute is from my bedroom upstairs to my office down. I wish everyone could do that.
        Aug 6, 2021
    20. Phantaminum
      Phantaminum
      Housing market has gone bonkers in Dallas. Buyers bidding over 50k, waiving inspection, and site unseen bids. Jeez.
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      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        It still blows though. 15 offers, all mostly 20-25k over the sale price, and still being rejected because buyer are skipping home inspections, or paying the sellers closing cost, or allowing them to live there free for a month or two while they relocate. Bananas! And yes, investors buying any house on the market also doesn't help.
        Jun 12, 2021
      4. YMO
        YMO
        It is going to get worse before it gets better. Housing market is nuts in FL and we have people just walking away and saying forget it. The waiving inspection + overbidding is going to get old quick considering the wages aren't keeping up with the increases.
        Jun 12, 2021
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Been like this for a long time in major Canadian cities.
        Jun 12, 2021
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    Gender:
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    Birthday:
    Sep 24, 1980 (Age: 43)
    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Gear List:
    Source: PC | Schiit BF2 |
    Amp: Elekit TU-8600s| SW51+
    Headphones: ZMF Verite | ZMF Atrium| ZMF Auteur | Senn HD650 |

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    Source: PC | Bifrost 2 | Matrix X-Sabre Pro | Saga +
    Amp: Elekit TU-8600 | Shortest Way 51+
    Headphones: ZMF Verite Open | ZMF OG Auteur | ZMF Atrium Open | Senn HD650