Scubadude
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Scubadude

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

More incisive, driven, detailed, transparent replacement for Wadia 121, maintaining neutral tone and balance. Answers on a postcard please. Feb 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM

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    1. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Bought a RPI3 plus Allo Kali / Piano 2.1 DAC as part of a bundle. What can I use it for?
      1. Cspirou
        Jul 22, 2018
    2. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      This is getting tired! Tyll's sample was a dud. Jood's sample was a dud. Review samples had wrong damping materials. Get it right 1st time!
      1. Jinxy245 likes this.
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      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Jul 17, 2018
        Jinxy245 and BenjaminBore like this.
      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I think there is a difference between silently revising a product vs. releasing a product that was just built wrong or has a high rate of malfunction.
        Jul 17, 2018
        Jinxy245 likes this.
      5. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Damn that actually answers a question I put on HF (and was ignored) why the 2 measurements in his review of the AFO were different. Thanks! (and apologies to @Scubadude for hijacking his profile post)
        Jul 17, 2018
    3. 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.
      1. RiddleyWalker likes this.
      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
        Scubadude likes this.
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        I usually attribute 'not as bright as I recall' experiences to my ageing ears...
        Jun 13, 2018
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    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        Don’t recommend
        May 25, 2018
      4. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Why not is I may ask?
        May 26, 2018
    7. 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.
    8. 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
        Scubadude and DigMe like this.
    9. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      KingRex Headquarters HQ-1 on loan ... Not bad!
      1. capetownwatches likes this.
    10. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Tried a Graham Slee Solo last night ... Bass light and a little dry but quite nice with HD650.
      1. capetownwatches likes this.
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      3. Scubadude
        Scubadude
        Jriver 23 -> random USB cable -> Wadia 121
        Apr 21, 2018
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      4. capetownwatches
        capetownwatches
        Solo Ultra Linear, now mine! It hadn't been used for a good few months, day one was indeed underwhelming. Bass light and a little dry describes it perfectly. However...from day two onwards it was a different story entirely...this amp is phenomenal in terms of detail, bass slam and dynamics. Slee recommends leaving it powered up 24/7 btw. Loving it.
        Jun 14, 2019
      5. capetownwatches
        capetownwatches
        Chain is PC->Wireworld UV->Resonessence Concero via Lindy Gold 75ohm coax into Benchmark DAC1 USB->Solo/PSU1
        ->HD600/LCD2F/K612
        Jun 14, 2019
    11. 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?
    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. 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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    15. 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.
    16. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rolls Bellari HA540 on loan ... fairly decent budget tube job. Short on technicalities, strong on enjoyment and musicality.
    17. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Loving my new Audeze Sine closed backs ... except for the comfort factor. Can't wait for the over-ear mod!
    18. Scubadude
      Scubadude
      Rebuilding the Jriver library after upgrading to MC23 ... Crap job but nice way to rediscover forgotten gems.
    19. 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???
    20. 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
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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, PS Audio GCHA, Krell KSA-5 Clone, Bottlehead Mainline, HD800, HD650, HD600, HD540 Reference II Gold, HD560 Ovation, HE-560, de-fazored LCD2F, Sine, AKG K1000, Stax SRS2170, B&W PX, 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