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  1. cytoSiN

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    Hi all, I'm Drew from New York. Long time lurker, just finally got around to registering today. I'm an audio enthusiast/hobbyist, and my online research keeps bringing me back here, so I figured I might as well sign up.

    I work far too many hours and spend my limited free time with my wife and 2 kids. But I commute a lot for work, and that means a lot of time using portable audio and searching for the perfect setup. I'm not even close to achieving that, but I've learned a lot reading this website and hope to one day be able to give back some of what I've learned.
     
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    @cytoSiN Hi there. Enjoy your stay.
     
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    Hey, my name is James and I am from Kentucky. I have been heavily lurking SBAF for about a month now, so I thought I should join. Seems like you guys run a tight ship, and I appreciate the high quality of reviews/impressions of gear. You guys helped convince me to get my current Schiit stack, and I am happy for it. I had been on hiatus for about 4 years, and when I come back and started checking reviews of Gungnir MB I was amazed at the controversy. If it wasn't for the great information here I would have avoided Gungnir Multibit.

    I have a lot of hobbies that I bounce between. I enjoy motorcycles, gaming, building computers, watercooling said computers, and occasionally destroying something trying to get that last ounce of horsepower. My latest victim? A delided 7820x that I managed to break by not paying attention and installing it incorrectly in the socket and forcing the latch down. It took me 16 years of building custom pcs to kill a component. Stupid tax.

    Anyway, that's me. I love to tinker, and I have never been afraid to break things trying to 'fix them'. It is how I have learned most of what I know.
     
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    Hi all, bajangreen here... Learned about the forum while trailing some Campfire Audio Polaris reviews. Hoping to learn more about audio and save myself from spending money on expensive equipment based on inflated reviews and rankings, only to buy them and be severely underwhelmed. I definitely appreciate honest and 'harsh' feedback on audio equipment in times where reviews have become awfully hard to trust. Also very happy not to have to sift through hundreds to thousands of reviews and ratings just to feel confused or overwhelmed, roll the dice on the product and be disappointed. I'm from Barbados, so often when I invest in audiophile products it is a case of multiplying the US currency cost by 2... So it is a particularly expensive hobby and I'd rather not pile up subpar equipment based on fanboy or paid puppet ratings (can take a bit for shipments to come here or be returned and it can be awful pricey to send them back).

    I'll end my ramble with some insight on the equipment I'm using now just to provide a little background. I'm using Campfire Atlas with HiBy R6... Very impressed with the Atlas sound (my first high ends), a bit on the fence re: the HiBy's performance. End of ramble... Cue constructive learning.
     
  5. Greg Brown

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    Hi! My name is Greg, and I'm in Spokane, WA. Been a music fanatic for quite a while, and enjoy reading and researching products and test results almost as much as listening to music. My listening is computer based, Roon with Tidal. Yes I do appreciate MQA though my go to DAC is a Schiit Gungnir MB.

    I read with interest the issue of subjective vs. objective at the beginning of this post. I have a hard time putting much credence on a review based solely on the reviewer's opinion, at the same time I want to somehow correlate presented measurements with my own experiences. Often this leads to my better understanding of my personal biases and preferences.

    Anyway, glad to be here and looking forward to lurking, listening and finally contributing.

    Greg
     
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    Hey

    I'm Curtis from Alberta, Canada. I'm a pretty big noob when it comes to this stuff but do enjoy good sounding equipment. I'm currently researching closed back headphones for use in my office, and maybe use that as an excuse to upgrade dac/amp. I'm enjoying the research.

    I currently have Sennheiser HD598SE and HD6XX and Magni 3/Modi stack.
     
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    Hi. I've been lurking for over a year at this point, maybe two. I find myself coming here for audio info more than anywhere else. It's nice to read opinions that don't sound like advertisements. Congrats to the mods on keeping the SNR low. Hopefully I've been lurking long enough that I won't make a mess.

    Now seemed like a good time to register because I'm about to attempt some DIY projects. I purchased a S.E.X. 3.0 kit in Bottlehead's Black Friday sale, so I'll be learning to solder. I'm planning to make some new headphone cables as practice.

    I have my first kid on the way so I'm trying to liquidate "collections" and simplify my hobbies. I just cleared out a bunch of gear I didn't use anymore and it feels great.

    And now, to make this post useful, here are some music recommendations:
    • If you like psychedelic rock, check out All Them Witches.
    • If you like synth, check out OGRE.
    • If you like acoustic guitar, check out California Guitar Trio's latest work. (Their early recordings sound like ass but Komorebi, Andromeda, Masterworks, and Rocks The West are great.)
     
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    Welcome. Congrats on the kiddo!

    Tyll from Innerfidelity did a Bottlehead Crack assembly video. It might help you as you get into solder practice on your SEX.
     
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    I am excited to finally be joining SBAF! My name is Curt and I live in Tacoma, WA. I first got into headphones due to my obsession with vinyl. (discogs collection in signature)

    Growing up I was never a big fan of headphones, and it wasn't until I bought my first pair of Porta Pros while traveling in college that I really feel in love with listening to music via headphones. For the better part of a decade I always just relied on my trusty Porta Pros when the situation called for headphones. I also owned (and still do) some Sennheiser HD 280s, and I just couldn't pinpoint why I was not a big fan of them. It was when I bought my ivory HD 598s (RIP) and got to experience open back headphones that my obsession with this hobby kicked off. Got the HD 6XXs via massdrop, realized I needed decent gear to compliment them (went with Jotunheim and Modi Multibit), and the rest is history.

    Have been lurking around SBAF as I wanted to upgrade to a tube/hybrid amp before welcoming my first child in March. I dream of owning the HD800s (or some other TOTL/endgame headphone) someday, so I discovered the "Best Amps for the Sennheiser HD800" thread and have been soaking up all the knowledge I can from this place since.

    I ended up purchasing the Cavalli Liquid Platinum to replace the Jotunheim, and upgraded to the new Modi Multibit/Mani and sold my old ones, and am really enjoying my new setup! The Cavalli sound has won me over, I am completely enamored.

    Now that the history is out of the way, I thought a fun way to introduce myself would be to list my personal top 10 albums of the year to give you a sense of what I listen to:

    1. Hayley Heynderickx-I Need to Start a Garden
    2. Snail Mail-Lush
    3. Father John Misty-God’s Favorite Customer
    4. Natalie Prass-The Future and the Past
    5. Mitski-Be The Cowboy
    6. Kali Uchis-Isolation
    7. Lucy Dacus-Historian
    8. Parquet Courts-Wide Awake!
    9. Half Waif-Lavender
    10. Saba-Care for Me
     
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  11. AudiophileNinja

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    Hello fellow audio enthusiasts!

    As with most, I've been a lurker on here for a while (5+ years), and finally took the leap to join in on the fun and continue down the path of financial destruction...err audio nirvana. I've learned a lot from the long nights reading the forums, but still have a lot to learn, and just started my audio journey a few years back.

    I became spoiled when I moved to CA for 3 years and attended my first Can Jam, LA Audio Show, and was able to visit the Schiitr to audition gear at all of those venues. I recently moved to the Midwest, and finding anywhere to listen to great gear is damn near impossible.

    About 10 years back, I bought my first Koss Porta pro headphones, after researching for the best quality and lowest cost headphones. Due to the cost of entry into the audio hobby, quality speakers were beyond my budget at that time. I soon upgraded to AKG Q701 shortly thereafter and that remained my reference point, until after attending my first Can Jam in 2016, which opened Pandora's box.

    Needless to say... that truly opened my eyes (and ears) to the amount of quality setups that were possible, and I had to have more. I finally purchased my end-game headphone HD800S after my last Can Jam in 2017. Of all the phones I auditioned, these seemed to be the best fit for me, even though there were other awesome end game sets I had heard. I am still on the search for the best amp to pair with it though, as I don't feel the Valhalla 2 compares to what I heard coming from other setups. I was saving up for an Eddie Current ZDS, but just found out they are no longer available, so my search continues..

    I digress... So here's my introductory post, and I apologize in advance for any newb questions/comments I may have... I still have a lot to learn.
     
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  12. ChaChaRealSmooth

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    Greetings SBAF!

    As a lot of people mentioned here, I lurked the audio forums (including this one) for a long while before I finally decided that I'd join the online community. So hello to all!

    Growing up a musician (still a pianist to this day), I always really enjoyed music, although back in the days I was satisfied with standard Apple earbuds. My introduction to high-end audio was a figurative slap in the face. I had a friend whose dad is a big audiophile, and everything changed when he sat me down in front of his speakers and put on a vinyl. I was blown away by the sound and couldn't believe what I was missing out on. Unfortunately, I was a student back then so...it was really hard for me to come by funds to buy stuff.

    However, since then I've managed to save some money to put into audio gear. My first better headphone was a Sennheiser HD 599, paired with a Fiio A3, connected to my phone. Modest, but I was very pleased with the sound quality. Then, I got my hands on a Schiit Magni 3 and a Grace Design SDAC, then a Wyrd, then a Sennheiser HD 6XX.....yeah, you get the point.

    I would still say I'm new to the hobby and have tons to learn, so I probably won't post much here (you guys are really knowledgeable of audio and I don't really have much to contribute). However, I will say that I extensively read the forums and thoroughly enjoy the content. So a big thank you to the moderators and people who work to make this possible. I hope to make your acquaintance at a meet and maybe kick back with a scotch.

    Here's to great conversation, and happy listening!
     
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    welcome!
     
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    Hey all. Not one to call attention to myself, but "when in Rome..."

    Been a headphone enthusiast since the old HeadWize days, and a member of Head-Fi pretty much since it's inception, including doing some moderating over there. Had opportunities to listen to a fair amount of good gear over the years, particularly thanks to an active headphone scene in NY & New England. Been lurking here for a bit, so I think I have a lay of the land.

    Tastewise, I tend to prefer neutral-ish gear, with natural vocal tone being of prime importance. Not as much into headphone stuff as I used to, especially since finally getting a decent speaker system (listed in my profile) that I am still tweaking. of course. The Etymotic ER4's are among my all-time favs & still my daily driver at work. Music taste is pretty eclectic, but with emphasis on female vocals, intimate jazz & classical stuff lately. I love to attend live music performances, especially at smaller venues, whenever possible.

    Just looking to enjoy the company of the group & contribute if/when I can.
     
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    Hey all! Been hooked into my audio since my teenage years. I've been mostly a lurker of hydrogenaudio, headfi, changestar, DIYaudio etc. I like the vibe in this forum and just wanted to finally say hi to everyone. It's been great reading everyone's opinion and experiences in this forum and I look forward to contributing to the community.
     
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    Welcome.

    Your hockey pads are showing.
     
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    Hello, new member here. I have spent the past 15 years using IEMs for 10-12 hours a day while working. Shures, Westones, and FutureSonics. I have finally been able to pull the trigger on two dream products - a pair of Campfire Audio Vegas and a Grace m900 DAC/Amp. The latter being due solely to advice posted on this forum here. I am now enjoying using both products at my desk all day. Although, I do wish that the Vega's ALO Litz cable was terminated with a straight jack and was half a metre or so longer. Thanks
     
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    Hey folks, here's my recommended SBAF intro. Been an audiophile since my teen years which were over 30 years ago. I'm an amateur musican, playing flutes of all sizes (bass, alto, soprano, piccolo, fifes, ocarinas, etc.) since I was a kid. I like cars, motorbikes and other machines, do my own wrenching and used to do amateur racing in SCCA. Then I discovered that slow airplanes are more fun than fast cars, so I got my pilot's license and bought an airplane. Aviation's my primary hobby along with music and audio. My background is in mathematics and I work in engineering.

    I've owned a lot of different gear over the years. Through the 90s was a turntable buff then came back to digital. I designed and built a ladder stepped attenuator I used as a preamp for a long time, then several years ago bit the bullet, sold the turntable gear and vinyl, and went full digital using an Oppo HA-1 for the DAC/preamp for my headphones (Audeze LCD-2 and Sennheiser HD-580s), and to drive the power amp (Adcom 5800) to speakers (Magnepan 3.6/R) in my listening room, which I prepped with home-built floor-to-ceiling tube traps, acoustic foam and other treatments to get the measured response at the listening position as neutral as I can in both frequency and time domains. I've also done a bit of my own recording too. Nothing fancy just a pair of Rode NT1As for recording live acoustic small ensembles.

    Also regarding gear: I've used a Meier Corda Jazz for my work headphone setup for several years. And I'm currently auditioning a prototype of Meier's Corda Soul as a potential replacement for my Oppo HA-1. Looking forward to the listening comparisons!

    I listen to just about everything. Mostly the kind of music I like to play: small ensemble acoustic music: classical, baroque, ancient, jazz. But a bunch of other stuff too from electronic, rock, and stuff that's hard to classify like Rabih Abou-Khalil. I believe high quality audio gear is roughly 80% engineering and 20% understanding psychoacoustics and biology. I hope to enjoy some interesting discussions here, share knowledge and learn new things.
     
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    Victor here. Also a lurker for a while and an audiophile for more than a decade. More recently I decided to step up investing in desktop gear in a big way and decided to also sign up here.

    In an earlier life I was much more involved in audio engineering and consulted/worked for several Chinese audio brands. These days I'm just a hobbyist although I still dip into the pool of old contacts for review samples and stuff.

    Also, post 2,999 here...must resist the urge to make another post here!
     
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    Hi, if this forum classified members according to audiophile expertise, mine would be 'Idiot'. With that said, it's safe to assume you can disregard all my opinions as pure horsesnip. Hopefully this disclaimer saves people some time.

    For those that are still reading...
    I joined the site to lurk a bit. I have been on somewhat of an laboured journey of nearly 3 years to find a DAC to add to my main listening room system, which is a networked Roon end point (on W10) feeding a DAC I bought as a stop gap (Topping D50) whilst looking for a keeper, connected to a Rega Elicit-R, which feeds Kef R700's and also a Rega Ear Mk2, to which I plug in my Sennheiser HD650's

    I got as far as buying an X-Sabre Pro DAC and an X-spdif 2 connected by I2S-H. I sent it back. Got a little hung up on DSD (x times 1 billion trillion) for a while and when the X-Sabre arrived I was so excited, only to find out it didn't sound that much better than the £150 Topping D50. I don't mind spending some money, but there has to be some discernible value.

    I spend about 4hrs a day just listening to music with no distractions. Pretty much stopped watching TV a few years back. Life is so much better that way (for me anyway). I enjoy all types of music, except anything that is too 'fast' to the point I can't really make out individual instruments/vocals. I don't know if 'fast' properly describes what I mean (revert to paragraph one).

    Anyway, like I said, I'll be lurking to get some insight into how I might improve the sound in my main listening room.

    Thanks!
     
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