Scubadude
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Scubadude

Almost "Made", Male, 49, from Pretoria, South Africa

Dusted off Senn HD560 Ovation II ... didn't give these a fair shake 1st time around. Boody good actually, provided amp is warm of neutral. May 14, 2021

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    1. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Dusted off Senn HD560 Ovation II ... didn't give these a fair shake 1st time around. Boody good actually, provided amp is warm of neutral.
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        I saw "fair shake" and "booty". What are we talkin' bout?
        May 14, 2021
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Should've been "bloody" not boody :)
        May 15, 2021
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    2. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Meier Corda Swing impresses on 1st listen. Doesn't leave everyhing in a squashed and/or etched mess like the latest crop of budget amps.
      1. obsiCO, shambles, Cryptowolf and 2 others like this.
    3. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Meier Corda Swing inbound. Curious purchase of a 10yr old budget wonder. Wonder if it is still wonderous.
      1. Claritas and Cryptowolf like this.
    4. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      More incisive, driven, detailed, transparent replacement for Wadia 121, maintaining neutral tone and balance. Answers on a postcard please.
    5. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      HE560 loves thick, organic amps. PS Audio GCHA match made in heaven!
      1. Cryptowolf, FlySweep and Azimuth like this.
      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        I wonder how mine will pair with a Kenzie Ovation, once I get it. Of the available amps I have, the HE560 prefers my Cavali Liquid Carbon over my CTH.
        Feb 17, 2021
    6. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Raal Requisite SR1a + Jot R now selling under $3k on the used market. Feel an itch coming on ...
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      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        @Hammy my preference is to have everything above the subbase range immaculate ... My daily drivers include HD800, L500, K1000, HD540. None of these are bass monsters but I will happily sacrifice some or all of the bottom octave for what they do right further up. Even my 2 channel setup (AE1's) reflect this. Somehow I think the Raal is right up my alley.
        Jan 30, 2021
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        More and better bass than K1000. Go for it.

        Honestly, I believe Raal is a sbaf-must reference experience no matter whether you end up with liking or hating.
        Jan 30, 2021
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      5. Hammy
        Hammy
        I'm after natural acoustic bass, but with extension down to the depths. If the natural acoustic bass works for me then the Daft Punk bass will also work. I just need to hear the SR1a to find out if it will do that to my satisfaction. I'm super happy with Audeze bass. It's hard to go with less extension than that after hearing it. Once this Covid thing is over I'll get to hear the SR1a at a meet and make a decision.
        Jan 30, 2021
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    7. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      After months of vacillating like a vibrator I pulled the trigger on a BNIB SRS-5100 ... local stock so should have it early next week!
    8. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Forgotten FOTM Loxjie P20 inbound ... found it quite dull a year ago, so let me try "full" balanced operation this time around.
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      2. purr1n
        purr1n
        LOL. Loxjie.
        Jun 15, 2020
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    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Decision time. 2170 in the collection last 2 yrs. Love the baby Stax! Should I buy L700 & SRM-353x (unheard because lockdown)?
    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Nicely built Bottlehead Mainline with some smart valves at 50% of kit cost worth a punt?
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      3. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        Yea, at half price I'd consider it a great deal - if well built.
        Jan 23, 2020
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Jan 23, 2020
      5. fraggler
        fraggler
        Holy crap, that wiring! Wow.
        Jan 23, 2020
    11. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Picked up a Lotoo PAW 6000 DAP ... My goodness is plays well! Most responsive UI I've seen.
      1. EagleWings, hikergrl and Jinxy245 like this.
      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Any sonic impressions? Was tempted by this as an upgrade from the ZX300.
        Jan 20, 2020
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Posted some notes in the DAP talk thread. Don't know the ZX300 but soundwise he 6000 is just under pinnacle DAPs like R2R2000 and Paw Gold Touch.
        Jan 21, 2020
    12. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Proper office for the first time in years! Setting up PS Audio GCHA and HD600 today, packing Nuprime uDSD just in case the DAC is a turd.
    13. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Picked up a Krell KSA-5 clone in China. Serious clout, speed and detail but not harsh or bright. Did someone say that sounds like a Krell?
      1. hikergrl likes this.
    14. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bought PS Audio GCHA at a whim. Gorgeous detail and scale from whisper to thunder levels. Zero ear fatigue. Great amp, DAC just so-so.
      1. Scott Kramer
        Scott Kramer
        Interesting, I'm a fan of how the gain cells (gilbert cell) works, amplifying from 0-100 instead of attenuating 100-0 for vol control. The full-detail at low vol is so good. (use a ya2-->modded Trio100 in my 2channel system)
        Jun 7, 2019
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      1. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        You're on your period?
        Apr 6, 2019
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    16. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tempted by a very sweet deal on AR M2 DAP and Sennheiser IE800 ... don't have much of a usecase but damn this combo sounds so good!
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    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Fresh HD800, HD650 and Elear in the house! Three courier deliveries in 24 hours. I like!
    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Found a neat HD800 for a fair price and swopped my old one for Elear with Elex pads and some aftermarket cables Good deal?
    19. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bagged a Stax SRS 2170 starter set, new in box, for less than $500. Haven't been this excited about an audio purchase for a long time!
      1. Thad E Ginathom, Deep Funk and Wilson like this.
      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Prediction, you will be wowed by the speed and detail, plus the airyness. However, it will sound thin and not linear. Whether you're hooked enough to push through to an amp with a CCS that sounds more linear is the question. It's a weird mirror world. Enjoy!
        Sep 11, 2018
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      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        I've heard high end Stax but expectations were high and I left disappointed that cherubs did not pee into my ears. More benign expectations with these ... I would like to hear the "ethereal" quality and faster HD600 with more bass extension that I've seen people describe. And compare back to back with K1000 which is said to be the closest you can get to Stax without actually being Stax.
        Sep 12, 2018
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        So this arrived 24 hours after being sent off. Condition is NIB which is surprising and impressive. So is the sound.
        Sep 13, 2018
    20. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Lehmann Black Cube Linear still worth a try for $200?
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 7, 1971 (Age: 49)
    Location:
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Occupation:
    Management and Engineering Professional
    Gear List:
    Wadia 121, Theta DS Progeny, Nuprime uDSD, Schiit Modi 2 Uber, Fiio X3, Fiio X3 Mk III, Lotoo PAW 6000, Pi3 + Kali + Piano, Perreaux SXH2, SPL Phonitor, custom Hobkirk-Bouwman 6EM7 SET OTL, PS Audio GCHA, Krell KSA-5 Clone, Bottlehead Mainline, Meier Audio Cord Swing, HD800, HD650, HD600, HD540 Reference II Gold, HD560 Ovation II, HE-560, de-fazored LCD2F, AKG K1000, Stax SRS2170, SRS 5100, IE800, RE-400
    Management, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain practitioner. Father of four kids and happily married for many years ... Poligamy for me is more than one pair of headphones. Enjoy scuba diving (no one saw that coming), wine and the great outdoors.

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    Enjoying my cans in sunny South Africa!

    Current kit: JRiver MC 23 || Nuprime uDSD / Wadia 121 / Theta DS Pro Progeny / Schiit Modi 2 Uber / Aune X1s || Perreaux SXH2 / SPL Phonitor 2730 / Hobkirk-Bouwman custom 6EM7 OTL SET / PS Audio GCHA / Krell KSA-5 Clone / Bottlehead Mainline || HD800 SDR / HD650 / HD600 / HD560 Ovation / HD540 Ref Gold / LCD-2 De-fazored / HE560 / AKG K1000 / DT880 Pro / Sine / Technics EAH-820 / Stax SRS-2170 and SRS-5100 / Stax New SR-3 and SRD-5 / B&W PX ... oh and some mobile bits ... Lotoo PAW6000 / Fiio X3 Mk III / Hifiman RE400 / IE800