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Somehow, putting clear pads on the utopia makes it sound like a literal Clear++, which I LOVE. (Update: but 6khz peak is no) Apr 2, 2020 at 12:46 AM

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    1. pure5152
      pure5152
      Somehow, putting clear pads on the utopia makes it sound like a literal Clear++, which I LOVE. (Update: but 6khz peak is no)
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      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        Yeah, that's truly the ultimate joy of the hobby right: stop caring about components and just enjoy more music, and appreciate the slight differences each headphone you may have may bring.

        The only reason I got the Utopia was I was just to curious to hear how it sounds with the 3F, given the Clears already sound so exceptional. Balanced cable arrives tomorrow so can't wait to hear how it is.
        Apr 2, 2020 at 1:09 AM
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      4. pure5152
        pure5152
        Full disclosure update: I actually reverted back to regular utopia pads. The added bass and warmth was nice, but I ended up finding the 6khz peak too fatiguing/grating after a longer time listening.
        Apr 2, 2020 at 2:12 AM
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      5. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Stellia pads on Utopia get a nod from me, but I get to play with these things for free. Stupid how expensive the Focal-brand pads are...
        Apr 2, 2020 at 10:58 AM
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    2. pure5152
      pure5152
      VC/Clear + 3F = <3, utopia + BW = </3
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      2. Mithrandir41
        Mithrandir41
        Ummm... April fools?
        Apr 1, 2020 at 4:42 PM
      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        Lol yeah definitely. Beats solo pro isn’t even wired. Decided to edit my original status to something truer, because the original status was just kinda stupid.
        Apr 1, 2020 at 4:44 PM
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      4. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Dekoni Elite Hybrid pads are worth trying, though on some amps, like the Feliks Euphoria, they turn the Utopia into a bloated muddy mess.
        Apr 1, 2020 at 5:22 PM
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    3. pure5152
      pure5152
      Stay at home order for Bay Area. Grocery stores largely out of stock. Stay safe everyone.
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    4. pure5152
      pure5152
      The LUNA was the best IEM I had ever heard, then the left driver sounded tinny/quiet/far away, now it's okay? WTF is going on.
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      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        No yeah, they're still sending a replacement. Tom from dunu explained it's likely because the driver surround, while small, is very very soft, and is more prone to vacuum issues. It makes a lot of sense, but just in case they're still sending a replacement and gonna thoroughly inspect this current unit.
        Mar 10, 2020
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        james444
        Mar 11, 2020
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      4. pure5152
        pure5152
        "The best way to minimize / avoid pressure buildup ... is to make your ear canal as wide as possible. You can do this by opening your mouth and pulling your ear backwards / upwards during insertion. Once the tip is fully inserted, let go of your ear and close your mouth to make your ear canal narrower again and create a seal." Thanks for the tip James!
        Mar 11, 2020
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    5. pure5152
      pure5152
      ECP 3F arrived. Black anodized with bubinga wood and red LEDs. Holy shit, it's beautiful.
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      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Ahhh yes, I was waiting for someone to ask about it :) I actually did use tidal lossless before, but ended up going back to spotify because: (1) liked spotify's UI a lot better; (2) I listen to a lot of J-rock and other songs that simply weren't on Tidal; (3) I compared MP3 and FLAC and found MP3 "good enough for me”; (4) money. Now that I have much better gear and higher income, though, I may try it again!
        Mar 7, 2020
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I also didn’t want to make a whole post just to note your 3F is the nicest looking one I’ve seen
        Mar 7, 2020
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      4. pure5152
        pure5152
        Thanks!! Yeah, I think the bubinga and black look stunning as well. That said, look out for future pictures of other amps, doug showed me the wood sides of others and some of them are quite striking.
        Mar 7, 2020
    6. pure5152
      pure5152
      BW1 arrived. This amp has body and soul, I like it!
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      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Before the BW1, I really considered selling my PMx2, because the Verite Closed and Focal Clear were getting all the head-time for me. But the BW1 has completely transformed it for me, bringing it much closer to the other headphones in terms of enjoyment. Vocals are euphoric, and dynamics and soundstage are much improved, no fatigue. Absolutely loving this pairing especially so far.
        Mar 5, 2020
      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        Oh shit it's 3:20am. Where did the time go...
        Mar 5, 2020
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      pure5152
    8. pure5152
      pure5152
      Had a wonderful call with Craig talking about BW, the pains of running a business, and his future plans. What a great guy, wish him well.
    9. pure5152
      pure5152
      Was able to audition the new LUNA IEM (and the rest of the DUNU lineup), and was extremely impressed. Will try posting impressions soon.
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      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Yeah, the LUNA is the real deal. Sold my beloved Andros and purchased one.
        Feb 20, 2020
    10. pure5152
      pure5152
      Woah, when was I made a friend? This is a huge honor. Thanks sbaf for accepting me into the community.
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      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        Thanks tommytakis! You've been super friendly to me, and I've appreciated that :)

        That bar/pub analogy is great: know what you're getting into (lol yeah, not a bank), come in, introduce yourself, be kind and cordial and listen to get a feel for the culture, and slowly get to know people and start contributing yourself. I still have a long ways to go too, but it’s been rewarding so far. Thanks again guys!
        Nov 20, 2019
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      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        All I'm gonna say is you're a nice person and use a screencap from Nichijou (I think?? haven't seen it in years) for your profile photo— you're good in my books.
        Nov 20, 2019
      5. pure5152
        pure5152
        Yeah!! It's a screencap from ep1 of Nichijou, when Yuuko gets hit by the red cow - super happy you recognize it! (here's the only clip I could find on youtube, in case anyone's interested: https://youtu.be/DFOr1xV8pcg?t=207)
        Nov 20, 2019
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    11. pure5152
      pure5152
      I made it this far without being a friend, but more importantly without donating. Fixed that just now, thanks for everything guys.
    12. pure5152
      pure5152
      Seems like everyone is trying to start "black friday" sales earlier and earlier. Almost seems like a race to the bottom...
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I forget the details, but it was a day on which really bad economic things happened, right? Bit weird to celebrate it.
        Nov 16, 2019
      3. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        No, it's the day that their budgets go from red to black. As in finally profitable.
        Nov 16, 2019
      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        It's their financials rather than their budgets. Sorry, accounting OCD kicking in.
        Nov 16, 2019
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    13. pure5152
      pure5152
      Madeon's latest album "Good Faith" is soo good. Would highly recommend checking out!
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    14. pure5152
      pure5152
      Can't wait to hear impressions from the socal ZMFestivus - Have fun guys. Wonder if anyone's interested in a norcal/bay-area meet sometime?
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    15. pure5152
      pure5152
      AirPods Pro just announced. Noise cancellation, "adaptive EQ", uses silicone tips. Lots of cool software features/tuning, seems cool!
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      2. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I've never been this excited about an apple product. I'm hoping these will be my EDC along with the JVC FDx1 for studying and working out!
        Oct 28, 2019
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      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        Lol wait, that's exactly my plan too, exactly right down to the JVC FDx1 for studying, and the airpod pros for EDC. Really hoping they sound pretty good/keep the convenience that regular airpods have (easy pop-in/pop-out). Let me know your thoughts when you receive them!
        Oct 28, 2019
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        The silicon tips are def a step forward. The old model is so uncomfortable to my ears.
        Oct 29, 2019
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    16. pure5152
      pure5152
      PGE power shutoff confirmed for today, starting in phases at 2pm, Berkeley at 5pm. Second big shutoff in the same month.. take care SBAF
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        What sucks more is I’m fighting to get my money back. They did send me an email telling me what local centers we can go to if the power goes out.
        Oct 26, 2019
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      4. pure5152
        pure5152
        What kinda stuff are you losing money on? I know I'll have to throw out all of my food because of this.. I can imagine other people having it a lot worse though (esp those with medical problems who need the power). I believe you can for sure request a refund if you're out of power for 48 hours or something. Hoping that those local centers are well-stocked and prepared for you, and you take care man this weekend.
        Oct 26, 2019
      5. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Two nights non-refundable at Silverado Resort. I called. Power is still on in the unit. But they cut power to a friend in Yountville about 6 with no notice. We just decided it was stupid to drive into an emergency situation. Plus two tickets to Lewis Black. I’m still asking for a refund. You take care too. I can’t imagine what people with medical problems are going through.
        Oct 26, 2019
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    17. pure5152
      pure5152
      "Sound and Color" by Alabama Shakes was the song that got me into audio way back in 2015. Listening to it now still gives me the chills.
    18. pure5152
      pure5152
      Looks like there may be another PG&E power shutoff this Saturday due to dry and high-winds throughout the bay area. Take care everyone.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    Gear List:
    Systems:
    - Gungnir Multibit A2 -> BW1 -> Verite Closed (ironwood)/PMx2/Utopia
    - Gungnir Multibit A2 -> 3F(A) -> Verite Closed (ironwood)/Clear/Utopia/PMx2
    - ES100 -> LUNA

    Headphones:
    - PMx2
    - Verite Closed (Ironwood)
    - Focal Utopia
    - Focal Clear
    - DUNU Luna
    - Drop x FDX1 (will sell soon...)
    - EarStudio HE100 (will sell soon...)

    Amps:
    - ECP 3F
    - EC BW1
    - ES100

    DAC:
    - Gungnir Multibit (2019)
    - Mojo (might sell...)
    - ES100

    Previously owned and sold (ordered by most recent):
    - Upgraded Bottlehead S.E.X. 3.0 (Given to @gaspasser)
    - Grado HF-3 (Sold to @philimon)
    - THX AAA 789 (Sold to @unkgd)
    - Asgard 3 (Sold to @tommytakis)
    - Verite Open (Pheasantwood) (Sold to @ader)
    - CA Andromeda (with Ref-8 cable)
    - ZDT Jr
    - Schiit Loki
    - Sennheiser hd6xx
    - Little Bear (with burson op-amp)
    - he4xx
    - Eikon (purpleheart)
    - Atticus (purpleheart)
    - Eikon (cherry)
    - Jomo samba
    - Oppo pm-3
    - grado gs1000i
    - grado rs2e
    - Little Dot i+
    - grado sr80e

    Heard extensively:
    - Hifiman hexx
    - Stax L700
    - Mr Speaker's Ether flow Open (version 1)
    - KSE 1200

    Signature

    Gungnir MB (2019) -> ECP 3F (amorphous) / EC BW1 -> Utopia / PMx2 / Verite C​