songmic
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Gear cycler East Asia edition, Male, 32, from Seoul, South Korea

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Rockna Wavedream Signature XLR is also in da house. Too many gears to review... Apr 24, 2022

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    1. songmic
      songmic
      Rockna Wavedream Signature XLR is also in da house. Too many gears to review...
      1. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Lucky bastard! That must be a fantastic DAC based on the Edition!
        Apr 25, 2022
        pavi likes this.
      2. pavi
        pavi
        it really is!
        Apr 26, 2022
    2. songmic
      songmic
      @ext delivered me 2 prototypes of JAR800 in person yesterday. Photos are still on embargo per his request, but I’ll share impressions soon.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        i like where this is going.
        Apr 24, 2022
      3. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        Also very curious! I hope we end up with a loaner.
        Apr 24, 2022
      4. CEE TEE
        CEE TEE
        Also very interested in your impressions as you have had lots of great HD800 TOTL amps…
        Apr 24, 2022
    3. songmic
      songmic
      Downsizing all my dynamic amps and headphones save Code-X. Jot 2, LAuX or any other suggestions? (no speaker amps)
      1. YMO
        YMO
        Apr 21, 2022
      2. songmic
        songmic
        lol just met him in person yesterday
        Apr 24, 2022
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    4. songmic
      songmic
      Beat Malenia on 5th try, and Fire Giant (no damage), Godskin Duo and Elden Beast on first try. ER is the easiest game from FromSoftware.
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      2. HotRatSalad
        HotRatSalad
        Doesn't matter what souls game I go for claymore every game. Plus one more good weapon. Bloodhound fang +10 is pretty OP.
        Apr 13, 2022
      3. netforce
        netforce
        On my 5th playthrough of ER, first three runs I was doing sorcery build and got to like over level 200. Second character/4th run did a str/faith build and experimented with a ton of weapons. Latest character doing dex/arcane bleed build but using no summons/spirit ashes. Game feels a lot tougher now lol
        Apr 14, 2022
      4. songmic
        songmic
        Sorcery was getting boring, so I respeced to a STR/DEX quality build for my second playthrough.
        Apr 24, 2022
    5. songmic
      songmic
      Just when I thought the CRBN was superb with the Carbon CC, the SR-007MK2 (which I borrowed from a friend) is utterly mind-blowing.
      1. Cryptowolf and rhythmdevils like this.
      2. SoupRKnowva
        SoupRKnowva
        You going back to electrostats?
        Mar 19, 2022
        songmic likes this.
      3. songmic
        songmic
        @SoupRKnowva 90% of electrostats suck, but the CCC + SR-007MK2 blows everything out of the water. The sole exception is the SR1a, but that's an entirely different beast.
        Mar 19, 2022
        Gazny and SoupRKnowva like this.
      4. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        007mk2 with a good amp seems to be the best price/performance for e-stats (that I have tried thus far anyhow.) It comes very close to the 009S in terms of detail and technicalities, but is way less MSRP, especially used. A little bit EQ and the 007mk2 is great, I find it a bit thick sounding stock. 009S is more comfortable bit a little bit though.
        Mar 19, 2022
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      1. Jinxy245, Lyander and Vtory like this.
      2. zonto
        zonto
        Sweet! Only $25! :)
        May 7, 2021
      3. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Only $15 if you don't go premium....I love the short description too.
        May 7, 2021
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Is this for real?
        May 7, 2021
    7. songmic
      songmic
      MHA150 having been well received, any thoughts on the less expensive MHA200 which is a fully tube dedicated headphone amp?
      1. limesoft likes this.
      2. limesoft
        limesoft
        Is 94 SNR and 0.5% distortion competitive for a tube hp amp? Looks great though, no idea on how it sounds yet..
        Feb 6, 2021
        songmic likes this.
      3. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Love the size but not my first choice in that price range
        Mar 19, 2022
    8. songmic
      songmic
      Best headphone systems I've heard to date: 1. Jotunheim R + SR1a / 2. Teton + HD800SDR / 3. KGSSHV Carbon + SR-007A (port mod)
      1. CEE TEE, tommytakis, 9suns and 5 others like this.
      2. songmic
        songmic
        4. Studio T + HD650M / 5. BHSE + SR-007MK2 / 6. LG + Code-X
        Jul 20, 2020
        CEE TEE and tommytakis like this.
      3. Cakecake
        Cakecake
        I don't see portapotty + fulla 2 in there
        Jul 20, 2020
        tommytakis, songmic and famish99 like this.
    9. songmic
      songmic
      I know Schiit multibit DACs aren't ΔΣ, but are they R2R ladder? In other words, is multibit a type of R2R or something different altogether?
      1. purr1n
        purr1n
        Hybrid R2R + 2R or resistor ladder + resistor string.
        Apr 7, 2020
      2. brencho
        brencho
        Yes
        Apr 7, 2020
        rlow and JK47 like this.
    10. songmic
      songmic
      Apex Teton is mind-blowing with HD800, and I've barely scratched its surface with tube rolling. Why haven't this amp gotten much attention?
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      2. ductrung3993
        ductrung3993
        @songmic how would you compare Studio Jr and Teton?
        Apr 3, 2020
      3. songmic
        songmic
        @ductrung3993 SJR is a more versatile amp, but for HD800, Teton all the way.
        Apr 6, 2020
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      4. ductrung3993
        ductrung3993
        @songmic thank you. Could you describe and perhaps compare the overall characteristics of each amp please?
        Apr 16, 2020
    11. songmic
      songmic
      As a nonnative English speaker, how do you pronounce air? Air as in not the air we breathe, but the type of music also known as aria.
      1. SeanT
        SeanT
        Feb 29, 2020
      2. bixby
        bixby
        ARE-EEE-UH
        Feb 29, 2020
        obsiCO, DigMe, Jinxy245 and 1 other person like this.
    12. songmic
      songmic
      An unmodded HD800 driven by SJ with feedback is less sibilant and fatiguing than a Code-X driven by Pro iCAN in Tube+ (warmest) mode.
      1. Ksaurav402 likes this.
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        No one really cares about high end gear anymore, it's all about the cheap and cheerful.
        Dec 28, 2019
      3. songmic
        songmic
        @m17xr2b Says the guy who owns a Stellaris :)
        Dec 28, 2019
      4. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        From the guy who tries everything under the sun including the Studio :) I'm afraid all thisl measurements talk has dismissed the DHT tube amp my friend. Got badgered the other day for pointing out a cheap and bad amp is...cheap and bad.
        Dec 29, 2019
    13. songmic
      songmic
      Trying hard not to go back to HD800 after countless breakups and reconciliations, but damn, if the SJ/HD800 weren't so non-fatiguing.
      1. Vtory and dubharmonic like this.
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      3. Ash1412
        Ash1412
        HD800s are weird. Even when unmodded with the huge audible peak and general brightness, they somehow manage to sound more natural than the Clear and Utopia to me in the long run.
        Dec 12, 2019
        murphythecat and gridmaster like this.
      4. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        The devil suggests EQ
        Dec 12, 2019
        Jinxy245 and Zed Bopp like this.
      5. gridmaster
        gridmaster
        For me the HD800 still represents the best timbre of any headphone I've heard. When I owned the Utopia, there was two things that stood out. Perceived detail was greater because it shoves it in your face, and the beryllium driver (for me imo) fucked timbre hard. While tonally HD800 is extremely picky, with the right dac+amp it's amazing.
        Dec 12, 2019
    14. songmic
      songmic
      Why is Mytek one of our supporters? Didn't we give them a hard time already?
      1. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        It is part of the Upscale Audio banner advertising their brands.
        Nov 26, 2019
      2. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        You wouldn't have been the only one bamboozled for a bit (@Vtory)
        Nov 26, 2019
    15. songmic
      songmic
      The DSHA-3F is supposedly a DSHA-3 with tweaked output Z optimized for Focals, but for some reason no one seems to be using DSHA-3 anymore.
      1. Wilson likes this.
      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Not quite. Iirc the 3 has an additional output transformer after the DSHA circuit, while the 3F doesn’t (hence why only balanced out, it’s basically a direct feed balanced).

        More importantly, the 3 also starts at $3800, and the 3F at $1000 cheaper seems to be good enough for many headphones, provided they’re balanced and you use a balanced cable.
        Oct 20, 2019
        ColtMrFire, obsiCO, Ash1412 and 5 others like this.
    16. songmic
      songmic
      Joaquin Phoenix joins Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger as one of the best incarnations of Joker.
      1. Deep Funk likes this.
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      3. rlow
        rlow
        No love for Jack Nicholson? Sure the movie was campy/cheesy as hell, but his performance basically made that movie.

        Looking forward to seeing this new one though - looks awesome, and JP can play a great twisted bad guy.
        Oct 3, 2019
      4. LetMeBeFrank
        LetMeBeFrank
        Absolutely despised his character in gladiator... mark of a great actor.
        Oct 3, 2019
      5. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Interested...
        Oct 4, 2019
    17. songmic
      songmic
      While technically more impressive, the Susvara does not emotionally connect with the music like the Code-X does. What is it missing?
      1. sheldaze likes this.
      2. skem
        skem
        I’ve heard the same comment with respect to Susvara vs. HEKv1. I have not had the privilege of hearing Susvara, though. I’m extremely keen to.
        Sep 27, 2019
        songmic likes this.
      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        One headphone is tuned by someone who loves music and actually goes to shows at the various great concert halls in SoCal?
        Sep 27, 2019
        atomicbob, Ash1412, Soups and 3 others like this.
    18. songmic
      songmic
      The NuForce Move is a lot more convenient to use than Stride, and a bit softer sounding.
      1. Poleepkwa and YMO like this.
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        My production pair sounds really off compared to my pre production pair. Something is amiss.
        Sep 9, 2019
      4. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        I couldn’t yank the Stride outta my ears fast enough. That treble is turrible.
        Sep 9, 2019
      5. GanGreinke
        GanGreinke
        I had a problem with one of the earbuds having the phase reversed. Drop told me that others have complained of the same problem.
        Sep 9, 2019
    19. songmic
      songmic
      Never thought I’d say this, but iPhone + NuForce Stride is not bad. Revealing enough to hear the improvement from stock player to Capriccio.
      1. Overkill Red likes this.
    20. songmic
      songmic
      Passed the Mensa test, scoring an IQ of 156. Self-confidence boosted by 10%.
      1. Deep Funk, neogeosnk and MisterRogers like this.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        All jokes aside, and I was making an effort at levity above, IQ is just a measurement like any other— subject to skilled interpretation. It's honestly cool that you qualify for Mensa if your OP was sincere, but while the boost in confidence is always well-deserved, don't let a number on a page influence your perception of personal worth; you're more than that.
        Jun 10, 2019
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Here's another proverb for @songmic's day... It's not how big it is it's what you do with it that counts.

        Sorry I can't match @Kunlun's literary flair and wisdom on this occasion!
        Jun 10, 2019
        Priidik, Lyander and Jinxy245 like this.
      5. gaspasser
        gaspasser
        I prefer to think that my awesome gear, fancy car and huge penis boost my self confidence by 19%
        Jun 10, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 29, 1989 (Age: 32)
    Location:
    Seoul, South Korea
    Occupation:
    Board-certified internist
    Gear List:
    Schiit Audio Bifrost 2
    Schiit Audio Jotunheim R → RAAL-requisite SR1a
    Eddie Current Studio Jr. → LFF Code-X / ZMF Vérité

    Signature

    DAC: Schiit Audio Bifrost 2
    EQ: Schiit Audio Lokius
    Amplifiers: Apex Hi-Fi Teton, iFi audio Pro iCAN, Schiit Audio Jotunheim R
    Headphones: LFF Code-X, RAAL-requisite SR1a, Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX