New Members - Introduce Yourself

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  1. Tshiknn

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    Hi. I'm new to SBAF and pretty new to the world of audio equipment. That said, I am not new to music. I have been a composer for most of my life, just graduated college with a degree in music, and do some electronic music production on the side. Since I just graduated, I lack the funds to break into the world of true hi-fi audio, so I've mostly been exploring various not-so-expensive options and older gear that's come down in price since its time. Right now I'm using a few AKGs (K553 for production, K712 / K400 for listening) running off JDS Atom / Topping D10. I enjoy audio gear sort of more as works of engineering and art than for practical purposes, and I'm looking forward to getting more into it.

    My music taste run into pretty much every genre, but I especially have a soft spot for classical, ambient, post-rock, J-pop, and various other experimental genres. As for other hobbies, I love roller coasters and enjoy bowling.

    I will probably not post anything for quite a while, but I'm looking forward to being around.
     
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  2. Neilvg

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    I should have done this earlier, instead I chose to make my first few posts the equivalent of a bull in an audio shop ;) It's been fun though :). I like this forum. I have been a part of HF since 2004, and Jude is a friend, and then later Head-Case.. but my days of being a headphone obsessive are mostly over. This is in large part due to my move to being a full time recording engineer. I spend most of my time in the studio, and listening to speakers.

    I have had a bit more time recently -- I have taken leave due to the fact my son was born on June 24th! He's our first kid, and I wanted to take a month off, at least, to try to support my wife and child and be at home as much as possible. I've had some time to just surf the web (a little), and make some posts... so i guess I've chosen this spot... :)

    I used to be a headphone obsessive, and have made many posts about my love for the Sennheiser Orpheus system. I have owned a total of 3 of these systems over the years, with various bits of high-end gear attached. At some point I hit the end of the line and sold it all. I still miss the sound signature of my old Orpheus setup (pics of which can be seen on HF from years ago).

    I recently bought a Focal Clear to try to get some editing and light mixing work done at home. So far, I like this headphone, and find it translates quite nicely. So many people listen with headphones now, it sometimes seem a little funny that we mix almost entirely with speakers. I find that if I start a mix with speakers, and end it with a few final tweaks with the headphones, it puts the mix in a good place. Starting with headphones... that usually goes pretty wrong for me.

    Anyway, I like that this community is active, and somewhat sassy. I am certainly that way myself -- but please try not to take my sometimes opinionated and strong-headed comments the wrong way. It's all love, and I never mean to personally attack anybody. After all, we have a love of audio and audio is my life. That makes everybody here closer to me in many ways then many of the people I meet in person.

    In my spare time I ride my bike, play tennis, hike, swim.... but who am I kidding... what free time... they say having a kid is 18 to life... ;)

    See you around the forums!
     
  3. TonyHuang

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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Tony. Music to me, it's important to be part of the body!:D
     
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    I'm 30, don't like anything, and I only have Best Buy and online shopping with god awful shipping. Please send help.
     
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    This is definitely more of a "help yourself" kinda place.

    Keep looking around, figure out your preferences and go from there.
    (This link might be helpful in that regard)

    I guess the upside to not liking anything is you won't be disappointed.
     
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    Hey there, new to SBAF here. My personal audio journey started early 2018 and I've had the pleasure of trying quite a lot of gear through purchasing used equipment, visiting various local(ish) stores as well as attending SoCal CanJam this year. I started with a set of 6xx my brother gifted me followed with a Schiit M/M stack purchase to kick things off. I have since evolved my setup into what it is for now, RME ADI-2 -> THX 789 -> Andromeda, Ether2, Verite (being built rn). It's been a fun journey thus far.
     
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    Hi SBAF, my constantly increased interest for new music and audio equipment brings me here where I get trapped from the large amount of good information.

    Cheers
     
  8. Bloom

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    Bloom Audio ships free to Hawaii. ;-)

    Those are three of my absolute faves! Welcome.

    Welcome!
     
  9. f1eng

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    I am new to SBAF and came here to look what was written about Verum 1 headphones which I ordered after hearing a pair belonging to somebody who had donated on kickstarter.
    I have been a music lover all my life and bought better quality reproduction kit as soon as I could afford it, starting with my first pay packet in 1968.
    I also, as a noise and vibration engineer, did R&D and design work at Garrard on record players.
    I have made music (and later data) recordings myself since the mid 1960s, starting with a mono valve reel-to-reel recorder later Aiwa and Nakamichi cassette decks then a Revox B77 but went digital with a StellaDAT in the early days of digital. The StellaDAT was the first recorder I used where the microphone feed and recordedr output were indistinguishable (on the sort of music I recorded). Tape was "nice" with cleverly set levels but not transparent.
    I went into motor racing full time as soon as I could (1976) so from then on was not involved in the design of any hifi.
    Actually I much prefer listening to loudspeakers and I have spent most money here but being on and aeroplane every week for 35 years made headphone listening essential (eventually).
    When I first started travelling no reasonably portable music carrier existed, so I had to do without when working abroad :(
    When the first Walkman came out it was too expensive for me but I did save up and then I had music when away - yipee! The non-sealed headphones were hopeless on a 'plane by modern standards but absolutely brilliant for me at the time. I ended up with a big flight case with my work paperwork but ¾ full of cassettes. Next came portable CD and a LOT of batteries (1 CD flattened 4 "C" sized batteries on my first player). Next minidisk, then I pre-ordered the original iPod which was a breakthrough in convenience and real portability.
    I had bought Etymotic ER4S for travel because the noise blocking and SQ were a massive step forward. I left my first set and the minidisk player in the seat pocket of an aeroplane in 1998 but bought another set.
    My first components were DIY, I bought separate TT and arm, speaker drive units and amp kit and built plinth and cabinets. I have been "upgrading" since 1968 and learned a lot over the years.
    My current (and probably last, I haven't heard anything I prefer) system is a Goldmund Reference turntable with T3f arm, Ortofon A90 cartridge and T3000 transformer and a Goldmund Mimesis 36+ CD transport into a Devialet Original d'Atelier amplifier. My speakers are either Goldmund Epilog 1&2 and Tune Audio Anima horns. I use a REL Studio sub sometimes. I have a dedicated listening room.
    For my, now little used, travelling kit I have an A&K 240, the Etymotics but now also AKG N90Q and B&O ER8 and just got B&W PX but my travel now is going by bus to the hospital to donate platelets (a blood component)!
    I have been had headphones since I bought Koss ESP7 in 1970.
    I currently have:-
    Stax Lambda Pro, ZMF Eikon, AKG Q701, AKG K812, B&W P7 and PX, Kingsound electrostatics, Verum 1, for ear buds the ER4S and several more I forget the name of. My problem with earbuds has been a build-up of ear wax. I hadn't realised it was caused by the ear buds until I stopped using them so despite really liking the ER4S over decades I use over ear for my bus rides now.
     
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  10. Biodegraded

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    Welcome aboard. For new members, it's mandatory ;) to post gear pictures. Please put photos in the threads below. Thanks.

    https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/post-your-turntable-setup-cant-get-enough-of-those-spinners.51/page-48

    https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/pictures-of-your-speaker-system.480/page-35
     
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  11. Bruno

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    hi guys, i live in Portugal i'm new here, hope to help and be helped. thank you
     
  12. jexby

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    wow nice effort.
    how about explaining what gear you have owned in the past, what headphones or IEMs you have tried, liked, or didn’t enjoy? what sources of music used, or if you just stream YouTube all day,
    this isn’t Jood Head Fi where members play 20 questions and 50 posts trying to guess at a suitable recommendation.
     
  13. eyrepm

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    Hello,

    I've been lurking for a bit. I don't really know all the much about gear, but I've been intensely into music for about 15+ years. It's been my main deal. Of course gear has been slowly upgrading.

    At the moment I have:
    - Schiit Ragnarok 2
    - Schiit Gungnir Multibit
    - Grado RS2i that I've modded to balanced
    - KEF LS50s
    - Some vinyl, but mostly I do digital via BitPerfect / iTunes.

    Talking about sound is really hard to do but I guess I'd say I like warm and euphonic sound. Grados have worked well for me for a long while. I also have Grado SR60 (is that what you call it?). Schiit I've just liked, and it seems to be my deal.

    The main reason I'm here I guess is to learn, and not having to get too deep down the rabbit hole of testing new things and selling gear and buying more gear. Wasting a lot of money to try and get to a point where I'm happy. I am learning here, though! Really great to be able to read what everyone thinks, with comparison to each others experiences and gear.
     
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    Resident corporate schill/sock-puppet lurker here, finally introducing himself:

    My journey into audiophiledom started, as it did for many my age, with Skullcandy earbuds. Fast-forward a few years and I've settled on 3 setups:

    Work:
    Lots of setups over the years
    - Google Music -> ATHM50s
    - Google Music -> 1More triple drivers (either from the Pixel-of-the-year or macbook) which lasted me a long time as a good-enough source of audio while coding until...

    ~~Andromedas~~

    which I picked up on b-stock after reading up on how much everyone here loves them.
    - Tidal -> Dragonfly -> SE iEMatch -> Andros
    And then finally:
    - Audirvana (tidal/qobuz) -> Hiby r3 -> 2.5mm iEMatch -> andros with the goal of reducing as much external noise as possible (yay open office plans)

    Head/computer:
    - Roon -> Bifrost Multibit -> Valhalla -> HD650s/Focal Elex
    Naturally started with the intro Schiit-stack (modi2/magni) into the 650s but graduated to the current setup to get some of that tube magic (with an on-sale Bifrost Multibit to complete the stack aesthetics)

    Loud:
    - Out of the Head setup I've got a switch to some powered Yamaha HS5s
    In the living room:
    - Roon -> rag2 (usb) -> cheapo Pioneer towers/monoprice 12" sub (The area most-ripe for improvement but I'm not quite at the point where I can get really nice speakers)

    I've been hanging out here to get first reactions on news out of the cool brands, figure out how to do incremental equipment updates, and read juicy inter-member drama stories.
     
  15. Syzygy

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    We don't have those here ;-)
    :pirate07:
     
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    Hello, First of all I apologize a lot, I'm new here and I didn't know how things worked here, since this my registration here in the forum is in fact to be properly helped with new purchases I want to make. I am not a professional, but I love listening to music, at the moment I only have a few simple Iem Shure SE215 and currently only mobile phone. Once again my sincere apologies.

    Sincerely,
    Bruno
     
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    Hi guys, I've just realized there's an introduction topic so here's something about myself. I'm from Serbia and I was introduced to hi-fi by my late brother 15 years ago. We got our first system: NAD T513 DVD player + NAD C320BEE integrated amp + B&W DM602 S3 speakers. It wasn't the best thought-out system in the world but it was my first and hooked me to this hobby. :)

    Fast forward 15 years and I gave up physical mediums. My current system is Khadas Tone Board DAC, Cyrus 8vs2 integrated amp and Acoustic Energy Aegis Evo 3 speakers. I'm very happy with the amp, it's energetic, fast and precise so I'm not thinking of changing it any time soon, it's by far the best part of the system anyway. Speakers are very decent and nicely balanced but I wish to upgrade to something more resolving like ATCs I fell in love with last year. Can't afford them right now though. Regarding sources I try different affordable DACs all the time simply because it's cheap and fun. The list of of everything I tried would be long so I'm just going to mention the ones I used at least few months: Dragonfly V1.0, HRT microStreamer, Topping D30 and Khadas Tone Board. Each one sounded better than the previous to my ears. Current one - Khadas - is in my system for some 7 moths and I'm still impressed by its sound, especially for the money.

    I also use AKG K92 and Takstar Pro 82 from time to time but prefer listening my music through speakers. Out of the house I like to keep it compact and simple so I'm using Mi 8 lite phone with Musiland MU1 and KZ ZSN iem (really cheap but more than decent, they sound much more resolving to my ears than Beyerdynamic DTX 41 iE and SoundMAGIC E10 I used before or Sennheiser CX300-II my girfriend is using).

    I often browse web for good hi-fi reviews and impressions so that's how I stumbled to this place, read some nice impressions of Schiit products I'm interested in lately, saw that people are not obsessed with measurements... and decided to stick around.

    I hope this was not too long. :) See you around!
     
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    Hi, I came here from the ADV rider forum just to see what it's like in here.
    These days I'm completely blown away by the esoteric gear I see on Audio forums like this and it can be very dangerous to my bank account, but i'm practicing fiscal restraint. (mainly 'cause I'm broke)
    I posted a pic of my trusty old NAD 3080 in the amp porn thread, it's solid as a rock and weighs in like one too. In the early 80's I worked for NAD here in New England and took home a few items taking advantage of the employees discount.
    My Technics 1200 still spins pretty good and the JBL L100's are hooked up again and working darn well too.
    Sansui 5000A is the garage integrated amp and I just picked up a couple of Dayton mini speakers for it which sound remarkably good for as small and inexpensive as they are; good for the garage.
    Looking forward to catching up on old posts.
    Rambled on long enough, 'ta
     
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    Hello! I'm been a long time lurker in many audio-related forums (reddit, head-fi, audiokarma). I've been making some significant improvements to my in-home listening setups lately and found that I like the culture of this community the best (at least from a lurking perspective...).

    Hope to contribute my own impressions and help further my understanding of the dynamics of audio reproduction.
     
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    I'm a music lover from 5 years old to 26, HiFi from HD580-HD800.
    I played the guitar fingerstyle and many other instruments around 15 years.
    Find many genii on this site, want to learn something from them.
     

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