Vtory
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Vtory

Audiophile™, from Greater Philadelphia Area, PA

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F*** Soncoz. How do you guys do even worse than Topping? *facepalm* (UX/UI perspective) Jun 9, 2021 at 11:13 PM

    1. 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
    2. Vtory
      Vtory
      Tempted to order M1 mac-mini. Still waiting for more early hands-on and investigation reports to x-check Apple's hypes.
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      2. AdvanTech
        AdvanTech
        Optimization x3. I doubt current software is seeing the gains they vaguely boast about.
        Nov 11, 2020
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Vtory
      Vtory
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    6. Vtory
      Vtory
      Super Best Insomnia Friends..
    7. Vtory
      Vtory
      Hope every philly folk to stay safe. Happy Halloween .. at home! (as we're under the city-wide curfew)
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    8. 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
    10. 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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    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. 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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    14. Vtory
      Vtory
      Estat-love recovering..
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    15. Vtory
      Vtory
      Looking at headtime allocation during the past ten days, I should be renamed Vmodatory. LMFAO
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    16. Vtory
      Vtory
      Revisiting portapro (before going bed) is rather a philosophical discourse — Does what they can’t resolve really matter?
      1. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        I regularly listen to my porta pros with yaxi pads straight out of my LG phone when going to bed, and just about every night it sends me into an existential crisis where I question everything I have built to/accumulated in this hobby.
        Sep 15, 2020
      2. Elmer Danilovich
        Elmer Danilovich
        I'm even worse... I use the Blutooth one around the house when I'm cleaning <.< I too suffer with the same crisis some nights as well
        Oct 1, 2020
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      Vtory
      1. spwath
        spwath
        Over the summer at YG acoustics a customer wanted a full size floorstanding pair of speakers in champagne gold. Unfortunatly the tanks of that color at the anodizing place were not big enough for the panels. I wanted to see how bad/good it would look.
        Sep 15, 2020
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      2. Vtory
        Vtory
        That sounds like a very tempting idea. I loved how yg speakers look, maybe even more so with golden enclosure. haha
        Sep 15, 2020
      3. spwath
        spwath
        Yeah i felt like either it would work great, or look terrible. A big problem is color matching between the panels. Thats why they didnt offer other colors. They have a red, but there were so many issues with it. Mostly just black and silver, much easier to match panels.
        Sep 15, 2020
    18. Vtory
      Vtory
      Zen-S+Magnius combo still grows on me. So f***ing great that I can take them over many totls I heard. HD650 finally sings for me.
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      Vtory
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    20. Vtory
      Vtory
      Binge watching Hyouka (2012) again. Love this anime a lot.
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      2. Lyander
        Lyander
        Beautiful animation, and the stories aren't half bad either.
        Sep 7, 2020
      3. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Strange,I just went through this show a couple of days ago.
        Sep 7, 2020
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