Vtory
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Vtory

Audiophile™, from NA

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Long vacation starts. Jun 17, 2022

    1. Vtory
      Vtory
      Paypal is obviously not good for oversea transfer. Surprised how much they cost in US-Canada payments. PP for US domestic transaction only..
      1. Vtory
        Vtory
        I'm not even including paypal fee here.. Conversion rate is already much lower than other similar services.
        Mar 11, 2022
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        I use Wise when I can

        But I keep two PayPal accounts for this reason. One EU and one US.
        Mar 11, 2022
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Cspirou Yeah, I learned and used Wise for the first time. Seems Wise could save 4-5% of total money against PP other things being equal. That's why I was so shocked..
        Mar 12, 2022
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    2. Vtory
      Vtory
      Really hate some boss battles design of elden ring. Seriously considering to start over.. (Can't proceed with greatsword sigh)
      1. Maven86 and Walderstorn like this.
      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        I tried three builds before landing on one I could jive with. Now running a Confessor with a Winged Scythe.
        Mar 5, 2022
      3. Boops
        Boops
        Summoning the ashes helps a lot. Maybe too well. My skeletal spearmen are tenacious and fearless.
        Mar 6, 2022
    3. Vtory
      Vtory
      Eksonic Aeras (previously called mini-T2) turn out $7k.. Curiosity almost vanished oh well. https://bit.ly/3vpoQ2S
      1. Tachikoma and DigMe like this.
      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        *spits out coffee*
        Feb 28, 2022
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      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        Lol I often feels like myself being a poverty class when reading HF summit-fi threads.
        Feb 28, 2022
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    4. Vtory
      Vtory
      Elden ring is surely great fun. Familiar gameplay in way larger field. But the game media reviews all hyped very falsely. WTF.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @zerodeefex Definitely. I love adventuring with its unique gameplays. A series of micro decisions is also quite addictive enough to forget hours spent in the game.
        Feb 25, 2022
      3. Phantaminum
        Phantaminum
        Saw a friend playing it through a Discord stream. Made me buy the game. I still have PTSD from the Sekiro boss fights...
        Feb 25, 2022
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      4. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Supposedly the day one patch fucked things with stutters and frame drops. Think i’ll wait for another patch.
        Feb 25, 2022
    5. Vtory
      Vtory
      Very discouraging poll results. Only one quarter of American support US taking major roles in UKR war. Where’s the justice?
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      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        The injustice started in 1921 when the then divided territory above the Black Sea was forced into the later Sovjet Union. I was obsessed with Ukraine after MH-17. Complicated region that Black Sea area...
        Feb 24, 2022
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      3. Josh83
        Josh83
        We’ve had bipartisan normalization of a 9/11’s worth of domestic deaths every day or two. Kind of hard to get people worked up about deaths halfway across the world in the face of that.
        Feb 26, 2022
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      4. Josh83
        Josh83
        There’s also a fairly substantial portion of GOP voters who think Putin is great, and a smaller (but no less wrong) portion of Democratic voters who think that previous immoral U.S. foreign policy somehow lessons the immorality of what Putin’s doing.
        Feb 26, 2022
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    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      Based on the recent lessons, re-tuned my filters for Arya. Correction weakened but resulted in better sweetspot to me (smooth vs engaging).
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    7. Vtory
      Vtory
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        Who is Kerry?
        Feb 22, 2022
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        A guy known to stax or other estat people as an amp builder (DIY-T2 builds in particular). So far he got orders or commissions individually but now things seem to start as a little more formal business.
        Feb 22, 2022
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      4. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        Oh that's cool. I've seen Kerry's projects and he does really good work. In fact the mini Dynalo SuSy I built is a PCB designed by him
        Feb 22, 2022
    8. Vtory
      Vtory
      Finished watching the Demon Slayer:EDA (S2E34 to E44). Very satisfied. The last 2-3 episodes were super crazy in battle scenes quality.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        This part was already pretty good in manga og, but anime describe the main theme way more elegantly. Putting lots of efforts in expressing the contrast between Kamado duo and Shabana duo.
        Feb 20, 2022
    9. Vtory
      Vtory
      Greatly agreed w rd&bjm’s advice . One benefit of ownership is to opt in and out selectively anytime. Utilization obsession may be a curse.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        I personally love to feel refreshed when I return from semi-long break for a certain piece of gears. One reason why I can’t let things go easily.
        Feb 20, 2022
    10. Vtory
      Vtory
      Suddenly awoke hours ago then troubled to re-asleep. Gave up then messed with some measurements and analyses I've been procrastinating..
    11. Vtory
      Vtory
      Hearing both Mini and HP-1 mod with EQ off. Interestingly both sounded the best respectively among their productions I heard to date.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        Both the smallest and the lightest respectively among their works, too... Hey physics where are you?
        Feb 17, 2022
    12. Vtory
      Vtory
      Vtory EQ 101 Rule #1: Always discard someone else's setting. No matter he is crin, ora, res, or vto.. (Rule #2: Never ever ask others how)
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        To me sine tones are a little difficult to hear particularly for higher f. I'd rather recommend to play with N band graphical equalizer with the favorite songs (start form fewer N then increase number later!). Let's get familiar with each frequency and associate with its function in perception.
        Feb 16, 2022
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      3. pure5152
        pure5152
        this is all well and good, but without any baseline for your preferences, all EQ tweaking impressions kinda become strictly subjective and kinda lose their value in a way as objective impressions
        Feb 16, 2022
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Good point. But, in the context of understanding others' impression, isn't the inverted EQ one very objective way to express one's tonal assessment? We have to infer others' preferred tonality in the end (by figuring out relative assessments in various ways), and I do think EQ is no worse than that. e.g., bassy --> cut x db in bass (inverted: +x db gain in bass).
        Feb 16, 2022
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    13. Vtory
      Vtory
      EDITED: Personal Eta MINI loaner request --> Found. On its way here. Yeah!
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      3. Vtory
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        You'll be getting a B stock unit just for the sake of this friendly comparison, because that's all I have left for right now. Of course, I suggest staying on the official tour roster so you can also hear and share thoughts about a set with closer to ideal channel matching and production build quality :)
        Feb 14, 2022
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      5. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        Kind of a cool showdown. 1978 planar magnetic vs 2022 electrodynamic both with good acoustics.
        Feb 14, 2022
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    14. Vtory
      Vtory
      I may never be a one-headphones person.. Love the very moment switching from one hp to the other.
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        s/-headphone/-woman/

        reread.

        ;)


        (...or partner of choice. Sorry, this joke is not inclusive. "|man|dog|goat" etc would have spoiled the flow. OK, so it could have been an interesting exercise in regular expressions...)
        Feb 14, 2022
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        @Thad E Ginathom I followed your instruction then damn lmao. Ok, I am not unfaithful.. I am just training RE myself... lol.
        Feb 14, 2022
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      4. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I like the differing presentations too much to be able to settle for one myself. Not easy to pick which one I like better than the others; depends on mood and other things.
        Feb 14, 2022
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      It's slightly frustrating when I know my amp benefits bal out.. but hp is terminated with trs (and non-detachable cables).
      1. BenjaminBore
        BenjaminBore
        Having previously lived with the Mjolnir 2 for a few years I feel your frustration. I re-terminated everything I had and made pig tail adapters out of the 6.35mm end. But some manufacturers will void the warranty on the whole HP if you do (like Focal UK), so you have to be careful. Of course if it's a loaner you're SOL.
        Feb 13, 2022
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      2. Cryptowolf
        Cryptowolf
        That is annoying. A friend here said to buy all headphones with 4 pin XLR and use an adapter. They saved me a lot of frustration over time.
        Feb 13, 2022
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Make balanced output headphones illegal from 2023 onward.
        Feb 13, 2022
    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      Testing out a modded hp. Holy shit awesomesauce. Very strong candidate for the planet-best sounding cans under 300g.
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        @gixxerwimp It's heavily (I think) modded yamaha hp-1. Feels like a JAR580 on a planar-magnetic steroid. Dialing them in with eq for tonality, but lots of technicality wonders already there.
        Feb 11, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I have a YH-100 modded by dBel84 and it also sounds amazing. Those vintage ortho drivers are something else. Too bad they need soft materials for proper damping, otherwise there could have been some awesome off-the-shelf headphones out there.
        Feb 12, 2022
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Mine (loaner tbh lol) is done by RD. I already thought unmodded hp1 surprisingly decent.. but the mods metamorphosed it to a monster.
        Feb 12, 2022
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    17. Vtory
      Vtory
      Three loaners in the house, one incoming. Why do I have only one head? lol
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      2. Armaegis
        Armaegis
        Because loaner gear should never go anywhere near your "other" head. Personal gear though, feel free to crank up the bass =)
        Feb 11, 2022
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      3. rhythmdevils
        rhythmdevils
        If you need extra time that's fine. Sounds stressful!
        Feb 11, 2022
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Thanks much! I may need a second head to assign zoom/teams meeting for the work (i.e., mostly boring)..
        Feb 11, 2022
    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      Dsd (via sdm) on r2r multibit must be silly at best. But weirdly my ears can't fully rule it out.
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        iFi uses some sort of multibit Burr-Brown chip that also processes DSD that I don’t fully understand
        Feb 10, 2022
      3. Vtory
        Vtory
        AFAIK they use hybrid chips handling both (mb) pcm and dsd. At least more understandable to me!
        Feb 10, 2022
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    19. Vtory
      Vtory
      Finally trying out HQP myself. Doing 8x PCM and DSD256 with some popular filters. Fortunately it did change sound more than I thought.
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        I’m not sure why they don’t just do a 1 week trial and after that you have to buy, instead of a 30 minute limit that you can close the app and reopen to restart.
        Feb 9, 2022
      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        I think 30 min way makes more sense. If one likes its sound enough, any music enthusiasts would be eventually irritated by the time limit lol (it didn't show the remaining minutes friendly, either).

        OTOH it's very possible one user didn't find interesting initially with OS/DS dacs but the benefit might be worthy once he buys a new dac enabling to turn off internal OS/LPF.
        Feb 9, 2022
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      5. MisterRogers
        MisterRogers
        It's probably just me, but when I get irritated I don't buy. Seems I'm more than willing to cut my nose off
        Feb 9, 2022
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    20. Vtory
      Vtory
      I still miss Pro idsd with dsd re-conversion. Uniquely good to me in some areas with doing everything else right.
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      2. Merrick
        Merrick
        Sig version is exactly the same, just with some extra accessories. Ifi produced a comparison chart that did show differences but then on HF they confirmed the units were the same and the chart was incorrect. Someone can correct me if I got it wrong.
        Feb 9, 2022
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      3. Merrick
        Merrick
        Sorry, I was thinking of the Neo iDSD, not the Pro! Ifi needs products names there are easier to differentiate.
        Feb 9, 2022
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      4. Vtory
        Vtory
        Super agreed! I often find their names a little confusing. Also thanks for the prompt correction. I was almost misled haha.
        Feb 9, 2022
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    Currently on a long vacation. May not login and/or respond.

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    Main Headphones and Loudspeakers
    HFM Susvara (Planar) / Stax SR-L700mk2 (Estat) / Spatial-Audio
    M3 (OB, 2ch)

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