tommytakis
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tommytakis

Gear Cycler SoCal Edition, Male, from Los Angeles, CA

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HD850? maaaaybe https://imgur.com/eh5gCLo Dec 21, 2020

    1. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      About 80% done with my content review. The burnout is real... :(
      1. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        properly performed evaluations are really hard.
        Nov 3, 2019
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      2. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        All of my college friends are either done with MCAT or already in med school so I had trouble finding people to study with. After some thoughts, I decided to join a local, online study buddies group through reddit to keep each other motivated. Hopefully this will keep the fire going for ~2 more months.
        Nov 3, 2019
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Burnout is definitely real. MCAT bites ass because it's not something you can take whenever you're ready so you have to be really anal about managing your schedule in order to fit as many sanity-aids in while keeping a clipping pace going through material, but it's definitely doable.

        You come across as diligent and resilient, I don't doubt that you'll do your best come exam time.
        Nov 3, 2019
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    2. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      I started reading "Kimetsu no Yaiba" last night and I ended up staying up all night reading it. totally worth losing sleep over it
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      2. fraggler
        fraggler
        Did you watch the anime adaptation? One of the few ever that has art/animation so good that my jaw dropped.
        Nov 1, 2019
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @fraggler yep! ep.19 though.... the formula isn't new, but this is what I would consider Shonen anime done right. I was going to wait till the next season, but I kept getting spoiled in the comments, so I just decided to read it.
        Nov 1, 2019
      4. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        The pacing really picks up after this arc along with darker tonal shift and major character development
        Nov 1, 2019
    3. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Damn the Raal SR1a is legit...
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      2. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        it was a very cool and unique listening experience, but it hasn't quite sold me on it yet. I'll wait until the Jotunheim R comes out.
        Oct 26, 2019
      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        Forum wisdom says you need a subwoofer ;)
        Oct 26, 2019
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      4. netforce
        netforce
        Hopefully Raal does a room for their next CanJam. The SR1a is so open, it is too tricky to hear in a CanJam environment.
        Oct 28, 2019
    4. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Just won my first Ebay auction! sweaty palms and a nice rush of adrenaline :)
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Ebay was so nice back then and into the early 00's. Fees were miniscule.
        Oct 21, 2019
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @DigMe the 10% ebay fee + 3% paypal fee seriously sucks... how different was it back then?
        Oct 21, 2019
      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        It was seriously barely anything but I can't remember specifically. PayPal was the same though they came along later. It was very cheap to sell stuff.
        Oct 21, 2019
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    5. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      On my way back from the gym, I heard sirens so I pulled over. Then shortly realized it was from the music...lol
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      2. famish99
        famish99
        This is why I thumbs down any song with sirens in them
        Oct 17, 2019
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      3. imackler
        imackler
        The Police?
        Oct 17, 2019
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      4. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I wish I could say it was N.W.A. or any gangsta rap to up my street creds, but the truth is that it was an old kpop song from the 90s...
        Oct 17, 2019
    6. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      @zach915m not only replaced the drivers, but basically made my Verite look brand new with no charge. Thank you for being a wonderful human!
    7. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      3F + Auteur... such beautiful synergy that puts a smile on my face. Huge shout out to @ChaChaRealSmooth for lending me his Auteur!
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Phantaminum beautiful indeed. My preference for Auteur went from bottom 3 to top 3 ZMF after hearing through 3F. I may have misjudged it from quick auditioning at my local hifi store.
        Oct 15, 2019
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I can see the Auteur not impressing initially. It's not one of those cans that sound immediately impressive. That's why I'm grateful the loaner program allows for several days; sometimes stuff grows on me, or I end up losing some excitement.
        Oct 15, 2019
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      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        I would love to compare the 3F to the MHA150 one of these days.
        Oct 16, 2019
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    8. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Wtf I can literally see the fire from my house
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        OhMyGod, scary stuff. So glad you are safe.
        Oct 11, 2019
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      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Very glad you're safe...stay that way!
        Oct 11, 2019
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      5. hikergrl
        hikergrl
        Tommy so relieved that you, your loved ones, neighbors and home are all OK. Thank you for letting us know you are safe. Fingers crossed for some rain.
        Oct 12, 2019
    9. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      finally back to working out after being sick for 2 weeks. It's so refreshing to finally go outside without fever or body ache.
      1. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Same, I think half of LA had a cold last week.
        Oct 10, 2019
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        Define working out.
        Oct 10, 2019
      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @JK47 weight-lifting and light cardio?
        Oct 10, 2019
    10. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Just finished 2 days worth of studying in anticipation for 3F. Tomorrow will be a day to enjoy :)
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      2. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Ksaurav402 haha I need a lot more money to test this theory. maybe I'll start a gofundme?
        Oct 8, 2019
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I need to go back and get (at least start) my PhD. Only way I could justify an EC Studio Jr. It would also help if shit would stop braking. Appliances are crap compared to when I was a kid.
        Oct 8, 2019
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      4. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Ringingears You should do it! Then you can show off your Studio Jr. to your students during office hours ;)
        Oct 8, 2019
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    11. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      It's always nice to go back to your roots. Korean ballad is still one of my favorite genre. Modern k-pop on the other hand...lol
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        I imagine some tourists here might know any number of local pop artists merely by virtue of how much airtime they all get, but I'd be surprised if they were very familiar with the Sunday music artists I listen to.
        Oct 7, 2019
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      4. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        @Lyander oh wow that's a big family right there :) I'm deathly allergic to cats although I find them very cute.
        Oct 7, 2019
      5. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        And yeah, that seems to be the general trend for pop music, but I feel like the stereotype is a bit stronger in America towards asian pop (Kpop, Jpop, etc). I'm actually quite happy and surprised @monacelli asked me for recommendations. I didn't think I would get much reception in SBAF in all places; just shows that we're all "music-lovers" in the end
        Oct 7, 2019
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    12. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      JAR600 review unit just arrived. First impressions are definitely on the positive side. Thanks again @ext1
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Oct 4, 2019
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      4. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        I guess you are in for a treat once you get DSHA Amp
        Oct 4, 2019
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      5. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        JAR600 really sings with complex music like classical. Very addictive and focused sound
        Oct 4, 2019
    13. tommytakis
      tommytakis
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      2. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        Awesome, Wish these guys had done the current trilogy.
        Oct 1, 2019
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        Oct 1, 2019
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      4. Boops
        Boops
        That was great.
        Oct 2, 2019
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    14. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Gungnir Multibit A1 just makes music sound so sweet. I definitely don't miss my A2 after getting the A1 back.
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Good gear doesn't suddenly turn into shit because new stuff came out (I read this on SBAF, but don't remember who said it).
        Sep 29, 2019
      2. Skyline
        Skyline
        I keep hearing that...I guess I should hear an A1 sometime. It must be the warm tubes+HD650 that are keeping the A2 perfectly euphonic for my tastes. Even does fine with the 600, really. Cool or clinical would never be a part of my description.

        Synergy is no joke.
        Sep 30, 2019
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    15. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      I forgot how much I sucked at organic chemistry, but thankfully, Khan academy is saving my butt
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      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        Khan Academy is a great resource. I liked O-chem. Came close to changing majors, but wanted to be a doc. How I ended up being a high school teacher I’ll never know.
        Sep 24, 2019
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Nice. Didn't realize it covered even college subjects. Sometimes I would send my more overachieving 4th graders there on their iPads to see if they could get some higher level concepts.
        Sep 24, 2019
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      4. hikergrl
        hikergrl
        I'm afraid to admit this, but I'm amongst friends, so here goes.....I admit that I like o-chem (really, truthfully and with no fingers crossed).
        Sep 27, 2019
    16. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Anyone know any artists similar to Natalia Lafourcade? I'm trying to expose myself to more Spanish songs with similar type of feel
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      2. Impulse
        Impulse
        Roon would be right about Julieta Venegas, similar vibe, I'm a long time fan (been to a concert even)... I'm not familiar with the others, well, Lily Allen but she's not singing in Spanish AFAIK.

        Just realized Emily Estefan is Gloria Estefan's daughter (duh) while Googling some of those, I'm a fan of her mother but it's not the same vibe.
        Sep 19, 2019
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      3. Impulse
        Impulse
        I'd add iLe and Bebe to the list... I feel like there's another good suggestion on the tip of my tongue and I can't quite seem to remember it... I'd add Natalia Lugo too even if a bit more pop, cause I'm a homer... ;P
        Sep 19, 2019
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      4. Impulse
        Impulse
        For some reason I was thinking along the lines of female singers, anyway, more broadly I'd add Enanitos Verdes tho a bit more rock...

        Also just realized how annoying it'd be to search for iLe or Bebe, look up Almadura & iLevitable for the former and Pafuera Telarañas for Bebe (that's the one I remember most anyway).
        Sep 19, 2019
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    17. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Day 2 of studying was much better. I thought I couldn't keep up with the materials but realized it was just my hangover
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      2. Skyline
        Skyline
        MCAT? I'm feeling grateful I dropped pre-med before I got that far :P
        Sep 18, 2019
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      3. Superexchanger
        Superexchanger
        Making your profile picture the cover page from the MCAT would be a really punny take on the SBAF avatar theme.
        Sep 19, 2019
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    18. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell...
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        Oh synapse, looks like someone is suffering from hyperactive ligand-gated ion channels. Seems like you need more enzymes in your synaptic clefts.
        Sep 16, 2019
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      4. mitochondrium
        mitochondrium
        That is me times two (at least)
        Sep 17, 2019
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      5. drgumbybrain
        drgumbybrain
        When You had this insight, were you high? Lol
        Sep 17, 2019
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    19. tommytakis
      tommytakis
      Currently at my doctor’s Iranian wedding. I have no idea what’s happening but I know I’m drunk af and having the time of my life. Luv u all
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      3. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        @tommytakis I’m nice to nice people. Others can get outta here...
        Sep 16, 2019
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Persian folks sure know how to party
        Sep 16, 2019
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      5. Ksaurav402
        Ksaurav402
        I just want to say... I miss your old profile pic
        Sep 16, 2019
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    20. tommytakis
      tommytakis
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      3. Mystic
        Mystic
        Looks really generic now. Love the classic look of the old design.
        Sep 14, 2019
      4. EagleWings
        EagleWings
        The word is Bruce Wayne now owns Sennheiser.

        I may be in the minority here. I dig the new, all-black matte finish over the old one.
        Sep 15, 2019
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      5. Claritas
        Claritas
        My pet theory on the faux marble is that Senn expected it to get banged up in the studio, and the faux marble would hide the scratches.
        Sep 15, 2019
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Synergistic Setups:
    • Yggdrasil A1 > Eddie Current ZDS > HD650 | Verite
    • Bifrost 2 > Shortest Way 51+ > JAR650 | JAR600
    • Bifrost 2 > ECP 3F > Auteur | Utopia
    • Matrix X Sabre Pro > Eddie Current BW > Borealis
    • Matrix X Sabre Pro > BHA-1 > JAR650
    • Sonic Frontiers SFD2 Mk.2 > BHA-1 > JAR650
    • Sonic Frontiers SFD2 Mk.II > DNA Starlett > JAR650
    • Sonic Frontiers SFD2 Mk.II > DNA Starlett > Vintage Beyer DT990 600ohm


    Denk shit: (not in order)
    • ZMF Auteur
    • ZMF Atticus
    • ZMF Verite Open/Closed
    • Focal Clear
    • Verum 1
    • Aurorus Borealis
    • Sennheiser HD650
    • JAR modded HD650
    • JAR modded HD600
    • Hifiman HE-6
    • JVC FDX1
    • Campfire Andromeda
    • DNA Starlett
    • DNA Stellaris
    • Eddie Current Black Widow
    • Eddie Current ZDS
    • Eddie Current Aficionado
    • Eddie Current ZDT Jr.
    • Zampotech's Shortest Way 51+
    • ECP 3F Ravenswood
    • Schiit Valhalla 2
    • Schiit Gungnir Multibit
    • Schiit Yggdrasil A1
    • Schiit Bifrost 2
    • Pi2AES
    • Bottlehead Crack + Speedball
    • Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp + LPS
    • Matrix X Sabre Pro MQA
    • Sonic Frontiers SFD2 Mk.2
    • Bryston BHA-1
    • Sennheiser HD800 SDR + SBAF rugliner + Cork mod
    • Vintage Beyer DT990 600ohm
    • Sony MA900

    Good shit:
    • ZMF Aeolus
    • Focal Utopia
    • Focal Elex
    • UERR
    • Raal SR1a
    • Sennheiser HD600
    • Sennheiser HD800S
    • Schiit Jotunheim
    • Schiit Modi Multibit
    • Schiit Modi 3
    • Schiit Magni 3+
    • Schiit Modi 2 Uber
    • Schiit Eitr
    • Soekris 1541
    • Felix Euforia
    • Bryston BHA-1
    • Rosson Audio RAD-0
    Meh:
    • ZMF Eikon
    • Focal Elear
    • Audeze LCD series
    • Schiit Lyr 3
    • Schiit Asgard 3
    • Schiit Hel
    • Beyerdynamic DT1990
    • Beyerdynamic DT770
    • Philips SHP9500
    • Philips Fidelio X2
    • Cavalli Liquid Platinum
    • Dan Clark Audio Ether 2
    • Hifiman HE1000 V2
    • Hifiman Sundara
    Dog Poo:
    • Topping D30
    • Pathos Aurium
    • Sennheiser HD700
    • Monoprice M1060