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Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Mr B1

    Mr B1 Rando

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    Hi there!

    I'm somewhat of an off-and-on audiophile and have been a sbaf visitor for a while. Originally from the Netherlands, but living down under now. My music taste includes Rammstein, Ed Rush, Mike Oldfield, Leonard Cohen, Ane Brun, Philip Glass, Joep Beving, Roxy Music, Howe Gelb, Manowar, Deadmau5, Chet Baker...

    As for audio gear, I started out in the early 90s with (refurbed) Quad ESL55 Electrostats, a Philips CD880 (1541 dac), Quad 303 amp and later a Beard P35 tube amp...so I got lucky looking back and on the downside developed somewhat of an intolerance for poor audio and poorly placed speakers. In the last 2 years I found the joy of good headphones!

    My audio gear taste seem to be different from most, and a lot of high end to me sounds too round, polished, 'high-end' .. For example plucked strings, piano, violins.. they've got quite the harsness, attack and transients to them when heard live / up close, but that experience often seems to go missing in headphones and sometimes dacs. Or if it is there, fatique sets in too quickly, the bottom end falls out, there's no visceral impact or the coherence is just not there. I've had the Verum1's only for a couple of days, but they intuitively tick a lot of boxes for me, where as Aeon Flows, Focal Clear, Hifiman HE400 just did not - just to give some concrete context of how that works out in reality.

    So I'm still exploring headphones, amps and finding people who's ears reasonably align.

    I've also just started to build a headphone tube-amp prototype to check out different design ideas and differences between components (think output transformers Lundahl vs Chinese with Japanese steel). The first two amps will be a single-ended and a push/pull design based on E280F tubes with a tube-regulated power supply.

    Current gear:
    Headphones - Verum1, LCD2C, HEXv2 (for work) and Focal Clear (to be sold)
    Dacs - RME ADI-2, LG V30+ (for work), SMSL Sanskrit SK10
    Amps - Violectric V220, McChanson 6FD7/6EM7 SE tube amp, Aune 7Xs (for work)
    Monitors - Adam A5X, F5 and Sub8 (home theatre).
     
  2. Allen Broome

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    Hi

    I have been into audio since I was about 7 playing around with my dads JVC receiver, Cerwin Vega speakers and a technics turntable. I got my first job to save up for some B&W speakers to upgrade this system I inherited. I have gone through all sorts of gear over the years. From those B&W speakers to a couple sets of Norh (marble speakers), DIY designs from Zaph, to Krell integrated and Zu Audio Druids. I run Roon on a intel nuc with tidal and have all my cd’s ripped to flac. I have am a big believer in room correction and have an old DEQX premate that was used with the Druids about 8 years ago. It made a huge difference in that setup. I don’t have it in a system currently but am interested in trying one of the new DEQX devices that supports digital outs so that I can still use my own dac. I have tried creating convolution filters using REW and loading those into Roon with less success. I have also tried Dirac live on minidsp devices also with less success.

    Main System:
    Octave 300SE preamp
    Pass Labs XA25
    Clear wave Symphonia I
    Brinkman Bardo with Soundsmith Paua mkII and musical surroundings nova III
    Matrix saber x pro dac with allo transport running volumio

    Second system:
    Ayre AX-5 Twenty
    (Sometimes setup with Pass HPA1 and FirstWatt SIT 3)
    Wilson Sabrina
    Chord Qutest dac with allo transport
    Technics 1200 G with Ortofon Cadenza Bronze and musical surroundings phenomena II+

    Third system
    Audiosector Integrated SE
    Zaph stand mount diy design made with layered Baltic Birch plywood ( I made these about 10 years ago with sea’s metal cone woofers and I just won’t part with them. I love the look and it took me forever to make them)
    Sonos

    Headphones
    Audeze LCD 4Z
    Mr. Speakers Ether 2
    Sony MDR-Z1R

    Headphone amps
    Pass Labs HPA1
    Ampandsound Mogwai SE
    Matrix Element X

    Portable setup
    Lotoo Paw Gold Touch
    LCD i4
    Custom Empire Ears Legend X

    As for music I like all sorts. Not a lot of classical or electronic but alternative, rock, pop, jazz, country, etc.. Some favorites include Deer Tick, Two Gallants, Liz Phair, Musica Nuda, Lumineers, Modest Mouse

    The above is the current setup but I switch things around a lot.

    Then I just got the RAAL SR1a headphones based on discussion here....
     
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  3. Tchoupitoulas

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    Hi everyone, I’d like to thank those members who devote so much time and effort to making SBAF the incredibly informative forum it is - and for making it such a pleasure to read.

    I would have loved to have been a musician. I made a mess of the bass guitar until college roommates made me stop and, before that, I did awful, squawky things to a clarinet. And since I can’t carry a tune, keep time, hum, or even tap my feet very well, personal audio has been a godsend. My taste in music runs from classical (especially romantic period; Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius, and Rachmaninov) and jazz (hard bop; Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, and Hank Mobley) to alternative rock (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Tindersticks, Mogwai) and electronic music (Boards of Canada, Biosphere).

    I grew up with my dad’s hi-fi system, which included a Thorens TD 166 Mk II turntable and QUAD ESL55 speakers (this was in England), and got hooked on personal audio a few years ago. I climbed steeply from a basic PX-100, which I’d had for years, to a K553 Pro, then an HE 400i and Fulla 2, and on up to the TH-X00 Ebony. I then found this site and gradually ascended to the HD 6XX with an MCTH and now the RDAC (when not using the Thorens), all of which I’m delighted with.

    I had planned on taking a year or two to catch my breath before clambering up further to what would be a summit, given my budget, with something brighter and livelier like the Focal Clear. This plan went awry, though, when I learned that the HD 800 had been discontinued. I had favored them in several auditions over the Clear - preferring the air and headstage - and when a decent deal on a used pair came along, I snagged them, having convinced myself that I had to do so while the going was good. This in turn meant that I had no choice but to get a ZDT Jr..

    I doubt I’ll advance further for a long while yet, although I may pluck up the courage to try my ham-fisted hand at modding once I’ve spent more time getting used to my headphones and learning to appreciate them fully. I’m sorry I don’t yet have the experience to contribute much to discussions. This will be my longest post without contributing anything of substance (and the one that uses the most first person). Thanks again for all the great advice; I’d like to think I’ve put together a nice, highly rewarding setup thanks to SBAF. Spider charts are awesome.
     
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  4. Shplad

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    Hi:

    Posting simultaneous with my first post, which was only a factual question. IT Technician for most of my adult life.
    I used to collect and audition audio gear in my teens and twenties. I only understood tiny bits of the science of any of it. Built a couple of pairs of speakers and subs, acc. to pre-made plans, with good results. Financial and other realities set in which eliminated the audio hobby for decades.

    Now, in middle age, I find I'm starting all over again, with a lower budget, but more determination to learn at least a little bit more of the science and about gear compatiblity. Still plan to build a set of open baffles (at least bass panels). In spite of almost zero electronics knowledge, I'm near finishing a couple of kits of LM3886-based chip amps.

    Thanks for letting me in the door.
     
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  5. Patrick82

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    Hello, this is Patrick82 from Head-fi.
     
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  6. Deep Funk

    Deep Funk Deep thoughts - Friend

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  7. iFi audio

    iFi audio MOT iFi Audio

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  8. ShoobdaLoob

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    Hello there,

    I am ShoobDaLoob, and I am from headfi as well.

    I would say I am a newcomer to the high-end audio gear community but I have always been someone who likes objective, measurement-based arguments. I am an engineer by trade so the proof is needed for me to accept any argument. I understand that the previous statement is controversial as the world of audio is a very subjective one, but standardization is never a bad thing in my opinion.

    Super Audio Best Friends has always been my go-to as headfi is plagued with trivial retorts as most popular forums that have matured end up containing. Thankfully, SBAF has not reached that stage just yet, and I enjoy the information that the community provides. Everything that I have gleaned over the years of reading this forum has usually been correct from my testing and I hope to add to the community with opinions that are as objectively posed as possible.

    I do not have the most experience as I am rather young and high-end audio is a rather expensive hobby but I do try to stay informed. I have been through a bunch of headphones and living in NYC, I have had some amazing opportunities to try out some very high-end gear. My favorite headphones would probably be the STAX SR007 Omega with the blue hawaii amp or the Meze Empyrean.

    Favorite Reviewers:
    Currawong
    Joshua Valour
    (I like video format due to the succinct nature, if I am looking to purchase gear, I usually read more).

    Genres that I normally listen to:
    Metal - Sludge, Symphonic
    Prog Rock
    Alt Rock (yeah, judge me)
    Rap - G-funk, Horrorcore, Gangsta
    Classical - Chopin and Vivaldi are my faves

    Current gear list:
    DACs:
    Schiit Modi 2 Uber
    SMSL SU-8

    AMPs:
    Audio GD NFB-1
    Schiit Magni 2 Uber

    Headphones:
    Audeze LCD 2.2F
    Sennheiser HD660S

    Portable:
    Fiio Q5s with THX AAA module

    IEMs and etc:
    Audeze iSine 20
    Westone UM30 Pro

    Best,
    Shoobs
     
  9. Superexchanger

    Superexchanger Wow, I made it this far without being a friend?

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    From a pretty new member to all the rest, welcome! Especially the guy who found a legitimate use for the plural of "genie" like ten posts back. That rules.
     
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  10. Tapeworm

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    I'm Jon. I have been into portable audio since the early 90s, higher end stuff since about 2012. I listen to metal and electronic music (techno, dub techno, progressive house, goa trance).
     
  11. f1eng

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    Just got back from holidays.
    It seems to need a URL to post a picture. I don't have, or want, a picture web site, so whilst I would like to post a picture I can't, sorry
     
  12. Watmough

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    Hello everyone, lurked for a couple years and learned lots, decide to make it official.
    im an ex-tattooer-current video game dev with a love of music which lead to headphones.
     
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm a DIY techie, photographer, headphone enthusiast and student of human sciences from Germany. My interests are headphone modding and matching, binaural / spatial audio, microphone technology and field recording. As for audio in general, I try to stay open-minded and explore the theory as much as the practice. And of course, I also like to simply listen to music (prog rock, classical, folk, electronica) at the end of the day :)

    Without further redundant "I"s, here is the gear:

    Audioquest Nighthawk
    Beyerdynamic DT 990, DT 1990
    Shure SRH840
    Superlux HD 668, HD 681B

    PSB M4U 4
    Degauss Labs Noir

    RME Babyface Pro
    iConnectivity Audio4+
    Steinberg UR22
    Topping NX4
    Lehmann Black Cube Linear
     
  14. Parker

    Parker MOT: Soundsmith

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    Hello, My name is Parker. 22 year old mechanical engineer. Senior engineer at Soundsmith in New York. Talking about myself is one of my least favorite things, but I am willing to answer any questions. Doesn't have to be audio related. ;)

    -Parker
     
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  15. MrTeaRex

    MrTeaRex His head's not fat, he's my brother!

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    Do you happen to know anything about B&O restoration? I see Soundsmith does B&O and Tandberg service and I have an old Beomaster in the attic.
     
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    I have dedicated countless hours of my life and a significant amount of blood to keep these Beos away from the dump. In the end, only one question is left. Was it worth it?
     
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    Hello, this is Mark (FZ), in my 40s, accountant, I travel in between mid-west. I developed an interest in audiophile gear and equipments over the years through my colleagues and now it's almost as important as my wife lol
     
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    Remember that the input connectors are differently terminated!
     
  19. BlizzardiCleric

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    Hello!

    First, thank you SBAF! :bow: This community made me interested again in sound quality and how it relates to how I feel the music. It was refreshing to hear people discuss critically and analytically about DACs and amps as well. It felt like people talked my language and about the things I wanted to learn - which I didn't get from Headfi or review sites. Basically my speaker and headphone setups are built on the knowledge acquired here.

    Another site that I'm thankful for is Stevehoffman, where I learnt how different masterings actually differ. This meant that there was a Trick of the Tail CD that best reflected my favourite sound - a revelation! The next key site was Discogs, which made finding the best CDs actually fun. Scouring flea markets and Discogs feels like collecting antiques, dammit!

    A second-hand Marantz CD-60 (bought based on advice here, of course) brought a sound that takes me back to my childhood, where I though my dad's LP & CD stereo system was TOTL (it wasn't, of course). Music now gives the same emotional and physical pleasure as it did back then.

    For all of that, and reading through my story, thank you! ;)
     
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  20. totlsota

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    Hi

    Chris here. Like (I think) everyone here - I love music! Therefore, I also obsess over the kit... It seems we share this. Having lurked/ read on SBAF for some time, I thought it appropriate to finally register! In London, keen to get stuck into the banter.

    I know enough about audio kit to know that I know nothing! Fighting a ZMF addiction presently. Debating a 1st tube setup.

    -Chris-
     

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