Scubadude
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Glabal Supply Chain Manager - Slurry Pumps

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Scubadude

Almost "Made", Male, 46, from Pretoria, South Africa

Loving my "new" Theta DS Pro Progeny! Not as bright as I recall from distant memory. Transport quality I wonder? Using uDSD as USB bridge. Jun 13, 2018

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    1. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my "new" Theta DS Pro Progeny! Not as bright as I recall from distant memory. Transport quality I wonder? Using uDSD as USB bridge.
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      2. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        excellent DAC, congrats! I’m rocking a DS Pro Prime IIA (which AFAIK is simply a balanced version of the Progeny) and it’s my favorite DAC that I’ve owned
        Jun 13, 2018
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        I usually attribute 'not as bright as I recall' experiences to my ageing ears...
        Jun 13, 2018
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    2. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Elear at $500 including Dekoni pads and Sommer cable a deal or not?
      1. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        You won't get warranty if it's used due to Focal being dicks. Guess the price reflects that...
        Jun 9, 2018
      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        At $500 I wouldn't be surprised if replacement parts would cost more than what you're paying for the headphones themselves.
        Jun 9, 2018
    3. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Getting more than a little irritated .... Can't seem to activate Sonarworks Reference 3 after replacing my computer
      1. Azteca
        Azteca
        I had activation issues as well but support sorted me out. Get in touch with them. There are some quirks to activation unfortunately.
        May 26, 2018
      2. westermac
        westermac
        Try the offline activation option. Kind of an annoying process but that usually does the trick for me
        May 26, 2018
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Third time lucky ... Why should this be such as schlep?
        May 29, 2018
    4. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Fully kitted 80 hours 2017 LCD3 at half price. Worthwhile alternative/replacement for 2016 de-fazored LCD2 I wonder?
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      2. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        @Vtory I have not heard this pair but comes from a friend whose ears I trust.
        May 24, 2018
      3. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Don’t recommend
        May 25, 2018
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Why not is I may ask?
        May 26, 2018
    5. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      One evening and new laptop sees my NAS, Jriver, Sonarworks and DAC drivers installed. Technology is great when it works!
      1. A1Gear likes this.
    6. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      One evening and new laptop sees my NAS, Jriver, Sonarworks and DAC drivers installed, DAC drivers worki Technology is great when it works!
      1. A1Gear
        May 17, 2018
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    7. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      KingRex Headquarters HQ-1 on loan ... Not bad!
    8. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tried a Graham Slee Solo last night ... Bass light and a little dry but quite nice with HD650.
      1. luckybaer
        luckybaer
        What's your source?
        Apr 20, 2018
      2. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Jriver 23 -> random USB cable -> Wadia 121
        Apr 21, 2018
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    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      I love out of fashion quality kit. Like the original Phonitor. Great sound, 50s sports car dash, wicked features. Should I get another one?
    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      If you had a $2-3000 windfall allocated for audio, what would you spend it on?
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      2. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I would get @gbeast 's Mogwai SE. At least it would stay in SBAF that way...
        Mar 17, 2018
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Most suggestions (singer, swingers and sliding drivers apart) are for electronics rather than headphones, which is sort what I was thinking as well. What about a mid-tier Stax setup for some variety?
        Mar 17, 2018
      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Given $3000 for estats I would go for L700 and build a KG amp
        Mar 17, 2018
    11. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Despite the lack of love around here I am seriously considering a Leben CS300F to drive HD800, T1 and K1000.
      1. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        No idea about driving headphones, but I heard one paired with Devore 3XLs and thought it was pretty okay. Nothing jumped out as crazy good.
        Feb 5, 2018
    12. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      The results of deliberate planning, judicious buying and painful culling are clear to see. I now have only 15 headphones. No problem here!
      1. Taverius
        Taverius
        You are a paragon of frugality, sir. We who are about to buy more cans salute you! o7
        Jan 28, 2018
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    13. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Gen 1 T1 in the house ... not a universal headphone but beautiful pairing with OTL SET valve amp.
      1. Vorlon and Mithrandir41 like this.
    14. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rolls Bellari HA540 on loan ... fairly decent budget tube job. Short on technicalities, strong on enjoyment and musicality.
    15. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my new Audeze Sine closed backs ... except for the comfort factor. Can't wait for the over-ear mod!
    16. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rebuilding the Jriver library after upgrading to MC23 ... Crap job but nice way to rediscover forgotten gems.
    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Just got Matrix M-Stage HPA-3B - love it. Now have opportunity to swop for Headroom BUDA + Desktop PSU. Very different ... Which one???
    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Matrix HPA-3B - fine amp with warm but clear signature, great detail, crisp timing and bags of dynamic headroom! Lots of Deckardness here!
      1. FlySweep and JustAnotherRando like this.
      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Is that a good thing? The Deckard is rather "meh", as I recall.
        Dec 20, 2017
      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        I really liked the Deckard amp section, DAC not so much.
        Dec 20, 2017
      4. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I'm pretty sure Matrix OEMs the amp section in the Deckard.
        Dec 20, 2017
    19. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tracked down for the second time a pair of Senn HD540 Reference Gold. Not letting it go again!
      1. Deep Funk likes this.
    20. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Been a balanced agnostic since forever. Got myself a Matrix HPA-3B to play around with and make up my own mind.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Sep 7, 1971 (Age: 46)
    Location:
    Pretoria, South Africa
    Occupation:
    Glabal Supply Chain Manager - Slurry Pumps
    Gear List:
    Wadia 121, Audiolab M-DAC, Nuprime uDSD, Fiio X3, Squeezebox Touch, Perreaux SXH2, Matrix M-Stage HPA-3B, SPL Phonitor, custom Hobkirk-Bouwman 6EM7 SET, T1 Gen 1, HD800, HD650 (one stock, one slightly modded), HD600, HD540 Reference II Gold x2, HE-560, de-fazored LCD2, Sine, AKG K1000, ATH-M40x
    Engineering graduate, far removed from actual engineering, operating in the space where slurry pumps and supply chain collide. 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 23 / LMS + SB Touch || Nuprime uDSD / Wadia 121 || Perreaux SXH2 / SPL Phonitor 2730 / Hobkirk-Bouwman custom 6EM7 OTL SET / Matrix HPA-3B || T1 Gen 1 / HD800 / HD650(x2) / HD600 / HD540 Ref Gold (x2) / 2016 LCD-2 Non-fazor / HE560 / ATH-M40x / AKG K1000 / Sine / Technics EAH-820