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AZLA SednaEarfit tips > all others with Solaris (JVC, Symbio, stock, random others). Apr 7, 2020 at 2:46 PM

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    1. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      AZLA SednaEarfit tips > all others with Solaris (JVC, Symbio, stock, random others).
      1. jexby
        jexby
        Best HOLE SIZE!
        Best THICHNESS OF SILICON!
        Apr 7, 2020 at 7:39 PM
    2. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        It depends. Heavy Metal files can be balanced out by Light Easy Listening files.
        Mar 27, 2020
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Surely compressed music weighs more than music with a high dynamic range? One only has to look at the wave form.
        Mar 27, 2020
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    3. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Bifrost 2, Wasapi & Foobar: should you use 16 or 24 bit?
      1. e.schell
        e.schell
        Would assume 24... what I use with my Gungnir Multibit and seems to work well.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      2. Collusion
        Collusion
        16 bit audio signal can be delivered losslessly in a 24 bit container, so go for the higher number.
        Mar 25, 2020
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    4. Stuff Jones
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        !
        Mar 24, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        To the point exactly. That makes sense.
        Mar 25, 2020
    5. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      'Windows audio device graph isolation" is consistently using 20-25% of my CPU, keeping the fan buzzing. Internet no help. Any ideas to fix?
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @famish99 - what about 16 (w or w/o dither) vs 24 bit?
        Mar 24, 2020
      3. famish99
        famish99
        I use 24 bit, but I've never tried testing both of them side by side and I've long moved on from foobar as my choice of player.
        Mar 24, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Use push mode. 24 bit is fine. You don't really need dither. Only use that dither setting if playing back a 24-bit file and selecting 16-bit.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      Stuff Jones
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    7. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Any suggestions on an affordable (<$400) portable USB Amp/DAC or DAP with USB DAC that pairs well with the Solaris?
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        Fiio X5 3rd Gen but only if you root it and get that custom kernel from HF. Still doesn't fix the Second MicroSD card slot issue.
        Feb 27, 2020
      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        I'm not looking for features, just the best SQ/dollar with the Solaris in a compact reliable package.
        Feb 27, 2020
      5. YMO
        YMO
        Fiio X5 3rd Gen or a cheaper used Sony.
        Feb 27, 2020
    8. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Preferring the CA Solaris w/ the Pixel 3A over the Sony ZX300. Better tonal balance. No rough upper mids. Have I lost it?
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        I’m assuming OI affects the BA drivers in the Solaris and not the DD driver. Maybe it’s shelving the upper mid or treble to where you like it? I don’t think I’d describe Sony sound as rough from memory
        Feb 16, 2020
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      3. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        Given that the Pixel XL has about 4.8 ohm OI, and I don't think Google has really put that much thought into audio since then, maybe the 3A is somewhere in that ballpark? I do prefer Solaris out of higher output impedance devices as well. My AK120 has 3.5 ohm OI, for instance.
        Feb 16, 2020
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      4. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        Not weird at all. To me, ZX300 tends to make the upper-mid a bit hotter and the bass a tad leaner compared to stuff from Hiby or WM1A or even an iPhone. It's something I've noticed with both Andros and FDX1, a bit worse with the former. For something that has tube-like organic lows, its upper-mid and treble is quite solid-state-like.
        Feb 16, 2020
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        So... One point each, so far...
        Feb 6, 2020
      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Count Count would be proud.
        Feb 7, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        He would probably enjoy a result of 3-4-5 more --- and not because of the clear winners and losers!
        Feb 7, 2020
    10. BillOhio
      BillOhio
      Man, that Shakira sure can... sing.
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      3. spwath
        spwath
        I am 20. I can't believe she is 43
        Feb 2, 2020
      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        Just checked it out after seeing this post. I was pleasantly surprised by the excerpt from Kashmir about 2 mins in.

        And yes Shakira is impossibly beautiful, that's been the case for a while now :))
        Feb 3, 2020
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      5. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Shakira has been a hottie since before @spwath was born... and @Stuff Jones, I guess I updated my 'status' from your profile page on accident. No idea why or even how I did that :/
        Feb 3, 2020
    11. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Whatever happened to @gbeast? One of my favorite posters going back to HF days, but haven't seen him around in forever.
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      3. cskippy
        cskippy
        @gbeast is local to me and a friend IRL. I believe his interests and priorities shifted and there just isn’t the time to devote to audio. Last I heard he still has an Auteur and Aeolus sans any amp or DAC. I told him they would also be excellent decorations on a wall. I miss his passion towards audio but I believe his passion is being used to help others in new ways now.
        Feb 2, 2020
      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I never met him but ended up with his Af, #9.
        Feb 2, 2020
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      5. jowls
        jowls
        The last time I saw him he was riding off into the sunset, a smile on his face.
        Feb 2, 2020
    12. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Why aren't there any IEMs that use two DDs (for bass & mids) and one BA driver for treble? Plays to the tonal strength of each transducer.
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @Kunlan. Didn't the old TDK IEMs also have two DDs? They were pretty good for the money back in the day as I recall.

        I'd love to see an IEM with a CA DD for bass, an Aurisonic Rocket micro dynamic driver for mids (best IEM mids I've heard) and an Andro BA implementation for up top. Use the two DDs for 80-90 percent of the FD. Just use the BA for that last bit of extension and avoid most timbre/coherence issues.
        Jan 30, 2020
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      3. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Rockets are badass and a true HD650 IEM correlate IMO. Shame they stopped making them and the cable is so microphonic... I love mine - moreso than the FDX1
        Jan 30, 2020
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      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @E_Schaaf - selling them (due to lack of extension) is my biggest audiophile regret to date. Selling my Martin Logan Mikros 90s is second.
        Jan 30, 2020
    13. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Is there currently a similar product to the GOV2A that's got better SQ? Noticing the glare more now in comparison with my big rig.
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      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        The iFI BL looks too big to whip out at a cafe.
        Jan 27, 2020
      4. shotgunshane
        shotgunshane
        Looks like the Groove has 21 ohms OI; at least back in 2016. FD01 impedance is flat so shouldn’t really affect it but if you get any hybrids, it might not be so good.
        Jan 27, 2020
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      5. neogeosnk
        neogeosnk
        The $100 es100 sounds great with the JVC HA-FDX1. I get zero hiss from the Andromedas and you can hook it up to a laptop. If you need more power, it has a balanced 2.5 connector. *Bonus* you can use it as a bluetooth receiver.
        Jan 27, 2020
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    14. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      RIP Kobe.
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      2. OldDude04
        OldDude04
        RIP Kobe. Truly tragic that his daughter was on board as well.
        Jan 26, 2020
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        @Ringingears I only just caught that there were five people on the chopper. Fuck that's horrible.
        Jan 26, 2020
      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Yes. Her teammate and her parent where onboard also.
        Jan 26, 2020
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    15. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      1/3. True or false: there are more compromises necessary with a transducer than with electronics?
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        However if you've invested in good electronics at the beginning, you're controlling for that variable and cost and can just discover and indulge your SQ tastes via headphone upgrading.
        Jan 14, 2020
      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        A practical example. If you're starting off in HPs with a ~3k budget, which option would you go for:

        a) DNA Starlett + Schiit BF2 + HD6XX
        b) Schiit Modi MB + Asgard + ZMF Verite

        For me, option a) is much more appealing. You've got an amp and DAC that will do any headphone justice as your taste evolves and budget grows.
        Jan 14, 2020
      4. Griffon
        Griffon
        @Stuff Jones your option a is built upon the premise that HD6XX (or the HD6xx family) is a competent transducer. With a 3K USD budget I'd rather have a used pair of HD800SDR, get a competent sub-1200, SBAF-approved amp, and a used Gungnir MB. You have a combination electronics that is a.) not far away from Starlett+BF2, and b). maybe even more versatile.
        Jan 15, 2020
    16. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Anybody in the music industry here? Have an idea I'd like to run past someone in the know.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        For a simple field recording setup, I recommend a wearable binaural mic into a cheapo recorder. Simple, effective, sounds great, cheap. I use Soundmann OKM + Yamaha Pocketrak PR7. Full setup under $300 and sounds great! I've worked on hundreds of production sound gigs though I wouldn't consider myself a music industry insider.
        Dec 3, 2019
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      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Would this produce something that you wouldn't mind listening to on a decent system?
        Dec 3, 2019
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        I mean, it's binaural, not multitracked - no real ability to do extensive DSP afterwards, and headphones only. But aside from that, it sounds amazing! Full bandwidth, all of the spatial cues remain intact. Possibly a bit diffusive if you're sitting far from the performers but that's just a matter of where you're located while you're wearing the mic.
        Dec 3, 2019
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    17. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Why aren't open baffle speakers as popular as open backed headphones?
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        ... yeah definitely not something I'd know about yet, hah!

        But really, open baffle designs are less sexy? I'm gushing over the pair @Serious is working on and I don't even do speakers (yet) :))
        Oct 23, 2019
      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Are the SQ advantages of open baffle vs closed equivalent to open headphones vs closed headphones?
        Oct 23, 2019
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        Not everyone has the room for them. Same with planar speakers.
        Oct 23, 2019
    18. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Are HR tracks more likely to lead to clipping? I'm getting what sounds like clipping on a 96/24 version of Muddy Waters Folk Singer.
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Interesting that our hearing can detect such a brief low level (-40 dBFS) crackle riding on a -15dBFS cycle.
        Oct 19, 2019
      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @atomicbob Just the occasional crackle on rapid volume volume increases. This track has it a few times. For example when he cries "ohhhh" at about 0:39-0:40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6B7QzSF3oQ

        Heard that same crackle on the "Ohhh/Whoa" at 2:24 on You gonna Need My Help too.

        Glad it's Muddy's powerful voice and not my gear at fault.
        Oct 20, 2019
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Preparing a visual analysis to post in the next few days on this topic.
        Oct 21, 2019
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    19. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Got the HD600 to compare with the 6XX. A HP rite of passage. 6XX seem a notch above. More spacious, better midrange detail and layering.
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        For me, HD580>HD650>HD600. Basically because I'd rather have a little too much midbass (HD650) than a little too much upper mid (HD600), but OG 580 is more or less right in the middle of both of those two things.
        Oct 7, 2019
      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Doesn't the HD580 use the same driver as the HD600? If my ears are correct (that's a big if), the HD650 is a superior driver, tuning preferences aside.
        Oct 7, 2019
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Yes, but for whatever reason (maybe just the baffle/housing or worn pads) it sounds smack in the middle. Also some of the older drivers sound a bit smoother on the top end so maybe it's just unit variation from what I've heard (new 650s and 2002 580s, and late 00-s 600s)
        Oct 7, 2019
    20. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Do any headphones ever made match the HD650's midrange rightness?
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @ChaChaRealSmooth - I would be curious on your short comparison of the mids on those three HPs. They were my three finalists, and the Senns cost and OG reputation won out. Still intrigued by the Auteurs. As I mentioned, the Clear's supposed wonky timbre eventually disqualified them for me.
        Oct 2, 2019
      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        All 3 have great layering and resolve in the mids. Difference is mainly in timbre. Auteur can be a bit rich, Clear a bit lean, and HD650 is very neutral (leans toward thick-sounding though). Personally I like the Auteur.
        Oct 2, 2019
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      4. elmoe
        elmoe
        KISS mod will only make them overall better / more balanced across the range and you will love them even more. I've been tempted to spend thousands and tried quite a few headphones in the 2k - 3k range but nothing is really a clear upgrade.
        Oct 7, 2019
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