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Realized that EARS could be used to match different output levels in comparative listening. Feb 27, 2019

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    1. Vtory
      Need an affordable estat amps that do Lyr3-ish magic to my lambda.. (note: 252 353 006 no)
      1. JK47
        Build one yourself then
        Apr 10, 2018
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      2. Vtory
        All DIY jobs have been traps to me: costed more performed poorer. Plus I'm not smart enough to understand estat amp schematics..
        Apr 10, 2018
      3. JK47
        Then you shouldn’t complain
        Apr 11, 2018
    2. Vtory
      I have long wanted a funny tag for myself. Dream has come true! Love my tag..
    3. Vtory
      Wow dislikes are back!
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      3. elguapo
        With great power comes great responsibility.
        Apr 5, 2018
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      4. L'Orfeo
        Begun, the dislike wars have
        Apr 5, 2018
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      5. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        With great poop comes great smells.
        Apr 5, 2018
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    4. Vtory
      2018 is weird and exciting. MCTH is challenged by Lyr 3 now. Lyr 3 will be challenged by MMLP after two months. What a soap opera!
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      2. Vtory
        In my understanding range of mid-fi is very wide in sbaf. For tube amps, from anything not that cheap (>$300) to anything not super expensive (roughly <$3000).

        In other words, "get XXX and save up to YYY" ... I regard anything in XXX as "mid-fi".
        Apr 4, 2018
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      3. Artasia
        The MCTH is half the price of the Lyr 3. They can be thought of as appealing to different price categories. If Lyr 3 is in fact better for most headphones than Rag, then either Rag is mid-fi too or Lyr 3 reproaches mid-fi status. Just my way of thinking about it.
        Apr 4, 2018
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      4. Elnrik
        The term mid-fi is linked to price, i get that. Once in a while, however, something comes along that defies the term. People have spent 2 - 10 times as much as the Lyr 3, for worse sound.

        Sorry Monoprice, I'm betting on the Lyr 3.
        Apr 4, 2018
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    5. Vtory
      Between-tube difference, within-tube difference.. tube rolling must be a very dangerous adventure...
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Fun though. Once you find your tube you are hooked.
        Apr 5, 2018
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    6. Vtory
      Why do some randos have obsessive-compulsive disorders of posting? Or why are they so brave enough to ignore surroundings?
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      2. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        @Thad E Ginathom the penis envy theory it’s a very funny and interesting theme. We could found a thread in SBAF: THE PENIS ENVY VS EXPENSIVE HEADPHONES MATRIX, the state of the art
        Apr 4, 2018
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Actually, I think that what I had turned out to be simple HD800 envy.

        Thank god I don't lust after Utopia!
        Apr 4, 2018
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      4. Vtory
        Wow, while I was away (struggled with this damn dissertation..), so many comments have appeared! Of course good thing.
        Apr 4, 2018
    7. Vtory
      Cascade is a 120% beauuuuuuuuutiful product. The paradox is that myself wearing cascade become uglier.. Damn.
    8. Vtory
      Sir Solti's magic flute (1971) is truly fantastic.
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    9. Vtory
      Happy April fool's day!
    10. Vtory
      Listening to Dvorak's "New world" with lyr3+lcd2c. It's literally new world experience!
    11. Vtory
    12. Vtory
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      2. Skyline
        Need to know what headphones you're using. I expect the performance to be similar for some headphones and fairly different for others.
        Mar 28, 2018
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      3. Vtory
        lcd2c(eqed) and hd6xx(modded) so far. Will try nh later. The biggest wow moment came with lcd2c.
        Mar 28, 2018
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      4. rtaylor76
        Very cool. MCTH much bigger than I thought.
        Mar 29, 2018
    13. Vtory
      Damn, I knew "ignore" feature just before. Shame on me...
    14. Vtory
      After long hesitations (since last Dec), joined elex drop. Also considered to synthesize eclair(elear w/clear pads), but I might be too lazy
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      2. Vtory
        My mid-fi hp collection will be {lcd2c, hd6xx, nighthawk, srs2170, elex}..
        Mar 25, 2018
    15. Vtory
      48 hrs have passed since I ordered lyr3. Not shipped yet. Schiit please..
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      2. schiit
        If you're getting a 115V Lyr 3, best to contact [email protected] and see what they say about it.
        Mar 23, 2018
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      3. Gaspasser
        Just got shipping notification. Patience is good, I guess ;)
        Mar 23, 2018
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      4. Gaspasser
        @schiit there has been a noticeable improvement in customer service and communication this go round. Much appreciated. Have a good weekend
        Mar 23, 2018
    16. Vtory
      Decided to have a shoot-out party with MCTH and Lyr3 next week (both not shipped yet) Yeah! Kudos to tax return..
      1. lerrens, obsiCO, Lyer25 and 3 others like this.
      2. zonto
        You rascal.
        Mar 21, 2018
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      3. abisai2
        I did the same thing because why not! My Lyr3 does show up tomorrow. :D
        Mar 21, 2018
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    17. Vtory
      Dear myself one week ago: Please wait for another week before ordering MCTH. That lyr3.. Oh well.
      1. lerrens
        I got a PM from myself telling me to save up cash for another few months for Mjolnir 3
        Mar 20, 2018
    18. Vtory
      Quite amazed by cheap audeze (lcd2c) and stax (sr2170). Everyone must hear when their frs are properly eqed.
    19. Vtory
      Finally I managed to make srs2170 rock: With aid of emulated/adjusted ed-1 and inversed polarity (all by adi-2 dac)
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    20. Vtory
      Liked 2nd drop of MCTH way more than the first one. Only need to wait for 2-3 days (as opposed to N months)
      1. Gaspasser and Elnrik like this.
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  • About

    Fort worth, TX
    Grad student
    Gear List:

    MrSpeakers Ether 2, Sennheiser HD600, Sennheiser HD800


    Tekton Lore floorstanders
    JBL 4408A, JBL LSR308 stand monitors


    SVS SB2000


    Dangerous Music Convert-2
    Schiit Modi 3
    Topping DX3 Pro (dac-amp)


    Eddie Current Black Widow 2 (head amp)
    DIYed JLH1969 (integrated amp)


    PS Audio PPP AC Regenerator, Radial ISO twins isolator (Jensen 1:1 transformer), Schiit Eitr
    My headphones journey (mostly in chronological order)

    • Sennheiser HD600
    • Sennheiser HD650
    • Stax SR-207
    • Audeze LCD2 pre-fazor
    • Stax SR-009
    • Hifiman HE-500
    • Beyerdynamic DT 880 pro
    • AKG K702

    • Massdrop-AKG K7xx
    • Focal Elear
    • Audioquest Nighthawk
    • Hifiman Edition X v2
    • Sennheiser HD800S
    • MrSpeakers Ether Flow Open

    • ZMF Eikon
    • Massdrop-Sennheiser HD6xx (Kiss+Coin mod)
    • MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open

    • Audeze LCD2 Classic (Revealed)
    • Audioquest Nighthawk (2nd try; Heavily EQed)
    • Stax SR-207 (2nd try + Simulated ED-1)
    • Sennheiser HD600 (3rd try + with Dekoni fenestrated pads)
    • Massdrop-Focal Elex
    • Sennheiser HD800
    • MrSpeakers Ether 2
    • Hifiman Arya


    HEADPHONES RIG: DM Convert-2 > Radial ISO Twins > EC Black Widow > MrS Ether 2, HFM Arya, Senn HD800
    LOUDSPEAKERS RIG: Schiit Eitr > Topping DX3 Pro (coax) > DIY JLH 1969 > Tekton Lore OG, JBL 4408A
    (photo taken at listening pos)

    HP MEASUREMENT RIG: Topping DX3 Pro (usb) > DUTs > MiniDSP EARS
    (All powered via PS Audio PPP power conditioner)

    EARS measurements archive: Ether 2, Arya, Aeolus
    Speakers measurements: Lore

    "I don't know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough"
    - R. P. Feynman