Vtory
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Vtory

Audiophile™, from Greater Philadelphia Area, PA

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. What do you think the best Thanksgiving drink? (My top recommendation is the bourbon sour) Nov 25, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Happy Thanksgiving everyone. What do you think the best Thanksgiving drink? (My top recommendation is the bourbon sour)
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      2. Senorx12562
        Senorx12562
        I like scotch, with a dash of scotch.
        Nov 26, 2021 at 6:32 AM
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      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        From (hazy) memory, Pikesville Rye should go well with a turkey dinner. It has a good mashbill for this holiday—and a welcome, higher alcohol content.
        Nov 26, 2021 at 9:22 AM
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        Nov 26, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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    2. Vtory
      Vtory
      Watching the Hellbound (2021). Wow, oh wow. What a superb and serious presentation of human vulnerability.
    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      I just got an email that my organization will close early on Wed. Technically, I only have to work for 2.5 days (=20 hrs) this week. Cool.
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      2. jexby
        jexby
        my company closed for the entire week this year as a way of saying Thanks.
        Nov 22, 2021
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        I can top that. I’m unemployed! Boom.
        Nov 22, 2021
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I got a year off!

        But then they told me to fuck off.
        Nov 25, 2021 at 4:02 AM
    4. Vtory
      Vtory
      Saturday brunch: Grilled curry chicken with a glass of the Cuba libre. Oh, what a synergy..
    5. Vtory
      Vtory
      Vaguely planning to revisit 009 early next year or so. Was a long hater, but recently get to think my current taste may accept them.
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    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      Enjoying RD's Auduze recommendation list via Non-Audeze HPs lol
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Then switched to L700 Mk2. What a nirvana. Great choice of tracks!
        Nov 16, 2021
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      3. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        Listening to his playlist using Spotify with my weird PC music chain, I have to like both of your two's posts and the playlist!!
        Nov 16, 2021
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      4. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Awesome!
        Nov 16, 2021
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    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      Working on the manuscript for the study done by my current team = Paid work / Doing revisions for my "previous" team's study = Unpaid hobby.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Oh that's so true. And the biggest motivation. That's why I'm fighting against reviewers' comments even now when I'm off duty. Haha.
        Nov 16, 2021
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Nov 16, 2021
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Wow that exactly summarizes my situation. I'm always spending most of my time to convince the reviewer #3.
        Nov 16, 2021
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    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      Using digital volume, I am often quite surprised "perceived" loudness varies across time of a day for the SAME volume level.
      1. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        Also note perceived loudness change with mood, blood sugar levels and of course alcoholic beverages.
        Nov 15, 2021
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    9. Vtory
      Vtory
      I'm honestly quite surprised that Yamaha nailed it in ergonomics in the ancient era.. HP-1 (maybe YH-1, too?) is damn super comfortable wow.
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        They're perfect work headphones. And maybe the one of the best sounding on-ear headphones I've heard. Really tempted to pick up my own pair.
        Nov 12, 2021
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      2. loadexfa
        loadexfa
        They're even better modded. ;)
        Nov 12, 2021
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    10. Vtory
      Vtory
      Been honeymooning with Stax L700.2 for 5 weeks. They're still growing on me. Floating, flowing, liquid, and dimensional vocal to die for.
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      2. pure5152
        pure5152
        Nice! My friend has been using a L700 for the past few years and really liking it (except for the non existent subbass/lack of heft)
        Nov 11, 2021
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Yeah, while mk2 somehow addressed both infamous weaknesses (via much better seal + reduced frame resonance), heft is still not a strong suit for ex-Audeze/ETA head. Instead I can hear trails and nuance in 19-40hz.. quite superbly. Overall sorta analytical to me in bass (and I love it!).
        Nov 11, 2021
    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      1. nishan99
        nishan99
        Fuck you ifi.
        Nov 9, 2021
      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Hoooray $20k headphones that sound kinda weird!!!
        Nov 9, 2021
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    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      Same songs first with hd650 then l700.2(stax). Realizing what an estat-head I am.. Love how my lambda picks up tiny bits of shaker details.
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    13. Vtory
      Vtory
      It's always entertaining to imagine upgrading paths. Particularly so when I can afford. Whether I actually do it is another thing tho. lol
      1. Skyline
        Skyline
        I'm on the other end of the spectrum. The only upgrades I imagine any more are upgrades to my music collection :P
        Nov 5, 2021
    14. Vtory
      Vtory
      Now my audiophile-grade magnetic headphones all gone. 650 solely survived from magnetocalypse lol.
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      2. Ti_Leo
        Ti_Leo
        I have this problem that if I liked one headphone enough, I would try to mod it into a (maybe bassier) HD650. The result might not be promising, but I always ask myself: what's the point buying other headphones if I just want to make them some new HD650-ish ones...
        Nov 2, 2021
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Cspirou 100% agreed. I always keep coming back to 650 to check the baseline when I think something too good or too bad.

        @E_Schaaf I'm dying to hear your newer products!

        @Ti_Leo For that matter, I finally could separate tonality, technicality, and presentation. 650 excels in the former, but not so much in the latter two (in the way my ears can comprehend). Oh, I should say I'm not a big fan of 6x0 ergonomics.. lol
        Nov 2, 2021
      4. Qildail
        Qildail
        I play in a different price tier, but I still come back to the 650 it seems. I always thought the 800S was my next step, but then I listen to the 650 again after a while and wonder what I'm fussing about...
        Nov 2, 2021
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      Got curious about EC Electra. Googled it, which led me to "ancient" posts in 2012 (not sbaf but changstar). Very interesting reads.
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      2. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        Initial impressions is that it is similar to early EC amps such as the 445 in sonic profile. Pushes the L700 well, and imo better than the BHSE that I tried a couple months ago. I will probably make a post here with impressions, although it is unobtanium
        Oct 27, 2021
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        You should. It already sounds like an impressive story. haha. Want to hear it someday (and I feel like I would regularly search for its name in usam and hifishark oh well). Sad there aren't many active commercial players in estat amp market in 2021..
        Oct 27, 2021
      4. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        @dncnexus there's a feedback change I think that takes it to the prototype level which was better IMO. Ask @purr1n as I've forgotten.
        Oct 28, 2021
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    16. Vtory
      Vtory
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    17. Vtory
      Vtory
      Glad to see Hive still holds its own despite Stax foray.
    18. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Why did I return? Simple.

        1.Lightweight (390g-ish in my scale) for what they can do.
        2.By far the most comfortable among I owned or heard for the past three years.
        3.Bring something good that other hps can hardly do to my table.
        Oct 26, 2021
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      3. Qildail
        Qildail
        Hard to believe something that presents that large weighs only 390g. (edit: not an argument; just an observation)
        Oct 26, 2021
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Estat is always lighter haha. Magnet is unavoidably heavy (driver sizes and exterior material being equal) I think.
        Oct 26, 2021
    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      DHL often does wonder in oversea shipping. How do they deliver stuffs from JPN to US in 3 days? Prol no premium svc paid by the seller.
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      3. Lyander
        Lyander
        DHL may sometimes screw things up but that could just be specific to my neck of the woods where they sometimes forget necessary paperwork. Great for local though, yep/
        Oct 25, 2021
      4. Tama77
        Tama77
        I happened to ship a 1.8 kg package to S. Korea from Canada last week using DHL express and it only took 3 business days as well.
        Shipping was insane at $290usd including the $65 insurance. That was also using the 35% off coupon code.
        Oct 26, 2021
      5. YMO
        YMO
        I like DHL from overseas to US since the shipping rate on average is cheaper than me using DHL to ship something out of the US.
        Oct 26, 2021
    20. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Techikoma

        Wait, is it cold to you? Did you mean it's on the colder side among entire Stax spectrum? My a couple of meet impressions were rather the opposite (a little soft and warmer than the rest). By "spectrum", I'd like to include at least 009, 007, and legacy lambdas.

        Not very familiar with 007 versions tho (kinda unsure between a, mk1, mk2, 2.5, 2.9, etc etc oh well)
        Oct 25, 2021
      3. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        No, not cold sounding, it just isn't as involving as vintage Staxen like the SR-5. Its fine as a daily driver, but I will usually switch to something else if I really want to feel the music.

        Better (more powerful) amplification did help, but that "boringness" is a part of its nature.
        Oct 26, 2021
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Oh, now I see. I heard that "boring" thing a bit although they did several things well if I recall correctly.
        Oct 26, 2021
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  • About

    Location:
    Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
    Occupation:
    Some Research Center
    Gear List:
    Transducers: Stax SR-L700 Mk2, Nectar Sound Hive, Sennheiser HD6XX (modded), Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S (loudspeakers)
    Amplifiers: Stax SRM-353x, Schiit Aegir
    D/A Converters: Soekris DAC 2541
    Wannabe a noise-free poster

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    Headphones/Speakers Stax SR-L700mk2 | Nectar Hive | Yamaha HP-1A | Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S
    Amplifiers Stax SRM-353x | Schiit Aegir
    Converters Soekris DAC 2541 | Motu M4 | MiniDSP EARS


    Link to the Spider Chart: To be updated on a regular basis