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Hate to say this, but I'm immensely enjoying the AirPods Max in general. Jul 22, 2021 at 7:41 PM

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    1. Serious
      Serious
      Hate to say this, but I'm immensely enjoying the AirPods Max in general.
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        Might have to compare against the Audeze Penrose aswell. The rtings measurements look similar enough that I'm sure I'd love the tonality on that thing, too.
        PM-3 with HA-2 is another interesting comparison. From what I've heard so far, kinda on even footing.
        Jul 23, 2021 at 3:01 AM
      4. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m sure they sound good but the price tag kills it for me. I use my AirPods Pro all the time, so convenient and useful.
        Jul 23, 2021 at 11:56 AM
      5. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        Ive had AirPods max since they released and basically haven't listened to any other headphones since I got them. Sure they don't sound as good as a well amped HD800SDR, but they sound damn good and are so convenient. these days its just them or speakers for me
        Jul 25, 2021 at 9:27 AM
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      Serious
      How could this happen? How and why am I enjoying Harman bass?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Cuz bass is goooooood.
        Jul 18, 2021
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    3. Serious
      Serious
      Just looked at Jude's 5128 measurements and tried to come up with my own compensation curve. Yeah, no... 5128 doesn't look very useful to me
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        Serious
        Jul 15, 2021
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        Honestly, I'll make a thread about this. This is just too ridiculous not to mention. And here I was thinking the 5128 would actually be good. Maybe a curve with more upper mid gain, but then the upper mids on the other headphones aren't that suppressed, are they?
        Jul 15, 2021
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    4. Serious
      Serious
      Widebanders on the desk were a mistake. 3-ways with coaxial mid/tweeter FTW!
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      2. Serious
        Serious
        I think the mid has some D3 around 1kHz, otherwise really not too bad if crossed high enough. Subjectively they handle high volume levels surprisingly well, but using them nearfield certainly helps. They're not big drivers and they don't sound as effortless as big drivers.
        Jul 23, 2020
      3. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        @skem have you found a unity horn desktop speaker?
        Jul 23, 2020
      4. skem
        skem
        lol no. It was a reference to a discussion Serious and I was having elsewhere. I am thinking about larger speakers.
        Jul 23, 2020
    5. Serious
      Serious
      I wonder if phono cart break in is actual wear. Lyra Delos after (too) many hours measures less bright than DV-20X2L.
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      2. Serious
        Serious
        I always thought the resonance was a cantilever bending mode, but that may not be it. Not sure.
        Jul 9, 2020
      3. JK47
        JK47
        I always thought of a fresh needle as having a burr on it that needed to be removed, like a newly sharpened knife. Not exactly, but in the beginning it's so sharp it grabs and doesn't glide across the surface of the record smoothly. Just my thought, could be wrong.
        Jul 9, 2020
      4. JK47
        JK47
        Jul 9, 2020
    6. Biodegraded
      Biodegraded
      Yep, test records. With the Feickert 7", crosstalk on the same cart is -35-odd dB in both channels.
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    7. Serious
      Serious
      Sorry everyone, had a stressful day today, not enough sleep and too much caffeine. And still have stuff to plan for tomorrow.
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        Tbh I do want to add an update to the ambient noise thread soon and I hope afterwards we can all go out of it a little friendlier. But it's still going to take a while until then. Have been gathering data on and off for a while, but I still need to gather some more before I can present it.
        Jun 23, 2020
      4. Serious
        Serious
        Also Marv I'm glad you mentioned hearing noise in many common mics + preamps. I do too, but the U47 recordings I heard really make me wonder if that even matters. I feel it manages to resolve more plankton despite being noisier than other mics. Or maybe it's placebo.
        Some of my favorite recordings are quite noisy, yet capture so much plankton. I guess that's what no denoising does.
        Jun 23, 2020
      5. RobS
        RobS
        why so serious?
        Jun 23, 2020
    8. Serious
      Serious
      Experimenting with linear phase brickwall filters in RePhase. Certainly sounds much better than minimum phase lowpass.
      1. Serious
        Serious
        Cymbals now simply sound rounded vs sounding weirdly sharp and nasty when the material still has good output to the CD limit. Makes me think driver extension past 20kHz matters. Time to try it on "Hi-Res" content.
        May 29, 2020
    9. Serious
      Serious
      How many FFT bins do you want? Yes.
      1. Serious
        Serious
        May 7, 2020
    10. Serious
      Serious
      As expected the plasma TV is an EMI nightmare. EDIT: Not really. See below.
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      3. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        They look so good though
        May 6, 2020
      4. Serious
        Serious
        Yeah, the EMI is likely way less bothersome to me than the actual audible buzzing they emit, anyway. Maybe we'll get 480Hz refresh OLEDs at some point.
        May 6, 2020
      5. Serious
        Serious
        https://imgur.com/a/bqSAO3Q
        Here's an album with the measurements. CRT looks far worse than the Plasma TV here, but note that it was much closer for this measurement.
        May 6, 2020
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    11. Serious
      Serious
      Recently rediscovered the 'Perfect Declipper'. Actually works much better than I anticipated.
    12. Serious
      Serious
      Why are we so obsessed with ASR again? We don't really worry about most other forums, why ASR?
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        @Cspirou Not to forget Ken Rockwell, besides being really weird once you learn more about photos, also reviews audio gear and Shilla the DT880 hard.

        That might have been a factor in my getting one a few years ago >.>
        Dec 6, 2019
      4. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        ASR is Donald Trump @ the Nato conference. Fake news/Egos/OneSided (Topping!).
        Dec 6, 2019
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      5. zonto
        zonto
        I've seen users in audio groups on Facebook share the comparative measurement "recommendation" charts updated from time to time on ASR as authority/evidence backing their own recommendations. Me telling them I've owned something (or its similar predecessor) recommended and well ranked on the chart and that it sounded horrible falls on deaf ears. I like to think this is why we resist.
        Dec 6, 2019
    13. Serious
      Serious
      How do you know your listening levels are too loud? 16bit quantization noise is audible without changing volume levels...
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      3. Serious
        Serious
        I even heard a difference between a 24bit -96dB white noise file and digital silence in a quick blind test. Anyway, back to listening to 16/44.1.
        Nov 30, 2019
      4. Josh83
        Josh83
        It's almost worth buying a set of EARS to get a clear idea of listening levels.
        Dec 6, 2019
      5. Serious
        Serious
        EARS aren't even a good idea for that. I'd just get a cheap SPL meter.
        Dec 6, 2019
    14. Serious
      Serious
      Shoot, didn't expect the difference from getting better caps parallel to my woofers to be so huge!
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      2. Btdk34
        Btdk34
        Very intrigued! Can't wait to read your next update.
        Oct 23, 2019
      3. Serious
        Serious
        Yeah, the XO parts for the PAP crossover haven't arrived yet, so it'll have to wait until then. Maybe this weekend. I'll try to make graphite resistors, too.
        Oct 23, 2019
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      Serious
      Thought I'd share a pic of my current progress wrt to PAP Trio clones...
      1. Serious
        Serious
        Oct 14, 2019
    16. Serious
      Serious
      Lol, I fixed that the VPI Classic was running a bit fast using the force (quite literally).
      1. sphinxvc
        sphinxvc
        ? Air choke?
        Sep 12, 2019
      2. Serious
        Serious
        Haha. Well, all I really did was aggressively clean the belt (and pulley) with isopropyl alcohol until it left no residue. Went from 0.3% too fast to about 0.06% or so.
        Sep 12, 2019
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    17. Serious
      Serious
      Just realized the FE103A anniversary page is finally online... and the specs look disappointing
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      3. numbercube
        numbercube
        well, looks like Fostex doesn't smudge their FR plots as much as before!
        Sep 2, 2019
      4. Serious
        Serious
        @numbercube the limited runs all seem to have less smoothed graphs, but even with the usual smoothing that'd look pretty bad.
        Sep 2, 2019
      5. numbercube
        numbercube
        every 4"+ widebander's FR with low Rms looks bad, doesn't it? but for 70000 Yen, the FE103A better have the lowest distortion ever...
        Sep 3, 2019
    18. Serious
      Serious
      Shit, just did a bit of an experiment and now I think we do hear past 20kHz, although mostly subconsciously.
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        I could definitely hear the alarms. Some poorly-made dog whistles, too. Other times I would "perceive" something, and knew it to be related to hearing, though it's hard to call it hearing since it was so far outside the normal range.

        And yes, CRTs were always annoying, and similar to the ultrasonic alarms.
        Jun 28, 2019
      3. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        As for measuring your ability to hear it, I don't think typical audio speakers are a good choice, since they're not really designed to faithfully reproduce those frequencies. You'll need a specialized high frequency transducer to ensure that it's not emitting harmonic noise you're perceiving instead of the frequency under test.
        Jun 28, 2019
      4. Serious
        Serious
        Yep, especially since I just used my Voxativs. There are cheap plasma tweeters on eBay that I'm sure will have the bandwidth required, but I don't think they're low distortion.
        Jun 28, 2019
    19. Biodegraded
      Biodegraded
      Neutron - UAPP differences: agreed, holy shit, the difference is not subtle. I think what I'm hearing (using Dragonfly Black & UE900s) is with UAPP, dynamics are compressed and transients are slow. Pretty confident I have all additional processing turned off before everything is sent to the DAC - but Neutron is nonetheless rebuilding my 16/44 FLACs to 32-bit, ie its output is NOT bit-perfect.
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        @GoodEnoughGear that *might* be it, but I'm pretty sure I had all that switched off (and Follow Source Frequency, which the author in a forum post says should leave tracks entirely unmolested, switched on), yet 32 bits were apparently still being presented to the Dragonfly. I'll test more today.
        Dec 21, 2018
      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        @bixby @Serious it seemed the opposite to me, I think because the effect on dymamics and transients made it seem like UAPP's FR was tilted warmer. Maybe my particular chain...
        Dec 21, 2018
      5. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        From Neutron, UE900s (quad BA with an upper mid to lower treble hole) seems brighter, modded HFW A1 (single DD, more neutral) seems slightly warmer. I think increased dynamics & speed are responsible. Settings are such that both players should be passing data unaltered to the USB DAC. Hmm...
        Dec 21, 2018
    20. Serious
      Serious
      To the android guys: Which app do you use for playing music with an external DAC? Been comparing UAPP and Neutron for a bit...
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      2. bengo
        bengo
        @Serious it sounds like you need to clean up your USB
        Dec 1, 2018
      3. Serious
        Serious
        Did you try UAPP? How did you feel about it?
        This is just for getting the best sound on a portable rig. I normally use a Wyrd and some day I will ditch USB completely, but this is for a GO.
        Dec 1, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        DeadBeef... but my mobile listening is very much more convenience than critical, and I only really bother with the external DAC stuff for experimenting.
        Dec 1, 2018
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    Birthday:
    Oct 26, 1998 (Age: 22)
    Location:
    near Munich, Germany
    Gear List:
    UERM, RE272, HD600, HD800X
    Beta15A/Voxativ AC-1.6 OB

    Wyrd/GungnirMB/Rag

    GO450/Leckerton UHA6SmkII/GO2AInf

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    95dbA from 25Hz to 20kHz+ with ±30 degrees excess phase with ease.