Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.
One of the most impressive setups I've seen from a new member in a long time - welcome!
Thank you, mscott58. The Stratus system is CD based and the Cavalli/Cord system is fed HIRez files from my Mac mini.
I am also into DAPs and IEMs. I have a Sony ZX 100, a HiBy R3 and and an IBasso DX 220 with CA Comet, Andromeda, Atlas and Vega IEMs with ALO, PlusSound and Norne cables.
All you need now is the Solaris!
Checking in to say hello. I'm new to the site and only discovered this forum yesterday by accident. I live in Riverside County So Cal. Been into music since I was a child in the 70's. It's been a passion on mine ever since. Married with two young kids. My other passions include classic cars and trucks, motorcycles and reading.
Anyways I'll be hanging out and chiming in when I can. So far this site has a lot of good information and looks like a pretty tight knit group of music lovers.
For audio tastes I lean toward tubes and headphones but I do enjoy speakers as well. I like things loud and that is what drove me to headphones so I wouldn't bother the wife or neighbors.
I fell in love with tube gear years ago. I guess you can say I like my music with a bit of color. I'm not apposed to SS equipment and own plenty of it but when it comes to headphones tubes are for me.
Hopefully I can contribute to the site with the knowledge I have and learn from those much more knowledgeable than I.
Thanks for reading.
Just rediscovered my account here after checking who dares to use my nickname on the www.
Might as well introduce myself. I am from Germany, like audio stuff and I am most likely significantly younger than the average here. Apart from audio stuff, I like high end, overclocked and watercooled PCs, lifting weights and the benefits that come with lots of exercise. Mainly eating as much as I want.
I like headphones a lot, speakers too, but my rooms are trash for music listening. I mostly listen to headphones and near field studio monitors at my desk. Never listened to a tube headphone amp or power amp in my life. Hopefully that will change at some point in the near future, but it's not often you come across high-end tube gear in the year 2019.
I do have some technical knowledge, but most of it is not necessarily applicable to audio. For this reason I will mainly remain a reader that occasionally shares a thought or adds a perspective. Sharing knowledge requires one to be precise, being precise requires putting thought and effort into it, which requires time that I'd much rather spend drinking a cold beverage.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Dropping in to say hello, also.
I'm a lifelong lover of music, former musician, and have been optimizing gear in pursuit of good sound for as long as I've had the means to do so (really only recently; purchasing a roof over my head came before I could decorate it with headphones).
Here because because my technical training in science draws me to the observable/measurable, my love of listening draws me to the experiential, and my thirst for reading surly-but-friendly discourse about the overlap of the above hits all the correct target points in my brain.
Not much of a poster unless the discussion strongly overlaps with my experience or interest, but I'd like to learn a thing or two about measurement and assorted gear while being able to engage with the community.
But for now, back to my day job ...
Awesome summary and should fit well with the SBAF environment! Welcome
Hello all. I'm JohnVF. I've run across your forum numerous times and decided to join up, I like what I see.
Not sure what to say about myself other than I've been around the audio-block a few times. I've had a ton of gear, from vintage tube gear to modern high-end solid state and a whole lot of stuff in between. My main system was acquired over the past decade of experimenting and trying this or that. And then I have 4 or 5 other systems... you all, I'm sure, know who it goes.
I'm pleased to meet you. Cheers.
Hi everyone. Been a lurker for several years now. Great forum. I've been active in the hobby about 20 years and I participate on most of the other well known forums. I mainly tinker with DIY speaker (Currently Eclipse W6520R/Satori TW29 MTM monitors) and amp builds (Currently 3e-Audio TPA3251), but am a sucker for buying cheap dacs.
Since moving to a smaller pad in the Pacific Northwest USA, my speaker/amp setup has been relegated to the living room with the TV and now I'm using headphones, which is a pretty big change for me. Currently, Sennheiser 599 and Massdrop 58X through a modded Chi-fi JLH Class A headamp.
I have no dogmas, I love all aspects of the hobby. I save my opinions for movies, so as long as we're not talking about Tarantino...
Given your avatar image you are inclined to say "Yes" a lot. So if things are to progress here, will the rock be progressive?
How about King Crimson? Pink Floyd? ELP? Uriah Heep? Deep Purple? Where do you start? Where is the "Genesis"?
P.S. Enjoying some Black Sabbath right now...
As a 21st Century Schizoid Man, the rock may indeed be progressive while listening for Echoes of the past, be they classical Indian sitar or a desert romp with Maurice Jarre. I do occasionally get a little Paranoid, but that's when my Rastaman Vibrations come in handy until Supper's Ready : )
i don't know schiit but im learning
Guys, I hope you realize that you have to post here or the other members get Tre pissed and will dislike your first post if its not here. Happened to me.
I have been active with audio and headphones for more than 20 years but kept some distance to it the last years. On the other hand I listened more to music and have become a frequent visitor to concerts, especially acoustic music. I left HF about 10 years ago and didn't discover SBAF before the last year and only have lurked until now.
I don't really need any more gear but I have hard to resist an urge to make it sound closer to live acoustic music. I have headphones as HD800S, Stax SR007 mk1 and Abyss 1266 Phi. The new types of headphones outside of the ears get me intrigued (Raal, MySphere). I want to check that up. I also have a good speaker system but live in an apartment and like to listen late in the evening, and also like headphones anyway.
My system varies but current setup is:
Melco N1Z -> Mutec MC3+ -> Metrum Pavane -> Audion Silver Night 300B (on loan) - Abyss Phi
I've been a registered lurker for some time now and have been reading SBAF for helpful information since pretty much the beginning of the site. I've been into the audio hobby for 15 years, mainly two-channel, and I got into headphones in the past 4 years because I have a wife and kid and that cuts down on my speaker listening time (though I'm still primarily a two-channel listener). I appreciate the quality of the impressions and writing I've encountered here-- SBAF is definitely my favorite and most frequented audio site. I have no plans to become a regular poster here, but I'm introducing myself anyway because in a couple cases recently, I felt I had some first-hand information that could add to a discussion, as well as a couple quick questions that I felt might have produced useful content for other readers. It's also high time I donate to SBAF and give something back for all the great free content I've been able to enjoy over the years, so I'm doing that now too.
I've been reading stuff on SBAF for the last year-and-a-half and figure it's time to make a post here.
I love this forum because of the wealth of knowledge accrued by senior members and the way people challenge each others' views on personal audio through differing preferences and experiences. With enough reading you really get an idea of what may and may not be for you and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each piece of equipment out there today.
I've been a music lover for years and there's nothing I love more than getting the best experience possible out of the music I own. That's why I've been very into surgical EQ and declipping of brickwalled albums and whatnot. I like to salvage what I can from shoddy mastering jobs and tonally unbalanced equipment because I find it very rewarding to hear the result of that hard work. You'd be surprised with the detail you can recover! For example, after months of listening to sine sweeps I no longer get tired of the Nighthawk, and I feel I've learned a lot about human perception of "realness" and the true weaknesses of audio equipment.
Just as important as what you listen to your music with is where and how you're listening. I'm very into meditation and use traditional practices to hone and extend my concentration for hours at a time. It's a great way to get the most out of your equipment! I have a few listening spots set up for different moods, so sometimes I'll use a good comfy chair in a nice corner and other times I'll lay down in my wood-paneled closet (with proper air circulation!)
I've made harnesses to keep the headphone cable suspended off my clothes and I've gone through at least 5 kinds of neck pillows. So much of audio is your perception of what's going on so being comfortable is top priority!
My favourite albums are here: https://www.besteveralbums.com/addchart.php?c=7938
My chain is Audirvana+ -> SplineEQ -> Gungnir Multibit -> Jot -> NH and the only thing I'm not completely satisfied with is the Jotunheim (though it's the overall best I've tried so far) (and I'm not ruling out a headphone upgrade in the future!)
I might have overshared a little but it's buried in this thread so w/e, hope everyone gets the most out of their audio journey!
Hello all. Been lurking for a short while. Seems like some good discussions going on here.
Just getting back into the hifi world recently after a hiatus.
My Peachtree inova is in for repair and I’m looking to upgrade some gear over the next couple of years.
I currently own a HRT streamer ii, CEC HD53 amp, Grado 225i, akg k702, and recently purchased the Audeze isine10.
My living room is a simple iNova amp with audio physic step iii monitors. Not the most efficient and def not getting the best out of those speakers with the weak amp stage. I’ll prob add an amp and use the iNova pre/dac to run things.
Because of this forum I’ve learned about Schiit, which I intend to invest some money into their gear.
But for now I’m content to renter the HIFI world with what I have and learn about all the cool advancements since I last bought gear in 2011
Howdy, I registered a while back and have been lurking around and started posting recently. While browsing around the forum I found this thread and figured I should probably post a reply in here so as not to upset the apple-cart so to speak...
I use my system mostly for 2 channel, however it does double as a surround sound system for TV and Movies.
While I am more a fan of the music vs. the actual gear, I do enjoy reading and learning about new (and even past) products. I have become a bit of a Schiithead ever since the Vidar was released, the value and performance of their gear is quite phenomenal and IMHO punches way above its weight class, I've been blown away by them!
I'm looking forward to learning what this forum has to offer.
Hi everyone, I’ve been lurking around for a while and I figured I would introduce myself and say thanks for all the info everyone on this forum has shared.
I’ve been into hifi since I was I kid. I love all types of electronics, mechanical things etc. I’m just a dork for any cool gear. I’m big on both two channel and headphones.
I listen to almost all types of music but my main preferences are new age/post punk, house music, disco, 90s alt/indie rock and classical (mostly orchestral). I was a house music DJ for a long time and briefly owned a nightclub in New York.
Looking forward to getting into the mix here!
New here. Am using ie800s iem with a Ipad. Have preordered a 789 and may get a RME ADI-2. Listen to classical, as well as classic rock. I hope to hear a massive upgrade in sound from the ADI-2/789 pairing.
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