Vtory
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Vtory

Audiophile™, from East Coast

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Finished dinner at Le Bernardin just before (Chef's tasting menu). Impressive every single way. One of the best dinners I had in US. Jan 28, 2023 at 7:13 PM

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Happy Turkey-is-Great day!
      1. jexby
        jexby
        grew so sick of T-bird meat year after year. our Thanksgiving meals are now: tacos and tamales. Or, homemade red posole which is on the stove now! remember #PieFirst !
        Nov 26, 2020
    2. Vtory
      Vtory
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        What I find hard to resist is the Ironwood Verite. This is even though I'm very happy with my Cocobolo Verite...
        Nov 25, 2020
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      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        I resisted. So could you.
        Nov 25, 2020
      5. Josh83
        Josh83
        I have a closed ironwood, and it’s fantastic. Slightly snappier transients than stock wood and much prettier, IMHO.
        Nov 28, 2020
    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      Enjoying 560S loaner quite a bit. They do lack (some) audiophile performance but seem very appealing for what they are.
    4. Vtory
      Vtory
      Thought to replace bf2 with ifi zen sig. But.. screw massdrop, they don't f/u at all regarding shipping delay. Order cancelled. Bf2 survived
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      2. monacelli
        monacelli
        Maybe iFi felt like they weren't getting anything out of the partnership with Drop, and are kind of dragging their feet as a result. It seemed weird to me anyway. If you have a good product, why not just sell direct?
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. Raimei Templar
        Raimei Templar
        They just posted a update about it, seems like Ifi shipped everything on time but their warehouse dropped the ball completely. They say their warehouse has recieved the units but they dont yet know when they are shipping them. Assuming covid has their warehouse in disarray but certainly not a good look for Drop, seems like they are pretty poorly managed these days.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      4. YMO
        YMO
        I did the same thing on my end. I already told my grievances to @iFi audio for HQ feedback about this mess.
        Nov 20, 2020
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    5. Vtory
      Vtory
      Early hand-on impressions commonly suggest apple silicon m1 is no joke from day 1. Rosetta 2 seems to deserve its hype as claimed, too.
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      3. GoodEnoughGear
        GoodEnoughGear
        Seeing really good feedback from friends too. Seems legit (at least right now).
        Nov 19, 2020
      4. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        I ordered a mini to check it out. Definitely curious to see how it holds up with development workflows.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      5. Boops
        Boops
        Good to know! I am still rocking a trash can Mac Pro so mini is tempting. I wish Apple would release a new display for under $6K.
        Nov 19, 2020
    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      Still captured by Carbon+Hive synergy. Bright yes sharp yes. But omg that hyper-realism and impact too overwhelming to maintain sanity.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        At this point, I am strongly surmising either component only can't excite me this much. It's clearly in the realm that I always call 'combo synergy'.
        Nov 11, 2020
    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      Tempted to order M1 mac-mini. Still waiting for more early hands-on and investigation reports to x-check Apple's hypes.
      1. SoupRKnowva and Sqveak like this.
      2. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        Optimization x3. I doubt current software is seeing the gains they vaguely boast about.
        Nov 11, 2020
    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      Speaking of the keyboard.. I was really surprised when I knew Apple once made this amazing keyboard themselves: https://bit.ly/3ex64fc
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Great alps switch as well as great ergonomics. Very unlike what they produce now (I couldn't be a fan of magic keyboard at all...)
        Nov 6, 2020
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      3. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        I use an Apple Keyboard Extended II as my daily driver. I replaced all the switches with Matias quiet switches a few years ago.
        Nov 6, 2020
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    9. Vtory
      Vtory
      2020 is kinda special to me. Happened to revisit my own multi-year prejudice. Feeling cool to see hatreds eventually flipped to enthusiasm.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Started from grado (hemp), then opamp (erish/magnius), now estat/kg (hive and carbon respectively). What's next? lol

        Still all conditioned by something exceptionally good to me though.
        Nov 5, 2020
      3. Claritas
        Claritas
        A few years ago, I experienced something similar. Though it was more a case of going from biased to neutral. Regardless, I found—and continue to find it—liberating.
        Nov 7, 2020
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    10. Vtory
      Vtory
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    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      Super Best Insomnia Friends..
    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      Hope every philly folk to stay safe. Happy Halloween .. at home! (as we're under the city-wide curfew)
      1. Scott Kramer, YMO, Lyander and 2 others like this.
    13. Vtory
      Vtory
      Whenever I discover any wonderful headphones and update personal ranking, also amazed how robustly Verites hold their position all the time.
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Inoculator I had similar struggles before when sr1a in the house (verite remains not used for weeks), later I realized things I thought 'lost' were just there with different presentation and my ears can take care of distant vocals better than I thought (as I failed to find 'critical missing' in the end).

        The best way could be just let yourself and them go freely, and observe how things stabilize.
        Oct 30, 2020
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      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Verite cups also always seemed to have a bit of resonance where the dip is, so it does mask it a bit. Just a dash of color.
        Oct 30, 2020
      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        By the way, I do feel hd600 is a little too hot in mid treble, and most nearfield 2ch is relatively uptilting than farfield to me. I ultimately let hd600 and sr1a go, and my 2ch settled down in far field configuration. Now everything else non-verite is manageably close to verite. And that solved the problem at the end of the day.
        Oct 30, 2020
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      2. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        Yup, it's been up for a couple weeks now. It's very good, I highly recommend. I have been loving mine
        Oct 28, 2020
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        No wonder, I didn't check the site for the past few weeks. I haven't had much interest in BH's dynamic amps but that piqued my interest a bit as estat tube offerings are quite rare except some $$$ hybrids.
        Oct 28, 2020
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      4. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        I have a thread here with information on it, or you can always dm me if you got questions
        Oct 28, 2020
    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      Been giving Hive a shot for a while. Yup legit if not perfect. More amp-demanding -- and thus scalable -- than thought they would be.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @ChaChaRealSmooth Testing with two different SS energizers: small (srm-212) and big (kgsshv-c) boxes. Switching one to the other feels ridiculously dramatic particularly regarding microstuffs and heft. Not very sure yet if that's synergy or scaling though.
        Oct 27, 2020
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      3. dncnexus
        dncnexus
        The longer I use mine the more I like them. I'm working on trying to find pads that will fit so I can pad roll.
        Oct 27, 2020
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        @dncnexus That sounds interesting. Comfort-wise, I'd like to have a little larger diameters in internal holes.

        But concerned with potential sonic changes in negative ways -- they sound really good as is (+ measure damn nice too -- short review with a set of measurements forthcoming)
        Oct 27, 2020
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    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      Motivated by wtb post, listening with verite now. Still as damn beautiful as I remember. But WTH they feel way heavier than used to accept..
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      3. tommytakis
        tommytakis
        I'd say Verite Closed is a close second. VC probably out-resolves it by a bit because of BE-coated driver, but ESX900 is a lot slammier and more fun. Definitely sign up for the loaner when it happens!
        Oct 12, 2020
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      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @tommytakis @E_Schaaf I for sure need to hear the ESX900, sounds right up my alley. I will cross my fingers I get in on the tour. Gorgeous work Evan!
        Oct 12, 2020
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      5. Vtory
        Vtory
        Wow overwhelmed by this many new comments. lol. I firstly thought sbaf notification window was broken.
        Oct 12, 2020
    17. Vtory
      Vtory
      Never thought having LR balancing knob on amps a benefit. It turned out a big fun to dial in and address my biological asymmetry.
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      3. Hammy
        Hammy
        I sometimes use a VST plugin to adjust left/right balance. My hearing is not symmetric. Has been different in each ear for all my life. Imaging pulls slightly left. But when I play with left/right balance I end up with it right at center. It ends up sounding wrong if I give the right ear more volume and try to get the imaging dead center.
        Oct 9, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        All amplifiers used to have a balance control. Then it became the audiophile thing not to. No balance knob, no tone knob. As if all rooms are identical and all ears are perfect. Maybe my hearing loss is karma for buying into that bullshit over twenty years ago!
        Oct 10, 2020
      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Also... if this L<-->R stuff really matters to a person, do it with a test tone, not with what you think /ought to be/ stage centre.

        Unless you're watching the video: in which case the visual clues probably override your ears anyway.
        Oct 10, 2020
    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      I kinda found YT headphones review not that bad as criticized. Hmm.
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      3. TheIceman93
        TheIceman93
        Andrew (Resolve) on The Headphone Show and DMS are pretty good. Joshua's video quality is really polished but I don't get much from his reviews in terms of concrete substance. I also enjoyed Metal571 but he doesn't post reviews anymore and I know he got into some scuffles with the SBAF high council.
        Oct 8, 2020
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      4. Hammy
        Hammy
        I’m the world authority on the headphones I like. Unfortunately I don’t do YouTube videos. If I did I’d be able to watch my video reviews and find out exactly what I like.
        Oct 8, 2020
      5. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        I do enjoy watching Andrew from Headphones.com. He has better tact at explaining what a headphone sounds like and measurements. Most everyone else is fluff or entertainment. I do like that Headphones.com sends review samples out.
        Oct 9, 2020
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    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      Estat-love recovering..
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    20. Vtory
      Vtory
      Looking at headtime allocation during the past ten days, I should be renamed Vmodatory. LMFAO
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    Headphones: HFM Susvara (mod), Sivga SV023 / Amps: Topping LA90, SMSL HO200 / Dacs: Gustard X18, SMSL M500.3
    Team Susvara : Can't find anything sounding better than Susvara under 5k new yet.
    Team NFB: I realized a strong global NFB made me happier eventually.
    Team Delta-Sigma: I gave up R2R because anything below Spring 3 did not give me enough clarity/articulation in ways I wanted to hear. Moderately implemented 903 was pretty much good enough for my taste..

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