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Recently tried Atrium with 1/4 jack instead of balanced. Might prefer it this way on Stratus switched to high impedance mode. Oct 5, 2022 at 6:56 AM

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    1. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Recently tried Atrium with 1/4 jack instead of balanced. Might prefer it this way on Stratus switched to high impedance mode.
      1. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Impedance should be 120ohm with single ended on Stratus, while balanced it is 8ohm. Most likely what I'm hearing. Looking forward to listening more as both are excellent really.

        Forza adapter makes it easy to switch between balanced and unbalanced. Glad I finally said F it and bought one.
        Oct 5, 2022 at 6:58 AM
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I have the Amps & Sound Kenzie Ovation and enjoy “impedance rolling”. YMMV the Attrium has more slam with lower impedance (320 but better control at higher (300 ohm)
        Oct 5, 2022 at 10:53 AM
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    2. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Order some Audio Envy interconnects to compare to BlueJeans. Put this cable debate to bed for myself.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "scientific" marketing (pseudo, according to most of us) is a big *turn-on* to very many people who make these businesses profitable.

        What turns me on: Ultrasonic welding! It's a BlueJeans thing. I consider the joins and the mating interfaces to be the weak parts of cables of any sort. I trust BJ that this is a real thing. The benefits are always open to argument.
        Oct 4, 2022 at 12:35 PM
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        This is the reason I'd really like to see blind tests, even fro people whose ears and experience I trust...

        Years ago, I was at a hifi meet, hearing different things with different equipment. Of course, many of those differences were genuine, but I also had an enlightenment moment...
        Oct 5, 2022 at 8:20 AM
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ... If you listen to the same piece of music over and over, you hear different things in it. Regardless of gear changes or not. Especially if you are listening hard (critical), rather than just driving everyone else mad by playing your favourite song all day.
        Oct 5, 2022 at 8:21 AM
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    3. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      So far the stock mesh with Auteur leather pads is the best for me on Atrium. Tonality is spot on, with a stunning 3D soundstage.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Yes....join us ZMF whores
        Sep 30, 2022 at 6:53 PM
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      4. crenca
        crenca
        Not sure why, but I listen to the Atrium louder than any other headphone. Between the dynamics and the fatigue-free 6K+, I just want it rocking no matter what I'm listening to
        Sep 30, 2022 at 7:28 PM
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      5. Qildail
        Qildail
        I went back to Universal Suede a few weeks ago. I wonder how much is brain burn in and how much is gear burn in. I'm not hearing the 5-6KHz bump that was spiking my eardrums when I first got them, which was the reason I switched to Auteur Suede in the first place.
        Oct 1, 2022 at 8:39 AM
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    4. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Atrium's crazy macrodynamics are really doing Fear Inoculum justice. Yessir.
      1. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        The Atrium is really fantastic, I don't think the impressions thread is doing it justice. My stabilized one showed up yesterday.
        Sep 24, 2022
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      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        @loadexfa There's a reason why in my review I stated that it was so mesmerizing that I immediately contacted Zach and asked how much one was. Ended up buying one for myself
        Sep 24, 2022
      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        You mean you can hear the drum tracks farting out more clearly than before??
        Sep 25, 2022
    5. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Atrium incoming. Since the loaner tour I finally found a deal I couldn't pass up to own one. Excited to give these more head time.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I have a similar experience as you. I don't know why the Auteur pads sound so much "more natural" to me, but I really like them. I happily will trade a little bit of the bombastic low end to gain the strengths of the Auteur pads
        Sep 23, 2022
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      4. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Yeah, exactly. I may try my eikon perf leather tomorrow as they are supposed to be identical to auter, just with smaller ear openings. I noticed a pretty substantial difference on aeolus between aueter and eikon pads though. Idk. Curious to see as the eikon are more comfortable to me.
        Sep 23, 2022
      5. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Eikon pads were a no go. Frumpy bloated bass and killed the headstage.
        Sep 25, 2022
    6. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Really enjoying eikon perf leather pads with Aeolus.
    7. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Well, I have no self control and decided to order Aeuter Classic. It will be a showdown against Aeolus. The loser will be sold.
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        two headphones enter, one must leave. gladiatorial combat reigns supreme
        Aug 21, 2022
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    8. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      The Atrium loaner got me curious about cheaper ZMFs. After picking up an Aeolus with suede pads this might just be my goldilocks headphone.
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      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        I would be lying if I said I didn't want to hear the entire lineup now, however.
        Aug 19, 2022
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        For the sake of your sanity, don't.
        Aug 20, 2022
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    9. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Anyone have spares of the famous HD800 rug liner? It's pretty much the last mod I'd like to try.
      1. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        The original material is pretty much unobtainium afaik. I got a small piece from a generous baffer a few years ago.
        Aug 8, 2022
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      2. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        @gixxerwimp Why is it so special over any other rug liner?
        Aug 9, 2022
      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        You'll have to scour the HD800(S) thread, but that specific liner has "magical" acoustic properties. People have tried others but they don't achieve the same effect.
        Aug 9, 2022
    10. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      I swear, DNA Stratus should come with an HD650 soldered to the headphone jack. Like what the hell? Haunting.
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      2. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        then how would you run orthos with it?
        Aug 1, 2022
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      3. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        There are like...one two three...three more jacks to play with.
        Aug 1, 2022
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    11. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      I knew HD 650 scaled well, but lord above, along with Stratus this is more than enough headphone for me.
      1. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        HD 650 + DNA Sonnett is what convinced me that dynamic headphones benefit the most from tube amps
        Jul 24, 2022
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      2. Gazny
        Gazny
        Space ship mode
        Jul 24, 2022
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    12. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      PI2AES -> Yiggy LIM -> Stratus -> HD650 KISS + Big Theif's Dragon New Warm Mountain is one hell of a treat.
      1. caute, Cryptowolf, ckhirnigs and 6 others like this.
      2. ColdsnapBry
        ColdsnapBry
        That album carries so much micro dynamics it's amazing
        Jul 19, 2022
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        That first track gets me every time
        Jul 19, 2022
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      4. ckhirnigs
        ckhirnigs
        One of the best new albums I’ve heard in the last few years. I’d never heard of the band until someone posted about the album here. Good stuff.
        Jul 19, 2022
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    13. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Still really enjoying Yiggy LIM. Very similar to Bifrost 2 but dial up the resolution to 11.
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    14. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Week-long cold has got my system sounding like tinny, shouty garbage. Getting healthy will be a solid system upgrade. Patience...
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Get well soon...
        May 17, 2022
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    15. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Removing the metal grills on HD 800 was a good move! Similar improvements my previously owned orthos many moons ago. More "air" and space.
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      3. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        It's just the metal protection grill that I removed. It doesn't do anything besides protect from fingers and things stabbing the driver. I'll post a pic later.
        Mar 23, 2022
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Oh, got it. The Reddit pic has a section of the baffles circled in red and it looks to be replaced with fiberglass. Agree removing the outer driver protector grill is an improvement. Running them that way on both modded HD800 & BP800.
        Mar 23, 2022
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      5. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        I realized that photo was confusing as hell after the fact. Lol.
        Mar 23, 2022
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    16. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Brain adjusted to Yiggy LIM in about 30 min. Now 'one more song' syndrome is in full swing and I need to freaking sleep. Help.
    17. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Bottlehead BeePre2 build is commencing. Already broke a 4pin socket, but other than that I'm off to a good start. Lol.
    18. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      Finding myself on a Porcupine Tree binge again. No complaints. It's a good place to be.
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      2. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Regardless, I'll for sure be hyped when the entire album comes out and give it many listens before deciding. Lol.
        Jan 21, 2022
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      3. rott
        rott
        New Porcupine Tree? Will have to check it out. I think my favorite album is Fear of a Blank Planet, but not really familiar with their stuff prior to In Absentia. Maybe due to my Gavin Harrison bias..
        Jan 21, 2022
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      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Lol, y'all missed Steven during his "Prog Spice" phase.
        Jan 21, 2022
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    19. RestoredSparda
      RestoredSparda
      HD 800 almost went for sale the day I got em, but after screwing with EQ I don't want to let them go. Shoot. And Yay.
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      2. Claritas
        Claritas
        At my first meet, the HD-800 was the only thing that blew me away—and that was on one of the worst expensive set ups for it. Instead, I bought the only thing that *moved* me at that meet: the HD-600.
        Dec 20, 2021
      3. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        Ha! I'm using Bifrost 2 and Bottlehead Mainline with 10uf Vcap ODAM caps.

        I switched over to Roon with PI2aes so I could use the parametric eq and now am stuck with Roon. Besides a nice eq, moreso that it's a pleasure to use. Lol.
        Dec 20, 2021
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      4. RestoredSparda
        RestoredSparda
        For sure Claritas, with no EQ my HD 650KISS aren't going anywhere.
        Dec 20, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Gear List:
    Current gear: Yiggy LIM, DNA Stratus v2, HD 650 KISS, HD 800 SDR, Pi2aes w/ screen

    Old gear: Dragonfly (v.1 and v 1.2), Bifrost Multibit Gen 5 USB, Bifrost 2, Hifiman gear that has come and gone (Ef5, ef2a, HE500, HE 560), music streamer II, various usb decrapifiers, HD 600, HD580, DT990, OG Vali, Lyr 1, Lyr 2, Lyr 3, Magni 3+, Bottlehead Crack w/speedball and mods, Bottlehead Mainline w/ v-cap ODAM 10uf caps, Bottlehead Beepre 2...(various iems...Moondrop Kato, Cayin RU6).