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Preferring the CA Solaris w/ the Pixel 3A over the Sony ZX300. Better tonal balance. No rough upper mids. Have I lost it? Feb 16, 2020

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    1. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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
    9. 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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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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
    13. 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
    14. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Amp unplugged accidentally and made a pop. Manual said always turn off b4 unplugging. It works now though. Has something been damaged?
      1. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        If it sounds right, it's probably fine. I can't imagine any damage beyond a blown fuse would have happened, but even then you'd be able to tell.
        Sep 13, 2019
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      1. tommytakis
        Sep 12, 2019
      2. starence
        Sep 12, 2019
    16. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Got my ears on HD6XXs. Cymbals sound right but faint. Piano & voice ~ perfect. Guitar, brass & strings need more bite. Upright bass boomy.
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        I will say that this HeadAmp Gilmore Lite MK2 is making them surprisingly punchy and dynamic, considering their reputation. And treble is more extended than I expected - just could use more presence.
        Sep 11, 2019
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Stuff Jones some find the KISS find too bright while others find the stock version perfect. I think it's a safer move for massdrop to keep the tuning the same as the original HD650.
        Sep 11, 2019
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      4. Ash1412
        Ash1412
        I think they did propose but Sennheiser didn't want to mess with their ongoing production line plus their usual "we know it best" attitude. They've had a target FR researched internally for a long time so I can understand not wanting to belittle it. At least all these Japanese hp companies with good tech but bad tuning are seemingly very willing to let the community help out
        Sep 11, 2019
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    17. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Budget = 2000 for whole rig. Love jazz, classical. Value timbre, balance, dynamics. Auteur vs Clear vs 6xx + remaining budget for amp+dac?
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        And pull a reverse Purr1n with the cost of an initial setup going DAC > amp > HPs?!
        Sep 9, 2019
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Doesn't seem like a bad idea to me. Think of it as investing in a source that won't shame downstream components while saving up for headphones that better suits your fancy and, later, an amp to do it justice.

        But only if you think/know it'll be something you'll work on down the line.
        Sep 9, 2019
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      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        I have a Modi 3 and Bitfrost 2 on the way. Lets see which I keep. I do like the idea of having one component of a system that gets me ~90% of the way to TOTL - and that can work for HPs and a two channel system both.

        Speaking of that, any reason why the Gilmore wouldn't make a decent preamp?
        Sep 9, 2019
    18. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Debating my first pair of open cans for home office. Currently have powered monitors and IEMs. Open cans = worthwhile listening difference?
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      3. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        If I was listening at my desk/couch/bed and didn't need isolation and weight is not an issue, open-back HPs anyday over IEMs.
        Jul 25, 2019
      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Next foolish help-me-live-my- life question. I've got the GO V2A - should I get the MD Senn 6xx for 220 or the ZMF Aeolus for 1200? Context: I love the JVC FD01 for their tactility, balance and tonal rightiousness.
        Jul 25, 2019
      5. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I might consider the HD-600. If you prefer neutral.
        Jul 25, 2019
    19. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Marc Ribot "Live at the to Village Vanguard" FLAC >GOV2A>MEE Balanced>JVC FD01 is the most visceral portable music experience I've had.
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    20. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Just at a classical concert in a small space. What stood out about real SQ was dynamics, DR, and timbre. Not detail, clarity or separation.
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      3. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        @Kunlun After my first foray into planars I am understanding this more. The HD650 may not have the technicalities of many headphones, but it conveys emotion better than most of them, maybe all of them.
        Jun 24, 2018
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      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        Is this also why vinyl lovers love vinyl?
        Jun 24, 2018
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      5. Merrick
        Merrick
        Vinyl can have great clarity, detail, and separation.
        Jun 25, 2018
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