westermac
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westermac

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Confession: I don't like neutral headphones. I like fat bass and rolled off highs. Just give me the Harman curve and I'll take it like a man Jun 18, 2018 at 8:03 AM

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    1. westermac
      westermac
      Confession: I don't like neutral headphones. I like fat bass and rolled off highs. Just give me the Harman curve and I'll take it like a man
      1. Lyer25
        Lyer25
        (slightly) V-shaped headphones FTW! Then again, still need HD650s around for when I'm listening to acoustic.
        Jun 18, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    2. westermac
      westermac
      Anyone wanting a simple way to run global audio plugins in MacOS check out "menuBUS". Pro version has KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS. Woot woot.
    3. westermac
      westermac
      Why does everything I sell/buy ship to/from CA? Does the sunshine make the audio better, or does the better audio make the sun shine?
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      2. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        Lived in SoCal for 5 years. Everything sounds better there because quality sound is one of the few solaces in the face of daily carpocalypse traffic / an omnipresent cultural warzone.
        Jun 14, 2018 at 12:19 PM
      3. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Cannabis makes the sound and the sun better imho
        Jun 14, 2018 at 12:59 PM
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      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        My Dac and Amp and 2 sets of Cans are all made in SoCal. My 3rd set of cans are Beyers, but whatever.
        Jun 14, 2018 at 3:22 PM
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    4. westermac
      westermac
      EQing a headphone always feels like defeat. Why can't manufacturers just conform perfectly to my ears and preferences, dammit?
      1. Deep Funk, A1Gear, Erikdayo and 4 others like this.
      2. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Do you have a spare PortaPro? At least that headphone always gets the job done for me. (Yeah I know it has limitations, but still.)
        Jun 14, 2018 at 9:38 AM
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        @Deep Funk I have 2 PortaPros ha, I love them – one of the few headphones I've never felt needed EQ/modding. I'm 5min from the Koss factory and ashamed to say I haven't stopped by yet (they have an outlet store there), but if one of my pairs ever break I'll be set.
        Jun 14, 2018 at 9:47 AM
    5. westermac
      westermac
      I wonder if our visual and auditory cortices share any resources that are freed up when we can't see. I swear I hear more in the dark...
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      2. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Yes, neurophysiology can explain that!
        Jun 11, 2018
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      3. rshuck
        rshuck
        This would also explain why visual input also contributes to our perception of soundstage.
        Jun 11, 2018
      4. brencho
        brencho
        Might have more to do with freed up attentional resources when one sense is restricted
        Jun 11, 2018
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    6. westermac
      westermac
      Just realized my entire headphone setup is now comprised of MD/Schiit offerings. Thankful that great sound doesn't require great expense.
      1. spwath
        spwath
        Mine is all made of used gear. Also not pricy.
        Jun 11, 2018
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        @spwath Most of mine was bought used as well. Double whammy!
        Jun 11, 2018
    7. westermac
      westermac
      Hot dog, I'm a Friend! And to think mother said I'd never amount to anything
      1. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Give your mother a PortaPro. She might understand later on. This hobby is fun.
        Jun 10, 2018
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    8. westermac
      westermac
      World's best selling vehicle, the Honda Super Cub, is coming to the states for $3,599 - or, less than a really nice pair of headphones.
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        @Biodegraded I dunno, but I'd be worried about the high driver failure rate
        Jun 8, 2018
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      4. DigMe
        DigMe
        You only see electric scooters here. There is a Harley Davidson dealership out in the most newly developed part of town but I’ve never seen anyone driving one.
        Jun 8, 2018
      5. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Can it go Super Sayan? If so I want one...
        Jun 10, 2018
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    9. westermac
      westermac
      2 Beers > Most DACs. 4 Beers > Any DAC ever made
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        @anetode I'll have to take your word for it; I seem to hit the point of diminishing returns much earlier
        Jun 7, 2018
      4. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        beers + DAC > any DAC you don't own... truth!
        Jun 7, 2018
        captkirk, Wilson, BillOhio and 2 others like this.
      5. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        wade boggs record > any system
        Jun 7, 2018
    10. westermac
      westermac
      Sometimes I feel silly listening to crappy recordings through a $3k chain... Thank goodness good music transcends the medium.
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      3. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        I love listening to terrible old recordings (e.g. "Back In The DHSS"/Trumption Riots EP by HMHB) on a decent chain. It was recorded on a portastudio above a chip shop, and sounds appalling, but the songs still shine through- and I can hear exactly how bad the recording and indeed the musical skills of the band were back then. I might be odd, though.
        Jun 4, 2018
      4. Kattefjaes
        Kattefjaes
        Also, a lot of things that just sound like a wall of mush on lesser gear resolve into their components more with decent gear, against expectations. Surely hearing more of the music is the object of the exercise?
        Jun 4, 2018
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      5. westermac
        westermac
        @Kattefjaes I think you're on to something there... Even on the worst recordings, the improved imaging, decay, soundstage etc of better gear can sometimes help me hear through the muck a bit more clearly
        Jun 4, 2018
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    11. westermac
      westermac
      Office to myself today, which means running around like a madman with REW and a calibration mic looking for a better listening position.
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        Found one! Managed to reduce the 38Hz spike that's been driving me nuts by 6db. Self-five.
        May 31, 2018
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    12. westermac
      westermac
      Every time I put on the HD6XX it reminds me of the many $1000+ headphones I've owned that didn't sound as good. Don't be a sucker.
      1. Soups, Lyer25, DigMe and 11 others like this.
      2. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        I feel much the same when I switch from my expensive headphones to my HD600, or even my PortaPro’s. Those of you just starting out, start with these. The mega buck stuff is only a few percent better in the long run. Same with amps and DAC’s.
        May 29, 2018
    13. westermac
      westermac
      I wonder what percentage of total hifi audio purchases are financed instead of bought outright. Is audioholism a thing?
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      3. rott
        rott
        I'm talking about short-term (6 month) 0%, for non-trivial purchases through merchants that participate with PayPal Credit.
        May 22, 2018
      4. Xecuter
        Xecuter
        Well I agree there. I buy all my expenses with credit card and pay it back immediately for flight perks.
        I just think if you are buying stuff you can't afford at that moment on credit, it is a terrible decision. Even if you're only a month away. Just save. Else you will always be living paycheck to paycheck
        May 22, 2018
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      5. rott
        rott
        As a rule I don't pull the trigger unless I've got the amount I could pay upfront, but don't see the harm in spreading it out without interest on a short term. Probably not the best approach, but I certainly don't live paycheck to paycheck. But it's a good point you make in general.
        May 23, 2018
    14. westermac
      westermac
      Headphone modding is a slippery slope for me. Improvements to be had, sure; but the focus on sound is often focus lost on the music.
    15. westermac
      westermac
      Anyone else have unbalanced ears? My right ear has a slight 2-4kHz emphasis that skews vocals slightly right of center. Drives me bonkers.
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Does being able to see your nose drive you bonkers?

        Give your brain a chance: it can make everything right for you. Otherwise, you need a balance control. They are for ears as much as rooms.

        And, how do you know the vocalist was dead centre anyway?
        May 11, 2018
      4. westermac
        westermac
        @Thad E Ginathom it's the same deal if I switch to mono. for awhile I was convinced it was a series of poorly balanced headphones, but when I flipped the headphones on my head and the vocals still leaned the same direction I knew something was awry...
        May 11, 2018
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        You can get test tones that play dead centre as well.

        Speaker amps: the balance control. I can see why this might be thought unnecessary on a headphone amp, and I guess they are rare. Pandering to the idea that the buyers all have perfect and perfectly-matched ears :(

        If it bother you enough, and your source is a PC... do it in software.
        May 12, 2018
    16. westermac
      westermac
      Gumby and Clear in one delivery. Down, boy. The bad part is I'm expected to get work done today, but I keep zoning out into oblivion.
    17. westermac
      westermac
      April showers bring... May goodies? Clear, Gumby and Saga all inbound - it's going to be a fun month.
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        Don’t forget the amp! :)
        May 4, 2018
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      4. Gaspasser
        Gaspasser
        I am excited for you! Clear and MCTH-LPS is a solid combination. I am currently listening now to it with Bimby for the last 2 + hours with no listening fatigue. Nice Sufjan Stevens avatar!
        May 4, 2018
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      5. westermac
        westermac
        Thanks @Gaspasser, your impressions definitely helped my decision. Really looking forward to getting set up and firing up some Sufjan :)
        May 4, 2018
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    18. westermac
      westermac
      Enjoying one of those short-lived periods of just listening to my gear and not giving a crap about what new stuff has come out...
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      2. DigMe
        DigMe
        It’s a good place to be.
        Nov 28, 2017
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 27, 1988 (Age: 30)
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Occupation:
    Video Production
    Gear List:
    [Focal Elex / HD600 / HD6XX / PM3] [MCTH+LPS / Magni 3] [Gumby]
    I love whisky, coffee, headphones, meat, songwriting, Sufjan Stevens, my wife and kids, and Jesus; in reverse order.

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    iMac Pro > Gumby > [MCTH+LPS / Magni 3] > [Focal Clear / HD6XX / Oppo PM-3]