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When I see audio sites getting all frothed-up about phrases like "PTSD", I can only assume they mean "Post Tequila-Shots-Disorder" ... Oct 4, 2018

    1. k4rstar
      k4rstar
      Nice Azure review! Was checking daily for it to drop. Will most definitely be buying one to try out.
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      3. JK47
        JK47
        ^JOLTED !!!
        Oct 9, 2018
      4. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        @brencho you just feeling a little test(osterone)y today or have you heard this thing and can comment/rebut? JOLT is fun but Spring 1 plus Azure is an intriguing combo.
        Oct 10, 2018
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      5. brencho
        brencho
        Haven't heard it yet, will be cool to hear it. I just don't like double speak but hey even reviewers gotta eat.
        Oct 10, 2018
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    2. Torq
      Torq
      When I see audio sites getting all frothed-up about phrases like "PTSD", I can only assume they mean "Post Tequila-Shots-Disorder" ...
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    3. Torq
      Torq
      "Your package is running late. Driver has a few more stops." No, he's just been sitting the local pot-head park for the last 2.5 hours..
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      3. RiddleyWalker
        RiddleyWalker
        Dude chill I’m on my way
        Sep 28, 2018
      4. Azteca
        Azteca
        A friend drove for Amazon deliveries when he got laid off. Absolutely miserable workload, and you work as long as it takes & get paid for that workload.
        Sep 29, 2018
      5. Azteca
        Azteca
        He regularly had to work 10 hr+ days and every extra minute drove his wage down. Awful.
        Sep 29, 2018
    4. Torq
      Torq
      When FEDEX says ... "Ahhhh ... fuck it ...".
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      2. ufospls2
        ufospls2
        Sep 21, 2018
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        Then the fuckers show up 15 minutes after you go out for the evening ...
        Sep 21, 2018
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    5. Torq
      Torq
      Surprise arrival ... Questyle QPR2; not at all what I would have expected.
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Yeah, the wheel on the previous one wasn't just prone to rattling, though, it was almost unusable, producing incredibly inconsistent input on many units. It was the standout "nope" that should never have shipped in that state. You'd have noticed if it still did that.
        Sep 16, 2018
      3. Torq
        Torq
        Well, it all seems to work just fine. The wheel responds as I would expect it to, with tactile feedback on top of it. And the four touch sensitive bits have adjustable sensitivity and haptic feedback. So it works as expected in that regard.
        Sep 16, 2018
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      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Good stuff, in the pre-WM1* days, I was considering the QPR1. Hopefully they can bring the fight to Sony and A+K in that segment if the market eventually.
        Sep 16, 2018
    6. Torq
      Torq
      Piddling around with imaging experiments ... stage on Clear vs. HD6XX is VASTLY wider on the Focal; more depth with HD6XX, but SO narrow.
      1. pedalhead
        pedalhead
        That's always been the deal breaker for me with the HD6XX. Great in lots of ways, but I just wish they weren't so claustrophobic.
        Sep 6, 2018
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        The open AKGs have depth and width. The FR can sound weird though. Get a K500/K501 and give it some juice. When that driver wakes up...
        Sep 7, 2018
      3. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        It’s the front/back foams on the HD6x0. Without them it widens considerably, of course then it sounds thin and the vocals more distant.

        On my Utopia it’s due to the pads, they seem to funnel the image down, and overly reduce air. Changing them to something with a wider opening and there’s plenty of height, at the cost of it’s presentation becoming thinner and the tonality being thrown out or whack.
        Sep 7, 2018
    7. Torq
      Torq
      Holo Audio "Azure" (fully balanced, discrete, solid-state amp) on hand ... (same form factor as Cyan).
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      3. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        NOS mode only just using JRMC with red book rips. I have zero DSD content, so I got the PCM-only version.
        Sep 16, 2018
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      4. Torq
        Torq
        You can still play DSD on the PCM version - it'll just automatically convert it on the fly (not that there's a good reason to do so). Are you doing any upsampling in JRMC or just letting it play natively? (Just curious, I liked it best native).
        Sep 16, 2018
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      5. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        Native, I’m trying to keep it simple for now. I’m new to NOS and I really like how the Cyan sounds with Jazz and Bluegrass.
        Sep 16, 2018
    8. Torq
      Torq
      Odd to note that it was planar cans (HE-500/LCD2.2c) that got me back into headphone listening, but now I'm at 15:2 dynamics-vs.planars.
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Muahah, and I didn't even mention Grado yet.
        Sep 4, 2018
      3. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I like my Beyer's. T5P Gen2 for closed portables.
        Sep 4, 2018
      4. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        why U waste time on all dis when Topping D3 with Beats EP is all U need? (or was that beats TP?)
        Sep 4, 2018
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    9. Torq
      Torq
      You know things have gotten a bit too loud when you're ~25' from your cans and the lyrics are still crystal clear ...
      1. brencho
        brencho
        Common effect of aging on hearing
        Aug 23, 2018
      2. Priidik
        Priidik
        I imagine this would be problem, when iem-s did that.
        Aug 24, 2018
    10. Torq
      Torq
      Three to go?
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    11. Torq
      Torq
      DAVE -> HD820 is quite a bit more convincing than DAVE -> HD800S.
      1. ButtUglyJeff
        ButtUglyJeff
        I'm mildly surprised. How about the good ole HD800?
        Aug 18, 2018
      2. Torq
        Torq
        Well, to be clear, I meant that sometimes the HD800S straight out of the DAVE feel like they'd benefit from an external amp (it's not about volume, they'll play defeaningly loud). Haven't had that with the HD820 (even on music that tends to show it).

        Haven't tried normal HD800 out of this, since I don't own them.
        Aug 18, 2018
    12. Torq
      Torq
      A week in with the HD820 ... not sure what all the bitching is about. A bit pricey maybe, but can't name a better closed-back.
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      3. Torq
        Torq
        Sounds like a date, mate!
        Aug 10, 2018
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      4. bengo
        bengo
        I guess it's still better suited to certain genres, rather than an all-rounder though?
        Aug 13, 2018
      5. Torq
        Torq
        Well, put it this way ... I can't think of a better all-round closed-back model than the HD820. So, in that regard, it's the least specialist and best performing of the closed backs I've had my ears on (currently own HD820, ZMF Eikon, TH900 Mk2, MDR-Z1R, TR-X00 Ebony).
        Aug 13, 2018
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    13. Torq
      Torq
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      3. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        Ok, I guess they did by putting the "S" on the end, but you get my point.
        Aug 10, 2018
      4. Vent
        Vent
        Does the Andromeda need a new tuning? I would think reducing its sensitivity to output impedance would make it a sure thing for a lot of customers. Or is this part of its "charm" ?
        Aug 11, 2018
      5. bengo
        bengo
        S for Shiny
        Aug 15, 2018
    14. Torq
      Torq
      Even in a chain at >100x their price, the HD6XX line never seems to disappoint.
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      2. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        ..which is why I have one from the first run tucked away in a cupboard, just in case I accidentally destroy the 650. Only slightly neurotic.
        Aug 7, 2018
      3. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        I've been telling people this for awhile. It all starts there.
        Aug 7, 2018
      4. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Is the new 660s that bad?
        Aug 8, 2018
    15. Torq
      Torq
      Why is it, when you're waiting for multiple items, it's always the one you want most that shows up last?
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      2. MrTeaRex
        MrTeaRex
        Really ought to consider relaxing the policy that requires everything to be delivered by white gloved virgins.
        Aug 2, 2018
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      3. a44100Hz
        a44100Hz
        At least the Yggdrasil is starting to ship again! Not that you care about that.
        Aug 2, 2018
    16. Torq
      Torq
      FEDEX doing their "Out for Delivery ... but can't be bothered to actually deliver today" thing ...
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      3. Soups
        Soups
        if you looked like someone who sat by the front door all day waiting for a package, portable toilet and all, maybe fedex was right to drive right past?
        Jul 31, 2018
      4. Skyline
        Skyline
        My audio setup is in my office, which is by the front door. The portable toilet, though...you may be onto something.
        Jul 31, 2018
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      5. scapeinator1
        scapeinator1
        I saw fedex several streets over the other day, walked up showed ID and got my package that way.
        Jul 31, 2018
    17. Torq
      Torq
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    18. Torq
      Torq
      All Holo Audio CYAN listening complete (both PCM and DSD modules).
      1. Elnrik
        Elnrik
        I'll go out on a limb here and predict that @Torq likes it. Value leader for the $ perhaps?
        Jul 26, 2018
    19. Torq
      Torq
      Re-listened to Topping D10, D30, D50 and DX7s while switching PCM/DSD boards on Holo Audio CYAN. People really like this Topping stuff?!
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      2. Torq
        Torq
        And someone sell the me-too/data-sheet-dross Chinese companies some font-design software, or license them a decent font, because "Courier" looks fucking silly on electronic displays.
        Jul 23, 2018
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      3. bengo
        bengo
        People are deaf, especially objectivists.
        Jul 24, 2018
      4. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Yes, people here seems to love those Toppings... don’t know which drug they are using during listening sessions...
        Jul 24, 2018
    20. Torq
      Torq
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Gear List:
    Headphones:

    Abyss AB-1266 Phi & Phi CC, Focal Utopia (x2), Audeze LCD-4, Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD820, Sennheiser HD650, Sennheiser HD660S, Sony MDR-Z1R, Focal Clear, Focal Elear, Fostex TH900 Mk2 (EG), ZMF Eikon (Paduak), Fostex TR-X00 (Ebony), AKG/Massdrop K7XX (Red), Focal Elex, Focal Clear, Massdrop HD6XX

    IEMs (etc):

    Empire Ears Zeus XR (ADEL), Etymotic ER4-XR, Bose QC20i, 1More Triple Driver (Lightning)

    Wireless:

    Sony MDR-1000X, Jaybird BlueBuds X, Apple AirPods

    Headphone Amps:

    Woo Audio WA234 MONO Mk2 [WE 300B NOS/Takatsuki 274B, RCA 13EM7 CB NOS, SPL Phonitor x (w/ DAC), iFi Audio Pro iCAN, Massdrop x Cavalli Tube Hybrid, Massdrop Cavalli Liquid Carbon X

    Sources:

    Chord DAVE, Linn Akurate DSM/2 (Katalyst), Schiit Yggdrasil Analog 2, Chord Hugo 2, Meridian Explorer 2, AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, Sony NW-WM1Z, Massdrop x Airist Audio R-2R DAC, RME ADI-2 DAC

    Streamers/Audio Interfaces:

    Raspberry Pi w/ Digi+, RME ADI 2.0-Pro FS, Arturia AudioFuse, Schiit Eitr, Schiit Jil, Focusrite 2i2 (2nd Gen)

    Speaker & Vinyl Rig:

    Linn Akurate DSM/2 (Katalyst), Project RPM 9.2 Evo w/ Dynavector 10x5, Linn Exakt Akudorik (Katalyst) speakers, JL-Audio Dominion D108

    Office Turntable:

    Rega Planar 3 (2016)/Elys 2, Groovetracer Reference Subplatter + Clamp

    Cables/Power:

    AudioQuest Wind, AudioQuest Colorado, Radioaktiv Isotope Protium, Radioaktiv Fusion, Synergistic Research Alpha Sterling, Maze Audio Ref4 Carbon Alloy AC Power Cord (10 Ga/Furutech), Emotiva CMX-2, Furutech E-TP60 Audiophile Power Distribution Block, Akiko Mk2 AC Tuning Stick*

    Retired & Sold (but familiar with for reference):

    Linn Akurate DS/1, Linn Akurate Kontrol/1, Linn Majik Isobarik (Aktiv), Linn Akurate 4200, Peachtree iDecco, Meridian 506.20, Schiit Bifrost "4490", Schiit Bifrost MB, Schiit Modi MB, MHDT Stockholm 2, ALO Audio International+ Optical Edition, RSA Intruder, Schiit Lyr, Schiit Lyr 2, Schiit Vali 2, Schiit Jotunheim (w/ phono board), Schiit Saga, Woo Audio WA6, iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label, LH Labs GOV2+ Infinity, Chord Mojo, AK120, HiFiMAN HE-500, AKG Q701, AKG K7XX, Etymotic ER-6, Etymotic HF-2, Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart, HeadRoom Supreme, HeadRoom AirHead, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 - Circumnaural, Focusrite RedNet 3, Focusrite RedNet D16AES, Sony WM1A, FiiO X5 (3rd gen), Empire Ears Zeus R (non ADEL), Audeze LCD-2.2c, Shure SE846, Schiit Gungnir MB, Holo Audio Spring DAC L3/KTE, Auralic Aries, Schiit Ragnarok, Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital, Singxer SU-1, Abyss AB-1266, AAW W900, Sonore Sonicorbiter SE, Woo Audio WA5LE Mk2 (w/ parts upgrade)